Strong Sales at Sanctuary Cove

29th Sanctuary Cove International Boat Show; May 25-28, 2017

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29th Sanctuary Cove International Boat Show; May 25-28, 2017

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TOP EXHIBITORS AT THIS YEAR’S Sanctuary Cove International Boat Show reported strong sales – including a 122ft Horizon motor yacht – and several described it as the best edition of the past decade. The four-day event in Queensland featured 300 exhibitors and attracted 42,256 visitors. 

Horizon Motor Yachts Australia (HMYA), based at Sanctuary Cove, celebrated the sale of a Horizon RP115, the third build by the Taiwanese builder for her owners and the yard’s largest yacht sold to Australia. This “highly optioned” 122ft model, which will feature a 10-seat heated jacuzzi and a sauna, is scheduled for delivery in early 2019. 

Erica Rae, HMYA’s Marketing Manager, said: “It was an awesome show – the quality of enquiry was incredible. We had seven boats on water and were busy during the four days. We also had a heap of enquiries on the Horizon E84 and the E56XO Sport Yacht, the Australian-specific model.” 

Multihull Solutions staged the Asia-Pacific premiere of Fountaine Pajot’s Helia 44 Evolution, and Managing Director Mark Elkington dubbed the show one of the best in over 20 years of exhibiting. 

“We sold a boat on the first day, a Fountaine Pajot MY 37, then on day three, the Helia 44 on display and two orders, plus ahead we have strong interest in the Lucia 44, Helia 44 and MY 44. A total of A$3.8 million in sales makes it worth coming,” Elkington said. 

“There were buyers from New Zealand, Australia and around the region. It’s a real Asia-Pacific show, which is great for exhibitors and particularly for our business which has offices in those markets.” 

The Multihull Group Managing Director John Cowpe reported sales of a new Lagoon 40, Lagoon 50 and a Lagoon 42, and huge interest in the French yard’s 630MY power cat. 

“We loved the show – great weather, great people, excellent organisation,” Cowpe said. “It has been interesting meeting powerboat owners from different brands now gravitating towards the 630MY. We have really put the cat among the pigeons with this model.” 

Multihull Central Director Brent Vaughan reported sales of four catamarans, saying: “That’s a total of A$4 million, which is a record for us. It’s been fantastic.” 

Among international motor yacht brands, Fairline, Sea Ray and Boston Whaler models were all sold at the show. 

SCIBS General Manager Johan Hasser said: “The show opened strongly with visitor numbers up and strong sales on the first day, and it improved across the weekend. 

“Our exhibitors have reported some of the best sales results in years and received a great number of enquiries and sales leads, which historically has shown that many more deals will be made in the coming weeks and months.” 

The 30th Sanctuary Cove International Boat Show will be held from May 24-27, 2018.