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02 May 2017

I've said many times that I love technology, I really do believe it's made life easier and better. I know there's some down side, if you're ever traveling on public transport or in a cafe or bar, just look around and see how many people are interacting with their mobiles. You might say we're losing the art of conversation, especially with Generation Y.

However, for all of it's faults, there's no question technology has made life more comfortable. We think nothing these days of travelling across the world knowing we can be in touch with home whenever we please, and just think about the leaps and bounds that have been made in the boating world with electronics, engines, Joysticks, etc. The genius Albert Einstein discovered the Theory of Relativity and for that (and a few other things) he got a Nobel Prize, well, I can't remember the last time I used that theory, to be frank I'm not even sure what it is, on the other hand, the bow thruster? Now there's a handy device, it's got me out of trouble on numerous occasions, In my view, the guy who invented that should get the Nobel Prize, perhaps even the Nobel Peace Prize, after all it's saved a few arguments on our boat.

Of course i'm joking about that last part, but what got me thinking about technology was an article in this edition about Mercury releasing an App that displays all of your engine telemetry directly on your mobile device via Bluetooth. And another article from Garmin, they've introduced a new thru-hull transducer that brings the company’s revolutionary Panoptix technology to an even greater range of boats and can even incorporate forward-looking sonar showing the bottom up to 90m ahead of the boat. Clever stuff! But technology is just a small part of what we have for you in this edition with another round up of diverse marine news from around the country.

Last edition we also told you about the Shipmate website and the leaps and bounds we're making there, well, very pleased to report that in April we notched up over 40,000 visits and over 200,000 page views, we've also re-arranged the site slightly with a new range of (larger) animated banners and that's only the start. We're working on providing more video content, but we'll tell you a bit more about that very soon. In the interim, visit us www.shipmate.com.au and check out the new look.

And finally, we've just released the 2017 South East Queensland print edition of Shipmate Marine Directory. 138 full colour pages in a handy pocket size incorporating a complete A-Z of marine trades, services, boat sales outlets, yacht clubs, marinas, shipyards, marine organisations and even tide tables (at a number of locations). We are currently in the proceess of distributing, so ask for your free copy at any yacht club, marina, shipyards, marine orgs and selected marine businesses.

If you'd like to discuss any aspect of Shipmate, feel free to give me a call on 0418 587 799 or email at john@shipmate.com.au.

Now, sit back, browse through and enjoy the read.

Cheers, see you out on the water

John Zammit

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Mercury engine data now showing on your mobile device

01 May 2017

Mercury Marine has announced the release in Australia and New Zealand of VesselView Mobile. VesselView Mobile provides boaters with SmartCraft engine data on their mobile device including smartphones and tablets. VesselView Mobile operates via a module which is connected into the SmartCraft harness and transmits SmartCraft engine information,

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Shipmate - Don't leave port without one

30 Apr 2017

The latest (2017 – 2018) South East Queensland (SEQ) print edition of Shipmate Marine Directory is out now and available free to boaters. Currently in the process of being distributed, Shipmate is available free from yacht clubs, marinas, shipyards and selected marine businesses. The new edition includes a complete A – Z of marine

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R Marine Jacksons Skippers course gets tick of approval

29 Apr 2017

In business, half a century is a long time. In the boating industry, it’s somewhat of a record. One of Australia’s premier luxury boat dealers and Victorian Riviera and Belize dealer, R Marine Jacksons, has been operating successfully for well over half a century, in fact since 1958, and it’s easy to see why. Customer focus

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Hobart Racers to Kimberly bound cruisers - Boat Masters

27 Apr 2017

The Gold Coast's marine sectors newest servicing and maintenance facility, Boat Masters, on Hope Island, is attracting a diverse range of boat owners with wildly different needs. As an example two vessels currently undergoing significant works at Boat Masters, a Transpac 52 Sydney to Hobart racing yacht and a Horizon 68 cruising motoryacht

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New Dredger launched for Gippsland Ports

27 Apr 2017

The Trailing Suction Hopper Dredger (TSHD) 650 ordered by Gippsland Ports, Victoria in December 2015 has recently been launched at Damen Yichang Shipyard in China. The vessel, named Tommy Norton, is now alongside the yard’s new quay undergoing final commissioning, after which she will sail for Shanghai to undertake sea trials. Once those

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Aussie F1 drivers outstanding performance against all odds

27 Apr 2017

Aussie F1 driver Grant Trask has recorded a stunning sixth place in the opening round of the F1H20 2017 UIM World Championship, in Portugal. Grant is the only Australian and the only disabled pilot contesting the 2017 UIM World Championship. With virtually zero seat time in practice and two blown engines on race day, Trask was relegated to pole

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David Staley new Sailing Manager at Middle Harbour

27 Apr 2017

Middle Harbour Yacht Club (MHYC) has announced that high profile Victorian sailing administrator, David Staley, has joined the Club as its Sailing Manager. Staley, who was also recently appointed Vice Chairman of the Para World Sailing Committee, started work on Thursday, and it was straight in the deep end, with the MC38 Autumn Regatta

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Australian Superyacht industry on the world stage

27 Apr 2017

Australian superyacht and tourism heavyweights have recently rolled out the red carpet for some of the world’s most influential charter brokers to experience the wonders of superyachting Down Under. With the support of Tourism Australia and Ultimate Winery Experiences Australia, Northrop & Johnson Australia, which manages the

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Dredging at Werribee River to provide safer boating access

24 Apr 2017

Parks Victoria will commence maintenance dredging in and around Werribee River entrance next week following natural sand build up which has created a hazard for recreational and commercial boat operators. “The works form part of Parks Victoria’s ongoing dredging program to ensure the continuation of safe boating access within Port

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Garmin Panoptix capability expands again

22 Apr 2017

Garmin’s new Panoptix Forward PS51-TH thru-hull transducer brings the company’s revolutionary Panoptix technology to an even greater range of boats. Designed to give boaters more confidence and peace of mind when navigating unfamiliar water, the new phased-array multi-beam transducer incorporates Panoptix FrontVü™

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SCIBS Live bream shoot out returns for 2017

20 Apr 2017

For the second year running, the SCIBS Shimano Live Bream Shoot Out is returning to the 2017 Sanctuary Cove International Boat Show (SCIBS) line-up, with fishing and boating guru Paul Burt leading the fleet. Registrations are now open for this year’s Live Bream Shoot Out – a family-friendly, winner-takes-all contest held on Saturday,

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Master Plan to improve boating at Patterson River

20 Apr 2017

The Boating Industry Association of Victoria (BIAV) today announced the Launching Way Precinct Master Plan, which seeks to provide a better boating experience at Launching Way on Port Phillip Bay. The Launching Way precinct is the busiest public boat launching facility in Victoria and serves as an important part of the local community at Carrum,

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Fishing for funding to beat MS

19 Apr 2017

Like many, Peter Bradley, lived for the ocean, a keen surfer, Master class 5 skipper and game fishing charter operator for 7 years that is until being diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis (MS). Now at 45 and with a young family – 7 year old daughter Sienna, 4-year-old son Caylem and wife of 10 years Teressa, MS is rapidly taking over his

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