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1 June 2014

Shipmate News 01 June 2014

B-Grade Celebrities, A-Grade Deals

With the Sanctuary Cove Boat Show over, it’s now time for exhibitors to assess the results and the general consensus is that while things are still a long way from what they used to be, there are still plenty of sales being made and the outlook is positive. Reports from the show indicate that attendance was up and there were quite a few visitors that brought along their cheque books.

Plenty of new and exciting releases too from all the usual suspects, Riviera, Maritimo, Integrity, Clipper, Grand Banks and Raymarine were just a few that released new products or made major announcements.

And Riviera’s third Festival of Boating, run at Coomera at the same time as SCIBS, seems to go from strength to strength and boy, those guys sure know how to throw a party. We’ve got a full wrap in this edition.

Boat shows are an important part of the industry for everyone, manufacturers, retailers, and especially for us boaters. That’s where we get an opportunity to kick a few tyres, compare products, see what’s new and talk to the experts and, on that note, the next boat show on the calendar is Melbourne to be held 12 – 16 June.

I’ve just had a look at some of the advertising for the Melbourne Boat Show; it features Brynne Edelstan and Warrick Capper. It’s funny and very clever but, beneath the humour is a strong and succinct message. The tag line is The Melbourne Boat Show – B-Grade Celebrities, A Grade Deals. If you like a chuckle, check out the ads on the home page of the Shipmate website at

And just to cap off the news from boat shows; applications have now opened for exhibitors to secure their space at the 2014 Gold Coast International Marine Expo – Australia’s only “Working Boat Show” – from October 17-19, see details below.

In other news, the Melbourne Docklands Fireworks are back this winter, online ticket sales for the Melbourne 4x4 Fishing and Boating Expo are now open and we’ve got all the details of the 2014 Club Marine Australian Marine Export and Superyacht Industry Awards. And, while we’re on the subject of awards, finalists in the Yachting Victoria Awards have also been announced and you’ll find all those details here too.

If that’s still not enough, we’ve got news of the new Coast Guard Base that’s just been officially opened at St Kilda, information on the Queensland Youth Sailing Championships and a new safety initiative by Stormy Lifejackets that will see a detailed computer database recording the purchase and service history of every PFD the company has supplied to commercial and recreational operators over the past 10 years.

But that’s still not all in this, a bumper edition of Shipmate News so, until next time, sit back and enjoy the read.

Cheers, see you out on the water

John Zammit

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Qld youth champs and winter family getaway

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Applications open for Gold Coast Marine Expo

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Call for papers for Marine 15

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Brook trout bag limit remains five per day

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Grand Banks and Palm Beach - Icons blend

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New 150 and 170hp Mercury Diesels now available

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Mercury Diesel’s amazing engine offering has expanded even further, with the release of new 150hp and 170hp variants of its proven 2 litre Inline-4 platform. Very reliable, compact and truly robust, the new engines are perfect for both recreational and light commercial applications. They are available as both inboards and sterndrives, and... click for more

Fairline expands global sales team

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Fairline Boats has strengthened its global sales team with two new appointments. Adam Waters joins Fairline as Regional Sales Director for Asia Pacific and Vicky Farrow as Customer Liaison Manager. The appointments follow the recent expansion of Fairline’s approved dealer network, with three new dealers appointed in the US and Middle East... click for more

New Coast Guard base supporting boating safety

27 May 2014

A new $150,000 base for the Australian Volunteer Coast Guard’s (AVCG) St Kilda flotilla will increase its capacity to support the boating community and improve water safety on the bay according to the Minister for Police and Emergency Services Kim Wells. Mr Wells said the new base would assist the flotilla and its 70 volunteer members... click for more

Strong sales for Maritimo at SCIBS

27 May 2014

Luxury cruiser manufacturer Maritimo has been pleased with the response to its new release and overall model range at the Sanctuary Cove International Boat Show with multiple sales including boats going to Fiji and The USA. “We have been thrilled by the response to the new S58 cruising motoryacht and the overall response to our range with... click for more

