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1 May 2015

Shipmate News 01 May 2015

Spotlight on marine in May

Plenty of marine industry buzz emanating out of Queensland this month and in particular the Gold Coast. Seems the month of May is fast becoming the most important month of the year on the marine calendar.

This month kicks off with Marine15 International Conference and Trade Exhibition with ‘Boating for the future' as the theme. From 03-05 May at RACV Royal Pines on the Gold Coast, Marine15 will bring together industry professionals from Australia, New Zealand, China, Korea and beyond for three days of conference, networking, education and inspiration.

Then on 19-20 May the Australian Superyacht and Marine Export Conference (ASMEX); the key conference for the marine export and superyacht industry will be held at Sanctuary Cove’s InterContinental Resort. The ASMEX conference is focused on the marine export and superyacht sectors providing a platform for sharing of information and the opportunity to do business with industry.

Then of course the boat show season kicks off proper with Sanctuary Cove International Boat Show, the Gold Coast International Marine Expo and the Riviera Festival of Boating, all happening at the same time from 21-24 May.

I’m looking forward to getting to all of the above starting with Marine 15, where, apart from catching up with marine industry folk from around the country, there’s plenty to learn, see and do. After that I’m looking forward to putting the feet up for a while and going boating.

And now to this edition of Shipmate News and we’ve got plenty of info on all of the events mentioned above and a whole lot more including a couple of unusual and interesting articles.

One in particular, which I initially thought may have been a belated April Fools day joke is about the University of Rochester, NY. Seems they’ve used lasers to permanently transform metals into water repellent or super-hydrophobic materials which has plenty of application in the marine industry. Turns out it’s true and quite a breakthrough see more details below.  

And details too about the 98-foot Superyacht sitting on a beach, high and dry in Cambodia. It belongs to Sergey Polonsky, who made the Forbes list of billionaires in 2008 with an estimated net worth of $1.2 billion. Seems Polonsky also has a different kind of listing – a 'red notice' on the Interpol site, stating that he is wanted in Russia accused of embezzling millions. More on that below too.

And finally just a quick note that you’ll now find Shipmate on Twitter. Find us at where we bring you marine insights, latest news and occasional pearls of wisdom, please be sure to follow us.

And while we’re on the subject of Social Media, don’t forget to check out our Facebook page at we’re up to over 3500 ‘likes’ in a very short time so thank you to those who’ve liked our page, it gives us a sense that we’re heading in the right direction. That’s it from me till next time, sit back and enjoy the read

Cheers, see you out on the water

John Zammit

Abell Point Marina – expect the ‘blue carpet treatment’ in 2015

30 April 2015

Already renowned for state of the art facilities and luxury conveniences, Abell Point Marina has two more exceptional guest services to add to its bow – a concierge vehicle and the new dedicated helicopter service. “It’s all part of our bid to bring back good old-fashioned service,” said owner of marina, Paul Darrouzet.... click for more

Water repellent superyachts becoming a reality

30 April 2015

The University of Rochester, NY, has used lasers to permanently transform metals into water repellent or super-hydrophobic materials, a potentially revolutionary development for the superyacht industry. Most superyachts are constructed from metal, including steel, aluminium or a composite, The University of Rochester has enabled the... click for more

Expo shapes up for success with exhibitor space at near capacity

29 April 2015

Four weeks out from the Gold Coast International Marine Expo, the excitement continues to build with news that on-water exhibitor space is now nearing capacity with just nine berths left across the massive event’s three exclusive marina sites. This latest news follows a recent announcement that hardstand space is at 90 per cent of last... click for more

Chaparral and Stefan Join forces in Queensland

29 April 2015

Chaparral Boats will now be distributed in Queensland by entrepreneurial boating personality Stefan Ackerie. Stefan Boating World on the Gold Coast has taken the Queensland retail marine market by storm in the last few years, successfully introducing new brands and challenging traditional operators with fresh marketing flair long overdue... click for more

GX700 – VHF communication with flexibility

29 April 2015

GME, the Australian leader in Marine and Land-based communications equipment, emergency signalling beacons and television signalling equipment has announced a new VHF Marine Radio will be available for sale from May 2015. The GME GX700 VHF Marine Radio is a compact communication and safety device with innovative installation options. ... click for more

