Published: Monday, 20 November 2017

Sanctuary Cove International Boat Show (SCIBS) has officially launched its milestone 30th-anniversary showcase to be held from May 24-27.

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(Photos: L-R: Stefan Ackerie, Bill Barry-Cotter, Greg Haines, Andrew Bennett, Johan Hasser)

From November 21, marine brands are invited to join the marine event, home to a display of the latest products and innovations in one location.

SCIBS General Manager Johan Hasser said the team was thrilled to be planning a massive Show, buoyed by the spirit of exhibitors already working towards their displays for the 30th year.

“30 years is a milestone we are proud and excited to share with our exhibitors, sponsors and supporters across the industry,” said Mr Hasser.

“From 100-plus exhibitors in 1989, to the world-class showcase it is today with more than 300 quality exhibitors from Australia, New Zealand and Asia, plus visitors from around the world, it’s fair to say we’ve come a long way.”

As well as attracting upwards of 40,000 visitors, SCIBS is an important B2B event on the Australian boating calendar, hosting international delegations in the wake of the ASMEX conference and thanks to the support of the Gold Coast City Council and the Queensland Government.

Celebrating 30 years alongside SCIBS is a loyal band of exhibitors who took a punt on a promotional concept, executed by the trio of Barry Jenkins, Harry Davis and his wife, Marilyn – all of whom have a long association with the event.

Barry Jenkins, or “Mr Boat Show”, remains actively involved to this day as the ambassador for SCIBS and in his role with AIMEX-Superyacht Australia.

Founder of Maritimo Bill Barry-Cotter was among the first exhibitors at the inaugural Sanctuary Cove International Boat Show in 1988 and remains one of the Show’s supporters.

“We have been involved from the outset and I believe it is the best boat show when you consider all its elements, including the location and all that Sanctuary Cove has to offer visitors,” said Barry-Cotter.

With the presence on-water for many years, and now with its Gold Coast HQ situated in the Marine Village, Maritimo invests significantly in SCIBS each year, such as a blend of stellar motor yachts and some new models in 2018.

Northside Marine’s dealer Principal Greg Nickerson is a 29-year veteran of SCIBS and said he was thrilled to be a part of the 30th anniversary.

“We have been established for 52 years in Brisbane, so SCIBS has been a vital showcase for us and the brands we represent exclusively in Queensland, such as Whittley, Surtees and Stabicraft to reach our Gold Coast customers,” said Nickerson.

He added that what sets SCIBS apart from other Australian boat shows was the Marine Village’s atmosphere, a diverse product offering, and family entertainment.

CEO John Hogan is another foundation SCIBS exhibitor who has carved out a reputation for floating solutions for marina construction, floating pontoons, jet ski docks and boat lifts.

Also joining the Show are Dean and Ryan Leigh-Smith, third generation boaties who have grown up with Sanctuary Cove as their ‘backyard’ their entire lives.

The Leigh-Smith Yachts represents Alaska, Hampton, Endurance and Fairline Yachts (QLD NT). The family will be celebrating its 54th year in the business, and they promise a showcase of over AUS12 million in boats.