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The recently completed 53rd edition of the Sydney International Boat Show, welcoming more than 45,000 visitors over the five days

Boating Industry Association (BIA) President Andrew Fielding said industry was proud to have stepped up and delivered the 53rd edition of the Sydney International Boat Show, welcoming more than 45,000 visitors over five days.

Mr Fielding told industry and government leaders that the BIA had put on the show as part of broader efforts to keep boating at the forefront as a standout choice in recreational leisure and to grow boating.

“The BIA is proud to be back in this harbour city with the Sydney International Boat Show. Two years of cancellations disrupted what was up until that time an extraordinary run of boat shows,” he said.

Exhibitors were full of praise for the 53rd Sydney International Boat Show, reporting strong sales and genuine leads through the five-day event. ILIAD Catamarans CEO Mark Elkington said the ILIAD 62 was released globally at the Sydney International Boat Show with buyers flying in from around Australia, the Asia Pacific region and the USA. 

“By the close of day two, the ILIAD 62 on display had been sold to clients in the US, and two additional orders were placed by Australian buyers,” Mr Elkington said, adding a further two ILIAD 53 catamarans also sold at the Show.

Twin Disc Pacific Managing Director Glenn Frettingham said the marine equipment company was ecstatic with the outcome of this year’s Show and reported the team did more demonstrations of its Seakeeper 1 stabilisation device and Twin Disc Quickshift and Express Joystick System than at any other show.

“From our demonstrations, we have generated an exceptional number of sales opportunities, so we are incredibly grateful to have been part of the 2022 Sydney International Boat Show,” Mr Frettingham said.

The Show not only provided a platform for impressive industry sales, but also the announcement of Stefanie Mannering of Cruise Craft Boats as 2022 Apprentice of the Year, a Heads of Agreement to merge BIA Victoria into BIA Ltd, and briefings on work with government to deliver significant wins for industry across marinas and boat yards, safety and infrastructure.

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