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04 October 2016

A couple of days late with Shipmate News this time due to public holidays in Vic on Friday (Grand Final Eve) and Qld on Monday (Labour Day).

Nevertheless, plenty to tell you as always and we kick off with another bit of sage advice from resident shipwright turned marine solicitor, Marcel Vaarzon–Morel. This time Marcel talks us through dealing with Boat Brokers and what you need to be aware of in the process of selling or buying a boat through a broker.

And on the Gold Coast, two-time Olympic Medallist and six time 470 World Champion, Mathew Belcher is to commence mentoring Junior Sailors and further north, up in the Whitsundays, Abell Point Marina have raised the bar again in terms of customer service, by introducing a ‘welcome vessel’ to guide first timers into their marina berth.

In Victoria and Queensland, timely safety warnings from Maritime Safety in each of those states. In Victoria, the warmer waters of spring signal the start of the ‘Crimson Tide’ (snapper season) and a warning about being prepared to head out safely and the things to check to ensure you get home again. And from Queensland, a reminder that waterborne events always have risks for competitors and spectators, so MSQ have long-established Aquatic Event Authority application procedures to ensure that those risks are minimised. See the full details below.

We’ve always got news of new and improved boats and it's no different in this edition with details of a new 37m flagship from Custom Line, part of the Italian Ferretti Group, a new luxury sports boat from Aston Martin (yep, the automotive legend) and closer to home, (Australia, that is), Robolo’s flagship Centre Console the R300 has undergone a massive facelift. In the meantime, Clipper Motor Yachts have released an expanded Hudson Bay Range.

But that’s still not all in this edition, plenty more, including a call from the Boating Industry Association of Victoria, urging the government to appoint the Victorian Ports Corporation Melbourne to oversee and coordinate all planning, funding, construction and maintenance of marine infrastructure in Victoria and coming up this weekend, details of a group of up and coming marine industry professionals who will be showcasing their skills and training at a demonstration of marine and automotive trimming at the 2016WorldSkills Australia National Competition in Melbourne from 06 to 09 October.

Still lots more and I’ll let you browse through the rest, but in closing, just another quick reminder that we are currently preparing the 2017 Vic print edition of Shipmate Marine Directory – the conduit between the marine industry and recreational boaters. If you’re a marine business and have a free listing, please visit www.shipmate.com.au and check your details. If you need anything changed let us know ASAP as we’ll be downloading all details next week.

Well that’s it from me again 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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Boat Brokers and broken relationships

30 Sep 2016

Whether you're buying or a selling a boat, chances are you'll be dealing with a broker. In this issue, our resident shipwright turned marine lawyer, Marcel Vaarzon-Morel, provides advice on dealing with a Boat Broker. Here's Marcel's advice. When I was an apprentice shipwright, one of the old-hats around the slipway was always

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Olympic Gold Medallist to mentor Junior Sailors

30 Sep 2016

Two time Olympic medallist and six time 470 World Champion Mathew Belcher OAM will commence mentoring Southport Yacht Club (SYC) Junior Sailors at the SYC Sailing Academy from early next month. “We are ecstatic to have the 2013 voted ‘World’s Sailor of the Year’, Mathew Belcher back at the Club and on our shores, it will

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Anglers snap to it

30 Sep 2016

The warmer waters of spring signal the start of the snapper season in Victoria and the pink skies of sunset and sunrise are the best fishing times. “The snapper season traditionally marks both the start of the Victorian boating season and a spike in the number of vessels broken down,” said Peter Corcoran, Director Maritime

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Aussie Couple ‘jags’ Outremer for YouTube Videos

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Riviera strengthens European presence

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Riviera – Australia’s favourite and most-awarded luxury motor yacht builder has appointed a vastly experienced European sales manager to further strengthen its international presence and owner support in Europe. Based in Barcelona, Spain, highly regarded marine professional Jan Van Oostenryck has over 17 years of experience with the

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The Navetta 37, A new flagship for Custom Line

28 Sep 2016

2016 has been an important year for Custom Line. Part of the Italian Ferretti Group, the brand is celebrating the twentieth anniversary of its nautical history and success on the contemporary pleasure craft scene. This celebration coincides with the launch of the Navetta 37, its new semi-displacement flagship and the largest ever built by Custom

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“Welcome’’ says 5 Gold Anchor globally accredited Abell Point

27 Sep 2016

Since attaining 5 Gold Anchor Global Marina Accreditation earlier this month the team at Abell Point Marina have added another level of service to their offer to further enhance the customer experience and reconfirm Abell Point as the destination marina of choice in the Whitsundays. For first timers, entering a new marina can potentially be a

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Budding marine “Interior Designers” on show at 2016WorldSkills

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A group of up and coming marine industry professionals will be showcasing their skills and training at a demonstration of marine and automotive trimming at the 2016WorldSkills Australia National Competition in Melbourne from October 6 to 9, 2016 at the Melbourne Showgrounds. The contingent from Holmesglen Institute will consist of

