The focus of the global boating industry continues to stay on Australia with the opening tomorrow of the 50th Sydney International Boat Show (SIBS). The 2017 event is the biggest such show to date and it follows on from the three-day Marine17 conference which saw some 50 papers presented to around 450 delegates plus support from some 70 exhibitors.

In addition to being the 50th edition, SIBS is also celebrating being back together as one adjoining show between its exhibition area and on-water show. SIBS 2017 runs from August 3-7 with the indoor part spread across 38,000sq m in Sydney’s fairly new International Convention Centre and the on-water show adjacent in the Cockle Bay Marina within Darling Harbour.

The on-water portion includes some 200 boats from 75 exhibitors, ranging from small runabouts to the Gulf Craft Majesty 122 superyacht. There is a strong mix of Australian and international brands, including Riviera, Maritimo, Whitehaven, Palm Beach, Beneteau, Sanlorenzo, Monte Carlo Yachts, Sunseeker, Princess, Axopar and Invictus.

The exhibition halls have over 200 exhibitors showing 800 boats, a wide range of equipment, engines, fishing and diving gear. In total SIBS 2017 exhibitors represent nearly 500 individual brands. The organisers, the Boating Industry Association (BIA), anticipate an increased visitor number of 60,000 over the five days.

“The boats on the marina have caught the attention of passers-by,” says Domenic Genua, BIA marketing & events manager. “The show looks set to be one the biggest in recent memory. We are expecting around 60,000 visitors. The move back to Darling Harbour and the ICC to celebrate the show’s 50th anniversary is creating tremendous buzz around the city.”