Show loses some gloss
SOME of the sparkle of the Sanctuary Cove International Boat Show will be missing with world and national releases unlikely to make the event.
Mustang Marine CEO Chris Heaton said the company was committed to being at the show, but its 550 Sports Euro — which was a key attraction — would not be finished in time.
The manufacturer, in the market for a new owner, is intending to take some of its smaller boats — including the 2850 and the 2850 Super Sports.
Heaton said there had been strong interest in Mustang since advertisements had been placed for a buyer or investor.
It is believed there is a chance it could be bought by a Gold Coast-based company.
Argus Boats was also planning a worldwide release with the E35, but the company said it was unlikely the boat would be ready for the May 20-23 event.
Montebello CEO Gary Zamparutti said manufacturers were battling to produce boats because of long delays in marine parts and products arriving.
‘‘We will have the 12.5m sailing catamaran at the show — but we have had to push hard,’’ he said.
‘‘It takes three to four months to build a boat and we have to order everything before we start virtually because of how long it takes for things to arrive.’’
Sanctuary Cove International Boat Show manager Barry Jenkins said he was unaware Mustang was not intending to bring the 550 Sports Euro, but was confident the event would still have plenty to attract enthusiasts.
‘‘We will not know until mid-April exactly how many boats and other exhibitors are coming,’’ Jenkins said.
Already 338 exhibitors had been confirmed, more than at the equivalent time last year.
‘‘Little by little, more product is coming out,’’ he said.
He indicated a downturn in the boating market was having an impact on manufacturers completing craft in time for the show.