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31 January 2012

Shipmate News 01 February 2012

Lots of news, information and free stuff too!



It’s great to be back on deck with the first Shipmate News for 2012. I wish you all a slightly belated happy new year and hope you had an opportunity to have a break and a chance to recharge the batteries. 

I know I did, we spent a bit of time at Port Stephens (NSW) pottering around the beautiful waterways, boating, swimming, walking along secluded beaches, a trip up the Myall River to the Myall Lakes for a few days, generally relaxing and just chilling out. Then when we got back we joined around 350 other boats at the Festival of Sails in Geelong (VIC), the largest keelboat regatta in the southern hemisphere, for a few days and what a sensational few days that was. And now, it’s back to work… Well, that is if you can really describe what I do as work!

In this (slightly oversize) edition, a mix of interesting boating news and information including details of the Melbourne Summer Boat Show, which kicks off this Friday (03 Feb) at Melbourne’s iconic Docklands. We’ve got details of exciting new releases from Buizen, Maritimo, Princess, Chaparral and Chris-Craft and news that Superyacht Australia is merging with AIMEX the peak body for Australian marine exporters. We have details of three separate dramatic rescues off the coasts of Queensland and NSW and plenty of other interesting stuff. 



The really big news though is that distribution of the 2012 edition of Shipmate Marine Directory - The Victorian Boaters Essential Guide, is now complete. This 136 page pocket wonder is now available free to boaters from yacht clubs, marinas, marine organisations and selected marine businesses. Inside you’ll find a complete list of marine trades and services, contact details for yacht clubs and marinas, a handy Docklands guide, safety information, tide tables and more. 

Too busy to pick up a copy? Don’t despair. This year we’ve teamed up with Australia’s biggest selling boating magazine, Tradeaboat. A copy of Shipmate Marine Directory will go out free with every Tradeaboat magazine, issue 424, (on sale 28 February) sold in Victoria. So, make sure you pick up a copy of Tradeaboat from your local newsagent and get two great boating publications for the price of one!

Oh, and don’t forget our iPhone App, it’s available free from the App store and, if all else fails then of course you can always log on to our website at www.shipmate.com.au naturally that’s free too!

Cheers, see you out on the water

John Zammit

Festival of Sails 2012 proves a winner

31 January 2012

Australia’s oldest ongoing sporting event, and the largest annual keelboat regatta in the Southern Hemisphere, the Festival of Sails has been run and won in 2012… And the winner is Victoria, in particular the City of Geelong along with the sport of yachting and an estimated 100,000 people who visited the Geelong waterfront from the 26... click for more

'Wow factor' on tap at 2012 Sanctuary Cove International Boat Show

30 January 2012

The 24th annual Sanctuary Cove International Boat Show, 24-27 May 2012, has been supercharged and amped to the max with a myriad of attractions to deliver outstanding value for money for visitors to the show. As well as new infrastructure, with the superyacht pavilion replaced by a brand new marquee and greater flexibility for exhibitors, there... click for more

New Victorian dealer for Mustang

30 January 2012

Leading Australian luxury cruiser manufacturer Maritimo has appointed Victorian marine industry identity Lee Vitiello and his company, Melbourne Boat Sales, to be the official distributor for the Mustang range in that state. Lee Vitiello has run Melbourne Boat Sales for the past four and a half years and for the past decade has been the driving... click for more

Refuelling safety vital in preventing boat fires

27 January 2012

Transport Safety Victoria (TSV) is reminding people of the dangers of refuelling powerboats, houseboats and personal water craft, after two people were injured when their house boat caught fire while refuelling on Lake Eildon today. TSV’s Director of Maritime Safety, Peter Corcoran, said refuelling is a potentially hazardous part of... click for more

Chaparral to show off 5 new models

25 January 2012

“Riding the wave of stellar sales and enquiry since August last year we have decided to show off in Melbourne and have put together a great line up of boats” says Chaparral Australia’s Scott O’Hare “Amongst the previously unseen models for Melbourne we also have two national debutants with the 420 Premiere,... click for more

