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15 August 2014

Shipmate News 15 August 2015

Technology, it could save your life

Technology! Love it or hate it, it’s part of life. Somewhere, and probably on a daily basis, your personal records are being accessed by corporations or government, you’re regularly captured on CCTV, your phone records are being recorded by your Telco, and on it goes.

There is an upside though. In this edition you’ll find a story on the Australian Maritime Safety Authority who just this week responded to 3 separate emergency beacon activations in one day, resulting in the rescue of 13 people. That’s technology at work. Imagine the consequences of a day like that in the days before EPIRBS.

Personally, I like technology. In my view while we may have lost some of our privacy, there’s plenty of benefits and the above is just one example. Another is the fact that information these days is so readily available, literally just a Google click away.

With technoliogy advancing so fast, the Shipmate website is a constant work-in-progress. We’re forever tweaking, adjusting and adding to the online experience for visitors. We’ve just revamped our site again to make it even more mobile-friendly and it now automatically morphs itself for best viewing, dependent on the medium on which it’s being viewed.

Viewing the site on your smartphone or tablet now is actually better than accessing our App. In fact, our App has now become almost redundant.

We now suggest for the best mobile online experience, logon to from your mobile device and save it to your home screen. An icon will appear on the screen and you’ll be able to access the site with a single click, just like the App, except with all the added benefits of the website including video, marine weather, Shipmate News and all of the other free stuff.

But we’re not stopping there. We’ll continue to work on Shipmate, providing a conduit between boaters and marine product and service providers and, if you think you have a suggestion that can make us better at what we do, let’s hear it, contact me at

And finally, just a reminder the 2015 print edition of Shipmate is currently being prepared. For details on advertising download our Media Kit at

Cheers. See you out on the water

John Zammit

Largest Super Yacht built in Australia

15 August 2014

A Singapore-based family has formed Echo Yachts, to be based in Western Australia’s Henderson Marine Precinct to undertake the building of the family’s yachts, including the largest ever super yacht built in Australia. The Company has brought together a regional ‘who’s who’ in the Australian super yacht... click for more

3 distress beacons in 4 hours, 13 rescued

14 August 2014

The Australian Maritime Safety Authority responded to three separate emergency beacon activations in one day on 12 August, resulting in the rescue of 13 people. Just after 3pm AEST AMSA detected an emergency beacon registered to a five metre fishing vessel approximately 41km North East of Darwin near the Vernon Islands. AMSA tasked the Darwin... click for more

Riviera aglow at the Sydney show

14 August 2014

The latest models from Australia’s favourite and most awarded luxury boat builder were a shining example of meticulous design, attractive styling, sleek lines, innovation and technological advancements at the 2014 Sydney International Boat Show. The opulent flagship of Riviera’s award-winning Sport Yacht Collection, the new 6000... click for more

High speed and high tech sailing

14 August 2014

One of the world’s fastest sailboats for its size and type will be scorching across the waters off Hamilton Island during next week’s Audi Hamilton Island Race Week. The AC45 class catamaran is one of the most technologically advanced sailboats of modern times – and probably the fastest sailboat ever to be on the waters of the... click for more

Shogun back in the game

14 August 2014

The overhauled TP52 Shogun is the first official entry for the 2015 Festival of Sails, owner Rob Hanna showing support for his yacht club and adding some grand prix weight to Victoria’s premier sailing regatta to be staged January 17-26. Shogun disappeared off the radar last December after its mast came crashing down off Palm Beach during... click for more

Berths available at Australian Club Marina of the Year

13 August 2014

Australian Club Marina of the Year, Sandringham Yacht Club (SYC) has just completed a marina extension and currently has a limited number of 10m and 15m marina berths available for rent. A 356 berth floating marina and a full suite of marine services onsite are just some of the advantages offered by SYC. The club also has one of the largest boat... click for more

Entries open for Festival of Sails

13 August 2014

The Royal Geelong Yacht Club will be accepting entries for the 172nd running of the Festival of Sails regatta from Monday 11 August 2014. An extended 2015 Festival of Sails regatta begins when the multihulls start rolling in from around the country to compete in their annual Australian Multihull Championships from Saturday 17th January. The... click for more

MayDay for Imlay Repeater Station - Mallacoota

13 August 2014

Coast Guard Victoria will establish a VHF Marine Distress & Monitoring service for the East Coast of Victoria from Point Hicks to Gabo Island in addition to the Flotilla operations at Mallacoota. Mallacoota will become a very popular boating destination for recreational boaties when the new boat ramp at Bastion Point is opened in November... click for more

Aurora to ship Riviera’s World Premiere

13 August 2014

Aurora to ship Riviera’s World Premiere Appointed as Riviera’s preferred international yacht logistics company, Aurora Global Logistics is proud to be shipping Riviera’s latest models, the 565 SUV and also the 6000 Sport Yacht direct from its debut at the Sydney International Boat Show to the USA for exhibition at the... click for more

