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Sydney International Boat Show 2018

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by Gary Brown (subscribe)
I am a freelance writer and photographer from Sydney who has now had five books published on fishing. I also write for the NSW Fishing Monthly, Visit the Shire, Fisho App & Tackle Tactics. I also like to travel and experience new things to do.
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Get all your boating needs in one place at Darling Harbour
The Sydney International Boat Show is a standalone event which was launched back in 1968 in the Horden Pavilion at Moore Park. Since those early days, it has grown to become one of the must-see recreational boating events in Australia.

Get all your boating needs in one place at the Sydney International Boat Show at Darling Harbour. Image courtesy of the BIA.

Not only will you see what's new in the boating arena, you will also be able to pick up some fishing gear, listen to the latest fishing techniques by some of Australia best anglers, check out some of the latest boating and fishing publications, find out more about boating and Fisheries regulations, actually hop aboard kayaks, stand-up paddle boards and pedal boards in giant swimming pools.

You will also be able to go down to Cockle Bay and check out the latest and greatest in other unique vessels on the water.

The Sydney International Boating show will be running from Thursday the 2nd to Monday the 6th of August between 10am to 7pm.

For the 50th Sydney International Boat Show in 2017, the event returned fully to Darling Harbour and again in 2018, the undercover displays are located within the vast International Convention Centre Sydney, and the spectacular marina displays just minutes away on Cockle Bay.


The Sydney International Boat show is broken up into 4 display areas: Lower level 1 (exhibits), Upper level 4 (exhibits), the Open-Air Deck (with activity pools) and the Cockle Bay Marina.

Lower level 1.

Here you may find the boat of your dreams. Learn about what fishing gear and techniques you will need to land that next prized fish by listening to one of the many presentations from the popular Fishing Masterclasses.

The presentations will range from inland waterways, estuaries, offshore fishing and competition fishing for bream.

The grand final competitors from the Berkley Super Series will give you an insight on how they go about trying to catch a bag of 5 bream; Greg Reid will explain how and where to find big dusky flathead; while Steve Starling will take you through how to set up your fishing boat and then how to hook, fight and land a fish.

Who will come out on top of the Berkley Super Series in 2018. Check out the weigh-in at the boat show. Image courtesy of Chris Gates.

Back in 2013 Team Zman Okuma Tosland Building made the Grand Final. Not this year. We will be back to try again next year. Image courtesy of Chris Gates.

Greg Reid from Bay and Basin Sports fishing will be talking about all things flathead. Image courtesy of the BIA.

Paul Burt will be there preparing tuna 'poke' for a taste sensation and also giving away a few of his sneaky techniques for reef fish. Not to be outdone, Jo Starling will explain how to find fish in new water. If you are into game fishing, then there is no other than Tim Simpson on how to catch a marlin from your trailer boat and Justin Duggan will give you the low down on sportfishing in Sydney's harbour & its estuaries.

Justin Duggan from Sydney Flyfishing. Image courtesy of the BIA.

Have you ever caught a Murray cod? Rhys Creed has caught hundreds of them. Learn how to do it from him and Brett and Cookie will be on the Supertank giving fishing demonstrations.

Pick up a few techniques from the Fishing Master classes. Image courtesy of the BIA

On the lower level, you will also find the Boating Safety Zone. A place where boaties go to get the latest information about recreational boating. Make sure that you call into the Transport for NSW and Roads & Maritime Services stand.

Some of the crew from the NSW Marine Rescue. Image courtesy of Bob Wilson.

Good boating is safe boating. Information about how to make your boating experiences better can be found in this educational and interactive area.

There will be plenty of stands displaying their goods for you to look at and purchase. Click here to see who is going to attend and you can start planning your time at the Sydney Internat,ional Boat Show.

Over the past 10 years I have taken out on the water and put a number of boats and motors through their paces for a number of boating companies. For me, it's a great way of getting to know how the boats and motors will perform on the water. A few of those boats that I have tested during the early part of 2018 will be at the show.

Depending on whether you are looking for a pleasure craft to take family or friends out for a day on the water or one for you and a mate to go fishing, the International Sydney Boat Show will have plenty for you to have a look at.

Check out the following stands:

Aussie Boat sails.

In 2017 I had the pleasure of testing out the 4.4m Sidewinder Micro Cat. What a boat! You could take it anywhere. Check it out on the Aussie Boat Sales Stand. Image by Gary Brown.

For more information, click on their website or like them on Facebook.

Hobie Fishing Australia.

For more information, click on their website or like them on Facebook.

