May 27, 2018


THE SUN has set on the 2018 edition of the Sanctuary Cove International Boat Show, with exhibitors tooting millions of dollars in sales across the four days and organisers reporting visitor numbers up 10 per cent.

The weather gods were kind for Day 4 of the 30th anniversary showcase, which drew 45,866 people through the gates from Thursday to Sunday.

Organisers said 2018 was one of the biggest Shows yet, with 180 boats on water and 275 boats on land across The Marine Village precincts, along with more than 300 individual exhibitors on Show.

SCIBS general manger Johan Hasser said exhibitors reported a successful four days across the board, with many securing record sales and promising leads to follow up post-Show.

“It’s been a great event, visitor numbers are up on last year and our exhibitors have benefited, with many generating major sales results and the chance to showcase their brands to tens of thousands of potential buyers,” he said.

Local Gold Coast manufacturer Maritimo reported its ‘best Show since pre-GFC’, with the team hitting a new SCIBS sales record.

CEO Garth Corbitt said the sales rush in the past four days put Maritimo ahead of its $37 million record on the last day of the Show and that figure was set to increase further as deals were finalised in the coming days.

He said sales had been made across the entire range of the company’s models with the X60 luxury sports yacht and the S70 and M70 motor yachts attracting the biggest interest.

“There were multiple X60 sales following its world premiere on Thursday,” he said.

“The world premiere of the X60 sports yacht has drawn huge attention to Maritimo and sales have just flowed throughout the whole Show.”

Rodney Longhurst from fellow Gold Coast local boat builder Riviera said the Show had been very rewarding.

“The SCIBS team has been very welcoming and very supportive. The Riviera family too are proud to see us back on the water and showcasing our latest product.

“The response to the 395 and the Riviera 72 Sports Motor Yacht has been overwhelming. We’ve had at least six people on every model in the seven-boat line-up at 3pm on a Sunday! We are happy with the interest, happy with our sales. It has been great all round!”

Peter Pembroke, general manager at Whitehaven and Integrity Motor Yachts said this year’s visitor numbers were “extremely strong and good quality” and had resulted in great leads for both brands.

“People came to this year’s Boat Show with the intention to buy, and they asked all the right questions,” he said.

“We are pleased with the level of interest in Whitehaven, which is a bespoke product that appeals to experienced boat owners looking for a highly customised motor yacht.

“Integrity appeals to a different market, and was also very well received, particularly the new generation models. We have sold the Integrity 320 Express and 380 Sedan models, and are confident of further sales in the coming weeks.”

NSW based The Multihull Group sold three of its Lagoon catamarans, the 42, 450Flybridge and a 62 at the Show, a take-home total of close to $5 million.

Managing director John Cowpe said the team was extremely happy with the result.

“The first two days were the strongest days in terms of sales, but overall it’s been a great Show.”

Horizon Motor Yachts Australia sold an E75 model for $5 million off the back of the model on display at SCIBS, which will be a custom-build.

Also on-water, the team at Great Southern Marine representing Palm Beach Motor Yachts and Ocean Alexander had “a very positive four days”.

“It has been high quality,” dealer principal Todd Holzapfel said.

“We’ve had plenty of interest and leads across all product. The Ocean Alexander 70 and 85 attracted a lot of extremely positive feedback. We have a number of sea tests booked for next week. There’s a lot of follow up to be done!”.

Brett Thurley from Clipper Motor Yachts said the team sold three new Hudson Bay Clipper’s valuing more than $2 million.

“This year’s Show was a step up from other years in terms of the size of the Show, new products on offer an overall positive vibe,” he said.

HiOctane Marine which were showcasing the all-new Glastron Deck said the team had secured several sales across the Show, along with 25 on-water tests in the next few weeks.

Tim Stessl, sales director for HiOctane Marine said it was the company’s 29th year at SCIBS.

“We’ve got four sales over the line already and hopefully a few more in the pipeline, and a good couple of month’s worth of leads to follow up after the Show,” he said.

Andrew Bennett, dealer principal at Queensland Marine Centre (QMC) said its new Boston Whaler models, along with 350 Realm and Sea Ray and were really well received.

“We’re really happy, we have a heap of sea trials booked after the Show,” he said.

