Boat show brings motza to ma­rina

NT News - - WEATHER - RYAN KEEN

MORE than $180 mil­lion worth of lux­ury and trailer boats, high-end cars, jet skis and marine gad­gets are on deck for the Sanc­tu­ary Cove In­ter­na­tional Boat Show.

A week out from the ma­jor marine event’s 29th in­stal­ment, or­gan­is­ers have re­vealed the tally of dis­plays in­cludes $130m worth of on­wa­ter boat dis­plays alone.

They in­clude the biggestever ex­hi­bi­tion by ma­jor Gold Coast boat builder Mar­itimo which will be show­ing off its new Sanc­tu­ary Cove dis­play base and un­veil­ing its lat­est state-of-the-art model.

Mar­itimo, which un­veiled a new on-and-off wa­ter show­room at Sanc­tu­ary Cove ma­rina in Fe­bru­ary, will have a $25 mil­lion ex­hi­bi­tion with more than 10 mod­els dur­ing the four-day show start­ing next Thurs­day.

Buoy­ant Mar­itimo owner and Aus­tralian boat build­ing iden­tity Bill Barry-Cot­ter said de­mand had hit a stage where the com­pany could pro­duce more but wouldn’t nec­es­sar­ily ramp it up to meet it.

The firm’s Coomera fac­tory has a book of for­ward or­ders up to 18 months ahead with 12 ves­sels un­der con­struc­tion con­stantly.

Mr Barry-Cot­ter said the mar­ket de­mand in the lux­ury cruiser seg­ment was for big­ger and more cus­tom boats.

Pro­duc­tion for ev­ery­one was still down on where it had been prior to the Global Fi­nan­cial Cri­sis but or­der growth had been con­stant since 2012 at Mar­itimo.

“The boats, par­tic­u­larly the Aus­tralian boats, the qual­ity has got bet­ter, we’re chas­ing a smaller mar­ket but a much more high-end prod­uct,” Mr Barry-Cot­ter said.

Mar­itimo gen­eral man­ager of op­er­a­tions Phil Can­dler said the com­pany had strong or­ders right across its range from 51 to 70 foot­ers.

Early-stage de­signs were be­ing done for 75 to 90 foot­ers while it had cho­sen Sanc­tu­ary Cove to de­but its lat­est model, a state-of-the-art S59 sedan cruiser worth $2.05m.

Gold Coast’s premier mo­tor yacht brand White­haven will launch its lat­est cus­tom model, a 6000 Fly­bridge mo­tor yacht while show or­gan­is­ers say a ded­i­cated fish­ing, trailer and leisure boat area has been ex­panded by 1500 sq me­tres.

Show sales and ex­hi­bi­tion man­ager Do­minic O’Brien said the de­but of the ded­i­cated “Boat­yard” space last year had been in­un­dated for 2017.

“There is no ques­tion the un­der 10-me­ter ves­sel regis­tra­tions are the bulk of the in­dus­try in Aus­tralia,” he said.

Sanc­tu­ary Cove In­ter­na­tional Boat Show sales and ex­hi­bi­tion man­ager Do­minic O’Brien

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