Published: Thursday, 18 August 2016

Brisbane Boat Show in Queensland, Australia will kick off this Friday Aug 19. The show will be held Aug 19-21.

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(Photos: Brisbane Boat Show - 2015)

The event with a history spanning over 50 years returns to Brisbane Convention & Exhibition Centre after a short time away. Operating for three days, the event aims to please both committed boating veterans as well as those new to the lifestyle.

Popular with locals and those from the city’s surrounds, the Brisbane Boat Show is where industry comes together to display and offer the best in recreational boating. 

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“With Australia’s recreational boating headquarters and manufacturing hub at Brisbane’s doorstep, visitors can be assured that the industry will put its best foot forward for this show,” says Boating Industry Association National Chief Executive Officer Howard Glenn. “Boat manufacturing plays a big part of the Queensland economy and this event is symbolic of the quality and ingenuity that Australia has to offer.”

Over 70 organisations have come together to present an excellent array of boating for many boating tastes, including fishing, waterskiing, wake boarding, personal water craft, canoeing, kayaking, stand-up paddle boards as well as others. Taking centre-stage will be the popular family cruisers.

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“Boating has seen its share of activity-specific boats over the years, but the increase in popularity of boating as a family activity has seen the need to evolve our boating designs to be multi-purpose. Fishing one day, family cruising the next”, says Glenn.

The show includes also education and entertainment. Working off the core principle that ‘Good Boating is Safe Boating’, show organisers have pulled together a line up of agencies to help visitors better understand how to enjoy their time on the water. 

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Representatives from Maritime Safety Queensland, Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority, Queensland Parks and Wildlife Service, SEQwater, Queensland Water Police, Queensland Boating and Fisheries Patrol and Australian Volunteer Coast Guard will be at the Boating Safety Zone to answer any questions or help with assistance that visitors may need.

On stage will be an eclectic mix of educators and entertainers, with an adventurer or two thrown in for good measure. With more than half of all show visitors having a primary interest in fishing, it is understandable that the likes of Tim Simpson and Paul Burt play a key role. 

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Sailors Peter Sayre and Andrew Abrahams will share their stories from the edge, whilst Australian cricketing legends Lenny Pascoe and Jeff Thompson will share their passion for boating and fishing with a story or two about their time on the road.

Same as in Adelaide Boat Show June 30-July 3, the Boating Industry Association (BIA) will take another step of its major safety awareness initiative 
through the ‘old for new life jacket exchange’ at the event. Visitors of the show can bring an old life jacket, regardless of its brand or 
condition, and trade it in with BIA dealers for a quality new automatically inflatable 
personal flotation device.