Boat show makes waves

NT News - Motoring - - SPORT - By TANYA WESTTHORP

MIL­LIONS of dol­lars worth of lux­ury boats were sold as record crowds flocked to the Gold Coast In­ter­na­tional Marine Expo, ce­ment­ing the show as a ma­jor fix­ture on the city’s events cal­en­dar.

More than 20,000 peo­ple turned out to the sec­ond an­nual expo, held over three days.

Gold Coast City Marina re­ported sell­ing at least $4 mil­lion worth of boats, in­clud­ing a $2.9 mil­lion 20m Hamp­ton En­durance 680 to a Sun­shine Coast buyer.

Riviera sold a $1 mil­lion 43 Fly­bridge and ex­pects a New Zealand cou­ple will sign a deal to buy a $2 mil­lion 58 Sport to­day.

Princess found a buyer for a $1 mil­lion V53 sport yacht while AMI Marine Queens­land state man­ager David Tan­ner re­ported sell­ing large num­bers of de­sali­na­tion equip­ment, marine san­i­ta­tion sys­tems and satel­lite tele­vi­sions.

‘‘We’ve sold well in ex­cess of what we would see at the Sanc­tu­ary Cove In­ter­na­tional Boat Show. I think this is the fu­ture of boat shows in Aus­tralia,’’ he said.

Crowds were also wowed by an aerial per­for­mance by the RAAF Roulettes and the soar­ing heights of demon­stra­tors strapped to Jetlev wa­ter jet­packs.

‘‘It has ex­ceeded all my ex­pec­ta­tions,’’ Expo vice-pres­i­dent Dean Leigh-Smith said.

‘‘There has been some se­ri­ous com­merce done here and the sky is the limit for growth.’’

Or­gan­iser Stephen Milne said the event could grow into an in­ter­na­tional expo while ex­hibitors hailed it the best show re­sult since be­fore the global fi­nan­cial cri­sis.

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