RACV MARINE 2019 MELBOURNE BOAT SHOW A SUCCESS

The Boating Industry Association of Victoria (BIAV) would like to thank all visitors, exhibitors and partners that attended or took part in the RACV Marine Melbourne Boat Show. The BIAV is proud to say the Show was a success. Some of the highlights were the amazing layout and fantastic exhibits, the family fun and entertainment that was well received, the solid crowds that had a very positive vibe, the attendance of the Boating Minister, the Bigger Better Boatier campaign, and a great coming together of the industry over the week.

Crowd numbers indicated that interest in boating, as well as boating lifestyle and accessories, remains strong. Over 21,000 people attended the event, held at the Melbourne Exhibition and Convention Centre from June 13-16. Just under 120 exhibitors put on a great display for them, with every type of boat and accessory for the Victorian boating lifestyle.  

BIAV CEO Steve Walker commented “We were really pleased with how the venue came up. The Exhibitors did a great job. Visitors seemed to really enjoy the relaxed layout, the array of boats, equipment and accessories, and the really enjoyable family experience”.  

The BIAV was pleased to have several major prizes for visitors to win, including a Volkswagen Amarok, a Northbank 500C Boat Package, eight Scan to Win prizes and a fishing trip with US Wicked Tuna star Dave Marciano. Thousands entered these competitions and there has been a suite of very happy winners! The results can be viewed here.

There was also a really exciting line up of stage presenters, including Dave Marciano, Paul Worsteling, Lee Rayner, Paul ‘Kuma’ Carter, Salt Guide’s Aaron Habgood and Gawaine Blake joined by Patty Dangerfield, Navico’s Kenneth Thompson and the head chef of The Atlantic, Nick Mahlook. There were big and engaging crowds each day, with a more intimate stage being a positive change for both presenter and audience.

The new entertainment was very well received, with long lines of kids waiting to ride the Zip line from open to close, walking off with big smiles. The thrill-seekers absolutely loved the Isuzu Team D-Max Iron Summit, which had lines throughout the whole show too. The cafes and bars were heavily populated throughout.

Further information in relation to the Lake Eildon Boating and Fishing Show, a very exciting new on-water event in the beautiful area of Eildon, will be forthcoming soon. For exhibitor information meanwhile please click here. The show will be held at Lake Eildon from October 11-13 this year.

The Melbourne Boat Show returns to MCEC next June for what will be a huge celebration for what will be its 60th occurrence.

PRIZE WINNERS

congratulations to our winners!

Volkswagen Amarok: Emmanuel Keretzidis

“I just can’t believe it. I had the most unlucky day where I lost my bank card and my glasses. The next day I got a call that my bank card was under a boat at the show, and then now I have won a Volkswagen. I still can’t believe it”
- Emmanuel

 
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Northbank 500C Boat Package: linda rawnson

“I have no words for how fantastic that is.
Please let the dealer know how unbelievably happy I am (& my husband) to receive such an amazing prize.”
-Linda

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PROLINE FISHING CHARTER WITH WICKED TUNA’S DAVE MARCIANO

Congratulations to our winner Ben, who took his mum with him on the fishing trip today

 
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SCAN TO WIN

congratulations to all the winners

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1st Prize: 12 month lease for monohull marina berth at Wyndham Harbour - 15m overall length RRP $9,550

winner: valerie milkeraitis

2nd Prize: Honda lOhp outboard engine RRP $3890

winner: matthew baxter

 
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3rd prize: Polycraft 3m Tuff's Boat RRP $2400

winner: craig quinn

4th prize: Rig Master Tackle - Fishing Simulator RRP $3200

winner: laurence white

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5th prize: Opposite Lock - 40 litre stainless steel fridge/ freezer RRP $1,349

winner: neil phillips

6th prize: 7.5kg 316 Stainless Steel SAV Slider Anchor RRP $629

winner: andrew poperechny

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7th prize: Shortstay Apartments 2 night accommodation package with wine & chocolates RRP $550

winner: brenton goodall

8th prize: Rigmaster Fishing tackle pack RRP $500

winner: alan jones

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OFFICIAL OPENING WITH THE BOATING & FISHING MINISTER, HON. JAALA PULFORD

The Hon. Jaala Pulford, Minister for Fishing and Boating officially opened the 2019 RACV Marine Melbourne Boat Show at the Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre on the Stratton Finance main stage. Minister Pulford provided an update on Victorian Government progress on better boating for all Victorians, and present the Apprentice of the Year Awards for Boat Building and Marine Mechanic.

As well as spending quite some time visiting exhibitors, the Minister officially opened the Show, and when doing so re-iterated the government’s commitment to its 19/20 and beyond financial commitment to boating facilities, infrastructure and safety. It was great to hear this again from the Minister, and thank you for those who attended.

Congratulations to our exhibitor BL Marine whose apprentice Matthew Ruberto, took out the Marine Mechanical Construction Apprentice of the Year award. This was presented by Minister Jaala Pulford and Education Chair Andrew Warner.

Congratulations also to James Hannah (Garner Marine) for taking out the overall Apprentice of the Year, as well as the Marine Craft Construction award. Interestingly his current boss, Brendan Garner won this award exactly 20 years ago!

