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Shipmate News 01 June 2016

Every boater loves their boat, it doesn’t matter if it’s a tinnie, a cruiser, racer, or superyacht. So what better gift to give the boater in your life than a genuine, hand painted portrait of their pride and joy.

We’re not talking about any old run-of-the-mill picture produced by any Tom or Dick, We’re talking about a genuine, hand painted portrait, painted lovingly on canvas by Harry... Yes, Shipmate’s ‘man on the ground’ in South East Queensland, Harry Davis, a man of many talents.

Apart from being our man in SEQ, Harry knows a lot about boats, he’s spent a lifetime building, racing, cruising, selling boats. And that’s apart from his 27 years with the Sanctuary Cove Boat Show. But for all of that time, Harry’s also been painting. An accomplished and talented artist, Harry’s even had a number of entries in the Archibald Prize. But what Harry really loves painting is boats, I’ve seen his work, it really is very good. Check out the article about Harry below and give him a call for more details.

Now that’s just the tip of the iceberg in terms of what we’ve got for you this time around, apart from the full wrap up of the extravaganza on the Gold Coast that was the Sanctuary Cove International Boat Show, the Gold Coast International Marine Expo and the Riviera Festival of Boating, we’ve got marine news from all over Australia.

But rather than go through and summarise everything we’ve got for you in this edition, I suggest you just sit back, browse through and enjoy the read.

Cheers, see you out on the water

John Zammit

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Cruise to work in style on Melbourne’s newest Passenger Ferry

Three weeks into its trial, Melbourne’s newest passenger ferry service between Wyndham Harbour, Werribee, and Victoria Harbour in Melbourne’s Docklands has added extra services as a result of customer feed back. The 35m EnviroCat, which seats 400 passengers, is one of the most environmentally friendly vessels operating in Australia.

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Fun for families at WA's biggest boat show

WA’s biggest boat show will be on again this October at Mandurah Ocean Marina, bringing an exciting and fun day out for the whole family. The Club Marine Mandurah Boat Show is Western Australia’s biggest boat show, attracting 18,000 visitors and 160 exhibitors. The Show features a collection of boats of all sizes, from the

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Nuova Jolly now available in Australia

The Boutique Boat Company has announced they will now be distributing “Europe’s most seaworthy rigid inflatables”, Nuova Jolly. Domenico Aiello created the first Nuova Jolly inflatable back in 1961. In his quest for perfection, he tested each new model in difficult conditions, to guarantee the highest quality of

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Trout season closes, cray season opens

Recreational anglers are being reminded that the season for trout fishing in Victorian rivers closes at midnight on Monday 13 June, however fishing for Murray spiny crayfish opens from 1 June. Fisheries Victoria Executive Director, Travis Dowling, said anglers would still be able to fish for trout in lakes, but that rivers would be closed from

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Harry's still celebrating a lifetime of boating

When Harry Davis quit Sanctuary Cove International Boat Show after 27 years, many people thought he’d retired. Not so. One year on from his last show Harry Davis is just as busy as he ever was. Apart from being our (Shipmate Marine Directory’s) ‘Man on the Ground’ in South East Queensland, Harry is finally also making

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Stylish new 4800 Sport Yacht from Riviera

Australia’s most-awarded builder of luxury motor yachts has just announced an inspired new addition to its growing Sport Yacht collection: the elegant Riviera 4800. With her World Premiere scheduled for the 2016 Sydney International Boat Show in July, the impressive new 4800 Sport Yacht will appeal to a wide spectrum of boating enthusiasts

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Club Marine TV - New digital channel

Australia's largest provider of pleasure craft insurance, Club Marine, is announcing an exciting new digital channel ‑ Club Marine TV. Working to develop a comprehensive series of boating videos covering all types of boats, Club Marine TV will provide useful how-tos, tips and safety advice. Covering everything from runabouts and

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Riviera celebrates largest Festival of fun and learning

There’s something very special happening in the world of Riviera and it’s reflected in the many reasons why a growing number of luxury motor yacht owners around the world say they’d only ever buy from Riviera’s award-winning collection. This inspiring, vibrant and growing cachet reaches far beyond the renowned Riviera

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Maritimo sparks worldwide interest

Gold Coast luxury cruiser manufacturer Maritimo had one of its most successful ever Sanctuary Cove International Boat Shows over the weekend with its large on water display becoming a 'mini United Nations'. Maritimo has been continuing its worldwide dealer partner expansion over the past twelve months and the success of the strategy was

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SCIBS Celebrates best show in six years

Sanctuary Cove International Boat Show wrapped up the final day of 2016 with millions of dollars in sales, an increase in visitor volume and exhibitors tooting it as ‘the best Show in six years’. The traditional chorus of boat horns signalled the closure of the 28th annual SCIBS, which saw 41,621 visitors through the gates over the

