Boating & Aviation

Trade-A-Boat Issue 499

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2 min.
dare to dream

The privates on this issue cover left me wanting. We run a few each month and try to vary them up. Sometimes real bargains jump out. At other times, oddities like the circa 1900 built Jones fishing boat present themselves. Vessels like this don’t come up for sale often, most are unfortunately beyond repair sitting on the hard somewhere or worse, already burnt or disposed of. This Jones heralds from Williamstown, VIC. She features a Jarrah keel, hardwood ribs and New Zealand Kauri planking but what stood out was the air-cooled Lister twin cylinder diesel. For anyone that hasn’t had the pleasure of hearing, and smelling, an old air-cooled diesel like it, you should. It is an experience like no other and always makes my hair stand on end. They…

1 min.
global maritimo outreach continues

Maritimo finishes 2017 riding the wave of another successful year of increased brand awareness internationally, and as part of that ongoing crusade it has purchased the commercial property adjoining its current head quarters on the Gold Coast to enable future expansion. The homegrown company has expanded from its Coomera Marine Precinct across the globe in its 15-year history with a network of 44 dealer partners in more than 17 countries. CEO Garth Corbitt said that global expansion was ongoing and the company would continue to market approximately half of the vessels it produced internationally. He said to cater for that growth Maritimo had purchased a 3.09 hectare site at 9 McPhail Road which borders the existing fibreglass factory’s shed and that would enable it to build more vessels in the years ahead. “This year…

1 min.
verado brings even more to fc boats...

Hamilton, New Zealand-based FC Boats is on the cusp of adding an amphibious option to its well-respected line-up of specialist fishing boats. Ross Christensen and his team at FC have created an FC 680 Sealegs prototype which is garnering plenty of attention. The boat is unusually roomy for an amphibious craft because the additional engine, which drives the Sealegs’ wheels and hydraulics, has been built into the centre console, with the hull reengineered to conceal critcal pipework. A key element of the prototype’s overall success has been the decision to pair it with a six cylinder 225hp. The Verado’s power steering technology has allowed FC Boats to link the outboard and the front wheel in one steering system. The one-off prototype was made for one of Ross’ existing customers who lives right on the water…

2 min.
riviera returns to sanctuary cove international boat show

SANCTUARY Cove International Boat Show (SCIBS) organisers recently announced that luxury motor yacht builder Riviera will be returning to the southern hemisphere’s most highly anticipated marine event for its milestone 30th anniversary. As one of the first exhibitors to sign up for the 2018 Show, the iconic Gold Coast based manufacturer will return with full force, bringing with it an inspiring multi-million-dollar showcase including one world premiere model. Officially launching the 2018 edition, SCIBS general manager Johan Hasser said they were thrilled to have Riviera return for what was already gearing up to be a bumper anniversary Show from May 24 to 27. “We are excited to announce Australia’s renowned boating brand Riviera is back on board for the 30th anniversary of SCIBS,” Mr Hasser said. Having launched more than 5200 motor yachts…

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experience co to expand footprint in far north queensland

Adventure tourism company, Experience Co Limited, is expanding its presence in FNQ after announcing it is to acquire Big Cat Green Island Reef Cruises and Tropical Journeys. This announcement coincides with Experience Co’s largest capital raise, seeking circa $60.9 million through an accelerated nonrenounceable entitlement offer (ANREO). Big Cat Green Island Reef Cruises is one of Queensland’s leading Great Barrier Reef tour operators, offering full day and half day cruises to Green Island and twilight cruises from Cairns Harbour. Tropical Journeys is renowned for its snorkelling and diving tours off the Great Barrier Reef, departing from Port Douglas, and for its personalised tours of the Daintree National Park. Bwtween the two they operate a number of brands including: Big Cat Green Island, Cairns Harbour and Sunset Tours, Tropical Journeys, Calypso Snorkel and Dive,…

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rosehill returns

After a year in the wilderness, the Rosehill Trailer Boat Show returns 7 and 8 April. Cancelled in 2017 the show is set to grace the halls and grandstand of the Rosehill Racecourse once more. Recognised by the BIA since the early 1960’s, as an important event to support industry and clear stock, the event will remain free to attend for visitors and in another boon, parking at the venue is also free. According to the BIA’s Domenic Genua the venue has undergone extensive renovations during the event’s time away from the location which should lead to a better experience for both the public and exhibitors. On-site entertainment and an array of food options will complement the rows of boats, accessories and watersports equipment on display. Quality secondhand boats will also be on…