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Trade-A-Boat Issue 478

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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on watch

WE HAD SOME ALARMING NEWS THIS MONTH from UK-based Kannard Marine by way of a product recall on some of its EPIRBs. More info can be found within the News pages but it serves as a timely warning to keep an eye on your safety gear. The fault appears to be weathering related which, considering our climate, should remind you not to take the condition of safety gear for granted once bought. Check it and if in doubt, replace it. And what better place to replace it than one of the coming boat shows. SCIBS and GCIME opened their doors the same day this magazine hit the shelves and next month we have the Melbourne Boat Show. If you are like me and look forward to the show period from the…

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bigger, brighter, bolder

The Southern Hemisphere’s largest boating celebration returns to the Gold Coast in 2016, with the Sanctuary Cove International Boat Show (SCIBS) on course for a truly spectacular event. The 28th Show will transform Sanctuary Cove’s marina and Marine Village into a bustling industry mecca packed with the biggest names in boating. Beyond the obvious appeal for the marine industry, SCIBS is ideal for families and recreational travellers. The Marine Village offers a warm family-friendly ambience buzzing with roving street entertainment and live music. As the first event on Asia-Pacific’s boating calendar, SCIBS is the place where high-end brands exhibit the latest vessels and products. SCIBS 2016 is expected to raise the bar, with additions to the format including a breathtaking display of the latest luxury cars. SCIBS general manager Johan Hasser said: “Based on feedback we…

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the boatyard: fishing, trailer & leisure boats

Offering visitors an enhanced experience in 2016, SCIBS this year introduces The Boatyard, a dedicated fishing, trailer and leisure boat precinct. Adjacent to C Pier, The Boatyard offers 2000m² of prime display space for fishing and leisure boat exhibitors to showcase their latest makes and models. SCIBS general manager Johan Hasser said the idea was driven by exhibitors. “It is designed for exhibitors to capitalise on the flow of visitor traffic, while ultimately allowing potential buyers to make much easier comparisons between the many different makes and models currently on the market.” There will be close to 100 vessels all in one designated space, with sea trials available for qualified buyers to test products. Northside Marine, an exhibitor since the show began 28 years ago, was one of the first to embrace the new precinct. Dealer…

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more cats than the internet

With multihulls gaining popularity, SCIBS will feature Queensland’s largest and most significant multihull display, with the country’s major catamaran dealers and distributors showcasing their top-of-the-range power and sail models. Key exhibitors include Multihull Solutions, Multihull Central, Leopard, Marine Engineering Consultants (MEC), Horizon, Lightwave, Bavaria (Nautitech), Queensland Yacht Charters and The Windcraft Group. Multihull Group MD John Cowpe announced they will debut their brand new Lagoon 450 SporTop and Lagoon 40 Motor Yacht at SCIBS. Mr Cowpe believes the appeal of catamarans is strong in the family market, due to the space and stability. He also notes that power cats are a growing segment within the marine industry, as a result of their efficiency. Gold Coast boat builder MEC will have its new 15-metre luxury power catamaran on show. Managing director Murray Owen said the…

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mexican stand-off

SCIBS might be in Queensland but you’d be forgiven for thinking you were further south as NSW and Victorian companies are flooding the show. Victoria-based Sundance will bring the coveted Monte Carlo to SCIBS, along with Yanmar, Energy Power Systems (Cat Marine) and the City of Melbourne Marina among others. From Sydney, Fleming Yachts, SACS Marine, Multihull Central, Wichard Pacific, Windcraft Group, Palm Beach, Collins Marine and new exhibitor Caraboat are just part of the NSW contingent. Fleming Yachts sales manager Sam Nicholas said: “It’s a great show to start off the year. It’s one of three major shows we attend in Australia [and] produces great leads, with people travelling to the Show from interstate and New Zealand.” Fleming Yachts will showcase an impressive 55 that was delivered to its owner last August. “It’s a…

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family fishing fun

Fishing and boating guru Paul Burt has signed up again as SCIBS Ambassador and will head up the inaugural SCIBS Live Bream Shoot Out. The 7 News personality is thrilled to have a fishing tournament at the Show. “The Shimano Super Tank will be in The Boatyard, with daily demonstrations and tips. The fishing tournament brings a competitive aspect to the show.” The Bream Shoot Out will be a family-friendly winner takes all contest, held on Saturday and Sunday, 21 and 22 May. Entrants must have their own boats and each team must consist of two people. Entry is $50 per person. Competitors head out at 6am anywhere from Jumpinpin to the Nerang River and can bring back a maximum of 10 fish per team, in line with local catch limits. Paul says the format…