DURBAN BUOYED BY THE RETURN OF THE 13TH DURBAN BOAT & LIFESTYLE SHOW
The Durban Marina will once again play host to the 13th Durban Boat & Lifestyle Show, from Friday, 24 June to Sunday, 26 June. Several marquees will be erected around the Durban Marina area and boats will be moored in the Marina itself, as well as being showcased on the surrounding areas.
The Durban Boat & Lifestyle Show is a 3 day annual lifestyle event that showcases all sorts of weird and wonderful boats from affordable inflatable motor and paddle powered boats to luxurious yachts and catamarans. The show also features exhibitors showcasing the latest fishing, navigational, electronic equipment and much more.
It is an event that has been able to successfully establish itself as a major Durban and KwaZulu-Natal event that attracts thousands of local and domestic guests, and has directly injected millions of rands into the local economy.
“This year we are excited to have the latest from Riviera, Maverick, Mariner/Tui, Jeanneau, Cap Camarat and Knysna Yacht Co on the Show” says Durban Boat & Lifestyle Show organiser, Barry Meehan. “Some of the boats are imported, with the others built locally, mainly down in the Cape”.
The lifestyle section features off-road vehicles and 4×4’s, caravans and outdoor equipment, including some amazing outdoor furniture made from scrapped Arab dhows from Tanzania. Destinations also feature prominently, from fishing expeditions in Mozambique and Tanzania, as well as safaris to Botswana and around Southern Africa. The ultimate event for outdoor enthusiasts, the show also features a kids’ play area, food stalls, free boat rides for kids, a possible place on a racing yacht during the Simply Sailing Regatta on the Saturday and Sunday, and a whole lot more fun and exciting activities still to be confirmed.
Parking space will be available next to Hakuna Matata Charters, just past the Royal Natal Yacht Club (at the end of the island). “Parking will be at a cost of R5 per vehicle and is a donation that will go towards the National Sea Rescue Institute – a 100% voluntary charity that saves lives on South African waters,” says Barry.
Tickets are R70 for adults and R40 for kids over 12 and senior citizens. Kids under 12 are free when accompanied by an adult. Tickets will be available at both entrances of the show. Gates open at 09h30 until 17:00 on Friday the 24 June and Saturday the 25th, and from 09h30 to 16:00 on Sunday the 26th June.
For more information, visit the Boat Show website www.durbanboatshow.co.za or call 031 266 9828.