The weather cleared today for the opening of the Sanctuary Cove International Boat Show on the Gold Coast.

Boat enthusiasts say the industry has a great future.

Vanessa Wolfe reports.


The sun showed itself just at the right time at Sanctuary Cove.

Show organisers say the industry is recovering from the GFC.

Johan Hasser, Sales Sponsorship and Events Manager: “Many of our exhibitors are expecting a pretty good year this year and it’s all looking positive.”

The four day event features more than 300 exhibits.

If you have around $10 million to spend, you can buy the Horizon P110 Tri- Deck Motor Yacht, the biggest boat in this year’s show.

Russell Wright, Director of Horizon Motor Yachts Australia: “It’s got six bedrooms, eight bathrooms, something like five dining areas, even has a spa pool on the top deck.”

At last year’s event, Andrew Abrahams broke a world record.

Andrew Abrahams, Rower: “I did the world record on the rowing machine last year, of a million metres and I’m going to do everything I can and give it a nudge and try and beat the record and do it in forty-five days.”

This year, he plans to take his row boat five thousand kilometres in the Talisker Whiskey Atlantic Challenge to raise funds for kids with cancer.

Now I’m going to see if I can row across the Atlantic, looks like I need a bit more practice.

Vanessa Wolfe, QUT News.

Andrew Abrahams, Rower: “Come on Vanessa.”