Excitement builds for expo

The rebranded and rescheduled Gold Coast International Boat Show & Marine Expo will run 17 to 19 March is on track for a bumper edition. 

Photography by Gold Coast International Boat Show & Marine Expo

30 January 2017


Boaties looking to purchase a new boat, repower or replace your boat’s systems and accessories, should make plans to go to the Gold Coast International Boat Show & Marine Expo in March. Organisers say this is where the latest releases will be on show in a massive marine showcase held over three days, from 17 to 19 March, at Queensland’s Gold Coast Marine Precinct.

As the first major boat show in Australia for 2017, the show will be the trailblazer in debuting the latest releases from the world’s leading boating businesses and brands.

“Our growing list of major first-releases spans the full boating spectrum – everything from luxury yachts to tenders, kayaks to jet skis, engines and accessories to fishing equipment,” said Emma Brown, Event and Marketing Manager.

“Already over 80 percent of exhibitor space is sold or reserved, and more world-leading marine businesses and brands are coming onboard every day. In addition to the Australian brands, we have also confirmed exhibitor space for marine businesses from Europe, Germany and New Zealand.


The number of boat and product premieres and the record exhibitor demand for additional display space both on the water and on land is a strong indication of how much there will be to see and do,” she said.

The boats and product displays will be staged across a giant three-kilometer display circuit that snakes around the marina and hardstand.

Some of the highly-anticipated premiers include: The Australian premiers of Pacific Motor Yachts’ Marlow 53, an economical, pilothouse trawler style cruiser that features three luxury cabins, including a full-beam king-sized master suite, crew quarters, gyro, utility room, hydraulic swim platform and a luxurious fit-out and finish.

The 53 model also includes ground-breaking technology including a joystick docking system supplied by Cummins for ease of maneuvering in marinas and berthing, and a Seakeeper Gyro Stabilisation system.

Voyager Catamarans will premiere their V625 SportFish. The new hardtop is easily towed and combines luxury and practicality with a stand-up bathroom plus twin single bunks that convert to a full king-sized berth. The 2017 trailer boat design features a new-generation planing hull with much greater forward buoyancy and wave riding capabilities giving better sea handling and stability, offering a remarkably smooth and dry ride and suiting a range of uses from the perfect blue-water fishing platform to an ideal couples’ or family sports getaway vessel.

In the area of marine technology, All Marine Spares will be premiering the WASPcam 9906 adventure camera. The complete line of these waterproof new high-definition cameras and accessories will be on display. Specifically designed for outdoor use, you can turn off the camera noises and lights from your wireless wrist remote and it is compatible with smartphones.

AMI Marine will be staging multiple Australian premieres including Sidepower’s PPC520 and PPC820 proportional thruster controllers that provide increased vessel control in comparison to normal on/off thrusters and Macris’ MIU-L10 powerful lighting option for small boats up to 8m. The new MIU-L10 underwater light is small in size and big on performance, measuring just 200mm and featuring Macris’ ultra-thin impact resistant profile.

In addition to displays, activities including factory tours, live entertainment, interactive demonstrations every 15 minutes across two marinas, boating workshops and seminars will also be on offer. Visitors can opt for free sailing lessons for all members of the family thanks to the skilled team at Southport Yacht Club.

Originally scheduled for May, the event organisers changed the 2017 dates to March in November last year.

Emma Brown is adamant that the change of date did not intrude on exhibitors’ marketing plans or cause consternation to the event team.

“In fact, the earlier date has made it easier because everyone is happy. Plus, this is our 7th year so the team is up to speed on what needs to get done.”

The Boating Industry Association (BIA) is acting as a delivery partner, providing staff on the ground and other support.


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