Published: Wednesday, 03 August 2016

The Sydney International Boat Show closed its doors, having played host to just under 50,000 visitors over five days July 28-Aug 1.

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(Photos: Sydney International Boat Show)

The event ran for the last time at the interim facility of the Sydney Exhibition Centre on Glebe Island, a venue utilised whilst construction of the new International Convention Centre Sydney (ICC Sydney) in Darling Harbour took place. 

“The show delivered all that we had planned. Excellent exhibits and a happy and vibrant audience. This is the largest gathering of the recreational marine industry in Australia,” says Boating Industry Association National Chief Executive Officer Howard Glenn. “Our objective was to bring industry together with the boating public, both old and new. We achieved this and everyone benefited greatly from the experience.

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“The show has a number of objectives. Apart from educating and entertaining our visitors, we also provide the exhibitors an opportunity to sell their products and services to the boating public. Preliminary reports are that many visitors took advantage of the show’s excellent product line up and it appears that many will be on the waterways this summer with new purchases for the first time.”

Highlights of the exhibits include Amels 55, Beneteau Oceanis 41.1, CNB 76, Jeanneau Sun Fast 3200, Fountaine Pajot Lucia 40, Absolute 50 Fly, Fairline Targa 58 and so on.

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Planning has already commenced for 2017 when the show will celebrate its 50th anniversary. The show is scheduled Aug 3-7 2017.

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