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01 March 2017

There is no doubt that the older you get the faster time slips by and it seems with less than the blink of an eye it's already March and officially the start of Autumn.

I'm a power boater and while I enjoy getting out on a sail boat occasionally, I must admit, I like the idea of just getting on board, turning a key and heading off. Of course, I always check the weather beforehand, but for me, wind speed and direction is all about staying safe, and of course being able to get in and out of my berth, so the less wind, the better as far as I'm concerned.

I'm fortunate too in that my partner loves boating as much as I do, so it's something we enjoy doing together, often with friends on board, in fact we seem to entertain on our boat more so than we do at home these days. But boats are like that, especially so if you're on a marina, the social aspect of boating seems to bring out the best in people. But coming back to Autumn, it's my favourite boating time of the year, not only because we still get great weather, but we don't seem to get as much of the wind as we do in summer.

And while today is still only Wednesday, I'm already looking forward to the weekend. With the Air Show on in Melbourne over the weekend and a forecast 10-15kn south easterly on Port Phillip, we're thinking we might head out across the bay, drop the pick off Avalon Airfield, kick back with some nice food and refreshments and watch an awesome display. That's Autumn, that's boating!

And now to Shipmate News and a packed edition once again from right around the country with something for everyone, so sit back, browse through and enjoy the read.

Cheers, see you out on the water

John Zammit

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Experienced professionals join AIMEX

28 Feb 2017

The Australian International Marine Export Group (AIMEX) have announced the appointment of Denis Maher, ACMG Business Development Manager, and Denis Holtgrefe, Operations Manager, who join the AIMEX team this month. Due to the growth of AIMEX, now representing 3 marine industry sectors, these appointments are designed to strengthen the AIMEX

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Maritime hub makes a splash in Fairfield

27 Feb 2017

Leading marine dealer and one of Australia's oldest chandleries, CH Smith Marine has opened the doors to its new super-showroom in Fairfield (Vic). The retailer is set to continue its long history of helping others who love their boating and fishing, with the new store that's bigger and better than ever before. The new showroom carries

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Kohler kick starts major new network in Australia

27 Feb 2017

Kohler Power Systems has appointed a new partner to lead distribution of its marine generators across Australia. The new partner, Stella Systems, has bases in Brisbane and the Gold Coast, and will be collaborating with a range of dealer partners across the rest of the country to support Kohler marine generators. Stella Systems is currently actively

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Crockford takes over as new President of BIA Victoria

27 Feb 2017

The Boating Industry Association of Victoria (BIAV) has elected Mark Crockford as its President for 2016-2018, at its board of management meeting held on 23 February 2017 at Marine House. “I’m both overwhelmed by my appointment as President and the confidence placed on me by my fellow board of directors,” said newly elected

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Volvo wins Innovation Award for Joystick for shaft drives

27 Feb 2017

The National Marine Manufacturers Association (NMMA) in the US and Boating Writers International (BWI) have presented Volvo Penta with a 2017 Innovation Award for the Volvo Penta Joystick for Inboard. It is the first and only joystick for twin inboard shaft installations that includes both docking and driving modes, and integrates all five

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First collaboration for Sydney City Marine and Damen

27 Feb 2017

Sydney City Marine has completed its first maintenance docking of a Damen vessel since the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with Damen Shipyards Group last year. The works signify the successful cooperation between Damen Services in the Netherlands, the Damen Service Hub in Brisbane and Sydney City Marine. The vessel in question

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Coast Guard Redcliffe saving lives with new Mercury Verados

27 Feb 2017

Redcliffe Coastguard’s primary rescue vessel is back in the water and keeping people safe in and around Moreton Bay, with a pair of brand new Mercury 300hp Verados providing the power. The boat, a 9.8m Kevlacat best known as RSL Redcliffe, is in great shape having undergone a $200,000 refresh which also included an upgrade to its

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Notice of Race posted and entries surge for Hamilton Island

27 Feb 2017

Entries for the 34th edition of Australia’s premier offshore regatta, Audi Hamilton Island Race Week, are surging in on the back of the Notice of Race being posted on the regatta website. Seventeen yachts have already been nominated for the spectacular series which is scheduled for August 19 to 26. Most eager of all entrants to date was

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Life Cell Marine joins Springboard

27 Feb 2017

Life Cell Marine CEO, Jenny Aiken, has been chosen to represent Life Cell at the Springboard Enterprises Accelerator Program in Australia. The Springboard program is a community of innovators, influencers and investors that help entrepreneurs build technology-focused companies. The program, which drives female pioneers, is

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Wake Surfing Superstar courtesy of Chaparral and Club Marine

