Published: Friday, 18 March 2016

Sanctuary Cove International Boat Show 2016 (May 19-22) will feature Queensland’s largest and most significant multihull display, with catamaran exhibitors increasing their on-water presence at the 28th annual show.

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(Photo: Lagoon 450 SporTop)

The country’s major catamaran dealers and distributors will showcase the latest models in power and sail, along with many Australian debuts, entry level vessels and presentations showing visitors how to achieve true work-life balance through “Sea-batticals” – extended time away cruising on their ‘cats’.

SCIBS general manager Johan Hasser said the strong showing of multihulls in 2016 reflected their rise in popularity, with boating enthusiasts drawn to the smooth sailing experience and spacious design.

“We have seen the emergence of a catamaran superhighway extending along Australia’s eastern seaboard up to Hamilton Island and the Whitsundays with multihulls increasing their market presence,” says Hasser.

Some of the key multihull exhibitors on show at SCIBS 2016 include Multihull Solutions, Multihull Central, Leopard, Marine Engineering Consultants (MEC), Horizon, Lightwave, Bavaria (Nautitech), Queensland Yacht Charters and The Windcraft Group.

Managing director of The Multihull Group (part of Windcraft Group) John Cowpe announced they will be premiering in Australia both their brand new Lagoon 450 SporTop and Lagoon 40 Motor Yacht at SCIBS.

“Lagoon is one of the world’s best-selling catamarans. Designed by the VPLP Design Team, they are extremely seaworthy and constantly evolving, innovating and adapting to client feedback,” commented Cowpe.

The appeal of catamarans is especially felt with the family market, being more spacious, stable and dexterous in design than other makes.

“When you’re investing a large amount in a lifestyle, you want your boat to be as versatile and multi-faceted as possible,” continued Cowpe. “Some people want to entertain on-board at an anchorage, while others want to undertake blue water cruising for years at a time.”

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(Photo: Lucia 40)

Gold Coast boat builder, MEC will have its brand new 15-metre luxury power catamaran on show at SCIBS.

Multihull Solutions will host the southern hemisphere launch of the Fountaine Pajot Lucia 40 and the Queensland launch of the new MY37 power catamaran by Fountaine Pajot Motor Yachts.

The Lucia 40 has already become one of Fountaine Pajot’s most successful models, having sold more than 50 units since its international launch in mid-2015.

The new MY37 power catamaran has also been making waves, revolutionising the entry-level segment of the world’s power catamaran market with its impressive features, performance and value for money.  The catamaran delivers unparalleled performance and fuel economy, and in eco-cruising mode can cover an impressive 1,200 nautical miles at 7.5 knots.

The high-performance TAG 60 XR will also be part of Multihull Solutions’ SCIBS line-up.

The new generation of multihulls offer everything avid sailors and powerboat enthusiasts love about boating, with the added stability and safety of two (sometimes three) hulls and larger internal volumes for living, entertaining and storage.

Multihull Central will showcase the Outremer 45 and the innovative Aquila 44 Power Cat, alongside the latest Seawind 1160 Lite and the Corsair Pulse 600 – which made its global debut at SCIBS last year.

Horizon will also be bringing their PC52 high-end power catamaran as part of their boat special, while Whitsunday charter company and member of Dream Yacht Charter, Queensland Yacht Charters, will showcase their most recent Catana model the BALI 4.3 Loft.

Increased Presence Of Catamarans At Scibs 2016

(Photo: Sanctuary Cove Int'l Boat Show)

Held at Sanctuary Cove on Australia’s Gold Coast, the four-day event attracts close to 40,000 visitors and 300 exhibitors showcasing hundreds of boats and thousands of marine products.