Free Marine Newsletter

15 October 2014

Shipmate News 15 October 2014

Start the presses

It's that time of the year when we're busily putting the final touches to Shipmate Marine Directory 2015 print edition and there's just not enough hours in the day. But there is light at the end of the tunnel as very soon it'll go off to the printers. But don't get me wrong, I'm certainly not complaining, in fact I really enjoy the process.

And that's due in part to the fact at this time of the year I get to catch up with so many people, many of whom I may not have seen for nearly a year. And that's also another reason why I enjoy what i do, over the years I've met so many nice people in boating and the boating business and many have become firm friends.

But then that's the nature of boating and perhaps also the reason that so many people in the boating business also go boating to relax. It's something you can do with family and friends and no matter what your budget, you can get out in a small tinny or sail boat, a large cruiser, or anything in between.

Anyway I seem to have digressed, what I was leading up to was to say that the 2015 print edition of Shipmate Marine Directory is almost complete. 14,000 copies of Shipmate will be distributed free via yacht  clubs, marinas, marine organisations and selected marine businesses and they'll start going out towards the end of November. Our sincere thanks to our sponsors and advertisers without whose support Shipmate would not be possible.

And now just briefly to our website at and I'm pleased to report that visitors to the site continue to increase each month. Last month we recorded over 27,000 visitors to the site, so if you haven't visited recently, check it out and, if your in the marine business and want to get your message across to boaters, call us and we'll give you some info on advertising, i'm sure you'll be very surprised how little it costs.

And that's it from me, a good mix of news again in this edition so sit back and enjoy the read.

Cheers, see you out on the water

John Zammit

Riviera owners find paradise

14 October 2014

The turquoise waters of the large lagoon and 1192 hectares (2950 acres) of reef surrounding Lady Musgrave Island on Australia’s Great Barrier Reef was certainly a sight to behold for 40 Riviera owners and their friends as they dropped anchor in the Capricorn Cays National Park for the annual R Marine Crawley Lady Musgrave Experience. The... click for more

Superior on show – SUPs, pontoons and a working boat lift

14 October 2014

Visitors to this year’s Gold Coast International Marine Expo, 17 to 19 October, will be able to see how a 2.7 tonne hydraulic boat lift works to keep their boats high and dry, and buy one in time for summer! Major sponsor of the Expo for the past four years, Superior will occupy its regular position at the top of the marina gangway with an... click for more

Registration opens for Marine15

14 October 2014

Registration is now open for the Southern Hemisphere’s largest marine industry conference and trade exhibition. Conference delegates are being offered a number of incentives for early and group bookings. Additionally a range of pre and post events including technical tours of boat manufacturing plants and marinas and Sunday morning... click for more

Maritime safety regulator says don't bait big ships

14 October 2014

Transport Safety Victoria (TSV) has warned boaters to steer clear of big ships, after seven incidents involving recreational boats either drift fishing or anchored in or around shipping lanes in Port Phillip Bay since the start of the snapper fishing season a month ago. TSV Director of Maritime Safety, Peter Corcoran, said that boaters must take... click for more

Celebrate New Years Eve from your own deck

14 October 2014

The brilliant new marina at Royal Melbourne Yacht Squadron in St Kilda is offering you the opportunity to experience Melbourne’s New Year’s Eve Fireworks from the comfort of your own boat. With wonderfully unique views across the water from St. Kilda to the exhilarating heart of the festivities; What a great way to welcome in... click for more

M.Y. Marine Joins the Chaparral team

10 October 2014

Chaparral Australia has announced the appointment of M.Y. Marine in Dromana as their latest high profile dealer. Michael and Theo Rozakis have been in the marine industry for over 20 years and are considered to be the most experienced operators on the Mornington Peninsula; Melbourne’s premium boating playground. “We... click for more

JV Marine & BCF Giant Expo Sale

10 October 2014

JV Marine World and BCF (boating, camping & fishing) are joining forces once again to put on a giant 3 day EXPO Sale. JV Marine’s and BCF’s EXPO Sale has become an annual event on the marine industry calendar and continues to grow in scale and stature. From October 24th to 26th both JV Marine and BCF will be offering amazing... click for more

Futuristic and fun toys at Gold Coast Marine Expo

10 October 2014

A vast array of fun and exciting new products are set for first-release at the 2014 Gold Coast International Marine Expo from 17-19 October – some for the first time in Queensland, some for the first time in Australia … and some for the first time in the world. The growing list of product premieres – already more than... click for more

International 14 Worlds 2015 - A family affair

10 October 2014

As the entry list for the 2015 International 14 World Championships grows, there are number of Australian skippers who are turning to their family members, encouraging them to race in the worlds, either for the first time or for a return tilt at fleet glory. Nine family teams are readying to do battle in Geelong over the period of 3rd to the 17... click for more

Mercury’s best receive awards at global HQ

6 October 2014

The 2014 Mercury Marine Award winners for Australia and New Zealand have been announced during the 75th Anniversary tour of Mercury’s global headquarters in Fond du Lac, Wisconsin. Perth’s Aquasports Marine was named Mercury’s Australian Dealer of the Year. As part of its 75th Anniversary celebrations, Mercury ANZP... click for more

Discover Boating Week to kick off summer

5 October 2014

The BIA of NSW will this year launch Discover Boating Week on 18 to 26 October. With a warm summer predicted and the heightened activity amongst the recreational marine industry, a big summer is expected for recreational boating. Discover Boating Week has been designed to help those considering boating as a lifestyle option to better... click for more

Wyndham Harbour Marina works ongoing

4 October 2014

In a Victorian Notice to Mariners No. 160T - 2014 issued at Melbourne, 03 October 2014; Mariners are advised of the revised completion timeframe of 30 April 2016 for the ongoing development works at Wyndham Harbour. Works will provide a marina and safe boat harbour facility on the western side of Port Phillip, located approximately 1 kilometre... click for more

Australia’s Riviera 6000 SY makes American debut

3 October 2014

Iconic Australian luxury boat-builder Riviera has confirmed its stylish new 6000 Sport Yacht will make her Americas Premiere at the 2014 Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show in Florida from October 30 - November 3. Heralding an exciting new era in luxury on-water entertaining, this sleek flagship of Riviera’s sophisticated Sport Yacht... click for more

Yacht of the Year and Best in Show

3 October 2014

Oceanco’s 91.5m Equanimity Honoured with two Award Distinctions in two weeks; ‘Yacht of the Year’ and ‘Best Yacht in Show’ On... click for more

Collectables, Maritime & Treasure

3 October 2014

The Queenscliffe Maritime Museum is holding it’s 8th annual Collectables, Maritime and Treasure Market on Sunday 02 November 2014. The market features all sorts of boat bits, buoys, books, model boats, handcrafts, fishing gear, prints & paintings, memorabilia, vintage clothing and general trash’n’treasure This... click for more

River to Reef & Honda Marine – Back again

3 October 2014

Honda Marine is excited to welcome back to Australian screens Season 6 of the ever popular marine based lifestyle series River to Reef. After spending the past few months filming both here in Australia and in New Zealand, the first of Season 6’s ten episodes have already been screened to great reception. This year each episode of the... click for more

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