Ray White Marine puts the Gold Coast on the map

The latest Midwood Report estimates there 233,862 registered vessels in Queensland alone
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21st Jun 2010

Newly-established Gold Coast company Ray White Marine is forging ahead with plans to place the Gold Coast’s ‘rejuvenated’ multi-million dollar marine industry in the spotlight as one of Australia’s key marine destinations.

Touted as one of the most exciting new developments in the Australian marine sector, Ray White Marine will auction and broker boats and Super-yachts from across the nation, bringing millions of dollars worth of vessels to the shores of the Gold Coast.

Ray White Marine, headed by a team of Australia’s leading marine industry specialists is poised to conduct regular auctions to further build the Gold Coast’s reputation as Australia’s capital for luxury boat brokerage.

The first auction, scheduled for July 18, will boast a wide array of vessels representing various price points and styles from late model Australian-built boats through to luxury European cruisers.

Gold Coast boating industry identity and Sales and Marketing Manager for Ray White Marine, Mark Ali says, a wide range of boats from 25 to 75-feet will go under the hammer on the day.

“The auctions are set to become a fixture of the local industry as they represent a highly effective way to showcase a diverse range of vessels by bringing buyers, sellers and boat dealers together,” said Mr Ali.

“We’ve already had strong interest for the first auction and believe it will set a solid foundation on which to continue building Ray White Marine and the Gold Coast boating industry as a whole.”

The Gold Coast has the ideal geographical location and adequate infrastructure to support the growth in the marine sector, said Mr Ali.

“The waterways here are among the best in Australia; from the Broadwater to Sanctuary Cove and Hope Island and beyond. The fundamentals for growth are already in place.”

Mr Ali said the current marina berth offer and regular marine auctions are attracting significant interest from vendors and buyers across Australia.

“We are establishing a national body that will provide sellers unprecedented exposure to a broad market via an intensive auction campaign as well as access to the vast Ray White network and database,” he said.

“We bring a wealth of knowledge and expertise gained from representing major luxury European vessel manufacturers as well as brokerage sales for many high-end clients from around Australia.

“There are a growing number of people in Australia, and Queensland in particular, who are looking to offload vessels, upgrade or downgrade within an acceptable time frame - and now there is an avenue to facilitate this activity.”

Ray White Marine are also currently involved in an Expression of Interest campaign after a limited series of marina berths at Marina Mirage ranging in size from 18 to 30 metres were released for the first time in the history of the iconic Gold Coast marina destination.

The campaign gives investors, boating enthusiast’s and super-yacht owners a rare chance to secure a holding in one of Australia’s most exclusive marinas under a leasehold arrangement with up to 50 year terms.

The latest Midwood Report estimates there 233,862 registered vessels in Queensland alone, with approximately 60 percent of these registrations located in south east Queensland.

Only an estimated 7,000 wet marina berths are available to accommodate these vessels, and vessel registration growth in the 12 months to 30 January 2009 was in the order of nine percent, or approximately 20,000 new registrations.

Ray White Marine is a joint venture between Andrew and Greg Bell, directors of Queensland’s largest real estate firm, the Ray White Surfers Paradise Group, and Marina Oceanus, owners of the exclusive Marina Mirage marina.

Contact Mark Ali for more information on 0416 231 312.

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