Free Marine Newsletter

14 February 2012

Time flies when you’re having fun

My how the time flies, it seems such a short while ago that we were preparing for the 2011 Variety Splash and here we are again with just over a week to go before the start of the 2012 event.

The Variety Splash, a three day cruise in company around Port Phillip Bay is one of those things that’s so much fun to be involved in while at the same time gives something back to the community. In this case, to children with special needs.

20 boats are set to take part in this year’s event, both power and sail. Starting off from Sandringham with overnight stops at Geelong and Queenscliff before finishing at Williamstown. In the process, if past events are anything to go by, there’ll be plenty of laughter, fun and entertainment and by the end of the event we will have raised over $100,000 in aid of Variety, the children’s charity. More details below or visit

And now to the news; As always, a good mix from around Australia with something for everyone, including details about the upcoming Wooden Boat Show at Geelong and a warning to boaters at the southern end of Port Philip to look out for the new navigation marks denoting the new boating and swimming zones.

Just a reminder too that the 2012 edition of Shipmate Marine Directory, the free, 136 page pocket wonder incorporating a complete A – Z of marine trades and services, contact details for yacht clubs and marinas, safety information, tide tables and much more is out now! 

This year, as well as being available free from yacht clubs, marinas, marine organizations and selected marine businesses, Shipmate Marine Directory will also be distributed in Victoria free with Australia’s biggest selling boating magazine, Tradeaboat (issue 424 on sale 29 February). Make sure you pick up a copy and get two great boating publications for the price of one. 

And a reminder too, to make sure you visit our website at where you’ll find everything you need to keep your pride and joy in tip top condition and, if you’ve got an iPhone, download our iphone app, available free from the app store.

Cheers, see you out on the water

John Zammit

Steber launch first of 5 Navy vessels

15 February 2012

Last week in the presence of over 200 visitors, including key government and Defence stakeholders, industry suppliers from around Australia, and staff of Steber International, Alan Steber launched the first of his 5 Steber Navy Vessels. The vessel was floated within a few minutes, and was reversed very professionally out onto the Manning... click for more

Nautilus Marine now covers trimarans

15 February 2012

Owners of multi hull sailing boats know only too well the difficulties involved in obtaining insurance coverage. Now, thanks to Nautilus Marine, the dark days of getting adequate insurance cover on multi hulls, including trimarans, have passed. Nautilus Marine has announced that its boat coverage has been expanded to now cover all... click for more

Lowrance HDS Gen2 launched Down Under

14 February 2012

Australian boaters will soon be able to get their hands on the next generation of Lowrance High-Definition System (HDS) multifunction displays, following its official launch last week. East Coast marine media representatives converged on Driftwood Café at Akuna Bay Marina (NSW) to learn about and experience firsthand the benefits of the... click for more

Vortex engines now selling direct online

14 February 2012

Vortex Marine today announced that their range of two and four stroke engines will be available to buy online at direct to the public. The move to retail Vortex online is a first for the Australian marine industry and comes after the brand was successfully launched in 2011. Telwater first launched... click for more

Special needs kids get a chance for some fun on the bay

14 February 2012

On the eve of the start of the fifth annual Variety Splash, comes the announcement that the event has partnered with the Ronald McDonald House Charities (RMHC), to enable a number of families and children to join the Variety Splash as it makes its way around Port Phillip later this month. RMHC is an independent, non-profit organisation that... click for more

Integrated multi-platform success for Trade-a-Boat

14 February 2012

Australia’s foremost big boat magazine, Trade-a-Boat, has proven the value of integrated multi-platform publishing in the latest online and ABC audit figures. Two years into implementing its online/offline integration strategy, the magazine’s website visitation is rapidly catching up with its monthly magazine sales. ABC audit... click for more

Dreams come true with Six of the Best

14 February 2012

With Club Marine Magazine’s spectacular Six of the Best! competition now well and truly underway, Club Marine is delighted to announce winner number two who will, later this year, enjoy a Queensland cruise on a luxurious Riviera 5800 Sport Yacht. Michael Sykes is the winner of Club Marine Magazine’s Ultimate Cruising destination and... click for more

Riviera Port Lincoln Tuna Classic gains international interest

12 February 2012

A new international standard for light tackle deep sea sport fishing was created at last year’s Riviera Port Lincoln Tuna Classic when 5,000 kilograms of Southern Bluefin Tuna were caught and released at the annual event. Following on from this success Riviera, Australia’s largest and most awarded pleasure boat builder is once... click for more

