Boating & Aviation

Trade-A-Boat Issue 507

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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SYDNEY LOCKOUT This issue’s guest comment comes from none other than Steve ‘Starlo’ Starling, former contributor to Trade-a-Boat, fishing legend and absolute good-guy. Starlo has always presented a professional and considered approach to all things fishing and his presence in the media has always been the same, whether hosting a TV fishing show, presenting opinions on products or teaching eager listeners tips to fishing success at all manner of outdoor and boating shows. His comments come at a critical time for NSW recreational fishing and the environment. There is hot debate raging over proposed changes to marine parks from Wollongong to Newcastle, the ramifications of which could be heavily reduced or entirely banned recreational fishing in many popular hotspots. I must confess I am undereducated on the subject due to its remoteness…

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hands on the deck

JAMES JACKSON James is the Deputy Editor of Trade-a-Boat magazine. After creating content for the outdoor adventure market for seven years, he has changed tack from off-road to on-water. A lover of words and images, James now dreams of gelcoats, sunpads and wide-open throttles when he’s not tapping away on a keyboard. JANINA ROQUE Janina is a Senior Designer at Emprise Group and leads the look of Trade-a-Boat magazine. Another Kiwi, she moved across the ditch after nearly a decade designing locally. Initially working in variety of fields from travel to food, entertainment, fashion and lifestyle, boating magazines is a new challenge she enjoys particularly learning the anatomy of boats and odd terms.…

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PROPOSED LOCKOUTS ENRAGE NSW FISHERS In late August this year, the NSW State Government released phase three of its Hawkesbury Shelf Marine Bioregion Assessment. Contained within this extensive series of documents were proposals to create a network of 25 new or enlarged habitat protection zones within a marine park stretching from Newcastle to Wollongong. Included within this proposed park are a significant number of marine sanctuaries, where line and spear fishing would be completely banned, as well as numerous other “special purpose” zones with varying restrictions. NSW Marine Estate (the agency behind this proposal) also announced a series of public consultation meetings across the zone and invited written and on-line submissions from interested parties. The closing date for this consultation period was set down as 27 September. To say that the release…

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australia’s next horizon

Taiwan-based Horizon Motor Yachts has announced that it will be taking over the company’s operations in Australia and New Zealand. The move was formalised after discussions between Horizon Group CEO John Lu and current owners Gary and Janette Wahlstedt. The Wahlstedt’s have held exclusive dealer rights for Horizon Yacht in Australia and New Zealand since 2015. The return to factory ownership puts the region in line with Horizon’s other dealerships internationally. The move is allegedly part of the company’s broader strategy to ensure a globally-consistent owner experience in relation to support, service, communication and branding. “This has come about very quickly and [was] a surprise to all of us,” said Mr Wahstedt. “John made us an offer which was very generous to take control and structure the business the same as the rest of…

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bragging rights for brig australia

Australia’s Sirocco Marine has won the BRIG International Dealer of the Year Award for the fifth year running. The award was accepted by director of Sirocco Marine Neil Webster at BRIG’s headquarters and factory in Ukraine. Mr Webster’s US BRIG dealership was the runner-up for the award after just three years in operation. “We are very pleased with the recognition,” said Webster. “In Australia, we are the largest RIB distributor with a national network of dealers and a full range of boats on display at their showrooms in Western Australia, Queensland, New South Wales and Victoria. “Our customers in the US and Australia tell us the product is superb quality, a great price, great performance – BRIG ticks all the boxes.” The BRIG International Dealer of the Year Award is based on sales, service, market…

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mercury unveils new diesel line

Mercury has released a new line of 3.0-litre diesel engines for sterndrive, inboard and water-jet applications. Available in 150hp, 230hp and 270hp variants, Mercury claims the new engines lead their class in acceleration, reliability, ease of installation and maintenance as well as noise and vibration reduction. “Mercury already has a class-leading diesel portfolio and these engines add to that with their impressive low-end torque and exceptional durability,” said Reinhard Burk, Mercury’s senior director of global inboard and sterndrive categories. According to Mercury, the engines use a new water-cooled, variable-geometry turbocharger and common-rail fuel delivery that provide enhanced performance, acceleration and top speeds. The new Mercury Diesel 3.0L models carry a new factory-backed limited three-year Recreational Warranty with an additional two years on selected major components. A Light Duty Commercial Warranty provides protection for one…