Stage set for Sydney International Boat Show

THE SYDNEY INTERNATIONAL BOAT SHOW is one of those spectacular events that mean different things to different people. For some it’s the opportunity to look for that new boat, or perhaps a new engine(s) for the current boat, maybe some new fishing tackle or simply keeping up with what’s new on the recreational boating scene.

All that, and more, is the story behind Australia’s number one boat show, the Sydney International, opening on July 29 for six gala days at Darling Harbor celebrating the enjoyment to be had on Australia’s fabulous waterways.

Many among the 90,000 or so visitors expected to turn up for this year’s show, will be there to spend a dollar or three, pick up some item either for its souvenir value or it’s a piece of equipment needed aboard one’s boat and needed now!

The 2004 Sydney International Boat Show (July 29-August 3) promises to be one of the most spectacular recreational boating exhibitions staged on Sydney Harbor, according to organizers, the Boating Industry Association of New South Wales.

Scheduled for its now traditional venue, the Darling Harbor Exhibition Centre and the adjoining Cockle Bay Marina, the show is sponsored by Club Marine and the Waterways Authority.

It will be open daily, 10am to 8pm.

Domenic Genua, the association’s marketing and event manager, said the Sydney International Boat Show had risen above and beyond being “just another boating exhibit.”

“This is a major happening on the Sydney calendar, an event which thousands of people look forward to every year,” he added.

More than 300 exhibitors, among them Australia’s and the world’s leading boat manufacturers and distributors, will be displaying their goods and services over the six days.

“Shows within the show” sure to attract visitor interest include the Strictly Sail exhibit, the Yamaha Fishing Clinic, daily fashion parades and the educational and often hilarious Boat Building Competition.

The marina, the largest ever assembled in Australia for a boat show, will be host to more than 200 luxury craft, among them New Zealand’s finest from Salthouse and Formula. Sunseeker and Sea Ray, Princess and Fairline, Beneteau and Catalina, Cobalt and Maxum and from The Riviera Group the largest array of sportfishing convertibles the company has ever shown at the Sydney show.

Industry legend Bill Barry-Cotter, the driving force which took The Riviera Group to worldwide prominence prior to his selling the company nearly two years ago, will stage a world release of his new Maritimo range of luxury cruising vessels with two magnificent 60-footers on display.

“I think the marina alone will be worth the price of admission,” Genua declared. “However, for those whose budget does not quite run to the marina-based luxury craft, the six halls of the Darling Harbor Exhibition Centre will be packed with every conceivable style of the more affordable trailer boat imaginable.”

Another show feature sure to attract widespread interest will be the first “mass showing” of the recent winners in the annual Australian Marine Awards, in conjunction with the Boat of the Year honors. Fourteen Australian-built craft and 15 imported faced the judging panel to take their place in the sun. Most will be on display at the show, including the sleek catamaran judged Australia’s all round Boat of the Year (and Trailerable Cruiser category winner), Powercat Marine’s 2600 Sports Cabriolet.

Darling Harbor offers show visitors genuine ease of access. It is only a few minutes walk from the city’s Central Business District and is served by all manner of public transport, including the vast suburban rail network, numerous bus services, ferries, light rail and mono rail. Motorists will find parking stations abounding in the area, all within a few minutes walk of the main entrance.

Admission prices (all in Australian dollars) for the 2004 show are $15 (single adult), $38 (family ticket admitting two adults and up to three children aged 6-17-years), $10 (Aged Pensioners) and $8 (children aged 6-17-years). Children under 5-years admitted free.

For those people there’s no better place to start than at the display staged by the highly respected ship’s chandler R.W. Basham. Here visitors will find a treasure trove comprising every conceivable type of gadget that will serve some purpose aboard.

R.W. Basham is one of more than 300 exhibitors displaying goods and services at the show, with the six cavernous halls of the Darling Harbor Exhibition Centre “packed to the rafters” and adjoining, the largest marina ever assembled specifically for an Australian boat show.

“Still four weeks to opening day, but this year’s show is shaping up to be one to remember,” Mr. Genua said. “The association has been delighted with the response from its members, who have given the show and its conduct their full support. I can promise those visitors, boating enthusiasts and lovers of the outdoor life that this year’s Sydney International is one not to be missed.”

Obviously the massive Cockle Bay Marina is one segment not to be missed, with more than 230 luxury sailboats and motor yachts berthed there for the sow’s duration.

The marina will be home to the creations of the cream of the world’s boat manufacturers, with the flags of England, the United States, Germany, New Zealand, France, Belgium, South Africa, and Canada among those joining the Aussie flag flying high over Cockle Bay.

As usual, the Sydney International Boat Show means a busy time indeed for R.W. Basham and the team.

Chances are the average show visitors does not realize it, but for to appear the show as an exhibitor virtually means opening a branch office, staffing it and stocking it for six days or so, all the while maintaining business as usual at the company’s main site. Not an easy task.

Nonetheless it’s a task made much easier when a company has on board the experience gained over many years by Bob Basham and his dedicated crew.

This year the company will be offering an amazing array of new products, most from world-renowned manufacturers like Jabsco, Danforth and Rule, names as familiar as a well-worn pair of deck shoes to anyone who has ever owned a boat. Hosecoil, and hosecoil systems, washdown kits, deckwash kits, water system pumps, strainers, flush connectors, snap-in port kits, you name it, chances are the lads at R.W. Basham will have it. If not, they’ll find it!

Among other new gear from the store are two compasses released by Rule, the Danforth Corsair IV and the Danforth Cruiser. Both suitable for worldwide use, these two beauties represent the latest in compass technology. The Cruiser is specifically designed for powerboats in the 6.0 to 9.0-metre range, while the versatile Corsair IV is fully gimbaled and suitable for use aboard sail or power.

For the keen angler, and chances are there’ll be plenty of them at the 2004 Sydney International Boat Show, R.W. Basham has a real “tempter.” It’s the Sport Fishing Combination Kit, the ideal; solution for the specialist fishing boat, comprising a Par-Max washdown pump, 5.0-metres of self retracting hose, trigger nozzle, pump guard strainer and dual port bait tank pump.

And if you think you’ve got absolutely everything for your boat, you haven’t! Not till you visit R.W. Basham and check out one of the neatest little items seen, the type of gadget that makes one say, ‘Why didn’t I think of that?” It’s the Boat Rail Peg, a UV stabilized, plastic gadget designed to clip over a standard 25mm bowrail (or side rail) with two molded hooks making ideal for hanging swimmers, towels, tea towels etc out to dry.

Just one of what will be literally thousands of reasons to attend the 2004 Sydney International Boat Show.

Want more?

How about the educational and entertaining Yamaha Fishing Clinic, with the leading experts in their field on hand for advice and tips on successful angling and equipment choice? Maybe the Strictly Sail exhibit, where you can not only check out the best in sailboats, but talk to leading yachtsmen and officials from the Yachting Association, even pick up copies of proposed rule changes for the coming season. Relax with a visit to the amusing and educational Boat Building Competition or the daily fashion parades.

Wherever you turn at the Sydney International, there’ll be something interesting taking place.

eTN Australia
author: Christine Khan – your news source for the travel and tourism industry.

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