SCIBS set for a sell-out

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Space is filling up in the dedicated trailer boat precinct at SCIBS.
Space is filling up in the dedicated trailer boat precinct at SCIBS.

Surge in demand for space means Gold Coast show is expected to be a sell-out.

Organisers of the Sanctuary Cove International Boat Show (SCIBS) say they have experienced a surge in exhibitor bookings with spaces now expected to sell out well before the show opens in May.

Among the latest marine businesses to sign up are The Multihull Group (TMG), eyachts and Clipper Motor Yachts which have announced they will unveil new vessels at the show. They join the likes of Maritimo, Horizon Motor Yachts Australia, Whitehaven and Integrity Motor Yachts, Alexander Marine, Multihull Solutions, EMarine and Jeanneau power and sail which are all confirmed exhibitors.

SCIBS sales and exhibition manager Dominic O’Brien said the exhibitor response and bookings had exceeded expectations for this time of year, although there are still sites available for companies wanting to book.

“Exhibitors tell us they have put a lot of effort into their mix of products and promotions and are looking forward to showcasing new models, including many world and Australian premieres, the latest gadgets and excellent sales packages for an astute and enthusiastic public,” he said.

“We continue to invest in the village and marina for SCIBS each year, and develop new ideas for the layout and format to keep the visitor experience fresh. Exhibitors have responded positively and the 2019 event is shaping up to be an exciting one.”

Other companies to book include Coomera-based Queensland Marine Centre (QMC), which represents the US brands Boston Whaler, Sea Ray, Mastercraft and Dorado. It is planning to have as many as 30 boats in the dedicated trailer boat precinct as well as showing several larger boats on-water and offering a range of boat-motor-trailer packages using Ilmor engines from the US.

“We are looking forward to displaying a huge range from all our brands,” said QMC sales manager Brad Roberts. “All our boats are high-quality, US-made vessels with excellent reputations.

“We are one of the largest exhibitors each year and we think visitors will be really impressed with the diversity of our boats in 2019.”

Alongside QMC in the precinct will be Stefan Boating World, Haines Group/Suzuki, Australian Marine Centre and Whitewater Marine. The Haines Group will collaborate with dealers AMC, Surf Coast Marine and Laguna Boating Centre in the Suzuki Street to showcase new models and motors including Haines Signature boats, Seafarer and Suzuki marine outboards.

“We are taking expanded space this year to present a selection of boats from the renowned Seafarer range,” said Haines Group’s Chris Thompson. “SCIBS is always a brilliant show for us and an important marketing platform.”

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