This year's Cape Town International Boat Show will feature an enlarged dryland exhibition area, organisers told IBI today. South Africa's largest distributor, Boating World, has also confirmed their biggest ever fleet of display yachts at the Victoria & Alfred Waterfront.

Boating World will also have Karl Gilding from Fairline Yachts talking about the re-launch of the Targa 43 Open in 2018 and the new Fairline F-Line’ series. The company will also feature their first ever virtual reality display where potential buyers can “step aboard new yacht models that are not yet available in South Africa,” the company said in a statement this week.

Boat Show spokesperson Cullum Johnston said this year's show would showcase recent market innovations such as electric outboards and other new engine models. He said the top-end of the leisure market was still healthy despite tough economic conditions that had impacted on other sectors. “At the top end of the market is insulated from the general economy. The reality is that it is booming,” Johnston said.

The event takes place this weekend from 20-22 October.

Boating World, the biggest exhibitor, will be displaying various international brands including Fairline, Jeanneau, Riviera and Sea Ray. The company said its sales team was excited to introduce the public to their virtual reality display on the back of a successful trip to the Cannes Festival: “They are enthusiastic to share their insights on the new yachts, as well as the leading trends from the European yacht market, as they walk guests through the latest models on the market in virtual reality,” the company said.