May 26, 2018


With close to 200 boats on display, the Sanctuary Cove International Boat Show’s on-water showcase was a spectacular success. From an array of global launches, Australian premieres and Queensland debuts, the Marina saw the world’s leading marine brands congregate together for our 30th milestone edition.

Adding to the celebrations at this year’s SCIBS was the official debut of new Australian luxury yacht company Yachtsmen International.

Choosing SCIBS 2018 as the ideal setting to officially launch to the market, Yachtsmen International unveiled its full service global yachting company which specialises in brokerage, charter, new construction, refit and repair, yacht management, crew placement and training, for both motor and superyachts.

In line with its official launch, Yachtsmen International had its luxury brokerage vessels, including an 86’ Sunseeker Yacht and 58’ Riviera 5800 Sports Yacht, on show, as well as a VIP lounge.

A timeless classic was also on display, as Steve Wallace Marine showed off its luxury, expedition motor yacht, with visitors able to explore first hand the 2008 Chuck Paine
pocket super yacht, Adagio 72.

At 22m (72ft) and displacing 66 tonnes, the Adagio 72 boasts 5-Star super yacht engineering, safety, comfort and reliability and as a long-range cruiser, can make crossings of 2000nm.

Built by Vitali/Bjorklund Yacht Construction Management of Auckland, Adagio has big-ship systems throughout: electronic stabilisation underway and at anchor, sophisticated navigation and communication equipment, very low noise and vibration levels when underway, and a five-star finish inside and out.

May 24, 2018


Described as a ‘show within a show’, the new Sports, Leisure and Fishing precinct at SCIBS 2018 had something for everyone across its 10,000sqms of space dedicated entirely to trailerable craft.

Among the latest and greatest, Spitfire showcased its range of anodised Aluminium 6061 trailers.

Being one of the very few trailer manufacturers in the world who offer T6 hardened aluminium and anodised aluminium as a standard option, Spitfire Trailers featured a selection of its heavy-duty models, including the Spitfire dual axle aluminium 2,000kg ATM trailer, the Spitfire single axle aluminium braked trailer, 1,460kg ATM and the Spitfire single axle aluminium unbraked trailer.

As the Australian importer and distributor of Cobia Boats, Bluewater Powerboats had a range of Cobia models on display, as well as unveiling an innovative marine monitoring system – offering peace of mind to boaties who don’t have regular access to their vessels.

Distributors of Dokensip, Bluewater Powerboats presented the Dokensip state of the art alarm monitoring system to Show-goers – featuring wireless sensor technology that will help you look after and protect your boat, any time, from anywhere in the world.

In conjunction with a smartphone app or web support, Dokensip constantly monitor the status of your boat, and instantly alert you of any possible security breaches or mechanical/electrical issues via SMS, email and personal assistance.

May 24, 2018


SANCTUARY Cove International Boat Show (SCIBS) has opened its milestone 30th anniversary showcase, with bumper crowds flooding through the gates early for the start of the iconic four-day event.

City of Gold Coast Mayor Tom Tate rang the traditional Boat Show bell to officially declare SCIBS 2018 open this morning, with more than 40,000 visitors expected to stream through the gates across the next three days.

General manager of SCIBS Johan Hasser said visitor numbers were up on Day 1 from last year, while feedback from exhibitors had been extremely positive, with many reporting a strong start to sales and a steady stream of Show-goers throughout the day.

“We’ve had a hugely successful first day of Show,” Mr Hasser said.

“We haven’t seen these sorts of opening day numbers for quite some time, so we are really excited for the next three days.”

Local boating manufacturer Riviera has made its much-anticipated return to SCIBS in 2018, and owner Rodney Longhurst said the team had a strong start to boat sales on Day 1.

“So far it’s been a really happy time for us! We’ve sold two boats, a fabulous 52 Flybridge and a 48 Sports Yacht, so we’re very pleased with how things are going,” Mr Longhurst said.

“We’ve had lots of people coming to see the new Riviera lineup, and we’ve got lots of interested people here, so hopefully we can invite more to the Riviera family.”

For Maritimo, this year’s SCIBS is the brand’s 15th Show, but for founder Bill Barry-Cotter, 2018 marks his 30th year as an exhibitor. Maritimo’s head of sales and marketing, Greg Haines, said the day started off strong from the time gates opened.

“We saw a lot of people through the stand before lunchtime! We have six boats here including the race boat, and the X-60 is certainly a huge drawcard. Bill’s (Barry-Cotter’s) own S70 is also attracting a lot of interest,” he said.

Surf Coast Marine’s Paul Banning said their first day had also been positive, with the team managing to secure several sales.

“We’ve had good numbers and we’ve got a couple of sales away, which is great,” he said.

“We’ve done a 5-10 Cruiseabout with a 90 Suzuki and a 610 Trident with a 140 Suzuki, which has set a great platform for the Show.”

On the Marina, Integrity and Whitehaven Motor Yachts’ Peter Pembroke, general manager for the brands, said opening crowd numbers seemed larger than in previous years, most likely the result of the great weather and pre-show marketing.

