2018 Sanctuary Cove International Boat Show

By: Peter Quilty, Photography by: Supplied

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Sanctuary Cove International Boat Show (SCIBS) has officially launched its milestone 30th anniversary showcase, to be held from May 24-27, 2018.

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From November 21, marine brands are invited to join the 2018 edition of the southern hemisphere’s premier marine event, home to a stellar display of the latest products and innovations in one spectacular location.

As well as attracting upwards of 40,000 visitors, SCIBS has grown to become one of the most important B2B events on the Australian boating calendar, hosting international delegations from every continent in the wake of the ASMEX conference and thanks to the support of the Gold Coast City Council and the Queensland Government.

Celebrating 30 years alongside SCIBS is a loyal band of exhibitors who took a punt on a promotional concept, executed by the dynamic trio of Barry Jenkins, Harry Davis and his wife, Marilyn – all of whom have a long association with the event.

Barry Jenkins, or "Mr Boat Show", remains actively involved to this day as the charismatic ambassador for SCIBS and in his role with AIMEX-Superyacht Australia.

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Boating industry legend and founder of Maritimo Bill Barry-Cotter was among the first exhibitors at the inaugural Sanctuary Cove International Boat Show in 1988 and remains one of the show’s strongest supporters.

With the strongest presence on-water for many years, and now with its Gold Coast HQ situated in The Marine Village, Maritimo invests significantly in SCIBS each year. For 2018, Maritimo promises its familiar blend of stellar motor yachts, some new models and "plenty of surprises".

Northside Marine’s dealer principal Greg Nickerson is a 29-year veteran of SCIBS and thrilled to be a part of the 30th anniversary of such an iconic event.

Superior Jetties CEO John Hogan is another foundation SCIBS exhibitor and will also be celebrating 30 years in operation next year, having carved out a global reputation for floating solutions for marina construction, floating pontoons, jet ski docks and boat lifts.

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Dean and Ryan Leigh-Smith are third generation boaties, who have grown up with Sanctuary Cove as their "backyard" their entire lives.

SCIBS holds a special place in their hearts, and now their business calls the Sanctuary Cove Marina home. For the Leigh-Smiths, Sanctuary Cove is the ideal venue to showcase the enviable benefits of the boating lifestyle.

In 2018, the Leigh-Smith family will be celebrating its 54th year in the business, and they promise a sensational display that will showcase over $12 million in boats.

SCIBS is also proud to annouce that luxury motor yacht builder Riviera will be returning to the event. As one of the first to sign up for the 2018 Show, the legendary Gold Coast manufacturer will be bringing an incredible multi-million-dollar showcase that will feature one world premier model.

Riviera owner and chairman Rodney Longhurst said the company was excited to be returning next year to celebrate the Show’s 30th anniversary alongside the rest of the marine community.

"We are proud to be returning to the Sanctuary Cove International Boat Show in 2018," Mr Longhurst said.

"SCIBS is the premium boat show in Queensland and the entire Riviera family is looking forward to being back and playing a part of this world-class event."

Having designed and launched 12 extremely successful new models in the five years since their last SCIBS appearance, Mr Longhurst is hoping visitors will be excited to step aboard and experience the very latest luxury Riviera yachts from their individual design collections.


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