Boating & Aviation

Trade-A-Boat Issue 490

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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in this issue

2 min.
a different tack

On page 36 is a long read on a pair of Harris pontoon boats, a style of vessel we rarely cover. Why the long read on such oddballs? They represent yet another way to get on the water, markedly different to what we would normally cover but exciting nonetheless. I like to think that we look at more than traditional boats and offer ideas beyond expectation, and it may surprise you to know they are exceptionally popular. Did you know that during the recession and in the immediate years following, pontoon boats like the Harris were part of the fastest-growing boat segment in the US? It surprised me when reading the stats released by the Boating Industry US that at one stage one in three new boat sales was a…

2 min.
trailerboats, cruisers & legs at scibs

Following the success of The Boatyard precinct at the Sanctuary Cove International Boat Show last year, an additional 1500sqm has been added for 2017. JSW Powersports, Queensland Marine Centre (QMC), Northside Marine, Cobalt Boats, Stefan Boating World, Brisbane Yamaha, Game & Leisure Boats, Fishing & Leisure Boats, Tige and Nautique Central are among the first to secure spots. JSW will have the latest Sea-Doo Spark Trixx, while QMC plans to display at least a dozen trailer boats, include new Sea Ray SLX luxury bowriders and Boston Whaler’s latest Outrage range. Game & Leisure Boats will unveil the latest Grady White, the Freedom 375, while Stefan Boating World will have the Australian launch of the Reflex 720 Hardtop among a 30-boat display, including Fibrefort, Karnix and the latest tinnies from Morningstar. Meanwhile, Sirocco…

1 min.
new home for high-tech gear

Australian Marine Wholesale has opened a bigger and better Superstore at The Boat Works in Coomera Marine Precinct – five times the size of the old one! “We have outgrown our previous location, driven by customer demand, the addition of new products and an increase in traffic,” director Errol Cain said. AM Wholesale is now the distributor for the Finnish designed and made Oceanvolt system, a silent, lightweight, emission-free and low maintenance electric propulsion system that creates energy while you’re sailing. “It uses a lithium battery and can work on its own or in tandem with solar or wind. We have great hopes for Oceanvolt and already have customers lined up for it, including a new McConaghy MC50 cruising catamaran and several private clients,” Cain said. AM Wholesale’s new site was officially opened ahead…

1 min.
the boss

Twin Disc Pacific has been appointed the exclusive regional distributor for the innovative Seatorque Marine Propulsion System. The multi-award winning Boss is an oil-filled and self-contained shaft and thrust-bearing assembly, supplied as a complete unit from transmission output coupling to propeller end. The non-rotating full-length shaft casing and thrust bearing assembly reduces mechanical losses to two per cent, maintaining power where you want it – for propulsion. The Boss also claims unrivalled ruggedness in operation and the lowest underbody drag of any system currently available. Suited to vessels from 30 to 200 feet, it reduces friction, improves efficiency and allows the use of softer engine mounts as it bolts to the hull, transferring thrust from the propellers to the hull rather than the engine. The use of cardan shafts to attach Seatorque to the engine…

1 min.
new biav ceo

The Boating Industry Association of Victoria (BIAV) has announced that the board has appointed John Temple as its new chief executive officer. Temple was already working as interim CEO and following the election of a new board, the role has been made permanent. “With his vast experience and knowledge of the marine industry, we are confident in his ability to assist in leading the association,” BIAV president Mark Crockford said. Temple was previously the general manager for Mercury Marine Australia, New Zealand and Pacific. He has also previously been involved with several marine organisations, including as a board member of BIAV. “We will be working very hard to develop tangible benefits for our members. We have an exciting Melbourne Boat Show coming in June [and] a solid group of board members and sub-committee members…

1 min.
short marine goes premium

Short Marine in Middle Harbour, Sydney, is now a premium Yamaha dealer. Owned and run by Sam and Ryan Short, the team have plans to take their marina-based Yamaha outboard business to the next level. “We’d been looking at expanding for 12-18 months and decided that obtaining a reputable outboard brand would be the perfect place to start,” Sam said. “Being heavily involved in the service department over a four-year period gave us an excellent perspective of the local market [and] we identified a great opportunity to sell and service Yamaha outboards in Sydney harbour.” Short Marine hit the ground running and have already sold an impressive number of new Yamaha outboards from 4hp to 250hp, on new boats and for repowers. They now plan to expand their business with the large commercial fleet…