News Home Cruising Photo Gallery Video Gallery : Bring BoatShows to Buyers - Hunting for customers

Bring BoatShows to Buyers - Hunting for customers

'This Sunrunner at the Gold Coast City Marina entrance certainly informed people there was a boat show in progress.'    Bob Wonders    Click Here to view large photo

If the customers don’t turn up, go out and find them. That’s the thinking behind last weekend’s Summer Boat Show staged at and by the Gold Coast City Marina, which attracted several hundred visitors to the Coomera facility.

Gold Coast City Marine managing director, Jeff Leigh-Smith was the driving force behind the boat show, saying simply that it was an opportunity to attract prospective buyers.

Admission and parking to the exhibit was free.
Gold Coast City Marina managing director Jeff Leigh-Smith, the man behind the marina’s Summer Boat Show. - hunting for customers -  Bob Wonders   Click Here to view large photo

'We’re in an industrial area here, with no passing trade, so if there’s no visitors around we have to provide a reason for people to come here,' he explained.

Leigh-Smith invited participants from marina clients, local manufacturers and nearby marine dealers.

The end result was a broad range of craft on display, ranging from Gemini inflatables through Stacer and Quintrex ‘tinnies’, Sea Ray and Haines Hunter to million dollar-plus rigs from Maritimo, Hatteras, Hampton and Alaska.

Exhibitors included Maritimo, Sunrunner, Broadwater Boating, Nitro Marine and Geoff Lovett International, which displayed the impressive 68’ Hatteras sportfisherman.

Maritimo displayed its Cabriolet 55 for the first time at the show, while Leigh-Smith Cruiser Sales staged a grand display of Alaska and Hampton motor yachts.

Keith Cogzell, sales manager at Leigh-Smith Cruiser Sales, feels the Summer Boat Show could become a regular event. -  Bob Wonders   Click Here to view large photo
Leigh-Smith Cruiser Sales sales manager, Keith Cogzell, felt the show could become a regular event.

'I’d be happy to see it staged, say, every six weeks or so,' he said.

'The weather has not been kind to us this weekend, but there have been people here to talk with and to show boats to and that’s the point of making an effort like this,' he added.

Organisers spent about $15,000 on advertising for the exhibition and made sure it was visible from Waterways Drive by placing a Sunrunner sportboat on an elevated stand at the marina entrance.

For further information contact the Gold Coast City Marina, Coomera, telephone (07) 5573-1311.

A line-up of ’tinnies’ at the Gold Coast City Marina’s Summer Boat Show. - hunting for customers -  Bob Wonders   Click Here to view large photo

by Bob Wonders


Click on the FB Like link to post this story to your FB wall

3:05 AM Tue 11 Nov 2008 GMT

Click here for printer friendly version
Click here to send us feedback or comments about this story.

News - USA and the World

Big Boat Series - It's not the size, it's the length by Erik Simonson, Pressure-Drop.US,

470 Men and Women Worlds - Champs take over leaderboard by 470 International Association Class,

J/24 World Championship - Excitement builds for Newport racing
Volvo Ocean Race - Seb Marsset joins Team Alvimedica
Fall Seamanship training opportunities at New York Yacht Club
Rolex Big Boat Series: More images from San Francisco - Final Day
AWT Hatteras Wave Jam action commences on day 3
Rolex Big Boat Series: Images from San Francisco - Final Day
ISAF Sailing World Championships - Watch medal races live here
Hobie 16 Open North American Championships and Pan Am Games qualifier
ISAF Sailing World Championship - Videos from Santander
ISAF Sailing Worlds: Buckingham into Medal Race, 470's stay consistent
470 Men and Women Worlds - Vadlau and Ogar into pole position
2014 Chicago Match Cup - Defending champion on top
ISAF Sailing Worlds, Santander - Strong competition for RS:X fleets
ISAF Sailing Worlds, Santander - Big breeze on day 6 + Video
ISAF Sailing Worlds, Santander - Buckingham into Laser Medal Race
U.S. Multihull Championship - Hobie Alter Trophy to be decided
ISAF Sailing Worlds - The kind of form most sailors only dream about
Royal Cup Marina Ibiza - Quantum Racing ahead of target
ISAF Worlds Santander - 19 Rio 2016 Laser Radial spots awarded
Santander 2014 ISAF Worlds - 21 broadcasters to take live coverage
Rolex Swan Cup - Looking forward to the next 30 years   
America’s Cup: The Future is foiling – AC45s to be modified   
Volvo Ocean Race: Win a stopover trip by designing an ECsix T-Shirt   
Red Bull 49erFX: On the eve of the Worlds in Santander   
America's Cup: Ben Ainslie Racing launches partnership with Yamaha   
2014 Chicago Match Cup - Starts tomorrow   
Rio 2016 Daylight the issue for Olympic sailing regatta   
ISAF Sailing World Championships - USA 470's and Lasers battle at top   
ISAF Sailing World Championships - Santander - Day 5 video highlights   
ISAF Sailing World Championships - Santander images by Jesús Renedo   
PWA Cold Hawaii World Cup - No action on day 2   
470 Men and Women Worlds - Game on for Olympic Qualification   
ISAF Sailing World Championships: Finns off to slow start in Santander   
ISAF Sailing World Championships - Seesaw Day 5 in Santander + Video   
ISAF Sailing World Championships - 470 sailors shine in Santander   
Royal Cup Marina Ibiza - Kiwi Ray Davies returns to TP52 fleet   
Starboard Hatteras Wave Jam - No windsurfing action on day 1   
A complete recap of the most successful Melges 20 World Championship   
Rolex Big Boat Series - Prizegiving images by Chuck Lantz   
ISAF Santander - Upwards path for Austrian women's 470 crew + video   

For this week's complete news stories select    Last 7 Days
   Search All News
For last month's complete news stories select    Last 30 Days
   Archive News  

Switch Default Region to:

Social Media





New Zealand

United Kingdom

United States

Cruising Northern

Cruising Southern

MarineBusiness World

PowerBoat World

FishingBoating World






Contact Us

Advertisers Information

Submit news/events

Search Stories/Text


Advertisers Directory

Newsletter Archive

Photo Gallery


Banner Advertising Details

Newsletter Subscribe

Video Gallery





Privacy Policy



Cookie Policy



This site and its contents are © Copyright TetraMedia and/or the original author, photographer etc. All Rights Reserved.  Photographs are copyright by law.  If you wish to use or buy a photograph contact the photographer directly.
LocalAds   DE  ES  FR  IT