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1 July 2014

Shipmate News 01 July 2014

Today marks the start of the financial year and we're already nearly half way through winter and here in Victoria last week, nature reminded us that things can get wild and woolly out on the water.

A combination of a high tides and strong winds combined to wreak havoc across Port Phillip Bay last week with many parts, especially on the eastern side of the bay, inundated and left looking like a mini tsunami had gone through.

Parks Victoria has issued numerous Notices to Mariners about missing aids to navigation across Port Phillip and warning boaters of the large anount of floating debris in the water and advising that mariners proceed with caution.

Well the weather is only part of the news because the boat show season is off and running and lots of information coming through about ther Sydney International Boat Show, on at the end of this month. I'm looking forward to being there, especially this year with the show being split with the in-water component of the show at Darling Harbour and the pavilion at Glebe Island.

By all reports the show is fully booked and with the on-land exhibits accomodated in a specially constructed facility at Glebe Island, visitors will be able to transfer between the two locations by free shuttles that will operate on land and water.

As usual though, another bumper edition of Shipmate News so something for everyone including new boat models, new product releases and information about what's happening in the marine world around the country and overseas, so sit back and enjoy the read.

Cheers, see you out on the water

John Zammit

Beneteau Oceanis 38 offers innovative options at Sydney Boat Show

30 June 2014

NSW Beneteau Dealer Vicsail will provide visitors to the Sydney Boat the opportunity to see first hand why the Beneteau Oceanis 38 has broken new ground for those looking for a versatile yacht that offers a range of sailing options. The 2014 European “Family Cruising” Yacht Of The Year will headline another big display from Vicsail, who... click for more

Cruise Craft adds Explorer 595 Hard Top model

30 June 2014

The popularity of the Hard Top design concept knows no bounds at CruiseCraft with the release of the third Hard Top model, the CruiseCraft Explorer 595 Hard Top. The new Explorer 595HT, compliments the larger Cruise Craft Explorer 625HT and the top of the range Cruise Craft Explorer 685HT. “We have an absolute commitment to the... click for more

Maritimo mega cruiser enjoys strong sales

30 June 2014

Luxury cruiser manufacturer Maritimo has struck a winner with its all new Maritimo M65 cruising motor yacht with five now sold even before the moulds have been completed. Big boat enthusiasts have embraced the M65 and the company expects more orders for at the Sydney International Boat Show and international shows in coming months at Cannes,... click for more

New 303® range has your marine needs covered

30 June 2014

Setting the industry standard for UV protection on virtually any surface, 303® Protectant™ is a product first created for the aviation/aerospace industry to protect rubber and plastics against UV and ozone degradation. Additionally the 303® range of specialised cleaning products have been designed and formulated to be used on a... click for more

Stabicraft sends eight vessel order to the Northern Territory

27 June 2014

New Zealand boat manufacturer, Stabicraft Marine Ltd has been awarded an Australian Government contract to build eight of its commercial vessels, destined for the Northern Territory. The eight ‘6.9 Supercab’ models valued at approximately NZD$250,000 each are a special order for the Northern Territory Police Fire and Emergency... click for more

Submerged debris, jetty Closures, storm damage

26 June 2014

In a Victorian Notice to Mariners No. 117T – 2014, issued at Melbourne, 26 June 2014, mariners are advised of a number of missing aids to navigation and possible submerged debris from damaged infrastructure following a storm event, primarily in East and North of Port Phillip bay Parks Victoria is currently assessing damage and will advise... click for more

Winter Fireworks at Docklands is back

25 June 2014

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 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. The fireworks displays are... click for more

Royal Melbourne Yacht Squadron announced Yacht Club of the Year

25 June 2014

After a particularly hectic and successful season, RMYS was rewarded as the Yacht Club of the Year at the Yachting Victoria 2014 Awards night, held on Friday 20th June. A crowd of over 350 was in attendance when the announcement was made, with Ian Cunningham, Yachting Victoria Vice President, praising the Squadron for its success in membership... click for more

World’s First Nauta Air 86’ Superyacht Launched

25 June 2014

The world’s first Nauta Air 86’ ocean going explorer yacht, “YOLO” (“You Only Live Once”), from Italy’s fast growing and trend setting Cantiere delle Marche (CdM) shipyard,was launched at a glittering champagne ceremony in Ancona, Italy on Saturday night, 14 June, 2014. Phuket’s leading new yacht... click for more

Get your hands on a new Stacer

25 June 2014

With the release of the 2014 new model range, Stacer has released an accompanying brochure hot off the press! The 2014 Stacer brochure features the entire boat range, including all the favourites back and better than ever before. With the release of Stacer’s Plate range the brochure features a double-sided design and can be... click for more

