Sanctuary Cove, 2008, set to mark its 20th year...

Artistic impresson of the Maritimo 60’ Cabriolet scheduled for release at the 2008 Sanctuary Cove International Boat Show.
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It’s hard to believe we’re heading into another Sanctuary Cove International Boat Show (May 22-25).

This year marks the 20th edition of the show, yet my memory insists on telling me it’s only a month or so since Sail-World’s Rob Kothe and I were spending our days at the ’07 show.

I guess time flies when one’s having fun!

Anyway, the Sanctuary Cove International Boat Show, second only to the Sydney International on the local circuit, has quickly become a favourite of the big boat builders, particularly with so many of them based on the Gold Coast.

The imported craft, too, through their Queensland dealers, also find the Sanctuary Cove show to their liking.
All are gearing up for a bumper 20th birthday at Sanctuary Cove.

Over the next few weeks we’ll bring Powerboat-World readers a sneak preview of just what to expect on the Cove’s 400-berth marina during those exciting four days.

We start this week with the latest word from Maritimo and will follow up over coming weeks with the Sanctuary Cove intentions from the other major marques.

Riviera, Mustang, Sunseeker, Princess, Sunrunner, Grand Banks, Ferretti and all the glamour names planning on being part of the 20th Sanctuary Cove International Boat Show.

Industry legend Bill Barry-Cotter and his award-winning marque Maritimo have both been renowned for flying bridge designs, with one industry observer noting that Barry-Cotter had “written the book on flying bridge concepts.”

However, this year’s Sanctuary Cove International Boat Show will see the company undertake a radical move as it displays the first of a planned three-model range of European-styled cabriolet sport boats.

First of the range, a 60-footer (18.28-metres) will, according to sales and marketing manager Peter Jenkins, prove to be the sensation of the show.

“This boat will be magnificent in every sense,” he said, “from its luxurious and spacious interior to its performance on the water.

“Furthermore, it will retail at probably $1 million less than an equivalent imported boat. “It’s going to take this show by storm,” he added.

The Cabriolet 60, powered by dual 700hp C-12 Caterpillar Marine Diesels, will go as hard and fast as it looks, easily topping 32 knots at wide open throttle.

Although it may take centre stage on the Maritimo display, flying bridge enthusiasts have not been overlooked.

In addition to the Cabriolet 60, Maritimo will be unveiling another new model, the Maritimo 50 Sport Fish, a smaller version of the hard-charging battlewagon, the Maritimo 550, which will also be on display.

The all-new 50 Sport Fish will be powered by dual QSM 11 Cummins Marine Diesels, each generating 715 horsepower, while the larger 550 will lead a field out to the black marlin grounds thanks to a pair of C-18 Caterpillar Marine Diesels punching out 1000hp each.

Another guaranteed to attract interest will be the majestic Maritimo 60, Australia’s 2005 Boat of the Year, her engine room boasting the dual C-18 Caterpillar arrangement.

The Maritimo display also comprises the Sky Lounge concept which, Jenkins says, has “re-defined flying bridge designs.”

On display will be the popular Maritimo 52 Sky Lounge and, in a first release, the same concept employed aboard the Maritimo 48 Sky Lounge.

The standard Maritimo 48 has gone on to become the best-selling ‘big boat’ in industry history.

Both the Sky Lounge craft offer Cummins power, the 52 with 715hp QSM 11 engines, the 48 with the reliable and fuel efficient QSM 660hp set up.

For the serious boating enthusiast no visit to the show will be complete without calling by the Maritimo display.

We will be talking to Riviera, Mustang, Sunseeker, Princess, Sunrunner, Grand Banks, Ferretti over the next few weeks.