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It’s showtime!

The 2022 Sanctuary Cove International Boat Show begins on 19 May and, set in an idyllic waterfront location, is the ultimate showcase of boats, brands and trends.

17 May 2022

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This year’s Sanctuary Cove International Boat Show (SCIBS), from 19 to 22 May, promises to thrill newcomers and old hands alike with a profusion of boats, aquatic lifestyle products and luxury accoutrements on show.

Unique to SCIBS, the Marine Village is a vibrant, waterfront precinct with a tantalising mix of bars, cafes and restaurants for visitors to savour, socialise and soak up the autumn sunshine. Even beyond boats, there’s still so much to see and do within the Sanctuary Cove enclave.

Set within the manicured golf courses, verdant gardens, Marina Village and world-class marina is the InterContintental Sanctuary Cove Resort, famous for its lagoon pool and beach club.

Along with its 251 recently refurbished guest rooms and suites, the resort comprises four restaurants and bars and 15 indoor and outdoor event venues. International and interstate guests are transfixed by the tropical surrounds, and even more so by the kangaroos who feed at dawn and dusk that are likely to hop across a pathway unannounced.

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For those who have time to stay and play, Sanctuary Cove is home to two of the country’s most prestigious and challenging golf courses – the Arnold Palmer-designed The Pines golf course and The Palms, which sets the global benchmark for master-planned communities. And, for families, the beaches, theme parks, outlet shopping and wildlife experiences are always a drawcard.

“There’s nothing like SCIBS,” says Greg Haines, Dealer Principal of Princess Yachts, based at Sanctuary Cove. “It’s the most social boat show – beautiful location, great weather, incredible ambience. It’s the show everyone looks forward to.”

SCIBS General Manager Johan Hasser says, “In 2022, there’s a real influx of exhibitors with new boats and accessories.

“The Show is 25 to 30 percent bigger than last year, which was a fantastic year in terms of visitation and commercial success. People don’t want to miss this year’s event and it shows in exhibitor uptake and ticket sales ahead of the show. We’ve never seen anything like it!”

 

Getting there

SCIBS provides free Park ‘n’ Ride services from Warner Bros. Movie World and Dreamworld, with regular complimentary shuttle buses. Buses, ferries and water taxis, as well as ride-share services, are other options.

Private vessels can anchor in the Coomera River in the vicinity of Sanctuary Cove and VMR Southport will transport guests to and from the event for a gold coin donation. Vessel owners can request their services on VHF channel 73.

Then, there’s the ultimate approach via chopper, giving visitors a bird’s eye view of the Gold Coast in all its glory. Helicopter transfers are available from the Marina Mirage Heliport for $100 one way or $180 return, per person.

 

The Pavilions

Traditionally the entry point for the boat show, The Pavilions will be packed to the gunwales with high-tech nav equipment, safety gear, boating and fishing accessories, apparel and ingenious gadgets. More than 1,000 products will be on display, covering every aspect of the on-water lifestyle.

Stella Marine returns as The Pavilions’ sponsor with all the latest premium marine equipment, including the unveiling of Stella’s Aquarius Watermaker and a new addition to its brands, the Navigator range of chairs.

Raymarine/FLIR will bring the full Raymarine electronics portfolio and FLIR marine thermal camera range to the 2022 show, including the Australian debut of the new Cyclone solid-state open-array radar with innovative detection capabilities and YachtSense Link mobile marine router.

Navico will present a comprehensive range of Lowrance, B&G, Simrad Yachting, C-MAP and JL Audio products for avid sailors, anglers and boaties looking to upgrade to the latest chart systems.

Garmin Australasia General Manager Matthew Thomas says there has been substantial demand for marine technology products across the Garmin, Fusion and Navionics brand ranges ahead of SCIBS.

Quality Marine Clothing will be at SCIBS in full force with a bigger stand this year showcasing apparel for sailing, crew uniforms and lifestyle gear such as jackets, vests and fleeces.

“SCIBS is a major show for us,” says Managing Director Tony Liddy. “It’s the opportunity to network and show our products to potential customers in the industry and the superyacht sector. It’s a great B2B event.”

The Lagoon Lounge

The Lagoon Lounge is a tranquil oasis amid the sometimes frenetic boat show, providing an upper-deck luxury destination for visitors to socialise and savour the superyacht lifestyle or entertain clients in an exclusive enclave.

Guests enjoy a veritable smorgasbord of delectable cuisine and premium beverages catered by the five-star InterContinental Sanctuary Cove Resort.

