The all-new 2007 Collins Stewart London Boat Show promises visitors a very hands on experience. You will be able to hone your basic skills, and acquire new skills, plus learn from the experts in subjects such as engine maintenance, antifouling, cooking on board your boat, sail trimming, navigation and much much more.
To assist you in having an active fun day we have enlisted the help of many of the exhibitors who are working with us to make sure the features we put on are relevant to you and your boating lifestyle.
As well as the new features we have bought back the old favourites, Inland Waterways and for those who want a bit of sparkle the champagne bars are back, but all with a refreshing twist. You simply cannot miss the 2007 show.
Children aged 5-15 years are admitted free and do not require a ticket.
An interactive mechanical structure built to show people how to anchor, with the chance for you to have a go yourself. It will cover situations such as freeing your anchor if someone's laid their chain over yours, and anchoring without a windlass.
When sailing, fog is acknowledged to be just about the scariest experience it is possible to have, so you tell us. At the 2007 Show, you can immerse yourself in the experience and learn how to overcome the situation with useful instruction. Complete with special effects, a specially created fog tunnel will help you learn about radar and navigation, providing real-life solutions, tips and advice.
Take the chance to test yourself against others at competitive challenges such as changing an engine's oil filter. A hands-on experience, don some paper overalls and have a go. Experts will be on hand to show the correct procedures, with useful tips and advice.
The UKSA Deck Games
A zone providing parents with information on how their children can aspire to become the next generation of champions, with techniques, fitness and resources on hand to take you through the necessary steps for success. Alongside will be winch grinding, deck disciplines and other boating activities.
'Cooking on Boats', 'Unsung Heroes', 'Tackling Security at Sea'. If any of these topics - and more - interest you, take a trip to The Sky Sports Theatre where top experts and boating personalities will be giving regular talks and demonstrations throughout the Show. It's your chance to get specialist, first hand advice on boating related topics and a great opportunity to hear from top class sailors and designers, in a purpose built theatre.
Jargon Free Books
Browse a selection of boats, much loved by their owners. There will be eight boats positioned along the boulevard within ExCeL. Boat owners will be there with their craft proudly showing off their passion. Take the opportunity to talk to them about their passion for boating, how they became involved, how they finance their boat and other interesting topics. The display will welcome all people, especially those with no boating knowledge - there's no jargon allowed!
A feature area dedicated to the craft and lifestyle found on the inland waterways. Reed beds are being grown especially for the feature by Chelsea Flower Show gold medallists.
Classic Boat Features
This year the Classic Boat will be back at the London Boat Show, teaming up with Old Pulteney whiskey for a 10 day exhibition of traditional design and boating.
Green's At Semaphore Restaurant
Sit and enjoy your lunch whilst in spectacular surroundings of luxury motor cruisers. A fine dining experience will be provided by Simon Parker Bowles, who is bringing his famous Greens Restaurant to the Show.
• Rightboat.com Marina
The Rightboat.com Marina takes up a quarter of a mile of dock side and boasts over 50 craft from luxury sailing yachts, to motor yachts, associated tenders, fishing boats, RIBS and day sailors.
• HMS St Albans
The Royal Navy will be bringing HMS St Albans to London and visitors will be able to tour this fascinating vessel as well as learning more about life at sea.
• BMW ORACLE Racing - USA 61
Take a look inside the cockpit of BMW ORACLE Racing's America's Cup boat USA 61 without getting your feet wet. Visit the stand to see the almighty USA 61 - a 24 metre America's Cup boat, try your boat handling skills on the yacht racing simulator and visit the BMW ORACLE Racing clothing shop.
• Giant Knots
After a tiring morning take a seat on a giant knot and relax. These large structures will be constructed and made into alternative forms of seating and placed in the boulevard.
• Bars, Cafes & Bistros
Within ExCeL's glorious quarter mile Central Boulevard you'll be spoilt for choice with a range of big brand bars, cafes and bistros serving everything from bagels, pizzas and pasta to gourmet soups, regional pies and hot dogs and hamburgers... whilst the waterfront cafe-bars offer great snack food and superb views over the Royal Victoria Dock. The [email protected], the lively bar at the heart of the Show in the Central Boulevard.
How to get to ExCeL
ExCeL is on the eastern side of central London, a stone's throw from Canary Wharf. It's easy to get to via the Jubilee Line and Docklands Light Railway, just 20 minutes from central London.
ExCeL is a 10-minute drive from Tower Bridge and 25 minutes from the M25 Junction 30. It is easily reached from central London via the Limehouse Link and from other parts of the country via the M25, A13, M11, A406 (North Circular), the Blackwall and Rotherhithe Tunnels. To plan your journey to ExCeL by road or for 24 hour live traffic information contact: AA Roadwatch 09003 401 100 or go to www.theaa.com (key in ExCeL as the destination). There is plenty of parking onsite, including disabled parking bays. ExCeL is outside the Congestion Charging zone.
By Rail and Tube
ExCeL's dedicated station on the Docklands Light Railway is Custom House. Take the Jubilee line to Canning Town and a 3-minute DLR journey to Custom House.
London City Airport is 5 minutes away by taxi.