Ocean Magazine : 9 September October 2006
boat show 60 | ocean WATER MAR K VIP vessel at Race Week. Atlantic's display of the legendary Grand Banks range included the Aleutian 64 Raised Pilothouse, Eastbay 47 Flybridge and Heritage 46 Europa. By the end of the show contracts had been signed for two Aleutian 59 RPs valued at $6 m. Sunseeker certainly brought an additional "wow" factor to the marina with its plush, $30 million, 12-boat display that was crowned by the breathtaking, and lavishly appointed, 94 - the largest boat on display at the show. There to present it in all its glory, along with the other Sunseekers on display, was the company's founder, Robert Braithwaite MBE, who flew in from the UK specifically for the event. It was a trip well justified considering Sunseeker's powerful incursion into the Australian market in recent years. The presence of Viking Yacht's international sales manager, Steve Boerema, added impetus to that company's impressive display. Local distributor, Greg Dagge, of Euroyachts, said every aspect of the show was very positive. The Viking boats were very much a centre of attention on the marina, and there was encouraging interest in the San Lorenzo luxury motor yachts from Italy - an agency he has recently acquired. The four Jeanneau production sailboats Dagge also had on display, ranging from 34 to 46 feet, were much sought after. His was confident that once all après-show on-water demonstrations were complete it would prove to be an exceptional show for Euroyachts. The Marlow Explorer 70, from noted American designer David Marlow, made an impressive debut. Its powerful lines say seaworthiness while a well-balanced interior layout, which is enhanced by satin-finished teak, was very appealing. The layout sees the saloon aft, the galley amidships and a comfortable pilothouse lounge forward. The designer has put considerable thought into every characteristic of the design, including arranging the pilothouse so that the skipper can easily observe the stern during docking procedures. The owner of this boat is one of Australia's more prominent ocean racing yachtsman who has decided it's time to retire from sailing. He searched locally and abroad before settling on the Explorer 70 for his entrée to the more relaxed world of motor yachts. While Australian yacht builders were very much outnumbered at the show Iain Murray's Azzura Marine showed that local boats want for nothing when it comes to styling and standard of finish. The standout for the company was the Marten 49, a stunning cruiser-racer with a fit-out below decks that was second to none. This boat will be getting a bit back against the imports ... it is heading to a French owner. An imported sailboat that was bigger than the Marten 49 and similarly impressive was the Swan 601, displayed by Michael Bell's company, Swan Australia, and built by Nautor in Finland. Defined as a one-design cruiser-racer, this 60-footer left a wolf-in-sheep's-clothing impression on some of the world's best sailors at Cowes Week in England. The deck layout is equally effective for high performance racing as it is for idyllic cruising, and the comfort factor below deck is superb from bow to stern - so much so that you have to continually remind yourself that you are aboard a racing boat. Salthouse Marine from New Zealand showcased their 65 Blackjack which received many comments from visitors as being one of the "boats of the show." The boat generated considerable interest, and deposits were placed for over $11m worth of new orders, including a 52, two 57s and a 65. On the sailing side it was interesting to note the increase in the number of high quality cruising catamarans - mostly imported - that are appearing on the market. Fountaine Pajot, Catana and Lagoon were particularly appealing. On the monohull front Beneteau found a lot of interest in the new Farr designed First 34.7. Marine accessories specialist Gineico took their products to the coalface by establishing a significant exhibit on the marina, an exhibit so impressive that it took out a major display award. The products of highest interest were the compact Besenzoni hydraulic foredeck cranes - the first with a rotary activator - the very efficient Idromar water maker, and the locally developed Acoustica soundproofing. The Volvo IPS propulsion system for mid-size powerboats was a big talking point across the show, especially with its amazing joystick controller that makes docking almost child's play. The overview of the show: Bigger and better than ever. And based on that, don't be surprised if next year's attendance tops 100,000 ... given good weather. Dates for 2007 40th Year of the Sydney International Boat Show will be August 2 to 7.
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