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16 July 2012

Shipmate News 15 July 2012

It’s been a big couple of weeks

I’ve been away for the last week, cruising down from the Gold Coast to Sydney. Not exactly roughing it though, I was on board a brand new Riviera (20m) 5800 Sport Yacht on a shake down cruise with the owner. 

But this was no ordinary garden variety Riviera 5800SY, this was the first one fitted with triple Zeus pod drives powered by 3 x Cummins 600hp engines.

And we didn’t just blast down the coast either; this was akin to a P & O cruise, stopping off at Yamba, Coffs Harbour, Port Macquarie and Port Stephens along the way. We even detoured a couple of times, once up into the Tweed River at Coolangatta and another time up the Hunter into Newcastle… Oh life is so tough!

You can read the full account of our trip and how the boat performed in an upcoming issue of Club Marine Magazine.

And now the other big news. We are very proud to announce that at the recent Boating Industry Association of Victoria (BIAV) / IC Frith Victorian Marine Awards, held annually to coincide with the Melbourne Boat Show, Shipmate Directories was awarded the Victorian Marine Service Industry Award. 

While we never set out with the aim of winning awards, it’s really exciting for us to be recognized and acknowledged by the industry. Our sincere thanks and appreciation to all of our supporters, advertisers and sponsors. Without your support Shipmate would not exist. More details in Shipmate News below.

And while we are on that note, we’ve commenced preparation of the 2013 edition of the annual (hard copy) Shipmate Marine Directory, the Boaters essential guide. If you have a current listing, please check that all your details are correct on the website at as we download those details annually to print the hard copy edition.

Remember, all line listings are free to anyone who provides a trade or service direct to boaters so if your business is not listed then contact us ASAP at or phone 03 9399 9194.

10,000 copies of Shipmate will be distributed via yacht clubs, marinas, marine organizations and selected marine businesses. Last edition, a further 4,000 copies were distributed with Australia’s best selling boating magazine, Trade-a-Boat. A copy was attached to every Trade-a-Boat magazine sold in Victoria in February. 

We are pleased to announce that we are partnering with Trade-a-Boat again for this edition with a copy of Shipmate Marine Directory to be attached to every Trade-a-Boat sold in Victoria next February. That makes a total distribution of 14,000 copies of Shipmate Marine Directory in Victoria. 

If you supply a trade or service to boaters in Victoria, can you afford not to be included?

Advertising is now open with prices starting at $950 plus GST for a full page, $590 plus GST for a half page and $180 for an in-line logo ad. Times are tough and businesses need to make sure their advertising dollar is working, not just in the short term, but also all year long. You won’t find better bang for your buck anywhere!

That’s about it from me, sit back and enjoy the read.

Cheers, see you out on the water

John Zammit

Melbourne Boat Show deemed a huge success

15 July 2012

The Melbourne Boat Show held at the Melbourne Exhibition Centre (Jeff’s Shed) from 05 to 09 July has been hailed as a huge success. Organisers, the Boating Industry association of Victoria are still finalizing final figures and results are still being collated, but there’s been excellent feedback from exhibitors and visitors... click for more

Shipmate recognized in Annual Victorian Marine Industry Awards

15 July 2012

Shipmate Directories, publisher of Shipmate Marine Directory and Shipmate News has been recognized in the BIAV / IC Frith Victorian Marine Awards. The awards, held annually to publicly recognize outstanding achievements by organizations or individuals in the marine industry, are hosted by the Boating Industry Association of Victoria (BIAV),... click for more

Brisbane prepares for first on-water boat show

14 July 2012

Plans are well underway for Brisbane’s first on water international boat show. The Rivergate International Boat show will bring together the best that life on the water has to offer, from marine accessories, jet skis, power and sail boats to luxury cruisers, super yachts, nautical fashion and a riverside seafood festival. There’s... click for more

St Kilda Marina dredging completed

13 July 2012

In a Victorian Notice to Mariners issued at Melbourne, 12 July 2012 – Victoria
 No. 104-2012 
Port of Port Phillip, St Kilda. Previous Notice: Details: 097T-2012 is referred and cancelled Mariners are advised that dredging has been completed at the entrance to St Kilda Marina, located approximately 38°52.351’... click for more

Integrity Motor Yachts announces NSWdealer

13 July 2012

Integrity Motor Yachts Managing Director Brett Flanagan is excited to announce the appointment of leading Sydney yacht sales organisation Performance Boating Sales as their exclusive NSW Dealers for the Integrity range of displacement cruisers. Ron Jacobs and Performance Boating Sales have been leading sales and service agents supporting... click for more

Maritimo M45 Motor Yacht causing pre-production excitement

12 July 2012

Luxury cruiser manufacturer Maritimo has been encouraged by the response to its new 45 foot cruising motor yacht with two orders for the vessel before production has been finalized. The company says the M45 will be one of its standout models in 2012. The Maritimo M45 Cruising Motor yacht has evolved after considerable research and development... click for more

Countdown to Sydney Boat Show is on

12 July 2012

The 45th Sydney International Boat Show will again run from Darling Harbour from Thursday 02 to Monday 06 August and the countdown has begun. Visitors can expect to see a vast array of recreational boating products, both on and off-water, as well as services and information. Combined with a comprehensive education and entertainment ... click for more