Superior Jetties creates curvaceous concept at RPAYC

24 January 2012

Superior Jetties recently installed a new curved pontoon at the Royal Prince Alfred Yacht Club (RPAYC) in Pittwater, Sydney. Close to 50m in length, the pontoon is a custom design of Superior Jetties’ Super Elite system and has been installed as a service wharf – allowing club members and the public to access the restaurant,... click for more

Multi-million dollar sales see 2012 off to a good start

24 January 2012

Australian boating industry icon Bill Barry-Cotter is cautiously optimistic about the year ahead after starting 2012 with almost $10 million in luxury cruiser sales. “It is way too early to say we have turned the corner yet, but we have sold a total of eight boats for prices of up to $2 million each in the period from the end of December... click for more

Is yours a paper boat?

24 January 2012

Is that LED light on the water temp gauge supposed to flash like that? How do I switch my GPS over to night mode? Where are the sacrificial anodes located on my engine? The answer to these, and a myriad of other questions about your boat and the equipment on board, can be found somewhere amongst the veritable library of instruction manuals that... click for more

V for Victory


24 January 2012

Princess Yachts International enjoyed another successful evening at the annual IPC magazines Motor Boat of the Year awards where, the already highly acclaimed V52 picked up the coveted title of ‘Motor Boat of the Year’ for the Sports Cruisers category. The V52 was said to be the ‘unanimous choice’ of the judges and the one... click for more

GME MT400 facilitates two rescues in one day

24 January 2012

Fortunately the majority of Australian boaters take safety seriously, consequently the incidence of major marine accidents are relatively few and far between, so the events of January 18, 2012, were extraordinary to say the least. Firstly notification was received that a GME MT400 emergency beacon had been activated by the Cairns bound... click for more

Variety Splash launches in only 34 days

19 January 2012

The Variety Splash is launching again in 34 days... This three day regatta, open to both power and sail boats, occurs from Thursday 23rd to Sunday 26th February 2012 taking 20 boats with over 300 participants, around Port Phillip and Corio Bay. The boats will visit some of Victoria's best yacht clubs and marinas including Sandringham Yacht Club,... click for more

World first debuts confirmed for Melbourne Summer Boat Show

18 January 2012

The 2012 Melbourne Summer Boat Show, taking place February 3-5 at Melbourne's water wonderland - the Docklands - is set to be a bumper event with all types of boats being open to the public to peruse, plus a wide range of on and off water activities for the entire family. Exhibitors include Melbourne Boat Sales who will be displaying the new... click for more

New Buizen 52 makes a splash

18 January 2012

Two years of design, development and investment have culminated in the launch of the new Buizen 52 – the first new model from Buizen Yachts in over 15 years. Now keeled, afloat and rigged, the Buizen 52 has crossed its last major hurdles before final fit-out and sea-trials. The Buizen 52 is an all-new design that continues the... click for more

Dockwise Yacht Transport ship heading to Australia

18 January 2012

The city of Brisbane, Australia’s third most populous city, will welcome Dockwise Yacht Transport’s (DYT) Super Servant 4 with open arms this month when the 169.49 meter (556 foot) electric orange semi-submersible ship berths at Fisherman’s Island Terminal to unload a cargo of yachts totaling approximately US... click for more

Keep kids safe on boats this summer

18 January 2012

Safety on boats is paramount, especially with children on board. It’s important that your little boaties wear proper approved lifejackets when underway and for smaller children, at all times on boats. There’s no need to risk the unimaginable with cheap toy lifejackets or by using spare adult sized lifejackets that don’t fit... click for more

New Recreational Fishing Guide Now Available

18 January 2012

The 2012 Victorian Recreational Fishing Guide has been released and includes important new information about catch limits, closed seasons and permitted equipment. More than 300,000 Guides have been printed to help anglers fish sustainably. The Guide has been funded by recreational fishing licence fees along with other educational products such... click for more

