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Trade-A-Boat Issue 473

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summer holiday safety

IT’S THAT TIME ALREADY. It’s that time already? Twenty-fifteen has flown by and it’s time to start preparing for 2016’s welcome party. I would hope that you have already planned your destination and given your boat, motor and trailer their pre-departure inspections, but remember: once at your campsite and even on the road, it pays to have another look at your bearings, your safety gear and your trailer in depth. Nothing ruins a holiday like having to put it on hold while you find a local repairer (who is probably on holiday themselves) to help get you back on the water. And remember to lock-up your fishing and safety gear while on the road and at camp. When towing your pride and joy long distances, check the heat of your bearings when stopped…

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simrad halo scores at mets

Simrad’s Halo Pulse Compression Radar range has added another trophy to the cabinet, scoring the gong for Design Award Marine Equipment (DAME) in the technology category at METSTRADE (the Marine Equipment Trade Show), held in Amsterdam last month. Judges, we’re told, appreciated the complex design and simple user-interface of the Pulse Compression radar technology. Simrad CEO Leif Ottosson said the METS award was important recognition of the hard work made by engineering teams to get the radar system into the marketplace. “It demonstrates our ability to lead the marine technology industry with innovative and specialised marine products for both recreational and commercial use,” he said. Simrad’s Halo combines the advantages of Broadband Radar and traditional pulse radar systems, providing navigational awareness from 20ft to 72nm. For more info, go to simrad-yachting.com…

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fight for a declining resource

The rights of recreational anglers chasing a feed versus those of commercial fishermen trying to make a living have been drawn into focus around the country as more net-free zones are introduced. The Queensland Government announced three new net-free zones in Cairns, Mackay and Rockhampton in November. This is accompanied by an ongoing push from local recreational fishermen to have areas around Moreton Bay and Stradbroke and Moreton Islands set aside from the pressure of commercial net fishing. In NSW, the Labor Party had hoped to introduce a huge marine park that would include Sydney Harbour, but the Baird Goverment’s stance on this plan remains unclear. Meanwhile groups such as Keep Australia Fishing continue to lobby for recreational fishing havens in the Harbour and Hawkesbury River. The Victorian Labor Government is moving…

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new ceo for national bia body

The Boating Industry Association (BIA) of NSW and SA has appointed a national CEO as the group continues to push toward the creation of a united national body to represent the marine industry and recreational boaters. The NSW and SA groups amalgamated late in 2014 and Marine Queensland came on board in late November. We’re also told the Northern Territory will be formally incorporated soon, along with possibly WA in early 2016. Former NSW Government representative Howard Glenn (pictured above) has been installed as the new national CEO. Alan Blake president of the BIA NSW and SA said Glenn’s appointment was a windfall for the recreational boating industry nationally. “His background and expertise will lift the current team’s ability to better achieve our industry objectives,” said Blake. “Howard is not replacing any individual, but will…

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gcime awarded best exhibition

The Gold Coast International Marine Expo (GCIME) was recognised for a successful fifth edition, winning Best Exhibition for 2015 at the Australian Event Awards last month. GCIME event and marketing manager Emma Brown said the Expo’s small but talented team was proud and humbled by the national award. “We found it really inspiring to be a finalist at these prestigious awards as there were many high-profile and well-established events staged right across Australia all vying for the top honour,” she said. “We gratefully accept the Best Exhibition title for 2015 on behalf of our loyal exhibitors, our valued partners and, importantly, our expo fans – our visitors – who have all shown great commitment to our industry-run marine exposition.” Marine exhibitors have also enthusiastically embraced next year’s edition of GCIME, already booking more than…

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good times at eloura slsc

Cronulla-NSW-based Eloura Surf Life Saving Club is all set for summer with local marine dealer Good Times Marine on board as an outboard sponsor for the club’s fleet of Inflatable Rescue Boats (IRBs). As well as upgrading all IRBs to 25hp Mercury Sea Pro surf rescue motors, Good Times Marine has also committed to a long-term engine supply and servicing schedule to keep lifesavers and their boats on the water and ready for action. Jason Murray, coordinator of the Eloura IRB team said: “Our inflatable boat team clock-up huge hours every year in patrolling Eloura Beach and providing safety and logistical support with special events. “The engines are used in the harshest of environments where the reliability of the motors is constantly tested. This new sponsorship with Good Times Marine has given us…