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2 October 2011

Shipmate News 01 October 2011

It’s mostly good news

While boating generally continues all year around, October marks the official start of the boat show season. Clubs throughout the state are holding their official opening days, some with more pomp and ceremony than others. 

And, as the clubs celebrate the start of another boat show season, the recreational fishers, here in the south, are looking forward to the start of another bumper snapper season as the red tide starts to flow into Port Phillip and Western Port to spawn. As if that wasn’t enough, the weather is on the improve, and, there’s plenty of other positive news about.

In this edition we’ve got an update on the Frankston Safe Harbour project. While it’s not exactly moving forward at record pace, at least it’s still on the agenda and we’ve got the latest update below. 

Also, rather than just sit around doing nothing, the good folk down Chelsea Heights way are holding their own boat and marine equipment show with a few local businesses getting together to present a mini boat and equipment show where boaters can pick up a few bargains.

We’ve also got news that the world’s best Olympic sailors are heading downunder for the ISAF Sailing World Cup, to be held at Sandringham Yacht Club in November and, on the international front, we have reports from our Aussie marine exporters who exhibited at the recent Auckland Boat Show, that are sounding really positive.

Closer to home, we are in the final stages of preparing the next edition of Shipmate Marine Directory (the booklet) and we can’t wait to get it out, which should be some time in November. This year we’re really excited about how it’s come up and we’ve incorporated a bit of technology that makes it even easier to use. 

That’s not all either, we’ve been working hard behind the scenes and very soon we’ll be making some other announcements as to improvements we’ve made to Shipmate that we think will be of benefit to boaters. Watch this space! In the interim, enjoy the read.

Cheers, see you out on the water

John Zammit

Australian Volunteer Coast Guard Chooses Yamaha

30 September 2011

Based on the phenomenal success of the Yamaha powered Razerline vessel put into service at Coast Guard Geelong, a similar vessel has been commissioned for the Coast Guard at Hastings. Yamaha four stroke outboards have once again been selected to power the latest Coast Guard boat launched in Victoria. The new Coast Guard vessel for... click for more

Frankston Safe Harbour still on the agenda

30 September 2011

So what’s happening with Frankston Safe Harbour these days? Well, while some progress is still being made, the effects of the global financial crisis have taken their toll on the project. Back in March 2010 the Frankston City Council determined to terminate the Stage 1 tender process due to the absence of any conforming tenders, with a... click for more

Local artists at Gold Coast Marine Expo to aid charities

30 September 2011

Inspirational young artist Kadee Webber is just a brush stroke away from facing one of her biggest challenges – to transform a blank canvas into a work of art in just 24 hours when she joins fellow artists in front of a live audience at the inaugural Gold Coast Marine Expo in November. The up and coming practicing artist will graduate from... click for more

Chelsea Heights Boat and Marine Equipment Show

30 September 2011

All Covers, All marineworx, BJs Marine and Stingray Boats have teamed up again to hold their annual Boat and Equipment clearance show right at the start of the boating season. The show to be held at their premises at 13 Ashley Park Drive Chelsea Heights from 14 to 16 October will feature a large display of new and used boats and lots of marine... click for more

Aussies set to steal the show at Fort Lauderdale

29 September 2011

Australian luxury cruiser manufacturer, Maritimo, has set its sights high for the Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show in October with more than $8 million in vessels being shipped over to form part of a 1600 square metre display. Maritimo’s marketing director Luke Durman said the President of Maritimo USA , Dave Northrop, was planning... click for more

Its official, Australia’s Greatest Bowrider is a Chaparral

29 September 2011

After recent exhaustive testing against a class field of quality opposition, the Chaparral 216SSi Bowrider has been awarded the title of Australia’s Greatest Bowrider. As part of Trailer Boat magazines annual “Australia’s Greatest Boats” series for 2011; judges tested a number of boats and awarded points for ten... click for more

New Horizon P107 Tri Deck coming to Australia

27 September 2011

We all know that big boat sales has been steady in the last two years or so, but not in all cases says Horizon Motor Yachts Australia, who are about to deliver 6 new Horizons in the next 5 months. Five of these are 70 ft or over with 3 being over 94ft. Russell Wright, director of Horizon Motor Yachts Australia [HMYA] says, ‘In most cases... click for more

