18 May 2023
Held on Queensland’s Gold Coast during what locals deem the best time of the year, with predicted clear skies, balmy days and cool nights, SCIBS 2023 satisfies boaties and B2B visitors with the finest showcase of local and imported vessels, electronics and equipment, lifestyle products, watertoys, tenders and cruising destinations.
According to SCIBS General Manager Johan Hasser, SCIBS 2023 will benefit from several enhancements, including an expanded Main Pavilion accommodating more exhibitors and arranged for a better layout and flow, and around 300 boats on the marina, thanks to a new arm which adds up to 20 vessels.
“This year’s boat show builds on the success of 2022, which set records across the board,” he said, describing SCIBS as the Melbourne Cup of boat shows. “No other boat show blends waterfront living and a colourful Marine Village, with such a massive display of boats of all sizes, alongside luxury and lifestyle products. It’s a great place to network, do business, meet your customers, and it’s a great day out for families.
“This year, SCIBS will host several world launches and Australian premieres. There are exhibitors from every state and the international exhibitors are back. We’re thrilled to welcome brands from the US, China, Turkey, Italy, South Africa and New Zealand. It’s good to see them back in serious numbers with amazing innovations to share with the Australian market.”
Bentley returns as major sponsor for an 11th year, decking the Marine Boulevard with an exceptional display of the latest luxury marques, from SUVs to street-legal supercars.
Among the 500 boats on show are dozens of debuts, Australian and global launches.
Riviera will host the world premiere of the all-new 585 SUV, featuring a clever use of space that has produced a motor yacht with three large staterooms and three bathrooms, as well as a marvellous space aft of the full-beam midships master suite that can be configured as a utility room, laundry, crew quarters, or additional accommodation with its own bathroom.
The Riviera 585 SUV will be the gem among an 11-yacht Riviera showcase from 39 to 78 feet.
Maritimo will present the largest motor yacht in their 20-year history, the much-anticipated S75 Sedan Motor Yacht, hailed by the Australian builder as the new flagship within Maritimo’s S-Series.
“The S75 sedan motor yacht draws from a wealth of feedback from our owners all over the world, spanning more than two years of concept development and planning,” said Maritimo Design Director, Tom Barry-Cotter.
“At Maritimo, owner input is something that is constantly used by our Australian design team, and the S75 sees us creating our most progressive S-Series vessel to date, while retaining the Maritimo DNA of long-range efficiency, superb ride, the safety of walkaround decks, and superior quality from construction through to furnishings.”
The Flybridge model, the M75 is close to completion and Maritimo invites interested parties to inspect the equally impressive vessel at their Coomera headquarters.
As part of the Maritimo display, the S75 will be flanked by the popular M55 and S55 Motor Yachts, and M600 and S600 Offshore Series, along with the M60 Motor Yacht.
Alexander Marine Australia will present models from Ocean Alexander and Galeon suited to the coastal and long-range cruising markets. “SCIBS is our main boat show every year,” said Dealer Principal, Todd Holzapfel.
“It’s more than selling boats, it’s the prime opportunity to meet our clients, share their experiences and thank them for their loyalty. SCIBS has a fantastic social ambience and everybody looks forward to it.”
Princess Yachts Australia is hosting the southern hemisphere launch of the Y72, which arrived just in time for the boat show from England along with the V55.
“The quality is next level,” stated Greg Haines, Dealer Principal. “The Y72 boats four cabins plus crew quarters, and the V55 is an entertainer’s dream! It’s capable of 35 knots and offers a large sunbed out the back, big entertaining deck, plenty of room for family and friends.”
Princess will also display V40 and F55 models and a V50 brokerage boat. “We will host our Owners’ Lounge during the four-day show and hold our annual Princess VIP event on the Friday night with live music and plenty of Veuve Clicquot champagne!”
The team at the Whitehaven Group, which encompasses Whitehaven Motor Yachts, Integrity and Aquila Power Catamarans, are looking forward to presenting the bespoke Whitehaven 6000 flybridge, three Aquila Power Catamarans, including the Australian boat show debut of the Aquila 54, and two Integrity models, one of them a world premiere.
In the Aquila range, visitors can inspect the 44, 36 and fantastic 54, which will be on display for the first time in Australia/NZ. Winner of the 2021 Multihull of the Year Award in the power category, the Aquila 54 sold 75 units in just a year since its launch and has been praised by industry and owners for its tri-deck design, interior space and performance.
The brand-new Integrity 470 CE is the first in a series of planing hull motor yachts in the Integrity Plus series, which will deliver fast cruising performance. This innovative model will be on display alongside the family-friendly, entry-level Integrity 380SX, designed to suit a new generation.
