Adelaide Boat Show opens this week
Full house of exhibitors expected for South Australia's main boating event.
More than 30 exhibitors will be on show this week at the Jubilee Pavilion and Duncan Gallery at the Adelaide Showground as the Adelaide Boat Show opens its doors from Friday to Sunday.
Organised by the Boating Industry Association (BIA), all the available floor capacity at the show has been filled.
“We’re at full capacity, with many exhibitors now trying to squeeze every last inch out of their exhibition space,” said Domenic Genua, BIA marketing and event manager. “This will be a show where anyone who loves spending time on the water will be further inspired by the range of boats and all the gear that goes with them, all in the one place.”
A number of local, interstate and international businesses will be presenting new releases and water sporting products, including new water skiing and wakeboarding craft, a growing sport in the state.
Graeme Haese representing 38 South Boat Sales (SA) will be presenting Glastron and Jeanneau vessels including the latest ski and wakeboard boats.
“Jeanneau Group have recently taken over US company Glastron, who themselves have a strong following and have been building boats since 1956,” he said. “We’ll have the latest 2018 GTS 185 on display and hopefully the GTD 205 deck boat, as we’re rushing to get it to Australia in time for the show.
“It's easy to trailer and available with options like an extended swim platform, wakeboard tower, windscreen side wings, snap in cockpit carpet, stereo upgrades, the whole works.”
Among the other boats on display this week, Sealegs will be presenting its amphibious land and watercraft featuring three hydraulically powered wheels attached to the hull.
“We're bringing our 7.7 metre Sport D-Tube model to the Adelaide show this year,” said Sealegs Australian sales manager Michael Rigby. “The Sport's centre console allows full walk-around access to the entire craft, while still giving you space for all the electronics you need for a trip out on the water.
“The placement of the inboard powerpack on the transom allows for additional under-seat storage beneath the helm seat, and the tall pontoons give a smooth and secure ride.”
For unpowered watercraft users, Binks Marine will have the previously unseen Hobie Compass kayak at the show, a new recreational or fishing kayak which comes with an attractive entry level price.
“Borrowing some design elements from the Pro Angler series, the Compass offers maximum stability and an oversized cockpit and flat deck for standing,” said Binks Marine's Shane O'Callaghan. “We reckon it offers the best 'per-dollar' and 'per-kilogram' performance in the range.”
Binks Marine will also be presenting the premium family and touring tandem kayak, The Oasis, which will be available as a Boat Show Special.
All entry tickets to the show are $10, with children 16 years of age and under admitted free when accompanied by an adult. The popular fishing clinics are included with entry, as are the bumper boat rides for kids on the indoor 16 metre pond.