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15 March 2011

Shipmate News 15 March 2011

 Of recent times it seems every time you turn on the TV or open a newspaper there's another disaster happening somewhere in the world. With communications being almost instananeous these days we get to see the devastation and the chaos almost first hand. Just another reminder about the power of nature. Our thoughts at this time with all those affected by the earthquake in Japan

Now in this edition of Shipmate News Transport Victoria has announced the reopening of many of the waterways in Northern Victoria, previously closed as a result of the floods. We have details of ten small grants announced by Fisheries Victoria from revenue gained from Fishing licences and details of a series of round table forums where Victorian anglers have an opportunity to have their say.

Still on fishing and an interesting story too about a tagged Murray cod released into Kangaroo Lake in 2005 and  recaptured by a recreational angler nearly six years after it was first stocked.

In terms of boating, Maritimo has announced a record sales result at the recent Miami Boat Show and good news too from Australian marine manufacturters who report good results from their visit to the Dubai Boat Show in the Middle East.

We bring you details of the annual Frankston Yacht Club – ‘Camp Quality Regatta’. Camp Quality is the children’s family cancer charity that believes in building resilience in the lives of every child living with cancer and their families in Australia and details on a couple of safety initiatives including the launch of the BIA 50 Point Safety Check for boaters and information on a series of free safety seminars for recreational boaters being run by Transport Safety Victoria across the state from March to June.

Trust you enjoy the read and don't forget to check out our website at where you'll find a complete A-Z of marine trades and services, details on yacht clubs, marinas, links to wind and weather and just about everything else you could possibly need if you're boating in Victoria. Make sure you check us out soon.

Cheers, see you out on the water

John Zammit

Flooded waterways reopen to boaters

15 March 2011

Transport Safety Victoria (TSV) has reopened many previously closed waterways in Northern Victoria to boaters and holiday makers, coinciding with the Labour Day long weekend and the opening of the duck season on Saturday 19 March. The waterways, which were closed due to flooding, have now reopened after consultation with Victoria Water Police,... click for more

Yacht Sentinel launches free iPhone app

15 March 2011

Download it now from iTunes. The Yacht Sentinel app makes it even easy to talk to your boat. Alarms can be set on or off just by sliding icons. Setting up the device is intuitive saving time and no need to read manuals. A look at the screen indicates what the device is checking. With this app you can quickly see your boats current position on... click for more

Licence fees work to improve recreational fishing

15 March 2011

Revenue from the sale of Victorian recreational fishing licences continues to fund projects that improve angling opportunities, with another ten small grants announced. Fisheries Victoria Executive Director Anthony Hurst said the Small Grants Program is open year round to Victorian fishing clubs and associations, not-for profit organisations,... click for more

Stormy Releases Enhanced Range of Compliant PFDs

9 March 2011

Hobart based marine safety company Stormy Australia is one of the first companies in Australia to release a full line of PFDs, specifically designed for and accredited with the new Australian Standard AS4758. Stormy is a specialist in the design and manufacture of inflatable PFD technologies. In response to the new design standards set out... click for more

Improved Gearcase for Big Hp Verados

9 March 2011

Mercury Marine has engineered a more robust gearcase to further enhance its six-cylinder Verado outboards and deliver even greater durability and reliability. The new gearcase, with a 5.44 inch torpedo diameter, is 14% larger than the existing 4.8 inch gearcase, and contains a range of strengthened internal components. It will now come as... click for more

Fishing ideas wanted from Reel Vicorians

8 March 2011

Recreational anglers can ‘have their say’ about fisheries management issues at 12 roundtable forums being held across Victoria in May and June. This is the third year that Fisheries Victoria has toured regional Victoria listening to anglers and updating them about what is happening with their fisheries. Fisheries Victoria Executive... click for more

Tagged Murray Cod caught six years on

8 March 2011

A tagged Murray cod released into Kangaroo Lake in 2005 has been recaptured by a recreational angler nearly six years after it was first stocked. Fisheries Victoria Executive Director, Anthony Hurst said the Murray cod was released as a yearling fish in February 2005, measuring about 28cm. “The fish was recaptured on February 11, having... click for more

