Boating & Aviation

Trade-A-Boat Issue 486

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2 min.
agb17 – congrats

ALTHOUGH I SAY IT IN THE ARTICLE and have in person to the management group, the full complement of team Surtees from the brand loyalist to dealer, from parts supplier to builder and from office workers through to the board of directors, well done from the Trade-a-Boat team and me for breaking the drought. For those not in the know, Surtees has come agonisingly close to winning AGB in past years, often missing out to exceptional boats by as little as five out of 500 available points. This year the roles were reversed with the imported Tracker coming within half a point out of 500 to the exceptional Surtees 700 Game Fisher. No slight on the Surtees that it was so close; on the contrary, the Tracker is itself an…

1 min.
new date for gold coast expo

The Gold Coast International Boat Show & Marine Expo is moving forward, to 17-19 March, 2017. Operated and managed with the support of the Boating Industry Association, it will be held at the Gold Coast Marine Precinct at Coomera. BIA national chief executive Howard Glenn said: “March is seasonally important for boating enthusiasts and [moving to this date] opens up an exciting opportunity for our industry to continue to innovate and grow.” Event & marketing manager Emma Brown added: “Considerations for repowering, replacing or upgrading their boats, or buying a new boat or yacht are fresh in the minds of existing boat owners. “For manufacturers, importers and accessories and service providers, the pre-winter campaign timing is a business imperative. “The skills, resources and experience the BIA brings to the table will be invaluable for…

1 min.
whitehaven finito chooses twin disc

Your ‘forever’ boat has to look after you – that’s what Ray and Denise David wanted of their new Whitehaven 7500, Finito, which is why it includes full Twin Disc transmission and propulsion control systems. The couple took delivery on the Gold Coast in November and are cruising home to Darwin, fishing and relaxing along the way. “This is our final boat, hence Finito,” Ray said, “so we wanted everything right.” “Ray and Denise experienced [Twin Disc] at the 2016 Sanctuary Cove Boat Show,” Whitehaven founder Keith Hanson said. “We were all convinced by the QuickShift transmission, coupled with EC300 propulsion. The Express Joysticks make docking and manoeuvering simple.” Finito’s QuickShift transmission is interfaced with the EC300 MGX Electronic Control System and there are three Express Joystick (EJS) stations, one at the main helm,…

1 min.
mua faces legal action

The Maritime Union of Australia (MUA) is facing legal action after the Fair Work Ombudsman filed court proceedings alleging the union organised a campaign of unlawful industrial action, with nearly 100 workers withdrawing labour in Sydney and Brisbane. The allegations relate to work stoppages between 7 and 14 August, 2015, in Port Botany, NSW, and Port Brisbane, Queensland. The Fair Work Ombudsman claims the MUA breached the Fair Work Act 2009 by organising the work stoppages while the workers and Hutchison Ports were covered by an enterprise agreement that had not reached its nominal expiry date when the action took place. In addition, the MUA faces allegations that it was an accessory to breaches by employees engaging in unprotected industrial action. The maximum penalty per breach for an organisation is $54,000. The Fair…

1 min.
scibs 29 filling fast

More than 100 prominent marine brands have already secured their places at the 29th Sanctuary Cove International Boat Show. To be held from 25 to 28 May, 2017, the show is poised for another bumper year, thanks to three major marine conferences converging on the Gold Coast and bringing thousands of international and Australian delegates to the city. The Gold Coast will host the International Council of Marine Industry Associations (ICOMIA) and International Federation of Boat Show Organisers (IFBSO) at the same time as SCIBS, while the InterContinental Sanctuary Cove Resort will again stage the Australian Superyacht and Marine Export Conference (ASMEX) immediately before the SCIBS event. Following the success of SCIBS 2016, exhibitor bookings are up 50 per cent on the same time last year, with major brands quick to secure prime…

1 min.
fishing around oz

Mark Ratchford has spent four lonely months on a solo 16,500km circumnavigation of Australia in a 6.5-metre fishing boat. The Melbourne fishing and charter specialist faced huge seas, high winds, freezing weather, sleep deprivation, and of course loneliness, but though he clearly likes a challenge this trip was about raising funds for the Cancer Council. “It was tough,” Mark laughed, “but I expected that. Up the east coast the trade winds were hitting the boat at 30-40 knots, and around Tasmania it actually snowed. Crossing the Gulf of Carpentaria I had to go 23 hours without sleep, and crossing the Bight I think I had two hours’ sleep in two-and-a-half days.” But two things he says he could rely on were the Mercury 150hp FourStrokes behind his 6.5-metre Evolution hardtop. “Total running time was…