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17 October 2016

Another information packed edition of Shipmate News this week and heading up this edition, some timely advice about antifouling – separating fact from fiction.

David Harvey, Australian & NZ Marine Manager of PPG Protective & Marine Coatings, takes us through a Q&A of all you need to know about the ‘black art’ (well mostly black) of antifouling your boat.

But as usual, that’s just the start. Airlie Beach is well and truly gearing up for some serious fun in November with the Airlie Beach Festival of Music and Abell Point Marina have put together a fabulous package for boaters across the whole month. The package includes a full calendar of boating and social events, discounts on berthing, food and entertainment and of course, the promise of warm sunshine, beautiful sunsets and amazing beaches.

Another interesting note from Fusion Entertainment announcing that their Stereoactive' purpose-built floating portable watersports stereo was selected as the 'Coolest Product of the Show' at the 2016 Global Paddlesport Trade Show – PADDLE Expo.

And my, how time flys, here we are already talking about 2017, with the Australian Marine Export and Superyacht Industry Conference (ASMEX) announcing that ASMEX 2017 will return to Sanctuary Cove for its 7th edition, partnered by the Sanctuary Cove International Boat Show.

And, speaking of shows, an article below about the Riviera Festival of Boating which has been formally acknowledged for excellence as Queensland’s Best Corporate Event for 2016. And while we’re on the subject of festivals, entries are open and dates announced for the 2017 Festival of Sails and Grand Prix, to be held in Geelong (Vic) in January next year.

Coming up later this month is ‘Discover Boating Week’ and Australia’s first ever ‘Gone fishing Day’ and you’ll find details on those below, as well as the usual raft of new and improved boats, new facilities and other marine news and events from around the country.

Finally, just a quick final reminder for those businesses with a free listing in Shipmate Marine Directory; please visit the website at www.shipmate.com.au and check your listing. We have started our download for the Victorian annual print edition so, please let us know urgently if you require any changes.

That’s it from me again this time, please sit back, browse through and enjoy the read.

Cheers, see you out on the water

John Zammit

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Antifouling - separating fact from fiction

15 Oct 2016

David Harvey is the Australian & New Zealand Marine Manager of PPG Protective & Marine Coatings and here he provides an insight into antifouling and attempts seperate the facts from fiction. By David Harvey Do you keep your boat permanently in the water? If yes, then you probably take your boat out of the water on a regular

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Riviera apprentices awarded for excellence

14 Oct 2016

Riviera’s strong commitment to the future of the Australian marine industry continues to be recognised and rewarded through the outstanding achievements of its high-performing apprentices. There are now some 50 apprentices learning their trades and honing their skills at the world-class Riviera facility on Australia’s Gold Coast, a

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Airlie Comes Alive!

14 Oct 2016

As the spring weather warms up and the gentle sea breezes lap the Whitsunday coast, Airlie Beach comes alive with the sounds of music. The Airlie Beach Festival of Music is back and bigger than ever with headline acts such as Tim Finn (Crowded House), Troy Cassar Daley and Daryl Braithwaite to name a few, this is a weekend of music not to be

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Coolest product of the Show

14 Oct 2016

Fusion® Entertainment, who claim the title of the worldwide leader in marine audio engineering, has proudly announced today that its 'Stereoactive' purpose-built floating portable watersports stereo was selected as the Coolest Product of the Show in the paddlesports accessory category at the 2016 Global Paddlesport Trade Show –

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SCIBS return as Partners for ASMEX 2017

14 Oct 2016

The Australian International Marine Export Group, organizers of the Australian Marine Export and Superyacht Industry Conference (ASMEX) are excited to announce that ASMEX 2017 will return to Sanctuary Cove for its 7th edition partnered by loyal supporter and sponsor, the Sanctuary Cove International Boat Show (SCIBS). The conference will run

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New vessel launch welcome addition to Gold Coast Waterways

13 Oct 2016

The Gold Coast cruising scene has been revitalised with the addition of a brand new vessel to the city’s magnificent waterways. Local company Wyndham Cruises has officially launched its multi-million-dollar, purpose-built dining vessel aptly named the ‘Spirit of Elston’. Wyndham Cruises general manager Dean Griffin said

