Show loses some gloss

NT News - Motoring - - News - By LUCY ARDERN

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.

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