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The Best International Boat Show Goes On | SCIBS 2021

We curated the top Exhibitors in case you missed out on this great show

It feels like only yesterday that we were pacing the boardwalks of SCIBS 2019, but a date check reminds us that we lost last year’s show to the pandemic, that up until only weeks ago was still shadowing 2021. But now the clouds are breaking, the sun is shining again and with confirmation from the Federal Government of quarantine-free access for vessels and passengers travelling from New Zealand and a plethora of big-name vessels on the way, 2021 is shaping up well.

2019 was monumental with a claimed $336m injected into the economy from record sales for all major brands, but will 2021’s show be affected by the gap year?

We suspect not. The talk of the town is that orders are already at record levels and interest at an all-time high, so with SCIBS the first real chance to sample multiple vessels from the leading brands in one exceptional location, it would be a surprise to us if buyers didn’t put down record deposits.

The ‘year off ’ gave the Sanctuary Cove marina managers a chance to fulfil some dreams like the addition of a genuine Superyacht arm that has recently been accredited Platinum Gold Anchor by the Marina Industries Association. With the new arm comes a new VIP area for the show by the InterContinental Resort’s lagoon and a new Captains lounge for crew of vessels 28m or more. What we are most excited about though is the first look at the covered berths near the popular Artichoke restaurant. Construction is well underway with an aim to be completed only days before the gates open. Long term, these covered arms will shelter the brands that call Sanctuary Cove home, adding yet more excellent service to the boats we love.

Speaking of boats, we look forward to seeing you at SCIBS 21. We’ve hit the phones and email to chase down the most exciting and interesting boats to be displayed this year, so enjoy.


This year at Maritimo’s on water display, one of the largest and most diverse of the event, the leading Australian luxury motoryacht manufacturer will launch two spectacular new motoryachts. This issue’s cover boat, the M55 Flybridge Motor Yacht, and the S55 Sedan Motor Yacht will be the stars of the Maritimo display and will be showcased alongside other models from Maritimo’s M-Series Flybridge Motor Yacht and X-Series Sport Yacht line-ups.

Editor Tim was lucky enough to sample the M55 prior to launch and agrees with Maritimo’s belief that they have crafted the ultimate flybridge motoryacht that capably delivers a practical boating lifestyle, with attention to every detail of its form.

Also set for its global launch is the latest addition of the internationally acclaimed S-Series sedan motoryacht range, the stunning S55 Sedan Motor Yacht.

The new S55 joins a series renowned for long range adventuring, offshore cruising, build integrity, ocean tested stability and performance — features which form the foundation of Maritimo’s motoryacht building ethos.

The S55 offshore adventuring sedan motoryacht marks the first of an evolutionary design shift to the exterior form and styling within the S-Series. The key practical design features of S-Series models past remain, with an array of exterior form advancements and additional features included.

Maritimo have expanded cockpit hardtop coverage, amplifying the amount of area above on the often-inaccessible sedan hardtop. The hardtop has been designed and engineered to be capable of carrying the weight of 350kg davit and tender, freeing up the adventure deck and aft garage spaces for more entertaining or storage capability.

Maritimo’s display will also include exciting showcases of its diverse skills and craftsmanship with a 43ft racing catamaran from the current UIM World Champion Maritimo Racing team, as well as the 115 year old 32ft Ketch, Katwinchar, fully restored by Bill Barry-Cotter and Maritimo’s Special Projects Division.


Australia’s largest luxury motoryacht builder, Riviera, will present its most comprehensive boat show display for 2021 at Sanctuary Cove, featuring the boat show premiere of the new 645 SUV.

The Riviera showcase features a significant number of models from across Riviera’s award-winning range of Sports Motor Yachts, SUVs, Flybridge and Sport Yachts which now number 22 individual models in total, from 39 to 72 feet. All of the motoryachts on display share Riviera’s acclaimed quality engineering, design excellence and handcrafted luxurious finishes.

The show will provide boating enthusiasts with a unique opportunity to be among the first to step aboard the exceptional new Riviera 645 SUV, the outstanding flagship of the sporty and adventurous SUV motoryachts.

The 645 SUV will be accompanied at this year’s boat show by her sisterships the 445, 505 and 575 SUVs, as well as the luxurious and long-range 72, 64 and 50 Sports Motor Yachts, the stylish and sophisticated 6000, 5400, and 4800 Sport Yacht Platinum Editions, and the blue-water heritage 57 Enclosed Flybridge.

Riviera’s display will also play host to the ninth Riviera Festival of Boating where Riviera owners can participate in a program of boating educational and training events, including the ladies’ skippers, mastering knots lines and hitches, offshore seamanship, understanding radar, navigating at night and onboard power systems management, all designed to encourage Riviera owners and their families to enjoy boating to the fullest.

