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2 April 2013

Shipmate News 03 April 2013

It’s all about technology and information

A couple of days late this month with Shipmate News due to the Easter break, during which we’ve been busy over-indulging. Got away for a few days with a half dozen or so other boats and cruised down to Geelong for what turned out to be a very social long weekend. Plenty of good food, good company, lots of eating and drinking, responsibly of course, lots of laughs, and, as they say, ‘a good time was had by all!’

Back to the trusty keyboard now though to bring you the latest in boating news from around the country and first up, a story of how ‘Big Brother’ is watching us all. A fishing Charter operator has been fined $1500 after he was hit by a large wave crossing the bar at the entrance to Bermagui Harbour. The incident was captured by someone on shore who filmed it using his iPhone and then uploaded it to YouTube.

Roads and Maritime Services NSW was alerted to the YouTube video and, using that footage and statements from witnesses on shore, found the 55 year old master from Bermagui was negligent in his navigation and exposed his passengers to significant risk of harm. See the full story below.

Also in this edition, our friends at C H Smith Marine in Collingwood (Vic) reckon that sometimes people are baffled by some of the jargon within the boating world and so they’ve compiled their own ‘Wiki'. 

Now you can find out the meaning, and in a lot of cases the origins, of nautical terms that may have confused you in the past. Terms such as ‘Stow High In Transit’ which was often abbreviated to an acronym of the words in the phrase. Many believe this originated in the 16th century in the period before commercial fertilizers were available. 

Shipments of manure were transported in bundles by ship and these were shipped dry to lessen the weight, but if sea-water got to it in transit, it not only became heavier but also started to ferment and produce Methane Gas which would build up below decks. Of course if this happened and someone came below at night with a lantern, well… Ka-Booom!

After that, the bundles of manure were always stamped with the instruction 'Stow High In Transit' which meant it should be stowed high enough off the lower decks, so that water wouldn’t reach it and start the production of methane. Thus evolved the term 'S.H.I.T' which has come down through the centuries and is still in use to this very day. See the full article below.

A lot happening behind the scenes at Shipmate too, we’re in the process of revamping our website (again) to provide boaters with even more information and to make it easier to find what you're looking for. If you haven’t visited the website recently at make sure you do so soon and stand by for some important announcements in the not too distant future. More details soon.

Cheers, see you out on the water

John Zammit

BIA Melbourne show a sell-out

2 April 2013

The Boating Industry Association of Victoria (BIA) has sold out its exhibitor space for the 53rd Annual BIA Melbourne Boat Show, and is seeking additional display space to meet demand from exhibitors. BIA general manager Steven Gill said exhibitor enthusiasm for the show had been overwhelming, with exhibitors booking early and booking... click for more

Mercury VesselView – now even better

28 March 2013

Mercury VesselView - long recognised as the premier engine-information display system for recreational boating – is now even better with the introduction of VesselView 4 and VesselView 7. Designed exclusively for Mercury engines, these new and highly-intuitive VesselView models have integrated a range of additional features including... click for more

YouTube video results in fine for commercial operator

28 March 2013

Roads and Maritime Services (RMS) in NSW has fined a fishing charter operator $1500 for negligent navigation after an incident in January this year at the entrance to Bermagui Harbour. “On 28 January, six passengers, two crew and the master were on a 13 metre fishing charter vessel when it was returning to Bermagui Harbour and was hit by a... click for more

The nautical term S.H.I.T. explained in CH Smith Marine's new 'Wiki'

28 March 2013

The folk at C H Smith Marine Chandlery in Collingwood (Vic) reckon that sometimes customers find it hard to understand some of the jargon which is thrown around within our industry. According to Rod Smith "We often use a lot of these technical terms, without realising that we are baffling our customers." Rather than try and... click for more

Sail Sydney launches into 2013

27 March 2013

Over 450 sailors enjoyed Sail Sydney in 2012 and this year they will enjoy it even more as the organising committee launches into 2013. From 12-15 December 2013 Sydney will display its sailing heritage spectacularly for competitors and spectators alike as it turns on its charms. This world class ISAF Grade 1 sailing event will... click for more

Clipper announces biggest owners’ regatta schedule to date

26 March 2013

The 2013 Clipper regatta schedule has just been released and it’s the most extensive in the brand’s history. Kicking off the cruising calendar is the Moreton Bay April Regatta where boat owners will cover the anchorages of Blakesley’s, Tangalooma, Calypso Bay and Kooringal. The favourite Fraser Island Regatta has been... click for more

Riviera Festival of Boating announces new educational events for 2013

26 March 2013

The second annual Riviera Festival of Boating will offer an expanded educational program in 2013 with a raft of new events planned for the unique four day experience. Held from May 23 to 26 at Riviera’s 14-hectare, state-of-the-art Coomera River front facility, the Riviera Festival of Boating boasts over 76 individual educational and... click for more

Grand Banks announces on-water display at Sanctuary Cove show

26 March 2013

The luxury and craftsmanship of Grand Banks will again be on display at the 2013 Sanctuary Cove International Boat Show in May The company’s on-water display includes a recently-arrived three-cabin 53 Aleutian RP model and a new 47 Heritage EU. Grand Banks Asia-Pacific Managing Director Hank Compton said he and the team are excited to... click for more

