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Boat dealer to launch in N.Wales.

A TOP Irish boat dealer will officially launch its first Welsh dealership at the All Wales Boat Show in Pwllheli.

The unveiling of BJ Marine's new outlet at Pwllheli marina will be first of two new international partnerships to be announced at the threeday event from Friday May 8 to Sunday May 10.

The other partnership being unveiled at the show is the appointment of the Pwllheli boatyard Partington Marine as agents for Slovenian boat manufacturers Seascape.

It is the first time the European manufacturer of trailable yachts has had an agent in Wales.

BJ Marine will stock some of the biggest brands in yachts and powerboats, including Beneto, Monte Carlo, and Fontaine Paggio.

With prices ranging from between PS25,000 and up to PS1m, the company expects to attract buyers from across Wales and the North West of England.

Sales manager Mike Caplan, who is heading up the new Pwllheli branch, says he's looking forward to showing off some of BJ Marine's stock at boat show.

Mr Caplan, formerly sales manager at North Wales firm Dickies, said: "We are really excited to be part of this year's All Wales Boat Show, not just because it's a great event but also because this year we will launching BJ Marine's first sales office in Wales.

"Opening the branch here in Pwllheli adds to the international network of BJ Marine, with offices in Belfast, Dublin and Malta.

"Wales is an important market and we are coming out of the recession, with sales increasing and the industry is expanding in waves.

"The whole experience at Pwllheli and the developments here mean it is the perfect place to base BJ Marine's first Welsh outlet.

"We'll be bringing some great boats from big name brands to the All Wales Boat Show, and we hope people will come along to see them in the water."

The move to Pwllheli for the show comes after two successful years in Conwy.

Organisers expect sales to top PS2 million with an extra PS500,000 being pumped into the local economy by visitors.

The event will be held at Plas Heli, the Welsh Sailing Academy and Events Centre and will be officially opened by Welsh Government Tourism Minister Ken Skates.

Partington Marine will have two 18-foot Seascape sailing boats available for visitors to view at the All Wales Boat Show.

Managing director Wil Partington said: "We're delighted to launch our new venture as agents for Seascape at the All Wales Boat Show.

"These lift-keel 18 footers are great little boats, they are affordable, but also versatile and fast, without being too scary. They are Perfect for families wanting to move into sailing."

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