An Atlantis 38 Open-Class Power Yacht, one of the most desirable boats in the world, is set to be the star attraction at the
at the Nasrec Expo Centre on August 24-26.
The 11,62 -metre craft, built inItaly, is priced at a cool R5,8-million. It will take centre stage in an exhibition timed to welcome the summer months that lie ahead of South Africans with leisure-seeking at the top of their must-do lists.
“I have heard the Atlantis 38 described as the upgrade to end all upgrades,” said John Broderick, CEO of Vanderbijlpark watercraft specialists, Broderick Marine, importers of the Atlantis range inSouth Africa.
“With it’s sliding, retractable glass roof, superb attention to every-onboard detail, and potent dual Volvo stern-drive motors, this is indeed the ultimate for boating both in the inland regions, and on the ocean.”
Other features of the exquisitely-finished boat include berthing for four adults, a retractable table that can be converted into a sun-lounger, a galley, an L-shaped saloon, and a shape that is evocative of power, grace and extreme agility.
The twin stern-drive Volvo Penta diesel engines are rated at 260 horsepower (191 kW) each, enough to propel the Atlantis 38 to a speed of close to 40 knots. A 760-litre fuel tank ensures that long cruises are easily possible with this craft.
“The beauty about this craft is that despite being large enough to carry 12 passengers, it requires no special skills to pilot, because it is so nimble,” added Broderick, who is certain that there is a strong market for boats of this type in South Africa.
The Atlantis 38 will be just one of a host of new boats and marine lifestyle gear showcased at the Johannesburg Boat Show, which is the first show of its type to be held at the Nasrec Expo Centre.
“All the major players in boating will be there, including both the importers and local boat builders. We will have the likes of Tige, Cobalt, Mastercraft,Malibu, Chris Craft, Honda, Yamaha, Suzuki, Mercury, Evinrude, and many more showcasing their latest and greatest products.
“In addition there will be a host of other water activity players there, and we’ll have jet ski and water skiing manufacturers out in force.
“We believe there’s still a huge market out there for watersports, and boating in particular, that is waiting to be tapped, dovetailing with the huge expansion in outdoor interest we’ve seen over the past decade,” added Savadier, who is perhaps better-known as the Dealer Principal of Randburg marine specialists, WaterWorld.
Other exhibits at the show will include accessories and equipment, boat charters, boating apparel, canoes and kayaks, diving equipment and fishing equipment. There will also be exhibits from insurance companies, boat charter companies navigation systems providers, publications and websites.
The Johannesburg Boat Show will run at Nasrec Expo Centre, South of Johannesburg, between August 24 and 26, and will be co-located with the AMID Motorcycle Show and the Outdoor Lifestyle Show.
JOHANNESBURG BOAT SHOW
WHEN: From Friday 24 – Sunday 26 August 2012. Gates open each day at 9am and close at 6pm, Show will remain open until 7pm
Tickets are available at the gate or through Computicket.
WHERE: Johannesburg Expo Centre,Rand Show Road, Nasrec. (GPS – S26° 14.810’ E27° 58.695’)