Trailerable boats and engines will take centre stage at this year's Sanctuary Cove International Boat Show (SCIBS), May 21 to 24.
Visitors to the show can expect to see over 300 exhibitors and 600 boats on display, including a diverse array of trailerable boats and engines within the massive Sports, Leisure and Fishing Precinct.
The huge display area is always popular with visitors, and looks to be a key highlight of this year's show with the precinct covering over 20,000 square metres.
"SCIBS is the Gold Coast's major trailer boat show of the year and no matter what you're looking for, there will be something for every budget and every interest, whether that's day boats, family boats, tenders, RIBs, sports boats, skiboats, wakeboats or fishing boats - whatever you need to get out on the water," SCIBS Sales and Partnerships Manager Dominic O'Brien said.
Names such as Grady White, Regal, Edgewater, Nautique, Sail Cat, Cruisecraft, Baycrusher, Jeanneu, Beneteau, Boston Whaler, Sea Ray, Stabicraft, Malibu, Sea Fox, Makocraft, Cobalt, Bayliner, Highfield, Formosa, Mako, Tracker, Hurley Marine, Brig, Horizon, AB Inflatables, Aurora, Sea Jay, Sun Tracker, Haines Signature, Quintrex, Baysport, Aquamaster and Barcrusher will all feature in the Sports, Leisure and Fishing Precinct.
Northside Marine, who has attended every show since 1989, will be showcasing the new Jeanneau Cruisers this year.
"This is our first year representing Jeanneau Cruisers' Merry Fisher range," Sales Manager Bill Hull said.
"Jeanneau is an exciting brand with something for everybody. They are made in France by Beneteau, the biggest boat builder in the world. We will have several models, including the 605, 895 and 1095 on the hardstand, which will be very impressive."
The NZ-built Surtees and Stabicraft ranges will also be at the Northside Marine display.
"They are sturdy, extremely high-quality, aluminium boats built for fishing, suited to the hardcore anglers and family-friendly fishos. We will have four models from each brand, as well as packages with Yamaha engines and trailers. It's always an exciting show for us to exhibit new products."
SW Powersports will present the full range of Sea-Doo PWC models, and a selection of Malibu and Axis wake boats. Their line-up also includes new Sea Fox boats.
For the wakeboarders, there's the Malibu 22 LSV Wakesetter. This boat easier to store, trailer and manoeuvre around the docks. Its extra-wide beam ensures plenty of room for up to 14 guests.
The avid angler will want to check out the 26-foot centre console Sea Fox 268 Commander. It is jam-packed with luxury features, and is versatile enough for families who love to fish.
In other launches, Queensland Marine Centre (QMC) will host the Australian debut of the Sea Ray 400 SLX OB and 350 Sundancer as part of their eight-strong Sea Ray line-up.
From the Boston Whaler range QMC will display the new 280 Vantage and nine other models.
QMC also represents the Mastercraft marque and will have at least six vessels on show, including the Australian premiere of the new Mastercraft X24 or X26.
"The latest outboard engines will be on show, including engines for new boats, the best-value options for repowering and engine upgrades, plus an exciting array of packages offering boat, trailer, engine and accessories," Dominic O'Brien explained.
Engine brands for this segment will cover the gamut of sizes and applications including Mercury, Yamaha, Suzuki, Honda and Evinrude.
Honda will display the Honda V6 range of outboard engines that offer 'Drive By Wire' (DBW) technology. The V6 range consists of the BF200, BF225, BF250 and new BF175.
All four engines have the proven 3.6-litre V6 engine that powers the BF250 outboard motor and sport Honda's new Progressive V Form design.