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In pictures: London Boat Show

The 61st London Boat Show opened this weekend at the Excel Centre in London Docklands.

The UK is a key player in the global leisure boating industry, generating revenue of £3bn, and is the base for a number of world-renowned brands, including Fairline Boats and Sunseeker.

Last year's event pulled in around 90,000 visitors. This year, organisers are hoping numbers will top 100,000. The BBC's Rebecca Marston went along.

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Image caption The London Boat Show is the first of a host of international boating exhibitions. Names on display include Bavaria, Fairline, Sealine International and Princess Yachts.
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Image caption Visitors were keen to see the luxury yachts on show.
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Image caption Pussycat Dolls singer Nicole Scherzinger drew the biggest crowd of the day by far when she sang on the Sunseeker International stand. Sunseeker's Predator 57 (starting price £815,000) is launching at the show.
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Image caption They pack them in at the Excel Centre, almost as closely as in Brighton Marina.
Image caption Overslippers provided, of course - you wouldn't want to scratch the deckwork.
Image caption Details can be changed. One visitor to this Sunseeker model said: "I like it, I just don't love it. We'd have to split the cabin in two and the cushion covers are, well, eurgh."
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Image caption Launch day was marked by copious offers of champagne and nibbles - average one party an hour.
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Image caption It's not just yachts for the super-rich being exhibited - visitors can meander through a selection of dinghies too.
Image caption If you really are strapped for cash you can always buy one of these - ceramics, not ideal for the typical floating home.