Published: Thursday, 30 March 2017

Strong demand from the trailer boat exhibitors has promoted the organisers of the 2017 Sanctuary Cove International Boat Show to expand an additional 1,500sqm at The Boatyard, a dedicated fishing, trailer and leisure boat precinct.

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(Photos: SCIBS)

The Boatyard has found major traction with the industry since making its debut at last year’s Show, complementing other trailerable exhibitor displays throughout SCIBS along Masthead Way and at The Docks.

JSW Powersports, Queensland Marine Centre (QMC), Northside Marine, Cobalt Boats, Stefan Boating World, Brisbane Yamaha, Game and Leisure Boats, Fishing & Leisure Boats, Tigé and Nautique Central are among the first brands to secure their spots.

Dominic O’Brien, SCIBS Sales and Exhibition Manager, said the new area will enable more trailer and leisure brands to showcase their latest releases and product ranges at the Show.

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“The industry is feeling very confident and optimistic about what the future holds, and subsequently there’s a big push into the marketing space.”

O’Brien said SCIBS 2017 visitors can expect a broad cross-section of trailer and leisure boat exhibitors, brands and products, with many world and Australian-first launches.

“We have an extensive collection of exhibitors, with everything from great cruisers, day boats and fishing boats, through to wake and ski boats, and everything in between. There is no question that the under 10m-vessel registrations are the bulk of the industry in Australia, and for the Gold Coast lifestyle it is a great way to enjoy our waterways with family and friends.

“This sector of the market offers a lot of accessibility and flexibility for people which is reflected in the terrific demand we’re seeing in The Boatyard and other trailer boat exhibitor displays located throughout the Show.”

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(Boston Whaler 420 Outrage)

QMC dealer principal Andrew Bennett is planning to display at least a dozen trailer boats, representing renowned US brands Sea Ray and Boston Whaler. 

“We will have the new models from Sea Ray’s SLX range of luxury bowriders, as well as Boston Whaler’s latest Outrage range.”

Lina Heldon of JSW Powersports, one of Australia’s leading Sea-Doo, Sea Fox and Can-Am distributors, said the company was bringing a diversity of watercraft to SCIBS this year: “QMC is also bringing the newest outboard-powered Sea Rays, which are experiencing a big rise in popularity. We have the leisure, fishing, wakeboarding and ATV markets covered.

“We will have the latest Sea-Doo Spark Trixx for the first time at a Gold Coast boat show, as well as Sea Fox craft in five layouts and CAN-AM’s Maverick X3 ATV. Our most exciting news is that we have just been appointed as the Malibu Boats dealer for the Gold Coast, so we will definitely have a selection on show at SCIBS 2017.”

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(Grady White 375 Freedom)

Graham McCloy from Game and Leisure Boats is a long-time SCIBS exhibitor who has chosen this year’s Show for the Australian unveiling of the latest Grady White vessel – the Freedom 375.

“It’s the flagship of the Grady White fleet so we are expecting it will draw a lot of keen interest. We will have Grady Whites and Regal Cruisers in water, as well as Grady Whites, Carribbeans and Regals on trailers in the hardstand area.” 

One of the country’s largest selling trailer boat dealers, Brisbane Yamaha, will be launching two of the latest models from Baysport Boats to the Australian market.

Brisbane Yamaha owner Aaron Goodchild said he was bringing a fleet of nine Baysport Boats to SCIBS 2017 because they were consistently the best-selling fibreglass boats in Queensland.

“We are launching the 6.4m Overnighter, which is ideal for families and fisherman, and we’ll also be unveiling the 6.4-metre Weekender, which comes complete with fresh water, sinks, toilet and new-look wraparound lounges in 2017.”

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(Super Air Nautique GS22-150)

Stefan Boating World is returning to SCIBS to stage the Australian launch of the Reflex 720 Hardtop. They will also bring an expanded display of up to 30 boats including Fibrefort, Karnic, Reflex and the latest revolutionary tinnies from Morningstar.

Owner Stefan Ackerie said: “Morningstar is the tinnie of the future and it has unbelievable potential. It is designed like a tinnie and built in a car parts factory, but looks like a fibreglass boat.”

Nautique Central dealer principal Sam Greenland will be exhibiting at SCIBS for the first time in 2017, saying it’s the perfect arena to display their wake and ski boat brand.

Nautique Central will unveil the Super Air Nautique GS22 for the first time in Australia, following the model’s unveiling in the United States in December.

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(Northside Marine Jeanneau NC9)

Northside Marine sales manager Bill Hull said the Brisbane dealership will have a larger display at this year’s Show, with 16 boats reflecting a diversity of brands and styles to suit an array of interests.

“We will have a total of eight fishing boats from New Zealand brands Stabicraft and Surtees, and two sports bowriders from Glastron. There will also be five Whittley cruisers and, for the first time for Northside, we’re bringing a Jeanneau, which will be the new NC9 model.”