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31 March 2011

Shipmate News 01 April 2011

It's Boating time

Where does the time go, here we are at the beginning of the second month of autumn already and, as the days get shorter and the mornings just a bit fresher, the boating gets better, especially if you’re a power boater.

We get some of the best boating weather at this time of the year, sunny autumn days, less wind, calm seas and with fewer boats around, not as congested out on our waterways. 

My only problem is that my own boat is still up in northern NSW and while I’m getting up there as often as I can, I’m relying on boating friends down here to get out on the water and get my boating fix.

I’m working hard to convince my partner that the only logical solution is to buy another boat for down here and while she’s not totally convinced, it appears that ‘there is movement at the station’.

Now to Shipmate News and again something for everyone in this edition. First up, news from Parks Victoria that delays caused by bad weather means that Mornington Pier won’t re-open until July and news just to hand that iconic, Gippsland Lakes boat hire business, Bulls Cruisers is on the market.

Superyachts are in the news this month with ASMEX 2011, Australia’s superyacht conference kicking off just before Sanctuary Cove Boat Show and if you’ve got a spare $20m kicking around you may be interested in purchasing Tiger Woods’ Privacy, his 155’ Superyacht, which has just come on the market.

Dates for the 2011 Melbourne Boat Show have been announced and a warning from NSW Maritime if you’re heading along the NSW South Coast, that some navigation aids have been displaced as a result of the recent heavy rains.

Well that’s just a small sample of the news in this edition so kick back and enjoy the read. In the meantime don’t forget to log on to where you’ll find regular marine news updates, information on marine trades and services, links to wind and weather info and a whole lot more for boaters. Now I’m off to check out some more used boats!

Cheers, see you out on the water.

John Zammit

Mornington Pier to re-open in July

31 March 2011

Mornington Pier’s upgrade project has been delayed by bad weather and difficult site conditions with the project now due for completion in July 2011. Bays and Maritime, Chief Ranger Port Phillip Western Port, Graeme Davis explained working on the exposed site has been an on-going challenge for the project, originally due for completion in... click for more

Gippsland Lakes icon, Bulls Cruisers, goes on the market

31 March 2011

Savvy business professionals and sea-changers alike will delight in this once-in-a-lifetime opportunity as iconic East Gippsland boat-hire business, ‘Bulls Cruisers’ is listed for sale. The 53-year-old business has been servicing the needs of the Gippsland Lakes since 1958, operating the largest self-drive cruiser fleet in Victoria,... click for more

Tiger Woods' Privacy up for sale

31 March 2011

The golf star has listed the 155ft Christensen motoryacht for US$25m Reports in several US and UK papers say that Tiger Woods has put his yacht, Privacy, on the brokerage market for US$25m. The 155ft Christensen motoryacht was delivered to Woods in 2004, and was purchased as a wedding gift for his ex-wife Elin Nordegren. The purchase price was... click for more

Australian first going ‘over the top’ fighting men’s cancer

30 March 2011

Two brothers will attempt an Australian-first by travelling around Australia’s harsh coastline in a ‘rubber ducky’ for more than 9500km to go ‘over the top’ to raise funds and awareness to fight the growing incidence of prostate cancer. Beginning in New South Wales (1 August 2011) at the Sydney International Boat... click for more

Swans, sails and Tackers bring Melbourne’s F1 Lake to life

30 March 2011

Whilst the blindingly fast Formula 1 cars strutted their high powered stuff around Albert Park over the weekend, out on the tranquil Lake hundreds of black swans and a fleet of small yachts steered by school kids, provided a contrastingly serene, but colourful spectacle. The swans seemed suitably unimpressed by the 200 decibel overpowering... click for more

Princess – The ultimate boat show experience

30 March 2011

Alan Paterson and the team from Princess Yachts Australia will be offering their owners and invited guests a truly relaxing and enjoyable experience during the 2011 Sanctuary Cove International Boat Show. Guests will be treated to a valet shuttle service from the Hope Island Resort Marina head office direct to the show. On arrival at the stand,... click for more

Australian Superyacht conference attracts interest from China

29 March 2011

Superyacht Australia's conference, ASMEX 2011 is certainly attracting attention worldwide with registrations already received from the Middle East, China, Taiwan, USA, NZ. ASMEX (The Australian Superyacht & Marine Export Industry Conference) is a two day event staged at Sanctuary Cove Marine Village Theatre prior to the 23rd Sanctuary Cove... click for more

Cat's out of the bag at Hamilton Island Race Week

29 March 2011

Cruising yachts – privately owned and chartered – represent a significant and important part of the fleet at Audi Hamilton Island Race Week, and because of this, the regatta organisers have decided to expand the charter opportunities for competitors this year. As well as having chartered monohulls racing in the spinnaker and... click for more

Marina of the Year Award finalists announced

29 March 2011

Finalists in the Club Marine MIAA Marina of the Year Awards have recently been judged. The Awards recognise excellence in the provision of marina services, facilities and operations. Applicants are assessed against a 10 point written and visual submission and a site visit. The judging criteria covers the marinas goals and objectives, business... click for more

