Boating & Aviation

Trade-A-Boat Issue 530

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in this issue

2 min.
on watch with tim van duyl

First I’d like to say thanks for your support. Over the last six months, we’ve all faced a challenge like no other and although we were hit hard with lower revenue, we made our best effort to help those advertisers that have supported us and we kept printing. To the credit of the company that owns Trade-a-Boat, pausing production was never even considered and had they asked me how I felt about stopping print, well, it would have been a short conversation and no change to what you’ve seen for the last 530 issues. SOMETHING A LITTLE DIFFERENT If you have skipped ahead to page 64 you will have found a review of a different kind of vessel, a new pilot boat. Something a bit different and, in my opinion, exciting. It…

2 min.
seadogs of yore

Colonial Australia was for hardened sailors, convicts and unlucky servicemen, so ‘piratical capture of ships’ was a concern; at one point there was a standing order in Tasmania that ‘when moored… sails must be taken off the spars and the ship’s rudder taken ashore’. In the early-1800s, about one boat per year was taken, and many weren’t heard from again. Nevertheless, the names of these pirates are unknown to most, so the mention of Charlotte Badger is unlikely to raise any eyebrows. Charlotte Badger was convicted of housebreaking and transported to Australia. She spent time in domestic service before being placed aboard the brig Venus sailing between Port Jackson, Twofold Bay and Hobart. It wasn’t long before the buxom Badger used her powers of seduction to convince the ship’s first mate, a pockmarked…

2 min.
superyacht facility goes for gold

Gold Coast shipyard and marina facility, The Boat Works, has announced work on stage 3 of its new superyacht facility will commence in August and be completed by the end of 2020. Stage 3 is a $30 million development that will consist of an additional 10,000sqm of purpose-built marine workshops and retail facilities, and will complement the recently completed $100 million superyacht yard expansion. An additional 12 marine service workshops will occupy a 5000sqm hub that includes marine retail showrooms to accommodate a range of marine professions including engineering, fabrication and refinishing works and custom marine trimmers. The company says this will create 250 new jobs. The other 5000sqm space will comprise four new high-bay Super Sheds for specific controlled work environments for larger vessels. An expansive dedicated sandblast bay with unlimited height options…

2 min.
riviera expands factory to meet demand

Australia’s largest luxury motor yacht builder, Riviera, is increasing production capacity at its factory to cope with demand for existing and emerging models. The new multimillion-dollar development will expand its 14-hectare production facility, and include extending the factory’s final fit-out capability through increasing its volume by more than 20 per cent. Once this stage of the expansion program is complete, Riviera will bring the majority of its final fit-out under one roof to enhance quality, lead times and annual volume. Over the past year, the company produced more than 100 motoryachts from across the 20-model range, more than half of which have been exported. Its growing range includes Flybridge, SUV and Sport Yacht models, and more recently the addition of the larger Sports Motor Yacht collection. Riviera’s flagship Sports Motor Yacht design was launched in…

1 min.
easy, squeezy u-pol

One of the UK’s biggest manufacturers specialising in automotive refinishing is expanding its range to offer products for the marine market. Joining its existing range of fillers, coatings, aerosols and adhesives, U-Pol is now offering Fibral Fiber Glass Figure in a unique easy-to-use pouch. The new packaging aims to remove problems caused by rusting cans and ensure the filler has a longer shelf life. It will soon be joined by U-Pol’s Raptor 2k coating that will form part of a Deck Grip Kit. Marine Plus Australia and Kiwi Yachting in New Zealand are set to offer the range.…

1 min.
luxury vessel share ownership company to launch

Cobli, a new company offering equity ownership of luxury vessels, will be launched in August by two experienced importers. Peter Hrones and John Cowpe represent prestigious on-water brands including Lagoon, Axopar and Pardo Yachts, each of which are exclusively sold through Eyachts and The Multihull Group. The pair will now offer shared ownership in vessels from the latest catamarans based between Sydney and the Whitsunday islands to high-end day boats for entertaining and enjoyment on Sydney Harbour and beyond. The pair say Cobli will also enable clients to access the very top end of town with ownership opportunities in the incredible Lagoon Seventy8 Motor Yacht. “It feels good to now come full circle and launch Cobli”, says Hrones. Cobli will be based on owner feedback that suggested many syndication companies offer too many shares, meaning…