Free Marine Newsletter

15 May 2014

Shipmate News 15 May 2014

It’s boat show time

With the boat show season proper about to get underway with Sanctuary Cove next week we’ve got quite a bit in this edition about what to expect if you’re heading to the show. Of course at the same time, the third Riviera Festival of Boating is on and that’s taking place just a 20 minute ferry ride from Sanctuary Cove, up the Coomera River, and a bit about that in this edition too.

In other news, we’ve got details of the merger of the Boating Industry Associations of New South Wales and South Australia, details of a new berthing exchange program on the eastern seaboard and information regarding the impending announcement of the Australian Marine Export and Superyacht Awards.

Also, as is usual leading up to the start of the boat show season, information on a raft of new and innovative products and news of a number of new model launches.

Earlier this month we had two major boating incidents in Victoria and we have details of both in this edition. In the first, a boat sank on Port Phillip after a collision during a yacht race and another incident where a fishing boat capsized 3 miles off Portland. Thankfully in both cases all were rescued but, it brings home the point that we need to be vigilant and prepared at all times while out on the water.

We’ve been keeping ourselves busy at Shipmate, as you may be aware we regularly post news on our website and we’re getting really good feedback about the videos on the website. If you haven’t visited recently make sure you do so soon at

Our Facebook page is going great guns too, you’ll find that at make sure you visit and ‘Like’ us there.

That’s about it from me, I’m frantically trying to clear the decks here before heading up to see what’s new at Sanctuary Cove, look forward to seeing you there.

Cheers, see you out on the water

John Zammit

Boating Industry Associations of NSW & SA merge

14 May 2014

At the 45th Annual General Meeting of the Boating Industry Association (BIA) of NSW last night, under the Chairmanship of President Alan Blake, the membership voted in favour for a merger with the BIA of South Australia. This vote by the members follows a similar outcome at a South Australian meeting of members in March. The five Special... click for more

The latest on show at Riviera Festival of Boating’s Technology Showcase

14 May 2014

Riviera's Festival of Boating Technology Showcase will feature hundreds of electronics and accessories from the industry-leading marine brands, including Volvo Penta, Twin Disc, Raymarine, Garmin, Cummins Onan, Bose, Aqualuma and Ultra Marine to name but a few. Riviera’s chairman and owner Rodney Longhurst said there would be a... click for more

Beneteau Sense 46 debuts at SCIBS

14 May 2014

Queensland Beneteau Dealer Spirit Marine is excited to announce that the first Beneteau Sense 46 into Queensland will make its show debut at the upcoming Sanctuary Cove Boat Show. Known for offering a lifestyle at sea, the Sense 46 exemplifies this design and function ethic with a broad open living plan, complemented by a hull designed to... click for more

New berthing exchange program on Australia’s Eastern Seaboard

14 May 2014

Permanent guests of Runaway Bay, Soldiers Point, Empire Marina Bobbin Head and Gladesville Bridge marinas, can now participate in an exciting new reciprocal exchange program with complimentary club membership in the East Coast Luxury Aquatic Travellers Club – E.C.L.A.T. E.C.L.A.T club membership allows permanent guests at these marinas to... click for more

Robolo takes out top product award

14 May 2014

The new Robalo Cayman 226 bay boat has taken out a top product award in the U.S as praise for the innovative and game changing design begins to sweep the globe. The brand new Robalo Bay Boat range was launched earlier this year to critical acclaim and is already a best seller for the 46 year old fishing boat... click for more

GME bonus in time for boat show season

14 May 2014

Leading safety and communication manufacturer GME has launched a new Bonus Pack for sale in the lead‐up to Boat Show season. It’s certain to attract a lot of attention. During May and June, GME will package a pair of high performance Carson binoculars with the highly popular white GX600A VHF radio. GME’s GX600A is one of the... click for more

Yacht charters, an ideal way to experience boating life

14 May 2014

According to travel industry statistics, chartering has well and truly become the new vacation staple for demographics as diverse as couples, groups of friends and families, capturing their imaginations with the allure of exotic locations and fleeting ownership of their own vessel. Whether it’s a tranquil, tropical holiday or a chance to... click for more

SCIBS Yearbook hits news stands

9 May 2014

The ultimate guide to the Sanctuary Cove International Boat Show (SCIBS) has hit newsagents this week packed with all the must-know information for visitors and exhibitors at this year’s Show. Published by Bauer Media, the 2014 Sanctuary Cove International Boat Show Yearbook is a one-stop-shop when it comes to highlighting the best of the... click for more

CYCA completes marina improvements

9 May 2014

The Cruising Yacht Club of Australia, located in Darling Point, NSW, and best known for hosting the annual Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race, recently constructed a new hardstand area and installed new staging pontoons, adjacent to their crane, for vessels waiting to be loaded in and out of the Bay. The Club engaged world marina builder,... click for more

