Already known as the local Australian dealership for Sea Ray and some of the Beneteau brands, Sydney-based Chapman Marine Group continues to actively target the boating lifestyle by expanding its portfolio of brands of smaller craft.

At the Sydney International Boat Show 2018 (SIBS), the company is not only showing new models for its existing brands but also announced representation for two new European brands. They the Flipper and Falcon console boats manufactured in Finland. These like some of the other models the group markets are small trailer boats. Both brands produce small day cruiser boats. Falcon is owned by Bella Group which Chapmen also represents and it is part owned by Brunswick and has a strong engine partnership with Mercury.

Talking about its participation at SIBS, Mark Chapman, managing director of the group, commented: “We launched the new Beneteau Antares 9 twin outboard motor cruiser, which is a brand-new model, along with the Antares 7 and 8 and the Barracuda 8 fishing machine. We are also presenting two new brands from Europe, the Falcon and Flipper Sports console boats.”

Falcon has a range of four models while Flipper offers three series of craft including day cruisers, sports top and sports console. Within these three series it offers nine models.

In respect of Sea Ray, Chapman Marine is displaying 11 models at SIBS with new Australian releases being the 250 SDX Outboard and Sterndrive models, the new 230 SPX, new SLX 310 and the 290 SDX Sundeck with Twin Merc Verado 250hp engines.

A new player launching into the Australian market at SIBS is the Greek-based RIB maker Ribco. Through its new company Ribco Australia, the company is exhibiting its range of performance RIBS including the Venom 44, Seafarer 36 and the 28ST with a two-stepped hull.

Commenting on this new market entry, Oliver Workman, who heads up Ribco Australia, said: "These rigid hull, inflatable vessels have graduated from being humble yet head-turning tenders, into sought-after stand-alone performance and luxury boats in their own right. With the ever-growing demand for genuinely offshore capable luxury RIBs in Australia, the Ribco range of vessels are perfectly positioned to enter as the most seaworthy, versatile and well-built luxury performance RIBs available in the market today.”

He emphasised this by indicating that the Venom 44 has Category B CE certification and is built in 2C Survey, capable of voyages 200Nm offshore with a 12-person capacity. The Seafarer 36 is a more compact alternative to the Venom 44, offering the same level of performance in a 10.5m vessel, while the 28ST offers superior speed, efficiency and performance due to the stepped hull.

Another new dealership announced at SIBS is Marina Bayside, based in NSW, taking on a distributorship for Stacer boats, an Australian trailer boat manufacturer based on the Gold Coast. Stacer has recently undertaken a sizeable revamp of its range including its new Revolution hull design.

Marina Bayside operates a modern 10,000sq m facility at Taren Point, NSW, where it also represents other brands including Yamaha. The company will serve the large Sydney market and other boating centres in NSW.