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16 November 2015

Shipmate News 16 November 2016

A warm welcome to Queensland

Welcome to another edition of Shipmate News and a special welcome to those marine businesses in South East Queensland receiving Shipmate News for the first time.

We’ve got another great wrap of what’s making news in the marine world from around Australia with details on new equipment, technology, fishing, new model releases and lots of innovation. Whatever your area of interest relative to boating, I’m sure you’ll find something in this edition.

But just before you get into the news, we’d like to bring you up to date with what we’ve been doing to benefit you, that is, whether you’re a boater or a marine business, anywhere in Australia.

We’ve just completed the 2016 Victorian print edition of Shipmate Marine Directory and it’s currently on the presses. Distribution of the 11th annual edition of this 148 page, pocket size, recreational boaters essential guide, will commence at the end of the month.

The other exciting news is that we’ve commenced preparing a print edition of Shipmate for South East Queensland (SEQ). 10,000 copies of this top quality, pocket wonder, incorporating a complete A-Z of marine trades and services, will be distributed free to boaters in SEQ.

Out in time for the start of the boat Show season in May 2016, Shipmate Marine Directory SEQ print edition incorporates all of the SEQ listings currently available online at And in terms of listings; in the last few weeks we’ve added over 300, in just about every category, the majority of those from the Sunshine State.

If you’re a marine business that supplies, products, trades or services direct to boaters, then visit and submit your listing, it’s free! And if you’re a boater, you’ll find just about anything you’re looking for to make your boating more pleasurable and help keep your pride and joy in tip-top order, that’s all free too!

As well as finding marine trades and services listed by category, now you can filter each category by individual state or region. visit us soon and check the site out for yourself. 

In the meantime, if you’d like any more details regarding any aspect of Shipmate, or if you’d like information regarding advertising opportunities in print or online, give us a call. You can contact me on 0418 587 799 or email; or Harry Davis in Queensland on 0413 375 107 or

That’s it from me for now, so sit back, browse through and enjoy the read.

Cheers, see you out on the water

John Zammit

Australian Marine Wholesale launches free-standing watermakers

15 November 2015

The experienced team at Australian Marine Wholesale (AMW) has just been appointed as the exclusive Australian distributor of the innovative Pacific Light range of high-quality water-makers. Designed for the boat-owner wishing to avoid complex, expensive automated built-in systems without compromising on quality engineering, componentry or... click for more

Beneteau flown from the flagstaff

15 November 2015

Graham Raspass’ Flagstaff Marine is delighted to have been appointed the NSW importer of the magnificent range of Beneteau inboard powerboats. This encompasses the more traditional Antares family cruisers, ever-so-stylish Gran Turismos, along with the dependable, strong and seafaring Swift Trawlers. Rowell Marine, just below the iconic... click for more

FUSION-Link Android Remote Control app

15 November 2015

FUSION®, a worldwide leader in marine audio, has announced the release of a new platform for its FUSION-Link Remote Control app. The app now allows for Bluetooth® control of compatible FUSION marine entertainment systems directly from Android mobile devices. Designed for smartphones and tablets, once it is downloaded the FUSION-Link... click for more

Coalition supports end of commercial netting in the bay

15 November 2015

The Liberal-Nationals Coalition in Victoria will support the Fisheries Amendment Bill 2015, but will move one amendment to bring forward the date to end netting in Corio Bay. The proposed Bill schedules the phase-out of commercial net fishing in Melbourne's Port Phillip Bay by April 2022 and Corio Bay by April 2018. Leader of... click for more

Survitec Group Acquires Survival Offshore Systems

15 November 2015

Survitec Group, a global leader in the manufacture, supply, inspection, testing and maintenance of safety and survival equipment, has today announced the acquisition of Survival Offshore Systems, headquartered in Port Melbourne, (Vic) The acquisition forms part of Survitec’s key growth strategies, expanding its service station footprint by... click for more

Extra trout stockings boost fishing opportunities

15 November 2015

Nearly 28,000 extra trout will be stocked into four Victorian lakes to boost freshwater fishing opportunities and encourage newcomers to wet a line this spring. Fisheries Victoria Executive Director, Travis Dowling, said all of the rainbow trout and brown trout would be catchable size, weighing between 200 grams and 1kg each when... click for more

Introducing the Horizon E56 XO

15 November 2015

With the high demand for a sports style motor yacht Horizon Australia has worked closely with the Horizon Group in Taiwan for over 12 months to create a luxurious sport style yacht perfect for the Australian market. The design has developed from the Horizon E56 model which has taken the world by storm since its introduction to the Horizon range... click for more

