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The Sydney International Boat Show is preparing to open its gates – from July 30 to August 3 – with the trailerboat and accessories exhibitors at the indoor displays at Sydney Exhibition Centre, Glebe Island, and the on-water display at Cockle Bay Marina, Darling Harbour.

A free, non-stop ferry service will transport showgoers between the two locations, giving them an opportunity to combine a 20-minute scenic trip across Sydney’s harbour with their show visit. Public transport and parking is available at both locations.

Showgoers can expect a host of product launches and boat debuts, with manufacturers and boat builders across a vast range of boats, marine equipment, fishing gear, marine safety devices, and lifestyle accessories displaying their products, many for the first time.

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Among the boat launches will be Riviera’s 57 Enclosed Flybridge (pictured left), a luxurious vessel with a three-stateroom, two-bathroom layout and living spaces across two levels.

E-Marine Australia will showcase the first Back Cove 41 to arrive in Australia, and Chris Craft’s Corsair 36 will debut at Premier Marine’s display. Maritimo is also set to make a splash with the launch of its new M48 and M65 cruising motoryachts that will feature alongside its popular M58 and M50 models.
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Big powerboats will be in no shortage at SIBS, with the Australian premier of five new imports from the stable of luxury Italian marque Azimut, and Whitehaven Motor Yachts launching its 6000 Sunbridge (pictured right) at Empire Boat Sales’ display. Also taking up a bit of elbowroom will be Horizon Motoryachts’ display that will include the launch of its Horizon E84 along with the V72 and PC52 Catamaran.

Those who can’t wait till Whitsunday’s bareboat charter specialist, Queensland Yacht Charters, takes delivery of its new Bali 4.3 sailing catamaran in the summer can inspect one at the show. At the other end of the scale, Hobie Cat Australia will present its new Hobie Tandem Island, an 18.6ft (5.7m) sailing trimaran that seats two.

French sailboat marque Dufour will feature at Performance Cruising Yacht’s display with six yachts, five of them making their Aussie debut. Over at Windcraft Australia, 13 sailboats across the Hanse, Dehler, Moody, Solaris, Sealine, and Axopar brands will vie for showgoer’s attention, five of them Australian premiers.

In the indoor displays, five halls packed with a vast array of boat and product displays, entertainment areas, and educational experiences await visitors.

Among the marine gadget launches will be several Garmin products, including its echoMAP dv/sv series that combines ClearVü sonar technology with detailed cartography and GPS, the GSD 25 premium sonar module for serious anglers, and the GPSMAP 7400xsv series with a preloaded worldwide basemap and 10Hz GPS antenna.

The MyBoatingLife Entertainment Precinct will include a plethora of master classes on fishing, sailing, cooking and ‘better boating’, and a line-up of special guests, including a nostalgic appearance from ’80s cricketing legend Lennie Pascoe, Hi-Tide radio host Kieran Reekie, boating expert David Lockwood and marine fashion house Musto’s fashion parades.

This year, the show will include the Boating Safety Zone, hosted by Transport for NSW’s Maritime Management Centre and Roads and Maritime Services. Representatives from RMS’s Service NSW, Marine Rescue, Surf Life Saving, Paddle NSW, Australian Maritime College, the Bureau of Meteorology, Yachting Australia, the Marine Teachers Association, and the 50 Point Safety Check program will answer visitor’s questions and to help them learn about boating safety.

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Dave Pagano’s collection of historic boats at the 2009 show is still one of the most talked-about and popular exhibits. This year, the boat restorer and historian will bring another collection that will include the 1972 Griffiths Cup-winning hydroplane Aggressor (pictures left). The vessel is powered by a Rolls-Merlin V12 engine from a World War II P51 fighter plane.

There will also be a race boat display where speedboat enthusiasts can get up close to the boats, their technology, and the powerplants that drive them, and a number of engine manufacturers showing off engines of all sizes and power.

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Cooking with Bart

Club Marine members going to this year’s Sydney International Boat Show can look forward to Club Marine’s Gourmet Experience with Club Marine resident chef Bart Beek (pictured).

Members can enjoy an exclusive personal coaching experience with Bart, live on the show’s Entertainment Stage. Four lucky Club Marine members will join Bart for one of his cooking classes, held twice a day from Thursday to Monday, when he’ll guide them through the creation of a tasty dish, enjoyed with a cool beverage.

Club Marine members who would like to participate in the Gourmet Experience at this year’s Sydney International Boat Show can go into the draw by emailing, specifying ‘Sydney International Boat Show’ and the preferred date in the subject field.

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