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1 September 2013

Shipmate News 01 September 2013

The wonders of modern technolgy

As I write this forward to the September edition of Shipmate News I’m sitting at anchor off Queensland’s magnificent Fraser Island. A friend of mine has just taken delivery of a brand new Clipper 45 and we are on a shakedown cruise from the Gold Coast up to Hervey Bay, Fraser Island and back. Cruising along this part of the Queensland coast is just magnificent, especially in a boat like this, you don’t go without much in terms of creature comforts and at this time of year, it’s warm and absolutely beautiful, not just the waters, but the coastline scenery, not to mention the countless whales, dolphins, turtles etc we’ve encountered en-route.

But it’s not all beer and skittles, thanks to the wonders of modern technology, I’m actually working too so, here’s a bit of what we have for you in this edition.

 News from the organisers of the third annual Gold Coast International Marine Expo that they’ve just released an extra 20 per cent of exhibition space to meet growing demand for the unique annual boating expo due to be held in November.

And so close to the federal election the Boating Industries Alliance Australia (BIAA) has welcomed the Coalition’s Policy for a more competitive and sustainable fisheries sector. They are the first major party to make a direct commitment to the boating and fishing sector showing that the message of “I fish, I boat and I vote” campaign has been heard and will be acted upon.

Also in this edition, 356 marinas Australia wide, are currently being invited to participate in the second ‘Health of the Australian Marina Industry’ Survey. This national survey is being conducted by the Marina Industry Association. The previous survey found that in 2010/11 the direct permanent and casual employment generated by marinas was 15,900 (excluding contractors) and that marinas generated $1.65 billion in gross revenues.  

Plenty more news below but, just wanted to briefly touch on Shipmate Marine Directory, the 2014 print edition. We are about to close off the advertising and we express our sincere thanks to those who have taken up space. We’re almost full with just a very small amount of space left in what will be our biggest edition yet, at least 148 pages.

Our advertising is again up on last year and most of those are repeat advertisers, which goes to show that advertising in Shipmate works. This year we will be distributing a minimum of 14,000 copies free to boaters so, if you’re interested in addressing that market please give us a call on 0418 587 799 or email but, be quick as all space will soon be gone.

Finally a brief update on the state of our new website which will be much more iOS and tablet friendly and I’m pleased to report that we are on to the final testing and we’ll be ready to launch very soon. Make a point of visiting and keep a look out for the new site.

That’s it from me for this edition, sit back and enjoy the read, I’m just going out to the back deck to enjoy the view for a while.

Cheers, see you out on the water

John Zammit

Gold Coast Marine Expo expands to meet growing demand

29 September 2013

Organisers of the third annual Gold Coast International Marine Expo have just released an extra 20 per cent of extension exhibition space to meet growing demand for the unique annual boating showcase held from November 1 to 3 at the Gold Coast Marine Precinct in Coomera, Queensland. The not-for-profit Expo has been described as... click for more

Australian marina research underway

28 September 2013

All 356 marinas in Australia are currently being invited to participate in the second Health of the Australian Marina Industry Survey. This national survey is being conducted by the Marina Industry Association (MIA) in association with the Recreational Marine Research Centre (RMRC) at Michigan State University. The previous survey found that in... click for more

Coalition's marine parks policy renews confidence for boaters and fishers

28 September 2013

The Boating Industries Alliance Australia welcomes the Coalition’s Policy for a more competitive and sustainable fisheries sector, announced at the Australian Fishing Trade Association trade show earlier this week. As the first major party to make a direct commitment to the sector, the Coalition has shown that the message of the joint... click for more

Size does matter when it comes to snapper

28 August 2013

A 62 year old man from Clayton (Vic) will be charged on summons for several alleged fishing offences after an inspection of his boat by Victorian Fisheries Officers discovered 41 snapper, 23 of which were undersize. The two plain clothed Fisheries Officers observed the boat returning to the Mordialloc boat ramp after dark last night with one... click for more

Third International Dealer of the Year award for Chaparral

27 August 2013

Chaparral Australia has taken out the coveted International Dealer of the Year award at the 49th annual dealer conference and awards ceremony for the third year in a row. Over 280 dealers from the US and around the world attended the gala event in Key Lago, Florida where dealers are recognised for sales and customer service over the... click for more

Maritimo targets USA and Europe

26 August 2013

Australian luxury cruiser manufacturer Maritimo is gearing up for a full program of boat show displays in Europe and the USA in coming months and is confident of increased sales in a rising market. Sales and marketing manager, Greg Haines, said Maritimo has enjoyed strong sales and interest at the two major Australian shows this year, Sanctuary... click for more

Advanced Marina Management Scholarship winner announced

21 August 2013

The Marina Industries Association (MIA) is pleased to announce the winner of the keenly contested Bellingham Marine Australia Advanced Marina Management (AMM) Scholarship is James Thompson, Marina Manager at Sydney Boathouse. MIA Education Officer Ian Winestock said it was a competitive field of scholarship applicants from around Australia. The... click for more

New brands and models headline Brisbane Boat Show attractions

20 August 2013

A flotilla of new boating brand names and boat models, many of the manufactured locally in Queensland, as well as new personal and recreational watercraft will be major drawcards for this year’s Brisbane Boat Show which starts on friday 06 September. Multiple models from more than 50 different boat brands will be displayed including many... click for more

Wet a line at the Goulburn Fishing Festival

18 August 2013

Fisheries Victoria and the Eildon community will again host the Goulburn Fishing Festival on 6 and 7 September, coinciding with the opening weekend of trout season in rivers. Member for Benalla Bill Sykes said the free festival aimed to highlight the fishing opportunities in and around Eildon, including the Eildon Pondage, the Goulburn and... click for more

Oceanic Trailers shines the light on safety

18 August 2013

Keeping abreast of recently-introduced new safety requirements, Oceanic Trailers has upgraded the lighting systems on its entire range of boat trailers. The Australian manufacturer is now fitting ADR-approved LED auto lamps as standard on every trailer – from the smallest PWC trailer right up to its custom series. Ultra-bright and... click for more

Discounts Program launches at Sundance Chandlery & Service Centre

17 August 2013

The Sundance Chandlery & Service Centre is now open at 3/36 Jetty Rd, Sandringham, Sandringham Yacht Club. Previously operating as The Yacht Shop and now with new owners and management, the shop has undergone a complete renovation and offers the boating community of Port Phillip and the surrounding Yacht Clubs a service oriented chandlery... click for more

Better boat ramps for Sunraysia anglers

17 August 2013

Upgrades to seven boat ramps on the Victorian side of the Murray River, between Robinvale and Berribee, have improved access for freshwater anglers chasing Murray cod and golden perch. Member for Mildura Peter Crisp said that while the Murray River was managed by New South Wales, improved access from the southern shore is of great benefit to... click for more

Tuna, a $9 Million catch for Portland

17 August 2013

Portland’s (Vic) Southern Bluefin Tuna fishery injected between $7 million and $9 million into the local economy in 2012, a new study has found. Premier and Member for South West Coast Denis Napthine said the economic importance of the lucrative catch had been quantified in the study jointly commissioned by the Victorian Coalition... click for more

Bar crossing cameras updated for safer boating

16 August 2013

Boaters in NSW now have better access to web cameras which provide real time footage of conditions on a selection of the State’s coastal bars. NSW Roads and Maritime Services (RMS) Acting Director Maritime Michael Wright said RMS introduced coastal bar crossing safety cameras in 2008 to help skippers decide whether conditions are... click for more

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