Boat show makes waves
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.