Published: Monday, 26 May 2014

Sunday is traditionally a family day at the Sanctuary Cove International Boat Show (SCIBS) and with the sunshine the restaurants, pubs and cafes were full. A day of soaring temperatures and blue skies lent a festive feeling to the final day of the show.

Visitor numbers from the first three days suggest a 15 per cent increase from last year. Marine enthusiasts flocked to see more than 300 exhibitors from the Asia Pacific region.

The four-day event produced more than $30 million in sales.

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“It’s the bigger boats, in the 50 to 60 foot range which are attracting the most attention this year,” say Brett Thurley, managing director for Clipper Motor Yachts. “In a number of instances we’ve dealt with existing owners upgrading.”

Multihull Central director Brent Vaughan has seen the return of some long-term customers this year.

“We’re in the heart of catamaran territory on the Gold Coast so we’ve had a lot of local interest,” says Brent. “It’s made for some great leads throughout the four days.”

Peter Hrones from Team Windcraft says he has had a couple of strong leads on the Greenline hybrid motor yacht, which he is confident will convert to sales post-show.

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“Last year we sold six after the show, so I am sure [it] will go well again this year.” The other brands he represents in sail are Hanse, Moody, Dehler and Buizen, with Solaris joining soon.

“We always have a great SCIBS and this year is no exception. The weather has made it just that much better.”