Largest model ever launched at the show

15 November 2015

Sunseeker International will launch the eagerly anticipated 131 Yacht at the London Boat Show 2016. At 131 feet (40 metres) it will be the largest model ever to make its debut in London, and will appear alongside a stunning collection of other Sunseeker models ranging from 50 feet upwards. The groundbreaking new 131 Yacht takes... click for more

Garmin Marine 2016 – it’s your time

10 November 2015

Garmin has another massive year planned for 2016, with several new product ranges announced at the Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show over the weekend. Garmin’s latest marine products are expected to hit our shores early in the New Year. Here’s a sneak peek of just some of what’s coming… Striker™ series:... click for more

Paper, Ruler, Dividers... And Pantaenius

10 November 2015

Unlike, Paper, Rock, Scissors, this is no game and literally, utterly deadly serious. The following is actually about more traditional forms of navigation and your obligations as a skipper. It is the definitive statement in the great digital versus analogue debate. GPS and Chartplotters have been a tremendous development aiding in both the... click for more

Riviera's new 5400 Sport Yacht – The Spirit of Excellence

9 November 2015

Riviera Australia’s spirit of excellence in the field of luxury motor yacht design will be clearly evident in the inspiring new addition to its stylish and sophisticated Sport Yacht collection that was trumpeted at Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show. The brand-new 5400 design will set a new standard for luxury single-level living,... click for more

Races offer spectacular tropical holiday prizes

9 November 2015

Southport Yacht Club, on the Gold Coast, and its principal sponsor, Bartercard, will be offering two spectacular prizes for the Coffs to Paradise race, then the Sail Paradise series, both scheduled for January 2016. The prizes are two seven-night holiday packages at exciting tropical destinations in the Pacific – Fiji’s Taveuni... click for more

Broughtons on the Bay opens at Port Stephens

8 November 2015

d'Albora Marinas is Australia’s largest marina group in Australia with seven first class marinas along the east coast, offering a range of berths for over 1400 boats, boat storage and marine services. d'Albora's Nelson Bay Marina, a two and a half hour drive from the Sydney CBD, in the popular holiday destination of Port... click for more

1950’s Innovation recognized by Marina Recreation Association

6 November 2015

Bellingham Marine’s Unifloat concrete floating dock system, which was first patented in the 50’s, has been recognized by the Marina Recreation Association as a historical innovation that has had a substantial impact on the modern marina industry. The Marina Recreation Association, an association of marina owners and operators... click for more

World’s biggest catamaran visits Whitsundays

5 November 2015

The world’s largest catamaran fits perfectly into a Queensland marina, which has been dredged and upgraded to provide superyacht facilities in the heart of the Whitsundays and Great Barrier Reef, a region which is attracting a growing number of superyachts The 44-metre luxury catamaran S/Y Hemisphere, with a 16.6metre beam has been... click for more

Emergency food and water survival kits

4 November 2015

Ever thought about how you’d sustain yourself till help arrived in an emergency situation at sea, or at least until you were able to better your situation? Whether it is the trip of a lifetime cruising around Australia, living in a fire prone remote area or travelling around the country on a regular or irregular basis, you should be... click for more

Sunraysia Marine, Quintrex Vic and Tas Dealer of the Year

4 November 2015

Sunraysia Marine, located in Mildura, has won Quintrex Victoria and Tasmania Dealer of the Year for 2015. Impressively, this is the third year in a row they have won the award, which has never been done before. Sunraysia Marine was established in 1985 and is a well-known marine dealership with success built on offering quality... click for more

Superior seeking distributors at METS

3 November 2015

The Superior Group will exhibit at this year’s METSTRADE event in Amsterdam, the largest B2B exhibition of its kind at the forefront of the industry for three decades. Superior CEO, John Hogan will attend METS again this year, 17 to 19 November, with the range of Waterscape furniture on display in the Superior stand 11.724, along with... click for more

Unique transport option for Captains and crew

2 November 2015

Superyacht Australia is offering a unique giveaway for captains and crew during the Ft Lauderdale International Boat show. Two Superyacht Australia branded MICRO Scooters will be given away to two lucky captains or crew members who visit the Superyacht Australia stand during the show. Superyacht Australia will give away a MICRO White... click for more

Exhibitor applications open for 2016 Marine Expo

2 November 2015

Applications to exhibit at the 2016 Gold Coast International Marine Expo are now open to the wider marine industry, with marina and display precinct sites and indoor pavilion displays already in strong demand from past exhibitors. Event & Marketing Manager Emma Milne said the successful Expo’s first right of refusal period for existing... click for more

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