Boating & Aviation

Trade-A-Boat Issue 494

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in this issue

2 min.
volvo outboards?

Some news out of Sweden came in late, just outside of making the last print run and not timely enough to stay in this print run but with time came questions and ideas on it. Volvo Penta, Volvo’s marine division, has bought the majority share in American super-high horsepower outboard company Seven Marine. Known for taking the big burley V8s found in General Motors’ (GM) high-end sports cars like the Corvette and Camaro, Seven Marine are the darlings of the super-high horsepower go-fast boats around Miami and The Keys. Some models put out an incredible 627hp through their props. AQUA POWER MARINE As exciting as the prospect is of seeing Australian Volvo Penta agent, Aqua Power Marine, has with direct access to these behemoths of outboards, it’s actually the closer tie to GM…

1 min.
horizon turns 30

Taiwan’s Horizon Group celebrated its 30th anniversary in June, with more than 3300 guests attending the big Asian boatbuilder’s milestone. Featuring four entertaining areas the birthday bash had a little bit of everything from a food court, amusement rides and games to a live concert. Among invitees were employees, their families and friends, and business partners. The opening ceremony was at the Horizon Plaza where guests counted down to zero with Horizon Group CEO John Lu and the yachts in the marina blew their horns to officially open the celebration. Horizon Group is the parent company of several shipyards, including Vision Yachts, Horizon Yacht and Premier Yacht. At Horizon City Marina, a highlight for employees’ families and friends were tours of five luxury yachts – the RP110, FD85, E62, E56 and E56XO. V67 2018…

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brisbane marine named mercury’s dealer of the year

Brisbane Marine has been named Mercury’s 2016 Dealer of the Year for Australia. “The dedication of the team at Brisbane Marine is second-to-none,” said David Meehan, Mercury’s director of sales. “They do everything they can to support their local boating community; they epitomise what customer service is all about as well as passion for the brand.” The dealership is located at Redcliffe, north of Brisbane, on Moreton Bay. See brismarine.com.au MIDWAY MARINE GOES MERCURY According to West Australian industry stalwarts Jim and Warwick Rann, turning Rockingham’s Midway Marine into a Mercury-only dealership was a pretty easy decision. “Mercury has everything from 2.5 to 400hp, the team we deal with is absolutely fantastic, and their business helps our business,” said Warwick. For more information, log onto midwaymarine.net.au…

1 min.
mcglashan joins mercury

Fishing media mogul Al McGlashan (above) is the latest big-name angler to join the Mercury Pro team. Mercury said McGlashan has earned a world-wide reputation as an angler, author, photographer and conservationist. He currently produces the popular TV series Al McGlashan’s Fish’n with Mates for Channel Nine that also airs in NZ and the USA, and has an international social media following of more than 100,000. McGlashan has a Mercury 250hp Verado on the back of his 6m Evolution and is well aware of the brand’s heritage and technical prowess. “I am genuinely proud to get involved,” he said. For more info, visit mercurymarine.com…

2 min.
stars shines at melbourne expo

The 2017 National 4x4 Outdoors Show, Fishing & Boating Expo will host an exclusive line-up of special guests and industry experts when it returns to the Melbourne Showgrounds from August 18-20. Among the big names at the three-day event include former cricket star and keen fisho Merv Hughes, expert angler Paul Worsteling (above), 4WD legend John ‘Roothy’ Rooth, and ex-AFL star and campfire cooking pro Peter ‘Spida’ Everitt. The Expo devotes more than 30,000m to everything outdoor-related, with the abovementioned celebrities appearing alongside industry-leading exhibitors showcasing the latest products in caravanning, camping, fishing, 4WD and boating. Features include interactive displays, hours of on-stage entertainment and talks, the opportunity to meet and greet industry celebrities and special guests, plus the best tips, secrets and tricks from experts on perfecting 4WDing, fishing and camping skills. Hughes…

1 min.
digital boat licences set sail in nsw

NSW boaters can now download a digital Boat Driving Licence following its rollout and of digital vessel registrations across the state. The new digital service was jointly announced by state finance minister Victor Dominello and maritime minister Melinda Pavey at Pittwater early last month. Dominello said the NSW Government issues more than 23 million licences and permits each year, covering more than 760 different categories. “This means customers could be carrying up to six different government licences or permits in their wallet at any one time,” he said. “By removing paperwork and embracing technology we are providing customers with a product that is fit for purpose in the digital age.” Pavey said licences can now be accessed or renewed within minutes and not days. “Soon there will be one less item you will need…