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16 December 2013

Shipmate News 15 December 2013

Tis the season to be jolly

This is the last Shipmate News for 2013 and boy, have we packed a lot in to this, our biggest edition for the year. We’ve got news and information from around the country so, no matter if your interest is sailing, cruising, fishing, watersports or whatever, have we got news for you?

We’ve lots of interesting new products; rescue equipment from SOS Marine, New Aqua Guard waterproofing spray from Supreme, VHF radios from GME and innovative fibreglass repair products from MagicEzy.

Lots of ideas for Chrissie presents there, and of course, don’t forget the great boating and sailing apparel available from our clothing partner Helly Hansen. Visit their online store at and check out the great selection. Enter the promotional code ‘Shipmate’ to qualify for 20% off, and while you’re there, you can even enter for a chance to win a Whitsundays sailing holiday.

Our own website has been going great guns too and thank you to the many who’ve provided plenty of positive feedback, especially about the video content we’ve been rotating on the site. If you haven’t visited recently check it out at

And distribution of the 2014 edition of Shipmate print edition in Victoria is now complete. You can pick up a free copy from the nearest yacht club, marina, marine organisations and selected marine businesses. If you have any problems, flick us an email to or send a stamped, self-addressed envelope to PO Box 962 Williamstown Vic 3016 and we’ll mail you one.

And now finally; drinking and driving is a real issue, especially as we get closer to the holiday season. With that in mind I though I might share with you the following that came to me recently from Alistair Murray at Ronstan. He claims it came from a friend of his. However it came about I think it's appropriate at this time of the year.
“I would like to share a personal experience about drinking and driving.  As you well know, some of us have been known to have had brushes with the authorities on our way home from an occasional social session.

“A couple of nights ago, I was out for an evening with friends and had a couple of cocktails and some rather nice red wine.  Knowing full well I may have been slightly over the limit, I did something I have never done before – I took a cab home.

“Sure enough I passed a police road block but, since it was a cab, they waved it past.  I arrived home safely without incident, which was a real surprise, as I have never driven a cab before and am not sure where I got it, or what to do with it now that it’s in my garage.”

Well that's it from me for 2013 I'm taking a break, we'll be back with the first Shipmate News for 2014 on 01 February. In the meantime though we'll still be posting marine news on the website so make sure you visit us from time to time.

Ho Ho Ho, Wishing a very Merry Christmas and a prosperous new year to you and your families. Oh, nearly forgot, we've made a little Christmas video which you'll find on our website and on our facebook page, check it out at at

Cheers, see you out on the water in 2014

John Zammit

National Marine Register proves its worth

14 December 2013

Australia’s largest provider of recreational boat insurance, Club Marine, together with Police and Australia’s leading theft deterrent system, DataDot Technology Australia, is encouraged by the early success of the National Marine Register (NMR) as it achieves first results in combating boat theft across Australia. More than $11... click for more

Shipmate is going national

14 December 2013

Boaters in Victoria have, for the past ten years, enjoyed the benefits of a completely free resource providing a one-stop-shop for all things marine. Very soon boaters around the country will be able to enjoy those same benefits. Shipmate Marine Directory, the recreational boaters essential guide, is going national, providing a free resource for... click for more

New Flyer 6 - Style meets perfection

13 December 2013

In 2014, Beneteau is confirming its dynamism and policy of innovation in the Day Boat sector. Each boat Beneteau designs is state of the art due to the technology invested and the fact that Beneteau surrounds itself with best yacht and interior design teams in the world, such as Pininfarina or Philippe Stark. This commitment to building a... click for more

Jazz Player and The Think Pink Foundation

13 December 2013

Pink is not a colour you’d normally associate with Australia’s premier blue water event, the Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race, but the crew of Melbourne yacht Jazz Player are determined to change that this year. The yacht, a strongly campaigned Bakewell-White 39, has joined with The Think Pink Foundation to raise awareness for their... click for more

St George Motor Boat Club adds 78 berths

13 December 2013

In late October this year, St. George Motor Boat Club, located in the southern metropolitan region of Sydney, completed an expansion to their existing marina. 78 berths for vessels 8m to 18m in length were added to the facility bringing the marina’s total capacity up to 228 and making the club marina one of the largest marinas in... click for more

