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SANCTURY COVE BOAT SHOW … GOLD COAST, QUEENSLAND … 18TH MAY 2005

My primary reason for being here was to moor the yacht and travel back by train to Surfer Paradise, to attend the Sanctuary Cove Boat Show.  This is the biggest Boat Show in Australia and a well respected show by world standards.  

* JUST A GLIMPSE OF THE HUNDREDS OF DISPLAYS ... WORLD CLASS WE'RE TOLD! *

My jaunt had been planned back in Pittwater, NSW, with friends Roger and Cath Manning inviting me to stay with them in their apartment in Surfers Paradise.  Roger picked me up from the Ribena Railway Station (close to Surfers Paradise) … and Cath and a friend, Sally, had a feast waiting for us on our arrival at  the apartment, a great setup right on the Gold Coast beach.  It doesn’t get any better than this!

* AUSTRALIAN MADE CATAMARAN YACHTS *

* MARITIMO YACHTS DIDN'T HAVE A BOAT READY FOR THE SHOW ... SO THEY DANGLED A LARGE BANNER FROM A HELICOPTER! Since gone broke in Australia! *

The first day at the Show was a flurry of activity trying to visit all the sailing catamarans … which were scattered all over the place.  I should explain there was $300,000,000 worth of boats on display and they were spread over what seemed to be about 10 acres of ground and water … massive!   As well as the floating displays there was around one and a half acres of tented area displaying every conceivable contraption related to power or sailing craft.

I invested in a newly released wireless control for my Auto-Pilot (AP)!  (I can see from here, my girls shaking their heads with incomprehension!  This will be a mandatory attachment to AP’s in the future, as they give you the ability to walk anywhere around the yacht whilst the AP is operating and still be able to steer it by pressing a button on the remote control.  My girls would ask … “why is this so important Dad”?  I would reply … “because when I am sailing one-up (alone) around coral knobs in the Great Barrier Reef, and I am high up on the roof of the cabin spotting   coral, it will be a vital way to control the steering from a distance and  steer around such objects”.  It will though be very interesting if I am ever required to stop the yacht in a hurry, as I do not have a remote control to reverse the engines from on top of the cabin!  But I have my eyes open for such a development.

* MORE CATS ... THE REVOLUTION IS HERE! *

 When visiting the show on the second day I went aboard a 43 foot cat which was promoting catamaran self-sail yacht hire on the Whitsunday’s ($1,000 per day … you read right!)  Thought I might pick up tips on sailing around the Whitsunday Islands.   I learnt a few things … namely, how to go into the charter business with Tsunami.  I also managed to leave my digital camera onboard … bugger … which meant I had to go back for a 3rd day …   What a burden for me……………?

* ALWAYS ROOM TO SQUEEZE IN A `HOLDEN' RACER ... GOOD SALES PROMOTION HERE! *

I had a look around quite a few power boats which I didn’t have time or inclination to do on either of the first two days.  Very interesting to learn how `the-other-half-live’ … one craft I went onboard was a 60 foot Bertram, imported from the USA by Ralph Sarich, the Perth inventor of the Sarich Orbital Engine.  This craft sells for $3,000,000 … and consumes 400 litres of diesel fuel (at an average price of $1.40/litre) every hour of cruising.  When I suggested this consumption seemed a smidge on the `heavy’ side … the salesman countered by saying “Maybe to some, but you’re moving 34 tonnes through the water at 32 knots!”  Well that made all the difference to me, I was sold!  Size of fuel tank … 3,400 litres … enough for 8.5 hours cruising, a 272 miles range … then `fill her up again Jack!’  And you thought there was an energy crisis……..?

NoteTsunami carries 200 litres and consumes 3-4 litres an hour, that’s 50 hours travel, at 5 MPH … giving me a range of 250 miles … not quite as salubrious/fast … but a mile’s a mile!

* FOR THE `BIG' CRUISING YACHT WITH EVERYTHING! *

 

* A comfortable looking Model! *

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