26 Jun 2013

Boaters and holidaymakers heading for KwaZulu Natal are counting the days until the start of the Durban International Boat and Lifestyle show - which takes place at Durban Marina this weekend (June 28th – 30th). Colourful posters all over the city and umpteen media reminders are adding to expectations of a great show this year and the industry is ready for action.  

Boat builders and dealers will be hard at work from Tuesday putting the finishing touches on their exciting new products and building up their stands before hundreds of visitors arrive for the opening on Friday morning at 9.30.

Boating World’s team is ready and waiting to move the magnificent Riviera 37 into her show moorings - where she’ll attract a queue of avid sport fishermen just itching to climb aboard for a closer look.  Fully kitted out for big game fishing from the powerful twin diesel Volvo 370HP motors to the fighting chair, outriggers, rocket launches and rod holders and a magnificent viewing spot from the towering flybridge helm – she’s the boat of every angler’s dreams.

This luxurious Riviera will be moored alongside the popular Ace Glider 750 resting on an Airberth lift system. Boating World’s consultants will demonstrate how this amazing unit lifts the boat clear out of the water – eliminating the need for anti-fouling and providing a unique mooring option.

Derrick, Suzanne, Greg and Jessica will travel up from Cape Town to man their stand along with Craig from the Durban office – and they are all looking forward to catching up with old and new friends in boating.

Bunting, banners and flags flapping in the breeze will highlight the designated display areas with music, food and refreshment stalls adding to the festive atmosphere. And of course the jetties will be lined with boats of every kind - from majestic sailing yachts and luxurious cruisers to popular fishing options fitted with famous-brand engines.

Boating International will flight four of their popular Ace Glider Cats, including two 750’s, a 630 and the 530 version. Waterski/wakeboard and multi-purpose craft will also tempt watersport lovers who will do well to visit the many exhibits of marine accessories, spares and safety gear.

Lowrance South Africa will show off their wide range of electronics at their newly-designed stand – featuring everything from the fantastic HDS (High Definition Series) Gen 2 range and the new Touch Series - as well as Structure Scan, Sonic Hub, Broad Band Radar and more!

Show-goers can enter the lucky draw competition at Club Marine’s stand in the marquee above Café Fish - where One Year’s Complimentary Insurance and other prizes are at stake.

There’ll be loads of attractions for everyone at the Show with tons of entertainment - from the popular cardboard boat racing at around 10am each day to sailing regattas and other events – with prizes galore. Look out for the Boat Show supplement in the next Sunday Tribune (June 23rd) and in The Mercury during the week - featuring the whole action-packed programme.

Show times: 9.30am – 5pm Tickets: R50 – adults, R30 pensioners and kids over 12. See you there!