The 20th anniversary Sanctuary Cove International Boat Show this May has an extended footprint to offer even more display space. 

Currently more than 410 exhibitors are placed for the Gold Coast event staged Thursday May 22 to Sunday May 25.

“As usual, there will be expansive on-water display space with more than 4km of on-water linked walkways from A to H marina arms,” said Sanctuary Cove International Boat Show general manager Barry Jenkins.

As in past years, there will be expansive pavilion displays at the entrance to the Marine Village plus the Super Yacht pavilion and hardstand displays.

“This year visitors can view a series of pagoda exhibits in the Rotunda Garden next to the Super Yacht pavilion. There will also be a Mustang Marine display at the Hyatt Regency Sanctuary Cove lagoon pool,” said Mr Jenkins.

In other developments, Sanctuary Cove International Boat Show now has an accommodation booking service on the Boat Show’s website.

Exhibitors or visitors can search more than 100,000 accommodation options worldwide via the Global Accommodation Search system.

“This new facility will be available to the public year round. Visitors to the Sanctuary Cove Show will be able to easily find accommodation in south-east Queensland, and we believe this offers a great opportunity for the boating public to book accommodation for other global marine events,” said Mr Jenkins.

International marketing for the prestigious event continues. In April, Mr Jenkins attends the China International Boat Show to promote the Sanctuary Cove event.

“We are delighted by the high quality of exhibitors and product releases planned for 2008, on this our historically significant show,” said Mr Jenkins.

Some of the 60-plus world and Australian marine launches include:
• The world release of the Aquabay 70, a stylish sports yacht;
• A $A13 million display from Johnson Motor Yachts with the Australian release of a 75ft motor yacht – only the third manufactured in the world to date. The exhibitor is also showcasing the 58 Advantage Series and a 90ft demonstrator;
• Riviera R Marine’s display of seven Princess models and five Grand Banks, the largest display of these iconic international brands ever seen in Australia. It includes the world release of the Grand Banks 65 Aleutian RP model;
• And the latest sail models from Bavaria Yachts, Beneteau, Buizen, Dragonfly, Dufour Yachts, Fountaine Pajot, Hanse, Hunter, Jeanneau and Nautitech Catamarans.

In some exciting releases, Riviera is offering world releases at the Show including the Riviera 61 Enclosed Flybridge, the 38 Open Flybridge and the Australian debut of the sport utility 48 Offshore Express.

Honda is releasing in Australia the completely redesigned BF40 and BF50 four-stroke outboard engines; Mercury Marine is launching the new Axius sterndrive control system while McIntyre Equipment is releasing the new generation Steyr Motors MO286 (280hp) marine diesel and the new Vetus M4.55 (52hp) marine diesel engine.

Admission prices have also been released. Entry costs $A22 for adults for the day; $A19 for concession and $A8 for children aged 5-14 years. Children under 5 years are free. All prices include GST. A Multi-Day pass is available.

There is no on site parking at Sanctuary Cove during the event. Instead streamlined transport options include Park ‘n’ Ride; taxi, limousine and helicopter drop offs; water taxi and ferry transport.

The 2008 Sanctuary Cove International Boat Show is staged at Sanctuary Cove on the Gold Coast, within an hour of Brisbane and Gold Coast airports. Show hours are 9am to 5pm daily. For details:

Valued sponsors include Club Marine, Trade A Boat,  Queensland Government, Maritime Safety Queensland and Hyatt Regency Sanctuary Cove. Media partners are Channel 9, Classic Hits 4KQ, The Gold Coast Bulletin, 92.5 GoldFM. Sanctuary Cove International Boat Show is a supporter of the Prostate Cancer Foundation Australia.