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16 December 2012

Shipmate News 17 December 2012

What a year it was

What a year its been here at Shipmate, Oh, we’ve had our trials and tribulations, but overall, it’s been a good one and we’ve achieved plenty. We’ll be taking a break during January, but make sure you visit us at because we’ll still be posting news regularly and check out our Facebook page too at where we share with you some regular and interesting titbits.

In the meantime Shipmate Marine Directory, our 140 page pocket wonder, is out now and available free from yacht clubs, marinas, marine organisations and selected marine businesses. Make sure you pick up your free copy.

You’ll also find a free copy of Shipmate attached to the current edition of Australia’s best selling boating magazine, Tradeaboat, (Victoria only) so for a great read over the holidays, head down to your local news stand and pick up a copy of the December edition of Tradeaboat with Shipmate attached to the cover.

We’ve been absolutely knocked out by the tremendous support we’ve had from our advertisers again this year with our advertising up on previous years, not surprising really because from the feedback we’re getting Shipmate is not only good value, but more importantly, advertising in Shipmate works! But, increased advertising is not our end game, for us, it’s all about continually working towards making Shipmate a better resource for boaters and advertising provides the means that allows us to do that. 

In the last 12 months we’ve been busy making Shipmate even better. We've revamped our website making it easier to navigate and added a ‘boating events’ section, we've produced an iPhone App, an Android App, we’ve published the largest edition yet (140 pages) of Shipmate Marine Directory and increased distribution to 14,000 copies, we’ve added a new Facebook page and published 21 editions of Shipmate News… And, most importantly, it’s all provided free, absolutely gratis! And that’s all thanks to our advertisers, so to them, our sincere thanks and appreciation and we urge all boaters to support them whenever you’re looking for a product or service.

We’re now looking forward to 2013 with some big plans for Shipmate, which we’ll let you know about in the new year, in the meantime, watch this space!

Finally, we get a lot of correspondence, requests, emails and feedback from boaters, on all sorts of subjects, throughout the year. As this is the last Shipmate News for 2013 we thought we might share with you (below), a query we received recently.

“Hi John, 
I really need your advice on a serious problem:
 I’ve suspected for some time now that my wife has been cheating on me. The usual signs: the phone rings, I answer, the caller hangs up; she goes out with the girls a lot. I try to stay awake to look out for her when she comes home but I usually fall asleep. Anyways, last night about midnight I hid in the shed behind the boat. When she came home she got out of someone's car buttoning her blouse and rearranging her attire. It was at that moment crouched behind the boat that I noticed a hairline crack in the outboard engine mounting bracket. Is that something I can weld or do I need to replace the whole bracket?”

Well that’s it from me for a while, I'm going boating, we've got some really interesting articles in this edition, so sit back and enjoy the read.  In the meantime, we wish you all the compliments of the season and trust you have a relaxing break. Stay safe over the holidays and we’ll be back with the next edition of Shipmate News on 01 February 2013.

Cheers, see you out on the water

John Zammit

Vessel seized as anglers fall foul of the law

17 December 2012

Three Melbourne anglers are facing charges after two separate incidents at the Black Rock and Brighton fishing ramps. The alleged offences were detected as part of Operation Blade which is targeting snapper offences In the first incident a Brunswick West man is facing a heavy fine or even jail after allegedly trying to obstruct Fisheries... click for more

Malibu revolutionizes Wake Surfing with Surf Gate technology

17 December 2012 the Australian arm of the global leader in state of the art water sports towboats, is releasing a break-through wakesurfing innovation, Surf Gate which promises to revolutionize the sport. Malibu unveiled the new wave-making feature at last weekend’s new Dealership opening for Border City Ski Boats in Albury NSW.... click for more

Recreational vessel operators risk heavy penalties for anchoring in Port Phillip

16 December 2012

The Boating Industry Association of Victoria Incorporated (BIAV) is a not for profit organisation and the peak body representing the recreational and light commercial boating industry in Victoria. The BIAV provides a voice on behalf of the recreational boating community and marine based businesses and unifies the industry The BIAV today... click for more

‘1984 First Fleeters’

15 December 2012

Special Invitation to the 30th Anniversary Audi Hamilton Island Race Week 2013. The search is on for the ‘First Fleeters’ from the inaugural Audi Hamilton Island Race Week in 1984. The 93 yachts that were part of the historic event, and their current owners (or charterers), are to receive a special invitation to Audi Hamilton Island... click for more

Dutch love of sailing united at Festival of Sails

15 December 2012

Dutchmen Bas Huibers and Eric Swaan reunite from opposite ends of the globe once a year at the place they first met. It’s not a love story, but a love of sailing story that began when Netherlands based Swaan responded to a ‘crew wanted’ notice for Geelong Week in 2008. The original arrangement fell through and Victorian... click for more

State Government limits recreational vessel anchoring in Port Phillip Bay

14 December 2012

An Action Alert Breifing Paper issued by the Boating Industry Association of Victoria (BIAV) has highlighted serious cause for concern for recreational boaters using Port Phillip Bay. According to the paper, recreational boaters are banned from anchoring in a large part of Port Phillip Bay. This includes vast areas of the bay outside of marked... click for more