MY Chopi Chopi wins at World Superyacht Awards

9 May 2014

CRN, part of the Ferretti Group specialise in the construction of fully-customized megayachts in steel and aluminium from 40 to 90 metres. Their current flagship the 80m megayacht MY Chopi Chopi has been awarded the ‘Judges Commendation’ in the category of largest displacement motoryacht of 2,000 gross tonnes and above at the World... click for more

Inovative hatch solves a perrenial problem

9 May 2014

There isn’t a marine, commercial operator on the planet, which likes any form of hazard on their deck and for a long time, one of the greatest trip hazards has been deck hatches. The hatches are in place, to allow access to the lower compartments of the hull, but are often placed in a high foot traffic areas which can be highly dangerous.... click for more

Australian Marine Export & Superyacht Awards announcement nears

9 May 2014

Applications for the prestigious 2014 Club Marine Australian Marine Industry Export and Superyacht Awards have now been judged with the announcement of the 2014 winners to be made at the ASMEX Conference gala dinner on Tuesday 20 May at Sanctuary Cove, Queensland. Ian Murray, CEO, Australian Export Institute and Chairman of the judging panel... click for more

Coast Guard and Club Marine unite for Mayday campaign

5 May 2014

During this month (May), the Australian Volunteer Coast Guard (AVCG) along with their major sponsor Club Marine will be running their inaugural 'Club Marine Mayday' campaign to raise awareness and money towards critical activities such as safety patrols, monitoring, and search and rescue operations. The campaign will be run nationally... click for more

Superyacht Australia and NZ Marine collabotrate to attract superyachts

5 May 2014

In a move to attract more superyachts down under a joint meeting has been arranged between the key decision making bodies in Australia and New Zealand. These include the Australian government trade body Austrade, Tourism Australia, Superyacht Australia, NZ Trade & Enterprise, Tourism NZ and New Zealand Marine. This significant... click for more

Tonic goes high fashion with new styles

5 May 2014

Tonic Polarised Eyewear, the new leader in high quality fishing sunglasses, has added two new high-fashion frame styles to its range of high-performance sunglasses. The new Torquay and Cove styles are on sale now at Tonic’s 200-plus retailers throughout Australia and New Zealand. Tonic founder Doug Phillips said the new styles were... click for more

New GPS equipped EPIRB ensures faster location

5 May 2014

Market leading Emergency Beacon manufacturer GME has released the MT600G, a new Emergency Position Indicating Radio Beacon (EPIRB) with improved GPS functionality ensuring faster location in an emergency situation. Built on the foundation of 35 years of experience designing and manufacturing EPIRBs in Australia, the MT600G features a 10 year... click for more

Horizon launches Hull Two of new RP110 Raised Pilothouse Superyacht

5 May 2014

Horizon Group has announced the launch of “Carnival Liberty 3,” hull two of the new RP110 raised pilothouse superyacht model. The luxury superyacht will make her debut at the 2014 Taiwan International Boat Show in Kaohsiung, Taiwan (08-11 May 2014) and she is scheduled to deliver to her third-time Horizon owner in Japan this... click for more

Tuna fishing boat capsizes off Portland

5 May 2014

Four people were lucky to be rescued by a passing fishing boat after spending an hour clinging to a 6.2m boat approximately 3 miles off Port of Portland. The group who were going Tuna fishing near Lawrence Rocks decided to turn back due to the weather conditions around 6am on Sunday 4th May 2014. Shorty after turning back the boat was lifted and... click for more

Mayday in Royal Melbourne Yacht Race

5 May 2014

Sailors taking part in a Royal Melbourne Yacht Squadron race off St Kilda found themselves in the water when their yacht sank on Sunday morning. St Kilda’s rescue vessel CG2 was tasked to the Mayday at approximately 11.30am on Sunday 4th May. The incident occurred about ¾ of a mile off the St Kilda breakwater. The MFB... click for more

Sunshine Coast manufacturer wins US boating accolade

2 May 2014

Sunshine Coast manufacturer, MagicEzy has received international recognition for its revolutionary fiberglass repair product, Hairline Fix, having been selected as one of the Top Products 2014 by USA’s highly respected, Boating Industry Magazine. MagicEzy CEO, Warwick David Lindsay said of the news, “It is great to be recognised by... click for more

Southern blue fin tuna seized at Portland

1 May 2014

Three men were detained by Fisheries Officers at the Portland (Vic) boat ramp on Anzac Day last Friday in relation to allegedly exceeding the catch limit for southern blue fin tuna. DEPI Regional Fisheries Officer Paul Millar said a search of their boat allegedly revealed 10 southern blue fin tuna and an amateur lobster pot. “The men... click for more

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