Free Marine Newsletter

1 December 2014

Shipmate News 01 December 2014

On the road again

Not sure if you’ve noticed but, the older you get, the faster time seems to fly by and already it’s December and this is the second last edition of Shipmate News for the year.

I can’t wait for the holidays, really looking forward to taking some time off to do… You guessed it, exactly what we’ve been doing all year round… Spending time on a boat out on the water, except this time, no pressing deadlines for a month or so.

But before that, I’m about to hit the road to do one of the things I look forward to each year; visiting yacht clubs, marinas, marine organisations and marine businesses around Victoria, delivering the latest, 2015 (print) edition of Shipmate Marine Directory.

It’s a lot of running around but, It’s something I really enjoy as it gives me an opportunity to catch up with a lot of industry people I only see occasionally and hear first hand about what’s going on around the traps; the good, the bad and the ugly.

So if you’re in Victoria, make sure you get your free copy of Shipmate and if you have any problems getting hold of a copy, feel free to contact me at and I’ll let you know where to pick one up.

Now just a quick update on our website. If you haven’t visited recently, then please do so, you’ll find plenty of things of interest to boaters. We’ve also had a few people ask about the slider pictures featured at the top of our site and how we decide what pics to use. Well, many of them have been sent to us so, if you’ve got an interesting pic that you think you’d like to see on the site, forward us a copy and we’ll see if it works.

Similarly with video, if you’ve got something interesting related to boating, let us know and we’ll see if we can’t give it a run on the site.

And finally to this edition and as always, a good mix of marine news from around the country with something for everyone so, sit back and enjoy the read.

Cheers, see you out on the water

John Zammit

Club Marine’s all-new TeleClaims and Online Claims

29 November 2014

Club Marine, Australia’s leading provider of recreational boat insurance, has announced the launch of its all-new Online Claims and TeleClaims services – two exciting new ways to quickly and simply lodge and process claims online or by phone. Available to Club Marine members via our Australian and New Zealand websites, Online Claims... click for more

Global Marina Associations enter into a Global Agreement

28 November 2014

The Yacht Harbour Association (TYHA), a group association of the British Marine Federation (BMF), has signed an agreement with the Marina Industries Association (MIA) to harmonise the TYHA and MIA Gold Anchor Schemes. The signing took place during a meeting of the Global Marina Institute that was held in London and attended by representatives of... click for more

Beneteau leads production pack in Rolex Sydney to Hobart

28 November 2014

A fleet of 119 will line up for the Boxing Day start of the 70th edition of the legendary Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race – considered among the world’s most significant blue water races. Beneteau will have 12 yachts competing in this milestone year, the highest representation of production yachts, cementing the brand’s race... click for more

Integrity expands into brokerage

28 November 2014

As the next step in the company’s evolution, Integrity Motor Yachts has welcomed Lance Bailey on board as Queensland distributor at Integrity Boat Sales Queensland, managing new and used boat sales in the sunshine state. Founder and director, Brett Flanagan said the move heralds the next phase in the brand’s growth. “We have... click for more

MCY86 is Editors Choice for Motor Yacht of the Year

28 November 2014

When it was presented at the Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show, the Monte Carlo Yachts 86 was one of the contenders for the Editors’ Choice Awards, winning in the 80-89 feet Best Motor Yacht category. The AIM Marine Group Editors’ Choice Awards were announced on Friday 31 October, at the Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show.... click for more

Around Australia (Almost) in a Wooden Boat

27 November 2014

“Thrifty” – that’s how Tim Phillips summed up the performance of the Yanmar 6BY2 engine after his voyage from Perth, across the top of Australia and back home to Sorrento (Melbourne), in a 32' long wooden boat. Motoring the entire journey on a single engine, it is a truly amazing fact that the Yanmar engine burnt less... click for more

Wild Oats XI reveals new livery for 10th Sydney to Hobart

27 November 2014

While more modifications are being mooted for the champion supermaxi yacht Wild Oats XI as part of her preparation for next month’s Rolex Sydney Hobart yacht race, a high-profile new member of the team was revealed on Sydney Harbour today. When a new state-of-the-art mainsail was hoisted to the top of Wild Oats XI’s 45-metre high... click for more

