Published: Tuesday, 08 August 2017

Over 63,000 visitors attended the Sydney International Boat Show (August 3-7), similar to the number of 2012. The specific attendance figures are to be confirmed after the coming days as exhibitors collect their results.

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(Photos: SIBS)

Howard Glenn, CEO of Boating Industry Association, said: “We had a number of factors in our favour. Our return fully to our spiritual home of Darling Harbour, the recognised 50th anniversary, exceptional weather, exhibitor optimism and very strong indications that consumer sentiment is on the rise. 

“The Association had a clear vision of what the industry wanted and needed, and set its sights on achieving it. This show has been years in the planning, and our attitude was that nothing could be left to chance. Planning and attention to detail was paramount.” 

Aquila Power Catamarans staged the Australian debut of Aquila 36 at the show, while UAS-based shipyard Gulf Craft showcased its Majesty 122 and Nomad 65. Hudson Powerboat’s HPC48 had her Australian premiere at the show.

Sydney Show Attracts Over 63000 Visitors

(Photo: Gulf Craft - Gulf Craft's Majesty 122 in Sydney)

French yacht builder Jeanneau staged four Asia-Pacific premieres, including Jeanneau 51, Sun Fast 3200, Merry Fisher 895 and Cap Camarat 10.5 WA. Multihull Solutions' MY44 appeared in the Southern Hemisphere for the first time, alongside the display of Helia 44 Evolution.

Local shipyard Riviera held the world premiere of the 68 Sports Motor Yacht, along with 9 other yachts including 52 Enclosed Flybridge model, a 43 Open Flybridge and others, while Belize showcased the 54 Daybridge model and unveiled the concept of Belize 66, which is currently in build in two models, Sedan and Daybridge, and will make its world premiere in 2018. 

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Success also came in the BIA’s ability to ensure that the show visitors were richly educated and entertained, with three stages covering fishing, dive and aftermarket products and services. Displays from the Kilpatrick Family of racing boats and the Maritime Museum sat alongside the photography competition. Added to this was a great hub of information from the My First Boat Zone as well as Transport for NSW who provided much support as the event’s Partner in Safety. Those with adventure in their veins had a chance to hear stories from both Lisa Blair and Michelle Lee.

Exhibitors are reporting strong sales across the board with deliveries scheduled as early as August 8.

Dates for the 2018 edition have been set from August 2-6.