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As on-water exhibitor berths also near capacity
Boat show with so much more, Gold Coast International Marine Expo

Expo shapes up for success as on-water exhibitor berths also near capacity

Four weeks out from the Gold Coast International Marine Expo, the excitement continues to build with news that on-water exhibitor space is now nearing capacity with just nine berths left across the massive event’s three exclusive marina sites.

This latest news follows a recent announcement that hardstand space is at 90 per cent of last year’s total space, with just one larger site still available in the expanded event precinct that now spans over 50 hectares of the Gold Coast Marine Precinct and along Waterway Drive at Coomera.

“This is fantastic news from the Expo visitor’s perspective,” said Event & Marketing Manager Emma Milne.

Boat show with so much more, Gold Coast International Marine Expo

Nautique Central have booked an even larger Expo space in 2015

“For the first time since Expo’s inception we find ourselves in the position having almost every available marina berth booked four weeks out from the Expo … and this year we added even more berths and a brand-new Expo marina site.

“What it means for the visitor is that Expo will have on show a superb line-up that will have wide appeal to everyone who loves the boating life.”

Ms Milne said the flurry of interest in marina berths in the past week has been significant, with Ensign Ship Brokers among the latest on-water exhibitors to join ‘Australia’s new paradigm of boat show’, in addition to a special historical exhibit from Fairway Motor Yachts.

Also this week comes confirmation that the watersports specialists Nautique Central have booked an even larger Expo space after the incredible success of its new Super Air Nautique G21 at its Expo premiere last year. The G21 tailors its wake or wave to suit the skills of the rider.

“There’s just so much happening at Expo 2015 that our visitors will need more than a full day to experience everything on offer,” said Ms Milne.

Expo offers family fun galore in 2015

Expo offers family fun galore in 2015

“We have family fun galore with interactive attractions and live demonstrations every 15 minutes right across our giant 3km Club Marine display circuit – everything from fishing demonstrations and clinics to our interactive on-water zone, free sailing lessons for kids, jet ski and Hoverboard stunt shows … even Segway rides and stand-up paddle-boarding for the young at heart … and that’s just a taste of everything that will be happening.”

Both Gold Coast City Marina and The Boat Works will also have working demonstrations on their shipyards event sites, with The Boat Works also hosting a striking Super 60s showcase of over 12 luxury multihulls.

“We will have live bands and musicians, cooking demonstrations and factory tours of the biggest shipyards and boat-builders in the country,” said Ms Milne. “Where else can you go to a boat show like that?”

Visitors to the 2015 Expo will be able to easily navigate their way around the five key event sites with the assistance of a comprehensive souvenir event program. The high-quality, A4-sized 2015 program with all-inclusive four-page fold-out map will be an essential reference source ensuring visitors do not miss a thing across the Expo’s giant 3km display circuit. The deadline for advertising and editorial is May 1.

Ms Milne said a new attraction announced this week is the historical display Fairway Motor Yachts that will add to the Expo’s unique X Factor and showcase the evolution of the marque founded by Rex Vonsanden in Southport in 1980, and acquired shortly afterwards by long-time marine industry identity Wally Schuba.

Boat show with so much more, Gold Coast International Marine Expo

1981 Fairway 36 Sedan

“The Fairway 36 Sedan – launched from the site of the current Gold Coast City Council on the Nerang River – became one of Queensland’s favourite single-engine motor cruisers and over the past 35 years Fairway has built vessels for many celebrities, including the late Sir Jack Brabham,” said Ms Milne.

Mr Schuba passed on the keys to Fairway in late 2011 to new owners, Stewart Smith and David Wright of United Motor Yachts, which is now based at the new Expo event site of The Boat Works.

Mr Smith said a total of 150 Fairway Motor Yachts have been built to date, and the historical display will include the second Fairway Sedan ever launched, a 36 Flybridge owned by Mr Schuba, as well as the latest two boats built, two brand-new vessels with the new 37 Sedan badge.

Ms Milne said other recent on-water additions included Leigh-Smith Marine and syndication specialists Yachtshare, adding to a growing brokerage line-up featuring many of the most respected identities and brands in the Australian and international marine industries.

“This week we are also proud to announce a new partnership with Superior Jetties for 2015, who will be assisting us with all our jetty and pontoon requirements,” she said. “Superior has for 25 years been providing high-quality marine floatation through local and international dealers, and we thank chief executive John Hogan for his continued support for our growing boating exposition.

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