Plenty to see at SIBS

Barry 2018-08-02

The 51st edition of the Sydney International Boat Show (SIBS), looks to exceed last year’s record of 63,000 visitors after a great start yesterday. With over 200 exhibitors showing in excess of 800 boats, it is Australasia’s biggest boat show. 

Running August 2-6, 2018 at the ICC Sydney and adjacent Cockle Bay marina in Darling Harbour, SIBS 2018 show again features the crème de la crème of local and imported boats and marine equipment.

Riviera, Australia’s leading boatbuilder, has the world launch of its latest Sports Motor Yacht collection, namely the new 39 Sports Motor Yacht. Riviera has an on-water showcase of 11 motor yachts, including the new sporty 395 SUV and the long-range and luxurious 72 Sports Motor Yacht. Other yachts in the line-up are the 6000, 5400 and 4800 Sport Yachts; the 52 Enclosed and 43 Open Flybridge models, the 575 and 445 SUVs and their classic Belize 54 Daybridge.

Following on from its most successful show at Sanctuary Cove in May, Maritimo is looking for another major milestone for long range luxury motoryacht manufacture in Australia with the global launch of the new X50 sport yacht at the SIBS. The X60 and now the X50 are billed as introducing superyacht design and thinking into a market sector with broad affordability.

The X60 attracted multiple pre-sales and has generated notable ongoing interest. Maritimo says it is confident the X50 will see similar success. The company is displaying the S70, S51, M 51, X60 and revealing the X50.

Whitehaven Yachts have their biggest ever display with no fewer than five models, including the 6000 Flybridge, 6000 Coupe and 7500 Sport Yacht. Visitors can also see renderings of the new Harbour Classic 40 which is set for launching later this year.

Catamaran specialists Multihull Solutions have the Asia Pacific launch of its latest sailing catamaran from the Fountaine Pajot shipyard, the Astréa 42. The MY 44 power catamaran and the Lucia 40 sailing catamaran are also displayed.

Making her Australian debut is the 66 Manhattan motor cruiser from Sunseeker. This prestigious and innovative new model is designed to maximise space and entertainment options with panoramic hull and saloon windows providing naturally lit living spaces.

One of the most unique vessels at the show this year includes the amphibious Sealegs land and water craft. Not needing a marina or established boat ramp, the Sealegs can literally drive directly into the water from the beach or shore using 3-hydraulically powered wheels attached to the hull, which have no drag once fully retracted.

“This year we are delighted to launch to the world Sealegs' very own 8.5 Alloy Cabin which will make its debut at SIBS 2018. We have already presold to customers in Australia off the drawing board and this model is going to be a real gamechanger for this country,” Sealegs Australian sales manager Michael Rigby said. Also on display are the Sealegs 7.7 metre Sport D-Tube and 7.1 Sport Rib.

Premium Italian innovation joins the Show this year, thanks to specialist Gineico presenting their new generation Quick MC2 X-Series anti-roll gyro stabiliser, a revolution in the gyro concept. 

The Sydney International Boat Show will be the first opportunity for Australians to see the world’s most powerful outboard engine. Seven Marine, in conjunction with its Australian sales and service representative Luxury Marine Performance will display two of the 627hp outboards built by Seven Marine.

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