Prestige celebrate the 200th 50 foot motor yacht

25 June 2014

Three years ago the first Prestige 500 was christened at the Düsseldorf boat show and received an enthusiastic response from the public and marine professionals alike. Conceptualised by the Garroni Design team in a coupé version and a flybridge version, the Prestige 500 is a model of innovative design. A comfortable motor... click for more

Monte Carlo MC5 to Debut at Sydney Boat Show

25 June 2014

The first in the new Monte Carlo range, the MC5 is a motor yacht with a unique concept, endowed with innovative solutions originating from Beneteau group's industrial experience and the incomparable style of Monte Carlo Yachts. As the exclusive distributors for this stunning new range Sundance Marine will present the Australian debut... click for more

Gold Coast Marine Expo helps Sailability grant FREEDOM

25 June 2014

There’s just one word that reminds Paul Dinniss why he first volunteered for Sailability Gold Coast: “FREEDOM”! “It’s the look of freedom on the faces of our clients when they are out on the water,” says Mr Dinniss, the charity’s current president. “It’s a great leveller – they... click for more

Snap-on Tools 2014 Apprentice of the Year competition opens

25 June 2014

The 2014 search for Australia and New Zealand’s top apprentices is set to begin, with entries for the annual prestigious Snap-on Tools Apprentice of the Year opening on 1 July 2014. The high profile award is in its sixth year, with hundreds of apprentices across heavy vehicle, marine, aviation and automotive trades expected to be vying for... click for more

World release of Seawind 1160 LITE timed for Sydney Boat Show

25 June 2014

Seawind Catamarans are currently developing a new variation of the iconic Seawind 1160 design, famous for its innovative layout including tri-folding doors and indoor / outdoor space and will debut at the Sydney International Boat Show in August 2014. The new Seawind 1160 LITE will feature a new modern interior design with new lightweight... click for more

First yacht transport sailings from the Med and USA announced

25 June 2014

There are very few reliable international yacht transport services available in the trade routes between Australia, Europe and the USA. In conjunction with its Australian agents Aurora Global Logistics and the newly located Peters & May Fort Lauderdale office, Peters & May will be launching its first part charter yacht transport sailings... click for more

New flagship for iconic brand

23 June 2014

From mahogany to fiberglass, from fiberglass to aluminum, increased yacht size and applied technology; Riva has evolved. And with the worldwide release of Riva’s new flagship the 122’ Superyacht Mythos, Riva now boasts one of the widest and diverse ranges in the world with 12 different models ranging from 27’ to 122’ This... click for more

Riviera - A world class act

17 June 2014

Competing on the world stage takes an enormous commitment and that’s exactly what the 400-strong team at Riviera is achieving at the largest luxury power boat-building facility in the southern hemisphere at Coomera on the Gold Coast. A solid start to 2014 has forward order sales across both the Riviera and Belize Motoryachts fleets... click for more

Whitehaven 6000 Motoryacht nears completion

17 June 2014

Whitehaven Motor Yachts will soon welcome the arrival of their very first 6000 Flybridge Motoryacht, the most meticulously built and master crafted bluewater flybridge motoryacht to ever arrive into Australia. To coincide with the imminent release of the first of the new range, Whitehaven Motor Yachts Managing Director Keith Hanson has also... click for more

Superboats set to blast into Bowen

17 June 2014

After an exciting start to the series in Newcastle, the teams are eager to tackle the new course at the never before raced venue this weekend, on June 21st and 22nd for round 2 - Heli Taxi Bowen Offshore Superboat Race. The Big Mango will be given a run for its money when 14 big boats in tow of their trucks and teams will roll into the charming... click for more

The ultimate entertainer debuts in Sydney

17 June 2014

The largest and most sophisticated Sport Yacht in the Riviera fleet will make her world premiere at the Sydney International Boat Show held from July 31 to August 4. This latest model from Australia’s favourite and most awarded luxury boat builder is a combination of Riviera’s 34 years experience and global owner feedback which... click for more

Jetovator set for launch at Gold Coast Marine Expo

16 June 2014

The world’s latest exciting water sports craze is set for its Australian launch both into and above the water at the Gold Coast International Marine Expo from October 17-19. The not-for-profit event’s organisers have confirmed that the Jetovator – the new personal water craft accessory that combines the acrobatic... click for more

Unparalleled marina attracts savvy boaties

16 June 2014

Australia’s most unique residential/marina combination, offering some of the largest marina berths on the longest leases in the country, makes Port of Airlie a true boat owner’s paradise. Port of Airlie Sales Manager Andrew Forster said it was rare to find larger multihull marina berths on substantial 94-year leases, let alone berths... click for more

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