From superyachts to day boats, an impressive fleet of high-calibre Australian and international brands will converge on the Gold Coast for the milestone 30th annual Sanctuary Cove International Boat Show (SCIBS) from24 to 27 May, guaranteed to cater to every interest, budget and boating style.
Amongst the major marques confirmed are Maritimo, Riviera, Princess, Horizon Motor Yachts, Sunseeker, Monte Carlo, Whitehaven, Palm Beach, Grand Banks, Gulf Craft, Fairline and Longreef.
In 2018, the SCIBS marina will feature more than 150 boats, as well as hundreds of vessels, plus the latest gear and gadgets throughout The Marine Village.
SCIBS general manager Johan Hasser said the team is thrilled with the strong support shown by the industry’s biggest brands and dealers.
“Visitors will be amazed by the quality and diversity of boats on display at the 30th anniversary of the southern hemisphere’s premier boating festival,” Mr Hasser said.
“To have a significant congregation of the world’s leading brands in one place at SCIBS is a great vote of confidence and we know visitors will be keen to see these incredible boats up close.
“This year’s Show, which is now just two months away, has attracted a broad selection of brands in every category, which shows the industry’s determination to come out in force for our anniversary showcase.”
Sanctuary Cove-based Maritimo promises another spectacular display, with the highly-anticipated world launch of the X60 taking place, along with eight additional boats on-water including the S51, M51, M59, S70 and M54.
The X60 luxury sports yacht boasts features more familiar to the superyacht segment than a 60-footer. With its innovative aft cabin, the X60 is a world first in its class, allowing owners the choice of three distinct configurations: a beach club cabana, a large tender garage or an additional queen stateroom.
Among the impressive flotilla of motor yachts, Gold Coast based manufacturer Riviera Yachts will return with full force, bringing with it an inspiring multi-million-dollar showcase including one world premiere model.
Having launched more than 5,200 motor yachts over its reputable 37-year history, Riviera’s display will represent the brand’s five distinctive and highly-awarded model collections – the SUV, Flybridge, Sports Motor Yacht, Sports Yacht and the Belize motor yacht range.
Horizon Motor Yachts Australia, based at Sanctuary Cove, will host the global launch of the long-range cruising model and new release V81.
Horizon will also have a new E75 on show, a model which proved popular after it sold on day one of the 2017 Sanctuary Cove International Boat Show.
A major British brand en route to SCIBS is Princess, planning to showcase the Princess V48 0pen, the new F65 and a third boat, yet to be confirmed, ranging in price from $1.6m to $4.8m.
Whitehaven Motor Yachts general manager Peter Pembroke said the company is thrilled to return to SCIBS for the 30th anniversary.
“We have built our entire DNA on providing a truly customised experience from start to finish, and it’s this journey which we cannot wait to share again with everyone in May,” Mr Pembroke said.
“On display will be a magnificent 7500 sports yacht, and later this year we will welcome the sleek and sophisticated Harbour Classic 40 and the Euro Edition 6100.
Great Southern Marine will be representing Palm Beach Motor Yachts and Grand Banks Yachts, showcasing the superlative Palm Beach 65 with a bowrider jacuzzi and the new Grand Banks Eastbay 44.
Palm Beach’s flagship yacht, the PB65, features high-quality finishes and timeless teak styling. A vast, light-filled interior features a saloon, staterooms and rear cockpit that comfortably hosts up to eight people.
Sundance Marine will present the Monte Carlo MCY76, as well as a range of Invictus luxury day boats from Italy and the French-built Prestige 460 motor yacht.
Sundance Marine director David Beck said they anticipate plenty of buzz about the MCY76 with the distinctive maroon hull on show, conveying the full custom-made experience of the impeccable Italian brand.
“There is nothing like the Monte Carlo Yachts brand for its level of craftsmanship and customisation,” Mr Beck said.
Part of the Beneteau Group, Prestige is the number two brand in the world and number one in its segment up to 70ft.
Sundance Marine was appointed dealer in February at Boot Dusseldorf and is looking forward to exhibiting the brand for the first time at SCIBS.
Premier UAE brand Gulf Craft, represented by Australian Superyachts, will again attend SCIBS with a sample of their prestige superyachts.
Australian Superyachts director Richard Morris said he is eager to introduce the custom builder’s latest vessels to SCIBS visitors.
“Gulf Craft is the only foreign yacht builder that can and does build to Australian commercial yacht standards,” Mr Morris said.
“They make for popular charter vessels and we anticipate more coming to Australia join the fleet.
“SCIBS is a great Show for us and we’re looking forward to the 2018 edition. It’s a beautiful time of year and we wouldn’t miss it for quids!”
From iconic British brand Sunseeker comes the 65 Manhattan, sure to demand the spotlight on the marina.
A four-cabin flybridge model with spacious aft deck and saloon, stabilisers and excellent amenities, dealer Brad Rodgers said the 65 Manhattan is the ideal motor yacht for entertaining and long-range cruising.
“SCIBS is going to be huge this year. We will be flying the flag, catching up with clients and promoting new models coming out of the UK this year,” Mr Rodgers said.