A number of exclusive social events also form part of the festival activities, including the Riviera owners’ ladies’ luncheon and at night the Riviera Owners Party aboard The YOT Club, a floating superyacht entertainment hub that will be the social heart of this year’s Riviera display.


As timeless as Fleming Yachts are, Sanctuary Cove International Boat Show 2021 will see the debut of an all-new Fleming 65.

One of the most popular models in the company’s fleet, the 65 has been a darling of Trade-a-Boat and buyers alike. Although the vessel on display is a sold boat, the team are inviting prospective buyers aboard to sample what will no doubt be one of the stars of the show.


Forward-thinking, singular craftmanship and a painstaking level of attention to detail are the subtle but unmistakable calling cards of Princess Yachts Australia.

Helmed by Greg Hains, each Princess yacht is still meticulously constructed at its shipyards in Plymouth, England, where the company had its origins. In keeping true to their roots, the Princess has an unmistakable look that remains consistent throughout their range.

At this year’s Sanctuary Cove International Boat Show, Princess are set to display several models, including two making their debut — the F55 and the V55.

Collaborating with Pininfarina, an Italian design house, Princess Yachts are taking the sports yacht experience to the next level by combing a sleek, dynamic exterior with more than generous space and performance qualities they are known for. The brand new designs are set be winners for Princess, with the V55 already slated to be a leader in its class.

Also set to be part of Princess’ display is the Princess V39/40 and Princess F49/50.


At just 3.8m overall length, Sealegs’ new tender will be powered on land with the all-new Sealegs electric amphibious drive system. Weighing less than 450kg and a height of just 1m, the craft is stowable in yacht transom garages, lazarettes or on deck.

Key features include a fibreglass molding and console paired with Hypalon inflatable tubes, a seating capacity for up to five people, and a 40hp outboard can be fitted along with chartplotter, VHF, and a stereo system.


Pacific Maritime Lawyers is owned and operated by Master Mariners and Lawyers. In addition to being experienced seafarers, Pacific Maritime Lawyers Pty Ltd have formal audit, business, and legal qualifications. Visit them at Booth 104 to have a chat. Pacific Maritime Lawyers is a specialist maritime law practice, and offers a full range of legal services for the maritime industry.


A proven and practical solution to extending your fuel capacity, Turtle Pac are used by motoryachts and sailboats around the world to add vital range.

Tanks are customisable, from 200 to 2000 litres, with careful consideration for volume and weight to ensure stable balance, easy handling and of course durability.


Since its inception in 1987, Horizon has exceeded the standards for design and craftsmanship in the world of luxury yachts.

Set to debut its RP100 Superyacht at this year’s Sanctuary Cove International Boat Show, Horizon has customised this watercraft for the Australian market. The RP100 offers a traditional superyacht configuration, with a spacious main salon opening from the aft deck and leading into the dining area with a grand country-kitchen-style galley forward.

The raised pilothouse is accompanied by a large built-in settee, while the open flybridge offers U-shaped seating and a dinette, a wet bar and grill, and davit for launching the tender.


Leigh-Smith Yachts are once again proud to be one of the inaugural exhibitors of SCIBS to showcase a premium display of luxury motoryachts from 40ft to 112ft.

The superyachts on display this year are a reminder of the growth of the industry and a great example as to why the big end of town are choosing to stay home and invest their valuable time and dollars into the Superyacht arena.

Director Ryan Leigh-Smith remarked to TAB, “After last years’ break, SCIBS is back and open for business. Expect new innovations and heavy investment from the industry that have banded together to make sure this show is the best one yet.”


ZF Oceania will be using SCIBS to launch its latest controls system, TotalCommand, continuing a tradition of 60 years of innovation in the field.

TotalCommand features a series of functionalities that fully utilise ZF’s industry-leading transmission technology, including unmatchable clutch responsiveness, optimised control of proportional valves, and adaptive gear engagement.

The system is future-proofed by being Wi-Fi ready, complete with electronic manuals, diagnostics and maintenance data available via smartphone, with Smart Transmission predictive maintenance also enabled.


Soon to become Queensland’s newest destination, Shute Harbour Marina Resort will become a world-class precinct destined to breathe new life into the region, now and long into the future.

Located just 10km south of Airlie Beach, 25km north-east of Proserpine and 100km north of Mackay, Shute Harbour will be the closest mainland Marina to the iconic Whitsunday Islands.

The Resort promises a state-of-the-art Marina with private accommodation for the world’s finest yachts and cruisers, a master planned Marina Plaza - Pier 61, with a diverse array of boutique retail and commercial opportunities, as well as sought-after residential allotments and apartments for sale.


Highfeild’s latest collection of high performance aluminium-hulled RIBs has been ten years in development, during which time Highfield Boats has sought to create a strong brand providing the ultimate in strength, reliability and performance for every new model. Their advanced hull design provides superb handling, while an all new Italian-influenced interior design is visible across the range.