Space conquered in new maritimo C50

17 January 2012

Internationally renowned luxury cruiser manufacturer Maritimo will unveil for the first time its revolutionary C50 IPS Sports Cabriolet at the upcoming Miami Yacht and Brokerage Show. The C50 IPS boasts a spacious full-beam master stateroom equipped with ensuite, king sized bed, chaise lounge and make-up vanity. The stateroom is a design... click for more

Ballot to select Endeavour crew 
to view rare astronomical event

17 January 2012

The Australian National Maritime Museum today announced HMB Endeavour will voyage to Lord Howe Island in May 2012 to follow in James Cook’s wake and observe the Transit of Venus – a rare astronomical event where the planet Venus moves across the sun. And for the first time, the museum will hold a special ballot to select the 35 paying... click for more

AIMEX to host marine industry seminars

17 January 2012

In co-operation with Enterprise Connect, the Australian International Marine Export Group (AIMEX) has been awarded a grant to host a total of 5 Seminars to be held nationally in Gold Coast, Brisbane, Melbourne, Sydney and Perth in February 2012. This series of seminars have been specifically tailored to marine industry business needs. The... click for more

RMYS successfully hosts 83rd Stonehaven Cup

16 January 2012

This year (2012), Royal Melbourne Yacht Squadron (RMYS) hosted the 83rd Stonehaven Cup Regatta, the longest continuously contested junior one-design dinghy trophy in Australian yachting. The contest is limited to youth sailors between the ages of 12 and 18 years. The Stonehaven Cup was first awarded in 1924 to boats... click for more

Chris Craft to Launch 32-foot Bowrider at Miami Boat Show

14 January 2012

Chris Craft is set to release their Launch 32 Bowrider at the Miami International Boat Show, February 16-20, 2012. Dealer Principal for Sydney based Premier Marine, Steve Hannes, said “the 32 Launch is set to offer something no other bowrider has in the world: the family fun factor of an open bow, but with the practicality of overnight... click for more

ASMEX 2012 registrations open

13 January 2012

The 2012 Australian Superyacht and Marine Export Conference (ASMEX) has generated considerable interest and enquiry following the success of the inaugural 2011 Conference. ASMEX 2012 registrations are now open. The Australian Marine Export Group and Superyacht Australia are very aware that in the current economic climate a conference such as... click for more

Superyacht Australia mergers

12 January 2012

Superyacht Australia, the peak body for the Australian Superyacht sector, has merged with the Australian International Marine Export group, the peak body for the marine export sector. AIMEX will set up a Superyacht division and will appoint a committee of Superyacht industry representatives to drive the issues affecting this sector. ... click for more

Safety warning to jet skiers

12 January 2012

Transport Safety Victoria (TSV) is urging Victorian jet skiers to be prepared, ensure they carry the right safety equipment and know how to raise the alarm if something goes wrong. This reminder follows the recent incident involving a 29-year-old man who spent a night drifting at sea while awaiting rescue after the jet ski he was riding broke... click for more

GME EPIRB key element in Dramatic Sydney Rescue

10 January 2012

A ride in a NSW Water Police vessel was the last thing 11 year old Coffs Harbour mates Ryan Matthews and Riley Smiles expected when they set off with their fathers for a day’s boating off of Sydney’s Northern beaches last week. The 41’ steel hulled MV Intrepid was fishing approximately 7.5kms from Sydney’s famous North... click for more

Audi Hamilton Island Race Week 2012 - Entries already lodged

5 January 2012

In an unprecedented display of support, entries have already been lodged for this year’s Audi Hamilton Island Race Week – eight months before the celebrated regatta begins on August 17. And, as is almost always the case, it is the highly enthusiastic cruising sailors who are leading the way. The Notice of Race for this year’s... click for more

The Tavern is back at Sanctuary Cove!


4 January 2012

Exhibitors and visitors to the 2012 Sanctuary Cove International Boat Show, 24-27 May, will have a new social hub boasting good old fashioned pub-grub, with the opening of The Cove Tavern. The Tavern is the latest venture by one of the Gold Coast’s most experienced restaurateurs, Max Alfieri, who is the owner-operator of the popular IoEsco... click for more

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