What we saw during our pre-opening tour today was a marina heaving with new boats. And press conferences were held, none more exciting than today’s Mustang meeting where, among other things, the Gold Coast-based boatbuilder confirmed it has registered its interest in acquiring Riviera from the receivers.

With over 400 exhibitors, there was always going to plenty of hot new craft and cool kit to cast our considered eyes over. Although the show was closed today, we sashayed along the gangways and jumped on a good many boats.

When I say we, I mean the Tradeaboat team comprising our new boating scribe, Tony Mackay, our in-house gadget tragic, Scott Fuller, yours truly and editor David Lockwood, and our videographer Kate Edwards.

These are early days, but the three new models from a flotilla of 10 Maritmos on show worth about $17 million are our highlight from Day One.

The new models are headed by the groovy A60 Aegean Enclosed (pictured above) with wonderful Euro-style interior, light leathers, loads of glass, and joinery with class, plus a full-beam stateroom, and an enclosed flybridge where you can cruise for views out of the weather.

The new 56 Cruising Motor Yacht is more inspiring again, designed as it is for long-range coastal cruising, with new levels of efficiency and low fuel consumption that, says Maritimo, leave its competitors in its wake.

Last but not least, the new C50 Sports Cabriolet is a smart edition to Maritimo’s already popular single-level entertaining fleet. It’s a great boat for a couple who likes to entertain on their favourite big-city waterways.

Check back tomorrow for more news from the SCIBS. – David Lockwood.