Scott Wilson, The Australian Distributor said, "This is the most exciting development that I can remember in my time with Highfield. While we are known for our strength, excellent hull designs and reliability we have been asked for many years by our clients to build a luxury range of boats. The new Sport range will allow us to attract new owners but crucially will allow our current owners to upgrade and stay with a brand they trust.”

A selection of new Sport models plus a range of the ever popular Ultralite, Classic, Ocean Master and Patrol series will also be on display at the show.


Visitors to the Sanctuary Cove International Boat Show will be spoilt for choice with an extensive range of boats on display at the Multihull Solutions and The Yacht Sales Co stand.

Multihull Solutions will showcase the Fountaine Pajot Elba 45 sailing catamaran, the new MY5 power catamaran by Fountaine Pajot Motor Yachts (shown here), and the stunning ILIAD 50 by ILIAD Catamarans.

In a boat show highlight, sister company The Yacht Sales Co will host the Asia Pacific premiere of the superb Dufour 470.

Multihull Solutions and The Yacht Sales Co will also have an extensive range of pre-owned multihulls on display on the same weekend at their nearby Gold Coast Sales Centre located at The Boat Works.


Known for their exceptional power-to-weight and high levels of technology, STEYR Motors Australia is the exclusive and authorised distributor for STEYR MOTORS diesel engines in Australia, and also offers complete engine and propulsion packages, engineering solutions, and after-sales service and support.


Boosted by an increased investment, Volvo Penta will present a new stand design at SCIBS 2021 and launch their new Assisted Docking system, a technology that takes much of the stress out of the docking process. Revealed in January 2021 as part of a continuous effort to make life on the water easier, this innovation is an exciting next step in the evolution of the unique Volvo Penta IPS experience, making docking a boat by yourself easier and safer than ever before.

SCIBS attendees can also expect an inviting stand in which Volvo Penta will showcase powering solutions suitable for sailing and powerboats, including the unique Volvo Penta IPS system. Among the displaying products, there will be both diesel and gasoline engines, as well as the popular glass cockpit simulator, which vividly recreates the experience of helming a large powerboat with the IPS drive installed.


Voyager Catamarans first released their popular V930 Sports Cruiser at the 2001 Sanctuary Cove Boat Show, and this year are celebrating 20 years with the release of a new addition to their SERIES 2 Generation.

The all new ‘SportsFish’ layout has the cabin further forward giving a 50 per cent increase in aft deck space up to a huge 7.6 sq mt. In the ‘well appointed’ Voyager tradition, this model still features a queen size berth and walk in bathroom, plus 4 person dinette and galley in the saloon. Everything flows seamlessly into the expansive cockpit with either ‘Open’ or ‘Enclosed’ configurations available.

The cockpit has big hatches to massive underfloor storage, and also features a very large ‘swim’ or ‘aft fishing’ platform (big enough for two or three people) surrounded by stainless steel railings and a fold down access ladder. With a fuel capacity of 900L and 280L of water, this Voyager sports fisher can take you to those far out fishing grounds in safety and comfort.


The launch of the Grand Banks GB60 marks the moment when the past caught up with the future, with their history of style and opulence re- imagined with state-of-the-art manufacturing technology.

The result is a long-distance cruiser that is the most fuel-efficient in its class, capable of speeds in the mid-thirties and a cruising range of around 2000 nautical miles at 10 knots.

Exceptionally comfortable on board while uniquely comfortable on the water, the GB60 is truly a game changer.


Saxdor’s vision to redefine the global adventure boat market may seem like a somewhat lofty ambition. Until, that is, you realise that the man behind such a mission is Sakari Mattila, the legendary Finnish designer and the original founder behind global boat brands such as Axopar, XO Boats, Paragon and Aquador.

Their first model, the Saxdor 200 Sport, was launched in March 2020 and has already received accolades around the world, winning awards at Best of Boats 2020 and the prestigious European Powerboat of the Year 2021.

The second of Mattila’s designs, the Saxdor 320 GTO, makes its world boat show debut at SCIBS 2021, with one of Europe’s most prestigious motorboat publications already heralding the Saxdor 320 as one of the most exciting boats of 2021.

Saxdor Yachts is distributed in Australia exclusively by The Adventure Boat Company.


Making its Australian debut, the GT60 is the alpha model of the Palm Beach range, a stunning combination of power and beauty.

It’s engineered to perform at high speed with unrivalled efficiency and is designed to create an ambience of modernist chic in airy, expansive spaces where you can relax and entertain.

This is the ultimate escape craft!


Aquila Australia is the brand-new distributor of the award winning Aquila Catamaran range.

Aquila design and builds a range of power catamarans perfectly suited for the Australian market. Packed with innovation, the range includes vessels that are lightweight, seagoing, and voluminously luxurious, all of which will make the journey just as satisfying as arriving at the destination.