Hobie paddle kayaks. Image courtesy of Hobie Fishing Australia.

No need for a paddle on one of these Hobie kayaks. Image courtesy of Hobie Fishing Australia.

Hunts Marine.

For more information, click on their website or like them on Facebook

Insinc Marine.

For more information, click on their website or like them on Facebook.

Now which boat was it I wanted? Image courtesy of Insinc Marine.

Insinc Marine at West Gosford where the Quintrex NSW Dealer of the year for 2017/2018. Image courtesy of Insinc Marine.

Insinc Marine will have the 610 Quintrex Fishabout powered by a 135hp Mercury EFI 4 stroke outboard on their stand this year, so call in and say hello and have a look at this great rig.

610 Quintrex Fishabout powered by a 135hp Mercury EFI 4 stroke outboard. Image by Gary Brown.

Marina Bayside.

For more information, click on their website or like them on Facebook.

Marina Bayside is a Sutherland Shire local company that stock Yamaha motors and Stacer, Haines Hunter and Sea Jay Boats. Image courtesy of Alex Panagakis.

Haines Hunter and Yamaha outboards are a great combination. Image courtesy of Alex Panagakis.

Penrith Marine.

For more information, click on their website or like them on Facebook.

Last year I tested out the Brooker 455R Freedom Hull with a Mercury 60hp 4 stroke outboard from Penrith Marine. Image by Gary Brown.

The Ultraskiff 360 Hull and Pedestal Mount and a 55lb R3 Tiler steer Motorguide from Penrith Maine will be there at the show. Image by Gary Brown.

Call into the Penrith Marine stand and talk to the crew about your boating needs. Image courtesy of Penrith Marine.

Dive Expo.

Have you ever wondered what it would be like to go scuba diving? Wonder no more! Once again you will find exhibitors with all the gear and information needed to enjoy scuba diving as a sport, for business, research, conservation or recreation at the Australia International Dive Expo.

Maybe learn what it's like to scuba dive. Image courtesy of the BIA.

The on-site trial pool presents the opportunity to experience scuba diving under the guidance of professional instructors, while the dive gear workshops are a great place for novices to learn about the equipment needed to start diving, or for experienced divers wanting to learn how to keep their gear well maintained.

Upper level 4.

Learn all about the bits and pieces associated with recreational boating at the Boating Development Stage, where leading industry professionals present the latest technology and advancements to hit the boating industry.

Amongst the presentations, Lisa Blair, the only woman to sail solo, non-stop and unassisted around Antarctica and just as impressive, Michelle Lee, who plans to row solo across the Atlantic in her custom boat 'Australian Maid'.

Other presentations will be by Chasing Canguro, Navico, Dream Yacht Charters, the Spirit of Australia II team David & Ken Warby, Start Warrior talking about a battery-less, floating, Hi-Viz, emergency jump-starter designed specifically for marine applications.

Star Clippers, Cumberland Charter Yachts, the Roads & Maritime Services, Australian National Maritime Museum
Open Air Deck.

Head to the outdoor event deck on the top exhibition level where two giant pools host on-water demonstrations of marine products. Paddle a kayak or try standing on a stand-up paddle board. There will be powerful off-shore power boats, as well as speed craft from Ski Racing NSW, iconic Perry surf boats, and an array of tinnies will also be on display.

Don't forget to check out the outdoor Event Deck on the top exhibition level. Image courtesy of the BIA.

This is also where the kids get to enjoy free bumper boat rides. The event deck is a great place to rendezvous, relax grab a feed while enjoying a spectacular view across the city while listening to the Bondi Beach Radio playing a few tunes.

The Cockle Bay Marina.

The Cockle Bay Marina will be expanded to take up most of the Cockle Bay area where you will be able to walk along the floating pontoons and check out that new boat you are after. You will be able to board most of the boats and check out the insides of these magnificent boats and yachts. Remembering that on some of the boats you will need to pre-book to have a look.

Boats, boats and more boats at the Cockle Bay Marina in Darling Harbour. Image courtesy of the BIA.

So, whether you are looking for a new boat, wanting to check up on the latest and greatest boating technology, update you boating equipment, learn more about scuba diving or catching up on the latest fishing techniques, the Sydney International Boating show is the place to be from Thursday the 2nd to Monday the 6th of August from 10am to 7pm.
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Why? There is so much to see and do you may need 2 days to see it all.
When: 10am to 7pm daily
Phone: 02 9438 2077
Where: Darling Harbour, Sydney.
Cost: Check out the web site for costings.
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