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29 July 2015

Shipmate News 29 July 2015

New players, new brands, new models

This edition of Shipmate News is out a few days early due to the upcoming Sydney International Boat Show which starts tomorrow (Thursday 30 July). We’ve got so much information about the show in this edition it would have been a shame not to tell you about it beforehand.

The hype and enthusiasm that’s been generated about Sydney this year, not just from the industry, but from the general boating community, has been quite surprising. Of course there’s always a lot of hype and enthusiasm generated about major boats shows as they draw nearer but, in this case there seems to be a real buzz around the traps leading up to the show. Not only that, but we’re seeing a lot of new players, new brands and new models coming on to the market, which to me equates to a renewed positivity about the industry (not sure that ‘positivity’ is a real word, but I’m sure you get my drift).

I’m certainly looking forward to having a look around the show, checking out what’s new, both on and off the water and finding out what’s trending in the boating world, I look forward to seeing you there and if you see me walking around the show, please stop and say hi.

But this edition is not all about Sydney, we’ve got some other interesting stuff, including details about Australian Supermaxi Wild Oats XI completing the Transpac, 2225nm LA to Honolulu race in the fastest time. And an article about iconic vehicle maker Aston Martin who has partnered with Quintessence Yachts to produce a unique series of stunning new sports yachts.

Closer to home for me, the world’s most liveable city, yes Melbourne; is soon to celebrate its 180th birthday with the Melbourne Regatta and Blessing of the Fleet to be held on 29 and 30 August. This will involve Melbourne’s commercial fleet and recreational boats, both power and sail and there’ll be plenty to see and do, both on and off the water. More details further in this edition.

And finally, just a heads up that we’ve started on the 11th (2016) print edition of Shipmate Marine Directory – The recreational boaters essential guide. So if you’re business is currently listed in Shipmate, please visit the website at and check your listing as these listings will be downloaded for the print edition. And of course if you're a marine business and you're not listed then go to the website and submit your listing, after all, listings in Shipmate are free.

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In the meantime, sit back, browse through and enjoy the read.

Cheers, see you out on the water

John Zammit

Florida Study Tour targets international marina industry

28 July 2015

The Marina Industries Association (MIA) is conducting a seven day Florida study tour from 12-18 November that includes marina and boatyard visits and attendance at the widely respected Marine Dealer Conference and Expo in Orlando. The study tour of eight Florida marinas and boatyards is being led by respected US marina doyen Jim Bronstien. Jim... click for more

Riviera convoy enroute to complete stunning Sydney showcase

28 July 2015

Not even dark skies on the horizon could dampen Riviera's enthusiasm as four brand-new examples of Australian-built on-water luxury today departed the iconic marque's world-class facility on the Gold Coast bound for next weekend's 2015 Sydney International Boat Show. Led through the Gold Coast seaway by the supremely... click for more

Integrity toasts record sales and advent of premium Grand Sedan

28 July 2015

Off the back of record sales at the 2015 Sanctuary Cove International Boat Show, and celebrating the handover last week of the 55th boat sold, Integrity Motor Yachts is focusing on this weeks Sydney Boat Show and the introduction of a brand new range. “The Grand Sedan range came about from feedback and input from existing clients,”... click for more

Italian style and personality features at Sydney show

28 July 2015

Sure to steal much of the limelight at the 2015 Sydney International Boat Show, SACS Marine Australia will be presenting a selection from the Italian-made, new generation RIB range to suit the Australian boating lifestyle. Produced in Milan under the direction of award-winning designer, Christian Grande, the semi-custom range of RIBS from SACS... click for more

Charges pending after big abalone haul

28 July 2015

Three men allegedly took 80 abalone and a rock lobster during a prolonged fishing venture at Sorrento (Vic) back beach this week. The daily recreational limit for abalone is five per person, when the season is open. However the recreational abalone season is closed at present. A call from a concerned member of the public to the 13FISH... click for more

Caribbean unveils new direction at Sydney boat show

28 July 2015

Australia's renowned Caribbean brand will unveil a completely new model and new direction when it launches its 420 Express hardtop model at the Sydney International Boat Show on July 30. The Caribbean 420 Express is not only the first of a totally new SUV-style model range but also the first of a new generation of higher fit, finish and... click for more

Docklands Winter Fireworks

28 July 2015

Docklands Winter Fireworks are on again every Friday evening in August. Gather your family and friends to witness the fireworks at 7.30pm and get front row seats from your boat when berthed at Melbourne City Marina. Get there early to enjoy the winter entertainment in New Quay Piazza from 6.30pm. Alternatively, head up to the... click for more

The new wave in dry stack boat storage with 3 months free

27 July 2015

Coinciding with the Sydney International Boat Show, Sydney Harbour Boat Storage is offering boat owners a three-month “try before you buy” boat storage experience at their centrally located facility at White Bay 6 marine precinct. “If you buy a new boat at the boat show, or if you are a long-time boat owner, we want people to... click for more

Australia’s largest marina operator at SIBS

27 July 2015

d’Albora Marinas will welcome current and future clients to its stand at the Sydney International Boat Show 2015 ahead of the imminent completion of a $5 million redevelopment at its iconic marina at The Spit, Sydney Harbour. All current d’Albora Marinas’ customers can enjoy the hospitality of the client VIP lounge which... click for more

All-new, all-rounder Hatteras 45 EX

27 July 2015

Australian anglers will soon be able to see and experience the new Hatteras 45 EX, the first of the all-new Hatteras Express Series and the first of its kind in Australia, making its local debut this week at the 2015 Sydney International Boat Show, 30 July to 2 August. So significant is the Sydney launch of the new model, Hatteras will be... click for more

