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1 September 2015

Shipmate News 01 September 2015

It's a hard caper this boating

So much for global warming! I reckon the winter we've just had was the coldest that I can remember, or is it just me getting older and feeling the cold more? Either way, I'm glad that spring has finally arrived and I'm looking forward to seeing a bit more sun.

But as cold as it's been there's still plenty going on as far as boating is concerned. On Friday evening we cruised into Docklands, arriving just in time to watch the Melbourne Winter Fireworks, then Saturday, a leisurely day with a spot of lunch at one of the dockside restaurants before a stroll around Harbour Town and the parklands surrounding Docklands, finishing off with dinner with a large group on a friend's boat.

Then Sunday we joined a huge number of boats in Victoria Harbour to help celebrate Melbourne's 180th birthday and to take part in the Melbourne Regatta and Blessing of the Fleet. There was something going on all day on both land and water including a re-enactment of the first settlers arrival aboard the Tall Ship Enterprize and a formal blessing of the fleet by Father Bob McGuire followed by a sail past out under the Bolte Bridge and back.

After that we settled in for the afternoon rafted up alongside with a group of other boats and spent the afternoon enjoying the live bands, street performers and everything else that was going on. Ahh yes, hard life this boating caper.

Now, it hasn't been all beer and skittles for us this past few weeks, we've been busy. We’re currently in the process of preparing the 2016 print edition of Shipmate Marine Directory. This is always a busy time of the year for us as we get around talking to marine businesses, getting a sense of where the industry is at, the sectors doing well and those that aren’t.

Interestingly, there’s a clear and consistent pattern that forms year on year. A large proportion of those that sit idly by waiting for things to happen don’t seem to do anywhere near as well as those that get out there and shake a few branches, actively make an effort to keep themselves ‘front and centre’. Yes, I’m talking about the ‘A’ word and there’s no getting away from the fact; Advertising works! But, while I could write a whole thesis about the subject, in all its forms, I’ll just say that if you're a marine business then consider this.

Organisations like McDonalds, Coca Cola, Commonwealth Bank are all huge organisations that  some would say don’t need to advertise, plenty of customers, leaders in their field. But, they understand that to stay ahead of the pack you’ve got to keep yourself out there. Leave a gap and it will be filled by competitors. Worth a thought, don't you think?

If you'd liike to discuss any aspect of advertising in Shipmate, in print or on line, give us a call and we'll send you out a Media Kit.

And now to this edition of Shipmate News and we've got lots to tell you from right around the country, so sit back, browse through and enjoy the read.

Cheers, see you out on the water

John Zammit

Murray cod and spiny cray season closing


31 August 2015

Recreational anglers are being reminded that the closed season for Murray cod and spiny freshwater crayfish begins Tuesday 1 September. Fisheries Victoria Executive Director, Travis Dowling, said the three month closure for Murray cod provided the species with a chance to breed and contribute to future native fish stocks. “Anglers who... click for more

Superior addition to Koki Fish Markets

31 August 2015

Four ultra-modern pontoons and gangways have made their way from Superior Jetties’ Gold Coast factory to the coast of Papua New Guinea, where they make a daily difference to the lifestyle and livelihoods of the locals. The Koki fish market is a Port Moresby landmark, adjacent to a busy produce market and a stone’s throw from the... click for more

BOAB adds a new vessel to its growing fleet

31 August 2015

Leading national boat hire company Boab Boats has added a new vessel to its growing fleet with the addition of a Jet Ski hire service at its Bribie Island and Mooloolaba locations. To be launched at the 2015 Brisbane Boat Show, Boab is offering visitors the chance to win the thrill of a lifetime with a free Jet Ski hire. Simply make a booking... click for more

Riviera to showcase three of its finest at Cannes Yachting Festival

29 August 2015

The ethos of excellence that drives Australia’s Riviera is set to be showcased in the heart of the French Riviera when three stunning examples of on-water innovation and style feature at the Cannes Yachting Festival from 8-13 September 2015. Riviera – a name synonymous worldwide with hallmark quality, luxury, blue-water sea-keeping... click for more

Wild Oats XI gets the chop

29 August 2015

Australia’s most successful ocean racing yacht, Bob Oatley’s 30-metre supermaxi, Wild Oats XI, is 30-metres no more. The sleek, silver-hulled beauty literally got the chop today at the hands of Bob Oatley and skipper Mark Richards. Armed with a high-revving chainsaw, the pair took to the carbon fibre hull just forward of the mast,... click for more

Mariner Engineering turns 20

28 August 2015

In September 1995 Jim Need leased the engineering shed in the old Knights Slipway on the waterfront in the historic seatown of Williamstown (Vic). In those days marine mechanics had to be all-rounders, doing anything from servicing engines to machining, welding and fabricating custom parts. 1997 heralded the first expansion with Keld... click for more

2018 Melbourne to Osaka Double-Handed Yacht Race

28 August 2015

The Organizing Committee for the 2018 Melbourne to Osaka Double-Handed Yacht Race is pleased to announce the publishing of the Preliminary Notice of Race for the next race due to start in Port Philip Bay in March 2018. We have already had a remarkable level of interest in the event, both from Australia and Japan so are confident of a fully... click for more

