Sanctuary Cove International Boat Show 2023
If the sun-drenched crowds at the opening day of the Sanctuary Cove Boat Show were any guide, the headwinds of inflation and a global economic slowdown haven’t deterred Australia’s yacht owners. “If anything, we’ve seen increased interest and activity since Covid, with existing owners upgrading to larger models, and newcomers getting into the market,” says Ray White Marine sales director Brock Rodwell. “We see owners trading around every three years on average, but now we have some trading as often as every 12 months.”
Rodwell doesn’t expect to leave the show with stock on his hands – which includes (for the time being) the Azimut 60 and Ferretti 550, shown above right, as well as the ultra-slick Technohull 40 Explorer – “the ultimate day boat”.
“The Technohull has gotten a lot of attention already,” says Rodwell. “It has a top speed of 70mph, but it’s stabilised so you can have a glass of champagne while punching through the waves.”