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30 September 2015

Shipmate News 01 October 2015

New legislation targets boating segment

To me it always feels like summer has arrived when daylight savings starts and apart from QLD, NT and WA, for the rest of us, it starts this Sunday when clocks go forward an hour.

For me, and many others, that extra hour of daylight means there’s so much more time after work to do things like getting out on the boat. We often just cruise out of an evening, drop the pick and have dinner out on the water, just off any one of a number of local beaches. Ahh yes! Summer’s almost here.

And now to Shipmate News and another big edition with a good mix of news from right around the country, but what seems to be upsetting NSW boaters is the NSW Government’s decision to make last minute amendments to Government Bills about parking of boat trailers on public streets.

In a statement put out by the BIA of NSW and SA they state that it’s totally unnecessary, introduces red tape and is discriminatory against recreational boating. They believe it could act as a real negative for those who wish to pursue the boating lifestyle.

They’ve labeled it “shambolic legislation introduced to appease a minority of Sydney Council, taking away the rights of boat owners to park registered boat trailers. The way this has been handled is equivalent to ex-Premier Bob Carr’s banning of PWC on Sydney Harbour. Both acts are pure nonsense and should be reversed.”

The legislation provides councils with the power to direct that boat trailers be moved on or impounded after being parked on the street, in the same place, for a period of time and originally that was to be 3 months. The amendments bring that down to 28 days in declared areas and after 15 days notice has been given to the owner. Trailer owners must move at least as far as a different section of the road, past the next intersection.

Councils and other impounding authorities can opt in to the new measures for all or part of their area of operations. Where they opt in, the strengthened powers won’t apply in the case of a boat trailer parked on a road in accordance with an official residential parking permit. And that, says the BIA, smells a bit like “a revenue raising opportunity for Councils and discriminatory enforcement.”

But while that has a large number of NSW boaters up in arms that’s not the only thing making news at the moment and in this jam packed edition, we cover almost every aspect of boating from right around the country and even NZ with a wrap up of the Auckland Boat Show. So, sit back, browse through and enjoy the read.

Cheers, see you out on the water

John Zammit

Extreme Sailing set to thrill in Sydney

29 September 2015

Spectacular sailing is coming to Sydney Harbour when the final Act of the global 2015 Extreme Sailing Series™ presented by Land Rover is staged from 10-13 December 2015. What’s On - Extreme Sailing Series™ · Friday 11 December – Sunday 13 December... click for more

Buyers flock to Auckland On Water Boat Show

29 September 2015

Boats, big and small, and all the relevant accompaniments – engines or sails, anchors and winches, dinghies and navigation equipment – have been selling at a rate of knots at this year’s Auckland On Water Boat Show. The four day event – New Zealand’s largest on-water boat show – wrapped up on Sunday, 27... click for more

Maritimo in countdown for World Championships

29 September 2015

Australian luxury cruiser manufacturer Maritimo’s specialist race team, Maritimo Offshore Racing, is on the countdown to the upcoming 34th annual Super Boat International Key West World Offshore Powerboat Championships, starting on November 8 this year, with its state-of-the-art race boat leaving for the USA this... click for more

Garmin autopilot sets the standard

29 September 2015

Designed to be mounted just about anywhere and in any orientation, Garmin’s GHP Reactor autopilot series sets the standard for performance, ease-of-use and safety. The GHP Reactor’s unprecedented performance is the result of Garmin engineers integrating a new solid-state nine-axis attitude and heading reference system (AHRS) that... click for more

New Appointment to Marina Industries Association

29 September 2015

The Marina Industries Association (MIA) has announced the appointment of James Burbury to the Board of the MIA, the peak industry body for the marina industries across the Asia Pacific region. James is the Managing Director Burbury Consulting: a Tasmanian-based specialist engineering and project management company that provides services... click for more

Superior revives Chowder Bay Wharf

29 September 2015

Superior recently designed and built a pontoon for heritage-listed Chowder Bay Wharf and tenant, Sydney Institute of Marine Sciences (SIMS). The upgrade works included the extensive replacement of dilapidated wharf piles and decking timbers, as well as the installation of a new steel pile system on the wharf’s western facade to safely... click for more

Lee Rayner ‘Stoked’ with his new Mercury's

29 September 2015

Mercury FourStroke 115hp Command Thrust outboards; faster hole shot, better fuel consumption, more torque. That’s why high-profile fishing expert Lee Rayner is more than happy with the twin Mercury 115hp FourStroke Command Thrust outboards on his new six metre Evolution 600 Extreme. “I nearly peed my pants when I went for a... click for more

From Monaco, Cannes, Newport to Auckland, Maritimo turning heads

29 September 2015

Australian luxury cruiser manufacturer Maritimo has made a splash around the world in the past week with boat lovers from the prestigious Monaco Yacht Show, the Newport International Boat Show and the Auckland International Boat Show impressed with the latest models from the Gold Coast based company. And the three shows at the weekend follow hot... click for more

Wyndham Harbour Bay Day

28 September 2015

Melbourne's newest marina, Wyndham Harbour, is offering boaters a great opportunity to meet and support your local Coast Guard, learn more about the local area and get to know other like minded boaters. On Sunday 01November you're invited to the first of three Bay Day events exploring the western side of beautiful Port ... click for more

