Gold Coast

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Sanctuary Cove $8m Marina Upgrade Completed

Sanctuary Cove announced the completion of stage one of its multi-million dollar marina upgrade, featuring three new piers, with one dedicated to Superyachts alone.Following an investment of over $8 million dollars, recreational vessel berth holders will experience 6-star marina facilities sand Sanctuary Cove’s premier lifestyle destination creating an unparalleled marine experience, with G and H piers now open for private berthing and I pier to follow next month.The expansion will increase marina capacity to allow an additional 66 vessels to call Sanctuary Cove’s marina home…

Alaska 47 Sedan (Photo: SCIBS)

Intrepid Trawlers Re-Imagined at SCIBS 2018

A gamut of new generation trawler-style vessels will be in full force at this year’s Sanctuary Cove International Boat Show (SCIBS), with premier brands already on board for the fast-approaching 30th anniversary event. Trawler boats are charting a significant course at SCIBS 2018, held from May 24 to 27, with organizers confirming the largest display in recent years. Leading exhibitors to secure on-water space include Clipper Motor Yachts, Grand Banks, Flagstaff Marine displaying the Beneteau Swift Trawler…

Luke Durman and Tom Barry-Cotter (Photo: Elandra Yachts)

Elandra Yachts Expands, Launches Finishing Department

Elandra Yachts has added another layer of craftsmanship to its boat-building operation with the launch of a new in-house paint department at the Gold Coast plant, signalling further growth for the Australian luxury motor yacht brand. Renowned for the range of spectacular bronzed and golden hues gracing the hulls of its show-stopping vessels, Elandra Yachts will now detail and finish each model in-house, ensuring the company's exacting standards are maintained as the factory increases production to meet high international demand.

Sunseeker 82 (Photo: Ray White Marine)

Opportunities In Euro Market Lure Aussie Boaties

Local boaties are turning to the European market for pre-owned multi-million dollar luxury vessels because of a shortfall in quality high-end stock in Australia, according to a leading marine broker. Ray White Marine CEO Rick Rodwell said Australia’s shortage of late model luxury motor yachts with low hours had come about because of the GFC. “People weren’t buying new boats during and post the GFC, so several years down the track we are feeling the effect of that protracted lull in sales,” he said.

Evolution (Photo: Incat Crowther)

Great Barrier Reef Dive Cruise Vessel Delivered

Incat Crowther  announced the delivery of the 33m Catamaran Dive Cruise Vessel, Evolution. Built by Marine Engineering Consultants on Queensland’s Gold Coast, Evolution was recently delivered to Down Under Dive. Designed from the ground up to provide a sleek and modern feature-packed vessel, Evolution blends motor yacht style with commercial vessel efficiency and ruggedness. Featuring a high level of glazing and modern fit out. While Evolution promises to be the most comfortable vessel transiting to and from the reef, it truly comes into its own when stationed on the reef.

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Elandra Yachts Launches New Model

Press release - Elandra Yachts has released the latest edition of its stunning 53 model to universal industry acclaim, signalling the evolution of one of Australia’s most exciting brand of luxury marine craft. Now available for viewing at Leigh-Smith Yachts at Sanctuary Cove on Queensland’s Gold Coast, the highly anticipated new offering from the premier motor yacht manufacturer has created a stir among boating enthusiasts since its launch this week. Boasting a range of features geared at delivering an enhanced inshore and offshore experience…

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Sleek New Model Takes Shape at Elandra Yachts

Press release - Elandra Yachts has moved closer to bringing its latest model to life, with the impressive form of the all-new Elandra 49 taking shape at the luxury motor yacht company’s Gold Coast plant this week. The sleek, sporty shape of the Elandra 49 has now emerged with completion of the prototype’s hull at the hands of Elandra’s experienced team of boat builders and designers. Development of the highly anticipated Elandra 49 follows the stunning release of the Elandra 53…

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Sleek New Model from Elandra Yachts

Elandra Yachts informs it has moved closer to bringing its latest model to life, with the all-new Elandra 49 taking shape at the luxury motor yacht company’s Gold Coast plant this week. The sleek shape of the Elandra 49 has now emerged with completion of the prototype’s hull at the hands of Elandra’s experienced team of boat builders and designers. Development of the Elandra 49 follows the release of the Elandra 53, launched in September 2014 and more recently showed at the 2015 Sydney International Boat Show.

