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Shipmate News

15 November 2016

From 12v DC watermakers, illegal shark fishing, tall ships racing, new underwater lights and new trim tab systems; you certainly can’t say we don’t provide variety here at Shipmate News. And that’s just a small part of what’s making marine news from around Australia.

Talk about how time flies, we haven’t even got to the end of this year and already Sanctuary Cove International Boat Show has opened exhibitor applications, as has the Melbourne Boat Show.

And, if you’re into yacht racing, we’ve got the rundown on the inaugural Pittwater to Southport Yacht Race starting on 02 January and details regarding Australia’s biggest celebration of sailing, the Festival of Sails, which will introduce a new Tall Ships series to the 2017 event, with three spectacular tall ships to join in the Melbourne-Geelong Passage Race which marks the official start of the festival.

But that’s only the tip of the iceberg, a couple of interesting articles about illegal fishing, details regarding Australian exporters who are presently exhibiting at METS, the world’s largest marine trade show in Amsterdam, a run down on how Maritimo went in the Offshore Racing World Championships, and a report from Steber about how busy they are with new boat builds and refits, is just a taste of what we have in this edition.

And what have we been up to other than gathering news? I’m glad you asked. We’ve just completed the Victorian print edition of Shipmate Marine Directory – The free recreational boaters essential guide and we’ll be starting the distribution early next month. We’re now turning our attention to the second annual South East Queensland print edition of Shipmate, due to come out next May. If you’re a marine business interested in a free listing, visit the website at www.shipmate.com.au and submit your details. And if you’re interested in advertising, just give us a call and we’ll send you out our Media Kit.

That’s it from me again till next time, so sit back, browse through and enjoy the read.

Cheers, see you out on the water


John Zammit

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Two men facing illegal shark fishing charges

15 Nov 2016

Two men from South Gippsland (Vic) are expected to be charged on summons with illegally taking a grey nurse shark at Corner Inlet Following a short investigation Fisheries Officers from Yarram and Cowes assisted by Victoria Police, executed two search warrants on Sunday 6th November in Koonwarra and Welshpool. Senior Fisheries Officer Joel

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Inaugural Pittwater to Southport Race to rock

15 Nov 2016

Royal Prince Alfred Yacht Club’s inaugural Club Marine Pittwater to Southport Yacht Race, starting January 2, is destined to “rock” when the fleet arrives at Southport Yacht Club, on the Gold Coast. The club has organised “A Night with the Stars” dinner and entertainment extravaganza to welcome the competing

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Rainman now offers 12VDC Portable Watermaker

14 Nov 2016

Rainman Desalination, an Australian designer and manufacturer of desalination systems, is building on its award winning watermaker product line by adding a 12VDC electric system. This complements the existing 230VAC, 115VAC, and petrol (gasoline) powered units. Ron Schroeder, Director of Rainman Desalination, said “We were excited

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Australian innovation and know-how showcased at METS

14 Nov 2016

Australian companies are sure to impress at this year’s 2016 Marine Equipment Trade Show (METS) in Amsterdam. On now (15 - 17 Nov) METS is the world’s largest trade exhibition of equipment, materials and systems for the international marine leisure industry. The Australian pavilion includes a number of first time exhibitors

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Exhibitors invited to 2017 Melbourne Boat Show

14 Nov 2016

In 2017, the Melbourne Boat Show will be celebrating its 57th year of operation and the Boating Industry Assocoation of Victoria want you to be a part of it. The Melbourne Boat Show is the event that attracts both new and seasoned boaters, providing you both with a qualified audience and massive potential to increase your market. It is also

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Volvo Penta expands Interceptor System

13 Nov 2016

Volvo Penta has created additional sized interceptor blades and further software options to expand the Interceptor System 300-1050. The modifications mean that the system, used to trim the boat, now has greater functionality and is available for a wider range of boats. Volvo Penta has added smaller interceptor blades, of 300mm and 450mm, to its

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Murray cod season opens 01 December

13 Nov 2016

The Murray cod fishing season officially opens on Thursday 1 December this year and will be followed on 11 December by Victoria’s first ever conference on the species with anglers. Fisheries Victoria Executive Director, Travis Dowling, said Murray cod are an icon species that continue to grow in popularity amongst sportfishers using lures