Two new Steber vessels for Marine Rescue

28 September 2015

Steber International will start construction almost immediately on two NSW Marine Rescue vessels following contract signing in Sydney. The first of the two Steber 38s will be based at Port Stephens and the second at Port Macquarie, replacing an existing Steber 34 after about 15 years service. General manager, Alan Steber said both vessels... click for more

JV Marine & BCF Giant Expo

28 September 2015

Its on again! Australia’s largest marine dealership JV Marine World and BCF (boating, camping & fishing) are joining forces once again to put on a giant 3 day EXPO Sale from 16 - 18 October. JV Marine and BCF’s EXPO Sale has become an annual event on the marine industry calendar and continues to grow in scale and stature.... click for more

New Docks from Bellingham at Miami International Boat Show

24 September 2015

Bellingham Marine, world renowned dock designer and marina builder, has been awarded a contract by the National Marine Manufacturers Association (NMMA), to provide over 116,000 square feet of timber docks for the 2016 Progressive Insurance Miami International Boat Show at its new venue, Miami Marine Stadium Park and Basin, in Miami, Florida,... click for more

New Australian marine radio qualification announced

24 September 2015

Are you a boater who uses a VHF marine radio in Australian Territorial Waters (within 12 nautical miles of the coast)? You’re now able to apply for a more appropriate marine radio qualification—the Australian Waters Qualification (AWQ)—which the ACMA recently approved for inclusion in the marine radio class licence. While all... click for more

Winter Weekend on magnificent Moreton Bay

23 September 2015

Fresh clean air blew over the transoms as a fleet of Rivieras cruised north from the Gold Coast for the annual R Marine Jones Winter Weekend. Like the fabled Pied Piper, the Riviera 51 Enclosed Flybridge Riv1 led the R Marine Jones fleet and was joined by a flotilla of 15 motor yachts which passed Calypso Bay, Horizon Shores and Brisbane... click for more

Wild trout conference approaching fast

23 September 2015

Recreational anglers wanting to learn more about Victoria’s stream trout populations are being reminded to register for the free wild trout conference to be held in Mansfield on Saturday 21 November. Fisheries Victoria Executive Director, Travis Dowling, said that seats were still available for the one day conference, which would assemble... click for more

Gold Coast Marine Expo finalist in event awards

23 September 2015

The growing Gold Coast International Marine Expo – entering its sixth year – has now opened an initial offering of exhibitor space for 2016’s massive marine showcase of all things aquatic. It’s remarkably impeccable timing for ‘the boat show with so much more’ – the innovative Expo has just been named as... click for more

Late entry fee waived for Yachting NSW Youth Championships

23 September 2015

Georges River 16’ Skiff Sailing Club on Sydney’s Botany Bay will host one of the largest youth sailing regattas in the country, the Yachting NSW Youth Championships, over the October long weekend, 3-5, 2015. The club’s proximity to Sydney’s main hub plus the vast area of land and ideal beach for launching onto the flat... click for more

Riviera launches recruitment drive

23 September 2015

Growing international and domestic demand for Riviera’s world-class luxury motor yachts has stimulated a new recruitment drive at Australia’s 2015 Marine Industry Exporter of the Year based at Coomera in Queensland. With a growing forward order bank for many of the marque’s impressive new models, Australia’s largest and... click for more

Australians showcasing at Monaco Yacht Show

22 September 2015

Superyacht Australia will be showcasing the best of Australian products and services at the 2015 Monaco Yacht Show. Superyacht Australia have ensured a good cross section of industry will be present to promote and profile the capability of the Australian Superyacht Industry and promoting Australia & the South Pacific as an idyllic cruising... click for more

Discover Sailing at Melbourne Docklands

21 September 2015

Melbourne families will be given the opportunity to discover the world of sailing for free on Sunday 18 October, as part of Yachting Victoria’s 2015 Discover Sailing Experience. The day running out of Melbourne City Marina in Melbourne’s Docklands precinct will proceed from 9:30am to 4:00pm. The experience is organised by Yachting... click for more

Antifoul coating that earns money as you cruise

20 September 2015

International Paint, an AzkoNobel subsidiary, is working with The Gold Standard Foundation and the FReMCo Group, to allow ships and superyachts with Intersleek hull coating to earn tradable carbon credits by the amount of emission reductions they achieve. Carbon credits are units of measurement where one credit represents the removal... click for more

Marks Point Marina gets a makeover

20 September 2015

The marina at Marks Point has finally been brought into the modern era with a major overhaul just completed. Conveniently located on the Eastern shores of beautiful Lake Macquarie (NSW) on the northern side of busy Belmont Bay, Marks point Marina was established in the 1950's. The major revamp has seen the old and tired timber jetties... click for more

Tenders called for Portarlington Safe Harbour

17 September 2015

The Victorian Government is calling for tenders to deliver a major component of the $15 million Portarlington Safe Harbour development on the Bellarine Peninsula. Member for Bellarine and Minister for Environment, Climate Change and Water, Lisa Neville said the next stage of the development would include the construction of two rock breakwaters,... click for more

Festival of Sails’ cruising beauty

17 September 2015

One of the earliest entries for the Festival of Sails 2016 is the brand new Bordeaux 60 that made its stunning debut at Hamilton Island Race Week last month. Chris Barlow, a member of Sandringham Yacht Club located across Port Phillip’s vast bay from Festival host Royal Geelong Yacht Club, will turn plenty of heads as he did in the... click for more

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