Over 63,000 visitors attended this year’s Sydney International Boat Show (SIBS) in Darling Harbour, with the Boating Industry Association (BIA) of Australia declaring it a great success.

Association CEO Howard Glenn said: “We had a number of factors in our favour. Our return fully to our spiritual home of Darling Harbour, the recognised 50th anniversary, exceptional weather, exhibitor optimism and very strong indications that consumer sentiment is on the rise.

“The association had a clear vision of what the industry wanted and needed, and set its sights on achieving it. This show has been years in the planning, and our attitude was that nothing could be left to chance. Planning and attention to detail was paramount.”

SIBS 2017 was the biggest event in its 50-year history, with over 200 exhibitors showing 800 boats, and a wide range of equipment, engines, fishing and diving gear.

According to the BIA, SIBS exhibitors are reporting strong sales across the board with deliveries scheduled as early as tomorrow.

Next year’s Sydney International Boat Show will take place in the same venue from August 2-6, 2018.