TRAILERABLE BOATS, PWCS AND NAV GEAR LEAD THE FIRST WAVE TO SCIBS 2019

The country’s leading boating brands have wasted no time securing prime spaces at the 2019 Sanctuary Cove International Boat Show (SCIBS), with many industry giants signing up within a week of exhibitor applications opening.
To be held from May 23-26, the 31st edition of SCIBS will see an expansion of the PWC, trailerable, RIB and fishing segment throughout Marine Village.
Gold Coast-based JSW Powersports, the world’s number one dealer for Sea-Doo, has already booked its traditional position on both sides of Masthead Way and plans to present the complete 2019 line-up of Sea-Doo models.
This will include the new 2019 Fish Pro, which was designed for PWC fishing, as well as GTX 300 Ltd from luxury range, RXT-X 300 from high performance range, Wake Pro 230 and Spark Trixx.
In all, JSW Powersports plans to display 20-plus models in the Sea-Doo, Sea Fox and Malibu boat ranges, along with a selection of Can-Am ATV offroad vehicles and the new-in-2019 Can-Am Spyder 3-wheel motorcycles, the ideal companion to the on-water adventure lifestyle.
JSW Powersports dealer principal Jeff McNiven said the company had showcased at almost every SCIBS since its inception and considered it a valuable marketing platform.
“SCIBS is a great place to meet our customers, share stories and show them new product and we always come away with excellent sales and leads,” he said.
“Along with Sea-Doo, we will show a selection of Malibu wakeboarding and wakesurfing boats and the Sea Fox family-friendly fishing boats.”
Club Marine has also committed to a significant presence at SCIBS 2019, with a highly visible stand opposite the Main Pavilion in Marine Village.
“As one of the first boat shows of the year, SCIBS is the ideal place to catch up with our customers and industry colleagues, share their experiences and help them with their interests,” Club Marine CEO Simon McLean said.
“We are also looking forward to promoting our Member Rewards Program, which is unique to Club Marine and offers policy holders access to an array of discounts and special offers on all kinds of marine and boating lifestyle goods and services.”
An exhibitor since 2005, Sirocco Marine has booked extended space for next year’s event as it plans to showcase a larger range, as well as host a massive BRIG Dock Party and mammoth prize package.
Sirocco Marine North will present 30 RIBS spanning the BRIG, Williams and Sirocco brands, including the Williams Minijet 280, Williams Turbojet 325 and all-new BRIG Eagle 8, Eagle 6 and Eagle 5.
The Eagle 8 – BRIG’S new 8m go-anywhere cruiser – will captivate devotees of the brand and a new generation of boaties looking for myriad features as standard. With room for up to 11 people, it is powered by the acclaimed Yamaha 300hp four-stroke engine.
Sirocco Marine Managing Director Neil Webster said SCIBS was one of Australia’s two premier boat shows and always resulted in strong sales and quality leads.
“SCIBS is the first show on the calendar and always attracts lots of buyers,” he said.
Another confirmed exhibitor is Brisbane Quintrex, one of the country’s biggest boat dealerships and representing iconic Aussie aluminium boat brand Quintrex, Baysport – Queensland’s best-selling fibreglass brand.
It also represents Yellowfin, “a hardcore plate fishing boat range” according to Brisbane Quintrex Dealer Principal Aaron Goodchild.
“SCIBS 2019 is on track to be the biggest ever in terms of trailer boats,” he said.
“We will have 40 boats in total, ranging from 3.5m to 7m and all with factory-backed specials and unbeatable deals on offer over the four days.”
Other major brands set to exhibit in the trailer boat precinct and Marine Village are long-time exhibitors Northside Marine with Stabicraft, Surtees and Stacer; Wynnum Marine with the Australian-made Cruise Craft range; and Karee Marine, featuring Stessco and Tournament boats.
For the explorers, the Caraboat will be of prime interest – a caravan-boat combo that is a stylish, sleek, aerodynamic and easy-to-tow caravan and then, when in boat mode, becomes a safe, seaworthy boat.
In the Main Pavilion, electronics behemoths Navico, Raymarine, Garmin and Furuno will be back, while top quality marine clothing manufacturer Musto and marine lifestyle product specialist Ultra Marine will showcase the latest marine accessories and accoutrements from Europe.
AIMEX Alley will also return in 2019, offering the best in Australian ingenuity and innovation, destinations, marinas, manufacturers and services.
SCIBS General Manager Johan Hasser said: “We are thrilled with the overwhelming response so far.
“Seasoned exhibitors and those who are new to SCIBS are well ahead of schedule this year, all with exciting plans for world and Australian premieres, the launch of new brands into the market and exceptional special offers.”