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Shipmate News 01 July 2016

Ever get that feeling of Déjà vu? Well I’m having it now, It’s the start of a new financial year, Great Britain is leaving the EU and going back to… Well who really knows? We’re having another election… Didn’t we just have a federal election? Oh no, that’s right, we just changed the Prime Minister… again.

But while the politicians get on with what they do, the marine industry rolls on regardless and that’s been the case right around the country and we’ve got all the news in this edition. The 2016 Melbourne Boat Show has concluded and by all reports it was one of the best shows ever. The BIA in Victoria is doing a great job, not just with the show, but on a number of fronts with issues affecting boating and the industry, including working with yacht clubs and the government to address the silting problem at the top end of Port Phillip in Hobsons Bay. More on that below.

We’ve got news of the buyout of Elandra by Maritimo, news of the next generation Volvo IPS with the world’s first installation in a Riviera 4800 Sport yacht, Riva’s new offering which is set to become another Icon and of course details of the Adelaide Boat Show which is on right now and runs till Sunday.

On a slightly different note, we’re getting great feedback about the first SEQ print edition of Shipmate Marine Directory which we launched in May, with yacht clubs and marinas running out of copies and requesting more and we’re about to start on the next annual Victorian print edition.

We’ve also turned our attention to NSW with marine businesses there taking up our offer of a free listing online at and we are getting very close to the critical mass, in terms of listings, to kick off a pocket print edition of Shipmate Marine Directory in NSW… Watch this space.

If you’re a marine business (anywhere in Australia) that supplies products or services direct to boaters, then head to and submit your listing, it’s free. And if you’re a boater looking for marine products, trades or services, Shipmate is where you’ll find what you’re looking for. That’s also free, no subscriptions, no gimmicks, no gotcha’s.

Well that’s it from me again this time, so sit back, browse through and enjoy the read

Cheers, see you out on the water

John Zammit

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Epic birthday adventure for IRC contender

Leaving a bitterly cold Melbourne to head to the warmth of northern Queensland to celebrate a milestone birthday is turning into an adventure of epic proportions for Daniel Edwards. Edwards decided some time ago that he needed to do something special in his 50th year. So he has gathered up his sailing friends and signed them on for various

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SEAbbatical Summit overwhelming success

A new type of conference made its world debut on the weekend when Multihull Central hosted the first ‘SEAbbatical Summit’ in Brisbane, aiming to help professionals and business owners enrich their lives with an adventure at sea cruising onboard their own boat, before retirement. Last week, more than 70 people packed the auditorium at

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Grand Prix Series proposed for 2017 Festival of Sails

The 2017 Festival of Sails, presented by Rex Gorell Land Rover, is getting a remodel with the addition of a new Grand Prix Series to open the timetable and a mass Saturday finish of racing preceding a huge closing party for thousands of sailors and their supporters. Expressions of interest for an invitation-only Grand Prix Series, from Tuesday

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Rivamare, a new icon from Riva

As a result of collaboration between Officina ltaliana Design, the firm headed by Mauro Micheli and Sergio Beretta, designers of the entire Riva fleet, the Ferretti Group Engineering Department and Strategic Product Committee, a new icon is born. Rivamare, a magnificent new Riva has again rewritten the rule book in terms of timeless elegance yet

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5 Stars or 5 Gold Anchors – What’s the difference?

The Gold Anchor International Scheme is a marine industry accreditation scheme similar to the Star Rating Scheme used for on-shore accommodation. Designed to assist boaters with their marina selection and to provide a customer focused framework for marinas, the Gold Anchor Scheme encourages marinas to continually improve their service to boaters

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Boating Industry welcomes Government's funding on Silt Study

The Boating Industry Association of Victoria (BIAV) has welcomed the announcement of a $170,000 grant for a technical dredging study for the Williamstown Marine Precinct. Steven Potts, CEO of the BIAV said the announcement by the Minister for Ports, the Hon Luke Donnellan, is a major step forward in addressing a long term problem of silt

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Garmin’s latest autopilot – Compact and reactive

Ideal for outboard-powered boats up to around 9m in length, Garmin’s GHP Compact Reactor Hydraulic Autopilot is the newest addition to its GHP autopilot series. The GHP Compact Reactor is based on the same advanced solid-state 9-axis AHRS technology as other autopilots in Garmin’s award-winning Reactor series. With three different

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Understanding small engine emissions and evaporative laws

The Boating Industry Association of Victoria (BIAV) will undertake an information session and webinar to assist businesses, particularly boat manufacturers and dealers, understand the Small Engine Emissions and Evaporative Laws taking place from 2017, in an information session and webinar being held on July 14, 2016 at the BIAV head office in South

