Some of the marine industry’s biggest names have already signed up for the 2015 Sanctuary Cove International Boat Show. In fact, bookings are on par with this time last year where 307 exhibitors turned out, which bodes well for another bumper event.
Among the standouts on-water are Maritimo, Fleming Australia, Horizon, Outer Reef, Integrity, Meridian, Elandra, Bering Yachts and an array of sailing brands, mono and multihull.
In the main pavilion, the electronics brands and accessories will be back in numbers, among them: Navico, Raymarine, Furuno, GME, Coursemaster, Ronstan, Garmin and Humminbird, as well as some of the leading names in chandlery, apparel, shoes, maps, charts and marinas.
The Superyacht Pavilion will include Superior Jetties who will showcase their range of pontoon products with the theme “Walk on Water”.
They will be joined by companies like Pantaenius, Bellingham, P&W Marine Engineers, Ultimate Marine Power, along with Australian manufacturers such as Aqualumain the section known as “AIMEX/Superyacht Australia Alley”.
Around the Marina Village, space is selling quickly, with the likes of JSW Powersports, Runaway Bay Pontoon Boats, All Marine Spares, Nitro Marine, Collins Marine and engine brands Yanmar, Isuzu, Scania, among many others, signing up for another year.
Johan Hasser, general manager for Sanctuary Cove International Boat Show commented, “We are heartened by the support for the show this year from the marine industry, exhibitors, sponsors and partners. The Sanctuary Cove tenants and residents, and the Gold Coast community are right behind us for our 27th show.
“We are at 80% capacity in the pavilions, and the open spaces are filling fast. In 2014 in the final few weeks before SCIBS, there was high demand for space in the trailer boat segment, so exhibitors wishing to secure space should do so soon, either online or by phone.”
Scott Blee, naval architect is looking forward to his first Sanctuary Cove Boat Show. He stated, “Our company is interested in developing our presence in Australia and New Zealand markets. We believe our boats are the great fit for Australian customer requirements and for the cruising conditions of the area. Our featured boat for SCIBS is Namaste, B65 Expedition Yacht.”
This particular boat was launched in 2013 and since then has made about 7,000 nm traveling from Hong Kong to Brisbane via Subik Bay, Philippines, Singapore, Phuket, Thailand, Bali, Indonesia, Timor and Darwin. Her range is 5,000 nautical miles at a cruising speed of 7 knots.
Whitsunday Rent A Yacht will be returning to SCBS for its 27th year as exhibitors and will be providing the major prize for this year's pre-show online tickets sales: a five-night charter on board the sublime Perry 43 Sailing Catamaran.
Joscelyn O'Keefe, sales and marketing manager at WRAY commented, “SCIBS is an integral part of our annual marketing campaign, as it gives us scope to actively promote the Whitsunday region and our unique product to the SE Queensland consumer, one of our largest target markets.
“The success of previous shows in terms of quality sales leads and industry contacts are the main reasons that the SCIBS remains high on our agenda. This year we will be running our highly successful online charter auction ‘Live Deals’ showcasing a new vessel to the fleet, our Conquest 44 power catamaran."
For more information, visit Sanctuary Cove International Boat Show