Melbourne International Boat Show 2017

Billed as Victoria’s Premier Boating Event, the Melbourne International Boat Show draws an international crowd allowing them to interface with experts, climb about and check out the boats, and learn all aspects imaginable about boats and the marine industry. The four-day expo seeks to prove their tagline, “Life’s Better With a Boat”, though the visitors to the event already agree. Arguably the best aspect of any trade show of this nature, being able to see, touch, and board the boats makes the biggest impact.



Melbourne International Boat Show 2017
Photo courtesy of Eyachts


Eyachts was on hand at the Melbourne Boat Show and they exhibited three award-winning Axopar boats: Axopar 24 T Top; Axopar 28 AC, and the Axopar 37 Cabin. With a passion for design and a team of professionals that help with everything from customization through after sales service, Eyachts continues to be a fixture at the Melbourne Boat Show and a leader in boat sales and service. They offer online quotes and consultation at Eyachts.



Melbourne International Boat Show 2017
Photo courtesy of Chaparral Boats


With roots in Fort Lauderdale, Florida and a permanent home in Nashville, Georgia, Chaparral has been building boats since 1965 and many of their builders are second and third generation boat builders ensuring a solid level of quality. At the Melbourne International Boat Show, Chaparral proudly displayed boats from their surf boat series. What makes these surf boats unique is the inclusion of the hydraulically operable Malibu Surf Gate™. This gate lets passengers enjoy the ride and not worry about shaping the waves as it transforms wake into surfable and customizable waves. Find a dealer or build a Chaparral boat to suit your needs at their website.

Haines Hunter


Melbourne International Boat Show 2017
Photo courtesy of Haines Hunter


Haines Hunter is another mainstay at the Melbourne International Boat Show. Their popular fishing boats that are also known for their speed are always a crowd-pleaser. One of their boat lines is the Enclosed which is geared toward the offshore fisherman looking for big fish but needing the enclosure. Their new model, The Haines Hunter 700 Enclosed was introduced at the show this year. Learn more about their Enclosed line as well as their other lines at Haines Hunter.



Melbourne International Boat Show 2017
Photo courtesy of Glastron/Facebook


Glastron has been making boats since 1956 and has become known for their trendsetting designs that are all about getting your family out on the water together. Glastron boats are known for their hull design. The hull has minimal bow rise, tracks tight in turns, and is quick to plane. 38 South Boat Sales showcased two Glastron boats at the show, the GT185 and the GTS185. Both Glastron and 38 South Boat Sales have a great deal of information available to learn more.

As with any trade show, there is a wide range of products to learn about and experience at the Melbourne International Boat Show. These products include deck fittings, marina developers, diving gear, fishing gear, jet skis, sailing boats, motor boats, yachts, and all things associated with them. But, of course, it’s all about the boats!  So which of these brands is your favorite?

Can’t get enough about boats? Read our article on the America’s Cup Boats to learn about the fast boats used in the America’s Cup race.

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Melbourne International Boat Show 2017