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15 August 2012

Shipmate News 15 August 2012

Stunning new models, great value and dealers dealing

I was recently told (again), that I’ve got the best job in the world, I don’t know how many times I’ve been told that, but you know? While it may not be the best job in the world, I have to admit I do really love what I do. The old saying that 'find a job that you enjoy and you'll never have to work another day in your life' is so true. Working in the marine industry, I get to travel, check out some really nice boats, spend time out on the water and, best of all, get to meet some really nice people, many that have become good friends. 

But of course there is a serious side, because while boating is a great recreational pastime with 3 million Australians participating each year, it's also a business worth around $8 billion annualy to the Australian economy. The industry employs nearly 30,000 Australians and lately its been struggling with issues including the high $A, the issue of grey imports, increased government taxes and low consumer confidence.

But there are signs of light at the end of the tunnel. Reports from the major boat shows like Sanctuary Cove, Melbourne, and most recently Sydney, indicate that consumers are moving again making decisions and buying boats. And helping that is the plethora of new boats starting to appear on the market from both here and overseas, some stunning, innovative new models representing great value.

If you’ve been sitting back waiting for a great deal on a new boat I suggest that time is right about now. The dealers are out there and, from what I’m hearing, they’re doing deals. Check it out for yourself.

Now briefly to the London Olympics that have concluded with our athletes just arriving back in Australia. We would like to extend our congratulations to all on the Olympic Team and especially our Olympic Sailors who produced some stunning results. Well done all.

And finally to this edition of Shipmate News and as usual, a good mix from around Australia and just about something for everyone. A reminder too that we are in the process of preparing the 2013 edition of Shipmate Marine Directory – The Victorian boaters essential guide, an annual, 136 page, full colour, pocket guide for boaters. Shipmate includes a complete A-Z of marine businesses, yacht clubs, marinas, marine organisations, safety information and much more.

Advertising is selling out fast, and why wouldn’t it? A full page from only $950 and a half page at $590 for an ad that lasts a full 12 months and is looked at time and time again. Has to be the best bang for your advertising buck anywhere!

Check out a pdf flipping book version of the current edition here; then give us a call on Ph. 03 9399 9194 or email at and we’ll send you all the details. But please be quick there is only a limited amount of advertising available.

Cheers, see you out on the water

John Zammit

Riviera's newest models take a bow in Sydney

14 August 2012

The first model in Riviera’s new SUV Collection, the 445, took centre stage at the 2012 Sydney International Boat Show, where she made her debut performance in front of thousands of boating enthusiasts. The 445 was one of the stars of the show with Riviera taking two deposits for this new model, one bound for an owner in Adelaide and... click for more

New 150 FourStroke – the most tested engine ever

13 August 2012

Mercury’s amazing new 150 FourStroke is easily the most tested engine ever built by Mercury Marine, the world’s largest manufacturer of recreational marine engines. From the very start, the new 150 FourStroke was designed and built to be the most reliable and durable 150 hp FourStroke on the planet – an... click for more

Australian Coast Guard member saves a life in the Med

13 August 2012

Australian Volunteer Coast Guard member Shayne Benedict from Carrum flotilla was cruising around the Mediterranean on a luxury cruise liner enjoying a 2 week holiday with his wife when he was confronted with a life and death situation. Shayne recalls “enjoying a wonderful meal on board when a gentleman at a nearby table suddenly suffered... click for more

2500 kms in a tinny? You don’t need to be crazy!

13 August 2012

You don’t have to be crazy, but a sense of humour & need for adventure is a great start. Welcome to the Murray Charity Meander. Echuca-Moama to Mildura February 23rd to March 2nd 2013 The Murray Charity Meander is not a race, more a contest of wits, ingenuity & social endurance and is an excellent opportunity for community minded... click for more

Goulburn Fishing Festival to lure anglers of all ages

13 August 2012

The Department of Primary Industries (DPI) and the Eildon community will be hosting the Goulburn Fishing Festival on Friday, August 31 and Saturday, September 1 at Eildon, coinciding with the opening of the trout season. Fisheries Victoria Executive Director Anthony Hurst said the two day festival was an ideal opportunity for families to visit... click for more

New size limits proposed for dusky flathead

13 August 2012

The Department of Primary Industries is seeking feedback from recreational fishers on a proposal to introduce new size limits for dusky flathead to boost fishing opportunities and help safeguard the sustainability of this iconic fishery. Member for Gippsland East, Tim Bull, said the new limits had been proposed in response to the increasing... click for more

Maritimo on a sales roll after Sydney

13 August 2012

Gold Coast based luxury cruiser manufacturer Maritimo has had its most successful Sydney International Boat Show sales result since the GFC with a range of vessels worth a total of $10 million selling during and in the week after the show.

