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15 April 2013

Shipmate News 15 April 2013

 It’s all about boats and boating 

A bit of everything again in this edition of Shipmate News and, with the boat show season in full swing, information is pouring in. The 25th annual Sanctuary Cove International Boat Show (SCIBS), which runs from 23-26 May, will showcase a raft of international boating brands and marine products, as well as an exciting line up of entertainment. 

At the same time, just a short ferry ride up the Coomera River from Sanctuary Cove, Riviera will be staging their 2nd Annual Festival of Boating with a full calendar of events including their under cover boat show featuring the world release of five new or updated models.

Closer to home, the Boating Industry Association of Victoria (BIA) has expanded its exhibitor space for the 53rd Annual BIA Melbourne Boat Show which runs 14-17 June. BIA General Manager Steven Gill confirmed an extra 3,000 square metres of space has been secured in the main hall and said it was mostly pre-sold to keen exhibitors. I’m told if you’re quick there may be the possibility of snapping up some of that space.

Marine corrosion is always a hot topic for boaters and Marine Protection Systems, together with Offshore Marine Electronics, will be presenting a Marine Corrosion Seminar to be held at Sandringham Yacht Club (SYC) on 24 April 2013. The seminar, designed to educate boaters on how to reduce the corrosion effects on vessels, is open to the general public, as well as SYC members, guests and the marine trade.

That’s just a small taste of what’s in this edition, there’s lots more though, including details of Mercury’s success at the world’s fastest ski race, the Mildura 100, an announcement by Club Marine that they’ve introduced a new boat warranty insurance scheme and news from the upcoming Marine 13 conference in Sydney that you can now purchase day passes to the conference. That’s still not all of course, but we’ll let you sit back and read through all those articles that you find interesting.

In the meantime here at Shipmate we’ve been like a duck on the water, doesn’t appear to be much happening up top but below the water it’s all going on. Behind the scenes we’ve been working hard to make Shipmate better, more informative and even more useful for boaters. We’re tweaking our website (again) to provide more information and working on a couple of projects that we can hopefully announce soon.

In the interim make sure you visit our website at where all the information is free and, if you haven’t already done so, make sure you download our free Smartphone Apps available from the iPhone App Store or Google Play.

Cheers, see you out on the water

John Zammit

Melbourne family wins Gold Coast International Marine Expo prize

12 April 2013

It was a jaw dropping moment for Amanda Steer and her family when they stepped aboard the Hampton 680 luxury coastal cruiser on the first day of their four night luxury Gold Coast Cruising the Broadwater prize holiday. The Melbourne family was ecstatic when they found out they had won the Gold Coast International Marine Expo and Channel... click for more

BIA Melbourne Show adds extra space

12 April 2013

The Boating Industry Association of Victoria (BIA) has expanded its exhibitor space for the 53rd Annual BIA Melbourne Boat Show. BIA general manager Steven Gill confirmed an extra 3,000 square metres in the main hall – and said it was virtually pre-sold to keen exhibitors. “It has actually taken longer to obtain the extra space... click for more

Sanctuary Cove 25th Anniversary show

12 April 2013

Organisers of the Sanctuary Cove International Boat Show (SCIBS) have laid plans for a spectacular event this year to celebrate a quarter of a century since the show’s inception. The 25th annual SCIBS, running May 23-26, will showcase a raft of international boating brands and marine products, as well as an exciting entertainment... click for more

Free Marine Corrosion Seminar

12 April 2013

Hosted by Sandringham Yacht Club and presented by Marine Protection Systems and Offshore Marine Electronics, a Marine Corrosion Seminar will be held on 24 April 2013, to educate boaters on how to recuce the corrosion effects on vessels. Open to members, guests, trade and the general public, the seminar will discuss the problems of marine... click for more

Summer (sailing) in the city

11 April 2013

For Ringwood couple, John and Andrea Gardiner, ‘summer in the city’ took on a whole new meaning when they recently headed into Melbourne by boat. The couple own a 4.26m, Paper Tiger Catamaran, normally kept at John’s parents house at Black Rock. Not really set up for cruising, Paper Tigers are a small, lightweight catamaran,... click for more