World class berthing expansion underway for Melbourne

13 December 2012

d’Albora Marinas Pier 35 will have 14 brand new marina berths just in time for Christmas. A tremendous boost to the Melbourne boating industry. Already Australia’s largest marina group with seven properties accommodating over 1400 boats along the east coast, d’Albora at Pier 35 offers customers the opportunity to be centrally... click for more

Key studies commence for Hastings port development

12 December 2012

The next step towards building Melbourne's much needed second container port are now underway with the commencement of key studies into Westernport, its natural environment and port design. Minister for Ports Denis Napthine said the opening of tenders for key packages of work was an important milestone and a major step forward for the Port of... click for more

PlasDECK releases new boat decking colours

12 December 2012

Akron, OH, USA: PlasDECK, Inc., the industry leader of synthetic teak boat decking, has been broadening its color spectrum. The company continues to provide its popular teak-colored decking product, but PlasDECK realizes that the traditional wood look isn’t for everyone. With seventeen different color combinations, PlasDECK now provides the... click for more

Game & Leisure Boats welcomes new Hatteras GT 54

12 December 2012

Gold Coast based Game & Leisure Boats is extremely excited to announce the arrival of a new Hatteras GT 54 into Australia, the first in a series of exciting announcements for one of Australia’s most experienced game fishing and motor yacht retailers. The first GT 54 has been delivered to a couple from Brisbane with a second boat to... click for more

International meetings building around Marine13

12 December 2012

The Marine13 International Conference and Exhibition being held in Sydney 28- 30 April 2013 is the catalyst for a growing range of international meetings linked to the conference streams of boating business, boating safety and marinas. Howard Glenn, General Manager for the Office of Boating Safety and Maritime Affairs, Transport for NSW, said... click for more

Lifejacket safety focus on inland waterways

12 December 2012

Lifejacket safety will be a focus of Boating Safety Officers’ activity on the Murray River and other inland waterways in NSW with the launch of a new campaign encouraging everyone to wear lifejackets at all times when on the water. Roads and Maritime Services Murray and Inland Acting Regional Manager Bill Neyland said the new campaign... click for more

Guarding Melbourne’s water playground for over 45 Years

11 December 2012

Australian Volunteer Coast Guard St Kilda has been operating from the St Kilda Marina for over 45 years. In that time it has consistently served the northern end of Port Philip, it includes one of the busiest shipping channels in Australia and is the water playground for much of Melbourne. The Yarra and Maribyrnong river systems are... click for more

Riviera drives into 2013 with strong forward orders and expanded senior management team

11 December 2012

Riviera, Australia’s largest and most awarded luxury boat builder is looking forward to 2013 as its forward orders continue to grow, and the company welcomes three new seasoned professionals to its senior lead team. The past nine months have been both hectic and productive for Riviera as the company has undergone an extensive... click for more

Radio 3AW brings boating ashore this summer

11 December 2012

Radio 3AW brings the Sydney-Hobart plus Tassie classics and all the Bay news ashore this summer From Boxing Day, armchair admirals and boating enthusiasts are set for an exciting coverage of this year’s Rolex Sydney-Hobart and Melbourne races to Tasmania, and all the news from around Port Phillip Bay as the summer’s boating... click for more

Boat for sale by tender

10 December 2012

'Capitella' is a 52 ft., Spotted Gum and Ironbark timber work boat built by Cayzer, in Queenscliff for the State Government Department of Primary Industries, Fisheries. She was launched in 1972 and powered by single Detroit 6VN71 engine. This large volume vessel is currently stored on hard stand at the Royal Victorian Motor Yacht Club... click for more

AIMEX elects new President

9 December 2012

At the Australian International Marine Export Group (AIMEX) Annual General Meeting held at the Royal Sydney Yacht Squadron on Friday 30th November, Richard Chapman was elected President of AIMEX taking over from well known industry identity Alistair Murray who has been in the chair for the past 5 years. Alistair will remain on the board as... click for more

Australian Marine Export and Superyacht Awards provide well deserved recognition

8 December 2012

Club Marine has again confirmed their support as the naming rights sponsors of the Australian Marine Export and Superyacht Awards organised by the Australian International Marine Export Group (AIMEX) and Superyacht Australia. “Club Marine is delighted to be partnering with AIMEX for the fifth consecutive year not only does it provide an... click for more

Jet Ski owners offered protection

7 December 2012

Sixty two jet skis have been stolen from Victorian residents in 2012, the highest number of reported thefts of personal water craft (PWC) on record. Crime Stoppers and Victoria Police are warning Jet Ski owners to secure their PWC before the busy summer season and to have their watercraft marked with a security identification system to deter... click for more

Mercury RIB now rated to 15hp

7 December 2012

The very popular 290 Ocean Runner RIB (rigid inflatable boat) has been re-rated and can now run a 15hp outboard – a significant jump from the previous 10hp limit. “We regularly compare our boats against the latest international regulations and we’ve found the 290 now warrants a power increase,” said Ian Stanley, Product... click for more

Australia's biggest outdoor Expo takes shape for 2013

5 December 2012

Exhibitors are rushing to lock in space for Australia's biggest outdoor expo, the 2013 Brisbane Tinnie and Tackle Show and National 4x4 & Outdoors Show, to ensure their opportunity to showcase the latest and greatest in outdoor and leisure equipment.

 Only 20 per cent of floor space remains for what is shaping up to be the... click for more

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