BY APB Staff on 10 Jan 2019

31st edition of the Sanctuary Cove International Boat Show will be held on May 23-26 in Queensland, Australia

To be held on May 23-26 in Queensland, Australia, the 31st edition of the Sanctuary Cove International Boat Show (SCIBS) will see an expansion of the PWC, trailerable, RIB and fishing segment throughout The Marine Village. It is expected to attract more than 45,000 visitors and 300 exhibitors to a showcase hundreds of boats and thousands of marine products. Australia’s leading boating brands have been quick to secure prime spaces at the 2019 SCIBS, with many industry giants signing up within a week of exhibitor applications opening.

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Gold Coast-based JSW Powersports, the world’s number one dealer for Sea-Doo, 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. Dealer principal Jeff McNiven said the company had showcased at almost every SCIBS since its inception and considered it a valuable marketing platform.

Club Marine has also committed to a significant presence at SCIBS 2019, with a highly visible stand opposite the Main Pavilion in The 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 is BRIG’S new 8m go-anywhere cruiser targets existing fans and new customers who are looking for myriad features as standard. With room for up to 11 people, it is powered by the acclaimed Yamaha 300hp four-stroke engine.

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Exhibiting in the Sports, Leisure and Fishing Boats Precinct, Wynnum Marine will present an exciting selection from the Cruise Craft range, proudly made in Brisbane since 1946 by the Nichols family. The highlight will be the launch of its 2019 centre console boat – the F360M, a 6.35m fully-composite construction trailerable boat. Set up for all kinds of fishing, the F360M boasts a 200hp engine, built-in tackle box, self-draining floor, more than 700L of storage, hydraulic steering and many more features for comfort, safety and efficiency.

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.”

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Returning in 2019 to exhibit in the trailer boat precinct is Gold Coast Boating Centre, which will have an 800sqm space showcasing about 30 boats across the Horizon, Stessco, Formosa by Sea-Rod and Stessel brands, along with Dunbier trailers and Yamaha outboard motors. Dealer Principal David Edwards, who co-owns the business with Scott Mahon, said the group would have all locally made aluminium boats in their line-up, from 3m tinnies to 7.5m offshore angling vessels.

“All our brands are established and popular, with our customers assured of great after-sales service and support from the vibrant, energetic team at Gold Coast Boating Centre,” he said. “We will have bow rider, centre console and side console boats ranging from entry-level prices about $10,000 up to more than $100,000, with our 2019 models suiting all budgets and boating lifestyles. We are also Yamaha’s second largest dealer in the country and will be offering special boat show packages.”

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; 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.

Visitors to SCIBS can expect to once again be treated to a huge range of associated marine products. This will include the return of electronics behemoths Navico, Raymarine, Garmin and Furuno to the Main Pavilion, 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 (Australian International Marine Export Group) Alley will also be back to promote Australian ingenuity and innovation, destinations, marinas, manufacturers and services.

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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.”