MIN’s top picks for today at SIBS

If you’re heading for Southampton International Boat Show today there are plenty of interesting talks to attend.

Wessex Resins and Adhesives is hosting a day of conversations with industry experts who use epoxy for repair, maintenance and / or new builds. Catch the Boat Building Academy, JTec-Composites, Maguire Boats and more speaking in Ocean Hall J401. The afternoon session begins at 13:15 with Spirit Yachts.

Prior to that, there’s a Q&A planned with Conrad Manning, offshore sailor and naval architect, at the Festival Green Stage at 13:00 (hosted by British Marine). Later in the day, Marlow Ropes is putting on a ropeshow and splicing workshop at 16:00 (J300).

On Monday MIN was looking for stands which encourage participation as this is a key theme of this year’s show. The following represents just a few of our favourites.

The Maritime and Coastguard Agency’s impressive stand (B026) focuses on safety. It has a great array of literature designed for the public’s consumption, including leaflets for children on staying safe at the seaside and having fun on the coast, and the more advanced Life Saving Signals, and what to do if you spot pollution. Plus which child – and adult – wouldn’t be drawn in by an emergency vehicle?

Andark Diving and the team at the tank are offering free dives every day of the show to members of the public, and any exhibitors who need cooling down. Really busy in the afternoons, they’re advising people to get to the tank and book their slot as soon as possible. While most other activities can be reserved in a tent at the main entrance, dives have to be booked at the tank.

Oarsome Chance and Practical Boat Owner’s Secret 20, Harvey, caught MIN’s eye. This is being built by the Gosport-based charity and helps to encourage young adults to learn boat building skills. Pictured is John Gillard who runs the charity.

Although less about participation, a special mention must be made of Ribeye’s stand for its sheer exuberance. What a lounge.

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