Fine weather, the lure of a free ferry ride on the harbour and new location proved a winning formula for this year’s Sydney International Boat Show, with one eager buyer even walking his new boat out of Sydney Exhibition Centre @ Glebe Island’s front door.

After visiting the show over the weekend, Howard Piggott, immediate past commodore of Cruising Yacht Club of Australia, arrived back at the venue on Monday (August 4) to take delivery of his new Walker Bay 275R with Walker Bay 8 Performance Sail Kit.

General manager of Queensland-based exhibitor Active Water Sports, Ross Brain, who sold the craft to Mr Piggott, was on hand to help carry the boat out of the venue – a feat that has proven much more difficult at past shows.

“Due to the design of the previous Darling Harbour venue, any collections during the show meant arranging for loading dock access. Here, we were able to make special arrangements to carry it out of the entrance to Hall 1 and straight to the waiting vehicle.

“In deciding to exhibit this year at the new venue we really weren’t sure what to expect but we’ve been very happy with how it’s unfolded. The move-in process was smooth, visitors and sales have been steady and we’re excited for an even more improved show next year.”

According to SEC@GI general manager Malu Barrios, Mr Brain’s sentiments were typical of most of the exhibitors at the five-day show.

“We’re very pleased with the feedback we’ve received on venue logistics, accessibility, and features such as the venue’s natural light,” Ms Barrios said.

“The total experience has been engaging for both exhibitors and visitors alike. Comments have ranged from ‘easiest bump-in ever’ to ‘best boat show attended in years’, with all observing a positive buzz permeating the halls throughout the show.”