Boating & Aviation

Trade-A-Boat Issue 497

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in this issue

2 min.
new adventures

You may have noticed a few things different inside these pages, the move to better quality paper, the addition of another boat for sale on the cover and more coverage of boats and our boating lifestyle. The good news is that this will continue under our new owners Adventures Group Holdings. Adventures represents a range of outdoor lifestyle brands, namely Caravan World, Camper and Outdoor, all of which are pillars in their industries, specialising in more than just print. They are experts at events, industry support and engagement with their audiences. No slight on our previous owners but I feel Trade-a-Boat is in good hands, hands that will grow the brand back toward what it once was. Hopefully you come along for the ride. Aside from the new top level leadership, there…

1 min.
sealine nominated again

For the second year running, a new Sealine from the HanseYachts AG portfolio was nominated for the prestigious “European Powerboat of the Year Award 2018”. The nomination was announced at the Cannes Yachting Festival, the world’s largest in-water boat show, only a few days after the world premiere of the new Sealine C430. The team involved said it’s proud of the development of the boat, especially the new design which they say makes it stand out from the crowd. Product Marketing Manager Andrea Zambonini said, “the new Sealine C430 embodies the lines of a sports car and is both functional and exciting. With the floor-levelled panorama windows in the saloon, the C430 is unique and presents the motor boat of the future. From the large bathing platform to the spacious…

1 min.
navy chooses diesel outboards

The Royal Australian Navy’s six new 7.6m RIBs break new ground with each sporting a pair of 175hp Mercury OptiMax DSI diesel outboards. What makes these boats special is the fact they are powered by outboards at all. For many years, the RAN has had a ban on outboards because traditional petrol engines – and the fuel itself – were considered too flammable to be aboard warships. That meant the Navy had to rely on diesel inboards, even at the cost of performance in smaller vessels. Everything has now changed with Mercury’s new 3L DSI (Diesel Spark Ignition) outboard which has been specifically engineered to address the needs of military and other specialised commercial applications around the world. Based on Mercury’s proven OptiMax technology, the high-performance DSI outboards differ significantly from a normal diesel engine…

1 min.
new clipper’s coming

After months of intensive research and consultation in Australia, Asia and the USA, the new generation Clipper Motor Yachts range will be unveiled internationally at the end of this year. The new European-inspired model range will position it at the forefront of the international long range luxury cruiser market. Clipper Motor Yachts managing director, Brett Thurley, said the company was about to progress to an exciting new era in its growth and development. “We will always keep the core elements inherent in the Clipper DNA such as walkaround decks, semi-displacement keel-protected hull design, shaft drive diesel technology, long range economical cruising capacity and exemplary seakeeping ability however we have given the range a massive step change in styling and aesthetic direction for the future,” he said. “This has been done at a visual,…

2 min.
expo canned

The organising committee of the Gold Coast International Boat Show and Marine Expo has announced they are calling a halt to the show. Owing to escalating demand for new boats, shipyard re-fit, maintenance and repair works coupled with the inability to expand the current footprint of the burgeoning event, the show will be halted effective 2018. “After lengthy consideration, the committee has reluctantly reached this decision, especially following the success of our 2017 show for both our valued boating enthusiast visitors and exhibitors,” said Emma Brown, the long-serving event and marketing manager of the Gold Coast International Boat Show and Marine Expo. “The boat building factories at the Gold Coast Marine Precinct in Coomera are now bustling as a result of new boat sales and the hardstands and re-fit sheds are a…

2 min.
whitsunday clipper race carnival approaches

The final countdown is on to one of the biggest parties the Whitsundays has ever seen. The Clipper Race Fleet sails into the idyllic Whitsundays with the Clipper Race Carnival commencing 13 January. The Clipper Round the World Yacht Race is a unique event which sees seasoned skippers paired with novice crews on an epic 40,000 nautical mile adventure. The Whitsundays stopover will be the final one in Australia for the Clipper 2017-18 Race, and will be a fortnight of showcasing the Whitsunday region and what it is renowned for – beautiful scenery, amazing sailing and warm, Queensland hospitality. The Whitsunday Clipper Race Carnival will be a whole-of-region event for visitors and locals and of course the Clipper crews, their families, friends and supporters. Clipper Race Chairman, Sir Robin Knox-Johnston said the fleet “can’t…