Propulsion revs up at SCIBS

Engine brands, alternative power and stability systems will be back in force at the 29th Sanctuary Cove International Boat Show, adding to the diversity of products on display for industry and boaties.

Photography by Sanctuary Cove International Boat Show

18 May 2017


Leading brands including Gineico, John Deere, Scania, Steyr, Yanmar, Cat, Twin Disc, Volvo Penta, Penske and Torqeedo will be showcasing their latest technology at Queensland’s premier boat show from May 25 to 28.

SCIBS sales and exhibition manager Dominic O’Brien said propulsion and seakeeping are big ticket items that rate highly with B2B market and visitors to SCIBS.

“This year, everybody will be spoilt for choice with the variety of engine brands on display and the experts will be on hand to answer any and every question,” Mr O’Brien said.

Long-time exhibitor Marine Diesel will have a selection from the John Deere Marine range on display, ideal for boat builders and owners looking to repower.

Products on show will include current models for vessels from 30 to 120-feet, including an impressive 13.5 litre 750hp engine, suited to commercial or recreational craft.



Steyr Motors Australia is returning to SCIBS to showcase their diesel engines, as well as the Uflex control system, Konrad stern drives, Cummins diesel engines and the Tercoo Rotating Blaster.

Steyr Motors offers a range of four and six cylinder engines suitable for a wide range of military, commercial and pleasure craft.

The company’s success can be attributed to the Steyr Monoblock design which ensures the highest power density, reliability and safety under all operational profiles and environments.

The unique and robust Monoblock design creates an engine block and cylinder head without limitation in cooling and with unrivalled roundness of the cylinder, giving the liner an exceptional lifetime.

Heralded “a revolution in stablisers”, the MC² Gyro will be making its Australian debut at SCIBS, after being launched at the London and Miami International Boat Shows earlier in the year.

Represented by Gineico and manufactured by Italian marine equipment supplier Quick, the patented design offers up to 85 percent roll reduction in a smaller, quieter, simpler, less expensive system.

Gineico’s managing director Pierluigi Gambacorti said the company is looking forward to presenting the first unit in Australia, the MC² 20t, at SCIBS.

“The MC² does not require hydraulically controlled gimbal mechanism or water cooling and is 30 percent smaller, as well as comparatively less expensive,” Mr Gambacorti said.

“When it comes to retrofitting these units to an existing vessel, the cost of the installation is a fraction of the cost of other units on the market.”

This specific mid-range model is suited to vessels ranging from 40 to 50-feet with a displacement of approximately 20t.


Seamech will showcase the Volvo Penta engine brand with a glass cockpit interactive display, enabling visitors to take the controls and get a first-hand experience of the glass cockpit system.

One of the world’s most reputable marine engine providers, Scania, is renowned for frugal fuel consumption, impressive low rev high torque running as well as durability in service and ease of maintenance.

At SCIBS this year, Scania will be exhibiting its 16L V8 1200hp engine, already proven to be one of the most fuel-efficient diesel engines in its class.

Scania’s lightweight heavy-duty engines have made their name in workboats, ferries and pilot boats but are increasingly sought-after for luxury and high performance pleasure craft, with Sanctuary Cove’s own Maritimo turning to Scania for its latest generation of cruising motor yachts.

Another regular exhibitor at SCIBS, Vetus-Maxwell will exhibit its own brands Vetus, Maxwell and V-quipment, including a new range of Vetus retractable bow thrusters – ideal for recreational vessels from 20 to 70-feet.

This new addition to the Vetus product line boasts a patented design (swivel-point) enabling the thruster to rotate as one unit, allowing boaties to dock their vessels faster and more easily.

Head to the TwinDisc exhibit at SCIBS to check out the company’s entire range of Twin Disc and Seakeeper products on display.

From premium quickshift and standard marine transmissions through to Seakeeper Gyro Stabilisers, there will be a large array of marine power transmission products to suit all boaties.

Also on display, Twin Disc will showcase the Seatorque range, specifically the Seatorque Boss Enclosed Shaft System which offers boat owners a myriad of benefits.

The multiple-award winning ‘Boss’, a product based on 14 years of R&D, is a totally enclosed, oil-filled, self-contained, shaft and thrust bearing assembly, supplied as a complete unit from transmission output coupling to propeller end.

The non-rotating, full length shaft casing and thrust bearing assembly minimises mechanical losses to only two percent, leaving valuable extra power where you want it, for propulsion.

Suited to commercial and recreational vessels from 30 to 100 feet, the Boss provides reduced friction, better efficiency, allows for the use of soft engine mounts reducing vibration.

Returning to the Sanctuary Cove International Boat Show for the 26th year is Penske Power Systems, which will showcase some of the world’s finest diesel and gas engines and power systems, including the MTU 8V2000M94 engine, Kohler petrol 6EFKD and diesel 13EFKOZD marine generators.

The company has extensive experience in the delivery and support of propulsion systems from 261 to 10,000 kW, and on-board generators from 4 to 3,015 kW, for the marine market.

With advanced marine technology renowned for high performance, total low operating costs and reliability, Penske designs and builds engines specifically for the marine market; powering work boats, super yachts, high-speed ferries, supply vessels, and customs and police vessels.

Yanmar Marine engines, purpose-built diesel engines that offer customers years of smooth operation, outstanding fuel efficiency and responsive power when needed, will be back at SCIBS with engines to suit sailing, pleasure and commercial vessels in a power range of 9 to 1822mhp.

Pioneers in the field of water-based electromobility, Torqeedo engines feature technology that is clean and state of the art.

Providing electronic engines for kayaks, dinghies, day sailers or tenders, Torqeedo offers many benefits including no fuel requirements, lightweight and easy to start, have no ongoing service costs and leave a minimal environmental footprint with no noise or pollution.

Available in various models from1HP equivalent to 80HP equivalent, electric boating with Torqeedo is a game changer in the way people go boating.

Cat Marine will have two engines on display including the new C7.1 and the C12.9 – both for the recreational market and suiting larger pleasure boats from 40 to 65-feet.

Cat engines are known for having world-class leading product support and servicing for their low noise, low-vibration and excellent fuel economy products.

SCIBS offers FREE park ‘n’ ride services from Warner Bros. Movie World, along with limited on-site parking, available pre-paid only.

Tickets for the Sanctuary Cove International Boat Show are for sale online.



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