Boating & Aviation

Trade-A-Boat Issue 506

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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2 min.
on watch

PRE-LOVED Back in 2014, when I first took the helm of Trade-a-Boat, we had regular features on second-hand vessels known as Pre-Loveds. They were some of my favourite reads, as they looked at models I lusted for when I was younger while giving me insight into how they stood the test of time and pricing now. However, they disappeared through cost-cutting and poor support from some brokers. I am happy to say they are back. Last issue we had some outstanding boats: Trade-a-Boat favourite Dickey Boats with a 850 Custom — an alloy sports fisher from New Zealand that represented great value for the hard-to-obtain brand. This issue, we have one of my favouite sailing yachts in a Beneteau Oceanis 57, as well as a great-buy Princess 39 sports yacht. Our…

1 min.
hands on the deck

JOHN FORD John Ford has been part of the tapestry that is Trade-a-Boat for almost 20 years. In his time, he has reviewed every kind of vessel from Super Yachts to floating caravans, always imparting some of his dry wit along with his expertise. Semi-retired, his southern NSW home is his passion, and is where you will find him either bobbing offshore for fish or travelling inland with his partner. BEN KEYS Trade-a-Boat’s former Field Editor did what we all should do: he left the office to see more of Australia. Luckily for us, his interest in all things nautical didn’t leave with him and he still contributes to these pages. A reformed crewman on global Super Yachts, Ben knows a thing or two about the practicalities of boating.…

2 min.
guest comment

THE WIN–WIN OF WARRANTIES The purchase of a luxury motor yacht is, almost invariably, one of the biggest and most rewarding purchases a person can make in their life time. Often it is the reward for many long years of hard work and effort, and it represents a lifestyle-enhancing decision that will bring many hours of pleasure for the owners, their family and friends. To that end, the backing of a comprehensive factory-backed warranty program is vital. Maritimo adopted the factory-backed warranty model in 2013 and it has proven to be hugely successful. Maritimo’s principle designer, Tom Barry-Cotter, says the key to Maritimo customers’ satisfaction is a complimentary nine-month full checklist inspection by Maritimo Warranty, which ensures that any issues are resolved to the owner’s satisfaction prior to the end of the warranty period. “Since…

1 min.
luxury facilities for birkenhead point

Birkenhead Point Marina has unveiled new member facilities that include five-star family suites, a club lounge and integrated kitchen. Marina tenants and casual overnight visitors will have access to premium bathrooms, family suites and a luxury Club Lounge with equipped kitchen for tenants who wish to host guests. The new amenities and the adjacent brand outlet centre, which underwent a $19 million redevelopment in 2017, were backed by investment from Mirvac. These developments follow on from the redevelopment of the marina in 2016 after Birkenhead Point was acquired by Mirvac in 2014. The 201-berth Birkenhead Point Marina will now be the only full-serviced marina on the New South Wales coast. The new marina facilities will also feature a purpose-built Sunseeker East Coast office as well as a radio base and office for Marina Rescue…

1 min.
navico lands a big one

Navico has announced that is has merged with marine navigation supplier C-MAP. Navico is the world’s largest marine electronics manufacturer and C-MAP is the fourth brand in the company’s portfolio alongside Lowrance, Simrad and B&G. “This merger is an incredible opportunity to drive innovation in the marine industry and lead a new digital era,” said Navico Group CEO Leif Ottosson. “We see huge potential to bring our two teams together and accelerate growth.” “We’re incredibly excited to join forces with Navico,” said Sean Fernback, former CEO of C-MAP and now Navico Group CTO and corporate executive member. “We now have an opportunity to create a seamless experience by developing an ecosystem that combines the best hardware, software, services and applications.”…

2 min.
volvo shooting for a perfect zero

After announcing that it will provide electrified power solutions for both land and sea by 2021, Volvo Penta has revealed details of a hybrid-powered Inboard Performance System concept. Designed for zero-emission running, the new hybrid marine propulsion concept enables an electric-only mode that will allow for entry into environmentally sensitive zones while offering heightened on-board comfort and boat-handling characteristics. Side benefits of a hybrid configuration include lower noise, vibrations and running costs, while also accounting for the likelihood of future engine and zoning restrictions that have been brought on by the global conversation around emissions. With an initial engine range of 8-13 litres, the IPS hybrid system will initially be suitable for ferries, pilot and supply boats as well as yachts. The technology was initially developed within the Volvo Group and is now…