Boating & Aviation

Trade-A-Boat Issue 513

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2 min.
on watch

SUNRISES Sometimes I pinch myself doing my job just to remind myself I am awake. That’s not to suggest I work late or so hard that I fall asleep on the job, but because every now and then something floats along that makes my spine tingle. Last month, a fly-in fly-out test of WA based hybrid FD 85-87 from Horizon reminded me how good I sometimes have it. The team at Horizon Yachts Australia refer to it as an FD 85 on account of what you can see above the sheerline but it turns out the WA based owner requested a Frankenstein boat, part FD 87 and part 85. To some it may seem at odds with hulls so closely matched in name but there are some big differences that allowed…

1 min.
seadogs of yore

After conflicts along the Hawksebury River in the 1790’s resulted in the Kuringgai people’s relocation to Sydney, Bungaree quickly found himself a spot aboard the HMS Reliance. Upon his first journey, a 60-day round trip to Norfolk Island, he fell in with a young Matthew Flinders, who was impressed by his friendly demeanour and sharp intellect. Before long Bungaree was an integral member of Flinders’ team, thanks to his ability to mediate between local indigenous cultures and the crew he sailed with, despite the language barriers he encountered with various Aboriginal groups. Flinders recruited Bungaree for his exploratory voyage aboard the HMS Investigator, which set out in 1802 on a two year journey to map much of Australia’s coastline. This made Bungaree the first known indigenous Australian to circumnavigate the continent. Flinders…

2 min.
exibitor response exceeding expectations at scibs

The Multihull Group (TMG), Eyachts and Clipper Motor Yachts are among the latest companies to unveil new craft at the Sanctuary Cove International Boat Show (SCIBS) on May 23-26, complementing the presence of Maritimo, Horizon Motor Yachts Australia, Whitehaven and Integrity Motor Yachts, Alexander Marine, Multihull Solutions, EMarine and Jeanneau power and sail. SCIBS spokesperson Dominic O’Brien said exhibitor response and bookings had exceeded expectations for this time of year, but sites remained available for businesses wanting to showcase their wares. Among the latest companies to sign on is Queensland Marine Centre (QMC) representing Boston Whaler, Sea Ray, MasterCraft and Dorado. QMC plans to have as many as 30 boats in the trailerboat precinct, showcasing several larger boats on-water, plus a range of boat-motor-trailer packages with Ilmor engines. Another to sign on recently…

2 min.
galeon boats chart a course down under

Alexander Marine Australia (AMA) will host the launch of the European-made Galeon motoryachts in May, followed by the official Australian debut of the brand at the 2019 Sanctuary Cove International Boat Show later that month. According to AMA, the first two models destined for the local market are the Galeon 460 Fly and 510 Skydeck, chosen for their features that suit the Australian boating lifestyle. Polish-made, Galeon is said to have a reputation for unparalleled attention to detail, cutting-edge technology and groundbreaking designs, growing from a small facility in Straszyn outside Gdansk – which originally constructed sailboats for Beneteau and Jeanneau – to become Poland’s largest motoryacht builder with an output of 100 vessels per annum. In the past few years, the business entered a new era by forming a design partnership with…

1 min.
grand banks report record sales orders

Singapore’s Grand Banks Yachts last month posted a net profit for the second quarter-FY2019 and six months to December 31, 2018, during which time it landed 12 new boat orders that lifted its net order book to S$42.8 million. The luxury boatbuilder reported revenue of S$38.9 million for the six months ending December 31, a decrease of S$5.2 million from S$44.1 million a year ago. Despite lower revenues, gross profit rose 2.6 per cent to S$10.0 million in 1H FY2019, while gross profit margin increased to 25.7 per cent from 22.1 per cent over the comparative periods. Grand Banks saw a record-breaking number of sales orders in 2Q FY2019, having secured 12 new boat orders, including three flagship GB60s, and clocking a net order book of S$42.8 million as at…

1 min.
tr in record-breaking southern 80 win

Last month’s Southern 80 Ski Race on the Murray River at Echuca/Moama saw Team TR Racing smash the race record by 21 seconds in capturing the classic. Ian Tricker and his TR team — Nathan Miller, Ray Ball and Reece Simmonds — in a Force F21s Race Sterndrive powered by a Mercury 1350 QC4V, took out the Superclass in 29 minutes 22.8 seconds. The record for the Southern 80 had stood since 2015 when previously held by Hellrazor, also a Force F21s. Although runner-up to TR, Arkham Asylum became only the third boat in the race’s history to crack the 30-minute mark with a time of 29 minutes 56.73 seconds.…