Marine13 Day Pass incentive

11 April 2013

The Marine13 International Conference and Exhibition is now only three weeks away, commencing 28 April to 30 April in Sydney. The Organising Committee has just released a day pass incentive for those wanting to participate at the last minute and interested only in attending conference sessions and the exhibition. While... click for more

Dust off the Hawaiian Shirts and Boardies - Airlie Beach Race Week entries now open

9 April 2013

While for the southern parts of Australia spring has definitely sprung, don’t pack away the summer clothes too deeply in the drawers, as in Northern Queensland the planning for the 24th annual Airlie Beach Race Week is well underway. The Whitsunday Sailing Club has released the Notice of Race and is taking online entries for the 24th annual... click for more

d’Albora CEO appointed to MIA Board

8 April 2013

The Marina Industries Association (MIA) has announced the appointment of Marcus Anketell, Chief Executive Officer –Marinas Division, Ardent Leisure Management Limited to their Board of Directors, effective immediately. Marcus joined d’Albora Marinas in January 2011, having been the manager of the Northern Region for AMF Bowling.... click for more

Mercury magnificent at Mildura

7 April 2013

It’s the world’s fastest ski race, and the famous Mildura 100 turned it on again with plenty of records falling over the Easter weekend and stacks of wins for Mercury engines. Again showing its commitment to Australian ski racing, Mercury Marine was a major sponsor of this year’s Mildura classic which attracted 400 entries... click for more

Hitchhiker returns to Hamilton Island

6 April 2013

The Champion Yacht at the inaugural Audi Hamilton Island Race Week in 1984, the famous Australian Admiral’s Cup challenger, Hitchhiker, will be trucked 5000 kilometres across the continent in August to be part of this year’s 30th anniversary regatta. Perth yachtsman Peter Briggs had the yacht designed and purpose-built for... click for more

New team to offer Ocean Alexander in Australia

6 April 2013

Grand Banks’ Hank Compton and his team on Queensland’s Gold Coast are celebrating the nomination of Ocean Alexander in two categories of the annual Asia Boating Awards. In an agreement between Grand Banks and Ocean Alexander, Compton now represents the Taiwan boat builder throughout Australasia, expanding his role as Asia Pacific... click for more

Sparkling Fairline to shine at BSA's Sanctuary Cove display

5 April 2013

A luxurious Fairline Targa 58 will be the centrepiece of the on-water display for Boating Syndication Australia (BSA) at the 2013 Sanctuary Cove International Boat Show in May. New to the fast-expanding BSA fleet, the Fairline is a large sports cruiser brimming with innovative features. The company will also display its Riviera M360 sports... click for more

Club Marine Boat Warranty Insurance

5 April 2013

Club Marine, Australia’s largest provider of recreational boating insurance, has announced a new insurance product. The new product, Club Marine Boat Warranty Insurance, is designed to extend a new or used boat’s warranty cover. When purchasing a new boat from a dealership, the boat is covered by the manufacturer’s... click for more

Illegal snapper haul uncovered at Black Rock

4 April 2013

A 59-year-old Brunswick (Vic) man had his boat seized by Fisheries Officers in Black Rock on Easter Monday for allegedly exceeding the bag limit for snapper and trying to conceal part of his illegal catch. Fisheries Officers inspected the man’s vessel at the Black Rock boat ramp at approximately 7.50 PM, and were shown a... click for more

A taste of European elegance at SCIBS 2013

4 April 2013

The Original Dutch Sloop will bring a taste of European elegance to this year’s Sanctuary Cove International Boat Show (SCIBS) in May. In a nod to its namesake, The Dutch Sloop is a classic example of what one might find cruising the canals of Amsterdam, complete with a luxury day bed and seating for 12. Importer Rudy Walstyn said the... click for more

Riviera Festival of Boating announces new educational events for 2013

2 April 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

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