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1 July 2011

Shipmate News 01 July 2011

While the weather may be getting cooler the further you head south at this time of the year, at least if you are travelling by boat there are plenty of warm hearted attractions to keep you interested along the way.

Apart from the interesting, and at times spectacular, Australian coastline, the annual Whale migration is currently well underway as these magnificent creatures make their way north to warmer climes.

I've been waiting for a suitable weather window to bring my boat, Blue Tango, back home to Melbourne from Port Stephens and that opportunity came just last week. En-route we encountered scores of whales heading north and I thought I might share some happy snaps with you. (See below 'A Whale of a time')

The trip took six days, including a couple of days hanging around Eden and Bittangabee Bay waiting for a weather front to pass through before we hit Bass strait.

Now to news and amongst what we have for you in this edition are details of a report of research conducted by the Recreational Marine Research Centre (RMRC) at Michigan State University highlighting the significance of marinas as economic and employment hubs within their communities.

We also have details of a petition currently being undertaken by VRFish to keep the Patterson River Boat Ramp 'manned' and, while we're on the subject of Patterson River, a notice to mariners has been issued warning boaters of reduced depth at the entrance.

There's less than a month to go before the Sydney International Boat Show gets underway and we have details about that, as well as a number of reports of new and improved models being released at the show. And while we're talking about boat shows we've got details of the Victorian Marine awards announced at the recent Melbourne Boat Show and a list of the winners.

Finally, a reminder that we have commenced work on the next edition of Shipmate Marine Directory so if you have a listing, please go to the website at and check your details as we download information from the website to prepare the booklet.

Also a reminder that on the website at we now have the facility to list interstate marine businesses with the facility to filter listings within each category by state, so, if you provide a trade or service to boaters anywhere in Australia flick us an email at and we'll provide you with a free listing.

Well that's about it for now, it's the end of the financial year so time to get the old shoebox out with all the receipts and go see the accountant.

Cheers, see you out on the water

John Zammit

A Whale of a time

1 July 2011

I've been waiting for a suitable weather window to bring my boat home from Port Stephens (Northern NSW) back to Port Phillip in Melbourne (Vic) and that opportunity came recently. Apart from the spectacular Australian coastline, it's also the Whale migration season as these magnificent creatures head north. here's a few happy snaps I thought... click for more

Lights, Pier, Access Ramps, Action!

30 June 2011

Visitors to Queenscliff’s iconic pier can now enjoy twin beach-to-pier access ramps designed to make a walk along the pier and onto the beach easier for everyone. Chief Ranger for Port Phillip and Westernport, Graeme Davis said the beach access ramps are part of a staged two million dollar project to reconstruct the popular... click for more

Marinas Generate Over $1Billion Per Annum

30 June 2011

The Marina Industry Association of Australia (MIAA) has released a report of research conducted by the Recreational Marine Research Centre (RMRC) at Michigan State University highlighting the significance of marinas as economic and employment hubs within their communities. Based on 2008/09 data the estimated total direct economic value of... click for more

Upgraded Mercury Portables – Clearly Best in Class

30 June 2011

Good things come in small packages – especially when you’re talking about Mercury Marine’s freshly upgraded 4, 5 and 6 hp portable FourStroke outboards! With a range of improvements, Mercury’s 4, 5 and 6 hp super-light portables are now even further ahead of the competition for all-round performance, ease of use, and... click for more

Petition to Keep Patterson River Boat Ramp ‘Manned’

29 June 2011

Plans are in motion to automate the collection of launch fees at Patterson River. This will mean that the present arrangements with an operator of the Launching Way facility will cease once the current operator’s contract terminates on 20th October 2011. It is the view of VRFish (Victorian Recreational Fishing Peak Body), that the... click for more

Simrad ARGUS professional X-band radar

29 June 2011

The revolutionary IMO-approved Simrad ARGUS radar system takes a threefold approach to safe navigation, simultaneously acting as a docking aid, pirate detection system and enhancing collision avoidance. Incorporating both solid-state FMCW Broadband Radar* and pulse radar, the cutting-edge radar system can detect targets as close as 1.8m (6ft)... click for more

