The 30th edition of the Sanctuary Cove International Boat Show (SCIBS), which runs from May 24-27, 2018, is to feature a new precinct that will give trailered boats a new central position in the event. This is significant because trailered boats account for over 80% of the Australian market in terms of boat numbers.

The SCIBS organisers have aptly named the feature the ‘Sports, Leisure and Fishing Boats’ precinct. It will comprise a 5,000sq m outdoor space dedicated to trailerable craft, meeting market demand for locally made and imported recreational vessels to suit a range of boating lifestyles.

Supported by the national Boating Industry Association (BIA), the initiative aims to benefit dealers and enhance the overall visitor experience. SCIBS general manager Johan Hasser says: “This new addition will offer “a show within the show”. The precinct will be home to everything imaginable from the watersports, leisure and fishing industries, including boats, accessories and new innovations.”

“It will feature a brilliant range of boats up to 8m (26ft), from entry level to premium boats with all the gear onboard,” Hasser adds. “There will be Rigid Inflatable Boats (RIBs) positioned as practical tenders or fully kitted up as luxury day boats, aluminium and fibreglass fishing boats, high-performance ski and tow boats, plus a good mix of imported and Australian-made vessels.”

BIA CEO Howard Glenn said they welcome the focus on trailer boats and are encouraging members to “get on board” the initiative. “80% of boats in Australia are trailerable, so it makes sense to have strong representation at one of Australia’s premier boat shows. We are thrilled with the boat show’s family focus and its spirit of making boating accessible to all markets, all stages of life and all budgets.”

One of the first dealers to book space in the new precinct is Surf Coast Marine dealer principal Paul Banning, who is making a return to SCIBS after a seven-year break. “We are very happy to be back at SCIBS and we are looking forward to displaying around a dozen boats,” Banning said.

“We are the Gold Coast Quintrex dealer and will present a mix of fishing side console boats, bowriders and cabin boats,” he added. “We’re excited to launch the new Apex hull design, which gives a soft, dry ride and is available in boats from 5.1 to 6.3m. Surf Coast Marine will also have boat-motor-trailer packages on offer, featuring Evinrude and Suzuki engines.”