Reports from exhibitors and visitors alike were positive with a number of boats being sold and show-goers pleased with the array of equipment and entertainment on display.
Exhibitors at the V&A Waterfront section of the Show enjoyed three days of balmy weather and with it a good turnout of visitors. The in-water displays provided an ideal opportunity for those interested in the more upscale craft on offer to board the vessels and see first-hand what life on the waves is all about.
Cape Town is home to some of the world’s finest manufacturers of catamarans and the Show was spoilt to have an extraordinary number of these superb craft on display. For the first time there was a Western Cape-sanctioned rowing regatta on the Saturday with Grassy Park Rowing Club the worthy winner of a boat and Yamaha motor.
In another Boat Show first the Seabreacher performed an amazing range of man oeuvres which had visitors in awe. Also stretching people’s interest was the Quadski: a crossover between a quad bike and a jetski, a perfect combination for those who are undecided about what version they prefer. This vehicle is able to perform on land and water and the transition from one phase to the next is simply at the flick of a switch.
The CTICC was home to an array of boats, motors and related equipment with all major manufacturers well represented; Yamaha, Honda, Mercury and Suzuki. The country’s first diesel-powered outboard motor was also on display, a 200hp behemoth that could be set to revolutionise the way commercial operators power their craft.
The Speaker Series was well attended with Amazon River adventurer Davey du Plessis enthralling visitors with his exploits on one of the world’s rivers. Also on show was Herbivore, pedal-powered craft that he will be using to cross the Atlantic in a four-month epic adventure accompanied by his mother.
The Cape Town International Boat Show has become a fixture on the sub-Saharan marine calendar and will once again be staged in October 2016. If you are interested in becoming part of this successful event please contact the organiser on firstname.lastname@example.org or call +27(0)21 685 0845 for more information.