Join us at Britain’s biggest boating festival, Southampton International Boat Show, from Friday 15 September – Sunday 24 September 2023.
If you are planning to attend, don’t forget to visit stand E012 to speak to a member of the Promarine Finance team and discuss all things marine finance.
We’re proud of our simple, quick and flexible finance solutions for boat ownership and want to help as many people as possible get out on the water. In fact, we’ve helped more than 1,000 boaters do just that — from first time buyers to veteran boaters.
Come to our stand, chat with us, and we can discuss how best to get you started on your boat buying journey. Want to find out if you’re eligible for boat finance? Try our Boat Finance Calculator today.
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For the Promarine Finance team, and many other exhibitors and attendees, this was one of the first in-person events they’d attended in almost 18 months.
This year, Stuart and the team were more involved than ever before, with two Foredeck stage appearances, including providing a seminar on marine finance and sitting on the ‘Buy a Boat’ panel.
So, what did the team take away from this year’s event?
1. It was a busy show for boaters
The show was inundated with boaters from all over, looking to shop around, upgrade their vessels, or even purchase a boat for the very first time. It’s safe to say that the boating community has sorely missed in-person events — and was excited to be back.
2. COVID-19 restrictions didn’t put off serious buyers
While restrictions have eased, there is still, understandably, some uncertainty around large-scale events. SIBS ensured attendees provided proof of a negative lateral flow test, taken 48 hours prior to the show, so guests could be comfortable and safe. Attendees were happy to comply with this rule, and the new safety measures did not put serious buyers off.
3. Deals can still be made at in-person events
The shift to online purchases over the past 18 months has been vital — and there is certainly still a place for it. However, we were pleased to learn that a good, old-fashioned deal can still be made in person. This is great news for the industry as a whole.
4. Pre-approved finance enables buyers to confirm and secure their purchase
If you’re looking to finance a boat, then getting the finance pre-approved (before you start shopping for your dream boat) will help you secure your purchase — and speed up the overall process.
5. Demand is up, and so are prices
Delays in building, shipping, and transportation of goods have caused prices to skyrocket in a number of industries, and the marine industry is no exception. Plus, an increase in staycations has meant a rise in demand for boats — both new and second-hand. For the first time ever, the boat prices are appreciating.
6. It’s more important than ever to have a full, pre-purchase survey
With the growing popularity of used boats, a pre-purchase survey is a must. Buying a boat should be a well-considered decision, and inspecting the boat should be a key part of that.
7. Part-exchange (PX) deals can be made
Fantastic news for existing boat owners: if you’re looking to upgrade your boat, we now offer part-exchange directly and through our broker partners. Get in touch and we can help find the right solution for you.
8. We saw more existing customers than ever before
It was fantastic to see so many Promarine customers stop by our stand to say hi. Helping to make their boating dreams come true is what it’s all about — so we were pleased to see more than ever before, at this year’s event.
9. We need a bigger stand!
A quick wander around Southampton International Boat Show will open your eyes to a number of impressive, creative and attention-grabbing stands. With the entire Promarine team out in full force, and tons of interested visitors, we quickly realised that a bigger stand is a must. Watch this space!
10. Competition is changing
The marine finance industry has seen a lot of changes over the past few months, with some of our previous competitors exiting the market, others falling behind the curve, and some new competition on the horizon.
Promarine Finance is a leading provider of marine finance. To find out if you’reeligible, get a quote today.
Stuart Austin, director of Promarine Finance, hosted a talk at Southampton International Boat Show 2021, which offered the event’s visitors an introduction to boat finance.
Stuart discussed how the marine finance sector has changed since the 2008 crash and gave a summary of the marine finance process as a whole, including flexibility, early settlement, and the overall involvement of the lender.
According to Stuart, who started out as a commercial broker 30 years ago, a lot has changed in the marine finance industry since Promarine Finance was launched. He said: “The current climate has seen several lenders exit the market in recent years, liveaboard vessels rising in popularity, and for the first time ever, boats are appreciating in value. We think it’s important that future boat buyers know that they have options.
He added: “Marine finance is a simple way to obtain something valuable and spread the cost across monthly payments that suit you, so that it becomes affordable. At Promarine Finance, we help like-minded people get the right boat, without the cost being the most defining factor.” The talk was streamed live on Facebook for viewers who were unable to attend.
Southampton International Boat Show returned this year after a two-year hiatus during the COVID-19 pandemic and holds a special place for Stuart and his team of five passionate boaters. Promarine Finance, which celebrated its eleventh anniversary during this year’s event, was launched at the show in 2010.
Stuart said: “It’s great to be back at face-to-face events this year, particularly one that is such a significant part of the history of Promarine Finance. We’ve been able to help a number of customers to get afloat over the first three days and we look forward to the remainder of the show.”
This September, we will be exhibiting at Britain’s biggest boat show, Southampton International Boat Show, and it’s set to be better than ever before.
On 13th September our director, Stuart Austin will be hosting a 30-minute boat finance talk at the event to help people that are new to boating.
Stuart said: “We’re excited not only to be exhibiting but also hosting a talk at this year’s boat show. After such a long time without in-person events, it will be great to be back doing what we love. Promarine Finance was launched at this very show in 2010, so this year will be of particular importance to us as we celebrate this milestone.”
With the growing popularity of boating and boat ownership, Stuart wants to share some of his years of experience with those considering buying or financing a boat.
The talk from Promarine Finance, which will take place on Monday 13th September, will cover:
an introduction to boat finance and how it can help customers and brokers
how finance has changed since the 2008 crash, and what is different today
a summary of the marine financing process, including agreement, settlement, and upgrades
He added: “Over the past year, we’ve seen a huge surge in demand for boat finance and it doesn’t seem to be slowing down. Boat ownership is a dream for a number of our clients, and we love nothing more than helping to make those dreams a reality.”
Southampton International Boat Show takes place at Mayflower Park, Southampton, from 10-19 September 2021. To join Stuart and a host of other experts in the boating community, tickets are available to purchase here.