Is today’s boat show an improvement on those of yesteryear? It’s a moot point, because nobody goes to a show for the same reasons, nobody sees the attractions in the same way. Each year, we seem to be told that “attendance is up”, or “sales are at record levels”, or “visitor satisfaction is at an all time high”! Is it all true? .

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Three BYM correspondents attended three boat shows, in three different countries and give their impressions and those of some visitors.

Aldous Grenville-Crowther  went to sunny Spain for the Barcelona show.
Tom Walsh attended the London boat show, on a grey UK winter day.

Carina Prakke was at the Toronto show, where the weather didn’t matter, because the on-water section was indoors.

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