Record sales for Maritimo at Miami show

7 March 2011

Maritimo has announced a record sales result at the Miami International Boat Show in the United States. According to Maritimo USA President Dave Northrop: “With this result, we are looking at a great year.” He said the company registered sales from every geographic region of the USA as well as the Caribbean and South... click for more

Sneak peek at Outboard Emission and Boat Building Environmental Laws

7 March 2011

If you want to see what the Australian Outboard emissions standards may look like in 2012 it is now available on a Canadian Government web site. The proposed Australian regulations will adopt the 2010 USA standard. In fact there are moves toward world harmonization and Canada is the first country to set their own laws based on engines meeting... click for more

Interest in Aussie marine products remains high in Middle East

7 March 2011

Despite visitor numbers being down on previous years, Australian marine manufacturers exhibiting at the Dubai International Boat Show last week were pleased with their results. Bruce Hermes Pyrotek Noise Control said “we received over 100 leads to follow up and have taken a significant order at the show. Bruce also said “if we... click for more

Graaf Marine – exclusively premium brands

3 March 2011

Windy Boats Australia, exclusive importer of Windy Boats and premium boat brokerage, has rebranded to become Graaf Marine in an exciting restructure that includes adding Pursuit Boats to its exclusive imported range. Pursuit Boats is the premier brand of outboard-powered, offshore and inshore fishing boats from the USA; Windy Boats is a premium... click for more

Maritimo craftsmen aid memorial to Surfers Paradise “suntan man”

2 March 2011

The skills of Maritimo craftsmen shone in Surfers Paradise on the weekend with the unveiling of a memorial to one of the area’s great characters, “suntan man” Al Baldwin. Al Baldwin became a local identity on the Surfers Paradise beach, spraying sunscreen lotion on locals and holiday makers for more than 30 years. At the height... click for more

Camp Quality Regatta, helping kids with cancer

2 March 2011

12th February 2011 saw the 8th running of the annual Frankston Yacht Club – ‘Camp Quality Regatta’. Camp Quality is the children’s family cancer charity that believes in building resilience in the lives of every child living with cancer and their families in Australia. Camp Quality creates an optimistic community for our... click for more

Streaker Launches New Sports Runabout

2 March 2011

In an era dominated by a seemingly endless stream of bow riders, it is refreshing to see a long established national company launch a traditional family runabout. Melbourne based Streaker Boats has maintained the faith with the release of the Streaker 5250 Sports model. In every sense of the term, this is a classic runabout... click for more

Stay safe on the water with a 50 Point Safety Check

2 March 2011

The Boating Industry Association of Victoria (BIAV) has announced the launch of a fantastic new initiative, the 50 Point Safety Check program. This aims to compliment a standard of safety checks already in operation in other states. The 50 Point Safety Check program has been developed to encourage boaters to have their vessels checked to ensure... click for more

Free Safety Seminars for boaters

2 March 2011

Transport Safety Victoria is holding free safety seminars for recreational boaters across Victoria from March to June. Aimed at all boaters, the Boating Safety Seminar Series, provide an ideal opportunity to increase the enjoyment of boating by extending existing boating knowledge. Presented by boating expert Doug King, the seminars are filled... click for more

Oceantalk opens Australasia’s eyes to Iris

2 March 2011

When it comes to seeing underwater or in the dark, things have suddenly become a lot brighter. The camera technology innovator Iris Innovations from the UK has appointed Oceantalk its authorised distributor for Asia and Australia. The word ‘Iris’ may sound like a part of your eye or a camera lens. In fact it is a major innovator of a... click for more

Anglers taking undersize snapper becoming a problem

2 March 2011

Fisheries officers are reporting an unwelcome surge in the numbers of people taking undersize snapper in Port Phillip Bay. In recent weeks the officers have issued more than 40 infringement notice during patrols from Mornington, Geelong and the metropolitan area of Melbourne. Fisheries Victoria’s Executive Director, Anthony Hurst said... click for more

Marinas 2011 Brings International Marina Industry to Melbourne

2 March 2011

Under the banner of ‘new horizons’ the Marinas 2011 International Conference and Exhibition will bring the marina world to Melbourne for three days (20 – 22 June 2011). The event is conducted every two years by the Marina Industries Association of Australia (MIAA). It is being held for the first time in... click for more

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