With the Sanctuary Cove Boat Show completed for 2021 and the Victorian annual show cancelled for this year, boating enthusiasts will have their eyes set on the next big event – the Sydney Festival of Boating. Due to issues around COVID-19 and the cancellation of the 2020 event, the BIA (Boating Industry Association) has re-formatted the Sydney International Boat Show just for 2021. The format is the Sydney Festival of Boating from 29 July 2021 to 1 August 2021 which is designed to showcase the boating lifestyle. Located at the Sydney International Convention Centre and in and around the Darling Harbour waterfront, the show includes exhibitions both inside the ICC and on the marina.
The popularity of this show with boat manufacturers and supplies has been so great that the initial inside exhibition space has sold out as had the initial marina space. Organisers have expanded the space to allow for more exhibitors and displays. With the surge in boat ownership also being put down to COVID-19, no doubt the huge popularity of this event will also extend to visitation.
In addition to throngs of locals, many boating enthusiasts will be heading to Sydney from interstate to attend the show. To ensure show attendees achieve their objectives, it pays to be prepared well in advance. So now is the time to make travel plans and boat loan plans!
About the Show
The full list of exhibitors is yet to be released but an overview of what’s on has been published. The large in-water displays of boats and activities will be in Cockle Bay and on the marina. On the Harbourside Centre side of the bay, you’ll find the angling with a fishing competition.
Towards Tumbalong Park is the Festival Boulevarde which will have a range of activities. A massive mobile pool is being erected so people can try stand-up paddleboarding, kayaks and other activities in a safe boating manner complete with lifeguards. Children will be well catered for with a pirate ship and other activities.
Inside the ICC, the halls will be packed with displays and exhibits of boating products, services and Government regulatory and safety authorities’ stands.
Parking stations are located at the ICC and Harbourside Shopping Centre but when major events such as this are scheduled, they tend to get full very early in the day. So travelling to the event by public transport is a good plan.
Darling Harbour is a short walk from Town Hall Train Station or train goers can catch the light rail from Central direct to the ICC or from inner west locales. Ferries travel from Circular Quay to Darling Harbour, stopping on the city side King Street Wharf and at the National Maritime Museum Pyrmont Bay wharf. There are a number of bus services to Pyrmont which will drop you within an easy walk of all the action. During the Boat Show, Cockle Bay is usually closed to recreational boats, so there would be no access by private vessel directly into the area.
Tickets go on sale on 1 July and are only available via online purchase. No tickets will be available at the door. Due to COVID-19 restrictions, numbers will need to be limited, so purchasing your tickets as soon as they are available is strongly advised.
Adult tickets $15, Children $5 (ages 6 to 17, under 5s, are free, Family $35 (2 adults, 3 children) and Seniors and Pensioners tickets are $12.
Showtimes: Thursday 29 – Saturday 31 July 10 am to 8 pm, Sunday 1 August 10 am to 5 pm.
For all the details head to https://sydneyfestivalofboating.com.au/
Planning to Buy a Boat at the Show?
Due to the surge in boating sales in the past 18 months, stocks have been limited in many boating categories. So much so that low stock was given as one of the major reasons for the cancellation of the Melbourne Boat Show. To be as sure as possible of securing the boat of choice at the show, show buyers will want to come prepared to the Sydney event.
Preparation involves decision-making around what make or model or general type of boat you are after and pre-arranging your boat loan. Often exhibitors will offer show specials at exhibitions and expos, so being organised in regards to your finance prior to arrival is a smart idea to be ready for spontaneous purchases.
Pre-Approved Boat Loans
Jade Boat Loans offers pre-approved finance across our full selection of personal and business boat loan products. The application process is easy and the same cheap interest rates apply as for post-purchase loans. Your loan will be individually sourced and quoted from across our vast lending panel and your application processed through to the approved status. This approval is valid for a certain timeframe which you will be notified of at the time.
When you make the actual purchase, the loan is finalised based on the exact amount you require to borrow. Your Jade consultant handles all that as well as settlement. If you don’t proceed to order a boat at the show, there is no obligation attached to a pre-approved loan, so – no problem.
With or without pre-approved finance, attendees should have our free and online boat loan calculator accessible on their phone while attending a show. It allows you to quickly calculate repayment estimates on any boat price you are considering and even call us from the show to request a quote or apply for a loan over the phone.
We’ll cover off more details of the Sydney boat show in the lead-up to opening day and in the meantime, get planning and speak with us about a pre-approved boat loan.
To discuss a pre-approved boat loan to be ready for the Sydney boat show, contact Jade Boat Loans on 1300 000 003
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