By Rachel Claxton

The annual Sanctuary Cove Boat Show kicked off today and despite the weather, crowds turned out to see the spectacles on offer.

A view off the luxurious Masteka 2
A view off the luxurious Masteka 2. Photo: Rachel Claxton

The four day show displays 30 new world releases, indicating its importance in the marine industry.
Two standout features of this year’s show include the 31.5 m super yacht ‘Black Pearl’ and the 37.1m ‘Masteka 2’.
Skipper of Masteka 2 Carl Brandes said it was built on a budget of $20-million and it is highly likely to go for a much lesser amount at Saturday’s auction.
Boasting features such as an outdoor spa, 17 HD LCD screens and four guest VIP suites, this vessel is without a doubt the most impressive ever delivered in the ‘Monte Fino’ range.
Keen attendee Dave Holster said he is more than impressed with what is on show this year.
“I come every year to this event and its draw-cards are becoming more distinct with every show,” he said.
“Most of it is out of my price range but it doesn’t hurt to dream.”
For those on a budget there are boats and vessels of all shapes and sizes on offer.
Jet Ski’s, paddle boards, hovercrafts and speed boats completed the collection and crowds were out in full force to add to their collection.

Events scheduled in the show include an invitation only Women on Water lunch and the Australian Marine Industry breakfast on Friday morning.
Running until Sunday, if boats aren’t quite your thing, roving musicians, markets and up-market boutiques are there providing an enjoyable day for all.

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