Trade-A-Boat Issue 539

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Adventures Group Holdings Pty Ltd
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on watch

It feels like it was only yesterday that we were walking the marina looking at all that was new and shiny — but a glance at a calendar tells me it was 24 months ago. The Sanctuary Cove International Boat Show is back and although still somewhat restricted with no international visitors (our cousins from New Zealand excepted), it feels like it will be another ripper. Personally, I’ll miss catching up with the offshore based agents, makers, and designers of some of the imported vessels at this year’s show, but I know plenty of top-notch vessels have made it over. However, one stands out for a different reason. Of personal interest is the Valhalla V-37, a dedicated fishing console boat from the people behind Viking and on sale through Gold Coast icon…

when legends are true

Sometimes we hear about the lives of people that sound too outrageous to be true. From swashbuckling adventures on the high seas, to daring confrontations, parts of their tales are often written off only to be proven true later on — as was the case of William Swallow. Born in 1792, Swallow was convicted for tier-ranging and sheep stealing and sent to Van Diemen’s Land (Tasmania). The instigator of many escape attempts, his most daring and almost successful was the mutiny on the brig Cyprus. Setting off from Hobart on the 6 August 1829, upon reaching Recherche Bay the vessel was becalmed. Eighteen convicts then mutinied. Marooning the officers, soldiers, passengers and fellow convicts that refused to join them, the 18 convicts set off under the command of Swallow, the only one…

riverland reels in a record number of anglers for sa carp frenzy festival

A record 810 anglers of all ages took part in the annual fishing festival to celebrate the centenary of Barmera over the weekend. Cool and windy conditions didn’t deter the European Carp from biting, with participants landing 2277 catches from Lake Bonney, Chambers Creek, and Loch Luna. The blustery weather followed still conditions when the competitors began at 6:30am. Colin Higgs from Mount Barker won the trophy for catching the biggest carp overall, with an 80cm fish, and Marijan Birdjan from the Adelaide suburb of Highbury, caught 74 carp, snaring the trophy for catching the most. Meanwhile, Samuel Mulvey, 8, from Barmera caught a 72cm long carp and won $3000 in a lucky draw. One of the SA Carp Frenzy organisers, Kym Manning considers the number of fish caught over the weekend a…

marine petrol parts launches new online store

With a base on the Gold Coast, Marine Petrol Parts is a new online parts store from well-established parent company Marine Energy Systems, which itself has been a local marine business operator for 16 years in Brisbane and on the Gold Coast. During this time, Marine Energy Systems has established a strong customer base that has grown steadily alongside the range of parts that they provide. Diesel engine and generator parts were the mainstay of their parts business, but sustained growth in customers seeking petrol parts — particularly for Mercruiser and Volvo Penta marine engines — paved the way for a dedicated marine petrol parts website. The aim of the new website is to simplify the process of identifying and finding the parts that they need, making this process quicker and…

ryds’ seek out dometic for the latest technology

Ryds’ entire 2021 range will receive a variety of Hydraulic Steering Solutions from Swedish manufactures Dometic. The deal will provide Ryds’ leisure boat range with the most advanced steering and mobility technology. Ryds’ has always been esteemed, featuring on the most modern boating companies for leisure on the water. But, they notice there was a need systems that could deliver an exceptional up-to-date driving experience. Dometic, in conjenction with distributor Comstedt, were able to meet help Ryds’ meet this requirement with a variety of helm control systems and steering cylinders suited to the Ryds’ design. Ryds’ range will use the Dometic BayStar Helm Front Mount, the Dometic SeaStar Helm Tilt Classic, and the Dometic SeaStar Power Assist. This will offer boaters an improved personal comfort with the adjustable wheel positioning and maximum…

a new electric outboard expands torqeedo’s range

Torqeedo has added a lighter and more affordable electric outboard to its product line, dubbed the Travel 603. The latest addition to Torqeedo’s line-up of clean, quiet, and portable electric outboards will have a two-horsepower-equivalent direct drive, short shaft motor, and will be the lightest in its power class weighing just 15.5kg (34lbs) complete including the battery. The Travel 603 is being marketed as an electric drive for small racing sailboats, tenders, light freshwater fishing boats, and canoes up to one tonne. Set to be the quietest outboard on the market, it will, according to Torqueedo, still have an outstanding dynamic response with instant torque. In a similar vein to the Travel 1103, the Travel 603 will be manufactured in Germany. It will feature a built-in high-performance lithium-ion battery rated at…