Published: Tuesday, 17 May 2016

Coomera in Queensland will witness the opening of the Gold Coast International Marine Expo on May 19.

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(Photos: Gold Coast Marine Expo)

The Expo’s massive marine showcase features more than 600 boats on display – from luxury yachts to lightweight tenders, jet skis and kayaks to engines, boating accessories and a huge array of equipment.

Event & Marketing Manager Emma Brown says the Expo – named Best Exhibition at the 2015 Australian Event Awards – will be a truly unique experience for visitors. 

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(Nordhavn 52 - to be shown exclusively at the Expo)

“If you live and love the boating life, Expo 2016 is definitely the place to be this week from Thursday to Sunday,” she says, “Expo visitors will discover our largest-ever catalogue of new yacht, boat and nautical product Premieres across over 230 incredibly diverse marine displays, featuring many of the world’s leading boating brands.

“There will also be live interactive demonstrations and family fun attractions every 15 minutes throughout our giant 3km Expo display circuit … on the land, on the water and even in the air.”

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(Cordova 62 of Clipper Motor Yachts)

The largest yachts on display across Expo’s two on-site marinas are the luxurious 100ft super yachts Mermaid Spirit and the iconic Emerald Lady, available for charter.

Expo visitors can step aboard multiple luxury yacht Premieres ranging in size from 33 to 62 feet and showcasing internationally renowned marques Riviera, Clipper, Nordhavn, Belize, Marlow, Voyager Catamarans, Hudson Bay, Pacific Motor Yachts, Sunsail, Fibrafort and Leopard Catamarans.

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(5400 Sport Yacht of Riviera)

Expo visitors will also be able to try before they buy with almost 50 sea trial berths featuring a huge range of brand-new boats and outboard engines.

The instant on-water tests of late-model boats and engines will involve world-leading brands including Mercury, Bluefin, Baysport, Yamaha, Quintrex, Streaker, Suzuki, Stejcraft, Evolution, Cruise Craft, Revival, Vortex, Misty Harbour Pontoon Boats, Caravelle, Extreme and Evinrude.

On the land, the range of trailer boats spans brands as diverse as Mastercraft, Karnic, Nautique, Anglapro, Tige, Matrix, BRIG, Steffco, Stessco, Stacer, Seajay, Savage, Bayliner, Crestliner, Haines Signature, Haines Hunter, Reflex, FX, Highfield, Shoreline, Chaparral, Clark Alloy, Aquamaster, Mallards, Powercat Marine, Savage, Scout, Godfrey Pontoon Boats, Yamaha Waverunners, Mercruiser, Tournament, Jackaroo, McLay, Oceania and Formosa.

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(Prize for lucky draw at the Expo - Quintrex 490 Cruiseabout)

Expo will also display the latest in electronic navigation and technology spanning fish-finders, depth-sounders, night-vision cameras, underwater lighting, chart-plotters, gyroscopic stabilisers, anchoring systems and water-makers.

Among the major marine brands that will be represented at the Expo are Raymarine, Garmin, Volvo Penta, Cummins, CAT, MTU, GME, Lowrance, and Doosan, Kohler, Minn Kota, Onan, Blue Water, Seakeeper, Naiad Dynamics, Muir, HES, International Paint, Humminbird, Sea-Doo, Lumitec, Geneico, Sunbrella, SeAirLand, Headhunter, Webasto, iMarine, Pioneer, Snugger, AL-KO and Honda etc.

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Expo will also host the launch of the new BLA Boating Hub retail chandlery as part of the Super Showcase at Stefan Boating World.

There will be a special display from fishing fanatics/fashionistas and global sensations, The Mad Hueys, who will attend their hometown Expo to sign autographs and for photographic opportunities with fans, as well as wholesale selections of offshore and estuary angling equipment and tackle from distributors including Frogley’s Offshore and Noeby Fishing Tackle.

The masters take on the apprentices in the Battle of the Boat Builders at Expo. Last staged on the Gold Coast more than 10 years ago, the competition will be keenly contested on Saturday May 21.

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