Thousands of boat lovers flocked to Paynesville, East Gippsland on the first weekend of April to take part in the inaugural Gippsland Lakes Boat Show.
Visitors were treated to a weekend of boating festivities which included the state trailable yacht championships, a boating parade, marine displays and the thrilling spectacle of power boat racing featuring the fastest boat in Australia.
Nearly 40 exhibitors from across Victoria converged to create an expo of products from all sectors of the marine industry including sales of recreational boats, traditional timber shipwrighting, marine radio and equipment and leisure gear such as kayaks, clothing and fishing accessories.
Exhibitors including JV Marine, Dockpro Dry Docking, New World Marine, Whittley, Chaparral Boats and Collins Marine all benefited from the interest of more than 2,000 consumers who visited their displays across the weekend.
Across the water on Lake King in Paynesville, more than 600 people took in the spectacle of power boat racing, the first to occur on the lakes in more than ten years.
On Sunday, April 3, a flotilla of more than 140 boats paraded along McMillan Strait that runs between Paynesville and Raymond Island, as part of the Gippsland Lakes Boat Muster.
As a town that reputably holds the highest per capita boat ownership in Australia,
Paynesville certainly exceeded all expectations by providing a show suitable for old salts and aspiring sailors alike. Organisers are keen to make the muster an annual event attracting the largest gathering of boats in Australia.
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