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15 April 2015

Shipmate News 15 April 2015

This land of hope and wonder

Enjoyed a nice break over Easter and took the opportunity to catch up with a mate of mine currently cruising north from Port Stephens to Broome in a 45’ Clipper.

We caught up with him at Hervey Bay and spent the next seven days cruising the spectacular waters around the southern end of the Great Barrier Reef. It’s no wonder the reef is one of the world’s most sought after tourist destinations, there is so much beauty everywhere and not just in and on the water but the mainland and islands too.

We finished up at Rockhampton but en-route called in to Bundaberg, Seventeen Seventy, Pancake Creek, Lady Musgrave Island, Gladstone, Great Keppel Island and Yepoon. Even caught a couple of nice tuna along the way (released them back of course).

Whilst the whole seven days was both fascinating and enjoyable, there were a couple of highlights. One was our passage through the ‘Narrows’, out of Gladstone heading for Great Keppel Island. The ‘Narrows’ is a 25nm mangrove-lined waterway between Curtis Island and the mainland that completely dries in part to expose the Ramsay Crossing, (a cattle crossing) around 15nm out of Gladstone. You need to carefully time your run through here to be at the ‘Narrows’ just before high tide (tides nearly 4m at times) or you’ll easily find yourself high and dry.

The other highlight was lady Musgrave Island, a 14 hectare coral cay around 32nm off the coast and forming part of the Great Barrier Reef. Lady Musgrave has a surrounding reef with just the narrowest of openings. We spent an afternoon and a night on anchor inside the reef with water as clear as any swimming pool. There is so much marine life here it’s a snorkeler’s paradise.

But now it’s back to reality and punching away at the keyboard to bring you the latest in marine news from around Australia. And there’s plenty to report as we head into May which would have to be the highlight of the Marine year with so much activity.

First off it’s Marine15 and then the ASMEX conference, Sanctuary Cove International Boat Show, the Gold Coast International Marine Expo, the Riviera Festival of Boating and I’m sure there’s more that I’ve missed.

In this edition we’ve got a bit about the lot, so sit back and enjoy the read,

Cheers, see you out on the water

John Zammit

38 South Boat Sales appointed McConaghy agent

14 April 2015

38 South Boat Sales have proudly announced that they are now Australian agents for McConaghy Boats, but will primarily be looking after the southern states including Victoria, South Australia and Tasmania. For 47 years McConaghy Boats has been at the forefront of composite technology, pushing the boundaries, stiving for perfection and... click for more

Showcasing world-class boat building on the Gold Coast

14 April 2015

A Yard Tour will be visiting the Coomera Marine Precinct on Wednesday 6 May following marine15 International Conference and Trade Exhibition. The four hour technical tour will provide valuable insights into world-class boat design, construction and maintenance, at Australia’s leading marine precinct. First port of call is... click for more

Steber launches new fibreglass product range

14 April 2015

Steber International has launched a range of composite fibreglass products to enhance enjoyment of your maritime lifestyle. But it's not solely restricted to the water environment, as several items can be easily adapted for land-based use around the home, farm or business. Steber managing director, Alan Steber, said the launch of the... click for more

Wauquiez, 50 years of savoir-faire

13 April 2015

Wauquiez shipyard; 50 years of French excellence and elegance. Since then, more than 2500 yachts, built in limited production and designed by the best naval architects, have anchored their name to the history of modern yachting; Elisabethan, Pretorien, Gladiateur, Hood, Chance, Centurion, Pilot Saloon... All have been constructed under the same... click for more

Own a slice of stress-free fun

13 April 2015

Syndication, or fractional ownership, is a great way to dip a toe in the water and enjoy all the camaraderie and family fun of boating, minus any of the burden of maintenance, management and mooring. Ideally suited to busy, time-poor families, couples and groups of friends who wish to own a boat, while sharing some of the responsibilities,... click for more

The real horsepower is at Gold Coast International Marine Expo

10 April 2015

The world’s leading marine engine and generator brands have been confirmed for the 2015 Gold Coast International Marine Expo – ensuring it will once again be a true showcase of ‘all things aquatic’. The powerhouse marine marques will have corporate and high-horsepower engine displays at the four-day Expo (21-24 May 2015),... click for more

