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15 November 2013

Shipmate News 15 November 2013

It’s been big but it aint over yet

As we head quickly towards the end of 2013 we, here at Shipmate, can look back on what has truly been a big year. Over the last 12 months we’ve completely revamped our website which is now fully compatible with smartphones and tablets, added hundreds of new listings for marine trades and services, a number of new categories and even incorporated the complete membership of the Boating Industry Association of Victoria.

We’ve also added video to the site and featured videos are updated regularly. Check out the latest collection here: If you have an interesting boating video send us the link and we’ll consider putting it up. But that’s not all; we’ve also added the facility for marine businesses to submit their own listings. If you provide a service or products to boaters, anywhere in Australia, visit the website and submit your listing. All categories can now be filtered by state.

Our free App for smartphones and tablets continues to gain popularity and that's also been updated to bring it into line with our new clean look, if you haven’t downloaded the App as yet make sure you visit the iPhone App Store or Google Play and do so ASAP.

While we’ve been giving our on-line side plenty of attention we certainly haven’t neglected our print edition. The 2014 (tenth) print edition of Shipmate Marine Directory is out now and currently being distributed via yacht clubs marinas, marine organisations and selected marine businesses. We’ve increased the size to 152 gloss pages with more content, more categories but still a convenient pocket size and, best of all, still free!

A copy of the new Shipmate Marine Directory will also go out (in Victoria) with the March 2014 edition of the new Tradeaboat magazine – The complete book of boats (see article below).

Well there’s plenty of marine news in this edition from around Australia, certainly something for everyone so sit back and enjoy the read.

Cheers, see you out on the water

John Zammit

World’s best compete as ISAF Sailing World Cup returns to Melbourne

15 November 2013

The world’s top sailors are gearing up for the ISAF Sailing World Cup - Melbourne, which is now firmly marked on the calendar as Australia’s premier Olympic class sailing event and is coming to our shores this December 1 – 8, 2013. Showcasing the best the world has to offer in Olympic sailing on Port Phillip, the ISAF Sailing... click for more

Close call for kayakers off Williamstown

14 November 2013

Two vessels from St Kilda Coast Guard responded to a radio call on Sunday afternoon from a ship departing the Port of Melbourne, reporting that a kayak had overturned south of the breakwater at Williamstown, and a person was in the water in the vicinity of the Shipping Channel. The first Coast Guard vessel arrived on scene within 6 minutes to... click for more

Maritimo's first race attempt shows promise

13 November 2013

Gold Coast based luxury cruiser manufacturer Maritimo took to the water for the first time at the weekend in its new $1 million offshore powerboat. Competing at Hervey Bay and after securing fourth in the pole position shootout the new boat, named Maritimo Australia, and its crew looked promising and were amongst the lead pack in the first race.... click for more

Leading aluminium boat manufacturer announces factory tours

13 November 2013

Australia’s leading aluminium boat manufacturer, Telwater, is opening its doors for the first time offering guided tours of their state-of-the-art manufacturing facility. Telwater’s portfolio of popular aluminium boat brands includes Quintrex, Stacer, Savage and Yellowfin plate boats. A tour of the Telwater Factory offers the... click for more

Eppalock Gold Cup - Entries now open

13 November 2013

With the last 2 rounds ( Melton & Glenmaggie) of the Victorian Outboard Club championships “blown out” by bad weather the good news is that on Saturday November 30th and Sunday 1st December the 2013 the Eppalock Gold Cup is on and this coincides with the 4th Round of the Victorian Outboard Championships brought to by Aquapower... click for more

Strong Fleet of Seawinds at Moreton Bay Regatta

12 November 2013

The Seawind Cruising Club Series sailed into Brisbane in October for the annual Moreton Bay Regatta, run by Seawind distributors Multihull Central. With 15 Seawind catamarans competing and over 50 people in attendance, the social racing event was a great display of the momentum that the Seawind brand has in South East Queensland. The... click for more

Sundance Marine moves into Williamstown

12 November 2013

Sundance Marine, based at Sandringham is soon to open a branch in Williamstown (Vic). The new sales office, curently being refurbished, is conveniently located at Savages Wharf in Nelson place Williamstown, between the Royal Yacht Club of Victoria and Hobsons Bay Yacht Club, and next door to the Royal Victorian Motor Yacht Club, the new office... click for more

Executive changes at Sanctuary Cove

9 November 2013

Mulpha Sanctuary Cove has announced promotions within its events team, with the elevation of Johan Hasser to Head of Events. Mr Hasser has 15 years’ experience in events, sales, and business development including a stint with International Management Group at Indy 300 in 2007 and 2008, and moves into the senior executive position a year... click for more