Barraddict addicted to Verados

27 July 2015

Operating in some of the world’s best fishing waters, off Western Australia’s Kimberley Coast, Kurt Williamson rarely has a day off. Chasing barra, billfish, sailfish and marlin, avid sportfishers from across Australia and as far away as South Africa have Kurt out on the water an average of 320 days a year. Which means Kurt not... click for more

Wild Oats XI claims fastest time LA to Honolulu

27 July 2015

The first hint of her approach was the sighting of the green starboard navigation light, then, minutes later, her black carbon fibre sails were barely illuminated by the loom of the lighthouse on Honolulu’s Diamond Head. There was then no denying though that this dimly lit profile was the supermaxi Wild Oats XI and she was finishing the... click for more

The Melbourne Regatta & Blessing of the Fleet – You’re invited

27 July 2015

Voted the most liveable city in the world a number of times in recent years, Melbourne is one of the few cities that can pin point the time, date and who founded the city. The Melbourne Passenger Boating Association and the Mission to Seafarers will celebrate the founding of Melbourne by water in 1835, with The Melbourne Regatta & Blessing... click for more

Iconic vehicle maker Aston Martin Launches powerboat range

24 July 2015

Quintessence Yachts, headquartered in the Netherlands, has unveiled details of an exciting association with famous luxury British sports car maker Aston Martin which will result in the production a unique series of stunning new powerboats. The agreement with Aston Martin gives Quintessence Yachts the capacity to design and build luxurious and... click for more

Charter Boat ownership seminars at Sydney boat show

23 July 2015

Learn how to fund the dream of catamaran cruising and turn it into reality sooner with charter boat ownership. Multihull Central will be hosting daily Charter Boat Ownership Seminars for the first time at the upcoming Sydney Boat Show at Darling Harbour from July 30 – August 2. At these seminars you will learn: ... click for more

2015 ISAF Sailing World Cup - Melbourne

22 July 2015

Invited and Youth class sailors planning to be part of the first ISAF Sailing World Cup – Melbourne at its new St Kilda location can enter online from today. Entry and the Notice of Race went live yesterday, Tuesday July 21, 2015, for the major event to run from December 7-13. Racing for the 13 Invited and Youth Classes starts on Wednesday... click for more

Lowrance Launches Three-Dimensional Sonar

22 July 2015

Lowrance®, a world-leading brand in fishing electronics since 1957, has announced the release of a game-changing, sonar-imaging system – Lowrance StructureScan® 3D. Lowrance StructureScan 3D allows anglers to easily see fish, underwater structure and bottom contours in a stunning three-dimensional display on their HDS Gen3... click for more

Wild Oats XI aiming at the “Barn Door”

20 July 2015

Australian supermaxi yacht Wild Oats XI, currently competing in Transpac 2015, an offshore yacht race from Los Angeles to Honolulu, a distance of 2,225nm, was back in full flight today after a challenging and slow first night at sea. Squalls and near calms associated with thunderstorms had a significant influence on progress overnight.... click for more

Chaparral’s award winning wake surf machine to debut in Sydney

19 July 2015

Following the official launch of Chaparral’s stunning new Vortex 223 VRX Twin Jet powered bowrider in Miami, Blakes Marine will exhibit the hot new sports boat for the first time to NSW wake surfers at next weeks’ Sydney boat show. Featuring ‘ASP’ or aerial surf platform; the new Vortex offers the latest surf... click for more

Hawaiian blessing for Wild Oats XI

19 July 2015

The 16 burly crew of Australian supermaxi yacht, Wild Oats XI, resorted to hula dancing on the dock today in San Pedro today in the hope they could motivate the weather Gods into delivering winds stronger than forecast for the Transpac Race from Los Angeles to Hawaii, which starts today. Unfortunately though, if the Gods judged the hula effort... click for more

Three lines and small fish draw stiff fines

17 July 2015

A 49 year old Footscray (Vic) man has been fined more than $1000 after allegedly being caught using three fishing lines to take bream from the Maribynong River, near the Dynon Road Bridge. Last Friday, after a call to the 24 hour fishing offence reporting line 13 FISH, Fisheries Officers approached the man and intercepted him as he tried to dump... click for more

Elandra Yachts to Premiere superb double in Sydney

17 July 2015

Making its Sydney International Boat Show premiere, Gold Coast boat builder, Elandra Yachts will present two of its superbly-crafted Elandra 53 models – the diamond-grey hulled sport yacht and the fully-optioned hazelnut-gold hulled version in the July/August 2015 show. After extremely successful forays at GC Expo 2014 and Sanctuary... click for more

Secure your boat licence at Wyndham Harbour before summer

17 July 2015

Wyndham Harbour is offering valued supporters the opportunity to secure a marine licence before the Marina officially opens this summer. Hosted by Coral and Ray Allen from Melbourne Boat Training, this course normally costs $120 per person, but Wyndham Harbour is currently offering it for $100. The Transport Safety Victoria (TSV) course... click for more

New dredge delivers safe and reliable access to Gippsland Lakes

17 July 2015

The Victorian Labor Government is securing the future of Gippsland Lakes by investing in a new dredge which will deliver safe and reliable ocean access to commercial fishing and shipping operators, tourism operators and recreational boaters and fishers. Minister for Ports Luke Donnellan announced the funding for the new dredge at Jemmys Point... click for more

Upgraded turbojet range proves a hit

16 July 2015

Williams Performance Tenders, the world’s leading jet tender manufacturer, is delighted to have received outstanding customer feedback following major investment into its four-strong Turbojet range. The Turbojet range now features an upgraded hull and new Textron 850MPE engine. The new hull allows for a smoother, drier ride in rougher... click for more

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