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15 September 2016

Welcome to the latest edition of Shipmate News with another round up of marine news, views and info from around the country. And in this edition, another bit of sage advice from our resident solicitor, Marcel Vaarzon-Morel who specializes in all things nautical. This time Marcel gives us the heads up on the basics of boat syndication and how to avoid some of the ‘traps for young players’.

Also in this edition we’ve got details about a couple of interesting multi-hulls being built up at Noosa and powered by Yanmar, information about Victoria’s first ever licence-free fishing day and welcome news from the organisers of the iconic Festival of Sails, announcing that entries are open and the release of the much-anticipated Notice of Race.

Interesting to hear from Maritime Safety Victoria earlier this week. They tell us that Victorians own around 242,000 non-powered vessels, including kayaks and canoes. Unfortunately though, Victoria also has the highest number of kayak fatalities in Australia and NZ - 30 per cent of overall boating fatalities in the past five years compared with 13 per cent nationally. They’re asking paddlers to take part in a survey that will guide future policy development and hopefully save lives going forward. Oh and I nearly forgot, take the survey and, as well as helping the cause, you could win yourself a Personal Locater Beacon (PLB) too.

But to paraphrase something Paul Keating once said; we’re more than just tip, there’s plenty of iceberg too and so there’s plenty more in this edition; including details of the launch of the world’s largest superyacht powered by Volvo Penta’s state-of-the-art IPS system, news from the British-based boat builder, Sunseeker that they’ve finally returned to profit, a couple of new model announcements from Chaparral and Maritimo and… Well, why not browse through yourself and check the rest out at your leisure.

I just want to finish up with a brief reminder to those marine businesses listed in Shipmate Marine Directory. Please visit the website at www.shipmate.com.au and check your entries as we’ll very shortly be downloading that information to publish the annual Victorian print edition. Please email any corrections to info@shipmate.com.au or give me a call on 0418 587 799.

That’s it from me for another couple of weeks, so sit back, browse through and enjoy the read.

Cheers, see you out on the water

John Zammit

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Playing Friendly: The Boat-Syndicate Agreement

15 Sep 2016

By Marcel Vaarzon-Morel, Principal at Vaarzon - Morel Solicitors Let’s face facts – owning a boat is an exercise in expense. There’s the ever-rising cost of fuel, the marina, storage or transportation fees, registration, insurance, and the seemingly endless upkeep and maintenance costs. As a solicitor, I often come across

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Yanmar, the perfect match for Hi-Tech Cats

14 Sep 2016

Some of the most stunning, recent multi-hull launchings share two common elements. Both vessels are Yanmar powered, and both were built by the Noosa Marine shipyard. The Noosa region is best recognised as an idyllic sub-tropical tourist destination. However, in the industrial zone the unassuming the owner of Noosa Marine, Julian Griffiths,

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First ever licence-free fishing day in Victoria

14 Sep 2016

A recreational fishing licence will not be required by anyone in Victoria on Sunday 16 October, which is Gone Fishing Day across the country. Executive Director of Fisheries Victoria, Travis Dowling, said the licence exemption would contribute to the State Government’s Target One Million plan for recreational fishing, which aims to

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Festival of Sails entry open; Grand Prix series dates

14 Sep 2016

Entry to a very different 2017 Festival of Sails, presented by Rex Gorell Land Rover, is open following the release of the much-anticipated Notice of Race which outlines the new dates and additions such as a separate the Off-The-Beach (OTB) and Trailable boat series. The core sailing component of the 2017 Festival of Sails regatta will be staged

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Dredging at St Kilda to provide safer boating access

14 Sep 2016

Dredging at St Kilda to provide safer boating access Parks Victoria has commenced maintenance dredging at St Kilda Pier Inner Landing 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

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Stay safe with a chance to win a Personal Locater Beacon (PLB)

14 Sep 2016

Victorians own around 242,000 non-powered vessels, including kayaks and canoes. Unfortunately, Victoria has the highest number of kayak fatalities in Australia and New Zealand - 30 per cent of overall boating fatalities in the past five years compared with 13 per cent nationally. It seems that paddlers' safety awareness and trip

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Worldwide research leads to Maritimo S70 Sedan

14 Sep 2016

The sleek, new Maritimo S70 sedan cruiser, revealed for the first time at the recent Sydney International Boat Show, came into being after the buyer of the first of the model travelled the world studying a variety of brands at international boat shows. The New Zealand businessman, who is nearing retirement, was originally leaning towards a large

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Club Marine App a finalist in top industry award

10 Sep 2016

Club Marine, Australia’s market leader in recreational boat insurance, is excited to announce it has been selected as a finalist in the prestigious Australian Insurance Awards in the Innovation of the Year category for its Club Marine App. The awards are the RFi Group and Australian Banking and Finance Magazine (AB+F) celebration of

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Frantically finding a new boat

07 Sep 2016

The yacht Frantic’s demise on the rocks at Grassy Island during the last race of Airlie Beach Race Week in August could easily have meant the withdrawal of the first Queensland entry for the Club Marine Pittwater to Southport Yacht Race starting in less than four months’ time. Instead, skipper Graham Furtado is scouting for a new

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Informed clientele triggers SSL relocation

07 Sep 2016

Ian Swan has relocated the headquarters of Swan Super Lines brokerage, in response to growing client demand from around the country and the rise of a more informed market doing the bulk of its research online. He and his team are now set up in plush, new serviced office space in the centrally located Wyndham Corporate Centre, Bundall, on Level 9

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Chaparral introduces serious wake surf contender

07 Sep 2016

Chaparral Boats have released 5 new surf models from 22 – 27 feet, incorporating Malibu’s proven wave maker; ‘Surf Gate’ in a stunning move that has surprised many industry experts. Having already entered the hotly contested surf boat market with their patented ‘Aerial Surf Platform’, creating the

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Magnetic Island Race Week: A week of fun comes to an end

07 Sep 2016

Unique is the only way to describe Sealink Magnetic Island Race Week which wrapped up today after the record 71 entries concluded their courses - some halfway around Magnetic Island to pretty Horseshoe Bay return, the rest on a shorter course to White Rock return. Magnetic Island Race Week is the last of the northern regattas, which

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Sunseeker returns to profit

07 Sep 2016

British based boatbuilder, Sunseeker International has revealed that it moved back in to profit in the second quarter of 2016 and has forecast an overall return to profit for the full year. The business also announced a massive £50 million of investment to be spent across new products, improved shipyard facilities and the continued

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World’s largest superyacht with Volvo Penta IPS

07 Sep 2016

Italian shipbuilder Amer Yachts is launching a superyacht powered by Volvo Penta’s state-of-the-art Inboard Performance System (IPS). The latest edition to the brand’s series of luxury leisure craft will be the largest superyacht in the world to be powered by Volvo Penta IPS. The Amer 100 (100ft) follows the successful launch by Amer

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Lake Eildon stays open for springtime Murray cod

02 Sep 2016

The three month closed season for Murray cod fishing will not apply to Lake Eildon (Vic) this spring. Fisheries Victoria Executive Director, Travis Dowling, said this was the first year that fishers could target and keep Murray cod from Lake Eildon during September, October and November. “The rule change expands freshwater fishing

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Lagoon the champion’s choice

02 Sep 2016

Lagoon the champion’s choice The first Lagoon 450s Sports Top in Australia has been handed over to its discerning owner, multihull connoisseur and champion, Tony Considine, by the technical commissioning team at The Multihull Group, (Lagoon’s Queensland HQ) at The Boat Works on the Gold Coast. The Multihull Group’s State

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