America enthusiastic towards Riviera and Belize

9 November 2013

Fresh from the 54th Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show in Florida, USA, which wrapped up on Monday of this week, Riviera secured buyers for eight of its luxury boats in the American market. Totalling US$9million, retail sales in the “yachting capital of the world” included Riviera’s 43 Open Flybridge, 445 SUV, the... click for more

RGYC Wooden Boat Festival is on again in 2014

8 November 2013

Here's some news for all wooden boat owners and enthusiasts. The Royal Geelong Yacht Club will once again be hosting the Whyte, Just & Moore Lawyers Wooden Boat Festival of Geelong next year, and they need plenty of wooden boats to attend. The 2014 Festival will take place over four days from Thursday March 6th to Sunday March 9th and,... click for more

'Life is Now' aboard Quicksilver's Activ 505 Open

7 November 2013

The centre-console layout continues to grow in popularity, but even so this Quicksilver Activ 505 Open adds a new dimension to versatility and safety for family fun and fishing action. Blending contemporary European styling with ageless Aussie practicality, the 505 Open packs far more accommodation and storage into its 5.07 metre length than you... click for more

Wrap yourself in Marine Graphics Ink’s latest designs

7 November 2013

Innovative Australian design studio Marine Graphics Ink (MGI) has released its summer 2013/14 Stock Boat Wraps brochure, offering a stylish and cost-effective boat hull protection solution. Unlike anything Australia has ever seen, and available in 16 new designs, the process is simple. Select a boat wrap from the brochure, contact MGI with your... click for more

Australia's first purpose built VHF DSC Coast Radio Station

7 November 2013

Dunstan and Associates and the New Zealand specialist DSC (Digital Selective Calling) supplier TransOceana, have commissioned Australia's first purpose built VHF DSC Coast Radio Station at the Australian Volunteer Coastguard base in Sandringham, Victoria. The station provides VHF DSC services for vessels operating in Port Phillip... click for more

Yacht & Boat Korea – Exhibitor space still available

7 November 2013

GnA International, secretariat of Yacht & Boat Korea, advises there is still some remaining exhibitor space for the 2013 event, to be held Thursday 28 November through Sunday 1 December. This major regional event will be held at the Changwon Exhibition and Convention Centre, Changwon in Gyeongsangnam Province, South Korea. This year’s... click for more

Bauer to re-launch Trade-a-Boat – The Complete Book of Boats

7 November 2013

Bauer Media, the world’s largest magazine publisher, is revitalising two iconic mastheads, Trade-a-Boat and TrailerBoat, to create The Complete Book of Boats. From early 2014, Trade-a-Boat and TrailerBoat will unite under the Trade-a-Boat masthead, featuring every type of boat, both big and small, sail and power. Jeff Strang, editor of... click for more

Kids R Christmas, Magical Fantasy Parade

6 November 2013

Would you like to put a smile on a sick child this Christmas. If yes, please read below are pass onto all your friends. Kids R Christmas is now into its 14th year of putting a smiles on the faces of thousands of sick children. The first Magical and Fantasy Parade took place in December 2000 at The Children's Hospital Westmead. For the past... click for more

Expo heralds a buoyant start to boating season

6 November 2013

Marine industry leaders have hailed the 3rd annual Gold Coast International Marine Expo, which concluded on Sunday, a huge success with many recording the best sales results at a boat show in years. The not-for-profit Expo has been described as ‘breathing life back into the marine industry’ and since its inception in 2011 has... click for more

Stacer's 579 Sportster - Luxury on water

5 November 2013

Summer is nearly here so why not make the most of it with a Stacer Sportster the most comfortable way to enjoy the water this season. Easily catering for up to seven passengers the 579 Sportster is fit for the entire family or a large group of friends. It comes complete with all the little luxuries making it one slick boat, including a carpeted... click for more

Exhibitor booking running hot for SCIBS 2014

5 November 2013

Exhibitors are clamouring to secure a spot at next year’s Sanctuary Cove International Boat Show (SCIBS), with twice as many bookings confirmed compared to the same time last year, just days after applications opened. SCIBS head of events Johan Hasser said it was a positive sign exhibitors were feeling confident and looking forward to a... click for more

Boat seizure a reminder to obey snapper rules

4 November 2013

Recreational anglers are being reminded to obey bag and size limits for snapper following the seizure of another boat on Port Phillip Bay by Fisheries Officers this morning. Fisheries Victoria Acting Education and Enforcement Director Ian Parks said Fisheries Officers had already seized two boats on Port Phillip Bay as a result of anglers... click for more

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