“We are pleased with the number of people and the types of people here so far,” he said.

“There are lots of boat owners and people who say they are here to buy. We have a few sales pending and are confident of closing those deals before Sunday.”

Damien Johnson from The Boutique Boat Company, representing Princess, also experienced a strong first day.

“For Day 1, we are impressed because it’s typically the quietest day, but the calibre of buyers has been high,” he said.

“We’ve met a number of buyers that are qualified and are in the market, so for the first day, it’s quite positive.”

Andy Young, CEO of Longreef Yachts said the team had also noticed a lot more traffic at this year’s Show.

“It’s looking like one of the best Show’s yet,” he said.

Multihull Solutions reported strong sales enquiry from the first morning, with strong leads on its power and sail catamaran range.

“This year we’re seeing really good quality leads and qualified potential clients,” Multihull’s Anna Wallace said.

At the end of F Arm, Twin Disc Pacific is conducting Seakeeper demonstrations on the Matilda Bay 32, as well as the Twin Disc boat, Revolution.

Twin Disc Pacific managing director, Glenn Frettingham said the start of Day 1 was living up to its reputation as a ‘buyers day’.

“We are seeing good numbers and good enquiry. Owners of Rivieras, Maritimos and some who are planning to buy a Fleming are looking at retrofitting a Seakeeper,” Mr Frettingham said.

“The Australian launch of Seakeeper 2 has attracted a lot of interest, and we completed three demos already before lunchtime on Revolution.”

In The Marine Village, with additional space this year, Sirocco Marine North has a sensational display of 32 RIBS on show, from entry level to the jaw-dropping 10m BRIG Eagle 10, which boasts a speed of 50 knots.

Managing director for Sirocco, Neil Webster said the team was confident of several sales across the brands he represents – Williams Jet Tenders, Sirocco, BRIG and Sealegs – with more to come over the next few days.

“We have sold six BRIGS already, medium to large sizes, and that is pretty good for Day 1. There’s a lot of people here for Day 1, we have seen solid traffic, and they are from all states in Australia and NZ,” he said.

“It’s great that SCIBS is the sole Gold Coast show and good weather, a good economy and it being the 30th year have brought out the buyers.”

On the Marina, SACS Marine Australia is lapping up the sunshine and positive ambience from exhibitors and visitors.

General manager Colin Wilcox said the team had seen a lot of familiar faces from last year’s SCIBS and the Sydney boat show, which indicated they were getting serious about buying.

“Now that we have boats on the water in every state, and we’re selling a boat a month around the country, people are coming to know what’s great about SACS,” he said.

“This year, the 13m Strider is really getting some attention. We have heard people say they saw us on Instagram and social media, and now they are seeing us on the water, they want one!”

JSW Powersports on Masthead Way had a great day from the increased foot traffic through the Village on Day 1, with director Jeff McNiven saying there hadn’t been a quiet period since gates opened.

“We got bombarded before 9am! It has been constant right from the start,” he said.

“The RXTX and the GTR are leading our scoreboard so far with a handful of sales, and we expect more to come today and the next three days.

“The brand new 2018 model Seafox and Malibu Boats have attracted a lot of interest and the sales team have been busy.”

Steve Ackerie of Stefan Boating World said SCIBS was definitely one of the best shows in Australia.

“It’s more than a boat show – it’s all about entertainment and selling the boating lifestyle,” he said.

“SCIBS has a unique ambience, it’s vast and covers everything from small boats to superyachts, tinnies, accessories and everything under the sun.”

The 2018 anniversary SCIBS features a large number of international, national and Queensland launches, across all market segments, on and off-water.

Johan Hasser said the next three days promised visitors a fantastic opportunity to get up close to hundreds of luxury, sporting and fishing boats, marine accessories and impressive supercars, along with entertainment for the whole family.

“We have so much on display at this year’s Show, with up to 200 boats on water and more than 300 exhibitors spread across the Pavilions, around The Marine Village and in our new dedicated trailerboat precincts, there really is something for every boating and marine lifestyle interest,” Mr Hasser said.

“Together with a jam-packed entertainment schedule, interactive Kids’ Zone, great food and fantastic atmosphere, we’re looking forward to sharing the 30th anniversary event with more visitors across the next three days.”

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May 22, 2018


Leopard Catamarans’ 43 and 51 Power Cats have made their show debut at SCIBS 2018, with the stunning models on-water at Pier E.

The Leopard 43 PC is a completely redesigned mid-sized catamaran built with the quality foundation that has come to be expected of Leopard Catamarans.

With outstanding attention to detail carried through the entire layout, including the hull design, speed, standard specifications and updated interior, the Leopard 43 offers true value for quality, performance, and durability.

With great fuel range at cruising speed and plenty of outdoor space including an enormous flybridge which can be fully enclosed, the 43 is economical, easy to handle, and spacious with 27 per cent more interior volume than her predecessor.

Joining the 43 on display, is the Leopard 51 Power Cat – bringing with it a multitude of exciting features, including a sleek design, a large forward cockpit, additional lounging areas, an expansive flybridge and a completely redesigned interior upgraded with modern appliances.

