Published: Thursday, 21 April 2016

Australia’s Sanctuary Cove International Boat Show (SCIBS), held May 19-22, is launching a dedicated fishing, trailer and leisure boat precinct – The Boatyard.

Scibs Launching New Precinct At May 19 22 Event

Located close to the iconic waterfront George’s Paragon restaurant and adjacent to C Pier, The Boatyard offers 2,000-square-metres of prime display space for fishing and leisure boat exhibitors to showcase their latest models.

“The response towards creating a dedicated precinct for these exhibitors was extremely positive and as a result, The Boatyard concept was developed,” says SCIBS General Manager Johan Hasser. “It is a precinct designed for our exhibitors to capitalise on the flow of visitor traffic, while ultimately allowing potential buyers to make much easier comparisons between the many different makes and models currently on the market.”

Visitors interested in fishing, leisure, and day boats will have close to 100 vessels in the designated space with sea trials also available on consultation, for qualified buyers to test products.

Long-standing exhibitor Northside Marine was one of the first to embrace the new precinct.

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(Surtees 650)

“It’s great that the show organisers are putting a focus on trailerable fishing and leisure boats,” says Northside Marine’s Greg Nickerson. “We all love the big boats, but these versatile smaller crafts are the industry’s volume and much more accessible for families and people getting into boating for the first time.

Far from being a compromise, Nickerson said the new generation of cruising boats from Whittley and fishing boats from Stabicraft and Surtees are engineered to include all the lifestyle modern conveniences.

Northside Marine will be showcasing award-winning alloy fishing boat manufacturer Surtees Boats, who have recently announced an upgrade to all models in its range.

The improved models are said to accommodate a wide range of anglers needs, while still featuring Surtees’ signature non-pounding Super Deep V Hull, Stabilising Ballast Technology and Ultra-Strong Deck Systems. The upgrade also ensures all Surtees models have increased fishing space as well new model lengths, following the company’s switch to a Length Overall (LOA) measurement system.

From Queensland Marine Centre (QMC), dealer principal Andrew Bennet said he was impressed with the new addition to SCIBS 2016, which he believes will greatly benefit both exhibitors and visitors.  QMC will have around 15 boats on show, representing renowned US brands, Boston Whaler and Sea Ray.

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(Sea Ray 280 SLX)

Gold Coast’s Fishing and Leisure Boats will be launching Tracker Marine Groups 2016 range of boats that include the all new Nitro Z18 Bass Boat and top of the line 284 Mako Centre Console along with the range of Tracker Aluminium fishing and family boats – available in various sizes and layout.

Also on show will be the American Mako 234 Centre Console fishing boat, which recently won Best Fibreglass Boat for this year’s Tradeaboat Magazine Australia’s Greatest Boats competition. 

Game and Leisure Boats have announced they will be showcasing four new models and two additional larger boats on water.