 The stand-out success for Maritimo at the show was the new M45 cruising motoryacht which had... click for more

Melbourne Day 2012 promises to be bigger and better than ever

10 August 2012

Melbourne day includes a week-long program of events including many free and family friendly events and with special offers from Saturday 25 - Thursday 30 August. Waterfront City Marina would like to invite all boaters to stay at the Marina, central to all the action, for $45.00 per overnight or $270 for the week so you can ... click for more

Industry legends inducted into Hall of Fame

9 August 2012

At the annual NSW Boating Industry Association industry breakfast held last week during the Sydney International Boat Show, two marine industry icons were inducted into the prestigious BIA NSW Hall of Fame. The two, Stephen Vincent, Managing Director of Austral Propeller and head of Maritimo, Industry legend, Bill Barry-Cotter both personally... click for more

Muir launches composite fibre winches

9 August 2012

Muir Windlasses Australia has used the Sydney International Boat Show to launch its latest composite fibre housing for its range of horizontal anchor winches. Managing Director Matthew Johnston said the new housing for motor and gearbox assemblies, shafts and other components for pleasure craft replaced a traditional aluminium... click for more

Rescue laser flares

8 August 2012

Greatland Laser, manufacturer of the Rescue Laser Flares has appointed SOS Marine as its exclusive distributor for Australia. The Rescue Laser looks like typical small handheld flashlights, but produces a line of laser light intended for signalling during search and rescue operations. Rescue Lasers are not a hazardous product to keep... click for more

The Sydney International Boat Show closes on a positive note

6 August 2012

The 45th Sydney International Boat Show closed tonight having put on a first class display of the recreational boating lifestyle for more than 60,000 visitors. As expected, the number of visitors was less than last year, but on a positive note the 63,887 that did attend showed a strong passion for boating. The BIA said that the last 10 years... click for more

Soldiers Point Marina supports local youth

5 August 2012

Soldiers Point Marina and the Real Futures Foundation arranged for the Marina Industries Association (MIA) to hold a Marina Attendants Course recently for students from Tomaree High School and St Philips Christian College who have an interest in working in the marina industry. The course was delivered by Phil McGowan one of Australia’s... click for more

160 entries and climbing…

3 August 2012

A sudden rush of entries for Audi Hamilton Island Race Week 2012 has seen the fleet of yachts go beyond 150, then, in just a few days, surge past 160. At the same time, good news has emerged for any group of sailors who can make a spontaneous decision about wanting to be part of this year’s great regatta: the charter group Sunsail, which... click for more – the online home of Australian boating

3 August 2012 was officially launched at the Sydney International Boat Show this morning as “the new online home of boating in Australia”. An initiative of the Australian recreational boating industry, driven by the Boating Industries Alliance Australia (BIAA), has been developed for boaters of all levels... click for more

Maritimo launches prestige boat insurance

2 August 2012

Maritimo, the Australian manufacturer of luxury cruisers, is the launching their own boat insurance product, Maritimo Insurance at the Sydney International Boat Show. Maritimo Insurance is a specific policy designed expressly for the owners of Maritimo cruisers. “Having Maritimo Insurance is the logical evolution of the Maritimo... click for more

2012 Australian Marine Export Awards Announced

2 August 2012

The 2012 Club Marine Australian Marine Industry Export Awards, organized by the Australian International Marine Export Group (AIMEX) were announced at the AIMEX and Club Marine annual networking function in Sydney’s Darling Harbor on Thursday 02 August. VEEM Limited won the prestigious ‘Exporter of the Year’ award and... click for more

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