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Trade-A-Boat Issue 474

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changing of the guard

YOU LEARN SOMEONE’S TRUE WORTH after they’re gone. It’s sad to say but no matter how highly you regard them for their ability and personality, you truly don’t appreciate them ’til they’re gone. Trade-a-Boat starts 2016 a very different beast to what it was in 2015 – the two people I leaned on the most and can honestly attribute most of my ability to steer this ship have moved on. Eight-year veteran deputy editor John ‘JP’ Panozzo and Ben Keys, two-year field editor, have left the building. JP is back where his heart is – in the NT. No doubt he’s missing the Victorian surf but not the cold. Meanwhile Ben is enjoying a moment on the seas doing yacht deliveries and racing. Ben’s specialty power boat features will be missed, as…

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they came, they saw, they conquered!

This year’s Sydney-Hobart drew a lot of foreign interest, including the fastest supermaxi in the world – Comanche – which hit speeds of 30kn in the run for line honours. But the ‘people’s race’ for handicap honours – the Tattersalls Cup – deservedly went to a local, Sydney’s TP52 Balance, skippered by Paul Clitheroe. Sporting a crew partly from its previous incarnation as Quest – sailing master Mike Green, a veteran of 37 Hobarts, and Adam Brown, a veteran of 29 – the 52-footer has previously won a Hobart so is a battle-proven rocketship. It survived the wild first night, with 40kn southerlies hammering the 108-yacht fleet, as Clitheroe explains: “We had the hell beaten out of us on the first night. The boat would launch into the air and you…

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scibs off to a flyer

Exhibitors have wasted no time taking advantage of early booking incentives for the 28th Sanctuary Cove International Boat Show (SCIBS), to be held 19-22 May this year. SCIBS general manager Johan Hasser tells us bookings are already up more than 20 per cent on last year and exhibitors report they’re expecting a bumper show, off the back of strong sales in 2015 and improving consumer confidence. A mix of long-term exhibitors and new brands are already confirmed, including Horizon Motor Yachts Australia, Multihull Solutions, Fleming Yachts Australia, Integrity Motor Yachts, Leigh-Smith Yachts, Elandra Yachts, JSW Powersports, Sirocco Marine North, All Marine Spares, Raymarine, Muir, Dometic/ Seabreeze, Sunbrella and many more. Hasser said exhibitors had been quick to act on a new rate structure and many had now secured their preferred locations within the…

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shipmate queensland on the way

The Shipmate Marine Directory is casting off its Victorian shackles and expanding north in 2016. A South-East Queensland edition of this useful guide will hit shelves in May – just in time for the busy boat show season. This free 148-page pocket guide – now in its 12th annual edition – originated in Victoria in 2005 as an A-Z of marine trades and services, along with information and contact details for yacht clubs, marinas, shipyards, marine organisations and more. The latest edition (on the front of this magazine for Victorian readers) also lists marine businesses Australia-wide and is now available online. Shipmate is the brainchild of boating identity John Zammit, who also publishes Shipmate News, a twice-monthly e-newsletter that goes out to subscribers around Australia. The guide is available via yacht clubs, marinas, marine organisations…

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bargain tickets for auto club members

Queensland automotive club RACQ has partnered with SCIBS again to offer reduced price tickets for the Boat Show, which means more than 7.8million members Australia-wide can benefit from online savings. Tickets for the 28th SCIBS are now on sale, with RACQ as well as NRMA, RACV, AANT, RAC, RAA and RACT members able to purchase one-day tickets online at 50 per cent off the gate price. Early Bird pricing is also available to the general public, offering visitors 25 per cent off all tickets until 29 February. The popular VIP passes return for 2016, offering access to the exclusive Top Deck VIP Lounge presented by the InterContinental Sanctuary Cove Resort. This year there will be an expanded format, with front-row views of the marina and all-day five-star catering for VIP pass holders, in…

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emission standards on the way

Australia is edging ever closer to formal emission standards covering non-road engines (outboards and PWCs), following a meeting of state and federal environment ministers late last year. In December, the group finalised its long-planned National Clean Air Agreement, the central target of which is to “reduce air pollution and improve air quality through cooperative action between industry and government at the national, state and local level” One key focus of this agreement is to encourage the development of partnerships between business and non-government sectors to improve air quality. The government stakeholders have therefore agreed that emission standards for new non-road spark ignition engines will be introduced through Commonwealth legislation, with the aim to introduce this legislation into parliament this year. Around 50 per cent of outboards sold in Australia already meet these standards, but…