Drawing upon the success of previous Leopard power cats, this economically efficient catamaran uses less fuel than other power models.

Now into their fourth generation of power catamarans in collaboration with Robertson & Caine, Leopard Catamarans have continuously improved its power products with fast and economical catamarans, offering ample accommodations, large flybridges, access forward from inside the main saloon, and superior rides in all conditions.

May 20, 2018


Filled to the brim with an array of marine equipment, accessories, electronics and apparel, The Pavilions were a crowd favourite at SCIBS 2018.

Ultra Marine Products (UMP) showcased its range of Ultra Anchors, Ultra Inflatable Textile Fenders and marine accessories – with the Ultra Anchor range incorporating advanced anchoring technology, handmade from 316 stainless steel.

Savwinch showcased the world’s first complete stainless-steel winch at SCIBS 2018, from its recently launched new Signature Series. Launched in 2017, the SSS range comprises a completely 316 stainless steel motor, 316 stainless steel gearbox and a 316 stainless steel winch, making it the ‘Rolls Royce’ of Winches.

2018 not only marked the 30 edition of the Sanctuary Cove International Boat Show, but also the 50th anniversary of continuous trading for RWB Marine. A trade only supplier of many of the world’s leading brands and products, RWB Marine are proud to have long term associations and representation of prestige marine brands including Rule, Jabsco, Majoni and Nuova Rade, which they showcased at this year’s Boat Show.

Among SCIBS highlights were Rule’s range of submersible Next Generation Bilge Pumps – providing the ultimate pumping performance to keep the boats bilge clear of nuisance water.

Quality Marine Clothing (QMC) made a fashionable statement in The Main Pavilion, as it showcased its range of apparel and other products from its stable of marine clothing brands including Toio and Sail Racing.

As part of their showcase, QMC released their exclusive custom-designed 30th anniversary Sanctuary Cove International Boat Show cap for Show-goers to purchase, in celebration of the milestone event.

The company also chose the 30th edition for the Australian launch of Twodeck’s Submariner Sandal – a one-style-fits-all handcrafted design, based off the standard issue sandal created for the British Royal Navy 30 years ago.

May 20, 2018


For the discerning boaties looking to spend more time on the water and less time getting there, Sealegs International’s showcase at Masthead Way was one not to miss!

Developed in one of the marine capitals of the world, Auckland New Zealand, Sealegs is a pioneer in amphibious boating technology – producing craft for the local market and amphibious enablement kits for the world market.

Its patented system has revolutionized the boat launch and retrieval process around the world, and has been exported to more than 50 countries for recreation, commercial, military, and rescue applications.

Sealegs Amphibious Craft drive on land and, with the push of a button, swiftly transform into high-speed powerboats on water – all with the occupant staying in the boat and remaining completely dry.

As part of its showcase, Sealegs International showed off its latest and most popular models since release, the 7.7m Sport D-Tube all alloy craft as well as its classic 7.1m Sport RIB.

From its stand on The Promenade, Walker Bay Boats Australia exhibited a selection of its Walker Bay Original Series Rigid-injection moulded plastic dinghies, as well as its in-demand sailing dinghies.

The Gold Coast based company also had the Airis inflatable kayaks on show and new this year to SCIBS, was the Airis inflatable airdock – an ideal on-water platform for watersports, sunbathing, cleaning your boat and much more.

May 19, 2018


Autolovers were spoilt for choice at the Sanctuary Cove International Boat Show, with major sponsor Bentley Brisbane choosing the 30th anniversary milestone event to stage the exclusive Queensland launch of the all new Continental GT alongside its stunning collection of luxury British-built vehicles.

Unrivalled in its class, the new Continental GT took centre-stage on display in the Bentley Suite overlooking F Arm of the Marina. Described as the car that redefines what a grand tourer can be, the new GT combines a striking design, phenomenal power and unparalleled craftsmanship for which Bentley is famous, to create the ultimate grand tourer.

The spectacular line up at Supercar Street also turned heads, with world-class marques including Aston Martin Queensland and McLaren Gold Coast, Porsche, Mercedes-Benz, Maserati, and Lamborghini Brisbane – the leaders in sports cars, grand tourers, ultraluxury and Supercars.

From Aston Martin and McLaren, Show-goers were treated to an exclusive look at the new Aston Martin DB11 V8 Coupe as well as the new McLaren 720S, as part of its luxury showcase.

A standard-bearer for an all-new generation of cars, the Aston Martin DB11 is the most powerful and efficient ‘DB’ production model in Aston Martin’s history. Inside the DB11, sumptuous natural materials, spacious design, the highest levels of craftsmanship and state of the art climate control and infotainment technology provide the ultimate in comfort and convenience.

Pushing the limits of supercar possibilities, the McLaren 720S is lighter, stronger and faster – with a design that is exquisite form following ingenious function.

The smooth flow of the exterior lines manipulates onrushing air to reduce drag and cool the engine, while slim pillars on the teardrop-shaped cabin allow for an extraordinary glass canopy that floods the interior with daylight and offers unrivalled visibility.