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 email@example.com 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