Sydney puts on a display of power
Check out some of the highlights in the powerboat market at SIBS 2017.
On the marina and in the exhibition halls, there's always plenty to catch the eye for powerboat enthusiasts at the Sydney show. Take a look at what's on display this week.
As Australia's biggest luxury boat builder, Riviera (M180-190) typically has one of the grandest displays at Sydney and this year it will be displaying nine models across both the Riviera and Belize ranges.
Making its world premiere is the Riviera 68 Sports Motor Yacht which has been designed for blue-water cruising.
“All of the owners we spoke with were seeking a new style of motor yacht,” said Riviera owner and chairman Rodney Longhurst introducing the new model. “Their dream was a blue-water yacht that combines speed and sport fishing capabilities with the comfort of high bulwark decks, a foredeck entertainment centre, fully enclosed flybridge with internal stairs, a covered mezzanine dining area and ultra-luxurious interiors. This Sports Motor Yacht comprehensively fulfils that brief.”
Alongside the new 68 Sports Motor Yacht, Riviera will show the 6000, 5400 and 4800 Sports Yachts as well as the 525 and 445 SUV models and the 52 Enclosed Flybridge and 43 Open Flybridge models. The Belize display will include a presentation of the latest Belize 66 as well as showing the 54 Daybridge model.
Fellow Australian builder Maritimo (M108-114) will have six of its models on show, including the new S70 cruising motor yacht which is having its world debut. The new X60 sports yacht, which Maritimo says will feature unique design elements not seen in any vessel of its style and size before, will be revealed, and the recently released M59 and S59 cruising motor yachts will also be on show.
The Eyachts display (M245-254) will feature 10 boats from its portfolio of Sealine and Axopar models including the Sealine S330 and Sealine C330 as well as six Axopar models. There will also be a Greenline 48 Mark 2 and a new Greenline 39 Hybrid as well as an Outer Reef display.
E Marine Motor Yachts (M146-147) will have the all-new Back Cove 32 on debut as well as the Back Cove 37 Classic, while the Beneteau powerboats on display (M148-154) will include the Gran Turismo 40, the Swift Trawler 30 and the first showing of the new Swift Trawler 50.
Fleming Yachts Australia (M192-193) is displaying two boats at the show, the timeless Fleming 55 and the long-awaited Fleming 58 which will be shown for the first time in Australia.
5 Star Motor Cruisers (M177) will have the Azimut 50 Flybridge on display for sale and for syndication.
Powercats on display at the show include the Fountaine Pajot MY 44 from Multihull Solutions (M81-82), and the Aquila 44 and new Aquila 36 from Multihull Central (M76-79).
Making its Australian debut at the show is US-based Hudson Yacht Group (M38) which will be displaying the Hudson Powercat 48.
Off the water
There will also be plenty of interest for powerboat enthusiasts inside the exhibition halls with several new model releases planned.
One of the biggest launches will be from Sirocco Marine (stand 300) which is hosting the official debut of the new 10.5-metre Brig Eagle RIB. Company founder Slava Rodionov will be at the show for what he calls “the most exciting launch in the history of Brig”.
“We are thrilled to launch the Eagle 10 in Sydney, where the go-anywhere RIB is ideal for the boating lifestyle, whatever form that takes,” said Rodionov. “For family fun, as an island hopper, luxury boat tender, angling or ski boat, chase boat or superyacht tender, coastal cruising and all forms of watersport, the Eagle 10 delivers.”
Neil Webster, director at Sirocco Marine, said the Eagle 10 is already in high demand, with forward orders in all international markets.
“It’s larger, wider, faster and represents more value for money than anything in its class. People are queuing to see it! There is a growing demand for larger inflatables now that the market and our loyal customers are accustomed to the idea of a RIB as a main boat. Once you’ve had one, you won’t go back!”
Blakes Marine (stands 103, 105 and 106 ) always has one of the largest displays of trailer boats at the show with the likes of Bar Crusher, Stacer and Chaparral. This year it will be adding MasterCraft as well and will be introducing the new XT22, the latest addition to the MasterCraft crossover range which features new digital driving and audio systems.
Chaparral will have two new models on show with the new 257 Surf boat launched by wake surf superstar, Austin Keen, at the Noosa festival of surf earlier this year, and the entry level 21 H20 Outboard which has quickly become a best-seller in the US.
“The new saltwater surf boats have taken wake surfing to a different level,” said Scott O’Hare from Chaparral Australia. “With Malibu Surf Gate, Volvo forward facing drives, Medallion surf computer, ballast and legendary Chaparral saltwater tough DNA, it doesn’t matter where you go boating, you can always have a surf.”
Blakes Marine will also feature the popular Bar Crusher models ranging from the entry-level 490C right up to the flagship 780HTP. Visitors will be able to check out the brand new 585HT, redesigned 615HT, and the special edition 670HT Exocet.
Marina Bayside (stand 401) will be introducing the all-new Haines Hunter 700, a dedicated offshore fishing model which has been designed over a two-year period by the Haines Hunter R&D team with the input from fishos around the country. With room for seven adult anglers, the 700 features built-in trim tabs, 360 litre fuel tank, large display dash, twin live bait tanks and a transom rating up to 400hp in single- or twin-engine configuration.
Hunts Marine (stand 402) will have a line-up of Quintrex, Whittley and Glastron models including four models of the 2017 Quintrex Apex hull encompassing Freestyler bowriders and the new 510 Frontier and 475 Stealth Hornet models.