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Shipmate News - 02 May 2016

By John Zammit

Things are really starting to hot up with the start of the Australian boat show season less than 3 weeks away. If that interests you then there’s plenty for you in this edition. If boat shows don’t necessarily float your boat, then don’t despair, plenty more marine news from right around Australia.

We’ve got it all in this edition, everything from illegal fish & chips, the big Barrumundi migration heading south, a boating Poker Run for Sydney Harbour and the launch of a spectacular, high speed cat built specifically for the Water police. And all that is still not the big news.

The big news is that the first South East Queensland (SEQ), print edition of Shipmate Marine Directory – The recreational boaters essential guide, has now hit the deck and is out and about. Shipmate, an annual 128 page, full colour pocket wonder is chock full of information for boaters including a complete A-Z of marine trades and services listed by category, marinas, shipyards, yacht & power boat clubs, fuel outlets, emergency contacts and even includes tide tables. Best of all, it’s completely free!

Our man in SEQ, Harry Davis and I loaded up a van and spent the last week on a road trip. We travelled up and down the SEQ coast. We called in to every marina, shipyard, yacht club and countless marine organisations, boat sales outlets, chandleries and other marine businesses, making sure that they had free copies of Shipmate available for boaters. 10,000 copies are being distributed free. If you’ve got a boat, you’ll find Shipmate Marine Directory practical, handy and a must-have on board, so make sure you ask for your free copy.

We’ve been publishing a print edition of Shipmate Marine Directory annually in Victoria since 2005 and now with the new SEQ print edition available, boaters have their very own localized version with over 450 SEQ marine businesses listed.

No doubt we’ve overlooked a few competent marine businesses and we apologize for any omissions. If you’re a marine business and feel you should be included, please visit the website at www.shipmate.com.au and submit your listing. All listings are free.

The website includes marine businesses from right around Australia and categories can be filtered by state or region. This ensures that Shipmate remains an effective conduit between the marine industry and the recreational boating community. Make sure you visit the website soon.

That’s it again from me for now, sit back, browse through and enjoy the read.

Cheers, see you out on the water

John Zammit

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