Balmoral Quay -­ the perfect boating lifestyle is coming

28 August 2015

The new luxury townhouse and marina development on the Geelong (Vic) waterfront will transform the historic Rippleside Shipyard into one of the city’s most exclusive bayside communities to be known as Balmoral Quay. Located on 2.7 hectares of land with 400 metres of absolute waterfront, Balmoral Quay, situated less than an hours drive from... click for more

Whittley Marine expands its presence in NSW

27 August 2015

In response to steady and sustained growth, Whittley Marine Group has appointed a second dealer to cater to the boating families of New South Wales. Effective immediately, Terrace Boating joins Sydney-based Hunts Marine, doubling the presence of the brand in New South Wales – Terrace Boating will cater to the central and northern regions of... click for more

Proposed catch cap for commercial fishers in Port Phillip Bay

26 August 2015

A four week public consultation period has commenced today about a proposed sliding catch cap on the harvest of fish by licensed commercial fishers in Port Phillip Bay. Fisheries Victoria met with Seafood Industry Victoria representatives yesterday to take them through the proposed changes. The sliding cap is an integral part of phasing-out... click for more

An interactive show for the whole family

26 August 2015

The 2015 Club Marine Mandurah Boat Show will be the most interactive Show ever, with activities designed for the whole family. Show Director Peter Woods said the Mandurah Boat Show has always been a fun, family day out; and that in 2015, the Show will have even more on offer. “This year there’s new stage areas, new special guests,... click for more

Brisbane Boat Show line-up speakers for the Keep Australia Fishing Stage

25 August 2015

Brisbane Boat Show is excited to announce a huge panel of speakers and industry experts for the Keep Australia Fishing Stage at this years Brisbane Boat Show, from September 3 – September 6 at Brisbane Showgrounds. Proudly sponsored by Keep Australia Fishing, the stage will be hosted by the ‘two larrikins’ of... click for more

Wooden Boat Festival of Geelong well advanced

24 August 2015

Located an hour from Melbourne’s CBD, Geelong is recognized as Victoria’s largest regional city. The region’s natural beauty, state-of-the-art infrastructure and the newly renovated and rejuvenated waterfront precinct makes Geelong the perfect city for events of all kinds, but especially those that are water based. Organization... click for more

Horizon introduces new Fast Displacement Motor Yacht

24 August 2015

Horizon Yachts has announced the Horizon FD85 fast displacement motor yacht has been added as a new model to the company’s luxury yacht line-up. Developed by renowned yacht designer Cor D. Rover and Horizon’s in-house naval architecture team, the Horizon FD85 features a vertical bow design, which has been tested with... click for more

Riviera reveals the latest new crossover 575 SUV

24 August 2015

Riviera has announced a versatile addition to its popular crossover collection of sporty and adventurous luxury motor yachts, one that further enhances the marque’s international appeal. The new Riviera 575 SUV will be available with either pod or shaft drives to suit specific geographic and owner requirements – one of the first... click for more

Sunseeker celebrates delivery of 100 luxury yachts over 100'

24 August 2015

Sunseeker International will hold an exclusive celebration at Cannes Yachting Festival to recognise a huge acheivement – the delivery of its 100th luxury performance yacht in the 100ft+ “superyacht” category. Owners and special guests from across the globe will attend a VIP champagne breakfast event on the 9th of September to... click for more

New all-in-one Garmin transducers

21 August 2015

Garmin’s new all-in-one transducers have been specifically designed for the latest range of echoMAP combos and GPSMAP multifunction displays. Eliminating the need to install multiple transducers, the new all-in-one transducers deliver DownVü™ and SideVü™ scanning sonar, along with traditional/CHIRP sonar (depending on... click for more

Survey finds drop in snapper numbers

20 August 2015

Annual surveys by fisheries scientists have suggested snapper spawning success in Port Phillip Bay (Vic) last summer was down on previous years. Fisheries Victoria Executive Director, Travis Dowling, said this was nothing to be alarmed about because natural fluctuations in spawning success were perfectly normal in wild fish... click for more

Waterscape entices at Sydney International Boat Show

19 August 2015

Lighting up the Cockle Bay Marina, Waterscape by Superior was an alluring beacon for visitors to the 2015 Sydney International Boat Show. Waterscape, which has already received a swag of awards, was on show with a stunning 6x6m LED-lit Waterscape pontoon. The 2014 Excellence in Innovation Award at the International Superyacht Society (ISS)... click for more

Record circulation for Club Marine Magazine

19 August 2015

Club Marine, Australia’s market leader in recreational boat insurance, has delightedly announced Club Marine Magazine’s circulation has increased to 92,904 subscribers following the recent Audited Media Association of Australia (AMAA) circulation audit for January to June, 2015. This is Club Marine Magazine’s highest-ever... click for more

Chasing the world’s best fishing with Verado

19 August 2015

Passionate anglers go where the fish are. For most that means moving the boat – for Josh Bruynzeel it meant moving his life. “While I’ve fished since I was five I used to live down south in Mandurah (W.A.) but six years ago I moved up here to Exmouth because these waters have the best fishing that I know of,” Josh... click for more

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