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1 June 2012

Shipmate News 01 June 2012

Satellite boat shows, where to from here?

I’m just back from the Sanctuary Cove International Boat Show (SCIBS) and although it was a much more condensed show than previous years visitor numbers were up and everyone is talking it up with reports that there were significant sales made at the show and prospect lists are bulging. That’s good news for the industry with indications that things might be finally starting to turn around, albeit slowly. You'll find a full wrap-up of the show below.

Interesting show this year with a number of satellite shows taking place simultaneously on the Gold Coast. Riviera chose to have a reduced presence at SCIBS and staged their own Riviera Festival at their Coomera premises and ran a shuttle service from the show, Princess did similar with a large display at Hope Island, Grant Torrens expanded on his annual show at the Sovereign Islands and there were others.

While having these satellite shows taking place at the same time as SCIBS may perhaps be a good thing for the punters, I can’t help but wonder about the long-term ramifications if the trend continues. 

Having one or two small shows running concurrently with SCIBS is probably manageable but, if it keeps going in the direction it seems to be, with more and more dealers and manufacturers running their own shows simultaneously, it must have a detrimental effect on SCIBS, the very show they’re relying on to draw their customers. I understand that times are still tough and costs need to be contained but, it seems to me that it's in everyone's interest to get a dialogue going before it's all too late.

And now to this edition. We’ve got lots of news, including details on the new marine safety laws that come into effect in Victoria on 01 July and a call from the Geelong (Vic) Flotilla of the Coast Guard who are calling for volunteers. 

iPhone and iPad apps are all the go these days and now there's news that ACP Magazines who publish Tradeaboat and Trailerboat are releasing their publications as an iPad app. The forthcoming Melbourne Boat Show is getting into it too, they've produced an app providing visitors with an interactive boat show guide with real time information on the various products, activities and presentations taking place throughout show. The Melbourne Show takes place 5-9 July and you'll find more details below.

And while we're on the subject of apps, the Shipmate free iPhone app is gaining popularity fast and we are busily preparing our app for Android smart phones, more on that in future editions. In the interim, plenty more news below so sit back and catch up on what’s been happening and a quick reminder to visit our website at for up to date news, views and information on all things boating.

That’s about it from me, it’s Friday, the sun’s trying to poke through the clouds, the boating forecast is looking good, so I’m off... Going boating!

Cheers, see you out on the water

John Zammit

New marine safety laws for Victoria

31 May 2012

Victoria’s 300,000 recreational boaters and 1,500 commercial maritime operators are being advised by Transport Safety Victoria (TSV) to ensure they’re ready for new marine safety legislation which takes effect on 1 July 2012. The Marine Safety Act 2010 (Vic) and associated Regulations introduce a number of changes that aim to... click for more

Coast Guard search for volunteers

31 May 2012

The Geelong (Vic) Flotilla (VF8) of the Australian Volunteer Coast Guard is based at St Helen’s boat ramp. It was started in 1962 and is the number 8 Flotilla in Victoria. The Flotilla currently has only 12 volunteer members and is recruiting now for the next summer season. Geelong’s rescue vessel, CG08, an 8.5m... click for more

Never a better time to buy a boat

31 May 2012

With boat show season upon us and plenty of activity in the market, there has never been a better time to invest in a boating lifestyle. There is plenty in the media promoting the major boat shows and all that the boat dealers have to offer, but there are so many more reasons as to why buying a boat now makes sense. Like real estate, anyone... click for more

RFD Australia rebrands to Survitec Group

29 May 2012

RFD (Australia) Pty. Ltd., specialist product and service provider for marine, aviation, fire & safety technologies has today announced plans to adopt the identity of its parent company, Survitec Group, and will be implementing the new brand over the coming weeks. Acquired by Survitec Group in 1991, RFD Australia has spent the last 21 years... click for more

Visitors up, sales up, industry looking up, results from Sanctuary Cove looking good

28 May 2012

Visitor numbers to the Sanctuary Cove International Boat Show which wrapped up yesterday were up 1.6%, coming in at 37,094 over the four days. But importantly, out in force were genuine buyers. Organisers of this year’s event are ecstatic with feedback from exhibitors, all of whom state they are very happy and in many cases “blown... click for more

ASMEX provides marine industry with solutions

26 May 2012

The Australian Superyacht and Marine Export Conference (ASMEX) held on 22-23 May at Sanctuary Cove was a refreshing experience for delegates who attended as the conference was all about solutions, not problems, and rather about what we can do, not what we can’t. A key focus for conference organisers the Australian International Marine... click for more

Superyacht Pavilion draws attention

26 May 2012

Superyacht Australia branding certainly is standing out at the Sanctuary Cove International Boat Show with naming rights for the Superyacht Australia Pavilion. On day one and two of the Show, their stand inside the pavilion was also attracting a number of visitors keen to hear about the key superyacht cruising destinations and services... click for more

Sea Scoopa allocated NATO number by Australian Navy

26 May 2012

SOS Marine has announced today that as a result of recent testing, Sea Scoopa and the SeaScoopa stretcher have been allocated NATO Stock Numbers by the Royal Australian Navy. The Sea Scoopa is a compact man-overboard recovery system which has been designed for the saving of lives at sea whilst minimising harm to both the rescuer and the... click for more

ACP puts big boats on iPad

25 May 2012

Trader Classifieds, the ‘sleeves rolled up’ arm of Australia’s biggest publisher, ACP, has added the iPad to its integrated multi-platform publishing model. Leading the charge are Trader’s marine titles, starting with the custom-published 2012 Yearbook for the Sanctuary Cove International Boat Show. In addition to the... click for more