Maiden appearance of masterpiece sure to turn heads at Sydney Boat Show

11 July 2012

Luxury boat importer VanDutch Australia, will be making its first ever appearance at the Sydney International Boat Show. The VanDutch 40’ demonstrator model “Coco Noir”, will be on display over the shows five days, at Cockle Bay Marina, Darling Harbour from August 2 – 6, 2012. Importer Dick van Damme says the... click for more

Deadliest Catch faces harshest winter yet

11 July 2012

Discovery Channel’s top rating, reality TV series, Deadliest Catch, taking viewers along with a fishing fleet as they venture out to catch crab in some of the wildest oceans in the world, returns for a brand new season marking its 100th episode. Premiering exclusive to Discovery Channel on Wednesday August 15 at the new time of 7.30pm (AEST)... click for more

Save the Dates for the Festival of Sails 2013

10 July 2012

The Australia Day long weekend in January 2013, will see the 169th anniversary of the Festival of Sails Regatta.

 Whilst the name may have changed many times in the 169 years of continual running, the planning of Royal Geelong Yacht Club’s annual Australia Day Regatta, the Festival of Sails, is well underway for 2013.... click for more

Superyacht information night deemed a success

9 July 2012

Australian Superyacht Crew held its inaugural “Superyacht Information and Lifestyle Night” at Darling Harbour (Pontoon Bar) on Wednesday July 4. It was deemed a big success with over 40 people attending to learn from Superyacht professionals all about opportunities to work in the international Superyacht industry. Guests... click for more

Search for missing diver off Point Lonsdale

8 July 2012

The Australian Volunteer Coast Guard at Queenscliff was called to assist Water Police in the search for a missing diver approximately 3 Nautical Miles off Point Lonsdale at 3.30pm Saturday 7 July 2012. Coast Guard working with other vessels have completed line searches throughout the night with 3 changes of crew. Radio officers in the... click for more

The Sydney International Boat Show – how does it stack up?

7 July 2012

by Bob Wonders The Boating Industry Association of New South Wales (BIA) is rightly proud of its annual presentation, the Sydney International Boat Show, staged every year within the Darling Harbour Exhibition Centre and on the waters of adjoining Cockle Bay. It’s a vitally important exhibition for the Australian boating industry and it... click for more

B&G Triton special offer for limited time only

7 July 2012

B&G, the world leader in marine instruments, autopilot systems and tactical software solutions for the sailing market, is pleased to announce a special offer for Australian customers wishing to purchase the B&G Triton range of sailing instruments. For a limited time only, customers can save up to $650 RRP on the B&G Triton... click for more

Riviera’s secret new model revealed at Sydney Boat Show

7 July 2012

All will be revealed at the 2012 Sydney International Boat Show as Riviera launches the first model in an exciting and unique new model series. Australia’s largest and most awarded luxury boat builder has remained tight lipped during the development and construction of this new model, which is neither a flybridge boat, sport yacht or... click for more

New Expo has it all in sports boats and PWCs

6 July 2012

Melbourne has a great new boat show that will put the very best of sports boats and PWCs front and centre at Melbourne’s iconic Royal Exhibition Building. The Club Marine Sports Boat & PWC Expo promises three big days – 21-23 September – of the latest in wakeboard and ski boats, PWCs, family sports boats and all the gear... click for more

Globally renowned Victorian manufacturer wins state awards

6 July 2012

This morning at the annual Boating Industry Association of Victoria Awards breakfast AIMEX member Ronstan International were awarded winners of two award categories the ‘Marine Manufacturer of Marine Related Product 2012’ and ‘International Exporter Award’. Winning these awards provides well deserved recognition to... click for more

Works commence at Hasting pontoon jettys

6 July 2012

In a Notice to Mariners issued at Melbourne, 6 July 2012 Australia – Victoria No. 102-2012 Port of Western Port, Hastings. Mariners are advised of construction works from 11 July to 10 august 2012 to extend the existing Hastings pontoon jetty by 36 meters. The pontoon is located on the north side of the existing 4 lane boat launching... click for more

Solo Yachtsman triggers GME PLB off Lizard Point

5 July 2012

A 54 year old solo yachtsman participating in the Plymouth to Azores Jester Challenge was successfully rescued last week after activating his Australian made GME Personal Locator Beacon after running into unexpected severe weather conditions off South West England. Around 30 nautical miles south of Cornwall’s Lizard Point with his... click for more

Radio Repeater Network – A matter of life or death

4 July 2012

On the 13 May this year an elderly couple were sailing from Hobart to Eden. During their passage they struck bad weather and needed immediate assistance. For several hours they tried calling for help on the emergency channel 16 but to no avail. VHF radio uses ‘line of sight’ and the position of their yacht was so remote no... click for more

Marina association adjusts to reflect expanding influence

4 July 2012

The former Marina Industries Association of Australia is now trading as the Marina Industries Association (MIA). It was resolved at the Association’s recent annual general meeting that the name of the company the Marina Industries Association of Australia Limited be changed to the Marina Industries Association Limited. The rational... click for more

A new world of opportunities for Yamaha and New World Marine

4 July 2012

Yamaha Motor Australia is proud to join forces with New World Marine, one of Melbourne’s largest marine dealerships. The appointment of New World Marine as a Yamaha dealership comes just in time for the Melbourne boatshow and is great news for Yamaha customers looking for quality service or new product in their area. Joint directors of New... click for more

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