Boating & Aviation

Trade-A-Boat Issue 511

Established in 1977, it serves thousands of committed readers from all walks of life who have a passion for boating. Complementing its marine market place strengths are quality news articles, product reviews and the latest boat tests.

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in this issue

2 min.
on watch

The end of 2018 has been and gone and what a year it was for the Trade-a-Boat team. We’ve had new faces come and go, a redesigned magazine, a new website going live any day now and some memorable experiences. Memory-wise, 2018’s major boat shows (Sydney and Sanctuary Cove Internationals) will go down as two of the best in a long time – Sanctuary Cove (SCIBS) especially so. Both saw major brands back, sales successes and positive sentiment from visitors, it helps that we had perfect weather for both too. This year’s shows are drawing close, with SCIBS having already unleashed advertising and prospectuses. And from early reports, a great number of big-brand exhibitors have already signed on to the Gold Coast’s best event. We will be there again with new…

1 min.
hands on the deck

The work you see in these pages is the culmination of decades of experience. We pride ourselves on offering authoritative, independent advice on all things boating. Each issue we introduce two members of the team that bring you the highs and lows of our passion. FIONA FORSTER Having grown up in a keen boating family, Fiona spent her younger years water skiing and sailing across Victoria. With a passion for travel and an eye for detail, Fiona enjoys uncovering hidden bays and exceptional service along our endless coastline. JAMES NICHOLLS Photo-journalist James Nicholls has been a sailing instructor in Greece and competed in many Race Weeks including Cowes and Antigua. His work appears in Europe, Asia and the USA. He is a delegate for the Riva Historical Society.…

3 min.
guest comment

THE SIREN SONG OF ADVENTURE Travel broadens the mind. For those of us lucky enough to be able to travel in our own vessels, this is especially true. No matter whether we have a kayak, tinny or fancy yacht – power or sail – they all allow us to explore environments denied to landlubbers. Our daily lives are, of necessity, bound by a straitjacket of rules – whether it be driving a car or standing in line for something-or-other. Certainly, there are right-of-way rules out on the water but these are based on common sense and once free of the harbour, we have the freedom to explore our environment. With few exceptions, it is geography and natural forces which control our movements. It was not until I retired from managing the building of…

1 min.
ramping up for scibs 2019

Sanctuary Cove International Boat Show is gearing up for a big 2019, fuelled by the success of their 30th anniversary celebrations in 2018. The southern hemisphere’s biggest boating festival will be looking to build on the 45,000 visitors, 300 exhibitors and hundreds of millions of dollars in sales that made last year’s event such a success. Readers of Trade-a-Boat will no doubt be familiar with the long list of leading global brands that display their wares each year; the luxury superyachts, 20,000sqm of trailerboats, the sailing yachts, catamarans, trawlers, day boats, weekender, fishing boats, high-performance sports boats, ski boats, tow boats, aluminium, fibreglass, gadgets, gizmos, you name it! SCIBS General Manager John Hasser says it best: “If you’ve got an interest in the boating industry, you’ve got an interest in being at…

1 min.
sia launch new initiative

Seafood Industry Australia have kicked off their new ‘Our Pledge’ initiative in Port Lincoln, which will see the national body touring the country to help connect with localised seafood industry. The SIA held workshops with representatives from the prawn and bluefin tuna industries to discuss issues and misconceptions that may trouble local businesses and the wider fisheries around Australia. SIA CEO Jane Lovell describes the initiative: “‘Our Pledge’ gives the industry a way to succinctly communicate with the community and to inform them of our values and practices. It also helps us focus our efforts on meeting community concerns including the establishment of areas where we need more research, or for greater uptake of existing research and the industry standard of best-practice.” The initiative comes as a response to the industry’s appeals for…

1 min.
welcome to trailerboat heaven

The Boating Industry Association are gearing up for their Rosehill Trailerboat Show in 2019, after the event returned to the Rosehill Racecourse venue in 2018. Entry to this year’s event is free (as is the parking), and all the big-name brands in towable boating have already put their names down to display their latest and greatest wares. Not only will the event be chock-full of tinnies and offshore fishing craft, there will also be plenty in the way of kayaks, canoes and inflatables – plus all the odds and ends you’ll need to feed your boating habit. Whether you’re in the market for a new engine, looking to learn more about the local industry or just keen stare at shiny new boats, take the trip south from Sydney on April 6 or 7…