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