Celebrate International Lighthouse Weekend

13 August 2014

Celebrate International Lighthouse Weekend 16 - 17 August 2014 Did you know that more than 350 lighthouses populate Australia’s coastlines? The Australian Maritime Safety Authority maintains more than 300 of these operational lighthouses, and a further 200 other aids to navigation. “2014 marks 99 years of continuous aids to... click for more

Planning starts for 2015 Show

13 August 2014

With only a week having passed since the closing of the 2014 Sydney International Boat Show, organisers of the event have commenced planning for the 2015 edition. With the show held on dual locations for the first time, organiser, the Boating Industry Association say that lessons learned from this year’s show will make a good foundation... click for more

The future is almost here

13 August 2014

Pershing, a Ferretti Group brand and one of the leading manufacturers of high-performance open motor yachts between 15m and 35m is about to launch its new 70-footer, which will make its international debut at the Cannes Yachting Festival, (09 to 14t September. Work is almost finished at the Mondolfo plant - the brand’s production cradle -... click for more

Summer hot spot gears up for i14 Worlds

10 August 2014

Victoria’s Royal Geelong Yacht Club (RGYC) and the City of Greater Geelong are gearing up to welcome the large fleet of competitors and partners, that are expected for the 2015 International 14 World Championship, being held from the 3rd to the 17th January 2015. The City of Greater Geelong is recognised as a World-class destination for... click for more

Strong sales for Maritimo

10 August 2014

Luxury cruiser manufacturer Maritimo has had a successful Sydney International Boat Show with both the M50 and M58 cruising motor yachts attracting the majority of interest from prospective buyers. Maritimo sales and marketing manager, Greg Haines, said there was a noticeable increase in confidence and the quality of traffic at this year’s... click for more

Congestion a thing of the past at Portland

8 August 2014

Where there are lots of tuna, there are lots of fisherman. Congestion at Portland Harbour’s boat ramp had become a serious problem. The harbour was unable to handle the sheer quantity of boaters seeking access to the bay. The opening of a new four lane boat ramp is expected to double the Harbour’s launching capacity and ease... click for more

Don't try this at home

8 August 2014

Do NOT try this at home! That’s right – this guy has set himself on fire and jumped from a 25m tower. His plan is to land in a pool of just 3 metres of water … and survive. A bit extreme? Perhaps … but it should be noted that Steve Black IS a professional, and he IS very well prepared. He’s also very well... click for more

The big boats are back

7 August 2014

Coffs Harbour is set to host round four of the 2014 Offshore Superboat Championships (OSC) for a second consecutive year. This high profile, high-octane sporting event will hit the mid north coast on the 30th and 31st of August as the second round to be held in NSW. OSC President, Graham Fraser, said it is great to have Coffs Harbour on the... click for more

Maritimo Island cruise

7 August 2014

The Ramada Couran Cove Island Resort continues to be a favourite ‘anchorage’ for Gold Coast boaters with no fewer than 17 Maritimo and Mustang owners set to tie up for a cruise in company weekend on August 22, 23 and 24. Ormonde Britton’s Maritimo Gold Coast Brokerage has arranged the getaway weekend for clients and contacts... click for more

Two trophies any yacht can win at this year’s regatta

6 August 2014

As the fleet size for Audi Hamilton Island Race Week climbs towards the impressive mark of 180, it has been confirmed that this year there will again be two trophies on offer that any competing crew can win. These stylish trophies will go to the winners of the Prix d’Elegance, the event where crews go to great lengths to display their... click for more

New model launch by Lightwave Catamarans

6 August 2014

Lightwave Yachts reputation for builders of exceptional catamarans will be showcased at an official launching event of the new model Lightwave 45 Maestro, at Raby Bay Harbour pontoon on Saturday 9 August at 11.30am. By making some innovative modifications to their 45 model, the Lightwave team has created a first – a 45 foot catamaran with... click for more

What's your tralier boat worth?

5 August 2014

What’s your existing trailer boat worth and is it likely to be one that people are looking to buy? That’s an answer you can find at this year’s Brisbane Boat Show as the event’s organisers, Marine Queensland, team up with leading independent boat brokers to prove a free valuation service. None of those providing the... click for more

The ultimate offshore plate boat

5 August 2014

When Barton Thomas decided he wanted to own the ultimate offshore plate alloy boat – one that set a premium standard for quality and practicality on extended trips – he headed straight for his computer. Not to undertake a search of marine dealerships and impressive plate boats on the market, but to start planning a design that he... click for more

Stacers new entry level 509 Sea Runner

4 August 2014

New to Stacer in 2014 is the brand new Sea Runner Range; the perfect entry level cabin for every family. Stacer’s Cabin range has undergone a significant re-design including a new cabin shape for extra cockpit space and an improved driving position and line of sight. The range includes 3 models; the 509, 539 and 579 all featuring... click for more

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