New Jeanneau launches at Melbourne Boat Show

Jeanneau will once again be exhibiting at the Melbourne Boat Show that starts on Friday this week, and will include a number of new models that will be on display for the first time in Australia.

These include the stunning Cap Camarat 7.5 Walk Around with all the luxuries of a large cruiser including a top speed of 40 knots, the Merry Fisher 795 Marlin with twin Yamaha steering ideal for serious fishing and the Merry Fisher 605 on a Dunbier trailer and Yamaha 100hp 4 stroke outboard.

These boats will be on the 38 South Boat Sales stand located at C8 (near the the stage) along with the Merry Fisher 695 Marlin and the popular Merry Fisher 795.

Italian brand ‘Invictus’ makes its Australian launch at the Melbourne International Boat Show

Luxury boat dealership Sundance Marine will launch Invictus, the latest Italian brand to arrive in Australia at this years’ Melbourne International Boat Show.

Invictus’ will display the first models in Australia at the show, the 280TT and 280GT.

The Invictus models bring a new style of boating to the market. Wanting to be more than the usual boat builder, the distinctive vessels show off all the qualities that make Italian boat building the best in the world.            

Bringing European design flair Invictus are more than the usual boat. With sports car performance and a layout that’s both comfortable and sea worthy, days on Port Phillip have never been more enjoyable!

The range offers five luxury designs including the inboard-outboard “GT” series. See the 28’ GT model on display, its design ensures recreation and relaxation during your time on the water. The “TT” series, also on display offers the concept of a new luxury tender and is a perfect match to any maxi yacht or as a day boat in its own right.

David Beck, Sundance Marine Director said, “Invictus delivers a new luxury in the 20’- 35’ powerboat segment.  We are excited to launch the range in Melbourne where we see great opportunities. They’re very well priced and they represent amazing value.”

Learn more about the Invictus range from Australian Dealer Sundance Marine and don’t miss seeing them on display at Melbourne International Boat Show June 16-19, or visit 

Haines Hunter to debut latest edition of 700 Enclosed at the Melbourne Boat Show

Haines Hunter will launch the latest addition to its popular Enclosed range, the all-new 700 Enclosed at the 2017 Melbourne Boat Show

Haines Hunter’s research and development department has spent the past 24 months fine-tuning the design to deliver everything serious offshore anglers demand.

Measuring 7.2m LOA, beam 2.50m, and with a hull-only weight of 1500kg, the Enclosed flagship is a serious ocean-going vessel with a transom rating up to a massive 400hp, in single- or twin-engine configuration.

Incorporating Haines Hunter’s 21° Performance Deadrise Vee (PDV) hull, the 700 Enclosed delivers superior performance and handling – proven during rigorous testing in both inshore and offshore conditions. The hull incorporates built in trim tabs, for further control and comfort in big seas. The wraparound windscreen, stylish and functional hard top is noted to the best in the industry, coming from the 675 Hard Top which won Australia’s Greatest boats in 2015.

Capable of fishing seven large adult anglers in comfort, the enormous cockpit and standard side door creates an ideal offshore fishing and diving platform, while the huge cabin bunk length of 1.88m provides a welcome escape from the elements or a cavernous storage area for all manner of gear.

Along with all of the standard fishing features for which Haines Hunter is renowned – 50mm supports to the Hard Top make it tough and ridged, wide side pockets, in floor fish well of 500lt and more – the Haines Hunter 700 Enclosed dash (capable of housing two large marine electronic displays), extra long-range 360L fuel tank and twin live bait tanks will strike a particular chord among experienced anglers.

Explore all that Victorian marinas have to offer

A marina plays a significant part in the ownership of a boat and also contributes to the whole boating lifestyle. At the Melbourne Boat Show, you can can discover and explore all that marinas have to offer and the benefits of utlising a marina for your boat by visiting the Marinas Hub.

Featuring some of Victoria's top marinas, the Marinas Hub is an opportunity for you to ask questions about how marinas work, what the benefits are of using a marina and how you can begin using a marina for your boat!

Partnering with the Marina Industries Association, the Marina Hub is your gateway to finding the right marina for you.

