More than 400 exhibitor applications have been received for the season-opening Sanctuary Cove International Boat Show to be held in Queensland from Thursday, May 22 to Sunday, May 25.

“This year is a milestone in the history of the show, which has grown from a small regional show to a globally significant event,” said Sanctuary Cove International Boat Show general manager, Barry Jenkins. “Our investment over more than a decade of international marketing has paid off as the show received international visitors from Europe, North America, the Pacific, Asia and Africa in 2007.”

Once again, Club Marine will be a major sponsor of the show. According to Mark Bradley, Club Marine CEO, the decision to support the show was easy. “Sanctuary Cove is the place where the marine business goes to do business. It’s one of the biggest and best shows of the year,” said Bradley.

The importance of Sanctuary Cove and its ability to attract the high end of the international market makes it the perfect place for Club Marine to communicate directly with potential policy holders. “Sales of big boats have never been as strong as they are today,” said Bradley, “It’s the fastest-growing segment of our insurance portfolio.”

As in previous Sanctuary Cove shows, Club Marine will host a marquee at the event. “I hope that those attending the show will stop by and see us again this year,” said Bradley. “This year’s stand will feature our new merchandise range, celebrity chef Bart Beek, and, of course, the world’s best insurance deals.”

Sanctuary Cove now holds a significant place in marine boat show calendars. Last year, records were generated, with 456 exhibitors, more than 53,600 visitors and more than 4km of on-water displays.

Dozens of world and Australian marine launches have been confirmed including:

  • Riviera’s world release of its luxurious Riviera 61 Enclosed Flybridge, the 38 Open Flybridge and the Australian debut of the ‘sport utility’ 48 Offshore Express. Riviera will also offer show-goers a chance to see its 4400 Sport Yacht with Volvo Penta IPS propulsion.
  • Maritimo’s unveiling of the Cabriolet 60, the first of a planned three-model range of European-styled cabriolet sports boats.
  • Australasian Marine Imports’ release of the Alaska 56 Pilothouse, a flagship vessel in the Alaska motor yacht range.
  • Mackeddie Marine’s showcase of Platinum, a 37m custom motor yacht built in Tasmania.
  • World release of the Halvorsen 34 Broadwater Sedan, developed from the company’s popular 32 Sedan.
  • Five Grand Banks and seven Princess models, the largest display of these iconic international brands seen in Australia, all at the R Marine stand.
  • The world launch of an Australian-manufactured water maker through Powergen.
  • Mustang Marine’s exciting poolside show. Several of the company’s largest models will be lifted into the Lagoon Pool at the Hyatt Hotel, while other Mustang boats will be on the grass beside the lagoon.
  • Sea Ray’s premiere of the 355 Sundancer Cruiser, complementing a display that includes the 58 Sedan Bridge and 55 Sundancer, as well as a range of Boston Whaler upmarket fishing boats.
  • Sunrunner’s display of the new Express Cruiser range of hard tops and soft tops.

Larger power vessels of more than 15m include the Australian release of the Eagle 53 Yacht; Formula Cruisers’ Icon 54; the Australian debut of the Hampton 680 Pilothouse and luxurious trawler yacht, the Selene 59.

Luxury imports include Sunseeker’s impressive line-up, including the Manhattan 70; and four models from Horizon Boats International.

There are plenty of power boats under 15m, with Fountaine Pajot’s new Highland 35 Pilot and Cumberland 46 power trawlers; the Luhrs 35 Convertible and Luhrs 31 Open Tower; the new generation Pirate Sportcruz 340 and the world release of the inboard version of Southbeach Boats’ Vacationer 240. Other power boats in this category include the Fjord 40 Open Mark II and the southern hemisphere release of the Ranger Tug R21-EC.

“We believe there’s some really exciting marine products and services at the show, which are new to the market,” said Jenkins. New sail boats include the Dragonfly Trimaran DF920 Extreme; Fountaine Pajot’s Orana 44 and Salina 48 and new Hanse 320 and 350 models.

“The array of marine products on display at the show shows the importance of the Sanctuary Cove boat show in the marine industry,” said Jenkins. “We’ve got world releases by MultiPanel, Tristream Propeller Company and Gold Coast company, Durahub, plus new products for the Australian market from Furuno Australia and Cummins MerCruiser Diesels’ new Zeus propulsion system.

The 2008 Sanctuary Cove International Boat Show is staged at Sanctuary Cove on the Gold Coast, within an hour of Brisbane and Gold Coast airports. Show hours are 9am to 5pm daily. For details: