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year ago, I came across a Discover Boating’s study about different types of first-time boat buyers in the USA. The research involved analysis of available data (boating statistics, etc), a survey of 2,000 respondents interested to buy their first boat, the online behaviour of 75 people, a survey of 550 people who bought their first boat and 20 people who stopped shopping for their first boat, and one-on-one interviews with 20 people who sold their first boats. The report came out in 2017, and provided an insight to the first-time boater mindset. I thought that it would be interesting to share their findings with you even if the study was meant for the boating industry to understand to whom they are marketing. It takes a lot of work to gather that much data, and identify various categories of first-time boater types. So even if you are not from the boat industry, it is worth knowing what their research found – even just for information purposes and something to ponder. You probably have our own general stereotypes of various boaters, but the six categories below are a good guide to understand first-time boater types. Let me know if you think these categories apply or not to Australian boaters. Gear Guys. They are the young people, mostly male, motivated by specialised equipment and intrigued by the technology and the specifications. For them, it is not about being on the water – it’s more about the boat. So they only talk to the experts, and those who can provide them the lowdown on every detail.


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Merry Mates. For these people, family is everything. No plan is as good as any plan, as long as they go together as a family. They are focused on the practical side of owning a boat, and they will always consider their budget to make sure they are able to own a boat that their family will enjoy. Luxurious Leisurers. Image-conscious and always having the finer things, these first time boat-owners consider boat ownership as an achievement. Generally, they will not know a lot about the boat they want to buy, but they want it because it is a statement of their status. Water Weekenders. They are the water-lovers. But while they love the water, they did not grow up boating. They love planning outings on the boat, hosting friends and family, and really interested in activities that they can do with their boat – tubing, fishing, waterskiing, etc. They are also the frequent renters. Seclusion Seekers. They are nature-lovers. They generally have a busy daily life and are bound by many obligations. So they want to escape to the outdoors. Boating for them is about this escape, and getting away from the daily grind and connecting with nature. They do not have many demands for the boat they want to buy, and also more likely not to fully understand the obligations of boat ownership. Nautical Natives. These boaters have boating in their DNA. They understand the appeal of boating and enjoy getting on the water. They know a lot about boats and boating, and their desire to own a boat is to continue a family legacy. They generally know the ins-and-outs of boating. Whatever your stage of boat buying experience, which type of first-time boat buyer do you think you are/were? If you think you do not fit in any of these, then under what category of boat buyer do you belong? Email me your thoughts.


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EAGLE 10 OUT OF 10 The top-selling 10m RIB in the world, the BRIG Eagle 10, has broken all records since its global launch at the Sydney Boat Show in 2017. And at SCIBS 2019, the flagship of the BRIG fleet will take pride of place in the Sirocco Marine North display. At 10.5m, the go-anywhere Brig Eagle 10 is a true 50 knot boat, powered by twin 300hp engines and with an array of features that make it the most versatile and best value day boat and weekender on the market. Designed to be the ultimate RIB cruiser, the Eagle 10 boasts a deepV-hull that ensures a dry, smooth ride. It’s more stable, lightweight and low-maintenance than its hardsided counterparts, and with room for up to 20 people, it has a capacity double a 10m fibreglass boat. For family fun, as an island hopper, luxury boat tender, chase boat, aquatic sport platform, coastal cruising, picnic boat and more, the Eagle 10 is the versatile all-rounder.

Fast, safe, stable and delivering a smooth, dry ride, the Eagle 10 is virtually unsinkable due to the buoyancy and durability of the special carbon fibre Hypalon ORCA tubes, which are UV-resistant and have a “fendereffect” advantage against other vessels and the marina.

But don’t take our word for it. One of the many Eagle 10 owners happily shares his experiences, describing an ‘average week’ in the boating lifestyle of his BRIG.

For brilliant days on the water, it features comfortable seats, a convertible table and sun deck, a sink unit that can accommodate a fridge/stove, a convenient stern swim platform with folding ladder and outdoor shower kit, plus a wellappointed cabin complete with double bed for evenings when you just want to flake out after a great day of sun and sea.

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for a night out – a pleasant dinner. Cruising there in our Eagle 10 is exhilarating, with all the sights and sounds. “The next day, we load up with half a dozen kids and all their gear for fishing, skiing, diving, and all the supplies for a day on the water, like ice, drinks,




all the burgers they can eat, then head up to Tangalooma for the day. “When we get back in the evening, we hose it down and walk away. What could be easier?”

The same owner squeezes in a mid-week fishing jaunt when work commitments and the weather allow. “There’s no fuss, just launch and go whenever the mood strikes.”

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Come and inspect the Eagle 10 for yourself, as well as the full range of BRIG RIBS at Sirocco Marine North display, Masthead Way at the: 2019 Sanctuary Cove International Boat Show, 23 to 26 May.

“Nothing comes close to the BRIG Eagle 10,” states Dylan Lopez, Managing Director at Sirocco Marine North. “Starting at $300,000, it’s the best value, best performing and best quality 10m vessel available – bar none!”

It’s no exaggeration to state that BRIG is the highest selling RIB brand in the world. BRIG continually invests in R&D and is renowned for its cutting-edge techniques and fabrication by hand to ensure the stability, performance, durability and longevity of every boat.

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STRIKING SUNSET OVER SERENE WATERS Photo by David Hogan Text by John Hogan



he waters along Moreton Island are an adventure boater’s playground, and an extraordinary marine sanctuary. Protected from the open ocean and often sheltered from winds, the western side of the island is the spot to find your peaceful anchorage.

generation to the next. It is best to join a club – either a club of members who own the same brand, or a boat club with organised events such as the Southport Yacht Club. In this way, the learning is passed on organically and is very valuable, as it builds good habits and adds confidence.

A stunning stretch of calm turquoise water, this is one of our family’s favourite destinations. It’s a day trip north of the Broadwater or across Moreton Bay from Brisbane. The area is teeming with marine and bird life. It is not uncommon to see dolphins, turtles, dugongs and rays, even whales when they are in season. Looking at the shore, it is a natural spectacle of sand dunes and curious vegetation.

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Days Gutter (on the banks of Kooringal) is our favourite spot – a beautiful deep-water anchorage that is limited to a high-tide arrival and departure. Surrounded by sandbanks, this unruffled area is worth the effort to get into, as it feels like a special place – with the wildlife, oysters, and beer.

Photos with tranquil waters like this are often possible during the first hour in the morning and the last hour of daylight yielding the best results. The water is clearer, and wildlife more prolific on Moreton Island.

We are very lucky to have the sand islands, which give us protected boating and limit the fetch. In this way, the weather reports do not impact as much on our boating and it is usually possible to have a pretty good time most of the times you go out.

The sun sets over water on Moreton Bay to the west of Moreton Island making for a great photo (which is not as easy to photograph where we come from further south). Sometimes, it takes just three minutes or so for the sun to set; it needs to be watched closely to capture the magic moment.

Although I have used a Canon 6D in the past, I find that the Samsung 9 does a great job, and is easier when you wish to be responding to a sudden event.

Winter tends to provide better boating conditions. However, there are lots more people out to talk to during the summer months. In any season, it is advisable to check the weather reports, as Moreton Bay can be NOT fun if the wind turns and you are in an exposed anchorage.

This was a close family get together after a tough year, and Moreton Bay was a perfect place to relax. We anchored at Lucinda Bay alongside our boating friends and their son’s boat, so it was a special gathering at the Christmas-New Year break. The two boats are a Back Cove 37 and a Kellick 33, both single engine diesels, which are very economical. They both sleep four people with ease and are quite comfortable for bay cruising and the occasional reef trip.

I encourage others to take up boating, as this is an activity where the whole family can be close together. It does not get old and all generations can come together with a common love, where tradition passes easily from one

John Hogan is an active member of the Gold Coast boating community, CEO of Superior Jetties, Chairman of Global Marina Institute, and a board member of Marina Industries Association.







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urchasing a pleasure craft is always an exciting time and, in many cases, it will be one of the largest purchases in many people’s lives. If you take out a loan to assist with the purchase, then it can also be a major liability.

you all the information you will need to know about the policy – what is covered and what is not. So take the time to read it carefully and ask questions if you are unclear about anything.

Careful consideration should be given to protect your pride and joy in the event of an unforeseen event or circumstance. When the vessel is used as a security for the loan, the lender will require you to take out a comprehensive insurance cover. Regardless of whether you borrow money for the purchase or pay cash, you really should seriously consider taking out this type of cover for your own peace of mind.

When the boat is taken as security for the loan, the lender will require the insurer to note them as an interested party on the policy. They do this so they are made aware of any insurance claim that is deemed a total loss and the insurer elects to payout the policy rather than repair the boat. Being an interested party, the lender needs to agree to the payout to release the boat, and would normally require the funds to be paid back onto the loan.

Basically, this type of policy covers the theft or accidental loss or damage of your boat. The policy can also cover other risks such as liability to other people. Before purchasing a policy from an insurer, make sure you obtain a copy of the Policy Disclosure Statement (PDS). This document will give

Further, when taking out a loan to purchase your boat or jet ski, consideration should be given to also taking out a Loan Protection Insurance (LPI). LPI can take care of your loan repayments for each month that you are unable to work due to an accident or illness. And will keep paying them until you are fit to return to work


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or the loan is paid out. LPI can also provide cover for involuntary unemployment. In most cases, the cost to take out these policies can be added to the loan and cover you for the term of the loan. These types of policies have become more affordable in recent times. Our finance specialists at Credit One are able to arrange LPI cover. The team at Credit One are authorised agents of Club Marine, and are happy to provide an obligation free insurance quote, whether you are financing your boat or paying cash. So give us a call today on 1300 Credit (1300 273 348) or visit us online: or email: IMPORTANT: Before taking out any insurance cover, obtain a copy of the PDS. Note that it will contain general financial product advice that does not take into account your personal financial circumstance.



Festival of Boating moves to Sanctuary Cove The 2019 Riviera and Belize Festival of Boating will deliver an exciting new format, bringing the Festival and the Sanctuary Cove International Boat Show together as a celebration of the Riviera Family in one incredible location. The Riviera team will present the very best and most popular aspects of the Festival’s comprehensive educational seminars and hands-on workshops. They feature new content and reflect owners’ specific interests and the very latest technology on board Riviera and Belize motor yachts. Australia’s premium luxury motor yacht builder, Riviera, will present four spectacular World Premieres at the Sanctuary Cove International Boat Show from May 23 to 26.

Festival seminars will be held within the InterContinental Resort and on board the Riviera Motor Yacht Club at the end of Pier F on the Boat Show marina and on multiple yachts on the water.

At the time of publication, the details of these models was being tightly guarded.

The Riviera team is also delighted to announce that the very special Living The Riviera Dream seminar will be presented this year by David and Lis Paton who recently returned from a significant circumnavigation and live-aboard adventure on their Riviera 53 Enclosed Flybridge Pascua Lama in Tasmania.

Including the four World Premieres, Riviera will host a magnificent 11-model red carpet showcase at Sanctuary Cove, Riviera’s biggest display in one location in Australia in 2019. The end of Pier F at the Boat Show marina will be transformed into Riviera and Belize World and will certainly be the centre of attention. The prestigious Riviera Motor Yacht Club will be surrounded by the 11-yacht showcase and will host owners and events throughout the show. Selected models from every one of Riviera’s five Collections of motor yachts will be on display. Registered visitors will be guided by a Riviera representative as they inspect sophisticated Sport Yachts, sporty and adventurous SUVs, bluewater Flybridge models, long-range and luxurious Sports Motor Yachts and classic-styled Belize motor yachts.

The Riviera Motor Yacht Club will be the hub for open air and on-water workshops including the popular Ask The Experts panel, the Fishing Clinic, Offshore Seamanship and more. The incredibly popular Galley Wise - Planning and Provisioning seminar will be held at the Riviera Motor Yacht Club where renowned chef Sally Jenyns will turn her flair to cooking a banquet on your yacht’s barbecue. The Festival will once again include two signature fun events: the Ladies Lunch to be held at the Intercontinental Resort and the Riviera Family Gala to be held on board the Riviera Motor Yacht Club.

Riviera owner Rodney Longhurst said that the team is elated with the Premiere models. “For almost four decades, Riviera has developed a highly respected heritage, launching more than 5,400 yachts in this time. These new motor yachts, the latest in a very distinguished line, will take Riviera design and style to another level in luxury,” he said. “The alfresco layouts, merging the welcoming and superbly equipped cockpit spaces with luxurious and comfortable interiors, are the hallmark of Riviera. “Our highly awarded international designers, engineers and master craftsmen are continually refining the designs and easy-to-use technology and equipment aboard our motor yachts that make the joy of Riviera ownership a sheer pleasure.”

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peed management is a shared responsibility. With that in mind, the Gold Coast Waterways Authority (GCWA) wants to know what you think about a speed limit trial in the Coomera River’s South Arm. The 12-month trial has been underway since July 2018. “Part of our brief is to promote the safe and sustainable use of our waterways. One of the ways in which we do that is to review fixed speed limits and change them where appropriate,” said CEO Hal Morris. “Before making permanent changes, we undertake rigorous trials to ensure our decision-making is informed by facts and has had input from key members of the community such as waterway users, other government agencies, businesses and residents.” Provision for the trial is set out in the Speed Limits and Behaviour Management Strategy 2018-2020 approved by the GCWA Board. Mr Morris said GCWA is assessing whether the trial speeds will maintain appropriate levels of marine safety, while minimising regulation, improving travel times for smaller boats, and addressing the problem of damaging wash caused by larger vessels. “We’d like to hear the views of waterways users on whether the trial limit is achieving what we set out

to do. The trial will run until the end of June this year so there’s plenty of time to provide us with your feedback. This feedback will help us decide whether to permanently fix the new limits, make some refinements, or revert back to the old ones.’ Mr Morris said the trial speed limits are consistent with speed limits for rivers elsewhere in Queensland: • 40 knots for all vessels less than 8 metres. • 6 knots for all vessels 8 metres in length and over. Prior to the start of the trial, the speed limit was 6 knots for all vessels. “Speed limit changes will only be made in locations where there’s evidence that a change will improve outcomes. The trial is part of that evidence-gathering process. Where a change is made, speeds will be fixed so they achieve an appropriate balance between safety and transport efficiency.’ Mr Morris said the trial is taking into consideration: • type and level of water traffic • character and features of the waterway • current recreational and commercial activities • marine industry and

The trial’s success will be measured through feedback from enforcement agencies, stakeholder groups and the community, as well as marine incident data and compliance data, such as the number of marine infringement notices issued during the trial period. Mr Morris said one of the issues the GCWA is dealing with is a common misunderstanding that smaller boats and jet skis travelling at faster speeds cause damage to pontoons, jetties, revetment walls and the shoreline. To address this misunderstanding, the GCWA commissioned the commercial arm of the Australian Maritime College, AMC Search, to conduct a study into vessel wave wake. The 2016 Vessel Wave Wake Study relevant to the Speed and Behaviour Strategy for the Gold Coast Waterways Authority showed that smaller boats and jet skis produce wash of much less energy once they travel faster than about 20 knots or so. If you’d like to know more, you can download copies of the Speed Limits and Behaviour Management Strategy 2018-20 and the Vessel Wave Wake Study relevant to the Speed and Behaviour Strategy for the Gold Coast Waterways Authority from the GCWA’s website To give feedback on the Coomera River (South Arm) trial email or write to PO Box 107 Southport, QLD, 4215.

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Cruiser boat buyers will soon find out that buying a luxury watercraft is more complex than purchasing a new car. Numerous makes and models all seem as equally capable. In order to help you decide what model to purchase, we outline the pros and cons of various types of cruisers.


here is no such thing as the perfect cruiser. However, there can be one that is ideal for you. By analysing your needs, you will be able to help focus your search on the type of cruiser that will suit you. First and foremost, do your research—whether in magazines or online forums, or other sources. Try talking to owners that have the same boat you are looking for and obtain feedback. The dealer you buy from is just as important as the boat you choose. For used boats, research as much history on the boat before you buy it, and spend on a pre-purchase inspection conducted by a qualified expert. SIZE MATTERS When selecting a cruiser, determine how many people are staying on board overnight. A basic estimation for boat length can be illustrated several ways. A family of four will need at least a 28-foot or larger cruiser, with a traverse bunk for the kids and a forward bed for the parents. If to be used by only two adults, then any boat size with at least a double bunk/bed will work. The wider (beam) the cruiser, the more stable the vessel will be at rest and under way. A wide-beam cruiser offers more internal space. If the boat has a 20+-degree deep vee then you want to make sure that the boat is at least 2.8 metres wide. If the hull has a shallower vee, then a narrower hull is acceptable—but you lose a lot of internal space. The optimum beam is a minimum of 2.8 metres—but this size is not trailerable. RECOMMENDED FEATURES

Hardtop vessels are longer-lasting and do not need replacing every 10 years. However, they do add extra cost to the boat. When looking at an 22

under 40-foot cruiser with a hardtop, you will be limited by choice, as not every make and model is optioned with a hardtop. During summer. the hard top cruiser can become very hot and stuffy due to lack of ventilation. The most common choice in this size cruiser has a canvas top and removable clear screens and side, so you can open it up on hot days and seal the cabin during the colder winter months.

A cruiser with a walk-through windscreen will allow easy access to the bow, and avoid having to traverse the narrow side.

If you want to stay married, then an anchor winch is essential. No one enjoys manually pulling up an anchor when you are at sea to relax. In rough seas, falling overboard while trying to manually pull in your anchor can endanger your entire family. It is worth reiterating that an anchor winch is a must.

The transom should be fitted with a stainless steel rail with BBQ, which can be used for the bulk of the on-board cooking. In this way, it does not stink out the cabin and is much easier to clean. If there is additional space, install a fish-cutting board which can double as a preparation bench for the chef.

A good boarding ladder is essential to get back on board after you have been for a swim. Make sure the duckboard is non-slip coated as it can get very slippery when wet. ENGINE CHOICES Check the manufacturer’s specifications and choose the maximum horsepower (HP) recommended to be fitted, as the boat will be heavily loaded up for extended stays. The larger engine will pay for itself, as a smaller motor will work too hard and burn more fuel than the maximum specified HP engine.

If you have to moor a single engine cruiser in a small marina berth, then consider buying a cruiser with (or fitting) a bow thruster to make it easier to dock. For twin engine vessels, the bow thruster is not as critical. However, if you can afford it or the boat is already fitted with one, then that will make docking even easier.

If the cruiser is less than 29 feet, a single large HP engine is sufficient, such as a 5.7- litre V8 with a bravo 3-leg. This is cheaper to run and you will only be servicing one engine and leg. For cruisers larger than 30 feet, nearly all brands fit twin engines to handle the size and weight of the boat.

A stern drive has a shallower draft than a shaft drive engine. So, on the Gold Coast, it is advisable to buy a stern drive to avoid touching bottom in our shallow sand-banked waterways. A stern drive will also allow you to reverse into a shallow beach anchorage, trimmed up the leg(s) and on most boats step off the duck board right onto the beach.

• If the toilet is under the bed(s), check that it is removable (porta-potty style) so you can remove it


Also, ensure the inbuilt water tank capacity is sufficient for your needs, as those aboard will use approximately 20 litres per person per day for showers, brushing teeth, washing dishes, etc. Ideally, a model with transom hot and cold shower will keep the kids clean and the boat relatively sand-free.

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The cabin will need ventilation during hot summer nights, and the hatches should be fitted with bug screens.

The cruiser should be fitted with a decent battery storage for running 12-volt lighting and electricals. If you have children on board or intend to be away from shore for extended periods of time, invest in an inverter generator to charge computers, heat meals, run the TV, and power the stereo and lighting.

In the cockpit, ideally, you will need a sink and tap, inbuilt cooler, a removable table, and plenty of seating/sun lounge. The cabin below preferably will need at least two beds, a toilet, a sink, storage for all the plates, cups, food and personal items.

Simply put, the faster you go, the more fuel you will use. The ideal cruising speed is 22 to 25 knots in any size cruiser as this seems to ensure a comfortable ride and efficient fuel consumption. Most cruisers up to 29 feet with a single engine will burn around 40 litres an hour at this speed. The larger twin engine cruisers up to 32 feet will use twice as much, and beyond a 40-foot cruiser will require even more fuel. If your cruiser will be wet-berthed on a pontoon at a marina or your home, the hull will require antifoul every few years at an average price of 3,000 dollars and upwards depending on the size of the boat and number of engines. The annual servicing will start at 1,000 dollars per engine for a very basic service. Make sure—before you pull the boat out of the water at the marina—you ask your mechanic for a quote and then authorise the specific work to be carried out. APRIL - JUNE 2019


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The boat dealership that supplies your cruiser— new or used—will play a vital role for your troublefree boating. Ask the dealer about the aftersales service and understand the fee structures for service and maintenance. The dealer might also have a trade-in policy if you decide to upgrade in the future.

When buying a new boat, you have the privilege to choose the brand, size, colour and options you actually want. The vessel will be delivered with a factory warranty for at least three or more years, so there are no maintenance surprises.

By asking for some referral customers, you can hear first hand other buyers’ experiences with the brand and model, and more importantly, the aftersales service provided by the dealer. Be sure to insist on a sea trial to ensure the cruiser will do everything you want it to do with regard to seating passengers, providing a comfortable ride, and vessel stability both at rest and while underway.

When buying a used cruiser, you are limited by the available stock that is for sale and whatever features have already been fitted. Be patient and diligent enough to research the history of the vessel. A used boat purchase will be more risky but the savings are considerable. WHERE TO BUY Here is a listing of renouned cruiser boat dealers.


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hen you think of islands in our local vicinity, ninety nine precent of us instantly think of North and South Stradbroke Islands; then Fraser Island, which is some three hundred kilometres away. But what about old Moreton Island? I guess most think of Moreton Bay as being on Brisbane’s back door and by right it certainly is. But what makes this island so incredible are its biodiversity and charm.

is incredible! Some would describe it as being gin clear. The marine life that flourishes in it is amazing. Freshwater lakes can also be found around the island with the Blue Lagoon being the favourite stop off point for many.

A vehicle ferry, the MiCat, leaves from Fisherman Island at the mouth of the Brisbane River to Moreton Island. The journey over takes just under two hours. Upon arrival on the island, you feel as though you have just landed on Fraser Island without the arduous drive. (The other ferry, the Combie Trader, which used to departed from Scarborough near Redcliffe, is no longer in operation.)

The northern tip of Moreton is commonly known as North Point. Here, campers can wake up to the smell of the salt air and the endless crash of near-on perfect waves rolling onto the beach. Fishing in this area is incredible with a variety of fish constantly schooling and moving through the waters. Erosion is a small problem when the northerly winds blow, but that makes for perfect grounds when the annual flathead run occurs in September. Certain times of the year, hundreds of flathead lie in among the logs waiting to ambush the small whiting and hardy head fish swimming past.

To me, Moreton Island is like North Straddie without bitumen. Sand tracks meander through the small townships and up the secluded campsites with million dollar bay and ocean views. The water clarity

Further down the island, the surf beaches are littered with some of the best gutters I have ever seen, with kilometres of near-on perfect whiting grounds. Old battery arms sit on top of the sand dunes. If you are


keen to take the ten kilometre return journey, you will get up close and personal with some of the old remnants from World War Two. Further south, you reach an area known as the Mirapools, another perfect fishing spot. It is also an area where you can take your car if you are not up to speed with the tides.

Beach fishing on Moreton Island



Moreton Island Fishing Classic (Photo James Don)

Running the beach here can be dangerous particularly on the rising tide, but once through, a track winds its way from the eastern side of the beach to the west and past a small village called, Kooringal. This small fishing post sits on the most southwestern tip of the island and provides perfect shelter for boaties wanting to spend the weekend away on the bay. There is a down side to this part of the island though, and that is the midgies or sand flies. Mangrove trees line the bottom end of the island. As you head further up the western side, you pass monster sand hills that seamlessly climb up and up in the heavens. The climb is a killer, and I mean a killer! It is torturous, extremely steep, and in the middle of the day, temperatures on the sand double if not triple. Once at the top, you will see the views that are magnificent as they stretch across the bay to Brisbane, north to Bribie and south towards Straddie. The best part of being on top is the quick exit down, with the use of a piece of cardboard. On the way down, remember to quickly pull up; otherwise, you will eat sand or get hit by a 4WD passing by.


Further north, you will come across Shark Spit, an area known by many anglers as flathead central. Sandy flats with grass beds scattered along them give the effect of a patchwork quilt. Here, the flathead lie in numbers again waiting to ambush any small prey swimming past. This part of the island should only be visited during the bottom end of the tide; at high tide, there is no way out other than driving up into the trees and spending the night there till the tide drops away. Tangalooma Island Resort, on the western side of Moreton Island, was originally a whaling station and operated for ten years from 1952 to 1962, which in that time over 6,200 humpback whales were harvested in the processing factory. Monster white pointer sharks and other toothy critters made this area their home. If instinct has it, it is no wonder why so many large sharks are still hooked in the bay. Nowadays, Tangalooma is a thriving resort for the tourism industry with dolphin feeding and daily sight seeing tours taking place. A series of wrecks are situated just to the north of the resort providing

anglers, boaties and tourists a perfect sheltered area for a swim or to just laze about in the sand or sun. Cowan Cowan is another small community situated just north of the resort. Here, it is a who’s who of who place. It seems to be that anybody who is somebody has a place here with its own helicopter pad and designated beach airstrip. There are only a couple of tracks across the island. One is from Ben-Ewa and the other is from Bulwer. Here, expect the trek across to take approximately half and hour. Yes, the sand is soft and yes it does get bumpy. The island is four-wheel drive country only. Campsites must be booked through the National Parks office via phone or their website prior to arriving on the island. Most camping grounds have amenities, water and of course the beautiful views to go with it. Moreton Island is a place to definitely visit. Why wouldn’t you, when the departure point to the island is only an hour away from the Gold Coast and Sunshine Coast?




Reel Outdoors By Chris Logan


s technology becomes more pervasive, the time children and teens spend on their electronic devices has been monitored with everincreasing interest. Some studies put ‘screen time’ among children in their early teens at around 3.3 hours per week day and 4.3 hours per weekend day. Others show weekly internet usage among the young has risen by as much as 42 minutes.

attend week after week, everything they learn is reinforced. They also learn how to read the beach, fish with lures as well as bait, throw a cast net, gear maintenance, crabbing and pest fishing.”

Whichever study is used, numbers point to young people spending more time on their devices.

With depletion of fish stocks a problem in parts of the world due to overfishing, 2 Bent Rods has made it a priority to teach South East Queensland children how to fish sustainably. Children are taught how to respect the environment – and even how to let a prized catch go.

Fortunately, though, there are some really (or reel-y) good alternatives to screen time for children to pursue. 2 Bent Rods, a provider of fishing lessons, clinics and events on the Gold Coast has introduced more than 45,000 people – including thousands of children – to the sport of fishing since 2004.

“During our initial safety briefing, we discuss the importance of sustainability,” Ms Beckmann said. “This is reiterated when we are on the beach – we only use or take what we need for bait or food. Everything else is released. The kids get a kick out of releasing the fish.”

“We are passionate about introducing kids to the environment through fishing,” said Samantha Beckmann, founder of 2 Bent Rods. “Our aim is to get kids off their computers and enjoying the great outdoors.”

Unlike traditional sports, fishing can involve every member of the family, rather than leaving some members on the sidelines. Children also can’t wait to share their newfound knowledge with the family, according to Ms Beckmann. “We find the kids are keen to learn about the different aspects of fishing, which also includes the rules and regulations. They will then pass this knowledge on to other kids, as well as their parents and grandparents. Kids are great teachers; they have no qualms about letting you know if you are doing the wrong thing,” she said.

But starting children off fishing can be a frustrating experience. Baiting and line tangles are just the beginning; then interest wanes if there’s no quick catch. However, giving children the opportunity to participate with others of similar age and skill level keeps them interested. It’s also helpful if their teacher is patient and can change tack to suit individuals. Learning a wide variety of techniques ensures that children remain engaged, according to Ms Beckmann. “Depending on our program, kids will learn to catch their own bait with yabby pumps and bait net. They will tie knots, bait hooks, cast a rod, and heaps more to make their next fishing adventure more successful. Fishing school covers even more: because the kids

Boys from fishing school at Shorncliffe


2 Bent Rods offers a range of programs specifically for children: clinics, educational excursions, vacation care, and even birthday parties. The provider started with lessons for children, but quickly expanded its programs. Introductory classes started soon after, and when they encountered a 92-year-old named Eddie who took a class, the provider realised a range of options was needed.

Instructions on how to pump yabbies.

Programs now cover all experience levels. 2 Bent Rods even offers corporate events, youth groups, and team building days. The aim is to make fishing accessible for everyone, especially families. From one class in Victoria Point 15 years ago, the provider has expanded its reach to conduct classes in the Brisbane, Ipswich, Moreton Bay, Redlands, Gold Coast and Logan Councils. They also offer fishing event management for councils and corporates, mainly targeting pest species. These events help educate the public about the harm that noxious species cause. For those wondering about whether fishing can pull children away from their screens, Ms Beckmann said 2 Bent Rods programs have an enviable track record at bringing people back again. “Many of the people who have been through our programs do return,” she said. “Two of our staff came to us when they were about 12, and have been helping out and now working with us for quite a few years. One has even gone on to study marine biology.” In some areas, councils subsidise these programs. To find out more, or to get involved, visit, or call Samantha on 0403 713 820.

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The Flathead Classic has been won and run for another year. Once again, the Gold Coast Sportfishing Club outdid themselves with organising a fantastic event. I met some awesome ‘like-minded’ people and had a bloody great time. Team Fish Flickers had their challenges in the three-day comp, but that’s the Classic for you.

I went out fishing with Anthony Mainas for a morning fish. I met Anthony at the Classic and we had some great chats. We headed out looking for snapper, but after a few drifts the call was made to move on and chase some flatties. The next spot we went to looked the goods with bait everywhere. We put out the lures and started to troll. After a few minutes, Anthony’s rod buckles and line starts peeling off. He commented that this fish he had on felt strange. I was hoping for the elusive metre flatty. This was not to be, as a big stingray came to the surface with the lure pinned in the tail right at the barb. Goodbye lure!

My wife, Megan, had not put a legal fish in the boat all morning on the first day. Then with only about an hour to go…. Bang!… “Fish ON!” It was a croc that took some chasing once its head emerged out of the murky water. The call was made “80cm”. Megan then cried out, “I’m shaking and crying!” This was the biggest flathead Megan had ever hooked. A few tense moments around the boat and the fish was in the net. Photos were taken, and then this magnificent creature was released. This one fish put Megan into 3rd place on the first day in the Ladies Division. At the final weigh-in, they announced that the 1st and 2nd places were very close. Once they announced 2nd place, we knew that Megan had won it. For Megan to win it last year was awesome but to back it up and win again this year was unbelievable.


The third spot we stopped at is no secret being the saltworks. This is a big hole with lots of currents and some nice bottom. Anthony is the man in the know about Lowrance sounder and he pointed out a few big fish approximately one metre long. We cast out the vibes in their direction. After a couple of hops, Anthony’s rod buckles over again with a few awesome runs and a silver ghost appears next to the boat. A couple of bungled net shots by yours truly, but third times a charm, the slab was in the boat with high fives all round. A short time later I hooked up but this was definitely not a jewfish this time, but a 61cm flatty on the vibes.

After Anthony pulled in another jewfish around 90cm, we made the call to move and see if we could find a snapper. What we found was not a snapper, but a pack of bull sharks. The Lowrance showed them as if you were watching shark week on TV. It was only 9.30am but we were very content with the trip. NEXT TARGET: WHITING In the next few trips I will be targeting the tasty whiting. I prefer to chase them at night with either yabbies or live worms. The rig is simple with a long shark hook and a trace of 800mm. You need a piece of red tube above the hook and a heavy enough sinker to hold it to the bottom. A nice long rod lent out the back of the boat is the best way to catch them. Don’t strike. Leave the rod to load up, and then slowly pick up the rod and start winding. You can drift, but I find you catch the bigger fish being anchored. Don’t be afraid to move around or drift to find the schools, and then anchor up. Just remember to keep “livin’ the dream”.



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BOAT RAMP ETIQUETTE By Carmel Bellchambers

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he Gold Coast is a water sports paradise and we are lucky enough to have a number of pubic boat ramps that we can use to launch our vessels. Unfortunately, there are a number of issues we are still experiencing at all boat ramps. This can cause what should be a great day turning out to be stressful before it even begins. Many have wasted time waiting for a boat ramp user to complete his task for an unreasonable length of time—either because of inexperience or simply because he is inconsiderate. The key thing is the public knowing how to use boat ramps quickly and efficiently, to avoid the ire of grumpy boaters. The two P’s Congestion seems to be the most common issue at all boat ramps. To avoid this, the most common advice made by several boaters is for everyone to practice and prepare. Practising and preparing yourself will avoid the unreasonable time delays other ramp users will have in getting time on the water, while waiting for you to finish your tasks. Practice. It can be quite intimidating for a new boater to use the boat ramp. To help with experience on reversing your car down the boat ramp, it is suggested to head to a boat ramp for practice at either night when no one is around, or a quiet time of the day. Having experience and being quick at reversing your car will definitely avoid the frustration of queuing boaters.


Prepare. Do not go near the boat ramp until you are ready to launch. Several boaters agree that there is nothing more irritating than a boater who drives onto the ramp and does all the little jobs he or she could have done before going on the ramp. It is strongly advised to do all the preparation— such as undo straps, put bungs in, load all the stuff you need, and ensure that the vessel starts— while still in the parking area away from the ramp.

When you have launched your boat, don’t leave your vessel immediately next to the boat ramp before you park your car. Move your boat further down the beach. Otherwise, the next person launching their boat must swim their vessel around yours.

THE 10 COMMANDMENTS (according to ramp users)

You should not muck around when retrieving your vessel. Reverse down the ramp and put the vessel on the trailer. If you choose to drive your vessel onto the trailer and have failed more than two attempts to line up your boat on the centre trailer roller due to wind or tide, consider manually winching your boat up instead. Secure your vessel and move off the ramp to do all the finishing touches.

You should stay within your lane when reversing, and make sure there is enough room for another car to launch at the same time when using a multi-lane boat ramp.

You should only be on the ramp for as long as you need to be. Once your boat is off your trailer, you should move your car off the ramp as soon as practically possible.

If in a group, it is best to work as a team to speed up the process. One person can take the vessel while the other parks the car.

You should always ask for help, when you need it. And you should always lend a hand, if someone else needs it. It will get your boat in or out of the water a lot quicker.

• • If you have guests invited on board your You should take extra caution when getting vessel who arrive in their own cars, remind them • out of the car as boat ramps can be quite slippery. to not park their cars in designated boat trailer You should ensure you have reversed in far parking bays. • enough and that there is enough water to float the You should ensure the car’s handbrake is on and in gear before you get out.

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If we all apply care and courtesy to the day, with safety also being the key, launching and retrieving your vessel should be fast, safe and easy.






HOW BOAT WAKE AND WASH AFFECT GC WATERWAYS Much can be read about wake and wash from boats, and how they work. However, we hardly read about how they affect our local shorelines. JAMES GULLISON of Griffith University’s Centre for Coastal Management, enlightens us on the impact of wake and wash on Gold Coast waterways. DEFINITION OF ‘WAKE’ AND ‘WASH’ Wake – caused by the boat moving through the water and displacing it. Wake will have the greatest impact when all variables are considered such as vessel speed, hull shape and water depth. Wash – is the disrupted water following from the stern of the boat and caused by the motion of the propeller. The broken or churned water left behind a boat as it moves though the water and includes the water aft of the propeller (prop wash). No Wake – ‘’Slow – No Wake” means operation of a vessel at the slowest speed possible while still continuing to have steering control at all times. Moving watercraft will form two distinct types of wake from the hull. Wake pattern can vary with vessel length, speed and water depth. Modern hull designs are made with the purpose to increase fuel efficiency, reduce water resistance and minimise wake. The following are the patterns generated by boats and which stages provide the most damage to shorelines and foreshores, and damage to marine life, with reference to Gold Coast waterways and the Broadwater: The Displacement Wake Pattern – As speed increases, the displacement hull generates a larger wake and can be efficient up to a point 34

(known as hull speed). Gold Coast waterways have many banks that are highly sensitive areas, and travelling at this speed allows for the least amount of damage. The area is full of various marine and terrestrial animals and this slow speed will provide the opportunity to be fortunate to spot dugongs, dolphins, sea turtles, white bellied sea eagles and our migratory shorebirds.

The Gold Coast waterways is home to a number of important seagrass beds in shallow waters. These beds can be highly sensitive to sediment displacement, which is a result from prop wash of vessels in shallow water. The resuspension of sediments can potentially inhibit seagrass health or drive algal blooms, due to the potential to increase pollutants and nutrients in the water column.

The Transitional Wake Pattern – An increase of speed (4 to 5 knots) will see the stern of the hull ‘dig in’ and fuel efficiency will decrease as larger waves are generated. The wave pattern will change due to not being able to keep up with the speed of the boat. This results in destructive wake generating from the vessel and will have the greatest influence along shoreline erosion. This is the speed most boat users should avoid travelling when possible due to the destructive wake it will generate.


The Planing Wake – Once there is an increase in speed, the hull will rise from the water onto the plane reducing the amount of the hull displaced in the water. In confined waterways, or narrow channels within the Broadwater, the waves will make their way to the banks. Even in deep water, these waves can still generate high energy, which is why speed restrictions will apply to vessels over 8m. It is an effective measure to minimise shoreline erosion due to minimal displacement from the hull. EFFECT OF BIG WAVES ALONG THE SHORES OF SOUTH STRADBROKE South Stradbroke as a sand island can be subject to severe erosion along the coastal margins during storm events. Similar can occur along the Broadwater side, but due the shallow water along the banks and the distance from the deeper channels, wake generated from most vessels can be dispersed before making it to shore. The exception, however, are wakes generated by larger vessels with greater displacement hulls, travelling at speed. Erosion will occur along the banks with minimal vegetation and some of this is evident when you travel further north into the southern end of Moreton Bay.

Protection of the Coomera and Nerang River shorelines begins with adequate vegetation along the banks. The vegetation in the riparian zones along the banks will buffer some of the wake generated from vessels and reduce the erosion severity along the shoreline. A number of factors can affect the shoreline and increase the threat of erosion. These can include: size and frequency of waves; tidal range; long-shore currents; and, sediment supply. In the northern sections of the Broadwater, there is evidence along the shoreline on the impact vessel wake causes once the mangroves are removed. The role of mangroves is to reduce wave height and energy, which will limit the ability to erode sediment-causing damage to shorelines. Gold Coast Waterways Authority conduct an excellent job in minimising the impact that boats have on the marine environment. By identifying areas with reduced mangrove populations or shoreline erosion, speed limits are implemented where larger vessels are required to travel at lower speeds. Is this becoming confusing? Well, it can be because different states will have differing interpretations on what the definitions are for boat wake and boat wash. Queensland waterways will have signage for ‘No Wash’ and ‘Reduce Wash’ that is referring to the ‘wake’ definition above (caused by the boat moving through the water and displacing it, not by the prop wash). As a boater, the best solution to reduce the impact along the shoreline is to know your boat well and what wake will be generated behind you at different speeds and at different depths. APRIL - JUNE 2019


What is the Froude number? Shoreline erosion is evident east of the mangrove forest along the Logan River on the northern end of the Gold Coast. (Image James Gullison)

One thing that is recommended for all skippers is to take the passenger seat, and observe what happens when someone else is driving. It comes in handy, because unlike driving a motor vehicle, there are so many different factors and variables, which can affect how a vessel moves through the water. How many people are able to eliminate the transition wake from their vessel when coming into slowspeed areas simply by dropping the gears back into neutral? It is the small details like this that allow drivers to be better skippers with sound awareness of their surroundings. It is also important to remember that travelling at the speed shown on a speed restriction sign does not guarantee that the boat is not creating excessive wash. Even at slow speeds, boats will create a wash. By looking behind at the wash, skippers can be aware of the impact this can have on other boats, people in the water, or the shore.


Froude’s sketch from 1877 of wave patterns produced by the hull of a ship as it moves through a body of water. Reproduced from “Principles of Naval Architecture, Volume 2” published by the Society of Naval Architects and Marine Engineers. William Froude was an English engineer and naval architect, who in the 19th century was able to formulate laws for the resistance that water offers ships. During this period, hull design was to have a high emphasis on providing optimal stability, increased speed or fuel economy, and minimise wave resistance. Froude’s number is used to compare wave-making resistance between bodies of various shapes and sizes to useful accuracy regardless of scale. Any vessel or object for that matter, which is moving through the water will display a distinctive v-pattern from the back. At certain speeds, two sets of waves can be distinguished in the wake: the transverse wave and diverging waves. As the Froude number increases, so does the amplitude of the diverging waves, but the transverse waves will begin to deplete rapidly. The hull of a speedboat is capable of reaching high Froude numbers. However, the drag of the boat is decreased when the planing speed has been achieved due to less water displaced from the hull.

In New South Wales: If you see a ‘No Wash’ sign, it means you are operating in an area where vessel wash could easily annoy others or damage the foreshore or adjacent property. This means you should: • Reduce speed as necessary to avoid creating wash that affects others. • If in doubt, take your engine(s) out of gear and wait until your vessel is no longer making any wash before re-engaging your engines and carefully driving forward. • Look behind occasionally to see if your boat is creating wash that affects other boats or the shore. • If your wash is causing other vessels to rock at all, or is causing any sort of breaking or ‘slapping’ waves on the shore, you need to slow down further. • The surest way to minimise your wash is to travel at just above idle speed – at this speed all vessel types will produce minimal wash Don’t forget that even if there are no signs, it is still an offence to create waves that cause danger, inconvenience or damage. (In NSW: On the spot fine - $500; Maximum court penalty - $5,500) (Source:




BOAT LICENCE Yes, Please! By Selena Nelson

If you live on the Gold Coast, and you have considered obtaining a boat licence but haven’t taken the first steps, we encourage you to go for it, even if you don’t have a boat…yet.


tephen and Kyle are applying for their recreational marine driver licences (RMDL) and personal watercraft licences (PWCL). Karla Herbert-Evans, instructor at Nautical Training & Marine Services based in Coomera, prepares these first timers to pass the practical component of the BoatSafe Training course. The first challenge of the day was reversing the vehicle with the jet ski on a trailer down the boat ramp. Nudge, the marina dog, led the way. Karla, with light humour, asks if any virgins are ready for their first ride on the jet ski. After a safety induction and a run-down on the components of a jet ski, under Karla’s instructions, Stephen and Kyle successfully complete the jet ski training, and are 100% confident before being introduced to the bow and stern of a motorised boat. It is hands-on with safety equipment, life jackets, first aid kit, distress signals, flares and emergency beacons, basic navigation, and use of a marine radio. They learn to tie a bow line and figure of 8 cleat hitch, basic knots used for docking and mooring. They are introduced to the dashboard, and the fish and depth finder, and then the use of the throttle and how to give just the right amount of force. Both Stephen and Kyle are given one-onone time with Karla as she ensures they know about different coloured beacons, the speed limits in the marina, and in the main channel. As the waterways were busy, it is a perfect learning opportunity. She throws a pop quiz in and offers guidance. She points out how increased speeds cause wash, and how it impacts on other waterway users, shorelines and riverbanks, pontoons and jetties, and those living nearby. Finally, Karla emphasises that the key to becoming good at boating is to research your area, maintain a vigilant lookout, and practice, practice!


After spending some time on the water, performing man-overboard rescues with a volunteer dummy float, feeling the wind, looking for signs of wind direction, going with the wind, letting the throttle loose, dropping speed and anchoring, everyone is ready to head back to port to practice docking. At this point, Karla introduces boating terms like starboard, port, bow, docking, propeller, spring lines, stern lines, listing, heeling, and mooring. It has been a positive start. Following the successful completion of the BoatSafe Training course, Karla congratulates and presents Stephen and Kyle with their respective statements of competency, which are valid for six (6) months from the date of issue. To complete the application for RMDL and PWCL, Stephen and Kyle need to visit the Department of Transport and Main Roads (TMR) Customer Service Centre, fill out a marine licence application, provide proof of identity, and submit the BoatSafe Training statements of competency, along with payment. Easy peasy. Applying for your RMDL is very simple. Anyone over the age of 16 years is qualified to apply for an RMDL, and once obtained, it is valid for life. All one needs to do first is to complete the BoatSafe Training course. The BoatSafe Training course increases confidence and practical skills on the water and comprises a written test that you can do in a classroom or online, and a practical test. It ensures you have the minimum level of skills and knowledge to operate a recreational boat in Queensland waterways. Families who holiday or live near waterways should encourage young adults to complete a BoatSafe Training course. It inspires confidence in judging various conditions and assists them to learn safe practices on the waterway, as well as an extra boost for their CV. The wealth of knowledge and confidence gained from taking the course is immeasurable.

Stephen and Kyle receive their statements of competency.

Did you know the average marine licence holder has their licence for 10 years before they register a boat? It is important that regular refresher courses are taken to keep your boat skills up to date. Make time to do a refresher course as inexperienced and out of practice skippers are a major cause of marine accidents. The Boat Safe Course is about building confidence and knowledge on the water, and is intended to decrease the number of boat accidents. Be safe on the water, empower yourself, build your confidence and enjoy paradise from a different perspective. NOTE: In Queensland, it is a requirement that you obtain your RMDL to be able to apply for a PWCL. This is because a jet ski has an engine power greater than 4.5kW. APRIL - JUNE 2019


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ou can’t buy happiness but you can buy a boat! It’s relaxing, a great way to bond with family and friends, and a rewarding activity. Predominantly, it’s fun, but what happens when it isn’t smooth sailing? We’ve put together these handy tips to assist if you are faced with making a claim against your policy. HELP I’M SINKING All insurers will have a 24/7 emergency number. Keep this number in your phone and printed out on your vessel. VESSEL DAMAGED Grounding? Lightning strike? Collision? Whatever the scenario, stay calm, and: • Take photographs of all damage. • Exchange details, if another vessel is involved. • Report the incident to your insurer. CRIME Vessel stolen? Vandalised? Involved in a serious accident? Contact the Police as soon as possible to report the incident. Important: Retain a copy of the Police Report to submit with your claim. REVIEW It’s worthwhile to check your product disclosure statement to see if the incident is covered and is not listed under one of the exclusions.The policy will detail the amount you will have to pay, if any, as a result of the claim. INSURER Contact your insurance provider as soon as possible to get the claims process underway. The way the claim form is submitted will be dependent on the insurer. EVIDENCE You will be required to provide evidence to validate your claim. Photographs of all damage will be required and a written account of the incident. Medical incident – Retain receipts and obtain medical reports. Help your insurer to help you. They all have underwriters to report to and processes to follow. Submit as much information as you can to substantiate your claim.

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REFIT ON THE RISE by Shane Subichin


ndertaking refit work, whether a complete hull-up rebuild or customisation to update key features, is a creative, cost-effective and gratifying option for boat owners. As Shane Subichin, general manager at The Boat Works, explains, “Every boat needs a revamp after ten years to bring it back as good as new. Boats suffer from wear and tear, exposure to saltwater and sun; decks and carpets wear out. Upgrades can include engineering, repowering, sandblasting, paint work, upholstery, and frequently, refits to the deck or interiors.” Every few years there are significant advances in marine technology, products and materials. “There are always innovations in navigation gear, entertainment equipment, accessories, techniques to acquire more space inside, or features such as hydraulic swim platforms,” says Shane. “New generation materials are now available such as UV-proof fabrics, carbon fibre and composites, so people can expect longevity. “It’s a case of buying well and putting money into it. The same principle applies to a brand-new boat. Many production boat brands are content to leave it to the specialists for complex customisation. If you buy the right boat, you can invest what you’ve saved on upgrades and refits. The most important factor is that the mechanical side is right, for the safety of your family and guests. You need to get your boat’s systems checked by the experts, then you can concentrate on the aesthetics.”

A BACK-TO-THE-FUTURE MUSTANG One recent example at The Boat Works was a 38ft Mustang, which was given a new lease on life and emerged in better-than-new condition in time for summer boating. “The owner found the boat,” recounts Shane. “He had it checked by RT Marine professional marine surveying, which issued an itemised report and recommended a reasonable buy price. From there, Boat Service Gold Coast carried out some minor mechanical work on the legs and engine, plus servicing to bring the Mustang ‘back to the future’.” The experts at Spraytech Marine carried out the hull respray on the Mustang, taking it from a faded blue to a deep navy. The Boat Butler carried out all the detailing, from sanding its teak decks, rechroming badges, new bootline stripes, and rego numbers. 38

New accessories included an Ultra anchor, sunpads and carpet throughout. Affordable Anti-foul Solutions undertook the anti-foul. The ecstatic owner was thrilled with the results and the cost-effective means of creating his “family dream boat”, personalised to his own requirements. A PERFECT STOP FOR UPGRADES “At The Boat Works, we have an array of marine trades geared up for every size of project,” says Shane. “Southern boat owners are capitalising on the depth of skills and access to contractors here at the Coomera Marine Precinct, to make a pit stop on their way to the Whitsundays or on their return trip. It just makes sense, in pricing, turnaround time, and the quality of craftsmanship.” An 11-year old 73ft Symbol motor yacht bought in Sydney recently stopped in for a major electronics upgrade and some cosmetic touches en route to its new home in Brisbane. Russell Salisbury from Russell Marine Maintenance oversaw the project management and carried out much of work, with his team of five, and an additional four electrical and mechanical engineers involved in the month-long project. “It made financial sense to get an older boat at a good price and spend the time and money on bringing it up to brand new,” Russell says. “He also chose to revamp some of the upholstery and the vessel will be anti-fouled before it leaves here for Brisbane, and eventually cruises north.” A REFIT FIT FOR A DUTCH STEEL BOAT Another noteworthy vessel is mid-way through a massive refit following fire damage that destroyed the boat’s lower decks and smoke-damaged much of the rest. The owner of the 70ft steel-hull cruiser, called Pobeda 1 built in the Netherlands and launched in 2010, chose to rebuild his boat because of sentimental and sensible reasons. “It has good bones,” says Levi Duncan, Director at Ocean Degree Yacht Services, which is overseeing the project. “The owner realises his money is well spent on restoring such a quality vessel to a state-ofthe-art modern motor yacht.” With his background in engineering, the Gold Coastbased owner of Pobeda 1 did his research prior to choosing The Boat Works for such a massive project. “It is a professional business with highly qualified tenants on-site, and I have confidence in their expertise to handle this major overhaul,” he says. He relocated Pobeda 1 from Europe to Australia, and is now keen to bring her back to her former glory, only very much enhanced, for her next long-haul journey.

“The vessel has extremely good integrity, being steel. I want to build on her features and performance to personalise for the next phase of her life, cruising south to Tasmania, then to New Zealand, north to Indonesia and beyond.” The engine room, crew section and plant room had to be completely sand blasted to remove damaged paint. The project comprises engineering, hydraulic gear, rebuilding the 450hp John Deere engine, adding a smaller auxiliary engine, installing a new generator and state-of-the-art electronics from Raymarine, Vetus and Mastervolt supplied by Australian Marine Wholesale. To store the tender and array of water toys to entertain the grandkids, the owner has specified the addition of a spacious lazarette and extended swim platform, along with extra attention to the comforts of home in the aft deck and social spaces. Spraytech Marine will be responsible for the entire respray of the hull and external superstructure, aiming to soften the dark European hull colour to Oyster White for a much-needed fresh appeal. John Billet from Nautilus Marine is undertaking the engineering facets of the job. “Refit has always been a popular option,” he says. “The appeal is that you can buy a vessel with a proven hull for a good price, invest in engineering and electrical systems plus revamp the interiors and you have virtually a new boat for a fraction of the cost.” Levi Duncan says the owner is “fastidious and wants the best of everything. Like most owners, he has many good memories on his boat. It’s extremely worthwhile to refit, or in this case, rebuild to exactly the way he wants it.” Levi continues, “There is a profusion of new products and materials available today that didn’t exist or couldn’t be done cost-effectively in the past.” An example is the teak substitute, Esthec Nautical Decking, which is a light-weight, non-slip, PVC-free, low maintenance and highly durable, environmentally-friendly option.

HOME OF SPECIALISTS “The Boat Works provides the benefit of access to a multitude of trades and services on-site,” states Levi. “We are all specialists in our fields, including talented shipwrights with decades of experience in refits and fitout work. All work is undertaken within our fullycontained working refit sheds to the most stringent environmental standards.” The expansion at The Boat Works will effectively double the size of the current facilities, bringing way to a world-class refit facility. Levi declares, “We have 10 boats lined up for refits with approved quotes – from 40 to 100ft. We have 25 on our team already and are hiring another five. All the marine business on-site are gearing up for increasing demand, which is very positive for the industry and the region.” More at APRIL - JUNE 2019




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he Boat Works is entering a new era of service, boosted by a $100 million investment in the development program to double the site and elevate it to a world-class refit and repair facility. Crucial to the success of The Boat Works expansion are the dynamic team on-site, and the talented tenants who comprise the complete range of top marine trade professionals. The Boat Works has the largest concentration of marine trades in Australia, more than 50 independent businesses guarantee competitive quotes and transparent pricing structures for all customers. This extensive retinue of marine specialists includes Project Managers, Shipwrights, Antifouling, Sandblasting, Upholstery, Painting, Stainless Steel Fabrication, Mechanical and Electrical Engineers, Surveyors, Boat Brokers and Chandlery. The complete ‘A to Z’ of marine-related service providers are accessible to all customers – boat owners and trade clientele. Retail showrooms allow visitors to see and compare a diverse range of the latest water makers and desalination equipment, electronics, refrigeration, aftermarket marine products and parts, accessories such as tableware, linen, and cookware, and the creative flair of signage and graphics experts.

BOAT SUPPLIES & CHANDLERY The impressive new Marine Trade Supplies and Chandlery Superstore is now open, brimming with 5,000+ chandlery product lines and accessories, including anti-fouling products, paints, rope and anchor chain, sailing hardware, and the full spectrum of boat maintenance supplies and stock sourced from all over the globe. The new, purpose-built chandlery has access to unlimited stock allowing you to pre-order and have the goods delivered right to your shed or hardstand, often within a day or two. John and the team at Marine Trade Supplies Superstore are boaties and sailors themselves, with extensive first-hand product knowledge, and most importantly, the contacts and bulk-buying power to buy at a better-than-trade rate, and pass these savings on to customers. They will go out of their way to source products and special orders to fulfill your requirements and take the time to explain instructions and specifications. Products range from accessories and deck hardware, paint, fibreglass, resin, plywood sheeting and thermo-lite board, to a full selection of safety equipment, all detailing supplies, anti-foul, anchors, plumbing, electrical, LED lighting, and Australian-made specialist ropes. Brands include 3M, International Paints, Sika products, Farecla, Collinite, Presta, Wattyl Paint, SP Tools, Festool, Australian-made PWB anchor chain, Musto apparel, Harken sailing gear, Yeti cups and storage, Hella lighting, Awlgrip and new to Australia, Jotun Xtreme gloss. (

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Australian Marine Wholesale (AMW) occupies a massive showroom and stocks some of the world’s leading marine equipment across categories such as cameras, radars, GPS plotters, multifunction displays, wind and solar power, water makers and desalinators, autopilots, fish finders, and LED lighting. (

For new and pre-owned boats of all makes, models and sizes, the dealers and brokers at The Boat Works provide an extensive choice to suit all boating lifestyles and budgets.

For innovative accessories and essentials to make life on the water comfortable, safe and stylish, the Ultra Marine Products showroom offers an array of new products, expertise and friendly service available to boat builders and boaties direct. On display is the diverse range of Sovereign marine and RV barbeques, Ultra anchors and accessories, Ultra inflatable fenders, teak and aluminium furniture, a mini washing machine, Navigator helm seats, tableware, plates, linen, and stemware. ( Marine Energy Systems are the experts when it comes to aftermarket parts and accessories, marine diesel and petrol engines and generators, seawater pumps, and brands such as Volvo Penta, Cat engines, and Westerbeke. (

There are over two acres of dedicated boat sales display open to inspect within the out-of-water boat sales precinct and more on water, comprising monohull yachts, catamarans, power and sail, motor yachts from 20 to 80ft. Multihull Solutions, Catamaran Company, and The Multihull Group are specialists in multihulls, while C-Worthy Marine occupies a showroom with prominent street frontage for their line-up of Bayliner bowrider boats. The latest, purpose-built showroom is home to Cobalt, Clipper and Bennington Pontoon boats. Alexander Marine Australia represents Ocean Alexander, Galeon Motor Yachts and Palm Beach Motor Yacht brands, along with a selection of quality brokerage vessels, and Yachtsmen International provides specialty services in brokerage, charter, refit, new build and yacht support.

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arine Trade Supplies now operates from within new purpose-built, greatly expanded premises over 1,000m². With new branding, more than 5,000 products and a massive new store with plenty of room for continued growth, Marine Trade Supplies is the largest of its kind in Australia, now occupying a highlyvisible street frontage at The Boat Works. Marine Trade Supplies focuses on providing chandlery and boating products direct to trade customers, Boat builders, manufacturers and boat owners, catering to craft from 26 to 150ft. “We are enjoying a phenomenal growth spurt and now look forward to the next phase,” said an ecstatic John Lance, owner and Director at Marine Trade Supplies about the new mega chandlery. “The Boat Works is going ballistic! The dry storage facility is close to capacity, lifting at record levels, all the tenants are busy and the expansion is on track for April 2019 opening. “We are staying ahead of that momentum. Our new purpose built facility with a fantastic layout boasting the latest in shelving and conveyors at the counter for customer convenience,” said John. “Our customers experience will be greatly enhanced, better signage and dedicated fast service lanes along with a Customer Service counter for special orders.” “Our product range has and always will be entirely driven by customer demand and we go to great lengths to stock everything they need for vessels of all sizes, powerboats, sailboats, multihulls, recreational and commercial vessels. Plus, if we don’t have it on the shelf, we will get it in for you with ultra-quick delivery times, often overnight!” “Our continual focus is to ensure we are buying direct from the manufacturer or we import the products ourselves and with this strategy it ensures we have top products at great prices. “We have hundreds of exclusive international and top-quality brands onboard and we’re always adding new lines as we continue to expand our offering. This year we intend to grow our sailing offer with the addition of Harken products to our Sailing range, whilst enhancing our existing Wichard & Ronstan ranges. We will also be increasing our Electrical range with more quality switching gear for the local Electricians and the addition of two Johnson and Sherwood pumps. We also hope to diversify into some lifestyle gear

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TRADES & SUPERSTORE focusing on the outdoorsman, things like National Luna portable fridges, Solar & Winches. We have grown considerably in the past few years and one of our greater achievements in the past 12 months is becoming a Trusted 3M distributor & being appointed as Highfield Rib Boats reseller. Our current products range from accessories and deck hardware, paint, fiberglass, resin, plywood sheeting and thermo-lite board, to a full selection of Marine safety equipment, all detailing supplies, anti-foul, anchors, plumbing, electrical, LED lighting and Australian-made specialist ropes. Current brands include 3M, West System, Farecla, Collinite, Presta, IRB Ropes, International Marine Paints, Altex Yacht & Boat Paint, Jotun Marine, PPG Paint, Hempel Paints, Wattyl Paint (Sherwin Williams), Propspeed and the just released Lightspeed for underwater lights, SP Tools, Festool, Rupes, Australian-made PWB anchor chain, Vetus Maxwell winches & Rocna Anchors and added most recently, huge brands such as Musto apparel, The Famous Yeti range, Hella lighting, Awlgrip Paints and new to Australia, the Jotun Yachting range of paints.

PPG congratulates Marine Trade Supplies on their spectacular new premises. • KITO PWB produce high quality, Australian made anchor and mooring chains • Range of sizes in Grade L galvanized chains from 6mm to 22mm • Every link tested during manufacture by the only Australian marine chain manufacturer

The team at Marine Trades & Chandlery Superstore has the boating background and expertise to handle any request or requirement. John, who has his Master Class 3 and a background helming commercial vessels in Cairns and superyachts in the Mediterranean, leads a team of five full-time marine professionals who are experts in all facets of boats and equipment. If your project is technical we can call for support direct to our suppliers for additional assistance. “We can proudly state we are the ‘one-stop shop’ for every boating need,” said John. “We’re all boaties so we know the gear and how to use it. Every single product comes with expert advice.” John proudly states, “With this next phase of growth, and certainly within the next 5 years, there will be no other Chandlery that can match the in-store range and pricing we will have on offer. Our customers are already enjoying the unique range, loving the prices and really enjoying the fact we have so much stock on the shelves. As The Boat Works continues with it’s expansion we are also stepping up and enhancing our offering and range.” Watch this space, after the opening they will be having some open days, product demonstrations and more so make sure you follow the Marine Trade Supplies & Chandlery social pages for the latest updates. To find out more:


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WHY SHOULD I USE SOLAR PANELS ON THE BOAT? Solar is a very good way to keep your batteries topped up when a vessel is being used or moored. Once the capital cost has been outlaid, there are no further ongoing costs. It is silent, and if sized correctly, will ensure minimum battery discharge ensuring maximum battery life. HOW WILL IT WORK? Solar works by taking the sun’s rays and converting them through photovoltaic cell into variable voltage depending on the light intensity. This voltage must be regulated to a level that a battery bank can be charged at. This is done via a solar controller or regulator, which is a necessary part of all marine solar systems. WHAT IS THE RECOMMENDED PANEL SIZE? Panel size is generally determined by the amount of available space to mount them. HOW MUCH ENERGY WILL I NEED TO GENERATE TO RUN THE BOAT EQUIPMENT? Solar panels generally won’t run the entire boat, and aren’t dedicated to any specific equipment other than the battery bank. Their purpose is to continue to put power back into the batteries as the batteries are used. A good system caters for daily load requirements. The system should be suitable for replenishing power usage. In many marine applications, solar power is part of a more comprehensive system, including the alternator, generator and even possibly wind. An ideal system should ensure battery power is replenished daily. HOW DO I MATCH THE PANEL WITH THE BATTERY SIZE? The panel size is generally decided by available space; however, if space is not an issue, the bigger the panel the better.