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Maritimo on the pace in World Championships

12 Nov 2016

Gold Coast based Maritimo Offshore Racing was running neck and neck with the boat that ultimately won the world championships at the Key West based Superboat World Championships last weekend when a blown steering hose ended their hopes. The team had run fourth in the first day of racing last Wednesday and was travelling well on

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Steber refits in growing demand

11 Nov 2016

The refit business continues it's rapid growth trend at Steber International, for both Steber and non- Steber built vessels. "And the pace quickens as the summer boating season approaches", says general manager, Alan Steber. "Just today we witnessed the departure of a Fairway 36 cruiser and the arrival of a Steber 37 fishing

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Jeanneau Sun Fast 3600 named IRC Boat of the Year

11 Nov 2016

The Jeanneau Sun Fast 3600 has just been named IRC Boat of the Year by the UNCL, “Union Nationale pour la Course au Large." The UNCL judging panel is composed of journalists from a variety of marine media including Couse au Large, Voiles et Voiliers, Voile Magazine, and Seahorse Magazine. This award compliments a season already

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Maritimo capitalises from high Confidence at Fort Lauderdale

11 Nov 2016

Uncertainty in the lead up to the American presidential election did nothing to dampen interest and sales at the Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show, finishing early this week, with iconic Australian luxury cruiser manufacturer, Maritimo, reporting its best results at this year's show. Maritimo had a large display at Fort Lauderdale and

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Exhibitor applications open for Sanctuary Cove Show

11 Nov 2016

More options, expanded precincts and larger pavilions. That's the word from Sanctuary Cove International Boat Show (SCIBS) with the announcenet that SCIBS is accepting exhibitor applications for its 29th running of the show from May 25 to 28, 2017. From November 9, boating and marine companies are invited to get on board for next

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Festival of Sails expands to include Tall Ships

10 Nov 2016

Australia’s biggest celebration of sailing, the Festival of Sails, will introduce a new Tall Ships series to the 2017 event, with three spectacular tall ships to join in the Melbourne-Geelong Passage Race which marks the official start of the festival. The news follows the announcement of British vessel STS Tenacious - the largest

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Innovative new underwater, flood and down lights

07 Nov 2016

Leading marine electronics supplier, Australian Marine Wholesale (AMW), has just released eight new innovative special purpose marine Lumitec LED light designs to their already extensive interior, exterior and underwater marine ranges. AMW managing director Errol Cain, who has visited the Lumitec US design and production facilities

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Abell Point Marina launches new App

06 Nov 2016

Abell Point Marina is set to take customer service for guests and visitors to their marina to another level, by launching their e-concierge service in the form of a marina app. Available through Google and the Apple store, the Stay.Play.Explore app provides unprecedented access to information about the marina, it’s services and the

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Another modification for Wild Oats XI

04 Nov 2016

A year after undergoing dramatic structural surgery, where one-third of her hull was cut off at the bow and replaced with a new and improved section, famous supermaxi Wild Oats XI is to undergo another modification on the eve of the Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race. The new, 11-metre long forward section of the hull has proved to be so efficient

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Third Steber heads for Seychelles resort

03 Nov 2016

A Seychelles Island resort has just purchased it's third Steber-built vessel to add to its growing fleet. Fregate Island Private has purchased the 38ftr as a transfer vessel taking passengers to and from the island to the mainland. It will also be used for game fishing and dive charters and general sightseeing cruises. The vessel's

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Great Sandy Straits Experience

03 Nov 2016

For the 500-strong team at Riviera Australia, it’s always very satisfying to see new families being introduced to the relaxing and rewarding Riviera luxury boating life. It’s inspiring to see them developing their sea legs, gaining new skills and confidence, making new memories and, of course, forging lasting friendships. And so it

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Land Rover drives Sailing World Cup

03 Nov 2016

Sailing World Cup Melbourne has delightedly announced that Land Rover Australia will be 'The Presenting Partner' for the 2016 Sailing World Cup Final held at the iconic St Kilda Sailing Precinct from the 4-11 December, 2016. The Land Rover brand is synonymous with the sport of sailing, from their global partnership with Ben Ainslie

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