Published: Monday, 23 May 2016

Sanctuary Cove International Boat Show (SCIBS) in Australia wrapped up with millions of dollars in sales, an increase in visitor volume and exhibitors referring to it as the best show in six years.

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(Photos: SCIBS)

The traditional chorus of boat horns signalled the closure of the 28th annual SCIBS, which saw 41,621 visitors through the gates May 19 to 22. 

SCIBS 2016 showcased more than $150 million of the latest and most impressive boats across hundreds of dazzling displays on both water and land, including power and sailboats, superyachts, catamarans and more.

The show featured more than 300 exhibitors, with thousands of marine products, innovation, technology, clothing and accessories.

Horizon Motor Yachts Australia made the first sale of show, with the sale of its $2.8 million PC52 at 9am on Thursday.

Palm Beach Motor Yachts exhibited at the Sanctuary Cove International Boat Show for the past 15 years and claimed the same display spot for the past 10. “It’s been a great show, with fantastic products. Our Palm Beach 55 has experienced extensive interest and we are expecting sales as a result of the show,” says Mark Richards.

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Sundance Marine received ‘fantastic interest’ in the new model Monte Carlo MC70, along with other models in the range. “We’ve also had strong interests particularly in the 50-65ft segment, so we’re really happy and confident of completing business with customers over the next few days,” Director David Beck says.

Leigh Smith Yachts sold two boats and was confident on additional sales on the new Alaska 43 and 49, following booked sea trials in the next few weeks. “It’s been a very consistent show, with a steady flow of visitors, but more importantly, the quality of people coming through has been great. It really feels like people are here to buy,” Ryan Leigh-Smith says. “The new Alaskas had significant interest. We have booked sea trials for both models. 

Integrity Motor Yachts says SCIBS was extremely successful, with five boats sold over the four days. “We are very happy – we sold our first boat on Friday and have since sold additional two. We also sold another boat to a buyer in Singapore and one to Northern Queensland,” he says.

“SCIBS is always successful. Our yearly quota is normally 10 boats sold per year – to have sold five at SCIBS in one weekend is incredible. The buyers are coming from all over Australia – Sydney has been a great market, but also local. We had some strong interest from Tasmania and Perth.” 

Sirocco Marine North sold 14 boats across the range, with another solid 20 leads. The team attributed the success to a number of things, including great weather, a good team, strong marketing and fantastic product. 

JSW Powersports had a bumper SCIBS, with 35 jet skis sold from Thursday to Sunday. Sales Manager Marshall Lewis says SCIBS was the best show they go to all year. 

Whitehaven Motor Yachts had several deals pending. “It’s great to see the representation of the big brands here, and the quality of not only the exhibitors but also the buyers,” says Managing Director Keith Hanson.

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Multihull Solutions sold the Helia 44 Evolution Foutaine Pajot on the first day of the show and by close of business Sunday, sold another Lucia 40, with four under contract. Managing Director Mark Elkington says the team was extremely happy with the good quality and qualified buyers at SCIBS.

Multihull Central released the new Aquila 44 at SCIBS and announced it sold one model to a Mooloolaba buyer at the show. It also sold the Seawind 1190 Sport in a syndicate to a high profile Queensland buyer. “It was the first time we brought the Aquila 44 to the east coast of Australia so we are thrilled to have sold it here at SCIBS,” says Product Manager Andrew McLeod.

Maritimo sold multiple boats over the four days. “There’s a lot more people here this year who are really good quality leads – specifically, we’ve had great international exposure,” Greg Haines says. “We have dealers from Singapore, Europe, the USA and New Zealand and we have collected more than 800 registrations of people who qualify as strong leads.” 

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Gold Coast local Elandra Yachts was likely to secure a contract on the new 53 model, and received positive enquiry on future plans for the new 49 model, which the team released at SCIBS.

The Windcraft Group sold the Axopar 28 and took several deposits on other boats, including the Axopar 37. “We are very happy – the sunshine brought the good buyers out,” says Peter Hrones.

“It’s beyond comprehension, our Karnic and new Fibrafort range were very well received. We sold at least 10 boast, with 40-50 serious leads after the show,” says long time SCIBS exhibitor Stefan Ackerie. 

SCIBS 2016 also saw the launch of Supercar Street precinct – offering a showcase of sports, convertible and luxury vehicles headlined by major sponsor EuroMarque Maserati Brisbane.

Euromarque Maserati Brisbane sold seven cars across the four days, including the Grand Turismo and Gibli. It received two pre-orders for the Bentley Bentayga. “Our waterfront location, which has seen more than 600 customers inside the showroom,” Clinton Wright says. 

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Exhibitors from the newly launched dedicated fishing and leisure precinct The Boatyard had also done well during the Show, with Bill Hull from Northside Marine pleasantly surprised with the number of contracts exchanged at SCIBS. “We’re looking forward to next week when we are expecting more contracts to come through. We’ve had a huge response from our Malibu range, of which we have conducted more than 30 sea trials over the last four days.”

Errol Cain of Australian Marine Wholesale says this was the best show in six years, with Friday and Saturday resulting in ‘phenomenal’ sales for the marine technology specialist, who sold hundreds of thousands of dollars in product over the four-day event.

“Saturday was a very busy day, with lots of people through the Pavilion and the Show had the best feel about it since 2009,” says Superior Jetties CEO John Hogan. “We’ve seen good quality trade and domestic customers, with many pontoons to quote on in the coming weeks. On water, the Waterscape by Superior was also attracting a lot of attention in its position linking the Northrop & Johnson charter yachts and acting as the company’s main hospitality venue. We made our first Nautibuoy sale too, which is encouraging, and look forward to many more to flow in after the show.”

Official SCIBS Ambassador, Channel 7 Presenter Paul Burt announced the winner of the inaugural Live Bream Shoot Out fishing competition on Sunday afternoon.

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The SCIBS team announced Show dates for 2017, which will see Queensland’s premier boat show return May 25-28.