Boating & Aviation

Trade-A-Boat Issue 505

Established in 1977, it serves thousands of committed readers from all walks of life who have a passion for boating. Complementing its marine market place strengths are quality news articles, product reviews and the latest boat tests.

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in this issue

2 min.
on watch with tim van duyl

Some great news passed my desk late in the week: UNESCO are removing the Belize Barrier Reef from the endangered World Heritage Sites list. Belize, with a population of only around 387,000 people and a very low per capita GDP have done the extraordinary by recognising the significance of the world’s second-largest living reef and, as such, protecting it from future harm. Over the nine years the reef was listed the people of the small south American country put safeguards in place that will protect it for future generations. No offshore mining is allowed and exploration for gas and oil has been banned. Although UNESCO decided not to put the Great Barrier Reef on the same list last year, evidence is starting to suggest our own reef is in real…

1 min.
hands on the deck

KEVIN GREEN Yachting journalist and sailor Kevin Green has reported on international yacht racing for the last 20 years and attended many major events. He’s competed in two Hobarts and various other ocean races but cites his hardest events to have been the two Tasmanian Three Peaks Races he has completed, where he’d rowed his yacht across Storm Bay and up the Derwent. CHRIS WHITELAW Chris Whitelaw is a freelance photojournalist based in Hervey Bay. After running a practice as a litigation lawyer and barrister for almost 30 years, he re-invented himself as a photographic artist and is now a regular contributor to several national magazines. Visit chriswhitelawphotography.com.au to see the world through his eyes.…

2 min.
guest comment

HOW TO FINANCE A CHARTER BOAT Charter boat ownership is a rewarding endeavour: you can accelerate the process of buying your dream boat, profit from strong demand in the tourism industry and even create a fully-managed solution to boat ownership in the midst of life’s commitments. So, once you find a boat that satisfies AMSA survey requirements and a charter company that will offer returns (and look after your boat), the third consideration is perhaps the most important: how do you pay for it? Cash is obviously the cheapest form of finance, but since the boat will essentially become an asset of a business it’s logical to consider financing a solid portion of it through a loan. As such, the next cheapest form of finance is using equity from your home or restructuring your…

1 min.
any boat wins nsw business award

Charter boat agency Any Boat has been awarded the NSW Business Chamber’s Regional Business of the Year award for 2018. The Business Awards celebrate business excellence in New South Wales by recognising and rewarding outstanding businesses. Any Boat won the top prize after also being the first business to win Excellence in Small Business two years running. The awards were accepted by founder and managing director of Any Boat, Daniel Da Silva. “To think that of all the businesses that entered, a charter boat agency in Lavender Bay won three awards and was the first business ever to win the Small Business Excellence award two years in a row, and to take out Regional Business of The Year, is mind-boggling” said Mr Da Silva. “The marine industry is a critical part of Sydney’s…

1 min.
auckland’s new marine facility

Orams Marine have reached an agreement with Auckland’s redevelopment agency to build a marine facility that will cater to larger vessels. The area in Wynyard Quarter known as Site 18 will be developed into a facility capable of hauling out and servicing large vessels up to 620 tonnes including fishing vessels, ferries, commercial vessels and superyachts. Orams plans to complete the marine elements of the site in time for the next America’s Cup in early 2021 in order to take advantage of the influx of commercial and spectator vessels which will arrive with the regatta. “This move is a step towards a long-term strategy the marine industry has held dating back to 2000,” says NZ Marine Executive Director Peter Busfield. “The latest 620-tonne travel hoist will allow us to triple our capacity for…

2 min.
the ram 1500 officially arrives in australia

The RAM 1500 is the latest in a long line of Pick-up Trucks that have become legends in North America. The right-hand drive RAM 1500 has been designed, developed and refined for Australian requirements. It is built in North America and then remanufactured on a brand-new state of the art production line in Melbourne. This process means production quality and consistency and leads to the a factory-backed three year, 100,000 km warranty through RAM’s nationwide dealer network. “The RAM 1500 is built and equipped to meet the changing demands of the Australian Ute buyer who are demanding more towing capacity, more space inside and out, and better performance,” says Alex Stewart, General Manager of RAM Trucks Australia. “With a maximum towing capacity of up to 4.5 tonnes, it is a clear…