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Barry 2019-10-29

The 21st edition of the Auckland On Water Boat Show shows positive results with the New Zealand marine industry feeling buoyant.

The 3-6th October show was held in the centre of the Viaduct Harbour which put it firmly in the middle of the Viaduct hospitality precinct and saw it draw large crowds.

“We were thrilled with our new location and the chance it gave visitors and spectators alike to get closer to more boats,” said show organiser, Stacey Cook. 

Tectrax powered McLay Raptor 741

“The move allowed us to increase marina space which saw the show accommodate 120 boats on the water - making it easily the biggest on-water show that’s ever been staged in New Zealand.” 

Organisers were pleased to be able to announce at an exhibitor function held Friday 4th October, with the ongoing support of sponsors Panuku and ATEED, the show will be held again in the same location next year.

 “The show was a success for us, and it was great to connect with existing clients and meet people who were new to the Lloyd Stevenson Boatbuilders brand and show off the custom boats that we create. It was great to see so many people interested in purchasing boats,” said Luke Hill of Lloyd Stevenson Boatbuilders. 

The show stretched from the marina to land with some exhibitors taking up the opportunity to exhibit on both, capturing pedestrian traffic as well as those show visitors who wanted to experience boats in sea trials on the marina. 

“The Auckland On Water Boat Show has provided a fantastic platform for Tectrax to showcase its electric amphibious technology both on land and in the water, said Fraser Brown of New Zealand amphibious brand, Tectrax. 

Also on the marina, designer Bill Upfold of Elite Marine Design had boats built to his design from several boatbuilders on display. 

“Elite Marine Design and our associated boatbuilders had a fantastic show with many leads to follow up,” says Upfold. 

“We found the change in venue position worked great, and our exposure was awesome. From our perspective, the boat show team should be applauded on how smoothly and seamlessly everything went - especially pack in and out. We are looking forward to next year, and with a couple of minor tweaks, it will be even more successful.” 

 “The show was fantastic for King Watercraft with multiple leads and an amazingly positive response from the crowd. Thanks to NZ Marine for putting on an excellent show and we will be back next year,” was the verdict from Will King of King Watercraft.

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