The Marinas Hub includes:

Anchorage Marina

Anchorage Marina is located in Williamstown, right at the mouth of the Yarra River and off the shores of Port Phillip Bay.  Just a stones throw away from the Melbourne CBD, Anchorage Marina is a floating berth of 100 berths and offers full marina services including: mechanical, electrical, rigging, covers and canvas, shipwrights, slipping and antifouling and a chandlery. Anchorage Marina is also home to the award winning Anchorage Restaurant.


Balmoral Quay Marina

Balmoral Quay Marina is set in Corio Bay and is minutes away from one of Victoria's growing metropolis, Geelong.  Quay Marina is a floating marina offering both permanent and short-term berths and offers a wide range of services including individually metered power and water, while all vessels can empty their holding tanks at the sewer pump.


Hidden Harbour Marina

Hidden Harbour Marina encompasses freehold berthing at Martha Cove, off of the Mornington Peninsula in Victoria.  It includes a number of different sized berths, long-term and short-term and fully serviced.  Not only do you get these benefits, but is located near some great fishing and boating spots along Victoria's Port Phillip coastline.


Melbourne City Marina

Melbourne City Marina is located right in the heart of Melbourne's CBD at Docklands.  It boasts a diverse and modern on-shore facilities with a 'talk-of-the-town' marina lounge.  Melbourne City Marina is managed by the Melbourne City Council and offers a number of services and amenities.


Queenscliff Harbour Marina

Queenscliff Harbour is a hub for boating enthusiasts offering 6 – 25m marina berths, drystack facilities, 150 mt travelift, serviced boatyard, mechanical and maritime services.  Queenscliff Harbour is an easy 30 minute drive from Geelong, a 45 minute ferry trip with from Sorrento, and less than a day sail from any anchorage in Port Phillip.


Wyndham Harbour

Wyndham Harbour is a new destination for recreational boating in the Melbourne's west, offering world-class facilities to local and international sailors. Now operational and open for all to enjoy, the marina currently offers wet berths and visitor berths. Once all stages are complete, the marina will contain up to 1000 wet berths, dry boat storage for up to 390 boats, a refuelling dock and a range of ancillary services for the recreational boater.



Global debut of Honda Outboards at the Melbourne Boat Show

The 2017 Melbourne Boat Show marks the global debut for a selection of Honda Marine Outboards with a fresh new look, and some updated features. What will they be? Make sure you visit the Honda Marine Corporate stand to find out!

One thing is for sure, only those who attend the 2017 Melbourne International Boat show will be privy to a sneak peek! Honda will also have the newly refreshed BF40 and BF50 marine engines on display. These updated models made their first appearance to the world at the Miami International Boat Show in February earlier this year. The BF40 and BF50 sport the new Honda signature “crouching form” design.

The refreshed Honda Marine engines deliver consumers upgrades they will appreciate every time they take out their boat. The new BF40 and BF50 models have added a new freshwater water flushing hose for ease of maintenance, and have reduced engine vibration at idle compared with the previous models and achieved Safety of Life at Sea (SOLAS) certification.

Three new Whittley models and innovative new on board control system set for release at Melbourne Boat Show

Whittley will again be back at the 2017 Melbourne Boat Show with the largest display of a single brand at the show. With the family boat building yard showcasing over 24 Whittley models on display, powered by both Volvo stern drive's and Yamaha outboard’s, for new and exciting customers to experience.

Whittley will be releasing the new SL 20, a new 6 meter hybrid fisher/cruiser, with a deep vee 23 degree dead-rise off shore hull. Following on from the success of the popular SL 22, the new SL 20 is a more affordable SL offering with many of the larger SL features. The new SL 20 packaged with a Mackay Trailer & Volvo Penta V6 200 HP engine is available from $69,990, representing one of the best value boat packages at this years show.

Adding further strength to its 5 strong SL model range, will be the release of the new SL 25 HT, a 7 meter hard top fishing boat. This new model builds on Whittley's unique integration of the stern drive engine deep into the boat. Ensuring no loss of rear deck space, and the added advantage of a rear extended fishing platform, the new SL 25 HT is sure to be appealing to the fishermen and his family. The SL 25 HT, is standard with a new sliding cabin door, fibreglass hard top and full length windscreen for added protection.

