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Trade-A-Boat Issue 524

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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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2 min.
on watch

This month, Horizon Motor Yachts flew me over to Kaohsiung, Taiwan for their biennial Open House. You can read all about the event from page 18, and later this year I’ll report back on two new models I had the chance to review, but for now, I want to take you on a personal trip through one of the world’s premier motoryacht building hubs. The southernmost and second-largest city in Taiwan, back when Taiwan was a textiles giant, Kaohsiung was once one the of three largest shipping hubs in the world. However, as Vietnam, Indonesia and Thailand rose as leaders in textiles, Kaohsiung shifted focus. With a large amount of experience and expertise in all things marine, it was a natural pivot to boat building that now has them recognised as…

1 min.
seadogs of yore

Starting from the 1860s, the British government sent thousands of disadvantaged kids across the seas to Australia (and many more to Canada), believing they’d find a better life. They came from the streets, workhouses, orphanages and families who were too poor to support them. The fanfare leading up to the journey and the comfort of the vessels served as brief respite from their split lives of hardship and abuse. Once they’d arrived, the children were generally put into farm schools, religious organisations and sent to work on the land or in rural domesticity. The average age of child migrants was eight, but they could be as young as three. Due to economic reasons, the scheme was largely suspended during the 1930s. However, it wasn’t completely terminated in Australia until 1967 — it’s estimated…

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maritimo beats out some of the world’s best

In a world first, luxury motoryacht manufacturer Maritimo’s international race team has beaten competition from all over the world to be both UIM XCAT World Champions and XCAT Pole Position World Champions in Dubai. They are also the first non UAE team to win a world championship. Lead designer and race team member Tom Barry-Cotter said the win came after a year of highs and lows and was a long way from the April 2018 accident that saw the team’s boat destroyed. “We competed in a brand new boat designed and built by Maritimo on the Gold Coast, and first raced in Italy in Round One where it secured pole position and second place in Race One in its first outing,” he said. After steadily improving speed and handling throughout the year, two…

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280 vantage debut

The latest in the award-winning Vantage series has been unveiled by Boston Whaler during a Facebook Live broadcast from the New York Boat Show. The all-new 280 Vantage is a versatile open-bow boat equipped for a wide range of boating activities, including entertaining, fishing and watersports, while top of the line navigation, design and propulsion systems ensure easy handling. Constructed with foam-injected Unibond, the 280 is said to be truly unsinkable, providing the utmost security for passengers when enjoying their time on the water.…

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quintrex releases seven new models

One of Australia’s leading manufacturers of aluminium boats, Quintrex, has announced the release of the Top Ender Pro, available in seven sizes with seating capacities for 5–6. The new Top Ender Pro range will feature the current Blade Hull with an improved Flared Bow. The stretch formed aluminium sides from this have more curve that runs further down the length of the boat to deflect more spray away from passengers. The ability to stretch form aluminium into shapes normally only achievable in fibreglass is unique to Quintrex. This boats in this range — 430, 450, 481, 500, 520, 540 and 590 — have horsepower ratings from 60hp all the way up to 150hp depending on the model. The entire range however, is equipped with a side-console configuration with enough storage for a…

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whittley’s new headquarters

Gold Coast shipyard and marine facility, The Boat Works, has a new onsite partner in the form of third generation boat builder, Whittley Marine Group. With close to 70 years of boating expertise and craftsmanship, Whittley produces a number of models across sports boats, fishers, cruisers and day boats. Handmade in Melbourne, Whittley’s 13-model range is designed specifically for Australian boating environments and specific requirements. The move will see a new undercover retail showroom and service facility stock a range of Whittley boat packages, post purchase service options, on site finance and insurance. Located in the heart of the Gold Coast’s Marine Precinct, the head quarters are surrounded by waterfront restaurants, a marina and the largest concentration of marine trade business in Australia. Laurie Jackson, Sales Manager at Whittley Queensland said the time…