Whatever you looked through, whatever you looked, the Sanctuary Cove Boat Show had something to grab you.
Motor boats, sail boats, engines, gadgets, something for every serious boating visitor and enough entertainment to satisfy those there for a wander around, dreaming of "one day", or just having a fun day out.
For me, it was part business - reporting for BYM News - but, also, a lot of fun. No way could I write about everything that took my eye, or talk to everyone I'd have liked to, so here are just a few personal highlights.
There are hundreds of photos, of this great show, in the BYM Gallery, so you can pick out yours too. Don't miss it next year!
The catamaran ‘Black Gold’, with its innovative fuel system was a real show stopper.
The boat runs on 100% vegetable / coconut oil and can reclaim used cooking oil. With its ‘recipes’ it can run on pretty much any oil, or spilt crude oil, reclaimed with an inbuilt Centrifuge, process and blending control system.
Oz Future Fuels have commercialised their product and their technology can blend a mixture of oils for fuel, which can be used for many purposes.
Gerry and Allan Lear, are a fine example of innovation that has been brought to market.
To check out the video grab & photos. Go to the BYM Gallery, click on Search and type in Black Gold.
Another non-traditional highlight was the new Spirited 380 DIY kit system catamaran design in a world launch.
Designer and boat builder Craig Schionning is behind the kit boat which has reliable open ocean capabilities and generous cabin space. Craig says the product has a simple kit assembly, 100% building support and comes with detailed plans and documentation.
Spirited Designs specializes in pre-cut kit assembly using CAD-assisted technology. The Spirited 380 has a LOA of 11.7m, displacement of 5200kg, sail area of 96sqm and mast height of 16.45m.
Key design features include walk-through transoms and aft steps, sail drive diesels outside of the accommodation area and a flat working area around the base of the mast.
To check out the video grab. Go to the BYM Gallery, click on Search and type in Spirited.
For those who seek to have a more efficient pedestal system Marine Technologies launched it’s Sterling Pedestal.
The lighting and electricity pedestal is designed for marinas with smaller berths as the product has a slim line body to maximize dock space, with six outlets for both 16 amp single and 32 amp three phase power. The Sterling Pedestal has a height of 1020mm, width of 235mm and depth of 165mm and is made from anodized, extruded aluminium.
The Sterling pedestal has lamps fitted with louvres to direct light downwards. Marine Technologies is an Australian based company producing service pedestals, fire stations and instance-response fire equipment for modern marinas. The company has serviced marinas in Australia, New Zealand and Russia and has distributors in North America and Europe.
To check out the video grab. Go to the BYM Gallery, click on Search and type in Marine Technologies.
The 18metre luxury pleasure boat is designed for long-range cruising and named the Chesapeake 58. Featuring a steel hull and aluminium super structure, the pilothouse design features two double berths with ensuite and a two-bunk cabin.
"We intend to build the Chesapeake 58 to lock up stage in our Bridport manufacturing operation in Tasmania with high-quality finishes and fit out at the Perry Factory at Coomera on the Gold Coast." said Mr Barnett. The successful commercial fisherman purchased Perry Catamarans, the renowned Australian sail and power multihull company, in September 2006.
The Chesapeake 58 Explorer motor yacht has a low profile to minimize windage and fin stabilizers to ensure a smooth ride in rough conditions. The offshore long-range cruiser has twin 260hp motors plus extended twin fins under the hull to protect the propellers and ensure the vessel stays upright if grounded. Interiors feature a high gloss myrtle finish.
Allan Barnett Fishing Co has been manufacturing custom steel 20-25m fishing vessels, since 1990, with sales to Australia, New Zealand and New Caledonia. Mr Barnett says his company's commercial fishing vessels may circumnavigate Tasmania on one two-week trawling episode. "Our company's expertise in creating highly seaworthy, long-range commercial boats gives us an advantage when designing luxury pleasure vessels requiring serious cruising ability," he said.
To check out the video grab and photos. Go to the BYM Gallery, click on Search and type in Chesapeake 58.
Finally, not an Aussie product, but an introduction
Designed by Reichel/Puch, the Melges 24 includes a carbon fibre spar, rudder, bowsprit and vertical keel fin. The US made 24ft vessel offers a 670 sq ft asymmetrical spinnaker that lifts and pulls the boat forward in a downwind sprint. More than 600 boats are sailed competitively around the world, half in the US.
Conceived by legendary American sailor Buddy Melges, the vessel is aimed at weekend sailors who do not want to organize large crew numbers. Key features include long-lasting hulls, with a closely controlled rig development.
Melges 24 regattas are now firmly established among the world's most prestigious sailing events. The vessels are sold in 20 countries - 10% of Melges 24 sailors have won a World Championship or competed at the Olympics.
To check out the video grab and photos. Go to the BYM Gallery, click on Search and type in Melges 24.
Thanks must go to Sanctuary Cove for their support; I would recommend a trip to the 20th show next year. See you there!