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1 December 2011

Shipmate News 01 December 2011

Interesting thing about boats, just when you think you’ve got everything just right, something else crops up. I thought I had my boat all set for the holidays and almost as an afterthought I thought I’d have a diver go down and check my anodes and give the hull a bit of a scrub.

Well, as it turns out, lucky I did, he found my Cutlass Bearing had worked itself part way out of the skeg. Lucky I was able to get the boat out of the water at short notice and have the problem fixed. I hate to think of the damage, the cost of repair and the inconvenience, had it come out completely while I was underway. Not something I really want to think about!

It did serve to remind me again though that boats generally live in a harsh environment and regular inspection and maintenance is all important, after all, it’s not just us, more often than not we have family and friends on board, so, if you’re going boating over the summer, make sure you’ve done all your checks and that all your maintenance is up to date.

And now on a slightly different subject, I’m pleased to report that the 2012 edition of Shipmate Marine Directory, the Victorian boaters essential guide, is currently being distributed via yacht clubs, marinas, marine organizations and selected marine businesses.

Make sure you ask for your free copy of this 136 page pocket wonder, from your marina office or wherever you keep your boat. If you have any problems obtaining your free copy, please give us a call on 03 9690 5435 or shoot us a quick email at

I’m also pleased to report that the free Shipmate iphone app is proving popular and the feedback so far has been all positive, if you haven’t downloaded it yet make sure you visit the App Store and download your free copy.

Finally, I would like to take a moment to remind you that Shipmate is raising funds for Variety, the children's charity. 

Dedicated to transforming the lives of children with special needs, Variety aims to increase their quality of life by supplying essential items like wheelchairs, walking frames, Braille and Dynavox speech machines, etc.

Variety raises funds in a number of ways, including running events like the Variety Bash and the Variety Splash.

Shipmate is a supporting sponsor of the annual Variety Splash, but apart from that, we’ve also entered our own team and aiming to raise funds for this very worthwhile cause.

For more details and a very simple way that you can assist please take a moment to visit:

All donations are tax deductable and you’ll receive an auto-generated tax deductible receipt immediately. If you have any questions or need any further information, please don’t hesitate to give me a call on 03 9690 5435 or email to

Cheers, see you out on the water

John Zammit

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Galileo, the inventor of the telescope, would be impressed with the latest FLIR First Mate MS thermal night vision camera as it does something his telescope could never do – it helps sailors see in the dark. The new First Mate MS uses the same thermal imaging technology as FLIR’s best-in-class Navigator 11, Voyager 11 and M-Series... click for more

Boating Safety Seminars

30 November 2011

Would your club like to present important boating safety information to your members? Does your club want to engage more with its members and add value to their membership? Why not host a seminar on boating safety? Transport Safety Victoria (TSV) has arranged for well known presenter Doug King to deliver seminars across Victoria. They are... click for more

New year, new Back Cove - 34 set to arrive in January

30 November 2011

The first Back Cove 34 is set to arrive in Australia in the first week of January 2012. With the new owner keen to enjoy the best of summer cruising, there will be limited viewing availability of the new model – around mid-January only. Interested parties are encouraged to make an appointment now so they don’t miss-out. Launched... click for more

Survey shows marinas commitment to the environment

29 November 2011

The preliminary findings from the annual Health of the Australian Marina Survey have been released. Despite tough trading conditions the survey highlights that more marinas are committed to increase spending on improvements to environmental related facilities and technologies. There is a 16% increase (to 39%) in the number of marinas across... click for more

Moving Propeller Alert

28 November 2011

If you take your boat anywhere there are swimmers or tow sport activities, then you should consider Mercury’s Moving Propeller Alert. This high visibility safety system helps swimmers to know when an engine is running and when the propeller is in motion. On some boats the drive unit is not always visible from the water, and with modern... click for more

Oh Buoy! Third 5800 Sport Yacht for Riviera Syndication

28 November 2011

Riviera Syndication celebrated the recent delivery of its third Riviera 5800 Sport Yacht in less than 18 months, a significant milestone for the family owned business. Despite tough market conditions, Riviera Syndication owners John and Sharon Russell have recorded their most successful year as more people realise the benefits of owning a... click for more

Luxury marque Belize Motoryachts celebrates Australian launch

28 November 2011

Belize Motoryachts, the new Australian owned-and-designed luxury marque, has just celebrated this month the much-anticipated arrival of its limited edition, semi custom Belize 52 with two intimate launch events in Queensland and New South Wales. Both events – the first held at a private home on the Sovereign Islands in Queensland, the... click for more

Aussies out in force at METS

22 November 2011

Thirty two Australian companies once again impressed at this year’s 2011 Marine Equipment Trade Show (METS) in Amsterdam - the world’s largest trade exhibition of equipment, materials and systems for the international marine leisure industry. The Australian Pavilion had moved location this year and included for the first time... click for more

Festival of Sails 2012 Launched

18 November 2011

The 2012 Festival of Sails was launched today at the Royal Geelong Yacht Club, by the Victorian Premier, Mr Ted Baillieu. In raising the event flag the Premier signalled that with the support of both State and Local Government, the 168 year old, multi award winning event is set to remain a permanent fixture on the Victorian Major Events... click for more

St Kilda Pier maintenance works

18 November 2011

Parks Victoria will commence maintenance works on St Kilda Pier next week to reinforce a number of concrete crossheads to allow for continued service vehicle access by installing horizontal steel beam bracing beneath the pier. As the manager of over 40 piers and jetties around Port Phillip and Western Port, Parks Victoria continually monitors... click for more

Wyndham Harbour breaks waves in Melbourne’s west

17 November 2011

Construction on Melbourne’s highly anticipated Wyndham Harbour marina has commenced with 30,000 tonnes of rock ready to be placed into the water to form the breakwater, the backbone of the new marina. The building of the breakwater of the marina is an important milestone for the project and will be undertaken by BMD... click for more

Join the park-arazzi! Win a $2,000 Anaconda voucher

17 November 2011

Parks Victoria is encouraging anyone who has taken a winning photo while out and about in Victoria’s parks to enter its photo competition on Facebook. Great prizes on offer include the Anaconda Grand Prize of a $2,000 voucher, and four category prizes of two nights’ accommodation in Wilderness Retreats in a park. The categories... click for more

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