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Trade-A-Boat Issue 480

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sibs catch up, ahoy!

BY THE TIME YOU READ THIS I will have been to and from SIBS, one of my favourite shows. It’s not just because it’s held in one of my favourite locations, Cockle Bay, but also because it’s a less traversed region for me and the Trade-a-Boat team. We find ourselves in Queensland often, but rarely get to the NSW capital. There are people in the marine industry doing big things around Sydney and it’s also the headquarters for many major players. SIBS offer us the chance to catch up and an opportunity to take in some of the city on the ferry between show locations. My selfish desires will, hopefully, have been fulfilled with a look and some testing of new releases. E-Yachts have the big brother to one of my…

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cruise craft boats now all-composite construction

Cruise Craft Boats has announced that all Cruise Craft models are now built using an all-composite construction method that ensures all hulls are 100 per cent timber-free. With no wood in the construction, the possibility of timber rot has been eliminated. In conventional fibreglass hulls timber is used in the transom and sub-floor system but following a lengthy research and development program, Cruise Craft now has developed a process for 100 per cent composite boats. The composite build process focuses on the transom and the sub-floor system. The full composite, rot-free transom is manufactured by laying up panels to create a thick sheet of composite material to suit each Cruise Craft model. The sub-floor uses Cruise Craft’s Matrix Grid Construction process. Formed from composite material to profile the cavity between the inside of…

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great barrier reef faces fight to bounce back to health

Much of the Great Barrier Reef affected by the most severe bleaching episode on record should recover. According to the ARC Centre of Excellence for Coral Reef Studies (CRS), only seven per cent of the reef avoided bleaching this year. The CRS said 80 per cent of the northern section, from Port Douglas to the Torres Strait, has been categorised as severely bleached, with a 50 per cent mortality rate observed. The Bureau of Meteorology says this year the reef recorded its highest average sea surface temperatures for February, March and April since records began, in 1900. Marine Park Authority chairman Dr Russell Reichelt said: “Fortunately, the section that’s had substantial increase in coral cover in recent years – the southern part – has experienced little mortality. We know the reef has the…

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digital boating channel launched

Australia’s largest provider of pleasure craft insurance, Club Marine, has announced a new digital channel – Club Marine TV. Club Marine is working with boating experts to develop a comprehensive series of videos covering all types of crafts – from runabouts and sailboats to cruisers and PWC. At Club Marine TV, you’ll find useful how-tos, tips and safety advice from fishing celebrities such as Paul Worsteling and Al McGlashan, champion wakeboarders Parker Siegele and Bec Parker, plus safety expert Doug King. Boat Advice will also be helping to co-create video content. From novice to experienced skipper, Club Marine TV has got something for everyone. “Club Marine TV will give boaties a single source of insightful, educational and entertaining videos to make their boating safer and more enjoyable,” CEO Simon McLean says. “It’s…

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maritimo buys out elandra

Iconic Australian luxury cruiser manufacturer Maritimo has expanded its product range with the buyout of sports yacht brand Elandra Yachts. Maritimo CEO Garth Corbitt said the buyout of the company added yet another product line to the existing range of Maritimo motoryachts, along with additional diversification, noting that Elandra sports yachts would be marketed as Elandra by Maritimo. Maritimo’s general manager of operations, Phil Candler, said the move would deliver significant economy of scale benefits. “We will work with the Elandra team to refine and improve on what they have already created and we are confident the Elandra sports yacht range will fit well under the Maritimo international brand,” he said. Maritimo is interviewing many Elandra staff to see how they can fit with the new manufacturing model. Elandra designer Tom Barry-Cotter will continue to…

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b&g introduces network diagnostic software

B&G has announced the release of its B&G Network Analyzer and Service Assistant with integrated wireless diagnostics tools. Available in a free software release, the new tools help ensure optimal marine-electronics performance for B&G displays. Available on all Zeus2 and Zeus2 Glass Helm multifunction displays, and Vulcan chartplotters with GoFree connectivity, the tools allow sailors to easily send system information to the service team at B&G to improve troubleshooting and service. As long as sailors can connect to a wireless network, this new update system gives immediate access to the latest features and the best support and service.…