Camp Beneteau opens for Christmas sailing season

11 December 2013

NSW Beneteau Dealer Vicsail has today opened their very first Camp Beneteau for all visiting Beneteau owners, skippers and crew at their Rushcutters Bay dealership. Located next door to the CYCA and home of the 2013 Rolex Sydney Hobart fleet, Camp Beneteau will be a welcome oasis for all 12 competing Beneteau entrants and crew in the great race,... click for more

Sanctuary cove attracts a new generation

11 December 2013

As the exhibitor bookings roll in prior to Christmas and the end of the year break, Sanctuary Cove International Boat Show is pleased to welcome at least 10 new exhibitors so far for the 26th edition of the event in 2014. Among them is Noble Boats International, which is taking space for the first time following “dipping a toe in” at... click for more

Australian Manufacturer solves fiberglass repair problem

11 December 2013

Australia is set to further its reputation as an innovation hub, thanks to a ‘world first’ range of surface repair products released globally this week by Sunshine Coast manufacturer, MagicEzy. According to MagicEzy CEO, Warwick David Lindsay, boat owners worldwide find that performing DIY fiberglass repairs is time consuming,... click for more

Festival of Sails to umbrella Beneteau First Nationals

11 December 2013

The broad Festival of Sails fleet has flown past 200 entries and organisers at the Royal Geelong Yacht Club predict another bumper line-up. One design classes and production boats are robust and the Rolex Sydney Hobart fleet is up, buoyant signs for Victoria’s oldest sporting trophy. In 2014 the event will umbrella four Australian... click for more

Riviera owners bling on Christmas

11 December 2013

Riviera owners in Sydney enjoyed every facet of the Riviera lifestyle as they celebrated Riviera’s Bling on Summer Christmas Party at one of Sydney’s boating jewels, The Basin, located on the western foreshore of Pittwater. Riviera 33 Open Flybridge owner Martin Shaw joined the convoy travelling from Sydney Harbour to The Basin... click for more

B&G Official Race Supplier of Volvo Ocean Race 2014/15

11 December 2013

Leading sailing marine electronics manufacturer B&G has proudly announced its role as an Official Race Supplier for the Volvo Ocean Race 2014/15. Following the decision by the Volvo Ocean Race team to purchase B&G navigation systems to equip the entire fleet of one-design Volvo Ocean 65 yachts, B&G will also be providing full... click for more

Aussie superyacht industry grows the brand in Asia

11 December 2013

A trade delegation of key stakeholders from the Australian superyacht industry together with Superyacht Australia will be engaging with the Asian superyacht and broader marine industry while visiting Kuala Lumpur, Langkawi and Phuket in January 2014. Asia is becoming a growth destination for superyachts with many requiring repairs, routine... click for more

Marine15 sets sail for the Gold Coast

9 December 2013

Asia Pacific's biggest recreational marine business and safety conference and associated trade exhibition will be held on the Gold Coast in 2015. The Organising Committee has announced RACV Royal Pines Resort on Queensland's Gold Coast as the location for Marine15 to be held 3-5 May 2015. Organising Committee Chair Jeff d'Albora... click for more

Marine surveys begin as Western Port readies for container expansion

9 December 2013

Equipment, crews, barges, and surveying equipment are on their way to the Bluescope Steel Wharf at the Port of Hastings ready to carry out the first marine site surveys for the container expansion project. The Port of Hastings Development Authority, with specialist contractors Worley Parsons and Aurecon, are preparing to begin marine... click for more

GME launches the GX800 and GX850 handheld VHF

6 December 2013

GME, a market leader in safety, communication and entertainment products, has released two new feature packed handheld VHF marine radios in a versatile design. With a stylish new white and grey colour scheme, the GX800 and GX850 stand out from the crowd. With features such as Digital Selective Calling and inbuilt GPS, these new products are much... click for more

Protect your awnings, fabrics and canvas with new Aqua Guard

5 December 2013

Aqua Guard, an innovative new product that’s extremely resistant to abrasions, while killing and preventing mould, has recently been launched on to the market. Designed as a waterproofing spray for fabrics awnings and canvas, Aqua Guard, manufactured by Supreme, is like no other product currently available. A spokesperson from Supreme... click for more

