MORE than $30 million dollars in sales has seen organizers label the weekend’s Sanctuary Cove International Boat Shows the most successful in recent years.
The four-day event was capped off yesterday with the sale of three locally manufactured Maritimo motor yachts for $2 million each, while visitor numbers were also up.
Data collected over the first three days suggest a 15 per cent increase on last year.
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Mulpha Sanctuary Cove head of events Johan Hasser said while they noted a marked increase in visitor numbers, the true barometer of success was exhibitor sales.
“The general consensus has been very favourable and exhibitors are thrilled with strong sales and leads throughout the four days of Boat Show,” Mr Hasser said.
“There has been a big change in sentiment this year – they’re genuinely out to buy.”
Clipper Motor Yachts had the largest on-water display at the show and received many inquiries in the $1.2 million to $1.8 million range, according to managing director Brett Thurley.
“It’s the bigger boats, in the 50 to 60 foot range which are attracting the most attention this year,” Mr Thurley said.
Boaties are also seeing syndication as a good way to enter the market. Boating Syndication Australia sold six shares in a Riviera 44 and further two shares in a Riviera M360 at the annual event.
Next year’s Sanctuary Cove International Boat Show will run from May 21 – 24.