Organisers of the 2018 Auckland On Water Boat Show say they’re expecting more large and luxury vessels than ever before. “Every corner of the marine industry has been affected by the approach of the 36th America’s Cup and the boat show is no different,” says organiser Stacey Cook.
“As excitement builds, we’re seeing renewed interest in boating and our exhibitors are responding by bringing some of the largest yachts ever seen at a New Zealand boat show.”
It’s also the last year the show will be held in the ANZ Viaduct Events Centre for the foreseeable future. The show finishes on Sunday 30th September 2018, and on Tuesday 2nd October 2018 the centre will be turned over to Emirates Team New Zealand as they begin to create their headquarters for their Cup campaign.
From next year the show will shift slightly to spread around the Viaduct Harbour, creating a buzzing atmosphere in the heart of Auckland’s marine precinct.
Largest launches seen at a New Zealand boat show
An influx of large, luxury launches never before seen in New Zealand have been making their way to the country over the last few weeks. Combined with the New Zealand-built boats which will be on display, they represent the greatest metreage of luxury vessels the show has ever hosted.
Manufactured in New Zealand, Lloyd Stevenson Boatbuilders’ 18 metre mid-pilothouse Elite, Antiquity is the company’s 50th new build and 20th Elite project. This New Zealand-made custom build is a stunning example of craftsmanship; custom-built to meet her discerning owners’ needs exactly.
Palm Beach Motor Yacht’s PB55 will be appearing for the first time in New Zealand. The classically-styled vessel exhibits a timeless elegance with hand-crafted Burmese teak and smooth stainless steel hardware combining to form sleek exterior lines.
With its innovative aft cabin, the new Maritimo X60 is a world first in its class. This reimagined motor yacht gives owners a new level of customisation. With options designed to cater to a range of needs, it is offered in three distinct configurations: a beach club cabana, an expansive tender garage or an additional queen stateroom.
Napier-based Dickey Boats will present its 45ft Semifly for the first time at a show in New Zealand. The glamorous Kiwi-built boat has been described as an aluminium boat-building triumph and is a proven bluewater sportsfisher blending home-like comfort and space with superb fuel economy, even at pace.
Sleeping seven, the 58 Fly Absolute Yacht, presented by New Zealand’s oldest boat brokerage Yachtfinders Global, has grace, elegance and optimised space in abundance. The liveability of the space onboard, which can host up to 14 people for day cruising, is enhanced thanks to sliding doors, wide and rectangular beds and obstacle-free floors.
Allan Tong’s Boatbuilders Mazara will be on display for sale at the show. The 40ft Elite Sedan is built to a Bill Upfold design and Tongs and son Nigel have a close association with the designer having built ten of his launches.
This Greenline 48 Flybridge with three double ensuite cabins, extended swim platform, natural light and a 360°panoramic view from the salon, make her a luxurious choice for a family vessel. Catch her with Hybrid Boats.
NZ Boat Sales presents the Aquila 44; a purebred power cat unlike anything in the marketplace today. If you want the comfort, stability, low draft, economy and incredible living space of a catamaran but are not interested in sailing, then Aquila is your solution.
The Riviera 5400 Sports Yacht combines luxury and comfort with strong performance and a host of added features. Hydraulic boarding platform, tender garage, walk-around decks and a luxurious interior with full-beam master are just some of the highlights – see her with Flagship Marine.
On display for the first time in New Zealand, the Caribbean Boats 49 Flybridge Cruiser offers a three cabin, two bathroom layout, enclosed flybridge and 165 square feet of cockpit area for a voluminous sportsfisher.
This 52-foot coupé has flair in spades, distinguishing herself with an incomparable open design and sporty-chic style. The first of her kind, the Prestige 520 S will be available exclusively for viewing with Orakei Marine.
36 Degrees Brokers will have this Beneteau Gran Turismo 40 on display, alongside a Swift Trawler and the never-before-seen in New Zealand Beneteau Oceanis 51.1. The Gran Turismo is a sport-cruiser with classy sharp lines and all the creature comforts needed for luxurious living.