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14 July 2015

Shipmate News 15 July 2015

Things ain’t half bad

We’re half way through the year, half way through winter and half way through the boat show season. And the way that boats are selling and the market is looking, it's also probably fair to say that boaters too are looking at glasses half full rather than half empty.

Add to that the $A, currently trading at a realistic level against the $US, which helps our Aussie marine exporters and the news that the Eurozone has bailed out Greece (again), narrowly averting a crisis in Europe wih the potential to affect world markets, and you’d have to say that generally, things aren’t half bad.

And so in this edition of Shipmate News, it’s all mostly good. Lots of news about the upcoming Sydney International Boat Show, not only in terms of what’s on, but also new models and new releases. And a timely reminder from Maritime Safety Victoria about boating in winter, which can be very pleasant, but requires extra preparation and an extra willingness to occasionally wait for better conditions. As someone told me once; it’s not the weather that kills people, it’s impatience.

Speaking of safety, our friends at the St. Kilda Flotilla of the Australian Volunteer Coast Guard are now providing Boat Licence courses for members of the public. The courses, held on weekends, mean it’s a suitable option for many, with the added benefit of knowing part of the fee contributes to an important community resource.

And from Superyacht Australia, news about the 3rd Australian Tahiti showcase which was held in June at Marina Taina in Tahiti. 18 Australian companies showcased the best of what Australia has to offer for visiting superyachts, which potentially generate a lot of revenue for Australia. And speaking of same, a couple of interesting articles about new megayachts in production which will be on show at the Monaco Boat Show in September.

Finally, we just had to add the article about renting your own private island in the Caribbean, for a day, a week, or whatever… With the cold snap we've been experiencing in Melbourne in recent days its solved my problem of where to go for my next holiday... I wish!

That’s it from me again till next time, sit back, browse through and enjoy the read.

Cheers, see you out on the water

John Zammit

World Premieres for two extraordinary Riviera's at Sydney show

14 July 2015

Renowned Australian luxury yacht builder Riviera is preparing to roll out the red carpet to showcase two brand-new models of on-water elegance as part of a dazzling $11 million, seven-yacht display at the Sydney International Boat Show (July 30-August 3). The multiple 2015 marine industry export award-winner is inviting Riviera owners and... click for more

Visitors to Sydney Boat Show can expect a big day out

14 July 2015

With Australia having some of the world’s most pristine waterways, it's understandable why millions of Australians go boating each year. With a variety of boating options, the Sydney International Boat Show provides boaters old and new, with a forum to better understand how to enjoy their boating experience, or how to immerse... click for more

Wild Oats navigator injured in lead up to Transpac Race

14 July 2015

Stan Honey, the man intended to navigate record breaking Australian supermaxi yacht, Wild Oats XI, in the Transpac race from Los Angeles to Hawaii, has been injured at sea during another event and is in doubt for the start of the 2225 nautical mile race next Saturday. Honey, arguably the world’s best ocean racing navigator, was apparently... click for more

Repower makes a good boat better

14 July 2015

You know you’re onto a good thing when people keep asking to buy your boat. That’s the happy position Andrew Weekes is in after repowering a 15-year-old 26 Caribbean flybridge cruiser with a pair of MerCruiser 4.5L 250hp V6s. “It’s a fantastic little boat. I actually bought it to do the conversion because the... click for more

Innovative and original all new Jeanneau 54

14 July 2015

The Jeanneau 54 is a yacht that has been designed for the way that you live. The idea was to create an incredibly comfortable cruising boat, making use of an innovative and original design. A modern hull is combined with an incredible amount of interior volume and impressive stability. Every item of the Jeanneau 54 has been designed from... click for more

Your own private island for a day, a week..