With over 200 catamarans already cruising the globe, the Aquila range is rapidly expanding, and the Sanctuary Cove International Boat Show will be an opportunity for power catamaran enthusiasts to meet the team from Aquila Australia and register interest in the A54, which is due to have its Australian debut in July this year.

The A54 will come in two, three and four cabin layouts with options for crew accommodation, a panoramic master suite, and an entirely enclosed and climate controlled flybridge.

There will be a variety of other Aquila’s on display at the boat show, so there will be plenty for interested parties to check out.


Australia’s influence on Whitehaven Motor Yachts stretches back to its inception. When designing Whitehaven’s first offering, avid yacht owner Bruce Scott and boat builder Ryan Hanson turned to the picture-perfect Whitsundays for inspiration.

Since the release of the original Flybridge 7000, Whitehaven’s range has expanded to include the Harbour Classic 40, Flybridge, Sunbridge, Coupe 6000, and the latest offering, the 7500 Sports Yacht, the first of their 80ft yachts.

Hand-built by craftspeople in Taiwan and offering a high level of customisation options, Whitehaven Yachts are designed with stability for Australian conditions in mind.

Whitehaven is returning to the Sanctuary Cove International Boat Show with the Whitehaven Flybridge 7000 and 6000, currently the only flybridge vessels on the market to feature fully enclosed garages.


The Greenline 39 is about sophistication in design, technology, production while being environmentally friendly.

This boat will be your home away from home. The versatile cabin beds can be maneuvered to make single or double berths, and quality, standard-sized mattresses make for a great night's sleep. The twin access high volume washroom also has a regular-sized shower and toilet. Furthermore, with big glass surfaces in the salon and the owner’s cabin, the Greenline interior is always full of natural light, offering great visibility and a feeling of connection to the ocean.


Trade-a-Boat loves Axopar — well all of our writers do — and it seems so do buyers. Just four short years ago Axopar was in its first year of production, now in 2020, distributor Eyachts are celebrating 100 Axopars sold down under and the launch of the new and improved flagship, the Axopar 37 Revolution.

At SCIBS’21, Eyachts is premiering the thrill-seeking BRABUS Shadow 900 XC and all of the new Axopar range including 37 Cross Cabin and multi-award-winning Axopar 28 models. Also, find the best-selling eco-friendly Greenline 39 on display.


Queensland Marine Centre has been the representative for some of the world’s leading brands since 1996. QMC will have a number of new releases from Sea Ray, Boston Whaler, Mastercraft and also some Australian firsts with Crest Luxury Pontoons and the World renowned Protector Ribs being on display.


Windcraft are known for bringing the latest trend-setting and award-winning European sailing yachts and powerboats to Australia. With their recent expansion full-time into Queensland, the exclusive importer of Solaris, Hanse, Moody and Dehler sailing yachts, Fjord and Sealine powerboats as well as the prestigious Privilège catamarans, is certainly on track for living up to their reputation.

Queensland will soon see not one but two of the brand new Moody 41 Deck Saloons arrive at her shores. Winning the prestigious “Cruising Yacht of the Year’ in the British Yachting Awards, the first Moody 41DS arrives in September. Speak to the experienced team at the Windcraft stand to find out more about why these highly-anticipated yachts have already proved so popular for Queensland’s waters.


For a truly relaxing trip away, the journey can be as much a part of the trip as the destination. For those who follow this, Integrity Motor Yachts could be a perfect fit with their trawler-style cruisers.

Ranging from 34 to 54-feet, the sedan and flybridge yachts are divided between the Classic and new SX ranges. Nonetheless, all Integrity yachts have some similar features — full displacement economy that will delight, wrap around decks, ample accommodation and a cockpit which opens easily into the saloon and galley.

At the Sanctuary Cove International Boat Show, Integrity Motor Yachts will have the newest model to reach Australian shores, the 460SX, on display, plus other popular models such as the 380SX, the Classic 380 Sedan and the lead motoryacht in the range, the 340SX.


As a part of the international Alexander Marine group, Alexander Marine Australia is the exclusive dealer for Ocean Alexander and Galeon Yachts in Australia and New Zealand, and specialises in the sale of new and used motoryachts.

At the Sanctuary Cove International Boat Show, Alexander Marine Australia will be exhibiting both the Ocean Alexander 26R and 45 Divergence, plus the Galeon 640 FLY and 510 SKYDECK motoryachts.

The Ocean Alexander 26R motoryacht represents the height of luxury with a variety of inclusions made to make your voyages that little bit sweeter. The Galeon 640 FLY meanwhile is a transformer yacht that makes the most of available deckspace, and the 510 SKYDECK combines the advantages of a flybridge with the sporty look of a hardtop.

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