Free Marine Newsletter

16 March 2015

Shipmate News 16 March 2015

Life’s just one big proverb

I have to admit that I do like a good proverb. I’ve often found that the right proverb at the right time just tends to put things succinctly in perspective for me. I was reminded of that recently when one came to mind, it’s from Confucius and it goes along the lines of; Choose a job that you love and you’ll never have to work another day in your life.

I’ve got that job; not that I chose it, more like my job chose me, but that’s incidental, the point is my life revolves around boats and boating, if I’m not on a boat, I’m writing or talking boats and, while there never seems to be enough hours in the day to get everything done, the line between what’s work and what’s leisure these days has become very blurred because I just love what I do… but!

No matter how well off we are it seems human nature dictates that the ‘grass always looks greener on the other side’. I say that because in this edition of Shipmate News there’s an article about Sunseeker in the UK looking for a Superyacht Yard Captain and I found myself daydreaming about how great that job would be. Not that I qualify mind you, but then, we can all dream.

The thing with the Sunseeker job is that you wouldn’t be in charge of just one superyacht, the role includes testing and commissioning of the whole range, up to 155’. That means you’d actually get to play with a range of little ships on a full time daily basis. But wait, there’s more… You actually don’t have to go away to sea for months, weeks, or even days at a time, you actually get to go home every night. Now how good a job is that?

I actually pondered that for quite a while until another proverb popped into my head and this one’s from Dr, Seuss… ‘Just tell yourself, duckie, you're really quite lucky’…

And now to what else is in this edition of Shipmate News and a big round up of marine news and views from around the country. Firstly, an article about the new Wyndham Harbour Marina development, they’re holding a series of Sunday Fun Days this month with plenty going on to entertain the whole family including the kids. We’ve also got news about plans for a new luxury living and marina development coming up at Geelong and information from Yaringa Boat Harbor about a forthcoming auction of old boats and your chance to grab a bargain.

There’s also plenty of news from the boat shows coming up on the Gold Coast including Sanctuary Cove, the Gold Coast Marine Expo, the Riviera Festival and the 4 x 4 Fishing and boating Expo and the usual news about new models and product releases that have, or are about to happen.

Plenty more of course including new resources for superyachts in Queensland and details of the four superyachts that recently called in to visit Melbourne, all at the same time. That’s just skimming the surface of news in this edition so sit back, browse through, check out what interests you and enjoy the read.

Cheers, see you out on the water

John Zammit

Sunday Fun Day at Wyndham Harbour

13 March 2015

Wyndham Harbour, Melbourne's exciting new marina development is set to host a series of exciting events across March with Sunday Play. Encompassing the spirit of embracing an active life by the bay, Sunday Play will see an array of interactive activities for all to enjoy at Wyndham Harbour’s Marina Square. Held across the 15th, 22nd... click for more

New resources for Superyacht Queensland

13 March 2015

Superyacht Australia announced today that they are now managing Superyacht Queensland and have started to get good enquiry from their membership drive. Queensland businesses that service the superyacht segment have been asking for a stronger voice to government and see the benefit in becoming a member of a respected peak industry body that is... click for more

Marina and waterways tour planned for Marine 15

13 March 2015

A Marina and Waterways Management Tour will be conducted on the Gold Coast Broadwater Wednesday 6 May following marine15 International Conference and Trade Exhibition. The aim of the five hour technical tour is to provide valuable insights into the economics, infrastructure and management of recreational boating on one Australia’s busiest... click for more

Riviera to announce new models at Gold Coast Marine Expo

13 March 2015

Iconic Australian luxury yacht builder Riviera has confirmed it will announce three new yacht models plus an entirely new yacht design at its giant $15 million showcase that will be exclusive to this year’s Gold Coast International Marine Expo. The Riviera Festival of Boating this year aligns with the dates of the Expo – a massive... click for more

Mercury smashes records on the Murray

13 March 2015

Mercury smashes record to win Super Class at Robinvale Euston Mercury-powered skiers have had a weekend to remember, taking win after win at the Robinvale Euston 80 Ski Race Classic on the Murray River. Powered by the brilliant Mercury Racing QC4V 1350 sterndrive, Sapphire cut more than 20 seconds off the course record to clinch first place in... click for more

Once in a lifetime experience for boat lovers

13 March 2015

Maritimo owners and supporters and those who simply love boat shows and the thrill of offshore powerboat racing have the chance to join a group of likeminded people on a special, fully co-ordinated tour to the USA in November this year. The world championship winning Maritimo Offshore Super Boat race team is taking on the best offshore powerboat... click for more

New custom boat decking options

13 March 2015

PlasDECK now offers more custom boat decking options with custom inlays, enhanced design options, and twenty-two varieties of decking to choose from. PlasDECK, Inc., the industry leader of synthetic teak boat decking, offers more customizable options for boat owners with high quality custom inlays, professional designers to help explore... click for more

Superyacht Captain wanted

13 March 2015

Sunseeker International is offering a truly unique dream role as it looks for the right candidate to join its team in the position of Superyacht Yard Captain. The Yard Captain will enjoy daily testing and commissioning of Sunseeker’s incredible range of motor yachts up to 155' in length, as well as liaising with the company’s... click for more

Maritimo pleased with Miami results

12 March 2015

The recent Miami International Boat Show has proven a winner for Australian luxury cruiser manufacturer Maritimo with the two boats the company displayed now sold and another two sales under negotiation. Maritimo’s sales and marketing manager Greg Haines said the show was a huge success with more than 3000 boats on display. “There... click for more