Occupying prime space, The Lagoon Lounge overlooks the newly completed Superyacht Marina arm and iconic Lagoon Pool at the InterContinental Sanctuary Cove Resort and, following its sell-out debut last year, will double in size in 2022.

“The Lagoon Lounge is a secluded private haven and the perfect vantage point to enjoy the show, with access to the marina and within view of a sensational line-up of superyachts,” said SCIBS General Manager Johan Hasser. “It’s an experience that’s unique in Australia, more akin to European boat shows, yet totally accessible.”

VIP Passes are priced from $299 per person and VVIP upgrade admission is set at $449 per person. More at sanctuarycoveboatshow.com.au/vip-experience.

Marine Village

The Sports Leisure and Fishing Precinct is made up of three zones and will showcase all things trailerable, including RIBS and tenders, PWC, boats up to 7 metres, winches and anchors as well as engine brands, including Volvo-Penta, Seapower, Suzuki, Yamaha and Electric Marine. The automotive showcase will begin at the entrance to the Marine Village with a Land Rover display.

In 2022, Major Sponsor Bentley Brisbane and Gold Coast celebrates its ten-year association with SCIBS and will commemorate this milestone with a monumental display of motoring opulence. On show is a custom fleet of four Mulliner Collection cars, specially commissioned for this year’s show.

Clinton Wright, Group Marketing Manager, Bentley Brisbane and Gold Coast said SCIBS was a significant event for prestige auto marques. “It’s the ideal lifestyle opportunity,’ he says. “Our brands align and we always have a great time meeting new customers and entertaining and engaging with current clients.”

For autophiles and dreamers, there’s a host of diverse sports and high-performance vehicles to admire, including Maserati, Lamborghini, Aston Martin, McLaren and Ferrari.

 

On the Marina

In what promises to be the show’s largest display of vessels on water, over 200 boats – from superyachts and multihulls to super tenders and ski boats – will jostle for attention during the four-day event. In addition, a vast selection of new models from Australian boat brands and leading international manufacturers will also make their debut.

Maritimo will host the global launches of three models – the M60 Flybridge Motor Yacht alongside the M600 Offshore Flybridge and S600 Offshore Sedan models. Maritimo’s Lead Designer Tom Barry-Cotter says, “We’re very excited to be displaying these magnificent vessels for the first time and are confident visitors to our display will recognise them as truly world-class luxury motor yachts.”

The three global launches will headline a six-model on-water display, which includes the Maritimo M55 Flybridge, M60 Flybridge, M600 Offshore, S600 Offshore, S55 Sedan and X50 Sport models.

The new M60 Flybridge Motor Yacht sets new benchmarks for available deck space within its class, while the global launch of the M600 Offshore Motor Yacht marks the first model within the sensational new Offshore Series for Maritimo.

With a long list of orders already secured for the Offshore flybridge variant since the Offshore Series was first unveiled virtually in 2021, the M600 Offshore now takes the mantle of ultimate bluewater, offshore cruising flybridge motor yacht.

The third Global Launch is the S600 Offshore Motor Yacht, which combines the functionality of the offshore cockpit and open-water fishing practicality with a single-level sedan design. It incorporates a unique hardtop design that maximises the often unused sedan hardtop as a utility deck space for storage of tender or other items, freeing up deck spaces.

Alexander Marine Australia will host the highly anticipated World Debut of the Ocean Alexander 28 Explorer.

Expanding on the popular Revolution series and drawing on owner feedback, the Explorer series takes the incredible interior volume and accommodation Ocean Alexander is renowned for and elevates them, adding impressive exterior amenities. The Ocean Alexander range now spans three model series – Revolution, Legend and Explorer.

Ocean Alexander enjoyed a healthy and robust 2021 with double-digit growth, which has continued into 2022. Alexander Marine Australia dealer principal and director Todd Holzapfel said Ocean Alexander motor yachts suit the often-challenging cruising waters around Australia and New Zealand.

“Ocean Alexander Yachts provides for amazing comfort and safety in our sea-state conditions,” he said.

“The team at Alexander Marine Australia is eagerly anticipating the arrival of the world debut Ocean Alexander 28 Explorer to our shores. She will be the ultimate vessel for exploring oceans with family and friends.”

Her striking exterior features an oversize swim platform complete with a starboard-side fold-down to maximise space for water sports activities. Once indoors, you will note her guest accommodation layout includes an on-deck master layout, with oversized glazing a prominent feature on each of the vessel’s various decks.

