01 February 2021

We're back with our first edition for 2021and it's probably an understatement to say that the prospects for boating this year are looking good.

Speaking to boat dealers, they're hanging out for good used stock with boats moving fast and prices holding up well. And reports we're receiving from boatbuilders generally is that forward orders have never been better. 

I heard somewhere recently that pre-Covid Australians were spending around $50 Billion annually on overseas travel and holidays, I don't know whether that's right or not but, with the current limitations on overseas travel, if even half of that amount was spent here over the next 12 months then it would certainly be good for the country.

Obviously there's still many doing it tough and we feel for them, but there does appear to be light at the end of the tunnel and hopefully 2021 will see us get back to some sort of normality, whatever that new-normal is.

In the meantime, a good mix of news in this edition so, no matter what your area of interest in marine is, sit back, browse through and enjoy the read.

Cheers, see you out on the water
John Zammit


Maritimo eyes exciting prospects for 2021

January 31, 2021

This year is set to be an exciting and successful one for the award-winning Australian luxury motor yacht manufacturer, Maritimo. On top of a strong 2020 the coming 12 months...


Princess on the move

January 28, 2021

Princess starts 2021 with full order book and new Sydney HQ. Princess Yachts NSW has moved to a new Sydney head office, relocating to the heart of Double Bay and...


Seven arrested for abalone poaching

January 28, 2021

Seven men allegedly involved in an abalone poaching syndicate were arrested by Fisheries Officers and Victoria Police last week. Mornington Officers observed two men, one of which was known to...


Melbourne Boat Show – invitation to exhibit

January 27, 2021

Demand for the boating lifestyle, and therefore for boats and accessories, is at an all-time high. Seasoned boaters are looking to consolidate their boating lifestyle and the new people entering...


Cantiere delle Marche choose Gold Coast City Marina & Shipyard 

January 27, 2021

The latest European shipyard to set up an Australian based sales office – Cantiere delle Marche (CdM) – has entered a strategic partnership with the southern hemisphere’s most comprehensive and...


178th Melbourne to Geelong Passage Race maintains tradition

January 25, 2021

Kicking off at 9:30am from Williamstown, a strong fleet of over 140 boats raced down Port Phillip toward the finish line in Geelong in the 178th running of the iconic...


The coolest teacher on earth?

January 24, 2021

Canadian educator and students use Raymarine technology to locate and document undiscovered shipwrecks in the St. Lawrence Seaway Jean-Marc Perreault is not your average middle and high school science and...


Volvo launches industry’s first Assisted Docking System

January 24, 2021

New Assisted Docking automation technology gives the captain a whole new level of control, taking another important step toward self-docking and easy boating. Volvo Penta has announced the commercial availability...


Riviera welcomes record number of apprentices in 2021

January 22, 2021

Riviera has welcomed a record intake of new apprentices for a second consecutive year as the company heads into 2021 with the largest future orders in the company’s 41 years...


Beneteau Grand Trawler planned Asia Pacific arrival

January 22, 2021

Since Beneteau announced “Project E” and presented a mock- up of the owner‘s cabin during last year’s boot Düsseldorf in Germany, this new powerboat range, designed for long-distance cruises in...


Propspeed Unveils New Brand Identity 

January 21, 2021

Propspeed, leading innovator of underwater foul-release coatings, has announced the launch of a significant rebranding campaign. The rebranding is an evolution of its 21-year strong brand presence and an elevation...


Planning for Sydney and Brisbane boat shows is well advanced

January 21, 2021

The Boating Industry Association has today released an optimistic outlook for boating events in 2021.   BIA President Darren Vaux said the Board of Directors were confident measures taken throughout 2020 had put the organisation...


Illegal calamari catch leads to boat forfeiture

January 21, 2021

A Hillside (Vic) man who took 23 calamari off Queenscliff and broke water safety regulations has been convicted, prohibited from fishing for six months, fined $1200 and had his boat...


Get onboard “The Voyage”

January 20, 2021

Princess Yachts Australia has launched an online lifestyle series called “The Voyage”, aiming to bring to life the myriad benefits of the brand and boating. There will be a new...


Whittley announce one year celebration weekend show

January 19, 2021

Whittley Queensland (QLD) have announced the new dealership’s FREE One Year Celebration Boat Show Weekend Sale on the 20th and 21st of February 2021 at The Boat Works in Coomera....


Navico Partners with Ozfish Unlimited

January 18, 2021

Navico, parent company to the Lowrance®, Simrad®, B&G® and C-MAP® brands is excited to announce a partnership with Ozfish Unlimited, a not-for-profit charity helping Aussie recreational fishers get active to...


Deal Island 50 fills a niche

January 18, 2021

A new breed of timber boats is the speciality of the craftspeople at the Wooden Boat Shop, renowned for classic coastal cruisers that combine timber, traditional techniques and high-tech composites....

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