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15 September 2011

Shipmate News 15 September 2011

New Marine Regulations  – Make sure you have your say

Welcome to this edition of shipmate News. A good mix of news this time but something that all Victorian boaters should take an interest in are the new marine regulations that are on the table and currently open for discussion.

According to the BIA of Victoria (BIAV), the new regulations, should they be implemented in their present form, would be unreasonable, costly for boaters and detrimental to the boating industry. The Minister for Ports has said in response that the BIAV has got it wrong. 

Have a read of both statements in this edition and follow the links in both.

As boaters this issue is of vital interest to us all and, unless boaters make submissions, these regulations will be implemented in their present form. Submissions must be in by 11 October.

In other news, the dates for the annual Variety Splash have been announced for next February. Shipmate is once again a Supporting Sponsor of this great event. For those who have not previously been involved, you’re missing out. 

A three day boat rally around Port Phillip and Corio Bays, open to both power and sail, where the emphasis is on having fun, but at the same time raising valuable funds for children in our community with disabilities. 

A lot of fun and a good cause, you don’t get better than that!

Finally, we are well underway with the preparation of the 2012 edition of Shipmate Marine Directory – the Victorian boaters essential guide. This 136 page pocket wonder is due for release in November. As usual, we’ve totally sold out of advertising, as we do each year and we would like to thank all of our advertisers and sponsors for their valued support.

The Shipmate Marine Directory iphone app is also well underway and more details on that soon.

Cheers, see you out on the water

John Zammit

The Variety Splash 2012 - Entries now open



15 September 2011

Entries for the 2012 Variety Splash are steadily coming in with the event, to be held next February, set to be bigger than ever. Shipmate is a supporting sponsor of this the three day boat rally that takes participants around Port Phillip and Corio Bay (Vic) on a fun filled adventure that's open to power and sail boats of all shapes and... click for more

Stabicraft is Australia’s Greatest Alloy Boat

15 September 2011

Australia’s foremost small boat magazine, TrailerBoat, has named the Stabicraft 2150SC as Australia’s Greatest Alloy Boat for 2011. The Stabicraft won by the narrowest of margins and was described by several judges as an ugly duckling that had turned into a beautiful swan. It eased out strong competition from the Bar Crusher 610... click for more

Sydney City Marine under new ownership

12 September 2011

Effective this week, well known and respected yachtsman Syd Fischer’s Australian Corporate Holdings has completed the purchase of the state of the art Sydney City Marine boat maintenance facility. Executive Chairman of the Australian Corporate Holdings, Syd Fischer OBE, is well known for his hands on approach to business and also for... click for more

'Australia Unlimited' to launch at Monaco Yacht Show

12 September 2011

Australia’s premier internationally focused marine industry organisations, the Australian International Marine Export Group (AIMEX) and Superyacht Australia, are putting their joint weight behind a strong Australian presence at the Monaco Yacht Show this month. To ensure a high profile at this event, AIMEX and Superyacht Australia are... click for more

It's showtime at Mandurah

9 September 2011

All eyes will be on the water this October, with the biggest boats ever seen at the Club Marine Mandurah Boat Show on display. The Club Marine Mandurah Boat Show is Western Australia’s biggest and best boating lifestyle event, bringing together a collection of more than 600 boats from all sizes. From $10 million luxury cruisers and yachts... click for more

B&G enters cruising market with new Triton range

9 September 2011

Developed specifically for cruisers and club racers, high-end sailing electronics brand B&G has launched its new Triton instrument and autopilot range. With a focus on display visibility, low power consumption and ease of use, Triton incorporates the same advanced technology as B&G’s world-renowned race-orientated products in a... click for more

GME saves Shady Lady crew in Banda Sea

7 September 2011

The annual 600 nautical mile Darwin to Ambon race to the capital of the Spice Islands attracts entries from blue water sailors from Australia and the world. After achieving a highly credible 3rd place in its division of the 2011 race, the Australian registered yacht Shady Lady with a crew of three ran into serious trouble on the return leg to... click for more

Chaparral Australia wins international award

6 September 2011

Hot on the heels of a stunning Sydney Boat Show performance, Chaparral Australia has taken out Top International Dealer at the 47th Chaparral Dealer Conference held on Table Lake in Branson, Missouri. Over 200 dealers attended the four day conference, with 41 International dealers making the trip from around the globe. “We are... click for more

More Clean Marinas in Queensland

6 September 2011

The high profile Gold Coast marina at Sanctuary Cove has become the 50th marina in Australia to achieve Clean Marina accreditation. Recent Clean Marina auditing in Queensland has also resulted in Scarborough Marina and Coomera Waters Marina being re-accredited as Clean Marinas as part of the programs ongoing review... click for more

New Marine Regulations - The BIAV have got it wrong says Minister

6 September 2011

In a statement issued by the Minister for Ports Dr Denis Napthine in response to comments made by the BIA of Victoria (BIAV) he claims that Victorian Boaters will not be forced to pay exorbitant fines or licensing fees as the BIAV has incorrectly claimed. According to the Minister, the BIAV, in its press release makes a number of false and... click for more

New marine regulations set to cost Victorian boaters

5 September 2011

The Boating Industry Association of Victoria has voiced serious concerns over new Marine Regulations that it claims are set to impose a minimum $643 cost on anyone wanting to obtain a recreational boat operator license, heavy handed new penalties for existing boat owners including $120 parking fines, and a 500% increase in many fines for... click for more

Riviera to showcase new 4400 Sport Yacht Series II

4 September 2011

Riviera, Australia’s largest and most awarded pleasure boat builder will showcase its new 4400 Sport Yacht Series II at the Club Marine Mandurah Boat Show to be held from October 14-16. Established in 2001, the annual Club Marine Mandurah Boat Show is Australia’s third largest boat show held over 24,000 square metres of... click for more

Werribee River Channel maintenance dredging

3 September 2011

In a Notice to mariners issued 01 September 2011 No. 103(T) - 2011 Mariners are advised of maintenance dredging works at Werribee South at approximate location 38°58.375’ S, 144°41.168’ E (WGS84). Dredging works in the area of the Werribee River Channel will be carried out by cutter suction dredge. Dredged material is... click for more

13FISH a winner in the fight against fish crime

2 September 2011

13FISH, the 24-hour reporting line for illegal fishing activity, is proving a winner with resource conscious Victorians. Fisheries Victoria Executive Director, Anthony Hurst, said that since the inception of 13FISH in 2003 almost 15,000 calls have been recorded from all over the state. “These calls have led to the prosecution of, or... click for more

'Baby Maritimo' proving popular

1 September 2011

Luxury cruiser manufacturer Maritimo’s highly successful Mustang 32 Sports Cruiser, dubbed the ‘baby Maritimo’, has struck a chord with boaters with four vessels now destined for Sydney Maritimo marketing manager, Luke Durman, said the compact family cruiser had been a ‘real head turner’ at the recent Sydney... click for more

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