There’s also a spacious saloon area, including separate lounging and formal dining spaces, supersize saloon glazing, a huge penthouse-inspired skylounge entertainment area, wet bar, grill and jacuzzi.

The oversized swim platform offers owners and guests incredible exterior lounge space and storage for a multitude of water sports, exploration gear, tenders and PWCs.

SCIBS will be Riviera’s sole exhibition for Australia in 2022. The premium luxury motor yacht builder will host three model premieres among a spectacular 12-model showcase.

Headlining is the majestic new flagship 78 Motor Yacht, delivering the perfect combination of family cruising, entertaining and bluewater passagemaking capabilities.

The 78 offers owners the opportunity to personalise their yacht to reflect their individual taste, with accommodation for up to ten adults in four luxurious staterooms, including a light-filled, full-beam master amidships, plus three bathrooms.

Then there’s the new 4600 Sport Yacht Platinum Edition, plus a further new yacht yet to be announced.

The Riviera showcase will also feature an additional nine models, including the long-range 50, 64 and 72 Sports Motor Yachts, the sophisticated entertainers, the 5400 and 6000 Sport Yachts, the sporty 395, 505 and 645 SUVs, as well as a bluewater 57 Enclosed Flybridge.

Riviera Australia owner Rodney Longhurst says, “Our showcase will provide a unique opportunity for visitors to fully appreciate the exceptional quality, practicality and luxury across our full range of models in one convenient location, experiencing Riviera as it is today as well as the finest yachts we’ve built over the past 42 years.”

Princess Yachts Australia, which is based at Sanctuary Cove Marina, will showcase a fleet of five Princess yachts this year.

“This includes the world premiere of the upgraded, award-winning F55 model,” says Dealer Principal Greg Haines, “as well as the F50 and F62 craft in the F Class and two V Class sports yachts – the V40 and V55.”

The new Princess F55 has the wow factor. As Greg explains, “The layout, the size of the flybridge – you have a huge entertainment area with lounge, dining space, barbecue and helm, and you can still drive the boat downstairs and be part of the social aspect.

“It’s the perfect family motor yacht given the total volume and size of the flybridge, and it’s extremely manageable. When people come on board they’re impressed by the sheer volume and the superior fit-out and finish.”

The presence of multihulls will be at record levels this year. The experts at Multihull Solutions will have a show-stopping display, with three exclusive Asia-Pacific launches, including the NEEL 43 trimaran, Fountaine Pajot’s Isla 40 sailing catamaran and the MY4.S by Fountaine Pajot Motor Yachts for the first time in the Asia-Pacific region alongside the hugely popular ILIAD 50.

The ILIAD 50, the latest model featuring a host of upgrades, is a true bluewater passagemaker that delivers powerful performance without compromising safety and comfort. Generous interior volumes create expansive living spaces and accommodation areas bathed in natural light and seamless movement throughout.

Sister company, The Yacht Sales Co., will also be unveiling two of Dufour Yachts’ latest models at the show, including the Dufour 470 and Dufour 530.
Palm Beach Motor Yachts will showcase the sleek Palm Beach 65 Sedan, 50 Sedan and GT50 Express. Founder and CEO Mark Richards says, “We’ll also have information about the newly launched flagship Grand Banks 85 model following its debut at the Palm Beach Boat Show in March.”

In what will be their most substantial on water display to date, d’Albora will showcase new boats, new brands and new developments about their ever-evolving marina and boatyard business, which comprises 10 prime locations across Queensland, NSW and Victoria.

The group’s boat sales division and the Australian representative for Azimut Yachts Italy, Bertram Yachts USA and Monterey Boats will have a strong on water display with Australia’s first Azimut S6 Coupe. This is a high technology sport yacht with a speedy but very efficient cruise of 28 knots and impressive features such as an electric sunroof, joystick controls, tender garage, gyro stabilisers and more.

Alongside, the Azimut, d’Albora Marine will also display its first line up of Monterey Boats (USA) since reintroducing the brand back into the Australian market about a year ago. Following on from some recent Monterey sales, three new models will be on display for sale and various other new models up to 40 feet will be arriving in the coming months.

Rounding out their trio of boating brands, the group will also be there to discuss incoming Bertram Yachts USA on order which d’Albora also represents in Australia and New Zealand.  A brand with a huge following in this region, two new centre console models, the 28CC and 39CC are set for Australia later this year.

The Whitehaven Group, encompassing Whitehaven Motor Yachts, Integrity and Aquila, will display a broad range of models, crowned by the exceptional new flagship, the Whitehaven 6800SY Chance.