Marine reserves must be science based

25 May 2012

The Australian peak boating body, the Boating Industries Alliance Australia is calling on the Government to take positive action to ensure Australia’s five million boaters and fishers are not ‘locked out’ of any proposed Commonwealth Marine Reserve Network. Foreign multinational environmental groups have waded into... click for more

Flush mount spreader light for boat decks

24 May 2012

Combining rugged marine functionality with a smooth style, Aqualuma Marine Lighting's Flush Mount Spreader Light is ideal for a wide range of applications. This compact LED light is perfect for center console boats, superyachts that demand superior aesthetics or any vessel that requires quality deck lighting. Aqualuma's... click for more

Stormy launch 300 newton life vests

22 May 2012

Stormy Lifejackets have just released a range of live vests that exceed the ISO 275 Newton rating, to offer a staggering 300N of buoyancy. These new vests have been developed for recreational boating, sailing and commercial industries and are available with and without the ISO12401 deck harness. Newtons are the units that measure the upward... click for more

Boating Industry Alliance outlines ambitious program to grow boating

22 May 2012

At the Sanctuary Cove International Boat Show, the Chairman of the Boating Industries Alliance Australia, Darren Vaux, today outlined a range of initiatives aimed at growing the participation in recreational boating. The Alliance which was formed in February, 2011 is the peak body for the Boating Industry in Australia and represents all the state... click for more

Melbourne Boat Show info at a single touch

21 May 2012

In addition to an array of new products and services to please all boating and fishing enthusiasts, an exciting new feature of the Melbourne Boat Show this year will be the availability of an iPhone application designed specifically for the event. The Melbourne Boat Show App will provide visitors with an interactive boat show guide meaning they... click for more

Volunteers sought for fishing grants working group

21 May 2012

If you are a keen angler and want to play a role in building great recreational fishing opportunities in Victoria, Fisheries Victoria want to hear from you. Nominations are open to join the Recreational Fishing Grants Working Group, which provides grass roots advice to the Government on how best to spend recreational fishing licence funds in... click for more

Marine pest Northern Pacific Seastar found in Tidal River

21 May 2012

The invasive Northern Pacific Seastars (Asterias amurensis) were discovered last Thursday at Tidal River within the Wilsons Promontory National Park for the first time. The seastars were sighted from the Tidal River footbridge, and were confirmed by Parks Victoria staff as being Northern Pacific Seastars. Parks Victoria promptly... click for more

Sydney International Boat Show confirmed for 2013 in Darling Harbour

20 May 2012

The Boating Industry Association of NSW (BIA) has confirmed that the Sydney International Boat Show will be on in Darling Harbour in August 2013. Infrastructure NSW has delayed the commencement of the venues redevelopment to the end of 2013, allowing next year’s Sydney show to go ahead as planning. It has been no secret that... click for more

Pursuit Active performance eyewear launches on Australian Market.

19 May 2012

Pursuit Active, a new range of performance eyewear, hits the market today, offering Australian designed sports sunglasses featuring the latest technology at a fraction of the price of premium brands. At a RRP of $39.95, and designed in consultation with professional athletes from a range of sports, Pursuit Active sports sunglasses fill a gap in... click for more

Rose bay welcomes Princess

19 May 2012

Princess Yachts Australia has continued their significant financial commitment in the Australian boating market by opening a luxurious waterfront office at the recently refurbished Rose Bay Marina in Sydney’s eastern suburbs. This long term investment sits alongside their recent purchase of a prime retail and marina development in WA, and... click for more

Countdown to first ever Australian International Marine Conference

19 May 2012

Marine 13, the first ever Australian international conference and exhibition for boating is now less than 12 months away. President of the Boating Industries Alliance Australia (BIAA) Darren Vaux said that the recently announced partnership supported by the NSW government was the final tick to enable Sydney to host this major... click for more

2012 Gold Coast International Marine Expo achieves strong exhibitor interest

18 May 2012

Preparations for the second 2012 Gold Coast International Marine Expo are well underway as exhibitors begin to show strong interest in the Expo, which will be held on November 2, 3 and 4. The Expo is a partnership between Gold Coast City Marina, Riviera and Telwater, who help stage this annual not-for-profit community and family focused... click for more

Now there’s only one name in diesel technology – Mercury Diesel

17 May 2012

The most trusted name for marine engines is now the one name you need to know for diesel technology – Mercury! And as you’d expect, Mercury Diesel offers the world’s most outstanding high-speed diesel options; the brilliant TDI and QSD range of engines. “The Mercury Diesel brand has been established following the... click for more

Stacer 649 Ocean Ranger

17 May 2012

Specifically designed for the serious offshore fisherman, The 649 Ocean Ranger is the first plate offshore fishing boat released by Stacer. The Ocean Ranger rides on Stacer’s signature Evo Advance Hull, but with a new twist. The R&D team at Stacer have increased the dead rise on this model from the standard 13 degrees to... click for more

Rivergate International Boat Show

16 May 2012

Plans are well underway for a new event for Brisbane that will see locals and visitors flock to Rivergate Marina and Shipyard, Murrarie to ‘Celebrate the River’ at Brisbane’s only on water boat show taking place under idyllic spring skies from October 5 to October 7, 2012. As Brisbane aims to deliver fresh experiences and... click for more

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