Show anticipation

Sanctuary Cove Boat Show organisers anticipate a bigger event than 2019, with a spectacular range of boats on water, as well as a range of new VIP experiences.

08 April 2021


The highly anticipated 2021 Sanctuary Cove International Boat Show (SCIBS) is predicted to be one of the biggest in recent history, with a stellar fleet of high-calibre Australian and international brands converging on Queensland’s Gold Coast, May 20 to 23.

Celebrating its 32nd edition, the southern hemisphere’s premier marine event will host impressive on-water displays from diverse brands including Maritimo, Horizon Yacht, Palm Beach Motor Yachts, Grand Banks, Riviera, Sunseeker, Azimut, Princess Yachts, Integrity Motor Yachts, Whitehaven Motor Yachts, Ocean Alexander, Fleming, Lagoon, Beneteau, Jeanneau, Leopard and Prestige Yachts.

Major marques will feel right at home in the world-class Sanctuary Cove Marina, which has undergone a $10 million redevelopment including the addition of a superyacht arm.

The marina earned recently its Platinum Gold Anchor accreditation by the Marina Industries Association (MIA), making it one of only seven marinas worldwide to be recognised with such status.


In line with this year’s premium showcase, SCIBS will be offering a range of new VIP experiences tailored to the hundreds of exhibitors and more than 45,000 visitors who may be interested in exploring the boating lifestyle in lavish style.

Overlooking the new Superyacht Marina arm and Lagoon Pool at the InterContinental Sanctuary Cove Resort, The Lagoon Lounge offers the ultimate experience for visitors looking to soak up everything SCIBS has to offer in luxurious style. Owners of vessels over 28 metres can socialise and engage with Captains and industry representatives in The Captains’ Lounge.

Visitors can expect to see an exceptional lineup of multi-million-dollar superyachts following the Federal Government’s announcement of quarantine-free access for vessels and passengers travelling from New Zealand.

SCIBS general manager Johan Hasser said the quality and stature of this year’s Show is unprecedented.

“To have a significant congregation of the world’s leading brands together at SCIBS is a great vote of confidence for the industry and we know visitors will be impressed by the quality and diversity of boats on display across every category,” he said.

“There’s no doubt that 2021 is shaping up to be one of our biggest Shows, not only in terms of the sheer number of boats and the quality of exhibitors we continue to attract, but also when looking at the expanded footprint and the number of visitors expected through the gates.

“2019 was our biggest Show to date, which saw commercial expenditure exceed $302 million and $336 million injected into the local economy.

“We anticipate these figures will be even higher this year as families swap the traditional summer European getaway for their own luxury watercraft.

“We’ve seen an enormous increase in the popularity of boating, so we encourage those seeking a life on the water to get in line now so they don’t miss out.”

Maritimo has announced that the brand will host the worldwide launches of two spectacular new motor yachts, the M55 and the S55, at SCIBS.

“We are extremely excited to be hosting the global launch of two groundbreaking new vessels, combined with our other M-Series and X-Series models,” said Tom Barry-Cotter, Maritimo’s director of design.

“After a virtual launch in 2020, the new M55 Flybridge is set to be the most anticipated global launch for Maritimo to date. Guests at the Show will be among the first to step aboard the long awaited sensational new flybridge motor yacht.

“Also set for its global launch is the latest addition to the internationally acclaimed S-Series sedan motor yacht range, with the first international showcasing of the stunning new S55 Sedan Motor Yacht.”

Horizon is also planning an impressive showcase this year, with plans to officially unveil the Horizon FD87 Skyline at this year’s Show.

“The model, which is one of the most popular Horizon models to date, is a special edition Cor D Rover Design,” said Director, Mark Western.

“At an overall length of 90-feet and a 23-foot beam, the enclosed sky lounge features an on-deck master stateroom, High Performance Piercing bow and hull design, tremendous interior volume, helipad on the roof and heated jacuzzi on the bow.

“The team is excited to showcase our quality products and to catch up with our customers on a business and personal level. We often have interstate clients popping in to see us at big events like SCIBS, so it’s a great opportunity for us to catch up with them and share the latest updates from Horizon.”

From Palm Beach Motor Yachts comes the debut of the impressive GT60, which is set to become the new flagship model of the brand’s modern sports line-up.

“As well as launching the GT60, Grand Banks Yachts will be bringing the GB60 long-distance cruiser to SCIBS, showcasing the most fuel-efficient model in its class, capable of speeds in the mid-thirties and a cruising range of around 2,000 nautical miles at 10 knots,” said Joel Butler, Palm Beach Motor Yachts’ Creative Director.

“We were all devastated last year with the Show’s cancellation, as I’m sure many exhibitors and visitors were too. The camaraderie and competition in the Australian marine industry is first class, and we love showing off our new designs and innovations, just as much as learning about what others in the industry are doing.”


Editor’s note 15/4: This article was amended to include an updated list of brands in attendance. 



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