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Trade-A-Boat Issue 476

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heading west

I’M WRITING THIS from windless Fremantle (insert dramatic pause for those who don’t believe me). I’ve not spent much time here before, but this time—with the promise of a new-to-market powercat and a camera boat running the highest horsepower per litre outboard on the market both ready to be reviewed—I booked a few days to soak it in. Windless from dawn past dusk, we were spoilt – so I heard. At first I thought the locals were pulling my leg, regaling me with tales of daily 25kt winds, with the only respite being a 45-minute break in the afternoon when it shifts from onshore to offshore. It took some time but I eventually trusted their enthusiasm, and it became a stunning day on the water. Our day was long and involved skipped…

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sea change

Sitting on five consecutive wins as the World’s Most Liveable City, Melbourne has a lot going for it. But for boaties who dream of living right on top of the marina but prefer the wilderness to the CBD, Martha Cove might be the answer. As the name suggests, Martha Cove is at the base of Mount Martha on the Mornington Peninsula, next to Safety Beach. The location gives easy access not only to the whole peninsula but it’s only 50 minutes from Melbourne’s CBD and – the clincher for the boating fraternity – has direct water access to Port Phillip Bay. Described as a “waterfront residential master-planned estate”, Martha Cove is set on 94 hectares, with parks, walkways and cycle paths as well as an integrated boat harbour. This isn’t simply a…

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billfish shootout

Frantic fishing the length of the NSW coast drew anglers from far afield with hopes of getting amongst the champagne action in the lead-up to the 2016 Garmin/ Sylvania Marina Billfish Shootout. But for nearly 600 contestants in the two-day event out of Port Stevens in mid-February the results were a little flat – seems someone forgot to book the marlin. Promising conditions and bumper fish stocks drew a record-breaking 128 boats to the event and while the predicted strong winds didn’t eventuate, a strong current produced standing waves and sloppy seas in many prime locations. Sponsors Garmin and Sylvania Marina each fronted with two boats but remained with the majority of competitors who didn’t turn a reel in anger. Tag-and-release and capture boats alike recorded encounters way down on the previous…

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pocket rocket

Hanse has started 2016 in great style, its 315 winning the European Yacht Of The Year title at the Düsseldorf Boat Show at the end of January. Chosen by a panel of experts representing 11 European sailing magazines, the 315 faced off against 25 other boats to win the Family Cruiser category. Judged via sea trials on sailing characteristics, comfort, construction quality, innovation, design, and price to performance, the Hanse 315 impressed with its modern and prominent line management, agility and easy handling, at a competitive base price. Dr Jens Gerhardt, CEO of HanseYachts AG, was delighted to accept the prize. “This victory is yet another chapter in the Hanse success story,” he said. “After the achievement in the USA as Best Value Yacht awarded by Cruising World magazine, this is the second…

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outer reef yachts expands with eyachts

The Windcraft Group’s powerboat division, eyachts, has added another name to its growing stable of brands, signing up Outer Reef Yachts for both Australia and New Zealand. The deal comes as part of Outer Reef Yachts’ expansion strategy in the Australasia region and ensures eyachts will secure production slots for a number of Outer Reef’s Trident range of sturdy and stylish cruisers. Managing director of eyachts Peter Hrones said: “Our team and I are extremely excited about working in partnership with Outer Reef Yachts. Currently we have hundreds of Windcraft Yacht owners that have been contemplating their next boat and considering a long distance motor yacht.” “Many have confirmed an Outer Reef Classic series boat would be perfect for their next liveaboard cruising boat. Our owners prefer to stay within the eyachts/Windcraft Group…

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scibs shows the way

As the first show on the Australasian calendar, the Sanctuary Cove International Boat Show (SCIBS) is a key indicator of the state of the industry. With the 28th event taking place 19-22 May, SCIBS general manager Johan Hasser says many big names would forecast the year ahead based on show sales. “Our exhibitors tell us it’s a litmus test of things to come for the rest of the year, particularly exporters,” Mr Hasser said. “Our exhibitors are extremely optimistic, with the low dollar already having a positive effect on exports, it’s expected that this will reflect favourably on sales results.” MaryAnne Edwards, CEO at AIMEX-Superyacht Australia agreed the lower Aussie dollar had provided a shot in the arm for exports. “We have always marketed Australian products and services on quality and innovation, and now…