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Emergency course for marina industry underway

The Marina Industries Association (MIA) in cooperation with the training organisation Safety Corp and marine insurer Club Marine has conducted the first of many Club Marine Emergency Preparedness Training courses to be rolled out around Australia. The ‘four hour fire and emergency response training course’ aims to ensure marina staff

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Princess 35M wins world superyacht award

The first Princess 35M, Antheya III, has claimed the top prize at Boat International's World Superyacht Awards in the Semi-Displacement & Planing Two Deck Motor Yacht category. Boat International said: "The judges particularly admired her exterior design, which incorporated a variety of functional areas in which to relax and dine,

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Recognizing innovation, quality and performance

After a successful first day at the ASMEX 2016 conference, the Australian Marine Industry lauded the business excellence in the industry at the Annual Marine Export, Superyacht and Commercial Marine Awards at their Gala Presentation Dinner held at the Intercontinental Hotel at Sanctuary Cove on 17 May. For the second year in a row luxury boat

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Whitehaven 750, Finito the finest of the fleet

For clients looking for a thoroughly unique, bespoke boating experience from concept to completion, Whitehaven Motor Yachts is the consummate choice. The premier motor yacht marque is overseeing the finishing touches on the next peerless model to enter the water, their 750 Sports Yacht. The vision of long-standing customers, Ray and Denise

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Ocean racers rush to compete in Melbourne to Osaka race

Interest in the Melbourne to Osaka (M2O) yacht race has caught oganisers by surprise. Not due to start for another two years, the race has already attracted more than 30 entries from across Australia and beyond. Conducted every 5 years since 1987, the Organising Authority is a partnership between Sandringham Yacht Club (SYC), the Osaka Hokko Yacht

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Marine search and rescue services recognised

The contribution of Victoria's Marine Search and Rescue Services will take centre stage at the Melbourne Boat Show on Friday 17 June 2016. Victoria's Emergency Management Commissioner announced the establishment of an annual Marine Search and Rescue Breakfast, a joint initiative between the BIAV and EMV, providing the boating industry

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Rivergate tops the list, again

Rivergate Marina and Shipyard has been recognised for its professionalism, superlative service and highly skilled personnel in the 2016 Marine Export, Superyacht and Commercial Marine Awards, announced by AIMEX-Superyacht Australia and held Tuesday 17 May at a Gala event at the InterContinental Hotel, Sanctuary Cove. Celebrating 10 years in

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Maritimo M61 offers best of all worlds

Luxury cruiser manufacturer Maritimo, which struck a winner with its Maritimo M65 cruising motor yacht, has now launched a ‘mini version’, the M61 cruising motor yacht which has a lower price while providing many of the same features and benefits of its bigger sibling. The M65, which was publicly launched at the 2015 Sanctuary Cove

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Biggest-ever GCIME with biggest-ever crowd and best-ever sales

The biggest-ever Gold Coast International Marine Expo has recorded its largest-ever visitation and best-ever sales results, qualifying its wide acclaim as a major economic boost for both the Australian marine and Queensland tourism industries. Over 20,000 boating enthusiasts streamed through the Expo welcome gates from Thursday-Sunday (19-22 May

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Superyacht berth extension for Hamilton Island

By Thomas Meehan. Hamilton Island is one of the 74 flawless islands (aka Whitsundays) within the Great Barrier Reef marine park, which is listed as one of the seven wonders of the natural world. Hamilton Island is also one of Australia’s most popular island destinations. Daily direct flights from Australian capital cities to Hamilton

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Garmin GMR Fantom – now nothing can hide

Garmin’s GMR Fantom is the industry’s first 40W solid-state, pulse compression, Doppler marine radar series. Available in a 4’ (1.8° beam width) or 6’ (1.25° beam width) open array, the Fantom series incorporates Garmin’s exclusive MotionScope technology, which uses the Doppler effect to detect and highlight

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A new definition of water views

Leading Gold Coast marine construction firm GCMarine is driving new business growth via their cutting-edge floating office concept providing clients with facilities that give a new definition to the term work/life balance. Primarily targeted at the marine industry the GCMarine floating office is appealing to clients who grasp the unique

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Dates announced for Vic Junior and Youth Championships

With the success of this year’s regatta at the Mornington Yacht Club event organisers are excited to announce the dates, location and key changes to next year’s 2017 Club Marine Victorian Junior and Youth Coaching Clinic and Regatta. With its focus on junior and youth development the Yachting Victoria (YV) Coaching Committee

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New boating App packed full of features

Packed full of features that you'll appreciate on and off the water, a new boating app from Club Marine is designed by boaters, for boaters. Even when you’re not on the water you’re dreaming about it. This app that will bring you closer to all the boating adventures you live for: • Brush up on Safety

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