World’s best Olympic sailors return to Melbourne for ISAF Sailing World Cup

26 September 2011

All eyes will be on Sandringham Yacht Club for the first leg of the prestigious ISAF Sailing World Cup in Melbourne, Australia from November 6-12 as the best of the best descend on Port Phillip Bay. The Sailing World Cup is an exciting addition to the city’s summer events calendar and will showcase a marine driven carnival and the very... click for more

Don’t ruin your summer - protect your valuable engine

24 September 2011

Boat owners across Australia are being reminded not to let fuel problems wreck the start of a great summer on the water. When engines – and therefore fuel systems – are started up after some time in storage, trouble can easily strike. “There might have been a bit of corrosion, some deposits could have formed or fuel could... click for more

Baileys Marine White Bay 6 achieves a 2.5 million litre major milestone.

24 September 2011

Sydney Harbours' leading recreational and commercial fuel facility, Baileys Marine White Bay 6, has achieved a major milestone with the delivery of 2.5 million litres to a very appreciative Sydney recreational and commercial boating fraternity. Guy Bailey, Brad Fisher and Dave Anstice, the team leading Sydney's state-of-the-art fuel service... click for more

Regal Seeks To Add To Team Roster

24 September 2011

A bit of good news emanating out of the US earlier this month with the announcement that Regal Marine is hiring new staff. According to the announcement by Regal, the new staff are required to accommodate growing product demand and as a result they will be hiring immediately. 

Regal is currently seeking experienced new team members... click for more

Lipton Cup Regatta 2011

24 September 2011

November 19 and 20 sees the Lipton Cup Regatta held on Port Philip. This year the 2011-2012 Victorian State IRC and AMS Titles incorporated into the event. With racing covering all divisions, including cruising boats, this promises to be the major pre Christmas event on Port Phillip. Competitors racing for the state titles will be attempting... click for more

World-beating buoy to aid people overboard

20 September 2011

The SOS Dan Buoy is one of the biggest changes in marine-rescue devices in decades and is made in Australia. Designed and developed by SOS Marine, the inflatable SOS Dan buoy is not a lifejacket but a compact flotation unit that can be thrown into the water as a rescue device. The unique design of the device took out the Excellence Award for... click for more

Australian marine exporters in force at Auckland

20 September 2011

With New Zealand being a significant trading partner for the Australian marine sector, a number of Australian exporters, all members of the Australian International Marine Export Group (AIMEX), exhibited at the recent Auckland International Boat Show 15-18 September. This show is one that many businesses exhibit at each year, this year AIMEX... click for more

New Arvor Weekender

19 September 2011

More than a decade has passed since the launch of the extremely popular Arvor range. After adding hundreds of vessels to Australian waters, there has always been one side of boating missing. Until now... The launch of the new Arvor Weekender completes the range with a family/fishing cruiser. “This is a boat that customers have been... click for more

12 Sea Recovery Desalinators in 12 weeks

17 September 2011

Australian Marine Wholesale has achieved a significant milestone shipping12 Sea Recovery Desalinators to major brands in the 12 weeks since its official opening in May. AMW is the exclusive Australian importer and distributor for the world’s leading watermaker manufacturer, Sea Recovery, and is also the exclusive source for all spare... click for more joins forces with TYHA

17 September 2011 – the world’s ultimate portal for connecting people who'd like to rent, buy or sell a marina berth or mooring – has joined forces with The Yacht Harbour Association (TYHA). The alliance offers generous discounts and savings of up to £230 to TYHA members who sign-up with to promote... click for more

Riviera expands in Italy

17 September 2011

Riviera, Australia’s largest and most awarded pleasure boat builder has continued to expand its global dealer network with the appointment of Yachts Srl based in Milan and Sardinia, Italy. Riviera’s director of sales and marketing for Europe, Asia and the Middle East, David Taylor was proud to announce Yachts Srl as... click for more

Recreational fishing fees fund small scale projects

16 September 2011

Revenue from the sale of recreational fishing licences has funded 14 new small projects to improve opportunities for recreational fishers in Victoria. Minister for Agriculture and Food Security Peter Walsh said the projects were funded through the Small Grants Program. “The Small Grants Program is open year round to fishing clubs and... click for more

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