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Blending Innovation and luxury from automotive and yachting worlds

27 Sep 2016

The 37' Aston Martin AM37 powerboat has made its world debut at the Monaco Yacht Show, marking the luxury British automotive brand’s entry into the nautical world. The new day-cruiser is offered in two versions with the AM37S expected to reach speeds of 50 knots. Founded in 1913, Aston Martin is an iconic sports car marque of

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Updated Maritimo site supports truly global brand

26 Sep 2016

From its base on the Gold Coast, Australia's luxury cruiser manufacturer Maritimo, is continuing to ramp up its international presence with its state-of-the-art website designed to provide global solutions to the operation of the company. This year the Maritimo brand has gone truly global in terms of its reach and the functionality of

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'Red Tape' to avoid black armbands

22 Sep 2016

With the warmer months almost upon us, Maritime Safety Queensland (MSQ) remind us that Queenslanders are returning in flotillas to the great outdoors for their favourite waterborne fun and games. In the Whitsundays, the Australian Offshore Superboat Championships and the Airlie Beach and Hamilton Island Race Weeks have been churning up the

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M64 lands in the Big Apple

21 Sep 2016

Australian luxury cruiser manufacturer Maritimo is finalizing the details of its display and promotional activities surrounding the Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show in early November. One of the vessels that it will be displaying is the new M64 cruising motor yacht which has already arrived in New York ahead of her voyage to Fort

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Call for change in marine infrastructure management

20 Sep 2016

The Boating Industry Association of Victoria (BIAV) has urged the Victorian Government to utilise the expertise of the Victorian Ports Corporation Melbourne to manage marine infrastructure in the State, a major part of Victoria's Blue Economy. Steven Potts, CEO of the BIAV said with the announcement today of the Port of

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Robalo’s latest centre console sensation

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Robalo ’s flagship Centre Console, the R300, has undergone a massive upgrade to become the latest boat to benefit from a huge R & D push by the iconic offshore fishing brand. Renamed the R302, the changes include, an all new deck and console with modern styling cues and premium features such as; glass enclosed t-top, oversized

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Speed, exhilaration and fast paced sailing

19 Sep 2016

For The Boat Works Extreme 40, the Queensland Season of Sail was a ripe with hot competition, repeated line honours and new recruits to multihull racing. Against stiff competition from Frank Racing, Mad Max and Morticia, The Boat Works with its striking orange and silver hulls managed to pull off line honours in every race at Airlie Beach Race

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Thunder from Down Under Boat Racing

19 Sep 2016

The Australian Thunder Boat Grand Prix series takes place over two rounds on 29 - 30 October and 12 - 13 November and comprises two of Australia`s most prestigious powerboat race meetings. “The Race that Shakes the Lake”, the Glenmaggie Cup that has been raced since 1976 is to be raced at Lake Glenmaggie (Vic) in Ocober and the

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A summer sailing bonanza on the east coast

19 Sep 2016

Australia’s east coast offshore sailing scene will take on an exciting new dimension in early January with the staging of the inaugural Club Marine Pittwater to Southport ocean race, followed by a new-look Bartercard Sail Paradise series out of Southport Yacht Club, on the Gold Coast. The race to Southport, which will start on January 2,

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Hudson Bay expands and evolves

18 Sep 2016

Gold Coast based Clipper Motor Yachts is releasing an expanded range of Hudson Bay sedan motor yachts along with Clipper's largest sedan ever built. The first of these new designs, a 54 foot semi-displacement cruiser, is already in-build at Clipper's Asian yard and has been sold to a South Australian buyer. Pricing for the 54

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World Marina Conference focus on the future

18 Sep 2016

The ICOMIA Marinas Group and the Holland Marine Industry Association are hosting the ICOMIA World Marinas Conference 17 - 19 November 2016 in Amsterdam. The theme is ‘The Future of Marinas in a Changing World’. Over 40 presenters including five from the Asia Pacific region will present their views and case studies. Keynote speaker

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Adam Brown (Brownie) alters course

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Nautilus Marine has announced the appointment of well known yachtsman, Adam Brown (Brownie) to the crew supporting the growth of the wider Nautilus insurance portfolio. Adam has been sailing, managing & campaigning dinghies, one design, ocean racing yachts and maxis boats for some 30 years both in Australia and overseas. In that time Adam

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It’s Gold for Abell Point Marina

16 Sep 2016

In a formal ceremony earlier this week, owner of Abell Point Marina, Paul Darrouzet was awarded 5 Gold Anchor accreditation by Colin Bransgrove, CEO Marina Industries Association (MIA). Abell Point Marina have officially now become the first marina internationally to attain Gold Anchor accreditation under the Global Gold Anchor Scheme. The

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