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Trade-A-Boat Issue 470

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ramp, no rage

THIS MONTH I WAS FORTUNATE ENOUGH to spend time one of my favourite places, the northern NSW coast. Aside from a booming property market due largely to ‘townies’ buying holiday homes, Arrawarra where we were based feels like the best place to be. People are relaxed, letting things come and go like the tide as opposed to fighting the currents. From our accommodation at the foot of the headland we had a perfect view to the bay and the stone fish trap built by Australia’s traditional owners and operated right up past western settlement. It’s an ingenious system that makes the best of a deep tide and shelter from the headland, fish were caught inside the stone walls during high tide and harvested as the tide retracted – clever. Also on display…

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diesel outboards on the way

Recreational or charter boaties eyeing off Mercury’s recent military-only diesel outboard might want to take a look at Yanmar’s latest acquisition. Yanmar Marine International (YMI) has marked a return to the diesel outboard market by signing a distribution deal with German outboard manufacturer, Neander Shark. This means Yanmar will distribute the unconventional outboards through its worldwide dealer network, including Australia and New Zealand. Yanmar previously built three-cylinder diesel outboards rated at 27hp and 36hp, but ceased in 2009 when emissions regulations restricted sales. “With the global economic downturn in full swing, Yanmar decided at that time not to invest in the outboard range even though it had been highly successful in many markets,” explained Floris Lettinga, YMI global sales manager. “Now, however, with Neander Shark, we can offer a highly-competitive outboard product…

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fusion appoints new sales director

FUSION has announced the appointment of Dan Soeters (left) to head up the Europe, Middle East and African regions, following the departure of long-time sales director Matt Forbes. Having spent the last four years developing FUSION’s Australasian RV division and having come to the business from a strategic sales background in marine electronics, Soeters will use his experience to spearhead the company’s growth and expansion. “FUSION Europe has shown incredible growth over the past 10 years,” said Soeters. “It is a great privilege to be handed the reins at such an important stage in the development of the company.” FUSION Entertainment managing director Chris Baird said Soeters had proven himself again and again as a valuable team asset. “He has earned our complete confidence and we look forward to the positive impact he will…

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hit the road for boating fun

The Victorian marine industry has launched a campaign to promote boating tourism as summer approaches. The Boating Industry Snapshot: Destination Boating publication will be delivered digitally to boat owners as part of an ongoing social media promotion, with the aim of encouraging boaties to explore beyond their local ramp. Research conducted by Roy Morgan in 2014 suggests 86 per cent of boat owners were planning to travel somewhere with their vessel in the next year. Steven Potts, CEO of the Boating Industry Association of Victoria (BIA Vic), said boating destination tourism provided a valuable economic contribution to coastal, regional and country areas with expenditure in a range of areas from accommodation to food and fuel. “Especially over summer, boating tourism can boost local economies as people venture ashore to enjoy the ambience of coastal…

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windcraft picks up lagoon cats

Not content with its position as Australia’s largest monhull yacht sales company, the Windcraft Group is expanding into multihulls with Lagoon catamarans. Under the Team Windcraft banner the company represents Dehler, Hanse, Moody, Solaris and Brenta already, but a new branch – The Multihull Group – will see French-built Lagoon catamarans added to this impressive list. New managing director of The Multihull Group (TMG), John Cowpe has a strong connection with the Lagoon brand and is aiming for nothing less than steering the marque back to the number one spot in Australia – bringing it into alignment with the rest of the world where Lagoon catamarans hold a strong market share. TMG will operate out of four locations on the east coast of Australia, where Cowpe said customers could look forward to the…

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bluewater explorer

The new Explorer 50 from Clipper Motor Yachts splashed down in Queensland last month and this 15m vessel is expected to be joined by an Explorer 46 early next year. These long range pilothouse bluewater cruisers are designed by Australian naval architect Mark Williamson and the 50 is available in two versions – a two-cabin two-bathroom layout or three cabins with a single bathroom. The twin cabin version offers a full width master stateroom amidships with island bed, plus a generous VIP cabin forward, both with ensuites. Both models feature Clipper’s contemporary apartment-style saloon and galley, with interior fittings available in glossy African teak or a lighter, more modern Anigre wood finish. Williamson has created a typical Clipper semi-displacement hull design, but this is offered in single shaftdrive diesel or twin diesel configurations. The versatile…