Meet the heart of the marine industry at the Gold Coast Marine Expo

Queensland, Australia: In less than five weeks some of the Gold Coast’s most skilled craftsmen will take the public for a ‘behind the scenes’ look at the boat building process at the inaugural Gold Coast Marine Expo, a unique boat show experience where the industry’s leading experts will be on hand to demonstrate never before seen boat building techniques.

It is the pride, enthusiasm and love of boating that will be on show at the inaugural Gold Coast Marine Expo – Australia’s Working Boat Show, a not-for-profit family event held on November 4, 5 and 6 at the Gold Coast Marine Precinct in Coomera.

The brainchild of Queensland’s boating industry leaders, the Gold Coast Marine Expo is a real community event with representatives from the Wasp Creek Rural Fire Service, the Rotary Club of Coomera River and the Rotary Club of Coomera Valley all volunteering during the three day event to raise funds for these community organisations and local charities Paradise Kids and Sailability.

Gold Coast Marine Expo spokesman Stephen Milne said the Expo was a unique experience for families who wouldn’t normally have the chance to view the construction process through a factory tour or site inspection.

At the time of writing, over 5000 metres of boats will be on display if joined from bow to stern and this is now growing daily.

“There will be something for everyone at the Gold Coast Marine Expo from kayaks to super yachts, sail and power, new and pre-owned vessels. There will also be plenty of fun for the whole family with international food stalls, fresh prawns direct from the trawler, cable ski demonstrations, a wooden boat festival, an artists quarter, Offshore Super boats display and the list continues to grow,” he said.

“The added bonus of free admission, free parking and public transport access directly to the Expo are all great incentives for families to come along and experience a whole new dimension in boating.”

Covering more than 250 hectares, the Gold Coast Marine Precinct is the centre of Australia’s boating industry and is home to some of the finest and most reputable boating brands from Australia and around the world.

The Gold Coast Marine Expo, Australia’s Working Boat Show will be staged over a massive 36 hectares and will offer enthusiasts the chance to take a look behind the scenes and see first-hand the boat building process from design through the various stages of construction to the finished world-class product, along with the extensive repair and refit processes. 

The Gold Coast City Marina will stage a working exhibit with their huge machinery including their 150 and 50 ton ship lifts and their 12 ton forklift. The 2011 Expo will be the first time that the public will have a chance to meet the master craftsmen behind the products and services that are - Queensland’s marine experts.

Jason Stallan from Pacific Trim will demonstrate the many aspects of his trimming craft, which involves design, pattern making, manufacturing the fabric and then fitting it to the boat.

Neil McCabe, Concept Design Manager for Riviera will show people how to design a boat in 3D using the state-of-the-art CAD system while Riviera’s engineering and waterfront manager Chris Attard explains the engineering advancements of boating and showcases the different stages of the boat engineering process.

Pete Crompton from Gold Coast City Marina will demonstrate how to use the travel lift, Nick Phelan from Telwater will demonstrate aluminum boat building, and Tony Keegan and Derrick Nowak from Yacht Asia Pacific International Yacht Paint will have four different boats on show at the Expo showcasing the different products, single pack and two pack professional products, as well as a practical display demonstrating our anti-foul products.

Alexis Bisbas from Sea Spray marine specialises in mobile boat detailing and he will demonstrate how to restore older gel coat surfaces and protect new surfaces.

The industries major brands are all exhibiting at the Expo including Clipper, MTU, Stacer, The Gold Coast City Marina, Riviera, Savage, Hampton, Maritimo, Cummins, Sirocco, Fleming, Raymarine, Navico, Princess, Geoff Lovett International, AMI, Grand Banks, Mustang, Integrity, Endurance and Alaska, as well as trailer boats Quintrex, Savage, Yellowfin, Crownline, Bay Sports, Aqualine, Stacer, Horizon, Seascape, Allison, Oz Craft, Pontoon Boats, Clarke, Lifestyle Boats, Whittley, Oceanic and Dunbier.

Gold Coast Institute of TAFE will have a display in the educational/training section of the Expo so if you are interested in a career in the marine industry visit the TAFE display where you will see an example of their student built traditional timber dinghies which they build as part of their boat building training.  They will also have several fully working ‘test’ engines connected to computer test equipment and will give live working demonstrations.

The inaugural Gold Coast Marine Expo will be held on November 4, 5 and 6 and will be open to the public free of charge from 9am to 5pm over the three action-packed days. To find our more visit www.gcmarineexpo.com.au




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Click to enlarge image: Gold Coast Marine Expo, November 4-6

Gold Coast Marine Expo, November 4-6

A birds eye look at the site of the inaugural Gold Coast Marine Expo

A birds eye look at the site of the inaugural Gold Coast Marine Expo

Riviera mould detailing

Riviera mould detailing

Gold Coast City Marina Travelift

Gold Coast City Marina Travelift

Alexis Bisbas, Sea Spray marine

Alexis Bisbas, Sea Spray marine

Tony Keegan from International Paints

Tony Keegan from International Paints