Budget and Eco-Friendly Hybrid slips into Sanctuary Cove

29 April 2015

The new Greenline 48 Hybrid will be cruising in, silently, to the Sanctuary Cove International Boat Show (SCIBS), waving the flag for a new generation of greener, cleaner boats. One of the most remarkable boats on display at SCIBS (21-24 May 2015), the eco-friendly Greenline 48 Hybrid is an energy efficient bluewater cruiser. As exhibitor... click for more

Aquila power catamaran to debut at SCIBS

29 April 2015

Multihull Central has announced that the first Aquila Power Catamaran to be delivered to Australia was sold in Florida at the Palm Beach International Boat Show. Andrew and Deirdre McLeod confirmed their order for a new Aquila 44 following a sea trial off Palm Beach, Florida after completing an extensive worldwide search for the best cruising... click for more

European Power Boat of the Year arrives in Queensland

29 April 2015

Sanctuary Cove International Boat Show will see the Monte Carlo MC5 make her debut in Queensland. David Beck, owner and dealer principal of Sundance Marine said “the MC5 is ideally suited to the cruising lifestyle. Her high level of quality is unprecedented for a boat of this size. Her French and Italian influences bring together an... click for more

NSW storms - Club Marine’s swift response to members in need

28 April 2015

Club Marine’s Catastrophe Response Team is on the ground with a team of specialists as storm-battered NSW cleans up after a devastating, once-in-a-decade storm. The clean-up has begun in New South Wales after a once-in-a-decade storm brought relentless rain and winds, claiming four lives and causing devastation in 12 declared natural... click for more

Sanctuary Cove Tees off the Aussie boat show circuit

28 April 2015

Today (Tuesday 28 April) marks the official launch of the 2015 Sanctuary Cove International Boat Show (SCIBS). To commemorate the countdown to the 27th SCIBS, pro-golfer, Terry Price teed off from the flybridge of the sensational $5 million Horizon E88 super yacht- this year’s largest and most expensive vessel for sale at the Show - to a... click for more

2015 ISAF Sailing World Cup moving to Melbourne’s iconic St Kilda foreshore

24 April 2015

The 2015 ISAF Sailing World Cup – Melbourne, will see the cream rise to the top when Olympic aspirants set out to earn valuable qualifying points on the next step in their quest to compete for their country at the 2016 Rio Olympic Games. The first regatta of the 2015-16 ISAF Sailing World Cup runs from December 7-13, and will take place at... click for more

Leigh-Smith Yachts $20m showcase at Sanctuary Cove

24 April 2015

Dean and Ryan Leigh-Smith, for so many years linked with the Gold Coast City Marina, have established a new base for their own operation, Leigh-Smith Yachts, ensconced within the Sanctuary Cove Marina Village. “We have new and brokerage boats on-water at the marina and a spacious HQ that has a laid-back, marine-themed ambience –... click for more

Merger creates new global marine services company

22 April 2015

Worldwide marine salvage, emergency response and wreck removal company, Titan, a wholly owned subsidiary of Crowley Maritime Corporation, has reached an agrement with Svitzer, a specialized marine services organisation with a fleet of more than 400 vessels across 40 countries, to merge their salvage divisions to create a new global marine services... click for more

Cruise Craft appoints Streaker Boats as sole Victorian dealer

22 April 2015

Cruise Craft has announced the appointment of respected Melbourne boat dealer Streaker Boats, as the sole and exclusive dealer for the complete range of Cruise Craft boats. The appointment is effective immediately and will see a solid range of Cruise Craft models on the Streaker Boats stand at the 2015 Melbourne Boat Show. “We’re... click for more

Strong demand for Riviera’s Festival of Boating fun factor

22 April 2015

When revered Australian luxury motor yacht builder Riviera promises a truly unique boating festival of fun and learning, there’s absolutely no doubt that you’re in for a very spectacular and valuable experience. For one you know the Riviera Festival of Boating educational offering will be first-class – as it is with everything... click for more

Superyacht sits on the sand at Koh Tang

22 April 2015

The 98-foot Azimut yacht sitting on the beach belongs to Sergey Polonsky, who made the Forbes list of billionaires in 2008 with an estimated net worth of US$1.2 billion (B36 billion). Today Polonsky has a different kind of listing – a 'red notice' on the Interpol site, stating that he is wanted in Russia after being found guilty of... click for more

