Trade-A-Boat Issue 535

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.

Adventures Group Holdings Pty Ltd
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on watch with adam jane

New year, new mag, new aspirations. Before you raise your fists in protest, let me assure you, Captain van Duyl is alive and well, and we’ll be back to our usual format shortly. For the time being, however, you’ve got me, Deputy Editor Adam, who some may recognise as the guy who shadows Tim at shows. The obvious question then, where’s Tim? As far as I know, he’s in some far flung location, beyond the reach of cellular signals, indulging in the glamorous work of a remote photo shoot. OUR PRESENT REALITY Okay, I shouldn’t joke. The reality is that since borders have opened, we’ve had an awful lot of work to fill in the end of the year, catching up on content that Melbourne’s harsh lockdowns have postponed to this point (I’m…

seadogs of yore

Moving from England to the colonies in the 19th century was no small endeavour, and the trip to Australia was one of trepidation. To simplify the task, in 1858, John Willox released a book called Practical Hints for Emigrants to our Australian Colonies, telling prospective travellers everything from how to choose a port of destination to appropriate emigrant attire. Four pages of the 32-page publication were dedicated to describing a ship. Not any old ship, but a specific ship of the White Star line — right down to the diameter of the mizen mast. Willox then went into excruciating detail on the horrors that befell stowaways, with several recountings of hiding places that resulted in death. One such tale told of a man who hid in stores of salt who, having…

the crow’s nest

SAXDOR OPEN DAY DELIGHTS The Saxdor 200 Open Day took place on the Gold Coast last month, following a successful Australian debut at November’s Sanctuary Cove Boating Festival. Local distributors The Adventure Boat Company hosted more than 20 VIP appointments, giving interested parties a chance to hit the water in the latest creations of legendary Finnish designer, Sakari Mattila. The Adventure Boat Company (TABC) say they were instantly drawn to Saxdor boats, due to their excellent design pedigree, performance and affordability. TABC’s David Carpenter explained, “We knew that Sakari’s absolute focus on quality would be forefront in all models created. Likewise we knew that cutting edge designs, incredible performance from twin stepped hull designs and a focus on luxury at an affordable price would define the Saxdor range.” Having already achieved great success overseas,…

brunswick recognised for responsibility

Brunswick Corporation has been named among Newsweek’s 2021 list of America’s most responsible companies, securing a spot midway up the 400-strong list. Brunswick are the driving force behind many of the industries most notable brands, even here in Australia. Their stable of brands includes Mercury Marine, Boston Whaler, Sea Ray and Czone. The selections were made by Newsweek from a vast pool of US businesses, using key performance indicators derived from CSR Reports, Sustainability Reports, and Corporate Citizenship Reports, as well as an independent survey of 7,500 US Residents. The criteria also considers diversity, equity and inclusion as well as philanthropy and community involvement.…

shark monitoring may become autonomous

A technology-based study led by Southern Cross University is close to finalising a system that uses autonomous drones to detect and identify sharks in coastal waters. The study hopes that this technology could help increase safety on Australia’s beaches, though the systems will also be used for research and to gain insight into the behaviour of various shark species. There is, however, one obstacle. Dr Andrew Colefax explained, “The main thing standing in the way of a more autonomous surveillance system is CASA regulations and safety around air traffic management. Drone technology is already at a point where drones can charge themselves, take off and fly a set course, and land without an on the ground pilot.”…

in the know

You know why you don't hear the name Echo Yachts popping up in casual comparisons of Aussie boat builders? Echo, as the name suggests, simply passes by our consciousness as a resonant whisper, reverberating down from a higher tier of luxury. But as far as the industry's concerned, they're no wallflower either, regularly sweeping the stage at industry award ceremonies with their spectacular designs; a spectacular trimaran named White Rabbit being the most recent example. Another name you may not hear on the daily is Misha Merzliakov — although if you read Trade-a-Boat regularly, you'll probably recognise his work. Misha is a Brisbane-based superyacht designer, responsible for some of our recent favourites, namely the Whitehaven Harbour Classic 40. What better partnership then to create a luxurious customisable catamaran, with a huge amount…