The hugely popular 40ft-plus power segment is set to shine at the 2019 Sanctuary Cove International Boat Show (SCIBS), with a multitude of international debuts, Australian launches and Queensland firsts.
High-profile marques such as Riviera, Palm Beach, Clipper, Maritimo, Horizon, Whitehaven, Ocean Alexander, Galeon, Fleming and Leigh-Smith Yachts will impress both aficionados and newcomers to the boating lifestyle via an array of local and imported motor yachts, sports boats and more.
“The 40ft-plus segment offers an extremely diverse and versatile selection of boats,” said SCIBS General Manager Johan Hasser, whose team is preparing to host more than 45,000 visitors and 300 exhibitors at the event from May 23-26.
“We are confident visitors will be impressed with the amazing choice and innovations from Australian and international boat brands.
“Exhibitors tell us they are planning to display their latest feature-packed motor yachts at SCIBS, knowing that the market is well-educated and eager to get the most out of their family boating.”
Among the exhibitors will be internationally renowned Australian brand Palm Beach Motor Yachts, which will display the elegant PB50 and PB65 Flybridge models.
Both boats display the hallmark features of Palm Beach in their sleek lines, handcrafted teak joinery, impeccable finishes, powerful performance and all the luxuries of home.
Leading the Clipper Motor Yachts’ line-up is the world premiere of the Hudson Bay 470 sedan, a semi-displacement motor yacht ideal for the Australian lifestyle courtesy of its two-cabin, two-bathroom layout, hopper windows and spacious shaded cockpit for easy indoor-outdoor entertaining.
“Our heritage is in traditional, solid, trawler-style, long-range cruisers, but we have now modernised and taken that style of vessel to a completely new level of design and finish,” Clipper Motor Yachts Director Brett Thurley said.
Maritimo will unveil the much-anticipated X50, following on from the X60 in 2018 – the company’s most successful first-release model to date that resulted in record sales last year.
The Maritimo X50 incorporates an innovative aft accommodation space accessible from saloon and swim platform deck, while the customisable aft cabin can be optioned and utilised as a beach club with ensuite, twin single stateroom with ensuite or 3.2m tender garage.
Also based at Sanctuary Cove, Horizon Motor Yachts Australia will display the latest Horizon RP115, the E75 and the world premiere of the “pocket superyacht” – the FD77 Skyline.
The Horizon RP115 will be the largest Horizon to hit Australian shores for a third-time owner and, at 122ft, will be the largest vessel on show at SCIBS 2019.
The brand-new 77ft (24.54m) FD77 with its distinctive 23ft beam, available as an open flybridge or enclosed bridge, was designed by esteemed Dutch design studio Cor D. Rover and is designed to appeal to the owner-operator.
Horizon Motor Yachts Australia Director Mark Western said: “Our clientele love the atmosphere and excitement of SCIBS. We find this show offers everything for everyone and it’s definitely our biggest event of the year.”
Whitehaven Motor Yachts will present the much-anticipated Harbour Classic 40 and the all-new Whitehaven 6100 Coupe with its incredible superyacht-inspired Euro Edition styling package.
“These vessels represent close to two years of R&D and production, and we are very proud to bring them to SCIBS,” Whitehaven Motor Yachts Managing Director Bruce Scott said.
The Harbour Classic 40 concept was drawn by highly respected New Zealand yacht designer builder Bill Upfold, with Australian naval architect Misha Merzliakov reimagining her for discerning Australian day boaters.
The Harbour Classic 40 is a sophisticated and supremely comfortable 40ft dayboat, which combines the aesthetic and timeless appeal of a gentleman’s cruiser with the benefits of high-tech design and engineering, constructed with an expertly-designed hull for a quieter ride.
In another SCIBS coup, Fleming Yachts Australia will have Rapture, its exceptional Fleming 58, on show.
Created to fill the gap between the 55 and 65 models, the 58 was designed by Norman R Wright & Sons in Brisbane, whose expertise in designing semi displacement motor cruiser hulls is unrivalled in Australia.
With a full-width master cabin below the pilot house and an engine room boasting full headroom, Rapture comes complete with digital switching, a full array of the latest Raymarine navigational equipment and Twin Disc Joystick Control with the popular Position Hold feature in addition to traditional electronic throttle and gear levers.
Meanwhile, Alexander Marine, representing Ocean Alexander with the 70ft and brand new 88 Skylounge models on show, will launch the award-winning, European-built Galeon brand of boats into Australia with the Galeon 460 Fly and 510 Skydeck models.
Established in Poland in 1982, Galeon’s more than 800 staff deliver about 100 vessels each year with handcrafted excellence and unparalleled attention to detail. While the yacht builder may be new to Australia, it has received acclaim in Europe including at last year’s Cannes Yachting Festival where the Galeon 640 Fly was named ‘Most Innovative Yacht’ in the 60-80 feet category.
“The Galeon shipyard has been building boats for more than 30 years and its model range spans 30ft to 78ft,” said Dealer Principal Todd Holzapfel.
“Galeon is the most exciting motor yacht brand to arrive on our shores for a long time.”
Sanctuary Cove-based Leigh-Smith Yachts will display the British-built Fairline Targa 48 GT.
With three cabins, this dynamic sports cruiser features an Australian-friendly ‘galley up’ layout and retains its full deck-level saloon, aft sliding doors and opening hardtop that opens the interior to sunshine and sea breezes. The cockpit features a J-shaped seating area with a table and can offer the option of a sunbed conversion.
Tickets to SCIBS 2019 are now on sale, with a number of ticket and transport options available including free Park ‘n’ Ride from Warner Bros’ Movie World.