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Trade-A-Boat Issue 475

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tasty times

TASTY IS AN ODD WORD to conjure up, but I was salivating when I heard Eric from Whitepointer Boats Australia had a couple of 263s for us to play – I mean work – with. As much as I wanted to experience more of the historic 233, or any of its modern interpretations, I couldn’t go past Senior Boat John Willis as the lead for this important job. He is, after all, one of the most knowledgeable of the 233 appreciation tribe. John did, for these very pages, a stellar job archiving the history of the first offshore-racing Formula 233s by way of our Haines Hunter Buyers’ Guide. This latest iteration, Whitepointer’s 263L, adds another chapter to the book and will go down as one of the best. You can find John’s piece…

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gold coast expo

Gold Coast International Marine Expo organisers say they are adding extra sites and infrastructure ahead of what is set to be the biggest show in the event’s six-year history. Exhibitors have been so quick to secure places at the Coomera event (May 19-22, 2016) that existing space is 95 per cent booked, with 15 per cent of bookings from first-time exhibitors. “It’s an exciting challenge for us to increase the footprint and maximise the opportunity to stage the largest Expo ever,” event and marketing manager Emma Brown said. “We’ll be increasing Expo’s free on-site car parking as well as the number of sea-trial berths for people to try before they buy. We’ll have more hard-stand space and more covered display space.” Brown said Expo visitors should look forward to a hands-on marine display…

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new yamaha dealer for southern sydney

Yamaha Motor Australia has added Marina Bayside to its premium retail network. Located at Taren Point, the boating gateway of southern Sydney, the team has big plans to service the growing local boating community. As a full-line Yamaha marine dealership, it stocks an extensive range of outboards and WaveRunners along with the full range of Yamaha parts and accessories, factory-authorised servicing, Yamaha Motor Finance and Yamaha Marine Insurance. General manager Alex Panagakis has decades of experience in the marine industry at workshop, retail and wholesale levels and said: “When the opportunity presented to secure the Yamaha franchise for the south side of Sydney, [we] accelerated plans to develop the marine dealership aspect of the Marina Bayside project.” Marina Bayside is an authorised retailer for Haines Hunter, Sea Jay and Blue Fin as well…

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rafting up at sanctuary cove

Sanctuary Cove International Boat Show (SCIBS) organisers are expecting a big year for their 28 event, with exhibitor bookings up 20 per cent over last year. This year’s show, held from May 19 to 22, will include Supercar Street, showcasing a range of impressive automotive machinery, and the new Boatyard dedicated to sports, ski and trailerable boats. Brands already confirmed include Horizon Motor Yachts Australia, Multihull Solutions, Fleming Yachts Australia, Integrity Motor Yachts, Leigh-Smith Yachts representing Alaska Motor Yachts, Elandra Yachts, JSW Powersports, Sirocco Marine North, All Marine Spares, Raymarine, Muir, Dometic/ Seabreeze, and Sunbrella. SCIBS general manager Johan Hasser said: “We’re thrilled with the interest in the new precincts. We have put together a show plan we believe visitors will love.” Other changes for 2016 include relocating the Superyacht & Marine Pavilion…

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get in airlie

Whitsunday Sailing Club has set August 12-19, 2016 as the date for the 27th Airlie Beach Race Week Festival of Sailing. The club’s signature event, Race Week takes place in the heart of Queensland‘s Great Barrier Reef Marine Park at the gateway to the Whitsunday Islands. No surprises, then, that the area is one of the world’s premier sailing destinations. Along with the dates, the club has also put a call out for sponsors, including a naming rights sponsor to head-up the event. The Festival of Sailing hosts classes from grand prix IRC racing through to cruising divisions, including fast-paced multihull and sports boat divisions, drawing some 1800 competitors, officials and volunteers each year. For 2016, organisers are aiming to entice more entrants and supporters not only from around Australia, but from…

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fairline lifeline

British boat-builder Fairline Boats has been rescued from administration by two UK-based Russian investors for an undisclosed sum. The new company will be called Fairline Yachts, and the unnamed investors are noted for their experience “in managing and developing marine businesses and in the production of high technology products, IT and media services” Both are also passionate boat owners. New managing director Russell Currie brings nearly 30 years’ experience in the luxury motor yacht industry to the group, including as CEO of Fairline North Mallorca, Spain, engineering director for Sunseeker International’s factory team, also in Mallorca, and was chief test engineer for Princess Yachts International. “The resources of the investors, coupled with the expert knowledge of the management team and our energy and passion for the brand, the structure is in place for a…