29th Sanctuary Cove International Boat Show, Australia; May 25-28, 2017
MULTIHULL SOLUTIONS will stage the Asia-Pacific premiere of the Fountaine Pajot Helia 44 Evolution sailing catamaran at this year’s Sanctuary Cove International Boat Show (SCIBS), which will be held from May 25-28.
Multihull Solutions will also showcase the Fountaine Pajot’s MY37 power cat at the show, which features Queensland’s largest display of multihulls.
Mark Elkington, Managing Director of Multihull Solutions, believes the new Helia 44 will be among the stars of the popular four-day show.
“The Helia 44 will complement the impressive MY37 by Fountaine Pajot Motor Yachts,” Elkington said. “These vessels appeal to power enthusiasts who appreciate outstanding fuel economy and offshore performance.”
The company will be joined by fellow cat-focused exhibitors Multihull Central, The Multihull Group (TMG), Leopard Catamarans, Ensign Boat Brokers and Dream Yacht Sales. French brand Lagoon will have at least three models on display, with TMG exhibiting the 630 MY, 42 and 450 Sports Top.
“SCIBS has a great vibe and consistently good numbers,” said John Cowpe, Managing Director of TMG. “For us, Lagoon is a brand loved by Queenslanders and this is a great opportunity to display the very latest models.”
Dominic O’Brien, SCIBS Sales and Exhibition Manager, said catamarans were growing in popularity at the show and across the country.
“The market is on the rise across Australia, with the Gold Coast following this trend,” O’Brien said. “We have fielded regular enquiries from prospective interstate buyers who come to SCIBS specifically to see the current batch of cats, as the Gold Coast is the gateway to the Reef and Whitsundays.
“Some are enthusiasts, others new to boating, and they say they intend to travel from interstate because they’re planning to buy a cat and cruise the Pacific Islands, planning their Queensland charter or want to buy a boat and enter it into charter.”
Organisers also announced the show’s largest display of trawlers in recent years, with Grand Banks, Fleming, Clipper, Alaska, Integrity, Nordhavn and newcomer DeFever among the brands to secure on-water space.
SCIBS General Manager Johan Hasser said: “The growth of the trawler segment is very exciting, with our long-standing exhibitors returning and new major brands coming on board. The volume and quality of brands signing on reflects improved confidence within the industry and the growing interest in trawlers among experienced boaties.”
Malaysia’s Grand Banks will stage the world launch of the GB60 and exhibit two vessels by Australia-based Palm Beach Motor Yachts, owned by Grand Banks.
Mark Richards, CEO of Grand Banks and the former boss of Palm Beach, said: “The GB60 is taking Grand Banks in a whole new direction in terms of appearance, performance and construction techniques. This is the first collaboration effort between the design teams of both brands and the result is a better-performing yacht with a fresh appearance.”
Yacht Domain Director Peter Devers said the company will be debuting the China-built Nordhavn 60 and showcasing the N52.
“Nordhavn aficionados will be coming from all over to see the N60,” Devers said.
Sundance Marine will also be in the spotlight as it hosts the Australia debut of the 60ft Beneteau Monte Carlo 6 and exhibits the MCY 70 by Italian brand Monte Carlo Yachts.