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Elandra Yachts Appoints American Representative

Elandra Yachts announced its official entry into the United States market with the appointment of an American representative to distribute its luxury motor yachts overseas. The appointment of Michael Usina as President of Elandra Yacht Sales in the Americas fast tracks the company’s international growth as Australia’s newest brand in high-end motor yachts. Elandra Yachts founder and Managing Director Luke Durman said the partnership was sealed after Usina came out for the Sydney International Boat Show this year and was “thoroughly impressed” by the quality and value of Elandra’s vessels.

Elandra Yachts Expands Gold Coast Operations

Australia’s newest luxury motor yacht brand Elandra Yachts has expanded its Gold Coast operations on the back of rapid growth and increased interest from Australian and international buyers. The high-end marine vessel manufacturer has acquired a further 1,000 square metres of floor space at its Arundel base, in line with Elandra’s projected growth and entry into the crucial US market. Since its launch last year, Elandra Yachts has made waves in the domestic and overseas markets, with successful recent displays at the Sydney International Boat Show and burgeoning enquiries from potential buyers.

New Qualifications for Commercial Yacht Crews

The Australian Maritime Safety Authority (AMSA) informs that four new certificates of competency for seafarers working on commercial motor yachts will be introduced in Australia from early 2016. After consultation between AMSA the commercial yachting Industry, Yachting Australia, the Australian Maritime College and the Transport Logistics Industry Skills Council, these new qualifications will see Australian motor yacht worker’s skills recognized with an official AMSA certificate of competency. The four new qualifications include Watchkeeper Deck <3000GT Yachts with deck rating endorsement…

NewSwimming Pontoon at Lord Howe

Recently, the team at the island of Lord Howe, 600km off Port Macquarie NSW, sought to replace its swimming pontoon. Annual inspection during winter revealed the wear and tear had reached unsafe levels and the old pontoon was condemned. “The pontoon provides loads of fun for residents and visitors alike and is a great asset for the community,” said Kate Dignam, Assistant Manager, Technical Services at Lord Howe Island. “When sourcing a new pontoon, the Island Board wanted to capture the essence of fun and expand on it.

BRIG Navigator 700 – Big Boat for Your Buck

Making its debut at the Gold Coast International Marine Expo, the BRIG Navigator 700 is seven meters of versatility and durability, with room for 11 people in comfort – 12 in the twin engine version. Brand new to the Navigator series, the N700 with its Deep-V hull boasts a capacity of 1,800kg, while weighing just 700kg on its own. The Navigator series slots between the Falcon and the Eagle series and is a “cross-over” concept that delivers the pinnacle of stability and safety for all kinds of usage.

Spectrum 52

Yacht Designers Set for SCIBS

Sanctuary Cove International Boat Show (SCIBS) will welcome several talented yacht designers among its 300 exhibitors this year, each displaying cutting-edge technology and concepts they describe as “game changers”. Based in the Australian Marine Pavilion, which will house innovative Australian-made products, superyacht companies and destination marketers, Albert Sedlmayer will have on show the plans and presentation to support his concept of the SPECTRUM 52, a sleek and unique 52-metre catamaran ideal for world cruising that, once constructed, would be the biggest cat ever made.

Cruise the Whitsundays with WRAY

Whitsunday Rent A Yacht (WRAY) will showcase its skipper-yourself holidays, investment opportunities for boat owners and running an online Live Deals auction – where holiday makers can bid for a bargain holiday – at this year’s Sanctuary Cove International Boat Show on the Gold Coast from May 23-26. WRAY offers more than 20 vessels for charter including elite and standard yachts, catamarans and motor cruisers. The fleet mixes brands such as classic Beneteau Lagoons, Bavarias and Jeanneaus with Australian favourites, Seawinds and Perrys.