Lowrance Elite DSI available in Australia

29 March 2011

Delivering crystal-clear, photo-like underwater detail in a high-resolution colour display, Lowrance’s new Elite DownScan Imaging™ (DSI) sonar series is now available in Australia. Comprising two models – the Elite-5x DSI fishfinder and the Elite-5 DSI fishfinder/chartplotter – the Elite DSI series combines... click for more

Female retains the helm

29 March 2011

Boating may still be largely a male domain but for the second year running the peak state recreational marine industry body Marine Queensland has a female as the president of the board of directors. Director of the Riviera Syndication Sharon Russell was unanimously re-elected to the role she first took over in 2010. In a time where both the... click for more

Nav aids displaced by heavy rain - NSW South Coast

28 March 2011

NSW Maritime Chief Executive Steve Dunn today issued a warning to boaters to take extra care on South Coast waterways in the aftermath of heavy rain. Mr Dunn said rains in the Illawarra Region had compromised the system of navigation aids from the Illawarra Region south to the Bega Valley Shire. “The heavy rains will have forced a... click for more

Riviera’s on display at the Palm Beach International Boat Show

23 March 2011

Riviera, Australia’s most awarded pleasure boat builder will showcase two of its top selling models at the 26th annual Palm Beach International Boat Show which opens tomorrow. The new 43 Open Flybridge with IPS has been one of Riviera’s new most popular models with an incredible 29 of these new models sold since its release in May... click for more

Melbourne Boat Show - New dates for 2011

22 March 2011

The Melbourne Boat Show is set to woo the public again this year at the Melbourne Conference and Exhibition Centre Queen’s birthday weekend 9 – 13 June, 2011. This event is Melbourne’s iconic boat show held each year for the past 51 years. The 2011 venue, affectionately known as ‘Jeff’s Shed’ will house the... click for more

Clipper to launch Hudson Bay sedan cruiser in Sydney

21 March 2011

Clipper Motor Yachts will show the first of its new Hudson Bay sedan cruiser range, a Hudson Bay 50, at the Sydney International Boat Show this year. “We are really excited about this new range,” said Clipper Yachts Australia Managing Director Brett Thurley. “The company has spent a great deal of time and energy to ensure they... click for more

Great Barrier Reef: The Ultimate Guide

21 March 2011

Great Barrier Reef: The Ultimate Guide, an App that's just launched and available for immediate download. This App is your Ultimate Guide to Australia’s Great Barrier Reef, with insider information on the best places to see and experience the GBR. Covering all the major attractions, you’ll also find secluded, little-visited... click for more

Twin Disc joystick on show at Sanctuary Cove

21 March 2011

Twin Disc will offer on-water demonstrations of its unique Express Joystick System (EJS) during the Sanctuary Cove International Boat Show this year. The Managing Director of Twin Disc (Pacific), Glenn Frettingham, said the new system would be available for active demonstrations throughout the four-day show on a Maritimo C60 Sports... click for more

Reg repowers - after 39 years!

21 March 2011

Back in 1972 – the year Gough Whitlam became PM and Shane Gould swam for three gold medals at the Munich Olympics – Reg Wilkins bought a new boat with a Mercury 850 outboard. And only now, after countless hours of service across almost four decades, has he had to replace it. “I taught an awful lot of kids how to ski with... click for more

Sanctuary Cove Show acknowledges Women on Water

21 March 2011

The increasing role of women in the marine industry is acknowledged by Sanctuary Cove International Boat Show with a new series of activities - Women on Water. The 23rd Show, staged at Sanctuary Cove in Queensland, Australia, will host a series of events and activities to celebrate Women on Water. This includes seminars, fashion parades,... click for more

New "live action" speed forward looking sonar

21 March 2011

New Ultrascan PC180 Forward Looking Multibeam Sonar with True “live action” speed Fast Forward Looking Sonar connects to onboard PC’s or networks via Ethernet and uses two synchronised transducers to create a 180-degree view Interphase, the leader in award-winning and affordable phased array forward looking sonars for the... click for more

Victoria angles for scientific snapshot of bluefin tuna

21 March 2011

The Victorian Coalition Government is undertaking research to provide the first scientific snapshot of recreational fishing of southern bluefin tuna in Victoria. Minister for Agriculture and Food Security Peter Walsh today announced that scientists from the Fisheries Research Branch at Queenscliff had begun collecting data on the bluefin tuna... click for more

Ready Reckoner finds trout hangout's

21 March 2011

Research funded by recreational fishing licence revenue is providing anglers with valuable information on two of Victoria’s largest freshwater fisheries. Using Geographic Information System (GIS) modeling, scientists from the Fisheries Research Branch outlined the extent of trout habitat in Lake Dartmouth and Lake Hume. Fisheries... click for more

Tacktick launch electronics Performance Packs

18 March 2011

Wireless electronics experts, Tacktick, have launched a series of Performance Packs for racing yacht owners which specify in a simple and logical format the ideal instruments required for racing yachts. The Performance Packs offer competitively priced high performance electronics together with a number of free items. The Performance Packs... click for more

Red Shore crabs cost $8,000 and a long ban

17 March 2011

A 65-year-old Springvale man has been banned from fishing for five years, convicted and fined $8000 for taking nearly six times the legal limit of red shore crabs at Blairgowrie. Frankston (VIC) Magistrates Court was today told Trung Thai was a repeat offender who had 175 of the crabs with him when he was intercepted by Fisheries Officers in... click for more

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