Records shatter for Mercury at Mildura 100

9 April 2015

It was a record shattering performance for Mercury-powered boats at the world famous Mildura 100 – the fastest ski race on the planet. The unforgettable 99 Psycho Clowns, with Jessica Pearse behind the wheel and a Mercury 1350 sterndrive providing the power, set a new Mildura record in the Unlimited Inboard contest, with its winning... click for more

New presidential design for stylish Riviera 6000 Sport Yacht

8 April 2015

Iconic Australian luxury yacht-builder Riviera has just announced a new ‘presidential’ design for its supremely stylish 6000 Sport Yacht – one that confirms her position as ‘the ultimate on-water entertainer’. This sleek new flagship of Riviera’s sophisticated Sport Yacht fleet – which made her world... click for more

Marketing boating in an always-on world in focus at marine15

7 April 2015

There will be a strong focus on developing marine business marketing skills at the marine15 international conference according to Organising Committee member Darren Vaux, Chairman of the Boating Industries Alliance Australia. “Over the past decade recreational boating has experienced minimal growth while other areas of discretionary... click for more

Palm Beach founder to speak at ASMEX 2015

7 April 2015

Since 2005, the names Wild Oats XI and Mark Richards have been synonymous with the famous Sydney to Hobart Yacht Race, one of the world’s most challenging and gruelling ocean races. Wild Oats XI is the 30-metre long, state-of-the-art supermaxi owned by legendary Australian winemaker, Bob Oatley. Mark Richards, better known as... click for more

Affordable luxury boating at Sanctuary Cove boat show

7 April 2015

Australia's leading boat share innovator, Boating Syndication Australia (BSA), is offering three options for family luxury during the Sanctuary Cove International Boat Show beginning on May 21. The company has new shares available in its glamorous Belize 52, Belizzimo, an innovative Riviera 4400 Sport Yacht family cruiser, both based... click for more

Incident sparks boat fire message from safety regulator

4 April 2015

Maritime Safety Victoria (MSV) is calling on all boaters to check their electrical and fuel systems following a serious fire-related incident on Lake Eildon earlier this month. Data from the maritime safety regulator reveals that there have been 12 boat fires across the state in 2014-15 to date, including the most recent incident. Paul... click for more

Major boat brands sign on to SCIBS

4 April 2015

As the countdown to the 27th Sanctuary Cove International Boat Show, 21 to 24 May 2015 continues, the event is experiencing strong exhibitor bookings both on water and on land, with the Pavilions almost sold out. Joining some of the world’s leading brands in boats and equipment, among them Sunseeker, Fleming, Maritimo, Hampton, Alaska,... click for more

Anglers warned that size does matter

3 April 2015

Fisheries Victoria officers are warning people to carefully measure their Murray cod after a West Wimmera man faces hundreds of dollars in on-the-spot fines after allegedly being caught with three undersized fish. The fish were allegedly taken from Lake Charlegrark, a popular West Wimmera Murray Cod fishery which was re-stocked with juvenile cod... click for more

Simrad release new stand-alone Muiti-touch display

3 April 2015

Simrad Yachting announced today the release of the GO7 standalone multi-­‐touch chartplotter and echosounder. Offering boaters an affordable option for electronic navigation, the feature-­‐packed GO7 is an ideal fit for RIBs, runabouts and cruisers, providing quick and easy access to the vital information boaters require to... click for more

Rivergate comes to the aid of Vanuatu

3 April 2015

Rivergate Marina’s owners have extensively travelled the islands of Vanuatu; engaging with and immersing themselves into the local communities. They’ve established a personal rapport and compassion for the people they have met throughout their years of involvement there; constructing a local school, and making donations of what many... click for more

Seven commits to the Rolex Sydney Hobart

2 April 2015

The Seven Network and Cruising Yacht Club of Australia today announced the signing of a long-term partnership that will see an expanding coverage of the Rolex Sydney Hobart across Seven’s broadcast television and online, mobile, social and digital platforms. Under the new agreement, Seven has also secured global online rights and... click for more

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