A case of show and sell
More than 80 leading brands will display all facets of boating technology when the 15th Hong Kong Gold Coast Boat Show opens today at the Gold Coast Yacht and Country Club.
International manufacturers are launching their latest models and concept craft at the three-day event, which has assembled stock with a combined value of more than HK$500 million.
Visitors will get a first look at the Delta 54 Carbon Cruiser, the world's first all carbon-fibre yacht in serial production.
The menacing-looking power boat is 30 per cent lighter than the closest rival in its class, so it will not only be faster but also more fuel efficient.
Chinese yacht builder IAG brings the Electra 100, and with a price tag of HK$46 million, it is the costliest craft on show. It measures more than 30 metres, but despite its size, hits a top speed of 27 knots.
The China Cruise and Yacht Industry Association predicts boat ownership on the mainland will grow from 1,500 today to more than 100,000 in the next decade.
One of the exhibitors, Jebsen Marine, says it will have eight new dealerships in Beijing and coastal cities within the next three years, to support this growth.
Organisers promise something for everyone at the show, and the Gold Coast Yacht and Country Club has gone to the trouble of constructing a floating catwalk to stage a fashion parade of Vivienne Tam's 1970s-inspired spring-summer 2012 collection, titled 'Zen Garden', from 3pm tomorrow.
The boat show runs until Sunday at the Gold Coast Yacht and Country Club, 1 Castle Peak Road, Castle Peak Bay, Tuen Mun. For more information, go to hongkonggoldcoastboatshow.com