Accompanying the release of the two new stern drive SL models, the boat builder will also release a new outboard powered 5.8 meter no frills boating package, with the CW 1950. The new CW 1950 was designed to meet the needs of the Victorian fishermen, with innovative new features including; new moulded fishing platforms, folding rear transom door, walk through front cabin, larger fuel tank and is considerably wider than the model it replaces and a sporty new look. The CW 1950, on a Mackay dual axle trailer, with Yamaha F 115 4 Stroke is available from $56,990 drive away.

In an engaging and interactive experience for the public, Whittley will have a working model of its new Pulse System, demonstrating this new technology and how it operates in its boats. Operated through a 16” Multi Function Garmin screen, the user controls all the vital functions of the boat, from digital switching, controls of the fusion entertainment package, plus all the features of a traditional GPS and fish finder. Also as part of this system, is Volvo’s full battery management system, which enables customers to turn the boats batteries on and off and start the engine via the single digital e-key. Boat show patrons can even log into the screen from their smart device and control the systems functions from their own screen. 

Demonstrating the Whittley Companies 60 plus years of proudly Victorian manufacturing, the company will have on display at the show one of its first bond wood cruisers, built by its founder Jim Whittley in 1953. This proves to be one of the must see attractions at each years show, and is a true insight into the evolution of the Whittley brand and the local boat building industry. Plus around the stand will be a number of new next generation Volvo Penta stern drive’s on display, to see feel and touch.

As one of Australia’s largest trailer-able fibreglass boat builders, Whittley will also have complementing its new model releases on display the full range of its popular CR models, the innovative FF 2100 and the exciting XS series of wake cruisers and the remainder of the SL and CW sports fishing models. 

Talking to the Stars of Wakeboarding, Ski-Jumping and Kneeboarding

Heart pumping, thrill seeking water sports such as wakeboard, ski-jumping and kneeboarding have grown in following and popularity.  And they aren't just reserved for the adrenalin-junkie, these are sports that many families are enjoying on lakes and rivers throughout.  If you're looking ot get into these sports, looking to be inspired by its champions, or looking to find out about the latest in ski-boat design, technology and models, then you need to be at "Talking with the Stars of Wakeboarding, Ski-Jumping and Kneeboarding," live onstage at the 2017 Melbourne Boat Show.  It will be hosted by Wakeboard Champion Aaron Bell.

Hear from Stars including:

  • Jacinta Carroll, 2016/2017 World Jump Champion
  • Marc Gray, Australian Kneeboard Champion
  • Ray Dopper, former Victorian State Wakeboard Champion
  • Josh McConnell, 2017 Victorian State Wakeboard Champion
  • Thorry Heaney, Just Ride Tour
  • Charli Shore, Malibu Team

Live o the main stage on at the 2017 Melbourne Boat Show:

  • Saturday, 17 June 2017 at 12:30 pm
  • Sunday, 18 June 2017 at 2:30 pm

Chaparral to debut new Surf and Outboard models

Chaparral Boats will display their new range of Surf boats at the 2017 Melbourne Boat Show in June, having just launched at the Noosa Festival of Surf and sponsoring world champion skim boarder Austin Keen to attend. 

Keen was all praise for the Chaparral concept stating, " The Chaparral’s are well equipped to ride in saltwater, providing the familiar saltwater buoyancy of riding in the ocean. They also use the Malibu surf gate system, which creates the best shaped wake surf wave currently on the market. And after you're done practicing that front side reverse 20 times behind the boat, you could anchor it up and paddle into the line-up and try it on a real wave."

"The Noosa launch was a brilliant way to show the benefits of owning a Chaparral Surf Boat," said Scott O’Hare from Chaparral Australia.  "We surfed the Noosa river most mornings and then took off out through the bar into Laguna Bay for a surf off the beach in the afternoons.  At one stage Mother Nature hadn’t provided any real waves and we ended up with some of the world’s best carving up behind the big Chaparral 257 Surf, enjoying the endless waves for hours!"

O’Hare, "Unlike other stern drive manufacturers, Chaparral have not just added the revolutionary Volvo FFD technology, extra ballast and standard trim tabs as an option, but have redesigned five of their hulls to specifically develop a bigger cleaner wave and when coupled with Malibu Surf Gate, the surf computer and ballast have created something truly impressive. As the only dedicated saltwater wake surf boat anywhere in the world, it produces a bigger, cleaner wave than any other stern drive wake boat and most of the traditional shaft drive boats, but can also handle the rigours of saltwater."

