Mark Rothfield | Dazzling lineup at Sanctuary Cove International Boat Show

WORLD FIRST: The Kawasaki SX-R 1500, the world’s first four-stroke stand-up and winner of the recent Australian national titles is expected to be a big hit at the Boat Show.
WORLD FIRST: The Kawasaki SX-R 1500, the world’s first four-stroke stand-up and winner of the recent Australian national titles is expected to be a big hit at the Boat Show.

THERE will be more toys than boys at next week’s 29th Sanctuary Cove International Boat Show, ranging from wake boats and personal watercraft to the latest gear and gadgets.

Many of the leading performance and recreational water-sports brands are displaying new models with price tags appealing to both entry-level and adventure-seeking buyers.

“Stand-up paddle boards are well represented in all forms, as are RIBs and ski boats, superyacht toys and jet skis – all in one place,” exhibition manager Dominic O’Brien says.

Yamaha will present two new 2017 models among its line-up of nine WaveRunners that are already creating an international buzz. There’s the family-oriented EX Series and the much-anticipated launch of the GP1800, a supercharged model for race enthusiasts.

New from Kawasaki is the SX-R 1500, the world’s first four-stroke stand-up and winner of the recent Australian national titles. Sporting a 1.5-litre engine, it’s hailed as “the fastest accelerating, mass-produced stand-up jet ski ever”.

Jetski World director John Moyle adds: “It’s the latest thing from Kawasaki and there’s nothing like it on the market. It’s fast, easy to ride and designed for people to learn to ride a pole ski easily.”

From Sea-Doo comes the latest Spark Trixx – specifically designed for “pulling off tricks” like never before.

Seabob Jet Australia, meanwhile, will have the F5s this year – arguably the ultimate aquatic toy with lithium ion battery technology that produces 680Nm of torque and 4 kilowatts of power. It glides along at up to 20 km/h underwater but has a factory setting that shuts the engine off below a depth of 2.5 metres or if the rider lets go. You can tweak the depth to a maximum of 40 metres if inclined.

For affordable and fun family sailing, Henshaw Yachting is presenting the TIWAL 3.2 inflatable sailing dinghy. This nifty little boat is stable, comfortable and performs as well as a hard dinghy.

FAMILY FUN: The TIWAL 3.2 is an inflatable dinghy that weighs just 50 kilograms and packs up into two storage bags.

FAMILY FUN: The TIWAL 3.2 is an inflatable dinghy that weighs just 50 kilograms and packs up into two storage bags.

The TIWAL can take an adult and two children or two adults, weighs just 50 kilograms and comes in two storage bags – one for the hull and one for the structure and sail. It has a wide vee-shaped underbody to provide stability, while a sabre-shaped daggerboard and boom-less sail help with upwind ability and tacking. 

Speaking of inflatables, Walker Bay Australia will be offering a range of tenders, sailboats and water-sports accessories. Its most popular products include Airis kayaks, which inflate in around 10 minutes, and Airis stand-up paddleboards.

There’s also the Walker Bay rigid dinghy, an evergreen yacht tender that doubles as a sailing dinghy for kids.

RIB Force Inflatables will have 40 boats on display, mostly AB and Aurora boats covering fishing, sports and tender roles. The AB range is the number one brand in the US and first preference of the Caribbean superyacht fleet, with the larger models rated for 50 nautical miles offshore.

Whitewater Marine will display the premium Tigé wake-board and wake-surfing boats, boasting the latest technology and accessories.

Tickets are on sale at sanctuarycoveboatshow.com.au