by Bob Wonders
Marine dealers exhibiting their product at major exhibitions such as the Sydney International Boat Show understandably take their involvement very seriously.
Hand-crafted timber deck, fibreglass hull, MerCruiser inboard power and all gorgeous, the Frauscher 717 GT in its Sydney debut. - Premier Marine
Sydney’s prominent dealership, Premier Marine, was no exception, but the team knew all work and no play could easily make for a rather dull outing.
Known as Australia’s premiere outlet for the famous American Marques, Chris-Craft and Regal, the company this year added another string to its bow with the introduction of the innovative Austrian-built Frauscher 717 GT, a virtual sports car afloat.
The good times however were paramount, with models cavorting and carousing throughout the show in fashions reminiscent of the 1930s; The Great Gatsby may not have been there, but the fictional character would have been there in spirit.
'We had a great time, no doubt about it, but we were extremely busy through what was one of the best Sydney shows we’ve done,' Premier Marine Brand Manager, Lee Poulson declared.
Dealer principal Steve Hannes rated the show 'right up there' and was able to confirm six boats sold (three Chris-Craft, three Regal) with some 'extremely promising' follow-ups on schedule.
On the Austrian boat, the Frauscher 717 GT, he described the interest as 'enormous.'
Models on the superb timber deck of the innovative Frauscher 717 GT introduced at the Sydney International Boat Show by Premier Marine. - Premier Marine
The unique European craft boasted a shaft drive, 6.2-litre MerCruiser inboard and sports a beautifully hand-crafted timber deck on a fibreglass hull.
Despite its $180,000 price tag, visitors to the Premier Marine stand were enthralled by the vessel.
Although many industry observers rate things as 'tight' due to the current economic conditions, Premier Marine is defying that outlook with its business 'booming.'
If visitors to the company’s Sydney International Boat Show display could be taken as a guide, Premier Marine is certainly facing some busy weeks ahead.
Among the many visitors to the display were two particularly high-profile guests in the form of Steve Heese, President, the Chris-Craft Corporation and Bonnie Frenkel, International Sales Director, Regal Marine.
Chris-Crafts in the foreground, Regal in the rear at the impressive Premier Marine display at the Sydney International Boat Show. - Premier Marine
Heese, based in Sarasota, Florida, knows Sydney well; he lived in the harbour city for 10-years, his wife Amanda is an Australian and his three children were all born in Sydney.
Bonnie Frenkel, hailing from Orlando, Florida, rates Sydney as one of her favourite cities and the Sydney International as one of her favourite boat shows.
In addition to supporting her company’s dealer, she also had the pleasurable duty of presenting the International Dealer of the Year award to Premier Marine.
'Receiving that award was a delight for us,' Lee Poulson said.
'Our next aim is to achieve similar status in the eyes of Chris-Craft.'
For further information contact Premier Marine, Rose Bay, Sydney, telephone (02) 9328-0999.
It was party time all the time on the Premier Marine stand at the Sydney International Boat Show, but that did nmot stop the company writing good business. - Premier Marine
Premier Marine Operations Manager Lee Poulson with the Regal Marine award as International Dealer of the Year. - Premier Marine
Regal Marine's International al Sales Director, Bonnie Frenkel, wa son hand to present the award as International Dealer of the Year to Premier Marine. - Premier Marine
Chris-Craft President Steve Heese (right), Premier Marine Operations Manager Lee Poluson (centre) explaining the virtues of Chris-Craft ownerships to prospective buyers during the Sydney International Boat Show. - Premier Marine