Yacht Clubs with Marinas commit to forming National Management Group

29 June 2011

The Marinas 2011 International Conference and Exhibition was the venue for agreement by club marina managers and CEO’s to form a national club marina management group. Fourteen Club GM’s and CEO’s met immediately after a Marinas 2011 breakout session examining club marina governance, planning and operational... click for more

Patterson River entrance, reduced depth

28 June 2011

In a Notice to Mariners (No. 087T - 2011) nissued at Melbourne 28 June 2011 Mariners are advised of reduced channel depth at Patterson River Entrance, at approximate location 38°04.412’ S 145°07.166’ E (WGS84). Water depth at the entrance is reduced to approximately 0.5 metre (Chart datum) in places. Mariners are... click for more

Clipper’s Hudson Bay sedan cruiser nears completion

28 June 2011

Clipper Motoryachts’ new-style Hudson Bay 50 sedan cruiser is nearing completion at the company’s factory under the watchful eye of Mark Campion and his team of British and Australian engineers, naval architects and boat builders. According to Clipper Motoryachts Australia Managing Director Brett Thurley: “The new Hudson Bay 50... click for more

Less than a month to go!

28 June 2011

The countdown has begun to Australia's largest boat show, the Sydney International Boat Show. Buy your tickets online to save you time at the entrance and to save money in your pocket. At the show you'll see 270 exhibitors, over 200 boats on the purpose built marina, over 900 boats in the exhibition halls Plus, your ticket will get you access to... click for more

38 South Boat sales gears up for Sydney Boat Show

27 June 2011

The countdown is on to the 2011 Sydney International Boatshow in Darling Harbour and 38 South Boatsales are gearing up to present an unrivaled range of new model Jeanneau sail and Prestige Power vessels. 38 South Boatsales will be showing two models that have won “European Boat of the Year 2011” the magnificent new model Sun Odyssey... click for more

World Release for Chaparral at Sydney Show

24 June 2011

Chaparral Boats have handed the world release of the new 225 Sport Cabin to its Australian dealer network for this Year’s Sydney International Boat Show. The 225 Sport Cabin is the latest new model to come from the massive R&D commitment announced by Chaparral in 2009. “This is the first time a new... click for more

Stormy: The first internationally accredited wearable Lifejackets

24 June 2011

Hobart based marine safety company Stormy Australia is the first company in the world to release a full range of comfortable jacket and vest style PFDs, (Inflatable Lifejackets) that has been accredited with the International Standard ISO12402-3. “Worn rather than stowed, Stormy inflatable clothing is the ultimate safety accessory.”... click for more

On the quest for marine pests

23 June 2011

Developing methods to prevent and treat outbreaks of troublesome marine pests to the Victorian mussel industry, is the goal of a new project led by the University of Melbourne. University of Melbourne researcher, Isla Fitridge said fresh, plump blue mussels are a favourite of many Australian seafood lovers. “But what many consumers... click for more

New Mustang 32 is a hit with owners

21 June 2011

Mustang sales teams around Australia are buoyant following the launch of the new era 32 Sports Cruiser at the Sanctuary Cove International Boat Show. The factory at Coomera on Queensland’s Gold Coast has already received nine orders from across Australia as well as overseas. “We have boats going to Western Australia, South... click for more

Maritimo launches “Platinum Select” luxury boat incentive

21 June 2011

Australia’s premier luxury boat builder, Maritimo, has launched a “Platinum Select” prestige boat sales program. Maritimo Marketing Director Luke Durman said the company was offering a special incentive package for a number of dealer demonstration models throughout Australia. “We are offering the incentive on only nine... click for more

Charges pending after big snapper haul

21 June 2011

Three men who told Fisheries Officers they had caught five snapper will be facing charges after another 47 undersize snapper were allegedly found hidden on their boat. The Fisheries Officers were initially shown six Snapper and three King George whiting of legal size. However the men allegedly denied having any more fish. A subsequent search... click for more

2011 Marine Awards winners say positivity is key to success

17 June 2011

Under the backdrop of the opulent Crown Casino and in conjunction with the 2011 Melbourne Boat Show, this year’s Victorian Marine Awards were presented to a group of deserving winners in front of 160 industry guests. In addition to attending this year’s Show, The Hon Dr Denis Napthine - Minister for Ports, Regional Cities,... click for more

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