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Shipmate News 15 July 2016

Quite a bit to tell you about in this edition, not the least of which is that we've commenced production of our annual Victorian print edition of Shipmate Marine Directory, the recreational boaters essential guide.

As we've done each year since 2005, 10,000 copies of the 2017 edition will be distributed free to boaters via yacht clubs, shipyards, marinas, marine organisations and selected marine businesses.

With this edition we're pleased to say we've been joined by Pete Rhodes, a keen boater and a well known identity in the marine industry. Pete will be performing a similar role in Victoria (and NSW) to that which Harry Davis, our man on the ground in South East Queensland does so well and we're delighted to have Pete on the team.

Advertising in the 2017 print edition is now open and you'll find more on that below.

In other news, of course, everyone's now looking forward to the Sydney International Boat Show which starts in just under two weeks and we've got a bit of info about that. This is the last year that we'll see a split show in Sydney with the on-land component at Glebe Island and the on-water section in Darling Harbour. Next year will see the re-consolidation of the two at the new Convention Centre at Darling Harbour.

As usual, another well rounded edition with something for everybody, including a reminder that the new boat trailer parking laws in NSW start soon, so boaters need to make other arrangements if they've been parking on the street. Interesting article too about new electric powered outboards now available in Australia with models ranging up to 80hp.

If you're a fisher, you'll be interested to know that they're catching Barrumundi in Victoria (yep, not a misprint) up to 6kg and the stars are aligning coming up to the 4x4 Outdoors Show, Fishing & Boating Expo.

Lots of other news, including the amalgamation of all the state sailing bodies into one known as Australian Sailing, news on the spectacular Extreme Sailing Series heading to Sydney and I'm sure you'll all be pleased to know that Dory and Nemo are alive and well in spite of the Coral Bleaching reported on the Great Barrier Reef.

All that and more in this edition, so sit back, browse through and enjoy the read

Cheers, see you out on the water

John Zammit

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