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15 December 2011

Shipmate News 15 December 2011

This is it for 2011

Welcome to the final edition of Shipmate News for 2011. Distribution of the 2012 edition of Shipmate Marine directory – The Victorian boaters essential guide, is almost complete, if you don’t have your free copy as yet make sure you ask for it at your yacht club, marina, marine organizations and selected marine businesses. 

If you have any trouble getting hold of a copy, let us know at and we’ll arrange to get you one.

Our new iphone app is also going great guns, we’ve had a lot of feedback and it’s all positive, so thanks to those of you who have taken the trouble to let us know that you’ve used it and been pleased with the result. If you’ve got an iphone, make sure you download it free from the app store.

As you can imagine here at Shipmate we often have people contact us for help in sourcing advice, services or equipment and we try to put them on the right track. As this is the last Shipmate News for the year I thought I might share one of the more interesting requests that we received earlier in the year.

“Dear Shipmate, I really need your advice on a serious problem. 
I have suspected for some time that my wife is cheating on me. The usual signs: if the phone rings and I answer, the caller hangs up; she goes out with the girls a lot. I try to stay awake to look out for her when she comes home but I usually fall asleep. 
Anyway, last night about midnight I hid in the shed behind the boat. 

She came home in a strange car with a man I didn’t recognise and got out buttoning her blouse, straightening her skirt and generally fixing her attire. It was at that moment crouched behind the boat that I noticed a hairline crack in the outboard engine mounting bracket... Is that something I can weld or do I need to replace the whole bracket?”

I Trust you all have a nice break and enjoy the holidays, we wish you a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year and we’ll be back with Shipmate News on February 01, 2012.

Cheers, See you out on the water

John Zammit

New marina at St Kilda gets the green light

15 December 2011

The final design of the new Royal Melbourne Yacht Squadron marina layout and indicative design of the southern breakwater extension have been signed off by Parks Victoria. The marina layout has expanded since the submission of the original 230 berth marina. To cater for the expansion to 250 berths and demand for longer pens negotiations for... click for more

Outboard powered circumnavigation raises almost $300k

14 December 2011

Newly named 2012 Tasmanian of the Year, Rob Pennicott, has now raised more than $280,000 from his record-setting circumnavigation of Australia - powered by ultra-reliable Mercury outboards. Rob and his team circled Australia (including Tasmania) anti-clockwise in two 5.4 metre Naiad RIBs, each with two 60hp Mercury FourStrokes, to complete the... click for more

Chaparral to Show off on Australia Day

14 December 2011

The Festival of Sails held on the Geelong Waterfront next Australia Day Weekend will have a new attraction with the running of the Chaparral Wake and Ski show. Chaparral’s new Xtreme wake boats will feature as the tow boat of choice for the inaugural event which will thrill the crowd with spectacular aerial moves and crazy tricks featuring... click for more

Plan to refloat Newport VU course

14 December 2011

by Laura Keys VICTORIA University’s beleaguered boat building apprenticeship course could be saved by a plan to ship it out to a private company. The Certificate III in Marine Craft Construction, run from the university’s Newport campus, is under threat of closure, with the university refusing to enrol new students in 2012 due to... click for more

Port Phillip marine wonders the ticket to holiday fun

13 December 2011

There are many marine wonders from Port Phillip Bay waiting to be discovered by big and small kids alike at Queenscliff’s Marine and Freshwater Discovery Centre. The discovery centre will kick-off its Summer by the Sea Holiday Program on December 28, offering guided activities designed to captivate the minds of children of all... click for more

New boating & swimming zones for Port Phillip & Western Port

13 December 2011

Swimmers and recreational boating enthusiasts will benefit this summer from a second round of reforms to boating and swimming zones across Port Phillip and Western Port. Implementation of the new zones will occur over December and January and cover sections of Port Phillip and Western Port stretching from Safety Beach to Blairgowrie, Werribee... click for more

Swimmers Urged Not To Jump From Piers

13 December 2011

Parks Victoria is urging swimmers not to jump or dive from piers and jetties this summer as warmer summer weather attracts more people to beaches across Port Phillip and Western Port. “Parents especially should be vigilant to ensure their children are aware of the dangers of jumping and diving from piers,” said Parks Victoria Chief... click for more

BIA NSW to hold exhibitor rates for 2012

13 December 2011

The Board of the Boating Industry Association of NSW have again decided to hold exhibitor rates for the 2012 Rosehill Gardens and Sydney International Boat Shows. The BIA NSW Board has announced to assist industry in these difficult financial times, Sydney International Boat Show Exhibition Rates will be held at last year’s rates... click for more

Maritimo sharpens its focus for 2012

12 December 2011

Luxury cruiser manufacturer Maritimo is heading into 2012 heavily focused on product improvement and refinement and meeting exactly the needs and aspirations of the boat buying public. Marketing Director Luke Durman said the company’s Maritimo and Mustang brands both had a strong and loyal following and Maritimo wanted to build upon that... click for more

Lowrance HDS Gen2 on its way

12 December 2011

Following the worldwide success of the Lowrance High-Definition System (HDS) series of multifunction displays, HDS Gen2 is on its way. With double the memory and twice the processor speed, Lowrance HDS Gen2 delivers enhanced responsiveness, faster start-up and menu operation, along with lightning-fast chart panning and zooming speeds. The new... click for more

Cummins, Mercury Marine transitioning from CMD joint venture

12 December 2011

Cummins and Mercury Marine are transitioning from their Cummins MerCruiser Diesel Marine (CMD) joint venture to a strategic supply arrangement between the two companies to more effectively serve customers in the global diesel marine market. The transition took place in the South Pacific... click for more

Yanmar Powers Opulent Cat

10 December 2011

In Queensland boaters don’t come with a much bigger profile than flamboyant hairdressing entrepreneur, Steve “Stefan” Ackerie. Well known for his string of records in offshore powerboat racing on board his pink race boat simply named Stefan Shampoo, Stefan has a public profile to match his high speed ocean exploits. But... click for more

ex-HMAS Canberra celebrates its second Birthday

10 December 2011

The ex-HMAS Canberra Dive site celebrates its second birthday this week since officially opening to the public on 5 December 2009. The ex-HMAS Canberra is a former warship, which served the Australian Navy between 1981 and 2005, now lies approximately 28 metres under water and attracts divers from all over the world. Parks Victoria Chief... click for more

The Fisherman’s Bucket List—50 fish to catch before your last cast

8 December 2011

Paul Worsteling drops a line into the ‘best fish to catch’ conversation with his latest book release, The Fisherman’s Bucket List—50 fish to catch before your last cast. This elegantly presented hard cover book profiles 50 top sportfish, each described with a mix of anecdotes, interesting facts, related species information,... click for more

Nautilus Marine Tags Monster Marlin

7 December 2011

Nautilus Marine Insurance has sponsored the Great Marlin Race, a prominent event dedicated to billfish research and conservation. Scientists and Pacific Blue Marlin both benefit from the Great Marlin Race made possible with the support of sponsors like Nautilus Marine. Pacific Blue Marlin, one of the most magnificent billfish to swim the open... click for more

Axius catamaran first in Southern Hemisphere

5 December 2011

The VK1 – the first catamaran in the Southern Hemisphere to feature MerCruiser’s amazing Axius sterndrive system – is receiving rave reviews as a great all-rounder, and it’s opened up a whole new world of possibilities. Staggeringly, the VK1 is the very first Powercat built by Lester Smith of V.K. Marine in Auckland N.Z,... click for more

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