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Trade-A-Boat Issue 477

Established in 1977, it serves thousands of committed readers from all walks of life who have a passion for boating. Complementing its marine market place strengths are quality news articles, product reviews and the latest boat tests.

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crazy caraboat

ALTHOUGH PAGE SPACE is at a premium more now than ever, when we got a call from our New South Wales sales manager about a new caravan-cum-boat, I’ll admit I was sceptical. Most of us have heard of the idea – it’s nothing new. What separates the Caraboat from most of the attempts we have seen in the past, however, is the company owners’ (who double as the builders) design and manufacturing skill. The team started with computer-aided design and followed up with manufacturing process learned from their main business in composite manufacture. The outcome is remarkable. It will never suit everyone; while I’ll be honest that it’s not my cup of tea, I can, and do, recognise the effort and the quality especially evident in the collapsible helm and…

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cat fight at scibs

SANCTUARY Cove International Boat Show 2016 is set to feature Queensland’s largest multihull display. Australia’s major catamaran dealers and distributors will showcase their latest models in power and sail, along with presentations on how to achieve true work-life balance through ‘Seabatticals’ – extended time away cruising. SCIBS general manager Johan Hasser said the strong showing reflects the rise in popularity of cats. “We have seen the emergence of a catamaran superhighway along Australia’s eastern seaboard up to Hamilton Island and the Whitsundays.” Exhibitors at SCIBS 2016 will include Multihull Solutions, Multihull Central, Leopard, Marine Engineering Consultants (MEC), Horizon, Lightwave, Bavaria (Nautitech), Queensland Yacht Charters and The Windcraft Group. John Cowpe, MD of The Multihull Group (part of Windcraft) announced the Australian debut of the new Lagoon 450 SporTop and Lagoon 40 Motor Yacht at SCIBS. “Lagoon…

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princess back at scibs

Princess Yachts is returning to the Australian show circuit after a three-year absence, unveiling its latest V39 luxury sports yacht at the upcoming 28th Sanctuary Cove International Boat Show (SCIBS). Hugh Simson, sales manager at importer Boutique Boat Company, said they were enthusiastic about exhibiting at SCIBS. He believes the brand will excite visitors and mirror its sales success in Europe. “We are planning to exhibit the current Princess V39 model which has achieved international acclaim and was declared, pound for pound, the best sports cruiser under 45-feet. “We will also have sales staff on hand specialising in Princess Yachts and our customary hospitality.” Also confirmed for display is the De Antonio D23, a versatile supertender that doubles as a day boat. “In Europe, this kind of craft is extremely popular and a must-have for…

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mercury on trial at expo

Mercury has signed up for what’s set to be the bigger-ever Gold Coast International Marine Expo at the Gold Coast Marine Precinct, 19-22 May 2016. “We are very proud to be a part of the 2016 Expo,” said Mercury Marine Qld & NT regional manager Mike Wilesmith. “It’s a great initiative and we are looking forward to showcasing our world-class products in such a unique marine environment.” As part of the Mercury Edge initiative, families at the Expo can sea trial a wide range of Mercury outboards across a range of boats, with no charge and with no obligation. “It doesn’t matter if your family is looking for your next Mercury outboard or if you are completely new to boating, we’d love to show you just what our engines can do on the…

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telwater grabs e-tec

BRP has appointed Telwater, Australia’s leading manufacturer of aluminium boat and trailer packages, as its national distributor of Evinrude E-TEC outboards. “The Evinrude brand has been around for over 100 years and BRP’s recent launch of the groundbreaking Evinrude E-TEC G2 range is further testament to their focus on product design and innovation which fits with our vision for seamless integration with our boats,” said Paul Phelan, managing director of Telwater. “Since 2011, we have been working with BRP to offer quality Telwater boat and Evinrude E-TEC engine packages. This new agreement will further strengthen our collaboration and ensure we continue to offer consumers products that provide the best boating experience possible.” “As the boating industry continues to evolve, it makes sense that we grant the distribution of our product to the leading…

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register for riviera festival

Registrations are now open for the Riviera Festival Of Boating in May. With a greater focus on broadening the knowledge and skills of motor yacht owners, Riviera’s 2016 educational program is the Festival’s most expansive ever, with more than 110 workshops over four days. Many of the popular workshops have been fully refreshed, providing more in-depth training in specific areas of nautical interest. “The Riviera Festival of Boating is open to all luxury motor yacht owners and aspiring owners,” said Riviera’s owner and chairman Rodney Longhurst. “It doesn’t matter if you’re new to luxury motor yacht ownership or have been enjoying it all your life, even the most experienced offshore skippers will discover something new. But places are limited, so we are urging visitors to book now to avoid disappointment.” The Riviera Festival…