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Marina Pontoon and Pedestal Manufacturers’ Seminar

The Marina Industries Association (MIA) is conducting a day-long seminar catering for those considering a marina upgrade or in the process of redeveloping a marina facility. MIA’s Pontoon and Pedestal Manufacturers’ Seminar enables buyers to canvas major pontoon and pedestal suppliers in one day and under the one roof which is very

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Show us your pontoons

Bellingham Marine is sponsoring its 10th annual international marina photo contest. The contest celebrates marinas and boating facilities around the world. Bellingham Marine invites boaters and budding photographers from around the world to enter the 2016 International Marina Photo Contest. Don’t miss this opportunity to have

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2016 Melbourne Boat Show Another Success

After four massive days showcasing boating and the boating lifestyle, the 2016 Melbourne Boat Show, which was held from June 17 to 20, 2016 at the Melbourne Convention & Exhibition Centre, has concluded another successful year. “We’re extremely pleased with how the show has turned out and have received positive feedback from both

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Action packed program for Airlie Beach Race Week

Competitors are gearing up and looking forward to racing in the warm climes at Airlie Beach Race Week where the shore side entertainment is guaranteed to be as action packed as the racing. Boosted numbers across the board will make for a stimulating program in 2016. The Cruising divisions are swelling in numbers for the 27th running

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Old for new life jacket offer at Adelaide Boat Show

The Boating Industry Association (BIA) will launch a major safety awareness initiative through an old for new life jacket exchange at the 2016 Adelaide Boat Show. People attending the show can bring an old life jacket, regardless of its brand or condition, and trade it in with BIA dealers for a quality new automatically inflatable personal

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Sailor Girl Nic Douglass joins Festival of Sails 2017

The Royal Geelong Yacht Club has proudly to announced that Australian sailing personality Nic Douglass has been appointed as ambassador for the Festival of Sails 2017. A true icon in the sailing world, Nic – also known as the Sailor Girl – is a former two-time World and six-time Australian champion in the Tasar class with grade one

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Big Smoke Bottle Boat heads from Sydney to Darwin

A four person boat made of wine bottles will be launched for the first time this Thursday 30 June at Blues Point Reserve, in front of the iconic Sydney Harbour Bridge and Sydney Opera House. The boat will soon after start its long journey of 4,300km to be the first boat from outside the Northern Territory to compete in the Darwin Lions Beer Can

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Beneteau offers it all at Sydney Boat Show

Beneteau Yachts and Powerboats will be presenting a fantastic display of 8 boats at the 2016 Sydney International Boat Show. Included in the display are 4 brand new models, not seen on the water before in Australia. With Beneteau dealers from each state on hand, visitors can come on board and view the boats at Sydney International Boat Show,

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World-firsts for Riviera’s 4800 Sport Yacht and Volvo Penta at Sydney Boat Show

Riviera has just confirmed the stylish new 4800 Sport Yacht will be first production motor yacht in the world to be showcased with the next generation of Volvo Penta’s Inboard Propulsion System (IPS). The latest addition to Riviera’s luxurious Sport Yacht collection is already generating very strong interest ahead of her own World

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Swift Club Marine storm response

Club Marine’s Emergency Response Team swung into action as the east coast of Australia was lashed by severe storms from June 3. On the ground in the worst-hit regions within hours of the storm ebbing Club Marine reimbursed over $1m in claims within the week. Led by National Claims Technical Manager Phil Johnson, Club Marine dealt with 91

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Melbourne shines for boaters in winter

With excellent food, world-class exhibitions, events and activities for all ages, there’s no excuse to stay in. The colder months in Melbourne tend to get some nice light wind days which are the perfect opportunity to take the boat out and enjoy a winter weekend in the city. Melbourne City Marina invite you into the city to create

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Maritimo expands with buyout of Elandra

Iconic Australian luxury cruiser manufacturer Maritimo has expanded its product range with the buyout of sports yacht brand Elandra. Maritimo CEO Garth Corbitt said the buyout of the company, added yet another product line to the existing range of Maritimo motoryachts and additional diversification. He said we are excited that the Elandra

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GCIME announces winner of biggest-ever boating prize package

One lucky family is looking forward to many years of great fun on the water after winning a ready-to-launch, $40,000 family boating package at the biggest-ever Gold Coast International Marine Expo in May. The complete boating package – the largest prize offered in the award-winning Expo’s six-year history – included a Quintrex

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