In addition to the Surf range, Chaparral will also debut its latest outboard boat, the 21 H2o Bowrider. The H2o series are aimed at entry level buyers, but come with the quality DNA, high content andtough construction that Chaparral are renowned for.  Of course Chaparral will also have jet powered and traditional stern drive models on display as well as a range of their sibling fishing boat brand, Robalo; with centre console and dual console models on show.

Chaparral and Robalo can be found on the Aussie Boat Sales stand #D10 at the Melbourne Boat Show

Eyachts to showcase the 2017 Motorboat of the Year

Eyachts will be showcasing three of the the award winning Axopars this year with the Axopar  24 T Top, Axopar 28 AC and Axopar 37 Cabin at the 2017 Melbourne Boat Show.

Finnish designed Axopars are redefining boating and providing boaters with an entirely new boating experience. The Axopar range are lighter, more exhilarating and fuel efficient than ever before with a modern sleek design that is instantly recognisable on the water.

Axopar 37 won the ‘Sportsboats and RIBs’ category in the Motor Boat Awards 2017 and was described as:  “A boat with dazzling performance, effortless seakeeping and cutting edge style with a choice of deck layouts at a price that never ceases to amaze us.”  

Axopar 28AC
The exceptional aft cabin layout sleeps 2 people. Featuring two separate sun decks and dining both on foredeck and inside the cabin. The AC model has a toilet as standard accessed from foredeck.

Axopar 24 T-Top
The 24 is a truly versatile bow rider with a fuel efficient twin-stepped hull and a protective and functional helm. The Axopar 24 T-Top adds a functional sunroof for protection against the sun. Versatile seating or a sunbathing area, comfortable twin sofas in front of the cockpit consoles that also double as berths for two persons and social seating for 5 persons in the cockpit.

Axopar 37 Cabin
The spacious Axopar 37 Cabin, a fully enclosable cabin with twin large sliding doors and a sliding canvas roof to meet the diverse weather conditions out at sea, combined with the hulls responsive handling, comfort and safety. Great options on the 37 like the indoor galley or wetbar galley in the cockpit offering great versatility. Standard with single cabin or optional aft double cabin.

Come to the 2017 Melbourne Boat Show and see for yourself to find out what all the fuss is about overseas.

Discover Sailing at the Melbourne Boat Show

Alistair Murray

Alistair Murray

If you are exploring the sport of sailing, Discover Sailing at the Melbourne Boat Show, is a great opportunity for you to be acquainted with the many possibilities sailing can bring.  Gain a wealth of information and insight – whether you’re looking at sailing for leisure and cruising your local waters with family and friends; or if you’re looking to intensify your skills to work towards becoming a club champion, or offshore sailor.

Also in this exclusive presentation, delve into the world of Australian professional sailing and hear from professional sailors, talking about their career and experiences.  Discover Sailing at the Melbourne Boat Show will be hosted by Alistair Murray, Chairman of Ronstan and avid sailor.

Discover Sailing will feature:

Nick Bice

Nick Bice

Michelle Pickford from the Mornington Yacht Club will be speaking about Australian Sailing and the ‘Learn to Sail’ programs at club level, together with mother-son sailors, Kate Goss who has competed in the Sydney to Hobart and Optimist sailor Matty Goss about the fun of sailing and his learning experiences as a young junior sailor.

Jessica Watson

Jessica Watson

Charlee Preen from Cumberland Yacht Charters talking about yacht chartering and cruising locally and overseas.

Nick Bice from Volvo Ocean Race – Professional sailor with over 10 years of experience having previously raced in the America’s Cup and the Volvo Ocean Race

Jessica Watson of – Youngest person to complete an unassisted solo southern hemisphere circumnavigation.

David Rees

David Rees

David Rees – Professional sailor with over 40 years of experience includes involvement in the 1983 Australia II Americas Cup team as a sail maker, Sydney to Hobart, Australian 3 Peaks Races, and British 3 Peaks Races.

