The boat show season kicks off this week
Well here we go, just two days to the opening of the boat show season with the Gold Coast International Boat Show & Marine Expo kicking off this Friday. With something like 600 boats on display and 230 exhibitors, it’s shaping up to be a great show.
The location is the Gold Coast City Marina & Shipyard and the Riviera and Telwater factories within the Gold Coast Marine Precinct. The precinct, home to some of Australia’s largest boat manufacturing plants and shipyards, is also a major marine industrial area and provides visitors an opportunity to witness and experience a ‘behind the scenes’ view of Australia’s diverse marine industry.
And running in conjunction with the show is Riviera’s Festival of Boating. This unique festival is hard to describe in that it’s part boat show, part entertainment, part educational, but it’s all extremeley interesting and a fantastic experience for boaters of all levels. The educational workshops alone (all 39 of them) are informative, interesting, suit all levels of seamanship and boating knowledge and presented by trainers with a wealth of boating wisdom and experience.
All in all, the Gold Coast is certainly the place to be this weekend and I’ll be heading up for a look around so, if you see me there, please stop and say hi.
Of course, the boat show is not the only news this week. Quite a lot happening around the country, including the declaration of exclusion zones at the Portarlington Safe Harbor development in Victoria, news that Pantaenius Insurance has signed on again as a major sponsor of the ASMEX conference, the announcement of a new high-tech Superstore opened by Australian Marine Wholesale, (Errol Cain) at the Boat Works in Coomera (another great shipyard with world class facilities) and the appointment of well known industry veteran John Temple as the new CEO for the Boating Industry Association of Victoria.
But that’s still only just scratching the surface in terms of what’s making news, so sit back, browse through and enjoy the read.
Cheers, see you out on the water