SCIBS A Great Success
Published: Monday, 26 May 2014
Sunday is traditionally a family day at the Sanctuary Cove International Boat Show (SCIBS) and with the sunshine the restaurants, pubs and cafes were full. A day of soaring temperatures and blue skies lent a festive feeling to the final day of the show.
Visitor numbers from the first three days suggest a 15 per cent increase from last year. Marine enthusiasts flocked to see more than 300 exhibitors from the Asia Pacific region.
The four-day event produced more than $30 million in sales.
“It’s the bigger boats, in the 50 to 60 foot range which are attracting the most attention this year,” say Brett Thurley, managing director for Clipper Motor Yachts. “In a number of instances we’ve dealt with existing owners upgrading.”
Multihull Central director Brent Vaughan has seen the return of some long-term customers this year.
“We’re in the heart of catamaran territory on the Gold Coast so we’ve had a lot of local interest,” says Brent. “It’s made for some great leads throughout the four days.”
Peter Hrones from Team Windcraft says he has had a couple of strong leads on the Greenline hybrid motor yacht, which he is confident will convert to sales post-show.
“Last year we sold six after the show, so I am sure [it] will go well again this year.” The other brands he represents in sail are Hanse, Moody, Dehler and Buizen, with Solaris joining soon.
“We always have a great SCIBS and this year is no exception. The weather has made it just that much better.”