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15 July 2011

Shipmate News 15 July 2011

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The countdown to Sydney International Boat Show is on. With less than two weeks to go things are shaping up with plenty of new releases set to launch at the show. I’m told the halls are booked out and the marina is full which bodes well for the show and the industry.

In this edition we’ve got lots of articles about new releases and launches planned for the show so, see you there! 

Also in this edition we’ve got details about the release of a 68-page, collector’s edition, Riviera Buyers Guide supplement, attached to Issue 416 of Tradeaboat magazine, which is out on news stands now. The official stand-alone Riviera Buyer’s Guide is a must-have for all Riviera owners and enthusiasts and it’s free with every issue of Tradeaboat, see more details below.

We’ve got an update on the new marina under construction at Wyndham Harbour with news that the 100th marina berth has just been sold and we also have details about a survey being conducted by Twofold Bay Yacht Club at Eden. The yacht club, other local organisations and the Bega Valley Shire have had a long running campaign for the construction of a safe, all weather marina in the port, which is badly needed. If you travel along that part of the coast make sure you fill in the survey.

The Variety Splash is on again and dates have been released for the 2012 event. A slightly different format this year but what hasn’t changed is that this is one of the best events for boaters around. The three day and three night cruise in company around Port Phillip is a lot of fun and a must-do. It’s open to both power and sail and you can read more details in this edition.

We’ve commenced work on the 2012 booklet edition of Shipmate Marine Directory so if you are already listed please check your entry at and make sure all your details are correct. If you are interested in advertising opportunities then contact us at or give me a call on 0418 587 799, but act soon as advertising sells out fast. That’s about it from me.

Cheers, see you out on the water

John Zammit

extra! extra! read all about it Tradeaboat's Riviera Buyer’s Guide hits the stands

15 July 2011

Riviera, Australia’s largest and most-awarded pleasure boat builder, is the subject of a 68-page collector’s edition supplement attached to Issue 416 of Tradeaboat magazine, which hits the news stands on July 13. Editor of Tradeaboat David Lockwood said the official stand-alone Riviera Buyer’s Guide is a must-have for all... click for more

Wyndham Harbour Marina - 100th berth just sold

15 July 2011

Since the official Sod Turning Event on May 17th, construction has been well underway at the Wyndham Harbour marina project on the western side of Port Phillip with the site starting to take visual shape. Stage 1 bulk earthworks have begun which has included the stripping of topsoil, and contouring of the land, ready for civil... click for more

Sustainable Marina Development

15 July 2011

A publication by John Hogan and Lyndall De Marco A new tool for the marine industry was released at the recent Marina Industries Association of Australia (MIAA) Marinas 2011 conference in Melbourne. The book is the first of its kind to promote sustainability principles specifically to developers, owners and stakeholders of marina... click for more

Survey to support Eden Marina

14 July 2011

Twofold Bay Yacht Club at Eden has requested the assistance of Yachting Victoria in conducting a survey of yacht clubs whose members might use a marina in Eden if safe, all weather moorings were available in Snug Cove. As you may be aware, Eden port is currently not safe for yachts in southerly weather, yachts cannot be left unattended and there... click for more

Riviera to launch two new models at the Sydney International Boat Show

12 July 2011

Riviera, Australia’s largest and most awarded pleasure boat builder will stage the Sydney launch for two of its latest new models at the 2011 Sydney International Boat Show later this month. The 53 Enclosed Flybridge and 61 Series II Enclosed Flybridge will make their Sydney debut on day one of the show. The 53 Enclosed Flybridge is a... click for more

Trout fishing booms thanks to spring stockings

12 July 2011

Victorian recreational anglers are enjoying terrific trout fishing in many lakes and reservoirs thanks to fish stockings undertaken late last year after heavy rains. Agriculture and Food Security Minister Peter Walsh said the Department of Primary Industries (DPI) had moved swiftly in order to take advantage of the end of the drought.... click for more

Buizen 52 steadily progressing towards launch

12 July 2011

The highly-anticipated Buizen 52 is steadily progressing towards its scheduled launch later this year, with teak decks laid, the galley fit-out completed, stateroom nearing completion and floorboards being crafted. Buizen Yachts managing director Steve Howe said he was already looking forward to the Buizen 52’s first sail. “I... click for more

Pursuit Boats set for Australian debut in Sydney

12 July 2011

Pursuit Boats will make its Australian debut at the 2011 Sydney International Boat Show later this month. The Pursuit C280 centre console, rigged with twin Honda BF225 outboards, will be displayed by importer Graaf Marine on the d’Albora Marinas exhibit on the marina. Supporting the launch will be Pursuit Boats vice president Paul Perry,... click for more

The world’s finest boats come to Middle Harbour.

12 July 2011

There’ll be nothing middle-of-the-road about the boats on display at the Middle Harbour Boat Show. Over the weekend of July 23-24th, some of the finest boats in the world from 15 – 75 feet, both power and sail, will be on display in our own back yard. With craft from the USA, Europe, Asia and the... click for more

The Variety Splash – Dates and format for 2012 announced

12 July 2011

If you own a boat, whether it’s power or sail, do yourself a favour, organize a crew and get on board for the annual Variety Splash. 

Held annually in February, the Variety Splash, similar in format to the Variety Bash (except it’s held on water), is a sensational event where the emphasis is purely on having fun.... click for more

Former Sydney Ferry reborn for mission to The Solomon Islands

11 July 2011

Guy Bailey and the team from Baileys Marine White Bay 6 recently housed the former Sydney Ferry MV Lady Wakehurst as she was refitted as a hospital ship en route to the Solomon Islands. Baileys Marine White Bay 6 provided berthing and fuel along with a number of other sponsors who offered medical equipment. St Vincents Hospital and the Duke of... click for more

Sailfish Puts The Cat Amongst the Plate Mono Hulls

8 July 2011

The world of offshore fishing on board an aluminium catamaran has just become a whole lot more accessible with the release of the all new Sailfish Reef Runner. The exemplary range of Sailfish catamarans is normally noted for its strength in the big cat league. With models running up the scale to 12m and more, the Sailfish designers... click for more

Award winning 327SSX from Chaparral to debut at Sydney Boat Show

8 July 2011

A big sigh of relief from the team at Chaparral Australia this week when the US factory confirmed the delivery of a new 327SSx bow rider in time for the Sydney International Boat Show. “We were a bit nervous about the timing of this one” says Chaparral Australia’s Scott O’Hare, “with all the boat show planning,... click for more

Princess Yachts Australia presents the ultimate Sydney Boat Show Experience

7 July 2011

Alan Paterson and the team from Princess Yachts Australia will be offering the ultimate boat show experience for owners, invited guests and visitors to their impressive display at Sydney International Boat Show from July 28 - August 1, 2011. Alan and his team pride themselves on the immaculate presentation of their latest... click for more

Humminbird Ethernet – The ultimate hook-up

6 July 2011

More and more anglers are finding reasons to fit out their boats with more than one sounder / GPS combo. Whether you are an avid lure fisherman and need the extra unit up on the bow, or want the added reassurance of a spare unit when travelling to out of the way places, multiple sounders seem to be a popular option. These multiple units are... click for more

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