Suzuki GB’s Marine Division is kicking off 2022 with some pre-season exhibition activity at the BoatLife Live show at the NEC (17 – 20 Feb) and the RYA Dinghy & Watersports Show at Farnborough (26 – 27 Feb).
Suzuki at BoatLife Live (stand E58)
Suzuki is pleased to be showcasing its ultimate four stroke outboards at the inaugural BoatLife Live show. The most dominant feature of Suzuki’s display will be the Smartfish 25 fishing boat that is powered by a dual-propeller Suzuki DF300B. This boat is owned by Suzuki’s ambassador and head of its pro-fishing team, Will Parkinson.
Will is going to be offering free fishing advice workshops for visitors at the show as well as raising awareness for the Fire Fighters Charity.
Will has spent 17 years serving in the UK Fire Service, where he also uses his passion for fishing to raise awareness and funds for The Fire Fighters Charity. The Charity supports the mental health, physical health and social welfare of all serving and retired fire and rescue personnel in the UK, as well as their families, both in person at three residential centres around the country and remotely through online support. Whether it’s work-related stress, a change in family dynamics or just the long-term wear and tear on their bodies, all members of the UK’s fire family are eligible for support from the Charity.
As well as his duties in the fire service, Will runs two Suzuki-powered boats to take part in boat fishing competitions around the UK, raising money and awareness for the Charity along the way. He also takes fellow firefighters out with him, either to fish, or just to experience the healing properties of being on the water, sometimes referred to as part of a ‘blue gym’.
Visitors to the show will have to contribute to the great work that the Fire Fighter’s Charity does and be in with a chance of winning a Suzuki DF2.5 outboard in a special raffle being run by the Charity.
Also on the Suzuki stand will be a smaller boat/engine package from River Boats, courtesy of Avon Marina. These rotomolded boats are designed to be fun and user-friendly, whether for sports, leisure, fishing or for use as a towing dinghy. The materials used are 100% recyclable and their unique design makes them solid, safe and very comfortable on the water.
The 460XR that will be on display at the show comes with a whole host of standard equipment which includes; A-frame, nav lights, gauges, swim ladder, cushions, GPS, VHF, stereo, rod holders, bilge pump, bimini and mooring cover. Starting at just £6,500 (in VAT) these make for excellent starter boat packages. For more information, you can visit: https://www.ribsmarine.co.uk/product-category/new-boats/river-boats-norway/
Suzuki at the RYA Dinghy & Watersports Show (stand A60)
Suzuki is proud to be the headline sponsor of this well-renowned show, which continues a 14-year association with the event, that has seen Suzuki position itself as the go to outboard motor manufacturer for sailing club safety boat packages.
The award-winning outboard motor manufacturer has forged a reputation for building marine engines that push the boundaries of innovation, with some of the lightest, most compact models in their class. Uniquely, the engines used to power its range of outboards have always been designed specifically for the rigours of marine use, which means that they all deliver quiet, fuel-efficient operation without sacrificing on performance.
On Suzuki’s stand will be a number of different safety boat packages from leading boat builders such as XS RIBs and Rigiflex Boats, which is celebrating its 50th anniversary this year.
There will also be the chance to win a Suzuki DF2.5S portable outboard at the show. The DF2.5 is an ideal auxiliary power unit for cruising dinghies or small inflatables and tenders. This lightweight compact outboard is well-designed and easy to operate, so you can rest easy and focus on having fun on the water.
Available in both long and short-shaft lengths, it features neutral and forward shifting, along with 360-degree steering for full thrust in all directions and easy manoeuvrability. It is also water cooled, meaning that it is extremely quiet and fuel efficient.
To be in with a chance of winning a short-shaft model show visitors will need to pick up an entry form from the Suzuki stand and guess the weight of a DF2.5S.
Mark Beeley, Head of Marine & ATV for Suzuki GB said, “We’re really excited to get going with these shows so early in the year. They can be the springboard to kick-start everyone’s boating season and we are looking forward to seeing everyone there.”