Boating & Aviation

Trade-A-Boat Issue 492

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2 min.
big boat experiences

If you read my previous note, you’ll remember I had a chance to review the new Integrity 530 Grand Sedan straight after SCIBS. The test came through and will be in print next issue, in time for the Sydney International Boat Show where she’ll make her NSW debut. Spoiler alert – she turned in a very un-Integrity-like 18.8kt top speed. I’ve been aboard a few others in the range and thought the slow life was a brand cornerstone – apparently not. While on the coast we were also treated to a pair of impressive Euros – the show-stopping Lagoon 630 Motor Yacht, plus my third and the last of the current range of Axopars, the 24. This month’s cover boat, the Maritimo M70, drew a steady crowd and secured many sales we…

1 min.
riviera premiere at sibs

World-class Australian luxury yacht builder Riviera will debut its new 68 Sports Motor Yacht at the Sydney International Boat Show on Thursday, 3 August, amidst a display of nine Riviera and Belize boats. Riviera owner and chairman Rodney Longhurst said: “The vision for the 68 came about as a collaboration of our customers and senior design team through a series of 3D computer-modelled presentations considering what the Riviera of the future could look like and how it could function. It’s a blend of our history and future meeting to give long-term customers their ultimate yacht. “The owners we spoke with were seeking true blue-water yachts that combine long-range performance with good speed when needed, and the ability to fish, dive, or provide the perfect platform to relax.” As well as a cockpit that…

1 min.
brooker bluefin

Brooker Marine and BlueFin Boats have announced a merger of the two Australian manufacturing operations. Both are leading alloy pleasure craft builders and together have more than 75 years’ industry experience. Brad Richey of BlueFin and Kevin McCarthy of Brooker Marine say they’re looking forward to creating an awesome team and manufacturing base in BlueFin’s Lidcombe, Sydney, factory. The merger aims to create a future-proof alliance to benefit dealers and consumers. Though they expect to dovetail model variants, each brand’s unique features will remain, and they will continue to offer bespoke modifications. They will also ensure dealers can hold stock as they believe the ability to touch and feel products helps customers see the advantages they offer. In recognising the industry needs a shot in the arm, the merged companies say they plan to…

1 min.
old4new provides 20,000 pfds

NSW Minister for Roads, Maritime & Freight Melinda Pavey says the Old4New programme had exchanged more than 20,000 old lifejackets for new PFDs, spreading the ‘wear a lifejacket’ message. “The Old4New van has travelled to more than 500 towns, covering 100,000km to offer upgraded lifejackets at a discounted price and educate the community about modern, comfortable lifejackets,” Mrs Pavey said. “Twenty-thousand is not just a number – each lifejacket supplied represents a friend or family member who is now more likely to wear a lifejacket while boating and come home safely.” The ‘wear a lifejacket’ message was also spread by footy legend and fishing fanatic Andrew ‘ET’ Ettingshausen, with Finn the talking fish reminding Andrew to properly care for and maintain his lifejacket. ET said he was proud to be a part of…

1 min.
time saver on the doorstep

There’s no such thing as a five-minute job with a boat but having it near your home or office ensures you’re not wasting time on travel. Sydney City Marine in Rozelle says that’s the benefit it offers Sydneysiders. The team has experience with planing hull powerboats, displacement cruisers, sportsfishing boats, even superyachts. Indeed, many sailing yachts would have been commissioned there after clearing customs, so they’re well placed to carry out repairs and maintenance since they put it together in the first place. Regardless of size or material – GRP, steel, timber, carbon, alloy or composite – SCM has the facilities and the marine mechanics, engineers, electricians, riggers and other crew to take of your boat’s annual spruce-up, serious modifications, repower, race preparation or anti-fouling and painting. Vessels from six to 60m can…

1 min.
navico class-b ais

Available to match with B&G, Simrad and Lowrance sailing instruments, Navico has launched its fully integrated Class-B AIS transponder, the NAIS 500. The NAIS 500 ensures your vessel is seen on other vessels’ displays – essential for navigating busy shipping lanes and congested ports. Yet the unit is small, weighing just 250g, IPX7 waterproof rated and includes a dedicated GPS-500 receiver. It also boasts low power draw. The transponder sends a signal to other vessels in the area, allowing you to plan avoidance manoeuvres well in advance. Compatible with NMEA 2000, NMEA 0183, NMEA 0183 multiplexing and USB, the NAIS 500 is simple to install and capable of withstanding the harshest offshore conditions and has a low average power consumption of 180mA at 12V DC. “Most commercial ships are required to have AIS…