Well, the 24thannual Sanctuary Cove International Boat Show is over for another year. Running from the 24th– 27thof May, the four-day event attracted over 400 exhibitors and 40,000 visitors from across Australia and the world.
Staged at The Marine Village in Sanctuary Cove on Queensland’s Gold Coast, the centre of Australia's leisure boat building industry, the Show boasted an impressive array of boats and boating products and services and has developed a reputation worldwide as a ‘must attend’ in terms of Asia-Pacific marine events.
The 2012 Sanctuary Cove International Boat Show brought out the crowds to enjoy the sunny weather, a range of entertainment and of course the very latest and greatest toys for the avid boaties. The show organisers must be commended for making the 2012 show a great family day out, with plenty to do for the kids of all sizes and the new park and ride locations from nearby Movie World, made getting to the show a lot quicker and easier.
The FUSION team showcased the highly anticipated 700 Series products, and for the first time people had the opportunity to take home one of these fantastic new stereos as stock arrived just in time for the show. The 700 Series is one of the must have products for 2012 and the incredible integration options for this product continue to amaze. The new entry level, MS-RA50 has also captured a lot of interest, particularly with the personal watercraft markets, who have been looking for an audio solution and are blown away with the user interface on such a small product.
FUSION dealer, Marinonics again set up a retail store at the show and had a great response with plenty of sales and a lot of installations to now complete in the coming weeks. The feedback from exhibitors at the show was positive with plenty of boat sales reported and many leads generated. The show has left many feeling uplifted by such a strong response and confident in the future of the show.
The FUSION-Link iPhone and iPad apps undoubtedly created waves, as people instantly caught on to the ease with which they could control the entertainment and atmosphere on board.
The gadgets were one thing (and we think, the coolest thing), but there was plenty more to see at this weekend’s show. A huge range of sail, multihull, superyachts, ski boats, tenders, jet skis, inflatables and tinnies as well as diesel engines of all sizes were strutting their stuff n the 330 berth marina and there was entertainment galore with live music, water safety sessions, cooking demonstrations and movies screening for the kids, including Finding Nemo, Free Willy and Pirates of the Carribean.
The charm of Captain Jack Sparrow wasn’t enough to keep most visitors away for long though, and the FUSION stand had a steady stream of visitors throughout the four days.
If you missed out on getting your hands on the new 700 series at the show, new stock is on its way to dealers and boat builders world-wide.