GOLD Coasters can expect a massive three-day showcase of all things aquatic this weekend, from luxurious super yachts to kayaks, jet skis to fishing equipment, and everything else in between.
It’s the 2014 Gold Coast International Marine Expo and it starts on Friday October 17 from 10am at the Gold Coast Marine Precinct, 50-84 Water Drive, Coomera.
Last year, more than 21,000 people attended the not-for-profit Expo – an event run by the marine industry for the marine industry.
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High demand for exhibitor space at the event has already prompted organisers to expand this year’s site.
It’s dubbed ‘Australia’s only Working Boat Show’ and offers the best chance for boating enthusiasts to get set for a great summer.
There’ll be plenty of new and exciting products released for the first time in Australia – some for the first time in the world – and with live attractions and demonstrations every 15 minutes, organisers are “supremely confident” this year’s event will outdo the rest.
The huge variety of new and innovative boats set to be unveiled ranges from luxurious sports yachts and specialist fishing vessels to family recreation boats and inflatable dinghies.
And as for the toys, the debut of the fastest production jet ski on the planet and the first-release of the fun and futuristic Hoverboard and Jetovator is expected to turn everyone’s head.
Other favourites to be released include power-assisted snorkelling equipment and versatile inflatable water toys such as stand-up paddleboards.
Event & Marketing Manager Emma Milne said the Expo was “so much more than just a boat show.”
“We have extreme high-diving, fishing and live cooking demonstrations, the 12km Coomera Cup paddle race, factory tours as well as a heap of activities for the kids … and for those young-at-heart,” she said.
“It really is going to be a whole lot of fun for everyone.”
For the first time, tickets for the Gold Coast International Marine Expo are available online so savvy patrons can avoid lining up at the gate.