26 Feb 2017

World wake surfing sensation, Austin Keen, will be coming to Australia to attend the Noosa Festival of Surfing, in a joint promotion by Chaparral Boats and Club Marine. Keen has impressed with his amazing surf stunts, exhibiting exceptional skills both behind boats and in the surf, where he has wowed an online audience of millions. He is the

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Garmin GMR Fantom dome radars

26 Feb 2017

Garmin’s new GMR Fantom 18 and GMR Fantom 24 solid-state pulse compression radomes offer MotionScope Doppler technology and 40W of power – the highest in the industry for its kind. Available in an 18” or 24” footprint, they bring Garmin’s award-winning Fantom technology to a smaller size and lower price point,

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Whittley releases high-tech onboard system

26 Feb 2017

Presenting the Whittley Pulse! There’s good news for Whittley owners and trailer boat aficionados alike. The Whittley R&D team has come up with the very latest in high-tech onboard operating systems to install on their popular range of trailer boats. Utilising sophisticated digital gear from respected brands such as Garmin, Fusion,

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Fourth Steber Vessel heads to Seychelles

26 Feb 2017

Work has started on a fourth Steber vessel for the Fregate Island Resort in the Seychelles archipelago and is due for delivery later this year. The Seychelles archipelago is located in the Indian Ocean, north East of Madagascar about 1600km east of Kenya. The Steber 5200 (52ft) will be used for a variety of resort activities covering extended

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Lakes Entrance celebrates food, fishing & tourism

26 Feb 2017

Lakes Entrance, home to one of Australia's largest fishing fleets, will celebrate and showcase the wonderful array of Victorian seafood caught by commercial and recreational fishers and the beautiful places it comes from at the “Hooked on Lakes Entrance” event on March 12. Member for Eastern Victoria Harriet Shing said Fisheries

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Sydney Harbour Regatta announces new Major Sponsor

25 Feb 2017

With entries at a record high of 170, Middle Harbour Yacht Club announces a new major sponsor has joined forces with the Sydney Harbour Regatta, NSW’s largest keelboat regatta, and officials could not be more pleased. Abell Point Marina, one of the largest marinas in Australia with over 500 wet berths accommodating vessels up to 70

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Largest display of multihulls will thrill & inspire at SCIBS

24 Feb 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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Industry stalwart Roy Privett retires

21 Feb 2017

BIA stalwart and long term General Manager of the Boating Industry Association Roy Privett has retired. Having served the BIA of NSW and more recently the expanded association incorporating Qld and SA for almost 28 years, Roy made the decision to retire this month. Roy decided to remain with the BIA after he was able to retire late in 2015, in

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More marina space and more exciting firsts for Gold Coast Boat Show & Marine Expo

21 Feb 2017

More marina space and even more exciting additions to an already impressive Fleet of Firsts have set the scene for a colossal marine showcase both on water and on land on Queensland’s Gold Coast from 17-19 March. With just 4 weeks until the Gold Coast International Boat Show & Marine Expo at Coomera, organisers have announced the

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Raymarine launches Axiom at Miami show

21 Feb 2017

Raymarine have launched an all-new family of Raymarine MFDs called Axiom, game-changers poised to shake up the marine electronics industry. Launched at the recent Miami International Boat Show earlier thgis month, the Raymarine Axiom MFD family features lifelike imagery via Raymarine’s exclusive RealVision 3D for superior underwater fish

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City of Gold Coast supporting ASMEX

21 Feb 2017

The Australian International Marine Export Group and the City of Gold Coast are excited to announce the Inwards Global Stakeholder Program which will create networking opportunities for Gold Coast based marine industry businesses at the upcoming Australian Superyacht and Marine Export Industry Conference (ASMEX). The generous contribution

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Environmental Certification for Tassie Marina

20 Feb 2017

Oyster Cove Marina in Tasmania has acheived international Clean Marina Level 3 Accreditation – the first marina in Tasmania to achieve this status. The recently upgraded 240-berth marina incorporates extensive on-site services including a chandlery, boat sales agent, sail maker, shipwrights, 50 tonne travel lift, hardstand

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World class marina takes shape at Rippleside

20 Feb 2017

The Rippleside development on Geelong's (Vic) waterfront, currently being developed by Balmoral Quay, will feature a $10 million world- class private marina as its centrepiece. The luxury townhouse and apartment community and foreshore improvements include new beaches at Rippleside and St Helens and a water’s edge promenade. Located on

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Aston Martin powerboat makes US debut

16 Feb 2017

After making its world premiere in Monaco last September, the prototype Aston Martin AM37 powerboat is being shown for the first time in the United States at Yachts Miami Beach on Collins Avenue (February 16-20). Entering its 29th year, the exhibition is home to the largest mega-yacht collection in the world and the unveiling of the first Aston

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