 
 

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STAND AWARDS 2019

Congratulations to the winners of this year’s stand awards! You all did an incredible job of designing your stand, and they looked incredible! Can’t wait to see what you do next year.

Judges:
Life Member – John Temple
General Manager – Cath Grant of GDJ
MCEC – Elissa Duke (Senior Manager – Chief Operations)


BEST ‘OPEN’ STANDS

Yamaha Motor Australia
Manufacturing, Wholesale & Distributors Division

Mastercraft Boats Melbourne
Boat Dealer Division

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Maritime Safety Victoria
Chandlery, Services & Associations Division

 
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BEST ‘SHELL’ STANDS

AMI Group
Chandlery, Services & Associations Division

Wyndham Harbour
Marinas & Clubs

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McQuarrie Fibreglass Stainless Steel Relax
Manufacturing, Wholesale & Distributors Division

 
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Special mention to Suzuki Marine & Hobie Australasia for their great stands as well.

SURF ON THE YARRA

To launch the 2019 RACV Marine Melbourne Boat Show, a wake surfing exhibition ‘Surfing on the Yarra’ was held outside the Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre today at 10.45am (Wednesday 5 June 2019).

The exhibition ran for 20 mins with champion wakesurfer, Trent Wardrope, wake surfing across the swells of the Yarra River. Wake surfing is a water sport that uses technology called Surf Gate to create a surfable wave behind a boat in the chilly Yarra!

This year, the show is set to make even bigger waves with the ‘Surfing on the Yarra’ exhibition kicking off festivities and tens of thousands of people expected to attend the Boat Show event over four days.

Widely regarded as Victoria’s premier boating event, the RACV Marine sponsored show is an annual reminder for families and boating enthusiasts of the positive and rewarding lifestyle that boating activities provide.

With a range of demonstrations, huge prize giveaways and over 100 exhibits, the BIGGER, BETTER, BOATIER show will feature the latest models of boats of every kind. From wake and ski boats, to tinnies, kayaks and top end luxury cruisers, whatever boat you float, you’ll find it docked at the show.

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TICKETS ON SALE

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There's something for everyone! 

Visitors will find a huge range of boats, accessories and watercraft, with all the fishing gear and lifestyle accessories that make recreational boating so exciting!

This year the show welcomes Wicked Tuna superstar Dave Marciano from the US, and an array of other great stage presenters.

Free entertainment for the whole family, including a 4x4 Iron Summit, fishing simulators, face painting, marine life touch tanks and the 65 metre zip line that conveniently lands at the fantastic Melbourne Boat Show Cafe/Bar.

CLICK HERE TO BUY ONLINE AND SAVE 

AND DON'T FORGET TO REGISTER!
 

WELCOME TO OUR NEW EXHIBITORS

We would like to give a warm welcome to some new exhibitors to the 2019 RACV Marine Melbourne Boat Show.

 Joining us is - Blu Sky Products, Boeshield T9 Lubricants , Water Rower Australia, Struman Advanced Optics, iHealth Saunas, Big Sky Inflatable Pontoons, Déjà Vu Ski & Board, The Multihull Group, Warragul Marine, Time Out Fishing Charters, Big Bumper Australia, and Tacklebusters Fishing Tackle.

 Welcome aboard!

You will be able to find all the outstanding exhibitors for 2019 ’ and their site locations in the Official Show Program and on the RACV Marine MBS website- click here

Be sure to collect a program when you come through the doors.

We will keep you informed of all the exciting new products and offers for the Show via posts on Facebook and Instagram so don’t forget to like and share.

See you on the 13th-16th of June!

DAVE MARCIANO PRESENTING AT SHOW

The RACV Marine 2019 Melbourne Boat Show has a major announcement! In a boon for the event this year, we are extremely excited to announce

USA’s Dave Marciano of ‘Wicked Tuna’

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BIAV has joined forces with RACV Marine, Lone Star Marine and Savage Seas to make this possible and all parties can’t wait to see Dave and the impact he will have on his fans and other visitors at the Show.

Dave will be presenting on stage during the show and a further very exciting announcement is pending, relating to an amazing opportunity for two show attendees that involves Dave and an adventure. Watch this space!!!! See some awesome videos from Dave and his team at Wicked Tuna here, here and here.

ROBBY NETHERCOTE IS BACK FOR ANOTHER YEAR AS MC/HOST

Exciting News!

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Robby Nethercote is back for another year as MC!

The RACV Marine 2019 Melbourne Boat Show is very happy to announce that Robby is back as our MC for another year.

Growing up in a family with a great love for the outdoors sparked Robby's biggest passion - Travel! Having spent most of her life exploring the far reaches of Australia as youngster with her family and overseas as an adult, Robby is constantly in search of her next adventure!

Robby loves life on the road, meeting fascinating people, working with the crew and discovering this wonderful world. She is thrilled to be working again as the MC at the 2019 RACV Marine Melbourne International Boat Show and can't wait to introduce the people of Melbourne to the incredible line up of talented professionals on the main stage!