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Trade-A-Boat Issue 468

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that’s fishing

IT’S A FICKLE SPORT, THIS FISHING THING, but it is one that I won’t die wanting for – I will always try. This last month, after watching internet feeds light up with both quick in-shore catches and some that lasted longer than the political life of recent prime ministers, the Trade-a-Boat crew set off to catch southern bluefin tuna. It wasn’t a trip planned in haste. We had heard about catches in the week leading to our journey. The Tuesday before our day in the sun, we were already monitoring the weather, checking the moon cycle, even the water temp charts. A plan was drafted on Thursday and confirmed Friday by 10 am when the last detail fell into place, the boat. Simon Rinaldi of Red Hot Fishing Charters, a well-known and…

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new safety centre at watsons bay

Sydney’s Watsons Bay Pilot Station has been reborn as a Boating Safety Education Centre, aimed at educating young boaties how to be safe and responsible on the water. The new centre includes a purpose-designed ramp and floating pontoon, allowing access to the water for children of all abilities. It was created through a NSW government partnership with the BIA, Marine Teachers Association, Yachting NSW, Paddle NSW and Sailability. Restoration work started last year and included refurbishment of the building, installation of change room facilities, boat storage on the lower floor and a large pontoon and ramp for the launching and recovery of vessels. Much of the historical integrity of the Pilot Station was retained in the new building, thus ensuring this piece of Sydney’s maritime heritage lives on. Minister for Roads, Maritime and Freight Duncan…

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big dollar barra

A fishing trip to the Northern Territory this year could net you more than just the fish of a lifetime. The Million Dollar Fish Competition will see 76 tagged barramundi released across the Top End from October 1, including one lucky barra that will earn its finder one million bucks. An additional 75 tagged fish will each be worth $10,000, so expect to see one of Australia’s great sportfishing locations swamped with hopeful fishos. What’s more, registration is free and the NT does not require recreational fishing licences, meaning all you need do is get up there and get fishing to be in the running. All prize fish must be line caught and there are strict criteria to validate the authenticity of your tagged barra, so don’t just rip out the tag and throw…

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garmin and northbank join forces

Boaties purchasing a Northbank fibreglass boat from the well-regarded Adelaide manufacturer can now count Garmin electronics among the standard equipment. Garmin has announced a strategic business partnership with Adelaide-based Northbank Marine that will see Garmin electronics equipment supplied as standard equipment on every vessel. Garmin Australasia marine manager Jason Browne (pictured above left) said the OEM agreement with Northbank was further evidence of Garmin’s commitment to the marine industry. “In line with Garmin’s own reputation for quality and performance, we’re very selective when it comes to business partnerships, which is why Northbank is a solid fit with our direction,” he said. Northbank Marine director Rob Cuming (above right) said the boatbuilder had been looking to build a relationship with a respected electronics supplier and Garmin was natural fit after many years of working successfully…

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dealer award for matt willet marine

Sydney based Matthew Willett Marine (MWM) has claimed Jeanneau’s 2015 Asia-Pacific Dealer of the Year for this popular powerboat range. Jeanneau Asia-Pacific sales director Paul Blanc said MWM had been invaluable in promoting the company’s growing list of motor vessels in Australia. “While Jeanneau has long been a recognised leader for sailboats here, few people know that we build close to 3000 powerboats every year,” Blanc said. “Thanks to Matt Willett we have expanded our success with powerboats down under and will have an impressive display at the 2015 Sydney International Boat Show including the Merry Fisher, Cap Camarat, Velasco, NC and Leader.” The awards night was held in Dubrovnik, Croatia, attended by Jeanneau dealers from around the world. Following on from the award for 2013 Prestige Dealer of the Year, Matt Willett said…

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optimax diesel reporting for duty

A new Mercury Racing outboard is not always something to jump up and down about, but how about one that runs on diesel? And shares 95 per cent of its components with the petrol version? News filtered in this month of a unique OptiMax disesel outboard that Mercury has developed exclusively for the US Department of Defence. Following an explosive fire onboard a US Navy boat in 1995, the blokes in charge ordered all petrol storage tanks be removed from naval vessels, while seeking a solution that would see all engines running on a single fuel type. Mercury Racing came to the rescue some six years ago with its first version of a 185hp 3.0lt outboard that runs on JP5 jet fuel. But as diesel became the popular choice for military use, a new…