Boating & Aviation

Trade-A-Boat Issue 495

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2 min.
saviour eprib

Some news came in this month of the successful rescue of two fishermen off the Sydney coast. A few things stood out – neither was wearing a lifejacket, there was a weather advisory in place for extreme seas, and the news came via the EPIRB manufacturer. Normally we would look upon such flagrant use of scare tactics in marketing poorly but the take-homes from this, and the reasons the story made print (see page 14) are the greater lessons, namely wear your lifejacket, don’t ignore warnings and get an EPRIB, regardless of the brand, but ensure it’s up to Australian standards and registered correctly. That could have been your father, brother or best friend who risked a watery grave had it not been for the wise decision to at least…

2 min.
joshua returns

For the 2022 Golden Globe race, a new Joshua class has been announced. It will celebrate the huge contribution Frenchman Bernard Moitessier made to solo sailing by replicating his 40ft steel ketch, Joshua. While rapidly chasing down eventual winner and sole finisher Robin Knox-Johnson, Moitessier turned east and made a second circumnavigation of the Southern Ocean, finally dropping anchor in Tahiti. Would the Frenchman have overhauled Knox-Johnston on the final leg back up the Atlantic? Fierce discussions continue across the English Channel. The 2022 Golden Globe Race will provide the litmus test, with a maximum of 10 Joshua Golden Globe one-design yachts making a Class 2 start approximately three weeks after the smaller Suhailiclass yachts. Hull No 1 is currently under construction at Asboat Yacht Builder in Izmir, Turkey, and will be presented…

1 min.
sailing legends at rivergate

Ahead of what promises to be a stellar sailing season, five iconic yachts are berthed at Rivergate Marina & Shipyard, Brisbane. The quintet represent the pinnacles of their eras: 90-year-old Dorade; champion V70, Black Jack; the Reichel/Pugh 100 Black Jack (formerly Alfa Romeo II); Wild Oats XI, eight times Sydney-Hobart line-honours winner; and from the US, the most technically advanced carbon-fibre maxi, designed to be the fastest monohull ever, Comanche. No yacht has covered more offshore racing miles or won more major races than Dorade, with Fastnet, Bermuda and Transpacific wins, but her owners decided she needed to compete in the southern hemisphere. After Hamilton Island, Dorade will tackle the Rolex Sydney-Hobart. Black Jack is a familiar competitor in big-boat races; she’s a three-time winner of the Brisbane to Gladstone, a top three…

1 min.
maritimo s70 debuts at sydney

The sleek new Maritimo S70 sedan cruiser, the largest single-level vessel the company has ever produced, had its international debut at the 50th Sydney International Boat Show. Boasting a top speed of almost 30kt and handling like a large runabout, Maritimo claims the S70 is “luxury, style and performance personified”. Maritimo expects the model to sell well, particularly in Europe, and the first S70 has already been delivered – it will spend the next 12 months cruising Australia and the South Pacific before heading to its home in New Zealand. Maritimo sales and marketing manager Greg Haines says the beam gives the vessel plenty of entertaining and living space, while being single level allows almost 2m headroom in the main cabin. The first S70 weighs 48t. Powered by 1150hp Scania D16s, the range is…

1 min.
success for northside

Brisbane’s Northside Marine has been crowned Stacer Dealer of the Year for 2016/17. Northside Marine is situated in a purpose-built 10,000sq-m dealership located in Boondall, 20min north of Brisbane CBD. Starting out in 1965, Northside Marine has changed a lot over the years, but the one thing that hasn’t changed is it is still run by the Nickerson family. The dealership’s motto is ‘your boating partners for life’ and that’s certainly true on the inside, with some 35 staff notching up 20 years with the shop. Dealer principal Greg Nickerson said the entire team played a part in one of their most successful years to date. “From a sales point of view, 2016 was our strongest year; this has rolled over into 2017 with our numbers continually increasing,” he explained. Sales manager Bill Hull says tailor-made…

1 min.
gme epirb critical in saving fishermen

Two fishermen are fortunate to be alive today after their 5.5m boat capsized south of Sydney in July. The men, aged 36 and 28, were not wearing lifejackets when they capsized in rough seas about 6pm on Saturday July 22nd. After clinging to their upturned vessel for almost four hours in freezing water, one of the fishermen decided to dive back under the vessel to retrieve their GME beacon. The signal was received by the Australian Maritime Safety Authority (AMSA) in Canberra and after checking with the beacon’s point of contact, AMSA tasked the Bankstown-based Rescue 209 helicopter and water police to home in on the beacon signal using Radio Direction Finding equipment. By 10.30pm the helicopter spotted the upturned boat some 2km off Cronulla beach, with one man in the water…