AMW appointed exclusive Blue Water Desalination distributor

27 November 2014

Leading marine electronics supplier Australian Marine Wholesale (AMW) has just been appointed as the exclusive Australian distributor for the innovative Blue Water Desalination range of high-capacity water-makers. Designed to make life on the water even more enjoyable for boat owners, Blue Water Desalination offers three distinct lines –... click for more

Laafin from Phillip Island to Port Phillip for maiden Festival of Sails

26 November 2014

After November 30, entrants for next January’s Festival of Sails will be no longer be able to take advantage of the $50 early entry discount, and will sadly miss the chance to win a holiday for two to tropical Fiji after this Sunday’s early bird cut-off. One yacht already entered, and in the running for the holiday is Festival... click for more

Topless direct touch waterproof technology for your iphone

26 November 2014

An Aussie mobile accessory brand is taking iPhone 6 waterproofing technology to new touchable depths, following the release today of the world’s first topless direct touch screen waterproof iPhone 6 case, and in a new slimmed down ‘soft touch’ design with a bolstered triple layer of protection! Australian brand, Dog & Bone... click for more

Matthew Willett Marine goes national with Prestige

25 November 2014

For over fourteen years now Matthew Willett has been selling new and used powerboats to hundreds of happy customers. His love of boats and the ocean goes back to his childhood with his skills honed from serving for ten years in the Royal Australian Navy. From the Navy into the marine industry where he immediately made an impact winning... click for more

Rivergate now offers berthing up to 234 metres

22 November 2014

Until recently Rivergate Marina & Shipyard has accommodated vessels from all over the world up to 80 metres in length. As Rivergate continues to increase its international dominance, its services are also expanding. This week Rivergate announced that they are now able to offer berthing up to 234 metres LOA. This new berthing is available via... click for more

New Avor diesel range

21 November 2014

Boat building should be both creative and technical and Arvor has always sought to push back its boundaries. This is what inspired its creators in the first place. And this is what leads Avor to the future. This summer Arvor Boats have announced the launch of two new models to the popular and ever growing Arvor range – the 690 D &... click for more

Shrink wrap service offers absolute protection

20 November 2014

Soldiers Point Marina at Port Stephens (NSW) is now offering a brand new service - shrink wrapping. Imported from the USA, this incredible product has been tried and tested in the marine, agricultural, industrial, defense, aerospace and automotive industries. Complete weather protection for all stored products: One piece... click for more

Finn fight looming on Port Phillip

20 November 2014

By Lisa Ratcliff Two English born Finn sailors, once coach and student, will draw swords at the ISAF Sailing World Cup in December on Port Phillip. Both are gunning for national team selection and a chance to represent their country at the 2016 Rio Olympic Games, Ed Wright sailing for Great Britain and Oli Tweddell representing Australia, where... click for more

Melbourne Boat Show gears up for number 55

20 November 2014

The Melbourne Boat Show (MBS) will be celebrating its 55th year when it opens its doors in 2015, cementing itself as Victoria’s premier boating and marine event. It will take place from Friday 12th – Monday 15th June 2015, at the Melbourne Convention & Exhibition Centre in Melbourne. Many of the biggest names in the boating,... click for more

Applications open for 2015 Brisbane Tinnie and Tackle Show

19 November 2014

Applications are now open for exhibitors to secure their space at the 2015 Brisbane Tinnie and Tackle Show. The Show will provide a unique hands on experience and diverse product range to patrons when it teams up with the Explore Australia Expo and moves on the water to the Manly Harbour precinct in early March 2015. The event has... click for more

75th Anniversary Apparel now available

19 November 2014

For 75 years Mercury has maintained an unmatched record of leadership, innovation and service - inventing, designing, building and perfecting the very best marine propulsion systems in the world. Now everyone is invited to join the celebrations. To help mark Mercury Marine's rich history, a limited edition 75th Anniversary range of... click for more

Rib-Ready thanks to Sirocco score at GCIME

18 November 2014

Mark Hoult admits that winning a Sirocco tender at this year’s Gold Coast International Marine Expo could not have come at a better time. “I’m just about to put my 22-foot Steber cruiser on the water for this summer after a year of getting it ready … and I was definitely in the market for a tender,” he... click for more

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