EVENTS - Sanctuary Cove show introduces sea trials

Exhibitors get dedicated area to display on-water products

EVENTS - Sanctuary Cove show introduces sea trials
EVENTS — Sanctuary Cove show introduces sea trials

In an Australian first, Sanctuary Cove International Boat Show (SCIBS) will introduce a dedicated sea-trial area in May.

Exhibitors at Australia’s premier boat show will be able to book a berth on the sea-trial dock within the marina display area. SCIBS said berths will be restricted to one per exhibitor as there are a limited number of berths up to 45ft and some berths possible for longer vessels, depending on configuration.

"We have introduced this new component to the 2010 Show based on exhibitor feedback," said Sanctuary Cove International Boat Show general manager, Barry Jenkins.

"The facility may be useful for a wide range of marine exhibitors from smaller trailerable craft through to luxury vessels.

"Many exhibitors commented they wanted the opportunity to showcase their designs and products to prospective customers in a short sea trial," he said.

SCIBS said the sea-trial dock will offer clear and direct access to the Coomera River and tests can be done during show hours.

The show is held at Sanctuary Cove from Thursday, May 20 to Sunday, May 23, from 9am to 5pm daily.

Show organisers said other initiatives for the 2010 event include a Prestige Brokerage and Charter Display, where only accredited marina brokers and dealers will be permitted to exhibit within this dedicated display area on the marina. SCIBS said the new category means there will be more high-quality 15m-plus vessels, some valued at more than $1 million.

"We believe these new components will further enhance the Show’s reputation as a leading marine event in the Australasian region," said Jenkins.

"The Show’s management is delighted with exhibitor response thus far, with 80 per cent of our pavilion areas booked some four months out from the event," he said.

This year’s Gold Coast event has three large pavilions, including the Yachtbuilders’ Pavilion, sited on a prime location with glass walls overlooking the marina. SCIBS said as in past years, there will be extensive on-water displays at the marina and hardstand exhibits at the adjacent waterfront Marine Village.

In other news, SCIBS has welcomed back Club Marine as a sponsor.

"We are delighted Club Marine has renewed its association with the Show," said Jenkins.

The 2010 Show has leading Australian companies as media partners including Channel 7, Radio 4KQ, Trade-a-Boat, and

SCIBS said past events have drawn buyers from around the world, eager to view more than 100 world and regional marine product launches and more than 450 exhibitors. The show, it said, has attracted more than 50,000 people in recent years.

Exhibitors encompass a wide range of marine products and services with superyachts, luxury cruisers, catamarans, sailboats, engines, electronics, marine safety equipment and marine business to business services.

SCIBS is staged at the prestigious residential property of Sanctuary Cove, located within one hour of Brisbane and Gold Coast airports.

Intending exhibitors can book online via the SCIBS website on

Photo: SCIBS will have a dedicated sea-trial dock area for exhibitors for tests in the nearby Coomera River.


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