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31 July 2012

Shipmate News 01 August 2012

Sydney is the main event but plenty else happening 

The main event this coming weekend is the Sydney International Boat Show. Australia’s largest boat show takes place at Darling Harbour and runs from 02 – 06 August.

As usual there’ll be plenty to see and do both on the water in Cockle Bay and in the exhibition halls and, along with the education and entertainment planned. there’ll be plenty to see and do for the whole family. See you there.

As for us here at Shipmate, we’ve been busy making a start on the 2013 edition of Shipmate Marine Directory – The Victorian boaters essential guide. If you have a current free listing you will have received an email asking you to check your details and advise if all is OK, or, if you require changes/additions. If you have not responded we would appreciate you doing so ASAP to Here's a link to the actual booklet:

Advertising in the next edition is now open and there is still limited space available. At $950 for a full page and $590 for a half page, in a publication that lasts a full 12 months, you can see why it sells out so fast. If you'd like more details, give us a call on 0418 587 799 or email to or visit

Ok that’s the housekeeping done... Now to this edition and we've got plenty for everyone. A bit more about the Sydney Show, and a wrap up of the recently held Melbourne Show where all who attended are really talking it up.

We've also got details about a special deal from GME. From August 01, 2012, all GME MT400 and GPS equipped MT406G beacons sold in Australia or New Zealand will be eligible for a free EPIRB service when the 6 year replacement is due. This service includes battery replacement and full performance check, more details below.

Plenty more news including a call from from Queenscliff Harbour looking for a Trainee Marina Assistant. If you know a smart young kid who wants to get into the marine industry and get some training, (school leavers OK), see info below.

Finally, just a quick thank you to all those who called and emailed over the past couple of weeks congratulating us on Shipmate being awarded the 2012 Victorian Marine Service Award at the Victorian Marine Industry Awards, held to coincide with the Melbourne Boat Show. We really are humbled and very much appreciate the support.

That’s it from me, sit back and enjoy the read, I’ve got a plane to catch to Sydney.

Cheers, see you out on the water.

John Zammit  

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31 July 2012

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Yacht Chartering – The benefits of owning a commercial yacht

31 July 2012

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Sydney International Boat Show opens next Thursday

31 July 2012

The Sydney International Boat Show will open on the 2nd August (Thursday) for 5 great days. Recognised internationally as one of the leading boat shows of the world, it is set to deliver a host of educational and entertainment experiences for its visitors. Well known for its vast array of boats, boating gear and all the services... click for more

Sunstream FloatLift to make SIBS debut with Superior

31 July 2012

The US-built Sunstream FloatLift will make its Sydney International Boat Show (SIBS) debut, 2-6 August 2012. To be exhibited by floatation specialist Superior, the Sunstream FloatLift is the world’s leading hydraulic, free-floating boat lift. With the fastest launch and recovery speeds and a three-year hydraulic warranty, the FloatLift... click for more

Boat buyers and sellers benefit from working with MBA brokers

30 July 2012

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Chaparral offers exclusive 5 year engine warranty at SIBS

27 July 2012

Chaparral will be offering Sydney Boat show buyers an additional 3 year warranty on any new Mercruiser powered boat sold at the show. “We are so pleased that we can offer buyers such a complete package on our entire range” says Chaparral Australia’s Scott O’Hare. “Not only do our boats have a solid reputation... click for more

Lowrance and Simrad chosen by Haines Hunter

26 July 2012

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Superior AIS Solution Makes Waves

26 July 2012

See and be seen on the water with fully integrated AIS transponder Leading global marine electronics brands Lowrance, Simrad and B&G have today announced the arrival of the new NAIS-400 AIS transponder and NSPL-400 antenna splitter. These new communication tools integrate perfectly with the range of chartplotter/multifunction display and VHF... click for more

SOS Marine Dan Buoy is smart safety and female friendly

26 July 2012

The girls from down-under, wives, mothers, girlfriends, sisters and daughters, now have a proven, successful rescue device that is easy-to-use and ready for immediate response if someone goes overboard. SOS Dan Buoy is an Australian invention creating one of the biggest changes to man overboard rescues in the marine industry for decades. ... click for more

Chaparral goes for the Hat Trick in Sydney

25 July 2012

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Win a pair of Tonic high performance sunnies

25 July 2012

To celebrate the up-and-coming 2012 Border RV & Camping Expo, to be held at the Wodonga Racecourse from August 17 to 19, CIA (Caravan Industry Association) Victoria is launching a fantastic competition through its Facebook page. There is a pair of Tonic Integra high-performance polarised sunglasses and double pass to the show up for... click for more

