Expo wraps to rapt exhibitors, SCIBS bookings rush, gadgets & gear

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 06 Nov 2013

Expo wraps to rapt exhibitors, SCIBS bookings rush, gadgets & gear

Qld Premier Campbell Newman officiating at the opening of the 2013 GC Expo  .. ©
The heat and heady boating atmosphere at the third annual Gold Coast International Marine Expo drew the crowds in record numbers over the weekend, drawn by the array of entertainment, fascinating behind the scenes insight into the working shipyards, great boat bargains and diverse displays.

Organisers report more than 200 exhibitors, over 600 boats on show on land and water, and an expanded 3km exhibitor display circuit, welcomed 21, 326 visitors through the gates from around Australia and New Zealand.

'It's worth its weight in gold, especially at this time of year,' said one of the founders of the event, Dean Leigh-Smith from Gold Coast City Marina and Leigh-Smith Cruiser Sales. 'The vibe was great, exhibitors were happy. What's not to love!'

Bart Beek, seasoned performer, entertained and fed the crowds.  Gold Coast Marine Expo

Exhibitors' sights are now set on 2014, and the 26th Sanctuary Cove International Boat Show, accepting exhibitor bookings via the comprehensive and revamped online portal, with all the information and site innovations in one place.

In other boat show news, Yacht & Boat Korea are inviting exhibitors to capitalise on that nation's growing interest in the boating lifestyle, joining the 90 or so currently booked for this year's event, Thursday 28 November through Sunday 1 December. Yacht & Boat Korea will be held at the Changwon Exhibition and Convention Centre, in Gyeongsangnam Province, South Korea.

147 exhibitors were on show in 2012  .. ©

Organisers are confident of achieving the goal of 150 exhibitors from 20 countries and presenting a show of international standard showcasing the recreational marine lifestyle and associated activities.

There's plenty of information at www.yachtkorea.or.kr or via info@yachtkorea.or.kr and sybarisx@bigpond.net.au

One of the most popular attractions at the recent Fort Lauderdale Boat Show was the Seabob - part jet-ski and part bodyboard.
SeaBob fun  .. ©

There were lots of toys and amphibious vehicles on show, but the Seabob has to be one of the most versatile, portable and fun! Check out the video and then beg Santa for one!

Lots of other (more practical) new products, innovations and launches in time for southern summer.

Please keep in touch with your own news and views, all welcome.

Pleasant boating!

Jeni Bone, editor

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Exhibitors off the blocks and booking for SCIBS 2014
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Doyle Sails NZ and Stratis news - September/October 2013
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The 3rd China (Macau) International Yacht Import and Export Fair
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Come and join us at the London Boat Show 2014!
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2013 China (Macau) International Yacht Import and Export Fair
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RQYS completes $10.5 million marina rebuild!
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Kate Gordon-Smith,
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John Morris,
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Ocean Marina Pattaya Boat Show spotlights Pattaya's marine tourism
Event Media,
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Seacraft Gallery - replica boats for Christmas
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