15 April 2020

To say this pandemic has caused worldwide mayhem and devastation would be an understatement and, while so far comparatively, our casualties here have been less than many other countries around the world (and our thoughts go out to them), nevertheless, any number is still too many.
Thankfully, our governments have acted swiftly and, most people have, and are, acting responsibly with social distancing and other measures and this appears to be having the desired result with our numbers gradually heading in the right direction.

But while we’re focusing on numbers, it’s worth bearing in mind we’re not just talking statistics, it’s real people, real families, real lives. And it’s not just direct casualties of the virus either; with so many businesses affected, people out of work, the economic issues, not to mention the physical isolation, the effects are far reaching and touch us all. This is the kind of thing many of us could never have imagined. Sort of makes you stop and think... Perhaps even re-assess.
Fortunately, many marine businesses are still operating, but in Victoria, with the current ban on recreational boating and fishing, there is a lot of confusion and concern and the Boating Industry of Victoria is calling on the government to clarify some of the rules and to change others to assist the industry and to bring us into line with other states, more on that below.
Not enough room to go over all the other stuff in this edition, so sit back, browse through and enjoy the read.
Cheers see you out on the water… Soon I hope..
John Zammit


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‘Rent My Boat Berth’ offers a win for owners and cruisers

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Maiden voyage across the Tasman for Riviera 72

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SYC celebrates 75 Years at Sail Paradise Regatta in January

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Early Bird entries are now open for the Gold Coast’s 2021 premier sailing event, the 12th Bartercard Sail Paradise Regatta. Australia’s east coast sailing scene will become even more exciting next summer with the...


Island Gypsy 2-cabin to suit cruising families

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DIY trimaran capturing imaginations worldwide

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Wayne Barrett has been building boats for 50 years, many of them world renowned. His latest venture is a DIY trimaran kit that embodies his half-century of expertise and celebrates...


C-MAP Reveal launched in Australia and NZ

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Perfect for diving and fishing enthusiasts, C-MAP Reveal brings ultra-high resolution bathymetric data of the sea floor to Lowrance, Simrad and B&G Customers. View the sea floor in a completely...


BIAV call to action

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The Boating Industry Association of Victoria has called on the Minister for Fishing and Boating, the Honourable Jaala Pulford to use her influence with Victoria’s Premier and Chief Medical Officer,...


The ideal time for boat maintenance

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These are challenging times for all of us and now is the ideal time to get the boat out of the water and get through all of those maintenance items done...


Riviera launch online Boat Show

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As Riviera marks its 40th anniversary, Australia’s premier luxury motor yacht builder is launching its own Boat Show featuring a limited selection of new, state-of-the-art Riviera and Belize motor yachts...

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