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1 May 2012

Shipmate News 01 May 2012

Seems like the news in this edition is all about Sancturay Cove International Boat Show, well not quite, we do have a few other articles in here, however, Sanctuary Cove is the traditional kick-off for the boat show season and it will be an interesting show this time around. The organisers have worked hard and from all reports the show is shaping up nicely.

In other news, intersesting happenings at Maritimo recently with a couple of senior execs calling it a day and the announcement that Greg Haines son of legendary John Haines AM has joined Maritimo as head of Sales and Marketing. We have news about the Portsea Pier being temporarily closed for maintenance works from Monday 7 May as part of Parks Victorias ongoing pier and jetty maintenance program, and, news that Riviera looks like it's enjoying life as a private company again with news of a bonanza in terms of sales. 

All that an a little bit more below, including details about the forthcoming Melbourne Boat Show but, rememnber that you don't always need to wait for Shipmate News, we post news regularly on our website at so make you you visit us soon.

Cheers, see you out on the water

John Zammit

Jeanneau largest marina presence at SCIBS

1 May 2012

Iconic French marque, Jeanneau will be the most prominent presence on the marina this year, with both power and sail on show. Jeanneau Australia and the Queensland importer, Mooloolaba Yacht Brokers, will host the Australian debut of the first of the stunning new deck saloon range, the Sun Odyssey 44DS. Paying particular attention to feedback... click for more

610 Legend, a serious fisher

30 April 2012

A serious fishing machine for serious fisherman the Quintrex Legend range offers 360 degree manoeuvrability, so you can follow your fish anywhere it hides. With deep sides, masses of space and a huge range of options to choose from, this is the ultimate sports anglers’ boat. The re-released 610 legend features the new... click for more

Legendary Haines member joins Maritimo

30 April 2012

Greg Haines, the son of legendary Queensland boat manufacturer, the late John Haines AM has joined Maritimo as head of Sales and Marketing. Greg Haines had, until recently, worked in the family owned Haines Group where he was heavily involved in expanding the Suzuki Marine dealer network and he retains an interest in the company along with his... click for more

50 year old Mercury still powering Kerrie Ann

30 April 2012

You can understand why the Kerrie Ann constantly turns heads and sparks questions when she cruises the waters of Burrill Lake and Ulladulla Harbour on the NSW south coast. The lovingly restored 14.5’ four-seat, marine ply speedboat is literally from a time gone by. Made from South African maple with silver ash trim she was once... click for more

Chaparral appoints Queensland dealer

28 April 2012

Chaparral Australia is celebrating the appointment of Dylan Lopez from Sirocco Marine North is as its new Queensland Dealer. SMN is located in the Gold Coast Marine precinct at Coomera housed in a modern facility surrounded by professional marine services and contractors. Scott O’Hare from Chaparral Australia has developed a dynamic... click for more

Portsea Pier Temporarily Closed for Maintenance

27 April 2012

Portsea Pier will be temporarily closed for maintenance works from Monday 7 May as part of Parks Victorias ongoing pier and jetty maintenance program in Port Phillip and Western Port. “Regular inspections are carried out by Parks Victoria on all our piers and jetties, including Portsea Pier, so we can ensure a safe environment for all... click for more

100th jeanneau 57 rolls off production line

27 April 2012

The 100th Jeanneau 57 rolls off the production line this month and will be delivered to her new owner in Shenzhen, China. Ease of handling, luxurious liveability and offshore performance are key elements of the 57, and the collaboration between the highly respected naval architect Philippe Briand, and interior and deck designer Vittorio Garroni... click for more

Sunstream V-Lift to make Australian debut at SCIBS

24 April 2012

Superior Jetties, Queensland dealer for Sunstream Boat Lifts, will display the new Sunstream V-Lift for the first time in Australia at the Sanctuary Cove International Boat Show, 24-27 May, 2012. The V-Lift is the latest in Sunstream’s market-leading boatlift range. Launched in January this year, it won the US National Marine Manufacturers... click for more

Entertainment on Show at Sanctuary Cove

24 April 2012

The full entertainment program is now up online for the 2012 Sanctuary Cove International Boat show, and making optimal use of the new Tavern Piazza located in the heart of the boat show. Along with favourites like Captain Jack Sparrow impersonator and regular fashion parades featuring fashion from Sanctuary Cove boutiques, there will be a host... click for more

Sleek VanDutch 40 set to turn heads

24 April 2012

Designed by renowned Dutch naval designer Frank Mulder, the VanDutch 40 will be making its maiden voyage to this year's Sanctuary Cove International Boat Show, on the 24th-27th May. Fitted with a hydraulic motor hatch and two Yanmar 480 horsepower engines it reaches a top speed of 40 knots +. This sleek masterpiece is available in a range of... click for more

Opportunities in Turkey for Aussie marine sector

20 April 2012

Ozgur Tuna has been invited to provide a key presentation at the ASMEX conference to be held 22/23 May at Sanctuary Cove immediately prior to the Sanctuary Cove Boat Show. Ozgur, based in Istanbul works as a Business Development Manager for Austrade. Ozgur has considerable experience helping companies set up or expand their businesses in... click for more

12 sales in 30 days for Riviera following return to private ownership

19 April 2012

Riviera, Australia’s largest and most awarded luxury boat builder has achieved 12 sales in the past month immediately following the purchase of the company on March 8 by Longhurst Marine Holdings Pty Ltd. Riviera’s Director of Brand and Sales Stephen Milne said this was a very encouraging sign for... click for more

Grey imports a false trap

18 April 2012

2012 Melbourne Boat Show to Feature Australian Compliant Product Boating offers a unique outdoor activity that provides families and friends with a certain level of relaxation as well as adventure, adrenaline sports and competition. Australia is uniquely blessed with the climate and waterways that make boating accessible to all, and our waters... click for more

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