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16 May 2016

The joy of boating in all its forms

My local yacht club; the Royal Victorian Motor Yacht Club, ran its annual awards night over the weekend and amongst the myriad of awards is the annual award for the Boat Person of the Year. Speaking about all of the various boating activities the worthy winner of the award had participated in during the year, the presenter covered everything from Navrally competitions, club cruises, picnics up rivers in tenders, fishing comps and more.

The thought struck me at the time that while we often talk about boating generally as being a pleasant pastime, there are so many different aspects to it, so many different ways we can enjoy being out on the water, whether you’re into sail or power; from tinnies, to sports boats, cruisers to superyachts, whether you like to cruise, fish, ski, race, or all of the above, the choices are endless; what’s more, boating is something that the whole family can participate in and can be enjoyed whether you’re nine or ninety.

But if you’re reading this then, I’m preaching to the converted, so I’ll move on to the big news this week; the start of the Australian Boat show season, literally less than 3 days away. And just in case you hadn’t noticed, we’ve got a (big) number of articles about all of the shows, Sanctuary Cove, Gold Coast Marine Expo, The Riviera Festival and more, all centered around the magnificent Gold Coast and all starts Thursday. My bags are packed and I’m heading up there tomorrow to call into the ASMEX Conference (Tuesday – Wednesday) beforehand, of which Shipmate is a Media Partner. If you see me around the shows, please make sure you stop to say hi.

Apart from news about the shows, we’ve got a lot more in this edition with a good wrap up of everything making news in the marine world from around Australia. But before you get into that, just a reminder that the localised print editions of Shipmate Marine Directory – The recreational boaters essential guide, are out now and available free in Victoria and South East Queensland, so make sure you pick up your free copy from yacht clubs, marinas, shipyards and selected marine businesses. Find more details at

That’s my story for another couple of weeks, make sure you keep up with the latest news online at but in the meantime, sit back, browse through and enjoy the read

Cheers, see you out on the water

John Zammit

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Chaparral does it differently for Gold Coast Shows

Celebrating their 51st year as the world’s premium sports boat manufacturer, Chaparral will be a part of the massive Stefan Boating World display at their state of the art showroom in Coomera next weekend. "With so much attention on the tug of war between venues over the last couple of years, we are pleased that we will be able to

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Charter Superyachts on display at Sanctuary Cove

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Watersport boats in top gear for SCIBS

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Red Dot design winner supporting ASMEX

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Exclusive Premieres and unique visitor experiences at biggest-ever GCIME

The world’s largest producer of inboard ski, wakeboard and luxury performance powerboats is set unveil two exciting new designs for the first time in Australia, exclusively at the Gold Coast International Marine Expo from May 19-22. The new X26 and NX7 Global Edition wake boats from US-based watersports boat-builder MasterCraft are among a

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New in-house paint facility for Elandra

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