Boating & Aviation

Trade-A-Boat Issue 503

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more performance

This week been, or three weeks ago for you loyal readers, I found myself back on the Gold Coast for a product launch. Unfortunately for you I will not divulge any information on the product or the brands involved as we in the press are on a global non-disclosure agreement (more on that later). What we were looking at and hearing about both frustrated and excited me. It excites through the process undertaken to get where we were that fateful afternoon but what frustrates is the likely dominance of the incoming product; all signs point at success and market domination. It may seem odd to say that I am frustrated by the likely dominance of the product but it’s simple. We celebrate the subtle differences in the marine landscape and are…

1 min.
waltzing with bertram

Perth-headquartered brokerage Matilda Bay Marine (MBM) has been appointed the Australian agent for legendary American yard Bertram Yachts. “To be aligned with such an iconic brand is very exciting and to see what is coming out of the factory is a true testament to the brand and quality Bertram is renowned for,” said the company. MBM is enthusiastic on presenting the revamped Bertram 35 flybridge cruiser, that was launched last year and is said to have received a “fantastic reception from the boating and gamefishing community” with several hulls launched so far. “There is also a lot of excitement surrounding the launch of the Bertram 61, which is due to hit the water mid 2018,” said MBM. “This vessel comes standard with some of the best equipment on the market today and represents…

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new software release for b&g, zeus and vulcan chartplotters

Sailing navigation and instrument specialist B&G has announced the release of a new software update for Zeus³, Zeus², Zeus² Glass Helm and Vulcan Series displays. The new software includes new features such as: Advanced WindPlot, Device Registration and C-MAP charting improvements. WindPlot allows users to keep track of wind speed and direction, and the new software sees the introduction of Advanced WindPlot, a special type of Time Plot available on Zeus products only, and which is specifically designed to help understand recent changes in wind speed and direction. “The updates to WindPlot are aimed at providing users with a clearer view of wind trends, easier comparison of True Wind Speed (TWS) to True Wind Direction (TWD) and better display in small panels for use alongside charts, RacePanel or SailSteer features,” said B&G. “An (optional)…

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do the sydney hobart by clipper

Clipper Australia is inviting both former crew and non-Clipper Race sailors to take part in this year's Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race aboard its Sydney-based Clipper 68s. Since 2013, UK-based Clipper Ventures has incorporated the 628nm bluewater classic as a leg in its biennial Clipper Round the World Yacht Race. The Clipper 68 yachts first took part in the Sydney Hobart in 2013. In that year and 2015 and 2017, the C68s raced against the current Clipper Round the World Race fleet of Clipper 70s, on one occasion beating all bar one across the line. For 2017, the Clipper 68s were rebranded and sailed mainly by wounded, injured and sick ex and current servicemen and women. Clipper's 2018 Sydney Hobart package includes eight days training out of Clipper Ventures Australia Sydney base from…

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gold coast boaties set to dig broadwater dredging

Gold Coast boaties will soon benefit from the next round of dredging in the Broadwater, with the Qld Government progressing works in the area. Gold Coast Waterways Authority (GCWA) has awarded the contract for the Labrador Channel and North Channel dredging project to local company Neumann Contractors for just under $500,000. Transport and Main Roads Minister, Mark Bailey said the project focused on maintaining the depth of the channel network and providing access to the Gold Coast Seaway, the Broadwater and the rest of the city’s waterways. “Dredging of these areas will tackle shoaling, with the dredged sand to be used for beach nourishment along the Anglers Esplanade foreshore and the northern beach of Wavebreak Island,” Bailey said. GCWA CEO Hal Morris said the project was the latest in works that would further improve…

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eden marina ready to go

A recent judgement in the NSW Land and Environment Court has upheld an appeal by Eden Marina against the Bega Valley Shire Council, and in the process Eden Marina has been granted development consent. Commissioner Bish found that an out-of-court agreement between Eden Cattle Bay Marina Pty Ltd and Bega Valley Shire Council was one which the Court could have made in the proper exercise of its function. The Court orders declared that the appeal lodged by Eden Cattle Bay Marina is upheld and that the arrangement to amend sewerage and water disposal from the marina is accepted by the Court. With the final point of contention now resolved, the Eden Marina has been granted development consent meaning that the project can proceed. With a Development Approval in hand, a Construction Certificate…