14 July 2015

Erika’s Marine Services, a yacht agent and concierge in St. Vincent and the Grenadines in the Caribbean Sea, is currently offering exclusive rental of Jamesby, an uninhabited island in the middle of the Tobago Cays Marine Park. Heather Grant, founder of Erika’s said, “Erika’s offers many concierge services, but one... click for more

Boating regulator calls for caution in winter

14 July 2015

Maritime Safety Victoria (MSV) is appealing to boaters to adjust their behaviour for winter’s shorter days and colder waters. Four boaters died in two separate incidents last month leading Marty O’Connell, spokesperson for Maritime Safety Victoria, to warn that boating in winter requires extra preparation and an extra willingness to... click for more

CRN announces the Oceansport project

9 July 2015

The CRN, Shipyard based in Ancona Italy has recently announced three new megayachts conceived by Omega Architects. The fully-custom 'Oceansport' yachts of 52, 61 and 75 metres, share a similar design concept and a sporty profile, typical of Omega Architects’ design, with low gross tonnage and sleek iconic shapes. Each vessel is... click for more

Alleged crab poachers face court

7 July 2015

Fisheries Officers at Lakes Entrance in Victoria have allegedly caught four people from Melbourne with almost ten times the daily limit of sand crabs. The two men and two women are expected to be charged on summons for allegedly exceeding the catch limit for crabs last Saturday at Lakes Entrance. Following a call from a concerned member of... click for more

Superyacht Australia ensures strong presence in Pacific region

7 July 2015

The 3rd Australian Tahiti showcase and party was once again held on Marina Taina in Tahiti on Friday 26 June. A total of 18 Australian companies were present for the event showcasing the best of what Australia has to offer for visiting superyachts. A key area of interest for Captains was learning more about the ability for foreign flagged... click for more

Yanmar Powers on with Aluminium Marine

7 July 2015

Over recent years, Aluminium Marine has launched a string of Yanmar powered aluminium catamaran hulls. In fact 8 out of their last 9 builds have all been powered by models from Yanmar’s high speed commercial range. The owners of these vessels are spread from North Queensland to the South Island of New Zealand. Aluminium Marine is... click for more

Predator 57 becomes Sunseeker's fastest selling model

7 July 2015

Sunseeker International has delightedly announced that exceptionally high levels of interest in its ground-breaking new three-cabin Predator 57 have led the model to become the brand’s fastest selling yacht to date. The luxury performance motoryacht manufacturer has already reached the milestone of 50 retail orders for the model since the... click for more

The Coast Guard want to educate YOU!

7 July 2015

Perched on a spit of land at the entrance to St Kilda Marina (Vic) is an organisation little known to many locals, but one which is relied upon by the thousands of people that fish, paddle, jet ski, dive, kiteboard or sail on Port Phillip each year. While the fact that one of Victoria’s most active Marine Rescue units sits within sight of St... click for more

Matthew Willett Marine, 2015 Jeanneau Dealer of the Year

7 July 2015

Each year Jeanneau dealers from around the world gather for a conference to learn about new products and to contribute ideas that ensure the Jeanneau range continues to lead the way in the market. This year Jeanneau power dealer Matthew Willett from New South Wales and Jeanneau sail dealer Rohan Veal from 38 South Boat Sales in Victoria... click for more

Glenelg River fishers get new jetties

7 July 2015

Local and visiting anglers will now benefit from better access to the Glenelg River thanks to new jetties at two locations. The two new timber jetties replace old ones alongside the West Bank boat ramp and at the end of the Isle of Bags Road on the eastern shore. Glenelg River in Victoria’s southwest is a popular location with anglers who... click for more

Canvas Barn Marine Trimming takes out National Awards

2 July 2015

Swan Reach (Vic) based business, Canvas Barn Marine Trimming has won two top national awards for their work in Marine Trimming and Fabric Art. The Awards for Excellence were presented to Canvas Barn Marine Trimming at a gala ceremony held in Melbourne on Sunday 28th June 2015. The evening, hosted by well known personality Paul McDermott... click for more

CRN showcases three megayachts at Monaco

2 July 2015

CRN, the shipyard specialising in construction of steel and aluminium pleasure vessels between 50m - 90m has selected the Monaco Yacht Show, held 23 - 26 September, to showcase three new fully customised mega-yachts. M/Y Atlante 55m, M/Y Saramour 61m and M/Y Yalla 73m will all be on display showcasing the DNA of CRN, a shipyard which... click for more

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