by Dom Wiseman

With the Sanctuary Cove International Boat Show (SCIBS) just around the corner, the excitement is rising, with some of the world’s finest power and sail multihulls set to be on display at this year’s show.


The world class selection of monohull sailing craft will appeal to yachties of all pursuits and sunny Queensland’s Gold Coast, is the perfect location to put them under the spotlight.

“Given the Gold Coast is the gateway to the Whitsundays and Great Barrier Reef, SCIBS 2019 is the ideal place to inspect and compare the various brands and their attributes. Visitors will be impressed by the amazing range of ‘cat’ brands and selection of sailing vessels, with experts on hand to answer all their questions on cruising and charter options,” said SCIBS Sales and Partnerships Manager Dominic O’Brien.

Among the first-rate selection of monohull sailing craft will be specialists, The Multihull Group (TMG). At this year’s show, they will display their all-new ‘Lagoon 40’. The Lagoon range is renowned for both its family friendly, spacious design layout and performance ability.

Designed by VPLP Design and Patrick Le Quement, with interiors by Nauta Design, the Lagoon 40 is the perfect family-friendly cruising vessel. Comprised of four cabins in the massive hulls, galley up adjacent to a large lounge and helm, foredeck trampolines and generous living and entertaining spaces.

“It’s perfect as a family boat or if you were considering entering it into the charter fleet,” stated TMG Queensland Manager Rowan McMahon.

TMG will have experts from the charter division on hand to discuss opportunities for charter investment at their SCIBS stand.

Multihull Solutions marks the debut of their brand on Australian shores with the world premiere of the Iliad 50 power catamaran.

IIiad Catamarans are the ultimate vessels for yachties who wish to express their unique style and personality through their vessel, able to customise these Catamarans to almost the smallest detail, without the monster price tag to boot.

In addition, Multihull Solutions will hold the Australian launches of both the Fountaine Pajot Saona 47 sailing catamaran at the SCIBS. “We will also have the brand new Astrea 42 on display and the Fountaine Pajot Motor Yachts MY 44,” said Director Mark Elkington.

Director Brent Vaughan of Multihull Central is excited to host Aquila powercats and Seawind sailing cats at the show and expects latest models, the Aquila 36 and 44 to receive plenty of attention.

“The Aquila 36 is a brilliant boat, providing an exceptional sea ride,” said Vaughan.

“It’s a great entertainer and looks great as well. The 44 is a magic multihull and offers the volume of 55ft monohull, which is incredible.”

Multihull Central will also display the renowned Seawind 1600. The prize performance catamaran is hugely popular for good reason, providing the ultimate in comfort and performance sailing.

Leopard Catamarans from Cape Town will display their Leopard 51 powercat and the 45 sailing cat. Sales Manager Australasia David Flynn said: “Multihulls are the growing trend over the past decade, with people attracted to their extra space, value, stable platform, performance, design and liveability.”

Leopard offers handovers for Australian owners in Europe and America so new owners can enjoy cruising the Med and Caribbean, and also operates global charter options in all regions through The Moorings and Sunsail.

“Leopard cats are ideal for charter,” said Mr Flynn.

“They are suited to offshore cruising and coastal, for couples and families, bareboat or with crew.

“They are spacious, great for large groups and the quality of build means longevity and cost-effective maintenance. There are various spaces on the boats and multiple areas for entertaining, which offers so much variety especially for making the most of the climate and delights of the tropics.”

The Bali 4.1 catamaran, built by Catana in France will be released by Dream Yacht Sales. The team at Dream Yacht Sales will also be there to promote the new long-term charter option offered aboard the Dream Yacht Charter “Sabbatical”.

With many advantages to yacht ownership, customers can tailor their package of support and assistance to suit their needs during their voyage. A “turnkey” solution, Dream Yacht Sabbatical offers customers expert coaching throughout the trip and the support of Dream Yacht Charter teams located in more than 50 bases worldwide.


“At SCIBS we will be running a competition offering a bareboat charter holiday in either New Caledonia or the Whitsundays,” said Dream Yacht Sales’ Amara Vanek.

Big French names, Beneteau and Dufour will represent sailors looking for monohulls. Spirit Marine will present the Beneteau Oceanis 41.1.

Performance Cruising Yachts will show a Dufour 412, a beautiful model and according to Sales Manager Bob Vinks, “our most popular model to date”. Mr Vinks said Performance Cruising Yachts would have consultants at SCIBS 2019 to discuss placing vessels into charter.

The Sanctuary Cove International Boat Show is scheduled between 23 – 26 May 2019 and tickets can be purchased online for a discounted rate or at the door.