THOUSANDS have flocked to the Sanctuary Cove International Boat Show, marking their most successful year to date.
Sales surged towards $20 million as marine enthusiasts took advantage of spectacular weather and more than 300 exhibitors on the third day of the Sanctuary Cove International Boat Show on Saturday.
Official visitor figures confirm a 20 per cent increase in people through the gate to last year, with close to 20,000 visitors on Thursday and Friday, traditionally viewed as quieter ‘trade’ days.
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“From a sales perspective, this is one of the best Boat Shows we’ve had in some years,” said Mulpha Sanctuary Cove head of events Johan Hasser.
“The boating industry ebbs and flows with economic conditions and the upward curve we’ve experienced at this year’s Show reflects wider economic improvement.
“There’s no doubt the atmosphere is great, that is the resounding feedback from both visitors and exhibitors.”
Rachel Haynes of Multihull Solutions said the company has had an extremely successful show, noting a positive change in the market.
“There’s no doubt this year is better than last,” Ms Haynes said.
Multihull Solutions has sold a Fountaine Pajot Hélia 44 for $925,000 and two syndicate shares in another of the same model, worth $162,000.
“We’re also expecting to seal the deal on a Mahé 36 tomorrow.”
While there has been movement at the top end of the market with a string of multi-million dollar deals from luxury brands Maritimo and Riviera, the trailerable and personal watercraft sectors are also proving strong.
Alan Whittley, from Whittley Marine Group, is at the Show with dealer Northside Marine and echoed the sentiment that 2014 is overall a stronger Show.
Whittley has launched its 2600 and SL 26 models at the Show, and already has several sales runs on the board and “bulging” quote pads. “We’ve got a high profile position so that has delivered a lot of foot traffic,” said Mr Whittley.
“More importantly, we’ve been able to convert enthusiastic browsers into buyers which is ultimately what the Boat Show is all about.”
The 2014 Boat Show showcases a wide variety of international boating brands, products and technologies on display alongside the superb backdrop of the award-winning Sanctuary Cove marina and The Marine Village.
Sunday marks the final day for the show. Tickets are on sale now at www.sanctuarycoveboatshow.com and at the gate.