Hot new graphics for four strokes

24 July 2012

Mercury Marine has unveiled a stylish new graphics package for its 40-115hp FourStroke outboard engines. “When we launched our brilliant new 150 FourStroke in October 2011 we gave it an exciting, more contemporary look,” said Nicholas Webb, Mercury’s Director of Marketing & Outboard Product (Australia, New Zealand,... click for more

Trainee Marina Assistant wanted

24 July 2012

Queenscliff Harbour, one of the most modern marina and boatyard facilities in Victoria, boasting the largest Travellift in the state, is looking for a Trainee Marina assistant. The role will include, but not be limited to, vessel movements and handling both on the marina and in the Drystack, Site maintenance, Travellift operations and, most... click for more

First Clean Marinas on NSW North Coast

24 July 2012

As a result of cooperation between the Northern Rivers Catchment Management Authority (NRCMA) and the Marina Industries Association (MIA) two North Coast NSW marinas have gained accreditation under MIA’s Clean Marinas Program. Both Coffs Harbour International Marina and Yamba Marina decided to embark on the accreditation... click for more

Wyndham Harbour development - Coastal works and marine infrastructures

24 July 2012

In a Victorian Notice to Mariners issued at Melbourne, 23 July 2012 Australia – Victoria No. 106T-2012 Port of Port Phillip Werribee South. Date: Immediate to 30 Jan 2014 Mariners are advised of development works for Wyndham Harbour to provide a marina and safe boat harbour facility on the western side of Port Phillip Bay located... click for more

Riviera ships first 75 to NZ

23 July 2012

Riviera, Australia’s largest and most awarded pleasure boat builder has this week wrapped, packed and shipped the first of its luxury flagship 75 Enclosed Flybridges to her new owners in New Zealand. Riviera’s large boat program project manager Paul Wrench said the 75’s large sized cockpit would be excellent for both... click for more

Fire at Empire Marina Bobbin Head

23 July 2012

A fire broke out in the boatshed building on Saturday morning at Empire Marina Bobbin Head in Sydney's North. No one was hurt and emergency services responded quickly such that the fire was contained to the eastern end of the boatshed. The cause of the fire is yet to be determined. The hardstand shed and shipwright tenancies have been... click for more

The sky’s the limit for the 2012 Gold Coast International Marine Expo

22 July 2012

The sky’s the limit for the 2012 Gold Coast International Marine Expo which has just confirmed the Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) Roulettes as a daily major attraction. The Roulettes will perform daily, demonstrating the pilot’s immense skills and co-ordination as they fly in formation only three metres apart in a... click for more

Save domestic tourism

21 July 2012

Domestic tourism is in melt down. Particularly in regional areas outside of the cities, where small communities who are reliant on the tourism industry. Domestic tourism in Australia has steadily declined while outbound visitor numbers have achieved spectacular growth. The Whitsundays Tourism industry has developed a proposal to take... click for more

Plasdeck 'Glow in the dark' for added safety

20 July 2012

PlasDECK has announced the launch of a new accessory for its line of synthetic teak boat decking products. PlasDECK has created a stair edging with an Azure rounded bullnose edge that glows in the dark for added safety at night. The new stair edging (PlasDECK part number E-604-AZ) contains the same cutting edge glow-in-the-dark technology that... click for more

Melbourne show points to industry improvement

19 July 2012

Crowd numbers, direct sales and general interest levels at the 2012 Melbourne Boat Show indicate that the boating industry is burgeoning once again. Clyde Batty of the Boating Industry of Victoria who organised the Show said numbers were up around 10% on last year with around 34,000 people attending. “Feedback indicated that Show exhibitors... click for more

Coast Guard frustrated with marine rescue strategy in Tasmania

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The National Board of the Australian Volunteer Coast Guard is appalled that the experience and resources of its Flotilla at Ulverstone (Tasmania) were not used in the search for a fisherman who went missing during the early hours of Sunday 15th July. They have issued the following Media release. The death at sea of a Tasmanian fisherman last... click for more

R Marine LDM's Quay to expansion

18 July 2012

It's a time of growth and excitement for the team at R Marine LDM, formerly R Marine Pittwater, as they celebrate the dealership’s expansion to a newer and larger office and facilities at The Quays Marina in Church Point, on the south western side of Pittwater. They also welcome the appointment of Lee Dillon as managing... click for more

Near-shore recreational fishing reefs for Portarlington, Altona and Frankston

18 July 2012

In a Victorian Notice to Mariners issued at Melbourne, 17 July 2012 Australia – Victoria No. 105-2012 Port of Port Phillip, Portarlington, Altona and Frankston. Trial of near-shore recreational fishing reefs. Date: Immediate to 15 September 2012 Mariners are advised of the deployment of three new artificial reefs located within... click for more

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