Horizon Yacht Australia is planning a major launch and an impressive range of superyachts for SCIBS 2023, including the sensational RP125 Horizon Super Yacht – the largest Horizon model ever to arrive in Australia. This year, Horizon will also introduce the V74 for its Australian debut.
Director of Horizon Yachts Australia, Mark Western said, “The V74, while smaller in length than most Horizon vessels delivered into Australia, is market leading in terms of overall volume, for its size.”
Horizon will also display the FD90 and FD80 models.
Sunseeker Australia will have a brand-new 55 Manhattan – the first time in Australia, and a real head-turner, according to Brad Rodgers from Sunseeker East Coast.
“It’s the evolution of the 52 Manhattan with all the latest features and fittings, making use of the entire boat. There’s a bimini top on the flybridge, three cabins, two bathrooms, hydraulic platform with beach club and barbecue, foredeck seating – the works!”
Also on show, the Pirelli 35 RIB super tender, a 10.7-metre vessel that Rodgers described as “a fantastic dayboat, offering high performance, handling and incredible features.”
In the multihull category, Multihull Solutions and The Yacht Sales Co will stage the Asia–Pacific premiere of four new power and sail models.
The event will be the stage for Multihull Solution’s launch of the highly anticipated Fountaine Pajot Aura 51 sailing catamaran and the MY4.S by Fountaine Pajot Motor Yachts. Sister company The Yacht Sales Co will also unveil the walkaround luxury day boat, the Tesoro T-40 Outboard, as well as the Absolute 47 Fly for the first time in the Asia Pacific region.
With strong enquiry for these models already being received by the sales teams, SCIBS is shaping up to be the most successful in the companies’ history, according to Managing Director, Mark Elkington.
Flagstaff Marine will present the Swift Trawler 41 and for the first time, showcasing the Grand Turismo 32, plus new models from the Italian RIB tender brand, Lomac.
In their largest display to date, Eyachts will have eight boats on water this year and host the premiere of the Axopar 25, a trailerable 25 footer that has ‘cuddy cabin’ sleeping accommodation.
They will also show a selectin of BRABUS Marine models including the shadow 900 and premiere of the 300, showcasing the luxury collaboration between German car manufacturer, BRABUS and Finnish boat manufacturer, Axopar.
From RAND boats, Eyachts will display the RAND 25, and the Greenline 45 FLY, an eco-friendly cruising vessel that is a faster and more powerful hybrid yacht with interiors designed by Marco Casali.
Sailing brands will be well represented, in both mono and multihull yachts.
Windcraft will host the Australian boat show debut of the Hanse 460, the award-winning, luxury family cruiser, and will also have a Ryck 280, the new sports adventure day boat from the Hanse Group.
Spirit Marine will present the new Beneteau Seascape performance model, the Beneteau First 27. According to Dealer Principal, Peter Nicholson, “This will suit the Club racing scene, a cruiser-racer and a good all-rounder that will have broad appeal because of its good accommodation, enclosed head, diesel engine, galley and excellent performance.”
Highfield Boats plans a large display this year, centred around the Australian premiere of the new Sport 660, a 6.6-metre offshore capable with a deep-V hull to suit exploration, watersports and days on the water.
The new Highfield Sport 660 features a hull with a deadrise angle of 26 degrees, integrated under-floor fuel tanks, EVA teak flooring and fantastic family-friendly features such as cushioned seating, sundeck, storage, swim platform with ladder and shower kit.
Highfield CEO, Julien Carussi, will attend SCIBS 2023 to celebrate the model launch down under.
The Pavilion, sponsored by Stella Marine, will present the full array of high-tech equipment, accessories, apparel and gadgets on offer – more than 1,000 products covering every aspect of the on-water lifestyle.
Stella promises a new style of swim platform on show which is very different from anything on the market, according to Gary Cooper, Director at Stella Marine.
“This is something we designed ourselves and has already been embraced by some major boat manufactures. We’re excited to launch it to the boating public at SCIBS 2023.”
Joining Stella in showcasing the latest in marine gear, gadgets and high-tech innovations are industry-leading brands including Akzonobel, Boating & RV, Club Marine, Dometic, Garmin, Navico, Quality Marine Clothing, Raymarine and Vetus-Maxwell.
To enjoy the superyacht lifestyle fully catered by the five-star InterContinental Sanctuary Cove Resort, book your ticket to the SCIBS Lagoon Lounge, set amid palm trees and overlooking the largest luxury vessels at the show.
Evoking the style and social atmosphere of European boat shows, the luxurious Lagoon Lounge presents an opulent upper-deck destination. More at sanctuarycoveboatshow.com.au/vip-experience.
Running from 25 to 28 May, SCIBS 2023 tickets are only available online.