The Sanctuary Cove International Boat Show (SCIBS) is hitting a major milestone with 2018 being the 30th year running for the event. This year is set to be bigger than ever featuring some impressive new vessels, the latest in equipment and accessories, electronics and gadgets for boaties, hardware and more from local, national and international brands. The four-day event will kick off May 24 and run to the 27th from 9:00 am to 5:00 pm. You can spend the day checking out the boats on display or enjoy the many attractions and exhibitions in the Marine Village. Tickets can be purchases online or at the gate and kids below 15 get in for free.
We’ve put together a short list of some “must-see” boats for anyone attending the SCIBS this year.
Arvor 555 Sportsfish
Arvor is launching the 555 Sportsfish at SCIBS. This is marketed as an entry-level model for anglers with a forward fishing platform in the cockpit that makes it easy to move around and get a 360-degree view at the helm so you can choose the best spot. The boat has high boards, rails, and easy bow access for safety.
The fish lockers have a freshwater delivery system to keep the bait and catch healthy. The storage below the deck can fit at least six to four rods and there’s space for other equipment under the coaming caps and the rod holders.
The 555 Sportsfish will never lose power because it has an automatic bilge pump with a dual battery system and a fuel capacity of 90 L. It also has the mercury power option that doesn’t use too much fuel. The boat is trailerable and has a wheelhouse like other Arvor Boats. The overall length of the boat is 5.5 m and the towing weight is under 2 tonnes with a BMT package available.
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Fairline Targa 48 GT
One of the exhibitors in the 2018 SCIBS is Leigh-Smith Yachts. At the event, they will launch the new Fairline Targa 48 GT and also showcase boats from Alaska Motor Yachts, and Hampton Yachts.
The Targa 48 GT is described as a sports cruiser where you can soak up the sun while living in luxury. Taking off the hard top allows you to entertain and it has a spacious upper deck with a lot of room for lounging, plus a helm station with twin seats. The cockpit has tables that can be converted to sunbeds and a J-shaped sitting area. There is an optional saloon or dinette for the layout of the third cabin.
The hull of the Targa 48 GT was customised for its Volvo Penta IPS 435 hp engines to allow good handling and sea keeping. The total length of the boat is 15.46 m and weighs 13,500 kg.
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Hudson Bay 390
Ten boats from Australian company Clipper Motor Yachts will be featured in the 2018 SCIBS and Hudson Bay 390 is one of those. At the helm, it has a Garmin 12-inch touchscreen with a GPS plotter, fish finder, chain counter, VHF radio and 4Kva generator.
The Hudson Bay 390 could accommodate four people in two individual cabins. It’s designed to have a good mix of entertainment outdoors and indoors, with the helm flowing to the L-shaped cockpit with a lounge and a table. There’s a galley with a full-size refrigerator connected to the Kenyon electric barbeque grill in the outdoor entertainment area which makes preparing meals easy inside or out. The saloon and cabins all have air conditioning. The toilet is in a separate room from the shower stall and there’s enough room to move around in both.
It’s new generation Volvo D4 300 HP shaft drive electronic diesel engine makes manoeuvring easy. It is considered a semi-displacement cruiser with a 12.9 m length and the beam is four meters.
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Fleming Yachts is known for their cruising boats. Their 2018 release, the Fleming 58 will be first displayed in the Sanctuary Cove International Boat Show. The makers thought that the 58 would be a good bridge between the 55 and 65, featuring a full-width master cabin below the pilothouse, impressive engine room with full headroom.
The 58 was designed by Norman R Wright & Sons, one of the most prominent names in the country with skills designing semi-displacement motor cruiser hulls that is second to none.
Fleming Yachts is known for their attention to detail, having built a 1/12 scale model to observe how the load, weather and speed would affect the boat at the Australian Maritime College. Its pilothouse has digital switching and a Raymarine navigational equipment with Twin Disc Joystick Control that has a Position Hold feature and a traditional electronic throttle and gear levers. Lastly, it has smooth and quiet cruising at all rpm levels and shifting gears.
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Aussie Boat Loans
Getting up close to these boats (and the many more that will be on display at the Boat Show) is a great way to explore the many options out there and talk to the people in the know, especially if you’re not sure what kind of model will suit your needs. Let us help you with getting a pre approved loan before you start exploring so you can look around with confidence.
Find out more about the Sanctuary Cove International Boat Show or purchase tickets at their website.