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Trade-A-Boat Issue 522

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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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DIVERGENCE Jonny Chueh and the team at Ocean Alexander chose an interesting model name for this months’ cover boat, the Divergence 45. It is a change of direction for the hugely successful American-Taiwan company, but at the same time, it’s not. Speaking directly with Chueh at the Sydney Show, at the launch of the smallest Ocean Alexander model to date, he told us that the idea came from an existing owner who was struggling to find a day boat cum sports fisher of good enough quality to keep up with their existing superyacht. Initially considered a one-off, the team in the US were so proud of their effort they invited other owners to take and a look, and then the order book started filling. It is a big proposition and if you…

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seadogs of yore

If you’re truly good at something, don’t let anyone force you to give it up. That’s the lesson to take from the life of Peter Easton, perhaps history’s most successful pirate. He got his first taste of the raiding life in 1602 when Queen Elizabeth I of England put him at the head of ten ships as a privateer off the Newfoundland coast. The distinction between state-sponsored privateer and independent pirate probably made little difference to Easton’s Spanish victims. However, Queen Elizabeth’s death and the ascension of James I to the throne ended the war with Spain. Without the backing of a state, many would have hung up their cutlass. Easton was made of sterner stuff however. He continued to raid Spanish shipping, while also extorting English captains for protection money. His skills…

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sanctuary cove international boat show expands for 32nd edition

Entries are now open for exhibitors wishing to secure a spot at the Sanctuary Cove International Boat Show (SCIBS) 2020, to be held from May 21–24. Following 2019’s event, which attracted more than 47,000 visitors, 334 exhibitors and more than 600 boats, organisers anticipate exhibitor space will again sell out well before SCIBS 2020 in May. A raft of changes will be made to the site ahead of the 2020 event, including an improved pavilion layout and new zones catering for more trailer boats on land and luxury vessels on water. The recent announcement of an $8.31 million investment by owners Mulpha Australia Ltd to expand the Sanctuary Cove Marina ahead of the show will facilitate more boats on water, with new premium options for vessels up to 180 feet. SCIBS General Manager Johan…

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superyachts bill to bring billion dollar boost to marine industry

The Federal government has introduced a bill to make it easier for foreign-owned superyachts to act as charter vessels in Australian waters. Previously, yachts of that size had to be fully imported, a fact the government argues has been driving business away from our shores. The ‘Special Recreational Vessels Bill 2019’ comes at a critical time for Australia’s recreational marine industry. As David Good, CEO of Superyacht Australia, said, “We commend the Deputy Prime Minister, the Hon Michael McCormack for introducing this Bill today. Huge events in the Pacific over the next 18 months will mean large numbers of superyachts will be in our region. The Tokyo Olympics in July 2020 and the Americas Cup in Auckland 2021 are expected to bring around 160 superyachts to our region — which is…

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norman r. wright & sons celebrates 110 years

On 9 November, Norman R. Wright & Sons were joined by family, friends and owners at the RQYS Canaipa to celebrate their 110th anniversary. More than 50 vessels, including the Dolphin II, Blue Peter, MV Stewart Karlin II (part of the Queensland Police Service) and Camira & South Pacific II, attended the festivities. It is estimated that around 1200 boats have been produced by Norman R. Wright & Sons over the 110 years. Director, Mentor and Company Archivist, Bill Wright, said many things went into achieving this milestone. “Our business really comes down to the clients who have supported us over the years and who have worked with us to create some truly unique and stunning boats, our suppliers and contractors who have shared in our vision to build high-quality, custom-built boats, and…

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sales success in the us for australian yacht builders

Gold Coast based luxury yacht manufacturers Maritimo have seen success in the US, with the company reporting double-digit sales at the Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show. This comes on the back of a strong year for Maritimo, with local and international sales making it one of the strongest-growing brands in the luxury yacht sector. Maritimo Americas’ President, Dave Northrop, said the response to the Australian manufactured vessels was extremely positive. “The X50 sport yacht was the most popular model and our team of a dozen dealers and sales personnel were run off their feet with enquiries,” he said. “Having the display stand that took out the best on water display in Sydney mid-year here at Fort Lauderdale was an impressive statement”. Representatives from Maritimo Australia attended the show and worked with the American based team…