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Trade-A-Boat Issue 534

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
12 Issues

in this issue

2 min
on watch

What a year it has been. Throughout the global pandemic, we kept printing and working hard, though I have admitted and will again it got difficult with so little opportunity to review boats early in the year. The flow-on effect was a couple of issues in Q3 where I would have liked more reviews and perhaps even different boats but we got a remarkable effort and worthy of this issue’s ‘Best Of ’. A total of 38 vessels made the cut; each has been memorable for different reasons but a few will stay with me for years to come. Maritimo’s X50R, the racing-inspired version of the innovative X50 will go down as a favourite, as will all of Horizon’s innovative FD range that I sampled early in 2020. The duo…

2 min
seadogs of yore

It’s takes something special for someone to stand out among the many intriguing characters within the pages of Australia’s maritime history. The name James Underwood might not pique much interest at first, but if we were to tell you that he was — at least in our eyes — Australia’s first ever hipster, then he suddenly seems a bit more interesting. At the turn of the 19th century, Underwood was making his name as a merchant businessman in Sydney. He had a long list of commercial interests that included ship building, sealing and transportation of coal and sandalwood. Or, to put it into today’s Linkedin lingo, James was an entrepreneur with a portfolio of successful startups operating in transport and logistics, small batch boutique fashion supply and renewable energy. (This was…

3 min
aus marinas making waves

Gold Coast City Marina and Shipyard (GCCM) and Coral Sea Marina Resort (CSMR) have both been recognised for their world-class facilities, having been nominated as finalists in the Global Superyacht Business Awards. The Global Superyacht Business Awards are a celebration of the best superyacht businesses in the world and are open to voting from an active network of over 15,000 well-travelled captains and crew. Both GCCM and CSMR had to pass through a panel of senior Captains before becoming two of only three finalists in the marina category for the entire South Pacific region. The defining characteristics of a top-quality superyacht marina, as laid out by the awards, are ‘providing the best standard of services and facilities to Superyacht Captains & Crew. This marina is also praised for their willingness to assist…

1 min
seakeeper’s strong sales

Seakeeper have reported strong sales of their Seakeeper 1 since its release earlier this year, as the merits of gyro stabilisers in smaller boats are being recognised by manufacturers. Seakeeper Sales Executive Tom Kalic says, “The DC range including the Seakeeper 1, 2 & 3 are perfectly suited for trailer-able fishing and family boats with our dealers recognising the benefits a Seakeeper brings to their clients boating experiences and wanting to represent the leading brand in the gyro market.” Australian Distributor Twin Disc Pacific has appointed a number of new Seakeeper DC Dealers to help promote the Seakeeper brand, offering new boat installs or retrofits for existing boat owners.…

2 min
three ocean new alexander designs unveil

Ocean Alexander have made the most out of this year’s depleted events roster by debuting three new models at the Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show. The event took place in Florida at the end of October, inline with rigorous safety protocols. Ocean Alexander took the opportunity to catch up for lost show-time by introducing their 27 Explorer, 32 Legend and 36 Legend to an eager crowd. The standout for many was the 27E , which is the first in the new Explorer series. The series picks up on some of the features that make OA’s Revolution series so popular and combines them with extensive market feedback. The result is a combination of OA’s interior volume and accommodation, and new exterior amenities — the most notable being the extended aft deck. “The visions of exploring…

2 min
rivergate’s timely expansion

Brisbane’s Rivergate Marina and Shipyard has announced plans for a $200-million maintenance and refit hub expansion. The proposal is expected to create an additional 2,000 jobs and could contribute close to $1-billion to the Queensland economy every year. The superyacht hub is set to take up 8.4 hectares in Brisbane’s Gateway precinct at Murarrie. Facilities will include a hardstand with capacity for multiple superyachts, three superyacht refit sheds, two in-water superyacht service berths, a new five-storey Trade Centre with offices, training rooms, cafe, crew accommodation and crew recreation facilities, and extensive car parking. A highlight of the development is a $35-million shiplift, capable of lifting vessels up to 3,000 tonnes and 90 metres. Rivergate Director Tom Hill says, “We know that there is substantial pent-up demand among superyacht owners to visit our region,…