The Melbourne Osaka Cup gets underway

25 March 2013

A fleet of seven boats departed for Osaka on Sunday morning at 1030hrs. Cadibarra 8, Funnelweb, Kiss Goodbye to MS, Optimus Prime, Samurai Jack, Spirit of Downunder and Wasabi had the wind on the nose as they tacked out through Port Phillip Heads. Once around the corner they had a great run to Wilson’s Promontory with strong westerlies... click for more

ASMEX program attracts high level of interest

22 March 2013

The organisers of the 2013 Australian Superyacht and Marine Export Conference (ASMEX) have received nothing short of praise for their extensive programme which ticks all the boxes in regards to identifying opportunities and solutions within the Australian marine export and superyacht sectors. The Australian International Marine Export Group (AIMEX)... click for more

Supporting Bundaberg’s tornado smashed boaters

22 March 2013

When multiple tornadoes swept through the Bundaberg region in Queensland recently, the entire community braced for an onslaught of wind damage backed up by massive floods down the Burnett River. For specialist marine insurer, Nautilus Marine, the Bundaberg storms presented as a case of déjà vu. The storms of 2011... click for more

Sundance Marine host Beneteau Regatta

22 March 2013

On Saturday March 9, Victorian Beneteau Dealer Sundance Marine hosted their 10th annual Sundance Marine Beneteau Regatta. Thanks to event sponsors Nautilus Marine, Sundance welcomed entrants from clubs around the bay to the event base at Sandringham Yacht Club. The fleet, which included entrants from Blairgowrie, Royal Brighton, Royal... click for more

Superyacht Busines joins forces with ASMEX 2013

22 March 2013

The organisers of the Australian Superyacht and Marine Export Conference (ASMEX); the Australian International Marine Export Group (AIMEX) and Superyacht Australia, are proud to announce a recent sponsorship deal with Superyacht Business magazine for the 2013 ASMEX conference. Launched seven years ago, Superyacht Business magazine has fast... click for more

Used Boat Warranty Program endorsed by BIA of NSW

22 March 2013

The industry leading BIA Dealer Certified Used Boat Warranty program has been officially endorsed by the Boating Industry Association of NSW. This means that the consumers purchasing a used boat in NSW have the added peace of mind and security that their boat will be covered by a comprehensive 50 Point Safety Check plus a Used Boat Warranty... click for more

Mercury Milestone Moments. Win a GoPro camera*

22 March 2013

For more than 70 years Mercury hasn’t just been building the best engines possible – they’ve been creating unforgettable moments on the water. Every boat lover has had them, those perfect points in time when everything’s just right. For example: • You’re fishing with your mates and you... click for more

Guide to buying & setting up your boat for fishing

22 March 2013

New from boating journalist Jeff Webster, is the 3rd Edition of his popular title, Fitting Out For Bay & Coastal Fishing. This 132 page glossy publication is a comprehensive guide to buying a new boat and setting it up for fishing. Experienced anglers may know how to rig up their boats for fishing, but if you’re not quite sure... click for more

Experience the VIP treatment at SCIBS

22 March 2013

The 25th annual Sanctuary Cove International Boat Show (SCIBS) is catering to high end visitors, for the first time offering an exclusive VIP ticket option at this year’s Show. Running from May 23 to 26, SCIBS is renowned for offering something for every boating enthusiast, from trailerable craft to luxury cruising yachts and everything... click for more

Game & Leisure get first Grady-White and great awards

20 March 2013

Australia’s foremost game fishing boat retailer, Game & Leisure Boats, has just confirmed the sale of the first Grady-White 360 Express into Australia, due to arrive for the Sanctuary Cove International Boat Show in May. In a further coup for the business, Game & Leisure Boats were recently awarded a number of major international... click for more

Queenscliff snapper catch over the limit

18 March 2013

Fisheries Victoria officers have seized more than 60 snapper taken by two men at Swan Bay in Queenscliff earlier this month. Fisheries Victoria Regional Fisheries Manager Paul Millar said Geelong fisheries officers were undertaking routine patrols at the Swan Bay boat ramp when they inspected the vessel with two men onboard. “One man... click for more

Team Windcraft heads to SCIBS

18 March 2013

ONE of Australia’s leading yacht importers, Team Windcraft, will have something special on board when it docks at the 2013 Sanctuary Cove International Boat Show in May. The company, which has bases in Melbourne, Sydney and Queensland, will showcase the new Hanse 345 hot on the heels of its Australian premiere at the Melbourne Summer... click for more

Boating Connexions launches AB Rigid Hull Inflatable Boats in Sydney

18 March 2013

The world renowned AB brand of rigid hull inflatable boats is now back on sale in NSW through Boating Connexions, who are based at Cronulla in Sydney’s South. Boating Connexions is headed by Neil Solomons, a long time exponent of inflatable boats, having been the importer of Avon Inflatables out of the UK and a distributor of Zodiac and... click for more

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