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15 March 2017

The boat show season kicks off this week

Well here we go, just two days to the opening of the boat show season with the Gold Coast International Boat Show & Marine Expo kicking off this Friday. With something like 600 boats on display and 230 exhibitors, it’s shaping up to be a great show.

The location is the Gold Coast City Marina & Shipyard and the Riviera and Telwater factories within the Gold Coast Marine Precinct. The precinct, home to some of Australia’s largest boat manufacturing plants and shipyards, is also a major marine industrial area and provides visitors an opportunity to witness and experience a ‘behind the scenes’ view of Australia’s diverse marine industry.

And running in conjunction with the show is Riviera’s Festival of Boating. This unique festival is hard to describe in that it’s part boat show, part entertainment, part educational, but it’s all extremeley interesting and a fantastic experience for boaters of all levels. The educational workshops alone (all 39 of them) are informative, interesting, suit all levels of seamanship and boating knowledge and presented by trainers with a wealth of boating wisdom and experience.

All in all, the Gold Coast is certainly the place to be this weekend and I’ll be heading up for a look around so, if you see me there, please stop and say hi.

Of course, the boat show is not the only news this week. Quite a lot happening around the country, including the declaration of exclusion zones at the Portarlington Safe Harbor development in Victoria, news that Pantaenius Insurance has signed on again as a major sponsor of the ASMEX conference, the announcement of a new high-tech Superstore opened by Australian Marine Wholesale, (Errol Cain) at the Boat Works in Coomera (another great shipyard with world class facilities) and the appointment of well known industry veteran John Temple as the new CEO for the Boating Industry Association of Victoria.

But that’s still only just scratching the surface in terms of what’s making news, so sit back, browse through and enjoy the read.

Cheers, see you out on the water

John Zammit

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Portarlington Safe Harbour exclusion zones

14 Mar 2017

In a Notice to Mariners No. 095(T)– 2017 issued at Melbourne on 14 March 2017, mariners are advised of two new Construction Exclusion Zones that have been declared at the Portarlington Safe Harbor development. Demolition works are being conducted for the existing timber finger jetty (east), and the existing timber wharf (west) and the

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Pantaenius making their mark in Australia

14 Mar 2017

The Australian International Marine Export Group, organizers of the Australian Marine Export and Superyacht Industry Conference (ASMEX) are excited to be working with global superyacht insurance provider Pantaenius Sail and Motor Yacht Insurance for the 7th edition of this leading marine industry conference. The conference will run from the 22 -

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Boater’s bonanza ready to set sail on the Gold Coast

14 Mar 2017

A massive $150 million marine showcase – Queensland’s biggest boat show – sets sail on the Gold Coast next Friday with a record Fleet of Firsts and more diverse marine displays than ever. Organisers of the Gold Coast International Boat Show & Marine Expo have spent the past week creating additional exhibitor space for

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Riviera Premieres 5400 Sport Yacht at Singapore Yacht Show

14 Mar 2017

Australia’s Riviera will proudly showcase its hallmark luxury and superior owner enjoyment of motor yachts at Singapore Yacht Show from 6-9 April 2017. Making her Asia Premiere at ONE°15 Marina Club, Sentosa Cove will be the very stylish Spirit of Excellence – Riviera 5400 Sport Yacht – while the supremely seaworthy

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Whitehaven launch Bella Sky

14 Mar 2017

A brand new vessel has joined the Whitehaven Motor Yachts family. The custom built 6000 Flybridge “Bella Sky”, was launched in Sydney last week at an event for over 120 people hosted by friend of the brand, Sylvia Jeffreys. Bella Sky is the latest custom-built motor yacht to land in Australia, designed in partnership with the owners

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Marina works completed in 60 days after permit delays

13 Mar 2017

After permit delays held up construction, Bellingham Marine took less than 60 days from start to finish, to complete important works at Port Macquarie Marina, ensuring the facility was able to open its new dock in time for the busy holiday season Port Macquarie Marina is located on the mid-north coast of New South Wales in calm waters on the

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Garmin’s new VHF marine radio series

13 Mar 2017

Garmin’s powerful VHF 110i and VHF 210i AIS marine radios have been designed for both OEM and aftermarket applications. Featuring an updated industrial design and sleek aesthetics, the VHF radios were built to complement the stylish design of Garmin’s latest GPSMAP chartplotters and multi-function displays (MFDs), and offer full

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Super new home for high-tech gear

13 Mar 2017

Australian Marine Wholesale director, Errol Cain is poised to toast the opening of his bigger and better Superstore, still at The Boat Works on the Gold Coast's Coomera Marine Precinct, but five times the size! “We have outgrown our previous location, driven by customer demand, the addition of new products and an increase in

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Outraged onlookers report alleged calamari thieves