When:  Saturday, 17 June 2017

Where: Melbourne Boat Show at the Melbourne Convention & Exhibition Centre

Time:     2pm at the main stage

Buy your tickets online at or at the door!

Get Your Boat and PWC License at the Melbourne Boat Show

So you've just gotten into boating or a new PWC and need to get your license.  Well the Melbourne Boat Show is the one stop place where you can not only buy a boat or watercraft of any kind, but also get your boat and PWC license testing done too!  

Conducted by the Victorian Coast Guard, the Boat License Testing is conducted on three of the four days of the Show, so there are many opportunities to come on down and get your license!  

Click here for further details.

Sundance Bringing in the European Big Guns

Sundance Marine will at this year's Melbourne Boat Show presenting a line up of big boats for the moored cruiser market. Their display will once again include Beneteau powerboats with two of the brands most popular models on show:

Gran Turismo 40

Gran Turismo 40

The class leading Gran Turismo 40 is a must see boat and will be the largest on display at this years Show. Clearly one of the most attractive boats you will find out on the water, it provides accommodation for the whole family with a style and quality that is unmatched.

Swift Traweler 30

Swift Traweler 30

On display for the first time in Melbourne will be the latest release Swift Trawler 30. The 'trawler style' segment of the cruiser market continues to grow and at 30’ this boat has features and living space that defies its size.

Invictus 280GT

Invictus 280GT

Sundance will also showcase for the first time in Australia, luxury Italian builder Invictus. Adding some real European design flair the 280GT and 280TT are above all, boats built for real use. With sports car performance and a layout that’s both comfortable and sea worthy, Summer days on Port Phillip have never been more enjoyable.


Swift Trawler 30
Length Overall :  32' 8" (9.99m)
Hull Beam : 3.53m

Gran Turismo 40
Length Overall : 41'2" (12.55m)
Hull Beam : 3.87m

Invictus 280TT
Length Overall : 8.9 m (29'2")
Beam : 2.84 (9'32")

Invictus 280GT
Length Overall : 8.9 m (29'2")
Beam : 2.84 m (9'32")


Melbourne Boat Show Selling Fast!

The Boating Industry Association of Victoria (BIAV), organisers of the 2017 Melbourne Boat Show which will be held from June 16 to 19 at the Melbourne Convention & Exhibition Centre, has received overwhelming support from exhibitors, with 80 percent of exhibitor space already allocated.

BIAV Event Coordinator, Monica Tonner said the industry has been quick to express their keenness at participating in this year’s Show. 

“With planning well underway for this year’s Show, applications to exhibit have been coming in rapidly, with many of the open spaces being taken up.  This further emphasises to us how significant the Show is for the industry, particularly to their marketing strategy and getting their brand out to the public.

“We’ve also streamlined our booking process and have taken it online, making it more efficient and easier for exhibitors to secure their space.”

Hearing exhibitor feedback from a comprehensive survey conducted by BIAV, Show times have also been changed at this year’s Show.  Those changes include:

•          Friday:  10am to 8pm (previously closing at 9pm)

•          Saturday:  10am to 8pm (previously closing at 9pm)

•          Sunday:  10am to 6pm (no change)

•          Monday:  10am to 5pm (previously closing at 6pm)

Many of the big names have already secured space for this year’s Show including Streaker Marine, Whittley Marine, Bar Crusher Boats, J.V. Marine, Mercury, 38 South Boat Sales, Yamaha, Geelong Marine World, Performance Marine and Sundance Marine just to name a few.

In addition to the positive take up from exhibitors, the Melbourne Boat Show will have a fresh new look with Moreton Hire coming on board as the official exhibitor and events contractor; providing for 2017 upgrades to shell schemes, new and bolder signage to highlight exhibitor brands, and new carpeting, all to help increase attraction to exhibitor stands.

“In addition to the fresh new look, we will have a full program of stage presentations on topics of interest to many into the boating and fishing lifestyle and those new to it too,” said Tonner.

“We also want to provide exhibitors with every opportunity to maximise their marketing potential through the Show and will be promoting it heavily through our advertising campaign and other marketing channels.”

To secure your spot as an exhibitor at the 2017 Melbourne Boat Show visit and fill out the online Exhibitor Registration Form.  For questions and inquiries, contact Monica Tonner by phone at (03) 8696-5600 or email