Rob goes searching for the right boat answer

21 April 2015

It’s a long journey from an off the beach catamaran in Brisbane to a seven metre plate alloy boat on Groote Eylandt in the Gulf of Carpentaria, (in fact about 2,000km as the petrel flies). But with diverse rewards like a Spanish mackerel immediately followed by three mangrove jacks, then a prize coral trout, a few sweetlip, a barracuda,... click for more

JV Marine G2 release and Tuna info night

21 April 2015

After 5 years of development E-tec Outboards have just released their new G2 range of engines to the public. These engines are a true game changer that need to be seen to be believed. With an all new design and unique features, the new G2 engines will change the way you see outboard engines. JV Marine are holding a G2 release night to give... click for more

New CRN Megayacht positioned for launch

21 April 2015

CRN, a shipyard that specializes in building 50 to 90 metre steel and aluminium super yachts in Ancona (Italy), is preparing to launch its new fully customized 55m Megayacht featuring a strong identity and style which draws on some stylistic features peculiar to military vessels Using engine-powered hydraulic lift trucks, the yacht was last week... click for more

Fusion releases 17 new products for 2015

21 April 2015

Marine entertainment is evolving and Fusion is the driving force. Major advancements will be on show at the Sanctuary Cove Boat Show in 2015 with an unprecedented 17 new marine products from Fusion. Next generation products include the feature-packed MS-UD750 marine stereo. This very cool product will now internally dock, charge and control... click for more

Brig makes Mornington new Vic home base

21 April 2015

Sirocco Marine has taken on a new dealer in Melbourne, long-time RIB specialist and avid boating proponent, Jeremy Wiggs of Inflatable Boat Worx, Mornington. Now known as Sirocco Marine Melbourne, the dealership is strategically located at the gateway to the Mornington Peninsula and less than an hour from the Melbourne CBD. “This is the... click for more

Seaworld 1 welcomes boaters on board at SCIBS

21 April 2015

Exclusive to the Sanctuary Cove International Boat Show (SCIBS), the fully-equipped, ocean-going research and rescue vessel, Sea World 1 will show visitors how to protect and respect marine life. Held from the 21 to 24 May, visitors to SCIBS will enjoy the opportunity to get onboard this unique and iconic vessel, learning how to protect and... click for more

New Wireless Pilot Controller from Lowrance

17 April 2015

New Autopilot Control Provides Total Freedom From the Helm Lowrance® has announced the release of the compact Wireless Pilot Controller. Providing complete control to anglers, no matter where they are on the boat, the new Wireless Pilot Controller is comprised of a small and lightweight waterproof Bluetooth base station with micro-C... click for more

Marine15 to showcase Gold Coast industry and waterways

17 April 2015

Delegates attending marine15 International Conference and Trade Exhibition, 3-5 May at RACV Royal Pines Resort, Gold Coast, will see first-hand the quality, scope and scale of the Gold Coast marine industry, marine facilities and waterways. Several Gold Coast manufacturers will be displaying their latest products at marine15, ... click for more

Riviera 75 and 50 Enclosed set for stunning Singapore Premieres

17 April 2015

Revered Riviera will showcase two of its finest luxury models at the upcoming Singapore Yacht Show – both for the first time anywhere in Asia. One of these impressive Riviera motor yachts – the opulent 75 Enclosed Flybridge christened Seabreeze – earned individual international recognition for its epic voyage to Singapore from... click for more

More trailer boats than anywhere in Queensland

17 April 2015

The largest display of trailer boats at any single location in Queensland – that’s just part of the unique X Factor set to inspire visitors at the 2015 Gold Coast International Marine Expo at Coomera from 21-24 May 2015. The massive hardstand display of trailer boats is perhaps only equalled in scope and variety by the huge range of... click for more

Rivergate is top pick for third return visit

17 April 2015

Rivergate Marina are excited to be planning the third annual survey for a 47-metre ISA Built motor yacht. Travelling from South East Asia to Australia, the vessel is due to arrive at the marina in September this year and stay for a planned period of six weeks. The vessel will be lifted in the 600 tonne Yard facility, neighbouring... click for more

Riviera now open at Port Stephens

16 April 2015

Australia’s largest network of luxury motor yacht dealerships has expanded even further with the addition of a new R Marine dealership at Port Stephens, NSW, to help service the growing global family of Riviera and Belize owners. Riviera chief executive Wes Moxey said the appointment of widely respected industry professional Gary Lee to... click for more

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