Trade-A-Boat Issue 537

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on watch

I’m again writing this from a place far from the TAB offices, but dear to my heart. I’m on the northern coast of NSW, near Seal Rock where the ocean howls — well, it is right now. We’ve had a ripper late-summer storm that brought with it more than 100mm of rain and a crashing swell that rumbles its way deep into your body. I’m not on the water but, looking out at it, I’m reminded of a feature John Ford wrote for us maybe five years ago on the then-new G2 E-TEC. He calculated his drive from Sydney to Seal Rock and back had the Sea Devil 520 the engine hung off, skip and skim its way over some 33,000 waves. It was a fascinating read. John validated the impressive fuel…

seadogs of yore

Sailors often led dangerous lives. Many of those dangers were external, coming from wild weather, long voyages, pirates, or enemy ships. Sometimes, however, the danger came from within, as John Black discovered in 1797. Born in 1778 in Great Yarmouth, Norfolk, John Black had been at seas for only two years when he signed on as purser and navigator on the Lady Shore, bound for Sydney. She set off in May 1797, carrying cargo, 58 soldiers, 26 crew and 119 prisoners, made up of French prisoners of war and female convicts. Eight weeks later, early on the morning of 1 August, mutineers, consisting of prisoners and various soldiers and led by French prisoners Sélis and Thierry, seized the ship. The officers of the Lady Shore were forced to sign a certificate of…

premier exhibitors for sanctuary cove show

The first wave of exhibitors for the highly anticipated 32nd edition of the Sanctuary Cove International Boat Show (SCIBS) has been unveiled. Among the prominent brands having already applied for prime positions on water for the event, to be held 20–23 May, are Maritimo, Horizon, Princess Yachts, Integrity, Whitehaven, eYachts, Azimut, Sunseeker, Hampton, Fairline, Palm Beach, Grand Banks, Fleming, Beneteau, Lagoon and Iliad. Trailerable boats, watersports and inflatable craft will also have a strong presence throughout The Marine Village, with the likes of Quintrex, Yamaha, Jeanneau, JSW Powersports, Sea Doo, Stacer, AB, Northside Marine, Sailfish Catamarans, Voyager Catamarans, Aurora, Mercury, Zodiac, Honda and Mastercraft already signed up. The latest gear and gadgets will also be on display in the Pavilions, with notable brands such as Garmin, Fusion, Navionics, Raymarine, Seabreeze, Dometic, JL Audio,…

solo sailor survives eight-hour ordeal

Solo sailor Nigel Fox was been rescued eight hours after being pitched overboard in rough seas off the Northern Territory coastline. The Southampton-born expat was located by an Australian Maritime Safety Authority (AMSA) aircraft 23km from his boat after activating the Ocean Signal rescueME PLB1 personal locator beacon attached to his life jacket. Following an electrical storm and winds over 40kt the previous night, the 55-year-old yachtsman was sailing his Duncanson 34, Bison, in bad weather in the notorious Arafura Sea. He was heading towards the Gove Peninsula as a planned stop on his way back to Cairns, when crossing swells knocked the yacht onto its beam ends and sent him into the water. Fox was left hanging over the side of the yacht by his jack lines with his head submerged, but…

what’s scarier: jaws or jellyfish?

You might think that an encounter with a great white is what scares most people about swimming in the sea, but University of South Australia researchers have found people are actually more afraid of a softer predator — the humble jellyfish. In a survey of 400 participants who were prompted to explain why they were afraid of going in the ocean, sharks appeared well down the list, coming in fourth behind drowning, encounters with animals such as jellyfish, crabs, and stingrays, and deep water. UniSA Online course facilitator for psychology, Dr Brianna Le Busque says the results of the study are surprising, given the media’s portrayal of terrifying shark-human interactions and the animal’s vilified status in popular culture. “We’ve all seen Jaws and read the sensationalised headlines about shark ‘attacks’ — given sharks’…

alloy builder makocraft launched grp range

Queensland-based alloy boatbuilder Makocraft has made a timely decision to launch its X-Series fibreglass range of 4m powerboats. Owner Tim Stessl says during 2020 the entire boating industry experienced a boom in sales, which resulted in plenty of challenges in terms of keeping up with demand, as well as a backlog in sourcing aluminium. With these considerations, he said 2021 felt like the right time for Makocraft to launch its range fibreglass boats which had already been in the works. “While it would seem unusual for an aluminium manufacturer to essentially hop the fence, the X-Series has come about as a result of culmination of many years of consideration and design,” said Stessl. “I’ve always loved the sleek look of fibreglass boats and now seemed a good a time as any to launch this…