Published: Thursday, 16 June 2016

A family received a $40,000 family boating package at the biggest-ever Gold Coast International Marine Expo in Coomera, Australia in May.

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(Photos: Gold Coast International Marine Expo - Expo's Andrew Mills, Emma Brown, prize winners Sacha Desmarais, Marissa McNamara, and Surf Coast Marine's Paul Banning from Surf Coast Marine)

The complete boating package – the largest prize offered in the award-winning Expo’s six-year history – included a Quintrex 490 Cruiseabout with brand-new outboard, trailer and safety equipment, as well as all applicable registrations. 

The winner, Marissa McNamara of Manly West in Brisbane, purchased her Expo tickets online to secure the brilliant boating prize supplied by Expo partners Surf Coast Marine and Broadwater Boating Centre.

“They’ve thought of everything … it’s the complete package,” says McNamara, a marine biologist who attended with her husband Sacha Desmarais and their seven-year-old daughter, Oceane.

Gold Coast International Marine Expo Announces Winner Boating Prize

“We have always known about the Expo and we were very excited to attend for the first time in 2016. We had been talking about buying our first boat for a while and we were in fact one of the first people through the Expo gates on the Saturday morning. We looked at all the boats on display and we were very impressed by the extensive range – we’ll definitely be back for the Expo next year (25-28 May 2017).”

Expo, which was held at the Gold Coast Marine Precinct at Coomera, showcased over 600 yachts and boats on land and on the water, as well as a vast array of marine engines, equipment and accessories across a 3km display circuit. 

Surf Coast Marine’s Paul Banning helped Marissa, Sacha and Oceane fulfill their dreams of cruising Moreton Bay, Tangalooma and Peel Island.

“The Quintrex Cruiseabout 490 is a fantastic and versatile little bow-rider that’s perfect for exploring our beautiful waterways as a family, or as a fisherman,” says Banning, who operated sea trials from Quintrex Island at the Expo. “We had a very strong sales result at the Expo and the ongoing enquiry across our entire range is also very encouraging.”

“Expo’s aim has always been to create a boat show experience that is entirely different – one that is relevant, exciting and engaging – with record numbers through the gates this year and very positive feedback from visitors confirms that we certainly delivered in 2016,” says Expo Event & Marketing Manager Emma Brown.