13 Mar 2017

Outraged onlookers called Fisheries’ 24 hour reporting line several times as they watched a man and woman allegedly take almost four times the legal limit of calamari at Mornington (Vic) Pier yesterday. The callers told the 13-FISH line the couple had been fishing at the pier since early on Thursday morning. The reports suggested the

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Melbourne's most beautiful boats on display, ready to sail away

13 Mar 2017

The 2017 Melbourne Docklands Boat Expo is on again this month on 25th and 26th March. Come and experience the lifestyle, see some of melbourne's most beautiful boats on display and ready to sail away. This is the second on-water boat Expo to be held in Melbourne’s Docklands catering specifically to people who are in the market, or soon

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Anglers welcome new jetty at Clifton Springs

12 Mar 2017

Recreational anglers can now safely wet a line from a new jetty at Clifton Springs (Vic) thanks to $250,000 in funding from the Andrews Labor Government’s Target One Million plan. Previously there had been 2 wooden piers at the Clifton Springs boat ramp that were in a state of dis-repair and starting to fall down. A new jetty had been long

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Mercury Racing’s most powerful engine

11 Mar 2017

Producing an astounding 1,750 horsepower, it’s the most powerful engine ever produced by Mercury Racing. The new QC4v 1750 Competition sterndrive – released at the Miami international Boat Show – is a racer’s dream, offering massive torque for unmatched acceleration and top-end speeds. Designed, developed and

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Qld's largest display of multihulls set to inspire

08 Mar 2017

Catering to the bluewater cruising, performance, charter and liveaboard buyers, multihulls are back in numbers at this year’s Sanctuary Cove International Boat Show, playing host to the largest display of multihulls in Queensland from May 25 to 28. Boasting stability, volume and ease of use, multihulls have seen a rapid surge in popularity

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Airlie Beach Race Week entries open with Top Gun first in

08 Mar 2017

Online entry is open and the Notice of Race online for Whitsunday Sailing Club’s 2017 Airlie Beach Race Week Festival of Sailing to be held from 10 to 17 August in the beautiful Whitsundays. No sooner had WSC opened entries on the official race website, than Darren Drew had entered Top Gun, his Crowther 50 catamaran from

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Temple Appointed as New BIAV Chief Executive

07 Mar 2017

The Boating Industry Association of Victoria (BIAV) has today announced the appointment of John Temple as its new Chief Executive Officer. Temple, who had been driving the association’s Life’s Better With A Boat initiative, was engaged to fill the role of interim CEO and following the election of a new BIAV board, he has now been

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Survitec Signs to Supply RAN Personal Survival Systems

07 Mar 2017

Officers and crew serving in Royal Australian Navy (RAN) vessels the world over will be better equipped than ever thanks to the supply and support of Personal Abandonment Lifejacketand Suits engineered to meet RAN requirements, from Survitec Group. The supply contract signed on behalf of the RAN by Capability Acquisition and Sustainment Group

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TopYacht moves with the times in new venture with Savage Bull

07 Mar 2017

Since 1997 TopYacht Software has been a pivotal part of the sailing community in Australia, providing innovative entrant and results management software solutions and in keeping with modern times, on the eve of the company’s 20th anniversary, Rob McCubbin has announced a new joint venture with digital development agency, Savage Bull.

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There is always something to learn…

07 Mar 2017

By John Curnow Did you know that Marlins have a gland near their eye that secrets a special oil that is thought to make them even more slippery through the water? Until about a year ago, no one did! Also, did you know that the Oceanic White Tip Shark has special sensory structures in its head that act like a natural GPS utilising the

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Superyacht Queensland invigorates committee

07 Mar 2017

With the many issues currently facing the Queensland Superyacht industry, Superyacht Australia has reinvigorated the Superyacht Queensland committee to ensure it has the support, experience, industry knowledge and skills needed to drive the industry. MaryAnne Edwards CEO Superyacht Australia said “It is important we have a strong and

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Successful Sydney Harbour Regatta wraps up for another year

05 Mar 2017

More rain and confusing conditions on the final day of the annual Sydney Harbour Regatta, hosted by Middle Harbour Yacht Club, but in the end, those who could run the gamut of conditions succeeded. Among the 21 divisions and 226 competitors was world-famous American yachtsman, Paul Cayard, who was at the helm of Karl Kwok’s

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Jam Packed 4x4 Outdoors Show, Fishing & Boating Expo

03 Mar 2017

Outdoors industry leader, Dometic, has been announced as the sponsor of the popular Waeco CFX Outback Stage once again at the National 4x4 Outdoors Show, Fishing & Boating Expo, scheduled for 31 March-2 April at the Brisbane Showgrounds. The premier provider of portable fridges and freezers has now been participating in the Show for

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