Wooden Boat Festival of Geelong

11 February 2012

The Whyte Just & Moore Wooden Boat Festival of Geelong to be held on 11 – 12 March 2012 is gearing with an impressive array of wooden boats, onshore static displays of nautical equipment, rope making and boat building. Local boat builders will demonstrate chalking, laminating and steam bending plus boat care and maintenance.... click for more

New Boating and swimming zones at southern end of the bays

8 February 2012

In a Notice to Mariners (NO. 025T – 2012) issued at Melbourne on 07 February Mariners are advised of extensive upgrade works to navigation aids along the near shore area from Martha Point, Dromana Bay to ‘The Sisters’, Sorrento, in Port Phillip. The works will include pile driving of new marker piles, removal of... click for more

Sevenstar Yacht Transport load and discharge first yachts in Australia in 2012

6 February 2012

In 2011 Sevenstar Yacht Transport achieved 23 sailings for loading and discharge in Australia. Sevenstar is on its way exceeding this amount in 2012, already having two sailings bound for Australia into both Newcastle and Brisbane over the past week. Other ports to be called into this year are Fremantle, Sydney, Brisbane and Melbourne. For... click for more

New Mustang 43 has undergone intensive review

6 February 2012

Luxury cruiser manufacturer Maritimo is set to bring a totally new level of style, performance and sophistication to the mid-price range sector of the boating market with its new Mustang 43 Sports Cruiser. The sleek new model which will be on the market in April 2012 has undergone the most exhaustive research and development process of any of... click for more

First international entry for Audi Hamilton Island Race Week 2012

6 February 2012

Kiwi yachtsman Paul Young is so enthusiastic about being at Audi Hamilton Island Race Week 2012 he has already lodged his entry – more than six months before the regatta is launched on August 17. ‘I’ve tried for many years to get to Race Week as crew with other people, but outside influences have always prevented me being... click for more

Sirocco Marine South expands to large new premises

6 February 2012

You know a company is doing something right when it expands to large new premises after barely a year in operation. This is certainly the case with Sirocco Marine South which has grown from strength to strength and is now moving to large and more modern premises, giving inflatable boat customers even more of what they want. ... click for more

Lashings of boats at a festival knot to be missed

6 February 2012

The love of wooden boats throughout the ages will again be on display at the Royal Geelong Yacht Club (RGYC) on the Labour Day weekend during the Whyte, Just & Moore Wooden Boat Festival of Geelong, held Saturday & Sunday 10th. & 11th. March 2012 An amazing display of well loved and absolutely classic wooden boats have been... click for more

Super new pavilion for Sanctuary Cove Show

6 February 2012

Exhibitors and visitors to the 24th Sanctuary Cove International Boat Show, 24-17 May 2012, will have one more marvel to admire, along with world and national launches, fascinating exhibits and great show deals. Brand new, not only to this year’s boat show, but the first of its kind in Australia, exhibitors will have a... click for more

Lockwood joins the Boatsales and BoatPoint crew

6 February 2012

Sydney-based marine industry stalwart David Lockwood has joined the and crew as the group’s new marine editor. 

David takes over the helm from Geoff Middleton who takes on an expanded role across Ltd's network of editorial sites. Australia’s leading marine editor,... click for more

Maritimo in dominant position at Sanctuary Cove show

2 February 2012

Luxury cruiser manufacturer Maritimo is planning an impressive on-water display at the upcoming Sanctuary Cove International Boat Show with more than $8 million worth of sleek new models on display. The Maritimo and Mustang display will be located at the entry to F-arm at the Sanctuary Cove marina which is the most prominent waterfront location... click for more

Club Marine supports future engineers

2 February 2012

Australia’s largest provider of pleasurecraft insurance, Club Marine, together with the Australian Maritime College (AMC) in Launceston, Tasmania, is delighted to offer scholarships for studies commencing in 2012 within the National Centre for Maritime Engineering and Hydrodynamics. As part of Club Marine’s commitment to investing in... click for more

KVH Introduces Breakthrough Dual-band Maritime VSAT Solution

2 February 2012

New, fully global C-band overlay to mini-VSAT Broadband network will allow new TracPhone V11 antenna to deliver seamless worldwide broadband service Maritime VSAT market leader KVH Industries, Inc., (Nasdaq: KVHI) today announced a major upgrade to its mini-VSAT BroadbandSM network with the addition of global C-band satellite coverage... click for more

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