Published: Monday, 27 February 2017

Multihull Central, Multihull Solutions, The Multihull Group (TMG), Leopard Catamarans, Ensign Boat Brokers and Dream Yacht Sales will display the latest models, including long-range cruisers and powercats at the Sanctuary Cove International Boat Show (SCIBS) (May 25-28).

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(Photos: SCIBS - Santuary Cove)

SCIBS sales and exhibition manager Dominic O’Brien said an ideal mix of the latest sail and power multihulls have already joined the ocean’s finest. “The market is on the rise across Australia with the Gold Coast following this trend. We have fielded regular enquiries from prospective interstate buyers who come to SCIBS specifically to see the current batch of cats. The Gold Coast is after all, the gateway to the Reef and Whitsundays.

“Some are enthusiasts, others new to boating, and they say they intend to travel from interstate because they’re planning to buy a cat and cruise the Pacific Islands, planning their Queensland charter, or want to buy a boat and enter it into charter.

“These beautiful vessels offer boaties plenty of space and volume, along with loads of innovative interiors and technology on board. They are perfect for entertaining and an ideal lifestyle platform.”

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(Seawind 1260)

From Multihull Central comes the world launch of the new Seawind 1260, which features an all-new interior design, modern exterior styling and modular cockpit lounge and dining table. 

Multihull Central director Brent Vaughan said multihulls appeal to a broad audience. “Some people are newcomers to boating, or they might be returning after many years’ absence and they see multihulls as the accessible, versatile option.

“We will also have the Seawind 1160 LITE LTD, which features a beautiful lightweight timber interior and leather lounge.

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(Aquila 44 powercat)

“In just 12 months we have launched four new Aquila 44s in Australia, including one in charter in the Whitsundays which is well booked and appeals to families, groups and couples.”

Multihull Solutions will be showcasing three power and sail catamarans this year.

Managing Director Mark Elkington said SCIBS has been chosen as the stage for the Oceanic premiere of the stunning Fountaine Pajot Helia 44 Evolution sailing catamaran. “The Helia 44 will complement the Fountaine Pajot Lucia 40 sailing catamaran and the impressive MY37 by Fountaine Pajot Motor Yachts. 

“These vessels appeal to power enthusiasts who appreciate outstanding fuel economy and offshore performance.”

The Multihull Group (TMG), now based at Coomera, will showcase this flagship model, which boasts a catalogue of unique features, creating an on-water residence where serenity meets luxury. The company will launch the Lagoon 630 MY.

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(Bali 4.3 loft)

TMG Managing Director John Cowpe said the 630 MY is based on the Lagoon 620 sailing catamaran – a tried-and-tested platform for open-ocean cruising. “With a 3200-litre standard fuel capacity, this is a true bluewater passagemaker with accommodation and equipment that makes living aboard safe and elegant.

“It will be open for inspection only by invitation or appointment, so there’s opportunity for people to book ahead and get on board.”

Also at the TMG display will be the new Lagoon 42 and the 450 Sports Top.

Ensign Boat Brokers are anticipating the arrival of the first Nautitech Open 40 under the Bavaria branding.

The French-built brand is known the world over for its quality and performance capabilities, while the impeccable design and construction of the interiors is supplied by Bavaria’s German craftsmen, resulting in the best of both.

Ensign managing director Tony Ross said the Open 40 is a well-regarded performance cat, receiving rave reviews on charter in the Whitsundays.

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(Bali 4.3 loft)

Dream Yacht Sales plans to unveil its brand-new Bali 4.3 at SCIBS. Director Christophe Vanek said the model has hit the mark with private owners, as well as the charter market. “The three boats in the Whitsundays are booked solid.

“They are ideal for cruising the tropical seas, completely opening up, with a real connection to the sea and plenty of room for the whole family. You barely need the AC on board there is so much air-flow!”