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Trade-A-Boat Issue 472

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and what a month it was

A FEW THOUSAND DOLLARS in fuel – triple that in food and drink – and more man-hours and kilometres driven than I want to count, we are done with another edition of Australia’s Greatest Boats. For those that have been reading Trade-a-Boat regularly over the last few months, you will know the entrants and that we were putting them to the sword in Eden, NSW. Aside from a small issue with one boat on day one and the weather not playing for parts of the week, I couldn’t have asked for more. Massive thanks must be passed onto the seemingly tireless crew from within Bauer Media and to the entrants, some of which drove 2000km-plus to take part. Both the people in front of and behind the cameras put their best…

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scibs announces new precinct plan

Keep an eye out for new product precincts and a reworked layout at next year’s Sanctuary Cove International Boat Show (SCIBS), with organisers announcing a host of changes aimed at improving visitor flow and maximising visibility for exhibitors. Located adjacent to C Pier and near George’s Paragon restaurant, The Boat Yard is a new dedicated sportsboat and trailerboat precinct, offering 1600m of display space for exhibitors. This will also open up the opportunity of sea trials nearby for prospective buyers. Other changes will see the Superyacht and Marine Pavilion relocated alongside the Main Pavilion, encouraging foot traffic through an enticing display of Australian-made products, service providers and the industry’s favourite gadgets. Building on the success of previous luxury car exhibits by major sponsor Maserati EuroMarque Brisbane, SCIBS 2016 will also expand its luxe…

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aussie atlantic battler

The modern Mini Transat 650 attracts the largest fleet of short-handed offshore racing yachts in the world to the start line on the Biscay coast of France. The 2015 race departed Douarnenez on September 19 and finishes at the island of Guadeloupe in the Caribbean, a leg of 2770nm. The fleet is comprised almost entirely of French sailors and only has four women, including one young Aussie battler. “I was wiped out twice with gusts over 26kts after surfing down these massive waves off the Iberian coast,” said 26-year-old Katrina Ham, after arriving exhausted in the Canary Islands, to complete the first leg from France. Hugely over-canvassed and twitchy, these little 22-footers require a lot of attention to prevent broaching or worse. “I try to catnap when I can, but there’s little time for sleep,”…

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whitehaven at home on the harbour

Former Riviera veteran Keith Hanson has been busy over the past five years, creating a range of dedicated cruising motor yachts that embody his vast experience and the results were plain to see when we went aboard the Whitehaven 6000 Flybridge, 6000 Coupe and 7000 Flybridge on Sydney Harbour. Having sea trialled the 6000 Flybridge earlier this year, our writer Kevin Green was impressed by the quality and sensible design that has gone into these Taiwanese-built cruisers. Hanson and his boatbuilder son Ryan developed a relationship with the Taiwanese yard when they were building boats under the New Ocean name, but with growing confidence in the company’s abilities under naval architect and CEO Jason Kao, Hanson designed his own moulds. “Export driven growth is what we’re looking at, with both American and…

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sirocco marine rides wave to us

Sirocco Marine will extend its growing RIB footprint to the USA, opening two new showrooms in this booming marine market. Sirocco will open stores this year in the key boating regions of Fort Lauderdale, Florida and Annapolis, Maryland, joining a rising tide of Aussie marques making their presence felt in the States, such as Riviera, Maritimo and most recently Elandra. Sirocco Marine managing director Neil Webster, said the decision to open stores in the US was a strategic move to expand the business to a larger market and as a form of hedge in the current climate, with the Aussie dollar comparatively weak against the US dollar. “Importing boats from the US or UK has gone up 50 per cent ,” Webster said. “Boats from Europe have gone up 20 per cent. It…

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quintrex awards excellence

Quintrex has wrapped up its annual dealer awards, recognising the efforts of its best salespeople and their teams around the country. Sunraysia Marine made history by being awarded Victorian and Tasmanian Dealer of the Year for the third time in a row – a feat never achieved before. Located in Mildura, Victoria, Sunraysia Marine was established in 1985 and stocks a large range of Quintrex boat packages with both Yamaha and Evinrude outboard motors. Dealer Principal Brett Woods said he was thrilled to have won the award three years in a row and believes his skilled staff contributes to the success of his dealership. “Our success as a dealership really comes down to valuing our customers,” he said. Aquasports Marine, in Midvale, WA, took the Quintrex Western Australia Dealer of the Year for 2015, attributing…