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Trade-A-Boat Issue 529

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3 min.
on watch

LESS CHOICE Firstly, to put this all in perspective, I’m told E-TEC sales made up less than 5 per cent of outboard sales in Australia before parent company BRP purchased Telwater and started installing E-TEC engines to their Quintrex, Stacer, Savage and Yellow Fin brands. Since then it has gone up, marginally, with plenty of dealers choosing to take hulls without subsidised E-TEC engines, instead favouring the likes of Mercury, Yamaha and Suzuki. So, why is the fact time is up for E-TEC even news? Well, we at Trade-a-Boat have a lot of experience with the range of direct-injection two-strokes, with both the office staff and our contributors having had their engines on and off for decades. Trade-a-Boat famously once replaced a perfectly good Yamaha four-stroke with the then-new E-TEC Gen2 on…

1 min.
seadogs of yore

With a moniker like Captain Black, it’s hard to imagine today’s subject as destined for anything other than a life of questionable means on the high seas. John Black (the Captain bit came later) first set sail in 1795; a short stint in the navy, followed by a period employed by the East India Trading Company. On the way to Australia in 1797, soldiers who’d been forced into the permanent assignment down under mutinied, leaving John and 28 others in a longboat that ended up in Brazil. Rather than wait around for the next ride back to England, which was eight months away, he signed up as a navigator aboard the Indispensable, a whaler that was engaged in work as a privateer; a friendly name for state-sanctioned piracy. The 19-year-old Black was put…

1 min.
trade a boat

Editorial MANAGING EDITOR Tim van Duyl tvanduyl@emprisegroup.com.au PRODUCTION EDITOR Tyler Jefferson DEPUTY EDITORS Adam Jane, Charlotte Long, Sam Richards PRODUCTION AND DESIGN MANAGER Danielle Beadman dbeadman@emprisegroup.com.au SENIOR DESIGNER Janina Roque jroque@emprisegroup.com.au DESIGNER Swathi Sankaran ssankaran@emprisegroup.com.au DESIGNER Angus Greaves agreaves@emprisegroup.com.au CONTRIBUTORS Andrew Norton, Chris Whitelaw, Kevin Green, Graham Lloyd, Kevin Smith Photography & Videography SENIOR VIDEO DIRECTOR Anna Shepherd ashepherd@emprisegroup.com.au PHOTOGRAPHIC CONTRIBUTORS Chris Whitelaw, Anna Shepherd, Salty Dingo, Graham Lloyd, Graham Hammond, Kevin Green, Eddie Lo Advertising Enquiries HEAD OF PARTNERSHIPS Christopher Jefferson 0477 775 020 cjefferson@emprisegroup.com.au SENIOR PARTNERSHIPS Serena Prasad 0429 489 615 sprasad@emprisegroup.com.au NATIONAL AGENCY Christopher Jefferson 0477 775 020 cjefferson@emprisegroup.com.au Executive Group CHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICER Robert Gallagher rgallagher@emprisegroup.com.au CHIEF FINANCIAL OFFICER Matthew O’meara momeara@emprisegroup.com.au…

1 min.
gccm continues expansion

Gold Coast City Marina and Shipyard (GCCM) have now successfully completed the construction of undercover work bays and are moving onto building new showrooms, as step by step the new marine hub takes shape. With a scheduled finish date of August 2020, between then and now the GCCM will build three new units, providing premises for marine contractors and expanding on the 80 business already onsite. The new 240sqm units will be prominently positioned at the entry of the 17.5 hectare facility, and will feature retail showrooms, office spaces and workshops, plus easy boat ramp, dry storage and refit shed access. “GCCM is a boatyard that accommodates marine craft from jet ski to superyacht and we continue to grow and attract leading marine contractors,” Luke McCaul, General Manager of Customer Experience and Facilities…

1 min.
major boating expo off for 2020

The National 4x4 Outdoors Show, Fishing & Boating Expos in Melbourne and Brisbane will not be going ahead in 2020, organisers have announced. Instead, organisers will turn their efforts to delivering “bigger and better” shows when they return in 2021. The Brisbane show will be held on 19–21 March 2021, and the Melbourne show on 20–22 August 2021. Organisers state they originally investigated postponing the shows until later in 2020 but that the many uncertainties in place ultimately impacted their ability to deliver the desired experience with a guarantee of safety. 2020 ticket holders and exhibitors will be contacted via email.…

1 min.
saxdor yachts anchor in aus

eBoating Australia have been appointed as the distributor of Saxdor Yachts in a move that progresses their status as a cutting-edge European boat provider within the country. The 200 SPORT, a 20ft outboard-powered personal watercraft, will be the first model to reach Australian shores this spring, and it will feature a price tag of $49,995 (inc. GST) and power options from 100–175hp. One of its strengths lies in the versatility of the design, Sales Director for eBoating Australia, David Carpenter, said. “Whether it’s enjoying a day out with the family, fishing, wakeboarding or exploring new areas that fully utilise its incredible offshore capabilities, the 200 has it all in a package that is simply impossible to beat,” he says. The 200 will be closely followed by the SAXDOR 320 GTO, to be released here…