Boating & Aviation

Trade-A-Boat Issue 523

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2 min.
on watch

FANTASTIC FLYER Adam and I first laid eyes on the hotly priced Beneteau Flyer 10 at the Sydney International Boat Show in 2019. We have seen the rise of the 9-11 metre Day Boat for some time with the likes of the Greenline Neo and the Antares outboards, plus a number of new inboard boats of similar size but which tend to carry a hefty price penalty for their powertrains. The shift to outboards, like the Beneteau and Greenline feature, is an interesting move, no doubt driven by ease of servicing and space maximisation. Downstairs, where the inboards or sterndrives would typically be can now facilitate a second room or a larger ensuite or in the case of sterndrives, a bigger cockpit or massive wet locker – but there is more. The…

1 min.
seadogs of yore

The ship’s cat is a largely uncelebrated figure in nautical history, despite their important role in keeping rats and mice at bay. There are, of course, exceptions; the nine tailed variety survives in infamy, and then there’s Trim. Reportedly born on the HMS Reliance,Trim would go on to sail aboard HMS Investigator with Matthew Flinders on his circumnavigation of Australia. Trim quickly proved to have a knack for life on the open sea. As a kitten, Trim fell overboard and was able to swim back to the boat and climb up a rope to regain dry ground. Then in 1803 he survived the wreck of HMS Porpoise, keeping the spirits of the stranded men up, only to be imprisoned in Mauritius with Flinders. While we can’t account for the remaining seven lives,…

2 min.
hervey bay named world’s first whale heritage site

Queensland’s Hervey Bay has been accredited as the world’s first Whale Heritage Site by the World Cetacean Alliance (WCA). The historic decision was announced at the WCA’s international summit in early October and marks the culmination of four years’ work by the region’s council and tourism bodies. WCA’s founding partner Clive Martin said, “The award recognises the region’s responsible and sustainable whale watching practices and will highlight Hervey Bay as a leading example for other developing whale tourism sites around the world.” Whale watching is a major tourist drawcard for the Fraser Coast region, attracting about 60,000 visitors each year and injecting an estimated $11 million into the local economy. The new title is expected to position the region as the premier destination for sustainable whale watching and deliver a huge windfall…

1 min.
aimex appoint new president, vice president

The recent Australian International Marine Export Group (AIMEX) AGM the announcements were made that existing board members Jeremy Spear (pictured) and Peter Dowdney are stepping into the roles of President and Vice President respectively. Spear replaces outgoing president Richard Chapman, who will remain on the board. AIMEX represent the Australian marine export and superyacht industries through their subsidiaries Australian Commercial Marin Group (ACMG) and Superyacht Australia, helping existing and emerging brands to showcase local innovation to a worldwide audience. Spear and Dowdney are both deeply rooted in the industry; Spear having been involved in large-scale marine design projects for more than 30 years and Dowdney having spent 23 years in sales and management roles. AIMEX CEO David Good said “I would like to thank and acknowledge outgoing President, Richard, for his valuable contributions and…

1 min.
boatigo puts bums in seats

Tech company Boatigo have developed a platform to help boat owners fill their empty seats. Having noticed the trend of Facebook groups that link boat owners to the general public, Boatigo have further streamlined this concept. The new concept allows captains to list their spare seats before heading on a recreational boating or fishing trip for free, and anyone looking for a ride can then book and pay securely via the platform. Boatigo goes live in late December, visit boatigo.com for more information.…

1 min.
melbourne show applications open

Exhibitor applications for the 60th annual Melbourne Boat Show are now open through the Boating Industry Association of Victoria (BIAV). The upcoming show is set to be the biggest yet, with more than 21,500 visitors expected to pass through the doors over four days. The RACV Marine Melbourne Boat Show will run from Thursday June 11 to Sunday June 14, 2020 at the Melbourne Exhibition and Convention Centre, continuing BIAV’s ongoing efforts to increase public awareness of the state’s boating lifestyle.…