Sydney Hobart record holder having mast re-stepped

5 December 2013

Bob Oatley’s all-conquering supermaxi, Wild Oats XI, will go one step closer to resuming preparations for the Rolex Sydney Hobart Race tomorrow when the yacht’s new mast, which almost broke during preliminary trials two weeks ago, is re-stepped following major repairs. It was only a quick reaction by the crew that prevented the... click for more

Low interest rate - High interest engine

5 December 2013

Since it first hit the water just two years ago, Mercury’s 150hp FourStroke has been rightly heralded as one of the very best outboards ever built. And now – for a limited time – boat lovers can enjoy one of these great engines this summer, thanks to two fantastic offers from Mercury Finance. • Repower... click for more

Victoria, get set for a sizzling summer of sailing

4 December 2013

Melbourne’s leg of the ‘Grand Slam of Olympic Sailing’, the ISAF Sailing World Cup which is currently underway in Sandringham, headlines a blockbuster line up of sailing events set for Victoria’s coastline and lakes in the coming months. Victorian Minister for Sport and Recreation Hugh Delahunty joined Olympic Champion... click for more

Can your wife save your life?

4 December 2013

With the summer boating season already here, news from SOS Marine who've designed rescue assistance equipment that anyone can use. The affordable SOS Dan buoy and SOS 2 Person Life raft are compact and portable man-overboard rescue systems “light and easy” to throw in an emergency. SOS Marine identified the need to improve... click for more

Register your distress beacon before heading out this summer

4 December 2013

The Australian Maritime Safety Authority (AMSA) and Queensland Police Service (QPS) are encouraging distress beacon owners to ensure they have a current GPS encoded 406MHz beacon registered with AMSA following an increase in incidents relating to out-dated and unregistered beacons. Queensland recorded the highest number of distress beacon... click for more

Como Landing at Herring Island closed

4 December 2013

In a Notice to River Users, issued by Parks Victoria as the declared waterway manager the Yarra River upstream of the port waters of the Port of Melbourne, boaters are advised as follows; Access to the Como Landing at South Yarra, adjacent to Herring Island, is currently closed due to the construction works of the pedestrian / bicycle trail on... click for more

Murray Cod season opens

4 December 2013

The Murray cod fishing season opened on Sunday 01 December – a much anticipated date for many keen anglers. Murray cod are an important recreational species and the according to The Hon Peter Walsh MP Minister for Agriculture and Food Security and Minister for Water, the Victorian Coalition Government recognises the significant social and... click for more

Pier jumping victim’s summer safety warning

4 December 2013

Nazim Erdem in conjunction with Parks Victoria and Independence Australia is reminding Victorians to think before they jump or dive from piers and jetties this summer to minimise the risk of spinal cord injury. At the age of 20, Nazim Erdem dived off an Elwood pier into shallow water in an effort to impress some girls who were nearby. The dive... click for more

Anglers warned to obey bag limit or face stiff penalties

4 December 2013

Fisheries Officers have seized three boats on Port Phillip bay (VIC) this season as a result of anglers exceeding the bag limit for snapper. In the latest incident, officers seized a boat at Altona Boat ramp on Sunday morning following an inspection of the vessel that revealed fish in excess of the daily bag limit allegedly hidden under the... click for more

Whitsunday Maritime Training Centre offers rare opportunity

4 December 2013

Whitsunday Maritime Training Centre has assisted to build the skills and careers of seven individuals, including high schools students and Volunteer Marine Rescue volunteers, by putting them through an international marine safety course, at no cost. Four volunteers of the Airlie Beach Volunteer Marine Rescue (VMR) and three high school students... click for more

Welcome mat out for boaters at Couran Cove

4 December 2013

South East Queensland boaties are reveling in the fact that the Ramada Couran Cove Island Resort on South Stradbroke Island off the Gold Coast has thrown out the welcome mat at its protected marina. The resort, which first opened in 1998, was purchased by Brisbane businessman Craig Dowling in late 2012, under Couran Cove Holdings. “The... click for more

Bill Barry-Cotter honoured again

4 December 2013

Australian boating industry icon, Bill Barry-Cotter, has received yet another business industry gong. An icon of the Australian boat building industry, Bill Barry-Cotter founded Maritimo in 2003. The Maritimo fleet now covers 17 separate models across five different lines – Motor Yachts, Sedans, Offshore Convertibles, Sports Cabriolets and... click for more

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