01 December 2020

In this edition we cover the full spectrum, from fishing through sailing, powerboating, cruising, marinas, superyachts and marine industry news. 

With the most of the country now getting back to some sort of Covid normal, one thing that is patently obvious is that boating is becoming even more popular. The reports we're getting from dealers is that sales demand is strong across both, new and used boats and most marine trades we've spoken to are busy with refit and repairs.

I guess that's at least one positive to come out of what has been a tumultuous (and for some, a devastating) year to date.

No matter what area of marine your interest lies, there's something for you in this edition, so sit back, browse through and enjoy the read.

Cheers, see you out on the water
John Zammit


Annual Melbourne to Geelong Passage Race is on!

November 30, 2020

The Festival of Sails Organising Committee and the Royal Geelong Yacht Club has thanked the sailing community for the overwhelming support shown for the tough decision to cancel the 2021...


ZF’s marine technology showcased in Australia

November 28, 2020

Numerous new Australian vessels have recently hit the waterways fitted with ZF’s range of Marine Propulsion Systems, featuring a wide selection of leading technology available for pleasure crafts and yachts,...


Melbourne Boat Show 2021 calls for exhibitors

November 28, 2020

Boats and Boating are experiencing an amazing new level of interest and demand as a COVID normal situation starts to develop in Melbourne. This is sure to last well into...


Marinas21 Study Tour Announced

November 27, 2020

The Marina Industries Association (MIA) has announced details of the Marinas21 Study Tour which will be held on Wednesday 26 May immediately following the Marinas21 Conference and International Trade Exhibition...


Tis the season for Murray cod

November 27, 2020

Freshwater fishers have been counting down the days until the opening of the recreational fishing season for Murray cod (on 1 December). Victorian Fisheries Authority (VFA) CEO, Travis Dowling, said...


Regional win for Aussie innovation award

November 27, 2020

Hervey Bay-based boat builder BtB Marine has been striving to improve environmental sustainability through innovation for many years, and last week at the 2020 Australian Marine Industry Awards, that passion...


Lucky fisher lands catch worth $10k

November 26, 2020

A fly fisher has struck gold at Lake Purrumbete near Camperdown, landing a $10,000 fish as part of the relaunched Golden Tag competition. Minister for Fishing and Boating Melissa Horne...


The Marine Riley fine food and wine cruise in company

November 25, 2020

Regional wines, beautiful beef, freshly caught seafood, local cheese, whilst taking in stunning, unspoilt scenery. Taking in nature at its best from your own boat… Imagine leaving Sydney Harbour behind...


Partnership reaps rewards for boaties

November 25, 2020

Two of the Gold Coast’s most sophisticated superyacht destinations, that have invested a combined $120+million in superyacht marine infrastructure, have joined forces to offer an array of benefits for boat...


2020 Rolex Sydney Hobart offers something for everyone

November 25, 2020

The 76th running of the Cruising Yacht Club of Australia’s Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race will be different this year with COVID-19 restrictions in place around the world, however, it...


Boating Vic data shows boaters better prepared

November 24, 2020

In the 12 months since its release, Transport Safety Victoria’s trip preparation website and app – Boating Vic – has helped 87 per cent of surveyed boaters decide whether to...


Sunseeker to launch 5 new models together

November 23, 2020

Sunseeker International has announced it will be launching an incredible five brand new models in January 2021 – a feat never before seen in the company’s history. Sunseeker’s ‘famous five’...


Better Boating Fund established in Vic

November 20, 2020

The legislation to create the Better Boating Fund, which will re-invest every dollar of Victorian boating registration and licensing fees back into recreational boating, has passed in the Victorian Legislative...


Sealegs wins Gold

November 20, 2020

The highly innovative and distinctive Sealegs E4 electric amphibious boat was awarded the Gold Best Design Award at the recent annual Designers Institute of New Zealand awards ceremony. The judges...


Sanctuary Cove Boating Festival major success for Maritimo

November 20, 2020

The inaugural Sanctuary Cove Boating Festival last weekend, held in lieu of the 31st annual Sanctuary Cove International Boat Show this year, has been a major success for leading luxury...


Riviera announces International Dealer Awards

November 20, 2020

Sun Country Marine Group in California, USA, has been named International Dealership of the Year for 2020 by Australia’s largest luxury motor yacht builder Riviera. Three awards this year were...


Hastings Boat Ramp open for summer

November 20, 2020

The Victorian Government is improving access to Western Port Bay for fishers and boaters, thanks to the completion of the first stage the $1.6 million Hastings Boat Ramp upgrade. Minister...


Gold Coast puts out superyacht welcome mat

November 20, 2020

The Gold Coast is putting out the welcome mat for superyachts with a new guide launched by the Gold Coast Waterways Authority (GCWA) and the City of Gold Coast. GCWA...


Marine industry Apprentice wins trip to Amsterdam

November 20, 2020

The next generation of industry were recognised at the 2020 Australian Marine Awards, held at Southport Yacht Club on the Gold Coast on Thursday 12 November. Seven deserving finalists were...

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