Gold-Coating the Gold Coast

Oceanmax is taking the Propspeed show on the road. Next on the calendar is the Sanctuary Cove International Boat Show, one of Australia’s biggest, plus a speaking engagement at ASMEX.

The Sanctuary Cove International Boat Show drew 40,000 visitors to the Gold Coast last year

The Sanctuary Cove International Boat Show drew 40,000 visitors to the Gold Coast last year

Starting 24 May, the Sanctuary International Cove Boat Show (SCIBS) promises “hundreds of boats, four days of fun and one awesome location.” The Gold Coast show, which drew more than 40,000 visitors last year, is celebrating 30 years as the Southern Hemisphere’s most highly anticipated marine event, and Oceanmax will have a presence at not one but two booths: All Marine Spares (AMS), our new Australian distributor, and longtime partner QEP Australia, formerly known as PR Flooring.

Says QEP sales manager Colin Moody, “This year, there will be an emphasis on Propspeed retail kits to the general public along with advice and promotion of the Propspeed brand.” Colin will be supported by Queensland account managers Gerald Laurent and Nathan Mejia and national sales manager Daniel Perrett. 

Oceanmax international sales manager Chris Gibbs, who has attended SCIBS for the past two years, will also be walking the show: “We see the Australian market as being key to our success so far and in the future. This makes shows such as SCIBS very important to our business.


“At shows this year and next, Oceanmax will be looking at growing our brand awareness in market and educating boat owners and OEMs as to the truth and science behind foul-release coatings and why Propspeed has been the market leader in this category for over 12 years.”
Chris Gibbs at Sanctuary Cove Boat Show 2016, Gold Coast, Australia

Chris Gibbs and Hari of QEP Australia man the Propspeed booth at the 2016 show

Managing director Clint Jones is expected pop in for the show’s first two days and is also a featured speaker at the 2018 Australian Superyacht and Marine Export Conference (ASMEX), held at the InterContinental Sanctuary Cove Resort in the days leading up to SCIBS. On Wednesday 23 May at 2pm, Clint will talk about skippering the camera boat in the America’s Cup as well as his leadership role at Oceanmax, in keeping with the conference’s theme “Changing the game Down Under: Australia has it all!”


The first edition of SCIBS, in 1988, coincided with the completion of the Mike Gore-developed Sanctuary Cove, a sprawling 474-hectare site that boasts four manmade harbours, a marina with capacity for over 300 vessels, and the Marine Village, a collection of shops, restaurants and services nestled in Harbour One. Queensland’s first-ever on-water boat show, SCIBS remains “the show where the marine business does business,” showcasing the latest innovations and industry trends. Currently, 234 exhibitors are registered to attend.

Sanctuary Cove International Boat Show harbour view

Sanctuary Cove's massive marina can accommodate more than 300 boats

Get a sneak peek at the event in the video below, and visit QEP booth 90. (AMS’s booth number was unlisted at press time.) The show runs Thursday 24 May to Sunday 27 May and is open daily from 9am to 5pm.

By Anna Ngo

Oceanmax International

Blog post published 2 May 2018