GEAR AND GADGETS APLENTY AT THIS YEAR’S SHOW

Fans of gear and gadgets are in for a treat at the 2019 Sanctuary Cove International Boat Show (SCIBS), with exhibitors rushing to grab a prized spot in the revamped Pavilions.

One of the boat show’s most popular attractions, the Main Pavilion – which includes the Superyacht & Marine Pavilion – is fully booked one month from the event after organisers reconfigured its layout to improve the experience for both visitors and exhibitors.

Popular names including Club Marine, Raymarine, Navico, AMI Group, Dometic/Seabreeze, Garmin, Fusion and BLA are among the companies that will give guests the chance to inspect and trial the latest in navigational equipment, electronics, accessories and entertainment.

“Exhibitors have been quick to book their preferred space in the Pavilions and, better still, most are committing to larger spaces to showcase more products,” SCIBS Sales & Partnerships Manager Dominic O’Brien said.

“As well as rotating the structure 90 degrees and moving it to create a huge plaza, we have redesigned the internal layout to facilitate greater flow for foot traffic and ultimately benefit visitors and exhibitors.

“The fact the Main Pavilion is fully booked so far out from the event is a huge vote of confidence from exhibitors, with other prime locations within the Marine Village also fully booked, and the Marina close to capacity.”

Among exhibitors to relocate into the Main Pavilion this year is insurance provider and boating lifestyle magazine publisher Club Marine.

As well as offering free copies of Club Marine magazine, its national team will be on hand to answer questions and present a free gift to existing members and visitors who request a policy quote.

“We are looking forward to promoting our Member Rewards Program, offering policy holders access to an array of discounts and discussing special offers on all kinds of marine and boating lifestyle goods and services from fishing gear to electronics, apparel and even accommodation,” Club Marine CEO Simon McLean said.

Fellow exhibitor Raymarine will showcase a range of technology that aims to give anglers the upper hand when in search of fish.

This includes the Element CHIRP Sonar/GPS series, which uses Element’s HyperVision 1.2 mega-hertz sonar technology to deliver the sharpest view of the underwater world including the ability to see structures, vegetation and fish with life-like clarity.

Also new this year is the Raymarine ClearCruise Augmented Reality, which promises enhanced on-water perception to Raymarine’s family of Axiom multifunction displays.

Meanwhile, Navico will present a range of products from the Lowrance, B&G and Simrad brands, as well as a selection of products from Clarion Marine audio.

New products include the Lowrance HDS Live and LiveSight, Lowrance Elite Ti2 wireless networking, Simrad/B&G/Lowrance Halo24 Radar and the Wireless Wind Sensor from B&G.

Another highlight will be the Simrad NSO evo3m display, which was designed for high-end motor yachts and features an integrated quad-core processor for a smooth response, from charting to StructureScan 3D imaging.

Navico will also display a range of radios, remotes, speakers, subwoofers and amplifiers from Clarion Marine and JL Audio.

AMI Group, which comprises wholesale marine sales and distribution, retail chandlery and safety products, navigation charts and water purification, will proudly introduce Hydrodrive hydraulic steering.

Aimed to suit the small boat market, including RIBs, cuddy cabin and centre-console vessels, Hydrodrive offers a smooth hydraulic steering alternative for boat owners with vessels utilising outboard motors up to 150hp.

Also on display will be the Village Marine LTM-350 modular watermaker, which is available in 12 and 24V DC and the ideal desalinator for sailboats and fishing vessels with limited space, and the new model TECMA X-Compass marine toilet with a carbon-fibre look designed to appeal to the luxury yacht market.

For the ultimate in bling, however, AMI Group will present the new Macris Industries Chroma Compact Dynamic Colour Change underwater light, which has been engineered for smaller vessels.

At only 267mm long and controlled via a free app, multiple units can be linked for synchronised and flowing underwater effects. Ultra-bright and impact resistant, Chroma Compact boasts 3400-plus fixture lumens and an average life expectancy of more than 40,000 hours.

Returning to SCIBS in 2019 is long-time exhibitor Dometic/Seabreeze, which will display a high-quality selection of marine and RV products.

Its products span air-conditioning, refrigeration, watermaker and toilet systems, Stella representing Kohler power generators, Stella marine desalination units, stabilisers and bow thrusters, along with an array of marine electronics brands for every facet of the boating lifestyle.

Another new product at SCIBS 2019 from Garmin will be the ECHOMAP Ultra combos, which offer a bright, sunlight-readable 10 or 12-inch keyed-assist touchscreen display that boasts all the tools one needs for successful fishing. Built in Quickdraw Contours mapping software, the product even allows boaties to create their own fishing maps as they fish.

Fusion will present a varied range of marine entertainment systems, including the launch of the much-anticipated Apollo 670, the world’s first touch-screen marine stereo, the Apollo RA770 and the compact Apollo SRX400.

In the Signature Series, it will also display a variety of marine speakers, wake tower speakers, tweeters, subwoofers and the Panel Series all-in-one entertainment solution with an indoor and outdoor version.

Fusion Marketing Manager Marcus Hamilton said: “SCIBS has always been an important show for us and, due to seasonality, location and visitors, we have chosen to launch many products at the show across the years and 2019 will be no different.”

Another popular name returning to the Main Pavilion is BLA, which will exhibit a host of new brands and product lines including the Humminbird Mega Imaging +, an advance on previous technology for fish finders.

BLA will also showcase key brands such as Lewmar sail and powerboat hardware, Fischer Panda generators, Seastar Solutions steering ideally suited to trailerboats, and C-Zone and Mastervolt power management systems. Electronics and boat chandlery items will make up the rest of the display, which will stretch more than 99sqm.

“As the first boat show of the year, SCIBS is a great venue to launch new products and showcase the best of our brands, meet our customers, trade and end users, and socialise with the industry,” BLA Marketing Manager Erwin Salidaga said.