Club Marine members score 2-for-1

11 March 2015

Club Marine are again proud sponsors of the Sanctuary Cove International Boat Show, with their members being rewarded with an exclusive 2-for-1 ticket deal to the 2015 event. Simon McLean, Club Marine CEO said the long-standing relationship with SCIBS is vital for Club Marine’s branding, enabling them to personalise their contact with... click for more

New plans for luxury living and new marina on Geelong's waterfront

11 March 2015

A consortium of national and international investors has purchased Geelong’s historic Rippleside Shipyard with a plan to develop luxury townhouses and a marina in what will become one of the Geelong's most exclusive residential communities. The $80 million project, to be known as Balmoral Quay, will be developed by the Melbourne- based... click for more

Superyachts attracted to Melbourne

11 March 2015

Melbourne has recently played host to four superyachts; Glaze, Silver Cloud, Texas and Vegas, all staying at the Melbourne Superyacht Marina, Victoria's only superyacht destination. Located at Central Pier, Melbourne Docklands, the marina is in a magnificent location within walking distance from the vibrant Melbourne shopping precinct. The... click for more

Elandra Yachts plans major announcement at SCIBS

11 March 2015

Luxury motoryacht builder Elandra Yachts will exhibit its gleaming gold-hull Elandra No.2 sports yacht at the Sanctuary Cove International Boat Show in May. The new boat is destined for a client in Sydney. The company will also unveil plans for its next model during the show. "Our new model will follow similar lines to the Elandra... click for more

Grab a boat bargain at Yaringa

10 March 2015

The picturesque Yaringa Boat Harbour, located in Somerville, a short drive south of Melbourne will be holding one of their famous Boat Auctions on Saturday 11 April 2015 commencing at noon. Nine lots will be auctioned ranging from a 20ft Sunmaid trailer-sailer through to a 50ft timber trawler and including a small dredge. Some of the lots... click for more

Double the fun on the Gold Coast in May

10 March 2015

Two of the city’s major events have joined forces to spread the message that there will be four fantastic days of fun on the Gold Coast from 21-24 May 2015. An exciting new partnership between Gold Coast International Marine Expo and Blues on Broadbeach Music Festival will encourage visitors to book their stays and enhance the experience... click for more

Explorer expands with US Dealer and new models

10 March 2015

Cruising motoryacht builder Explorer Motor Yachts has moved to significantly expand its market with a strong move into lucrative north America and an expansion of its long-range cruiser models. The luxury boat builder, based at Ningbo in China, has also announced the release of four important new models: a 50 Pilothouse, 58 Pilothouse and two... click for more

Mercury thrills with four new engines

10 March 2015

Mercury Marine has excited boat lovers, dealers and boat builders with four new engines which have already left the competition behind. • Verado 350hp outboard • Mercury Racing Verado 400R outboard • Mercury Racing QC4v 1550 sterndrive, and the • ... click for more

Riviera's global family grows with strong Miami Show

10 March 2015

Revered luxury yacht builder Riviera has welcomed new members to its growing global family of owners with its most successful Miami Yacht & Brokerage Show since 2008. In a stunning $US10 million red-carpet, on-water showcase, the iconic Australian luxury yacht builder this year hosted its largest display in Miami for five years, buoyed by... click for more

Yorkeys Knob Boat Club improved access for cruise ship tenders

5 March 2015

Sixteen miles of pristine beaches, tropical rainforests, sunny skies and proximity to the Great Barrier Reef, as well as Australia’s hottest vacation destination, Cairns, make Yorkeys Knob a popular port of call for the cruise industry. However, until recently cruise infrastructure in Yorkeys Knob, a tender port for ships too big to... click for more

New WA home for BRIG

5 March 2015

South Fremantle is now home to a new BRIG headquarters, the only authorised BRIG agent in Western Australia. Sirocco Marine Perth is headed up by seasoned boat proponent and long-time BRIG dealer, Mark Mawby and business partner, Nigel Warr, owner and managing director of Auto Masters in WA and South Australia. The brand new showroom will... click for more

Waterscape 2015 campaign sneak peak

5 March 2015

Superior Jetties has undertaken a major photo shoot for its Waterscape pontoon and soon to be released range of Waterscape furniture, which will form part of its 2015 global marketing campaign. Following its 2014 launch at Sanctuary Cove International Boat Show, Waterscape by Superior is poised to branch out to new markets such as the... click for more

New GX400 Transceiver boasts waterproof speaker microphone

5 March 2015

GME’s GX400 is a versatile marine communication tool featuring both 27MHz Marine Band and 27MHz Citizen Band transceivers in one unit. Built tough to withstand some of the harshest environments in the world, the GX400 is equally at home at sea or on land. Ingress protected to IPX7, the GX400 can be positioned on the dashboard either... click for more

Clipper’s world premiere of new-generation Cordova 60

5 March 2015

Clipper Motor Yachts has just announced the world premiere of its new-generation Cordova 60 exclusively at the 2015 Gold Coast International Marine Expo (21-24 May 2015). The new flagship model manifests the elegant lines of Clipper’s classic semi-displacement motor cruiser and is now complemented with chic, contemporary styling and... click for more

Fishing and Boating Expo making a splash with big name reveals

5 March 2015

Visitors to the National 4x4 Outdoors Show, Fishing & Boating Expo in Brisbane will be amongst the first to see the latest offerings from some of the biggest names in Boating with plenty of reveals and Australian premiers scheduled for the three day Event. To be held at the Brisbane Showgrounds, March 20-22, a huge number of exhibitors from... click for more

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