It wasn’t all about the boats – Major sponsor Bentley Brisbane sold six new Lamborghini’s and three of the new Bentley Continental GT, which had its Queensland debut at SCIBS.

Marketing manager Clinton Wright said the Show had provided Bentley with a wide range of customers, keen to check out the luxury vehicle manufacturer’s latest models.

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

In the Pavilions, general manager of Furuno Australia said the Show had been very positive, with good enquiry both for new boats and some good refit opportunity.

“I think Sanctuary Cove has proven again that it gets a really good cross-section of the boating community. Our leads book is really solid, so we’ll have a busy few days after the Show.”

Chris Radford, director of sales from Simrad, Lowrance and B&G said there seemed to be a big increase in numbers in patronage as well as exhibitors at the Show.

“It does have that feel of the old Sanctuary Cove Boat Show back again, so we’re really happy with the numbers and the quality of the people that have come through,” he said.

Sean Griffin from boating accessories supplier GME said it was the best Show in years.

“It’s been excellent, the organisers made a big effort this year, it’s obvious by the number of boats and people, I think everyone will be very happy.”

In the Main Pavilion, Raymarine has had a huge response to its new Axiom product.

“It’s been fantastic,” said Damien Weber, Raymarine general manager.

“There were tonnes of people though the Pavilion and it was exceptionally busy. Our dealers have done extremely well. Axiom has driven the demand, people are very interested in it, and we have been very happy with the response.”

Steve Ackerie of Stefan Boating World, said SCIB is without a doubt “the best boat show in Australia”.

“It’s a beautiful show and this weather has brought out the people in good numbers. We always sell boats after the Show, but we have plenty of leads and people interested in our boats.

“It’s the closest you’ll get to Miami. I’m glad we’re here!”

For Honda, after an absence of a few years, Mark Suttle said SCIBS 2018 had been “very pleasing”.

“It’s back to a great boat show,” he said.

“We are happy. We sold a few engines, and have plenty of good leads. Thursday and Friday were particularly strong. We will be back in 2019!”

In the Boatyard, Hurricane Pontoon Boats said they had “a blinder” of a Show.

“SCIBS is back close to the old days,” said owner Brett Flanagan, who over his career had been to all 30 editions of SCIBS.

“It’s the best show for six or so years,” he said.

“It has been sensational! We’ve had exceptional interest in our all fibreglass pontoon boats. We have seven or so sea trials booked for next week, which is pleasing, and we are confident of closing some deals. It’s been terrific!”

Brisbane Marine director Ricky Gleason also said it was their ‘best year ever’ and they had sold 10 plus boats across the four days.

Dylan Lopez, managing director of BRIG said the team had sold the majority of the units on their stand, including the BRIG Eagle 10, which is the first 10 metre Eagle in Queensland and had piqued the interest of Gold Coast City Mayor Tom Tate.

“It’s been one of our best Shows in 14 years and we’re super excited to see the Eagle 10 launched into the Queensland marketplace and we event have the Gold Coast Mayor Tom Tate going for a sea trial next week, so we are hoping to close a sale with the Mayor, and that will be a winning ticket!” he said.

Mike Orsmond, Dealer Principal at RIB Force Inflatables said the atmosphere at this year’s SCIBS was “extremely positive”, which had a great impact on sales all-round.

“Maritimo, Riviera and Integrity – all the big guys – all seem to have sold boats, which is good for us in their slipstream,” he said.

“We sold a fair few small boats and some medium sized, but we are very happy to have some larger boats in the pipeline. SCIBS was great for us. We have a full year of work ahead of us.”

Typically the ‘family’ day at the Show, crowds also took in the final weigh-in of the ‘Fly Scoot’ Bream Shoot Out fishing competition presented by Shimano and hosted by SCIBS ambassador Paul Burt, with husband and wife team Ryan and Nicole Kitto crowned the 2018 champions with a winning catch of 11.33kg.

SCIBS general manager Johan Hasser said the team was already looking forward to putting the plans into place for next year.

“We are really pleased with the result, it’s such an important event for the marine industry and for the local Gold Coast economy, and we’ve had tens of thousands of people turn out to enjoy the sunshine and the great atmosphere in The Marine Village.

“We can’t wait to do it all again next year.”

The 31st annual SCIBS will be held on May 23 to 26, 2019.

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.