Attending boat shows is a very popular and must-do activity for boating enthusiasts, owners and prospective buyers. While COVID created havoc with the boat show calendar in 2020 and 2021, the 2022 boat shows season is shaping up as a very exciting time. In a media release of 16 December the Boating Industry Association (BIA) announced a new partnership to deliver its 2022 boat shows across Australia.
An agreement has been signed by the BIA to assign Mulpha Australia as the Event Delivery Partner of the major Australian boat shows. Mulpha Events Australia is the owner-operator of the highly-regarded and extremely popular Sanctuary Cove International Boat Show and will bringing their expertise and experience to the BIA shows across Australia.
According to the release, the collaboration of these two leaders in the marine industry will facilitate delivery of engaging and innovative ‘world-class’ events. Events which focus on boating lifestyle and deliver benefits to visitors, event partners, exhibitors and the boating industry more broadly.
Darren Vaux, BIA President, said he is confident of the boating community embracing the lifestyle focus of the 2022 boat show calendar as boating had proven to be an extremely popular leisure and recreational activity during the pandemic.
Greg Shaw, CEO Mulpha Aust, said that his organisation shared common goals with the BIA and the marine industry in general and would continue to support the sector and was well-placed to expand current boat show offerings.
The new partnership to deliver the national boat shows is significant as the BIA has operating their Sydney International Boat Show for over 50 years as well as regularly presenting shows in Adelaide and Brisbane. The Sydney show in particular is a major event for the marine industry in the southern hemisphere. Over 60,000 attended in 2019 in Sydney. BIA will continue ownership of the boat shows with Mulpha as delivery partner.
Exciting times ahead for the BIA and boating enthusiasts planning to attend 2022 boat shows.
2022 Boat Show Calendar
With Omicron currently creating uncertainty and some disruption across Australia, boating enthusiasts will be hoping it is clear sailing and calm waters ahead for the roll-out of the 2022 boat season.
The source of the disruption to the boating sector over the past two years has of course been COVID. But specifically, the pressure on the manufacturers to meet the sharp spike in demand for boats and delays in receiving components and supplies. Supply and manufacture disruptions still present a risk factor for the sector as the shortage of computer chips globally continues and shipping issues emerge.
These factors affect supply and hence the ability of boat manufacturers and suppliers of equipment to exhibit at shows. So keep an eye on these effects as the dates approach.
At this stage, many large events are proceeding as planned and all will be hoping that will be situation will be maintained as the boat show season commences.
Kicking it all off will be WA with Geographe Bay Race Week on 5-11 February 2022 in Busselton. With interstate travel into WA on hold until early February, this looks like an event just for WA residents.
Provided the travel between NZ and Australia is reinstated, some might like to look to the Hutchwilco Boat Show in Auckland in May as a great excuse to cross the ditch. A very popular boat show with great exhibitors.
The first major event in Australia will be the Sanctuary Cove International Boat Show on the Gold Coast 19-22 May. If you’ve never attended this amazing event then perhaps 2022 is the year to make it happen.
Adelaide and Melbourne Boat Shows are slated for June and then comes the Sydney International Boat Show at the end of July – early August.
While it may be a few months before the first big shows of 2022, is it ever too soon to start preparing to buy a boat? We think not. Especially if the keys to your dream vessel were sadly not under the tree this Christmas.
There are steps that prospective boat buyers can take in advance of both shows and normal buying procedures which can speed up the process when the time to buy actually arrives.
Tips for Buying at Boat Shows
While we’re talking boat shows in this article, these tips apply to most people planning to buy a boat as most will be looking for a boat loan to make it happen.
- Swat up on the latest information around boat loans. We have posted a wealth of information in our blogs which cover specific and general topics around boat loans.
- Stay across the interest rate scenario. The next RBA meeting is scheduled in early February.
- Find out what’s required to complete a boat loan application form and ensure you can quickly locate the documents and details needed. Start making notes so you have the answers at hand.
- Address any issues with your credit score to ensure you have the best chance of being offered a cheap interest rate loan.
- If attending a show, do what research you can about the boats that will be available for viewing and ordering.
- Prior to attending a boat show, contact Jade Boat Loans to arrange a pre-approved boat loan. With that done, you’ll be ready to place your order at the show and take advantage of any show specials on offer.
- To be ready for those spontaneous purchase decisions, have our Boat Loan Calculator at the ready on your phone to quickly calculate repayments as you browse the boat show.
We hope 2022 is a great year for boaters and boating and our team is available to assist and support those requiring marine finance.
Contact Jade Boat Loans on 1300 000 003 for assistance securing your boat loan.
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