Ocean Magazine : 3 September October 2005
WATER MAR K boat show New Location for Perth Boat Show The Perth International Boat Show has just finished and it would appear most are pleased. The exhibitors took along more stock than ever and the new Perth Convention and Exhibition Centre was bulging at the seams. Car parking was a bit of a problem, but that seems pretty common wherever you go. The new venue proved very popular and during set up and the first day, certainly was more comfortable than the Esplanade at Fremantle last year. The floor was dry. Although numbers were down a little and the organisers have not figured out how to have an on water display yet, the quality of those that went made most exhibitors happy with returns. The biggest boat at the show was 43 feet, and there were also plenty of new products, all sorts of fishing gear and a lot of new vessels. New production models, one off's, and small paddle boards kayaks and sail boats dominated the displays. There was food, entertainment, cooking shows, fish casting demonstrations and even a 'Careers Stand" to encourage our youth to look at the marine industry as a future. How The West Was Won The Club Marine Mandurah Ocean Marine Boat and Fishing Show is not far away (7th-9th October) and the organizers are pretty confident of it being the biggest and best so far. Their latest press release claims to have over 220 exhibitors and 127 vessels on the water. Not bad for a small regional show that started with the Offshore Fishing and Sailing Club putting on a small private show, and since the current organiser Peter Woods took over six years ago, it has developed into one of Australia's best. The time of year provides better odds of fine weather and the development of Mandurah over the last two years makes it a great destination for a visit. The new marina, which is still being developed with apartments and shops etc, now provides a good choice of dining options and plenty of ice-cream, coffee and other delights. Once inside the show, there are even more choices so the viewing of exhibits can be broken with food and beverage stops. Just for the record, Peter Woods, who was once the promoter of the Perth Show, now has six shows under his umbrella. Apart from Mandurah, Peter is promoting a Geraldton Boat Show with a commercial flavour in February, the Perth Motor Show in April, the Northam Motor Cycle Festival in September, the Perth Motor Cycle Show in October, and the Four Wheel Drive and Fishing Show in November. Perhaps, as the Perth Show had no in water display this year, this part of the Mandurah Show could prove interesting. Apart from being the only large in water display in WA this year, the competition is hotting up in the bigger boat sector with Bertram being reintroduced with their new 670 and the new Sunseeker 82 heading a line up of six vessels, being the 82, a 66 footer, a new 50 footer, a 53, 46 and a 37 bringing the Sunseeker display to nearly $17 million afloat. Should be quite a show!
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