Cove boat show still makes a splash

NT News - Motoring - - CARS GUIDE - By ROSE SADLEIR

ALTHOUGH the crowds were not as large as in pre­vi­ous years, there was promis­ing qual­ity among the quan­tity at this year’s Sanc­tu­ary Cove In­ter­na­tional Boat Show.

Of­fi­cial fig­ures have not yet been con­firmed, but ex­hibitors agreed the in­ter­est was ‘‘en­cour­ag­ing’’.

The show at the Gold Coast re­sort at­tracted thou­sands of peo­ple, with some trav­el­ling from around Aus­tralia to see the lat­est in all mat­ters marine. Ev­ery­thing from surf skis to su­per yachts to gen­eral boat­ing ad­vice was on of­fer at the four-day event in late May.

Mar­itimo’s Bill Bar­ryCot­ter said while num­bers were down — more than 140,000 at­tended last year — qual­ity was still present.

‘‘It was a very good show con­sid­er­ing num­bers were down fairly rad­i­cally for all boat own­ers,’’ he said.

Luke Dur­man, the mar­ket­ing direc­tor at Mar­itimo, said it was the best show in four years.

‘‘We have found ex­hibitors have been en­cour­aged by what they are see­ing,’’ he said. ‘‘We are con­fi­dent we will walk away with a hand­ful of sales.’’

Stephen Milne, the direc­tor of brand and sales at Riviera, agreed the qual­ity of in­ter­est was very high.

‘‘We are very happy at this point,’’ he said. ‘‘It has been very en­cour­ag­ing. Our best day was on the Fri­day when the se­ri­ous peo­ple braved the wet weather.’’

Robert and Jan­ice But­tner, of nearby Hope Is­land, said they had at­tended the Sanc­tu­ary Cove show for 20 years. This year they went twice.

Mr But­tner said it was a good show — although it was smaller in size with fewer new boats.

‘‘Con­sid­er­ing the econ- omy, it was a nice turnout,’’ he said. ‘‘The in­dus­try is rep­re­sent­ing it­self bet­ter.

‘‘It’s a great place to be and we will def­i­nitely be back next year.’’

Bill Shaw, the show’s events and op­er­a­tions man­ager, said this year’s event had been fan­tas­tic.

‘‘The best in five years,’’ he said. ‘‘The qual­ity of peo­ple was def­i­nitely there.

‘‘Next year will be the 25th an­niver­sary — there are big plans.’’

Marine mat­ters: There was plenty of in­ter­est in the var­i­ous craft on dis­play dur­ing the 2012 Sanc­tu­ary Cove In­ter­na­tional Boat Show, in­clud­ing the lux­ury yacht Masteka

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