“Sanctuary Cove is our major boat show each year,” said Bruce Scott, owner of the Whitehaven Group. “It’s our home show and we’re immensely proud to introduce our latest models and speak with visitors to SCIBS about how we can work with them to attain their boating ambitions.”

The custom-built Whitehaven 6800 Sport Yacht Chance was inspired by the Whitehaven 6000 and its level of customisation and exquisite finish. It embodies numerous personalised features that make it next-generation and worthy of leading the Whitehaven fleet into the next phase of evolution.

Aquila will present a range of vessels, offering qualified parties sea trials in the weeks following SCIBS.

Making its Southern Hemisphere boat show debut at SCIBS is the incredible Aquila 28 Molokai centre console power cat. Robust, safe and comfortable, the Aquila 28 Molokai will appeal to Aussie boaties wishing to entertain friends and family or head offshore for angling or diving.

Also making its Southern Hemisphere boat show debut is the Aquila 32, the ultimate family dayboat, and the Aquila 36, which is a versatile enclosed cruiser with full-height windscreen that can be used as a dayboat or for longer stays on board.

Horizon Yacht Australia will showcase the FD (Fast Displacement) series in its display of the FD75 Open Flybridge, FD80 Skyline and FD90 Skyline. Renowned for its unparalleled volume, innovative functionality and intelligent layout, the FD75 is a four-stateroom yacht, which includes a full-beam, on-deck master stateroom fitted with an ensuite and walk-in closet and three spacious staterooms on the lower deck, plus crew cabins.

The Horizon FD80 Skyline is known for its contemporary style lines, versatility of space and well-planned interior and exterior entertaining areas, which are at the heart of this latest design. The FD80 truly is a cutting-edge motor yacht with the amenities of a megayacht, while the most popular model in the acclaimed FD Series, the FD90 is available in Semi-Open or Skyline (enclosed) bridge configurations.

For those seeking a passagemaking vessel with pedigree, Fleming Yachts will present a Fleming 58, featuring the optional full-beam midships owner’s cabin with TwinDisc EJS/EPS (Joystick control with position hold), the full array of Raymarine Navigation, full stand-up-height engine room and twin MAN i6 800 hp engines, among many other custom features.

British brand Sunseeker will be represented by Sunseeker East Coast Australia and will display the acclaimed Sunseeker 68 Manhattan, a 21.21-metre motor yacht that offers extraordinary levels of comfort and luxury with a focus on generous, usable social spaces.

In addition, Sunseeker East Coast Australia will have the Pirelli 35 super tender on show, a sporty, versatile 11-metre dayboat featuring a double-stepped hull and boasting adrenaline-filled performance with a top speed of 47 knots.

Long-time exhibitor Windcraft Yachts will present a selection of sailing and power yachts, including the RYCK 280 outboard-powered sport dayboat and the sleek Fjord 38 Xpress dayboat.

Sailing enthusiasts will also be spoilt for choice, able to inspect four examples of the award-winning Hanse range, including a Hanse 315, Hanse 418, Hanse 458 and Hanse 575.

Ray White Marine will have a stellar line-up of luxury vessels, ranging from 35 to 90-feet, and including the Ferretti 550 Hartop known as Sublime – the most heavily specified 550 imported to date.

The Riva Domino 88 Super, Evenflow, fitted with powerful MTU 2,638hp engines that deliver 41 knots, will also be on show, along with the Technohull 38 Grand Sport and Sunreef 70, Seabass.

B2B and industry

SCIBS appeals to the boating cognoscenti, those in the industry and newcomers wishing to dip a toe in. For industry, it’s as much an opportunity to catch up with interstate colleagues and suppliers as it is to promote products to customers.

Meanwhile, the Marine Jobs stand will flag opportunities for newcomers to the marine industry and The Captains Lounge, presented by the Sanctuary Cove Marina and supported by Pantaenius, is a dedicated space for superyacht captains to meet and network.

For the full exhibitor list, go to sanctuarycoveboatshow.com.au/exhibitor-directory.

The team from Ocean Media will be at our stand MB-4 Marina Boulevard, adjacent to the VIP Lagoon Lounge and overlooking the superyacht marina.

As Media Partners for SCIBS 2022, we’re looking forward to welcoming owners and our industry colleagues to share our 100th issue, and issue 101 which will launch at the Show.

 

Further information and tickets are available online at sanctuarycoveboatshow.com.au.

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