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Discover Boating Week

13 Oct 2016

Discover Boating Week returns in 2016 from Saturday 15th – Sunday 23rd October with the view to educating Australians on the benefits of getting into the recreational boating lifestyle. Australia has 1 million registered vessels and 2 million Aussies hold a boat drivers licence. Each of these already understand, enjoy and regularly get out

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Game & Leisure partners with Viking Yachts

13 Oct 2016

Graham McCloy and the team from leading big boat retailer, Game & Leisure Boats, have excitedly announced that world renowned game boat manufacturer Viking Yachts has chosen Game & Leisure Boats as their Dealer for Australia and the South Pacific. The legendary Viking range will offer the local game fishing market a leading range

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Cobalt focus on Australian growth strategy

13 Oct 2016

One of the world's most successful family boat manufacturers, Cobalt, based in Kansas in the USA, has partnered with a new distributor to grow its presence and dealer network in Australia. Cobalt Australia, owned by Brett Thurley, will oversee the branding, marketing, dealer appointments and boat show strategy for Cobalt Australia wide

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Festival of Sails entries open and Grand Prix dates decided

13 Oct 2016

Entry to a very different 2017 Festival of Sails, presented by Rex Gorell Land Rover, is open following the release of the much-anticipated Notice of Race which outlines the new dates and additions such as a separate Off-The-Beach (OTB) and Trailable boat series. The core sailing component of the 2017 Festival of Sails regatta will be staged

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Wet & dry storage specials at St Kilda Marina

13 Oct 2016

It's a hive of activity at St Kilda Marina (Vic) with the start of the Snapper season and they're offering boaters a special berthing deal. For just $100 per week, boaters and fishermen can gain an insight into the Marina lifestyle by renting a 22' - 24' water berth over the summer months. Some of the benefits of having short

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Premieres from Riviera at US Power Boat Show

13 Oct 2016

Australia’s favorite and most-awarded luxury motor yacht builder, Riviera, has announced two model Premieres as part of an alluring showcase for the United States Power Boat Show in Annapolis from 13-16 October 2016. On display for the first time in Maryland, USA will be two impressive examples from Riviera’s very stylish Sport Yacht

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Rivergate ramps up with 24/7 fuel access

12 Oct 2016

Catering to rising demand for 24/7 access to fuel, Rivergate Marina and Shipyard has introduced 24-hour payment facilities at its fuel dock, saving customers time and ensuring their on-water safety. The new system operates under an easy swipe and go process and includes payment facilities for Eftpos, as well as Visa and

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Festival of Boating awarded Qld’s Best Corporate Event

12 Oct 2016

The 2016 Riviera Festival of Boating has been formally acknowledged for excellence as Queensland’s Best Corporate Event. This year’s festival of fun and learning was the largest and most comprehensive ever staged at the home of Riviera on Australia’s Gold Coast, attracting over 1000 registrants from around Australia and the

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Australia's first ever Gone Fishing Day

11 Oct 2016

Australia's first ever Gone Fishing Day is on! And NSW DPI is running a host of events to mark this great initiative! Gone Fishing Day is aimed at getting all Australians out on the water to celebrate our love of fishing. It doesn't matter if you haven't fished before or if you're the keenest of anglers, Gone Fishing

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Flying the Aussie flag in Fort Lauderdale

10 Oct 2016

The upcoming Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show will see Australia's luxury cruiser manufacturer, Maritimo, make its presence felt in a big way. Maritimo will have a large display at Fort Lauderdale with the M51, M54, M64 and M70 cruising motoryachts on show and its dealer partners from the Caribbean, South America, Europe, the Tri

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Chaparral teams up with Wanaka Marine

06 Oct 2016

Chaparral Boats has appointed long established South Island dealer, Wanaka Marine as the New Zealand representative for its range of U.S built sports boats. Chaparral offer 40 different models ranging from, 18 foot entry level bow riders up to 33 foot diesel sports cruisers, with everything in between. Ian Brown, dealer principal

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