Boating & Aviation

Trade-A-Boat Issue 504

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2 min.
winds of change

Six months on and Trade-a-Boats’ owners are realising the changes promised early on. Having taken on Trade-a-Boat in a challenging state back at issue #498, the owners, the staff and contributors have been working tirelessly to bring the title back to where it belongs. The start was the increase in paper quality, then the addition of more pages and the most recent change, the inclusion of up to 100 pages of classifieds. Now there is more to come with another upgrade in paper quality and a further refocusing of content. You will hopefully see some familiar faces from years gone by back as well as more of what you want to read. Should you have any suggestions, please send them in. SERIOUSLY SCIBS You can read more on SCIBS in the small…

1 min.
mw marine business expansion

MW Marine will open a Port Stephens office on the NSW mid-north coast this year and has also announced a new ownership structure with staff member Matt Millington taking up a share in the business. “After working with MW Marine for a time, an opportunity arose to become a stakeholder in the business,” said Millington. Founder Matthew Willet said Millington displayed enthusiasm and commitment that sat well with the ethos of the dealership. “The time is right for the business to develop further and we are in an excellent position to build on our success in the market,” he said As the Jeanneau outboard dealer for NSW and QLD, MW Marine has sold 35 units over the past year and also represents local brand Maritimo in NSW. Got an event happening? Drop us an email at…

1 min.
palm beach goes large

Palm Beach Motor Yachts will build on the success of its popular 65ft model with the introduction of a 70-footer later this year. Construction is underway on the company’s new flagship Palm Beach 70. The new 70 will offer greater volume in the amidships master stateroom and spacious crew accommodations, in response to customer requests. Like its stablemates, the Palm Beach 70 is built on a semi-displacement warped-hull design that produces low resistance to achieve planing speeds, while keeping the bow down. Palm Beach CEO Mark Richards tells us this design also affords a shallow draft and additional buoyancy aft – just 1.06m of draft with with Volvo IPS 1350s, or 1.4m with straight shafts. The vessel is estimated to cruise at 33kts when paired with the standard twin Volvo IPS 1350 engines, with a…

1 min.
vale david lockwood

Former Trade-a-Boat editor David Lockwood passed away aged 51 in early May, following a short illness. David was an integral part of Trade-a-Boat for over 15 years and enjoyed nothing more than championing the recreational boating lifestyle, where his knowledge and industry know-how covered every spectrum of life afloat. He was also a regular contributor to the annual Sydney International Boat Show, where his presence every year could be assured, in combination with his determination to see everything evident as he trawled through the halls and marinas, attempting to speak to everyone in attendance. David further assisted the BIA regularly in many ways, taking to the stage at boat shows to extol the virtues of the boating lifestyle, sharing his favourite boating locations and of course, speaking about boating with the family. He is…

1 min.
florida base for grand banks

Grand Banks Yachts has acquired a new yard in Florida to serve as its official US headquarters, consolidating its presence in the bustling American market. Stuart Yacht Basin includes seven berths and more than 1100m2 of waterfront offices, shops and maintenance facilities. It also houses commissioning and repair equipment such as a 50-tonne travel lift, an enclosed floating workshop, deep water docks and concrete haul-out area. The new premises will serve as the company’s US headquarters and will be managed by Hank Compton, COO of Grand Banks America, who has previously managed sales and sales development in Australia and the Asia Pacific region. “The acquisition of Stuart Yard continues to follow our customer-first philosophy that began with our factory direct sales model,” said Compton. “We’ll organise new boat commissioning out of the yard for…

1 min.
maritimo management changes

Maritimo has announced several senior management changes following the departure of International Sales and Marketing Manager Greg Haines. Designer Tom Barry-Cotter will take on an expanded role to include brand strategy, international marketing and liaising with Maritimo’s advertising and public relations consultants in addition to overseeing design. International dealer relations, national and international sales and the company’s international boat show schedule will be jointly handled by CEO Garth Corbitt, General Manager of Operations Phil Candler, and Australasian Sales Manager Ormonde Britton. Maritimo executive Craig Jones will be the costings and customer relations manager responsible for global dealer communications. Haines had been in his role since 2012 and is leaving the company to pursue personal business interests. Founder Bill Barry-Cotter said the changes would set the company up for ongoing growth in the decades ahead. “The senior…