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Sanctuary Cove set to be the most spectacular - MarineBusinessWorld Oceania newsletter

by Peter Rendle 2 May 15:00 PDT
Sanctuary Cove International Boat Show (SCIBS) © Ken Roney Photography

It's set to be the most spectacular Sanctuary Cove International Boat Show (SCIBS) yet! Already fuelling excitement among those who love the boating life is a new luxury VIP Experience and close to 100 brand-new product launches from some of Australia and the globe's most popular and luxurious marine brands.

The event is held annually in May over four-days from Thursday 23rd to Sunday 26th (9am to 5pm). 2024 marks the 35th edition of the event. Commencing as lifestyle showcase at Sanctuary Cove's iconic 'The Ultimate Event' in 1988, SCIBS has grown to become the Southern Hemisphere's largest boating and marine lifestyle event and a key event on the global boat show calendar.

The 2024 Show will feature over 330 exhibitors, 700-plus boats, and more than 2,500 products and is expected to attract over 50,000 visitors. SCIBS 2024 will showcase everything from superyachts, personal watercraft and marine technology to fishing vessels, trailerable boats, sailing catamarans and powerboats.

A wave of pioneering Australian businesses have jumped onboard to join World Boating Day on 25th and 26th May, culminating with a series of free events being held at SCIBS on the Gold Coast and across Australia. Following the appointment of Luke McCaul of Zeal Marinas as the South Pacific ambassador, the movement has garnered the interest of reputable actors of the industry. This innovative campaign was developed by the Superyacht Life Foundation who set the dates, and coincidentally fit in exactly with one of Australia's key events for the leisure boating industry.

Further north, Hamilton Island Race Week is fast approaching and Whitsunday Holidays have some prime race week viewing spots available where you can watch some of the world's best racing yachts sail by and be close to all the celebrations. Running 17-25 August, this is one of the highlights of the global yachting calendar, with many of the world's best yachts and yachting sports men and women heading to Hamilton Island to compete. From 17 August the island will come alive with racing on the water, a carnival atmosphere, plenty of events and social gatherings.

Down south, Minister for Emergency Services, Jihad Dib, today officially opened the new Marine Rescue Middle Harbour base at The Spit in Mosman, one of the busiest boating areas in the state. The new $3.8 million building, funded by the NSW Government, provides easy access to the unit's two vessels to support the search and rescue missions of Marine Rescue NSW volunteers.

The pristine waters of Sydney and surrounds are enjoyed by Sydneysiders year-round, making Middle Harbour a fixture in the top ten busiest Marine Rescue NSW bases in the state. Situated next to the Spit Bridge in Mosman, the new base mirrors its surroundings with a design inspired by the contours of a ship and a colour scheme replicating the water, sky and nearby bushland.

From Europe, watch the X-Yachts XR41 hull plug in the making. Get a behind-the-scenes look at the making of the XR 41, as the hull plug is being CNC machined with high precision and expertise at Nedcam in Holland. Soon the hull plug will be ready for laminating the hull mould over it. This process will happen in-house, with highly skilled people at X-Yachts Composites in Poland. The 3D design of the deck plug and hull liner plug has just been released for CNC machining as well.

Gineico Marine celebrates 20 years partnership with Maritimo: It was the year 1976 when Bruno Gambacorti first landed on the shores of Australia from Italy to then return a year later to formally set up operations as Gambacorti Italian Nautical Export Import Co (now known as Gineico Marine), in French's Forrest, NSW. It wasn't long before a relationship was formed with Bill Barry-Cotter and Gineico became the preferred provider to supply a wide array of quality Italian designed and manufactured products.

YANMAR Marine International has announced the launch of the YANMAR E-Key system, a cutting-edge solution designed for wireless unlocking of the VC20 Vessel Control system, seamlessly integrating with electronically controlled YANMAR marine engines. This optional feature is poised to offer ease and simplicity for owners worldwide. The E-Key system comprises a sleek, lightweight tag, elegantly designed to sit within users' personal key sets.

Benefiting from a unique ID, this tag communicates wirelessly with the Vessel Control System, activating it by simply pressing against the switch panel. Crafted for ease of use, this optional feature elevates boating experiences to new heights, ensuring every journey is as smooth as it is enjoyable.

Overseas, Maritimo Luxury Motor Yachts has appointed a new sales consultant in New Zealand, an important market for the Australian brand, and forecasts new impetus for growth within this highly mature and established market. 36 degrees Brokers have been appointed to replace retiring sales consultant, Don Senior, who, fortuitously, has a great working relationship with 36 degrees Brokers. Don will come on board in an advisory capacity and ensure a smooth transition for owners.

In Asia, Global Marine Business Advisors held their 2-day conference and AGM on 25/26 April at the Republic of Singapore Yacht Club prior to the International Council of Marine Industry Associations (ICOMIA) conference and the Singapore Yachting Festival. The AGM confirmed the reappointment of Veda Pretorius as Chairperson and the re-election of the current executive committee of Jouko Huju, Maryanne Edwards, Thom Dammrich. Kai Malmivaara was reappointed CFO for the group.

The focus of the meeting was to gain updates on specific regions plus discuss the opportunities and challenges currently faced by the global marine industry.

Also in Asia and since the introduction of the new M-line range, Prestige has been making significant strides in expanding its presence. The brand is now bringing the first multihulls to Asia-Pacific. Ahead of its anticipated debut in Asia-Pacific, the M-line has already gained recognition from reputable international sources, including Asian entities, further solidifying its reputation.

Just last week, Yacht Style awarded the M8 as best power catamaran above 15 meters, while Robb Report Thailand acknowledged the smaller model of the range in January with a Best of the Best Award for interior design. Today, the M48 is officially en-route to Asia-Pacific.

There's more marine industry news happening in our region, updated daily at with All contributions considered.

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Peter Rendle -

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