New 515 SUV makes her world premiere

27 May 2014

One of the highlights of the Riviera Festival of Boating, held last week on the Gold Coast, was the unveiling of the ltest SUV model from Australia’s favourite and most awarded luxury boat builder. The new sleek, stylish and sporty 515 SUV made her world premiere at the Riviera Festival of Boating – at the home of Riviera, at Coomera... click for more

2014 Yachting Victoria Awards announced

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Yachting Victoria has announced the finalists for the 2014 OTB Marine Yachting Victoria Awards with the winners to be announced at the annual awards evening at Sandringham Yacht Club Friday 20 June 2014. The 2014 OTB Marine Yachting Victoria Awards recognises the outstanding contributions and achievements of individuals and clubs in sailing... click for more

Strong presence at World Marina Conference

27 May 2014

The Global Marina Institute (GMI) will have a strong presence at the ICOMIA World Marinas Conference in Istanbul 2-4 June. GMI was formed in 2011 as a partnership between British Marine Federation and the (Australian) Marina Industries Association. Through its partners it delivers global marina training and certification with the aim of... click for more

Boating Safety Info and giveaways at Melbourne Boat Show

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Transport Safety Victoria (TSV) will be exhibiting at the Melbourne Boat Show, (12 - 16 June 2014) showcasing a range of boating safety information and giveaways. If you’d like to go into the draw to receive two free tickets to the show then visit and complete a short survey. Do... click for more

B-Grade celebrities - A-Grade deals

26 May 2014

Luxury yachts, prestige boats and … embarrassing B-grade celebrities. The three are a perfect mix in a new campaign for the BIA Melbourne Boat Show. The tagline? ‘B-grade celebrities. A-grade deals’. Captain Wizza Capper and busty blonde tabloid topper Brynne Edelsten have never been more proud to be B-grade celebrities. They... click for more

Boat show proves one of the best

26 May 2014

Yesterday, the final day of the Sanctuary Cove International boat Show (SCIBS) soaring temperatures and blue skies added to the festive final day vibe. Sunday is traditionally a family SCIBS and with this sunshine, the restaurants, pubs and cafes were full. More than $30 million in sales were achieved over a bumper four day event, which... click for more

Multihull Central aquires Mutihull Yacht Sales Australia

26 May 2014

Multihull Central has announced their acquisition of Multihull Yacht Sales Australia, creating the largest multihull specialist brokerage in Australia. In only a couple of years since being established, Multihull Central has grown rapidly selling more used multihulls in Australia than any other broker in 2013 and distributing high... click for more

2014 Club Marine Australian Marine Export and Superyacht Awards

21 May 2014

The 2014 Club Marine Australian Marine Export and Superyacht Industry Awards, organized by the Australian International Marine Export Group (AIMEX) and Superyacht Australia were announced last night at the Industry Gala Dinner in Sanctuary Cove, Queensland. Muir Winches Australia won the prestigious ‘Exporter of the Year’ award. They... click for more

Race in for a racing deal

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Mercury Marine is once again coming out in support of Australia’s ski racers. With Wellington, New Zealand, being named as the host for the 2015 World Ski Race titles, Mercury is doing special deals on racing products until the end of June 2014. “Our offer is really simple: if you are looking for race equipment, just contact your... click for more

Early Bird ticket specials open for 4x4 fishing & Boating Expo

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Organisers of Melbourne's original and biggest 4x4, Outdoors, Fishing and Boating Expo have launched early bird specials for visitors who purchase tickets online between now and the 22nd July, 2014. To be held at the Melbourne Showgrounds from 22 to 24 August, this year's National 4x4 & Outdoors Show and Fishing & Boating Expo... click for more

Health of the Australian Marina Industry report releassed

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A ground breaking 47% or 164 of Australia’s 347 marinas participated in the 2013 Health of the Australian Marina Industry Survey Report that was released last week This Report builds on the previous 2011 Report with a 16% increase in industry participation and additional information on super yachts and marina... click for more

Docklands Fireworks are back

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The City of Melbourne is happy to announce that the Winter Fireworks at Docklands will be back every Friday evening from 4 July to 29 August. Melbourne City Marina invites boaters, and in particular boating clubs, to come down to the marina to witness the spectacular fireworks as the skyline will be lit up in a dazzling display of colour and light.... click for more

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