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SCIBS has always been a popular destination for Kiwi marine enthusiasts, and 2021 looks like being well worth the visit.
The highly anticipated 32nd edition of the Sanctuary Cove International Boat Show (SCIBS), to be held from May 20-23 at the vibrant Marine Village on the Gold Coast, is shaping up to be a bumper year following the launch of exhibitor bookings in mid-December.
Among the prominent brands having already applied for prime positions on the water are Maritimo, Horizon, Princess Yachts, Integrity, Whitehaven, Eyachts, Azimut, Sunseeker, Hampton, Fairline, Palm Beach, Grand Banks, Fleming, Beneteau, Lagoon and Iliad.
Trailerable boats, watersports and inflatable craft will also have a strong presence throughout The Marine Village, with the likes of Quintrex, Yamaha, Jeanneau, JSW Powersports, Sea-Doo, Stacer, AB, Northside Marine, Sailfish Catamarans, Voyager Catamarans, Aurora, Mercury, Zodiac, Honda and Mastercraft already on board.
The latest gear and gadgets will also be on display in the Pavilions, with notable brands such as Garmin, Fusion, Navionics, Raymarine, Seabreeze, Dometic, JL Audio, C-Map, Lowrance, Simrad, B&G, VETUS-Maxwell, International Paint, Awlgrip and HELLA quick to secure space.
SCIBS sales and partnerships manager Dominic O’Brien said exhibitor bookings have been solid and are on par with the most recent 2019 Show, which was well lauded and highly successful.
“Exhibitor bookings are tracking over 60 per cent, which historically indicates the Show is expected to sell out well in advance,” Mr O’Brien said.
“Hundreds of boats will be displayed on water, from superyachts and sailing boats to motor yachts, mono and multihulls, guaranteed to promote every segment of the boating lifestyle.”
SCIBS general manager Johan Hasser said this industry confidence buoys Mulpha Sanctuary Cove’s ongoing commitment to the event.
“The strong exhibitor response is a testament to the success of our smaller-scale Sanctuary Cove Boating Festival in November, as well as the industry’s enthusiasm for the enhanced larger layout of this year’s show,” Mr Hasser said.
“We witnessed some incredible industry sales come out of the Sanctuary Cove Boating Festival, and we’re confident that exhibitors will continue to ride the wave at this year’s Sanctuary Cove International Boat Show. We’re looking forward to coming together as an industry and celebrating 32 years of championing the boating lifestyle.”
A first for a recreational boating marina in the Southern Hemisphere, Sanctuary Cove will also unveil new undercover berths in time for this year’s show, as part of the final stage of the precinct’s $12 million marina redevelopment. The berths will accommodate vessels up to 30 metres in length and are completely weather-proof, adding 150 linear metres of premium display space to the show’s enhanced layout, which also incorporates the 5-star InterContinental Sanctuary Cove Resort.
SCIBS’ latest VIP experience in The Lagoon Lounge will be the hot ticket at this year’s show as an exclusive enclave will be set up offering premium catering and a first-class vantage point. At the same time, The Captain’s Lounge will provide a private and luxurious space overlooking the new marina for captains of vessels over 28 metres to enjoy the organisers hospitality.