A very impressive Fleet of Firsts is taking shape as even more world-leading marine brands and businesses step aboard this week with first releases at Australia’s first major boat show of 2017 – the Gold Coast International Boat Show & Marine Expo in March.
With just 7 weeks to go, Queensland biggest boat show has this week confirmed over 85% of exhibitor space is already sold or reserved across the event’s two marinas and massive display circuit.
“This year’s Boat Show from 17-19 March will absolutely be our biggest ever,” said Event & Marketing Manager Emma Brown.
“Visitors will be able to experience and enjoy our largest-ever on-water showcase of luxurious motor yachts and stylish sailing vessels, as well as a vast array of engines, accessories and equipment … and everything else in between.
Mrs Brown said the very strong support from the world’s and Australia’s major marine marques will ensure an incredible and engaging experience for boating enthusiasts right in the heart of Australia’s boating industry capital: the Gold Coast Marine Precinct in Waterway Drive, Coomera.
“This is an inspiring location to come and see all of 2017’s latest yachts, boats, engines, equipment and marine accessories for the first time in Australia … and all in one giant and convenient location,” she said.
“With over 600 boats for sale on water and on the land as well as engines, accessories and electronics, live entertainment and boating education every 15 minutes across a giant 3km display circuit, you’ll definitely need more than one day to experience and enjoy all that there is to see and do.”
Lagoon 42: The Multihull Group – Australian Premiere: The ultra-modern Lagoon 42 catamaran by Beneatteu is a new breed of cruising catamaran from this highly acclaimed European marque and it resembles a floating luxury French apartment. For sailors, fast cruising is assured with a square-topped wing shaped mainsail, positioned further aft with a large foretriangle offering a greater choice of downwind sails, along with a high aspect ratio rig. A self-tacking genoa makes the 42 a cruising sailor’s dream, allowing the helmsman to tack and gybe without leaving the elevated helm station.
Jeanneau NC9: Northside Marine – Australian Premiere: Incorporating all the qualities that have made the NC CONCEPT such a hit, the 2017 Jeanneau NC9 perfectly demonstrates the spirit of the collection in a more compact 31ft model. Experience life at sea in a contemporary atmosphere, enjoy absolute comfort onboard and play with space in a modular design featuring two private cabins with double berths , powered by a Volvo Penta 260hp engine and featuring a very efficient hull that is very stable at anchor.
See it first – marine technology and accessories
Fusion Entertainment – Australian Premieres: Fusion will display the new RV-FS402 Sound-Panel shallow-mount 200 Watt dual speaker system for the first time in Australia. Encapsulated in a single enclosure, Sound-Panel incorporates dual 4-inch speakers, tweeters and a passive radiator all tuned for premium sound delivery and is available in black or white grilles, as well as four mounting optional accessory brackets. Also see, for the first time on the east coast, the new Bluetooth-integrated Stereo Active system that’s completely waterproof and suitable to be placed in any position on any boat, no matter how wet it gets.
See it first – family fun attractions and boating education
The Mercury Edge: Mercury returns in 2017 for The Mercury Edge initiative, where over 1000 people will experience all the joys of boating with free on-water demonstrations across a range of different boat sizes and designs. It doesn’t matter if you’re looking for your next Mercury outboard or if you are completely new to boating, Mercury would love to welcome you aboard and show you and your family just what their engines can do on the water. In coming weeks we will announce even more family-fun attractions and educational demonstrations.
Mrs Brown said a raft of additional Premieres will be announced in coming weeks, some being showcased for the first time Australia, and some for the first time in the world.
“Our growing list of major first-releases spans the full boating spectrum – everything from luxury yachts to tenders, kayaks to jet skis, engines and accessories to fishing equipment – in fact you’ll find everything you need for you and your family to have fun on the water,” she said.
“We are receiving the strongest support from our valued marine industry exhibitors in seven years and there are more exhibitors coming onboard every day to showcase their products for the first time at our award-winning boat show.
“March is a fantastic time to visit the Gold Coast, especially for the growing number of interstate and international visitors seeking to purchase a new boat, repower or replace their boat’s systems and accessories to enhance their leisure time with their families next season.”
If you love boating, see everything first on the Gold Coast from 17-19 March 2017.