DO I NEED A CHARGE CONTROLLER? A solar controller is required, as the voltage direct from a solar panel varies greatly depending on the type of panel and the intensity of the sun. The raw output of a solar panel will cook a battery if connected directly. WHAT TECHNOLOGY AND BRAND IS THE BEST PANEL TO BUY? For maximum life expectancy and peace of mind, you can’t go past traditional Mono or Poly solar panels. Flexi panels are a great light-weight alternative, but unfortunately they don’t last as long as their traditional cousins. As far as brand? All I can say is you get what you pay for. Cheap panels are cheap for a reason. Try and deal with reputable manufacturers with a local Australian-owned distribution network. Deal with companies that invest in their products and customers ensuring they remain in business for many years to deliver product support. DO I NEED BATTERIES OR CAN I CONNECT TO BOAT BATTERIES? Solar panels for marine use are designed to be connected to a vessel’s battery bank. Ideally this would be an isolated bank, separate to the start batteries and suitable for deep-cycle applications. HOW MUCH BATTERY CHARGE CAN I COLLECT IN A DAY OF SUN? This is the great unknown. It all depends on the size of panel and the type of day. Location and shading will also affect power output. Ultimately, a good system will recover the battery bank to full on a daily basis. WHERE AND HOW DO I MOUNT ON THE ROOF OF BOAT? There are several mounting options available. The alloy frame panels can mount

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via any structurally sound mounting device that allows for space between the panel and the roof. Ideally, a minimum of 20mm ensures suitable airflow. There are also sticky back panels, and also zip panels to fit onto canvas. ARE THE PANELS PERMANENT OR PORTABLE? Panels on a boat are mostly permanent. Portable panels would create a lot of drama with storage and setup each use. ARE THEY FLEXIBLE? CAN YOU WALK ON THE SOLAR PANEL? Alloy framed glass panels cannot be walked on. However, flexible panels like Solbianflex most certainly can be walked on. Note that not all stick-on panels are safe to walk on and the damage is often invisible to the naked eye. So if you’re not sure it is best to avoid walking on them WHAT IS THE COST INVOLVED TO FIT OUT A BOAT WITH SOLAR? The cost will vary depending on type, number and size of panels. There is a vast array of options available. WHAT ARE THE FACTORS I NEED TO CONSIDER BEFORE BUYING A SOLAR PANEL SYSTEM? Available space, mounting option, daily power usage, and battery capacity. To find out more contact Australian Marine Wholesale for an obligation-free consultation and quote. PH: (07) 5580 1511








nchor Right Australia have been designing and developing new boat anchor concepts for over twenty-five years. Our Super SARCA was a world’s first true multi-purpose anchor design. We know this because of our patent research, SARCA – meaning Sand And Reef Combination Anchor – is by far the most popular fishing boat anchor throughout Australia, and possibly New Zealand, that many boat builders now fit them as standard. The Super SARCA has been servicing many types of boats – pleasure boats, live-aboard yachts, and commercial vessels up to 300 tonnes. The larger models up to 225kg are seen regularly on many of our very large trawlers and ferries in Australia and New Zealand. Twelve years back, we then designed the incredible SARCA Excel. Why? Simply because the roll bar on the Super SARCA was restrictive on some boats, we have made the Excel fit just about any vessel type. Once again, due to Anchor Right’s experience of understanding anchor design and performance, the Excel fast became an anchor that has created enormous interest and rave reviews on many forums and blogs, saying it is “the best anchor” they have used. The Water Police requested that the Excels be fitted to their new large police boat in Tasmania. Their choice was based on their research of Anchor Right’s history of performance, testing, and typeapproval certification. The feedback from the general boaties was the sealer.


What has become a real surprise, gem for Anchor Right, is our demountable alloy Excel model. It weighs half of the steel versions. We have seen an avalanche of interest and sales in the alloy version since we launched this model. Fast setting in multiple sea beds, exceptional holding power, easy to break down for storage, this lightweight storable anchor also makes a great option when racing a yacht, used as a ketch, or a second back up anchor. Customers are telling us that the performance between the steel model and the alloy is no different. We know for a fact that the Alloy Excel puts out the same holding power as our galvanized steel model, of which is type-approved as a Super High Holding Power anchor. We have carried out hundreds of hours of testing the steel, stainless steel, and alloy Excel versions.

SARCA Excel Alloy anchor in stowable position

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Parker 750 CC cabin cruiser anchored by the beach at Jumpinpin

Another benefit of the boat’s small size is that because it is under 8 metres, it is not restricted to 6 knots and can go 40 knots in places such as the Nerang River.

Steve Xiao takes delivery of a new Parker 750 CC cabin cruiser


he Parker 750 CC is a cabin cruiser that offers up many of big boat comforts to make it a true weekender, yet its length comes in at just 7.46 metres. This smaller size brings many benefits, such as lower maintenance costs, easier parking and not being restricted to 6 knots on all of the Gold Coast waterways. Steve Xiao and his family recently purchased one and have shared their early experience with it. He explained he had been keen to purchase a boat ever since he moved into Clear Island Waters. “It is so convenient having my house backing onto the lake. It means I don’t have to worry about using a trailer to get to a boat ramp. I can just drive off from the pontoon and within a few minutes I’m on the Nerang River, heading to the Seaway.” Steve had enjoyed some of the American models that were geared towards fishing. When it came to choosing which boat was best for his family, he had to balance his wife Ellen’s preference for the comforts of a larger boat. Steve decided the Parker 750 was the perfect fit for his family. “The size is just right for us. Because it seats seven, we have enough room for the whole family, and some friends, too. Having a cabin is really useful so we can take cover from the rain and wind when the weather turns bad. Being able to fish off the back or relax around the table for a coffee with my wife means it has got the best of both worlds.” For its size, the boat provides the comforts of a much larger boat. One of the best luxury features is its large private twin-berth bedroom sitting snugly under the forepeak. It is even possible to convert the dining table into a third bed. There is also a separate toilet and basin, ensuring that nobody has to rough it. To enable top-notch dining, the kitchenette sports a twinburner gas cooker and large fridge. The Parker is a confidently capable weekender.


Gold Coast boaties with larger boats will be very familiar with the slow crawl through the canals and rivers out to the Seaway at a painful 6 knots. Steve can be on the Nerang River in minutes and enjoy overtaking the larger vessels. However, ironically Steve is far from a speed demon. “40 is too fast for me actually. I prefer to stay between 20-30 knots on the river. It takes me about 40 minutes to get from my home to the Seaway, but that does not bother me at all. When I am in my boat, I am never in a hurry.”

Having obtained his boating licence a couple of years back, Steve’s boating skills have been a little rusty, but he has enjoyed getting his sea legs back. “It has been a steep learning curve remembering all the boating rules. I am getting used to the weight of the boat and how it handles in the different tides. Getting a better feel for the weather, and knowing when it is better to stay at home has been an important lesson too. I just love the boat, though. It doesn’t matter if I am out on a long cruise or just relaxing on the lake behind my house. Spending time on the boat is always great.” (Words by Narayan Pattison)

With only a few weeks under his belt enjoying his new boat, Steve has not been able to visit many locations yet. So far, his favourite destination is heading up past Hope Island until he finds the perfect beach to pull up beside. Like many of us, he has to split his boat trips between fishing with his mates and leisurely cruises with his family. Steve is itching to take his boat out for some deep-sea fishing for his next trip though. Another reason the Parker 750 is proving popular is its choice to opt for an outboard motor. Inboard diesel engines are notoriously expensive to own and maintain. Thanks to the technological improvements with outboards in recent years, the amount of bang-for-your-buck is hard to beat. The boat features an inbuilt 230-litre fuel tank to ensure it handles lengthy cruises. However, it gives you the options of 35 knots with a 150HP outboard, or 45 knots with a 250HP engine. The boat offers a specialized hull design that improves performance. The manufacturer claims its Twin Step Infusion hull increases speed by 10%, and reduces fuel consumption by 26%. These enhancements are enabled by its non-stepped, deep-vee design, which give the boat a low-planing threshold and a shallow draught. With the extra weight in the boat’s cabin, one disadvantage is that the boat can feel a little top-heavy; however, unless you are performing a lot of sharp turns, you are unlikely to be overly bothered by this. The boat certainly packs in a lengthy list of big-boat design features, such as its roomy bedroom and luxuryladen cabin, to keep the owners happy.

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Take our Dry Stack and Trailer storage which can be used for short or long term storage, undercover or outdoors. Our wet berths vary from 9 to 20 metres in length and will give your vessel close access to all the services our marina has to offer.

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orizon Shores Marina has a huge variety of services on offer, with 500 Marina Berths, 350 dry stack storage bays, 200 trailer boat storage locations, a 70t travelift, on-water fuel facility, chandlery, marine refit and repair, hardstand and refit sheds, plus an onsite cafe.

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Unlimited launch and retrievals; work area available for you to clean or tinker away; no queuing at boat ramps or ramp rage; no driving around looking for parking for both your vehicle and trailer, and you’re on the water quicker. So, why not free up your driveway or make space in your back yard; even better if you live in an apartment, you can have it all.

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et’s get straight to the point. Yachties and sailors refer to diesel-powered watercraft of all sizes and hull shapes as “stink boats”. With the majority of motorboat owners taking offence at this derogatory term, I thought it pertinent to explore the reasons for the stink, and how you can minimise it and the soot that accumulates on transoms. Diesel engines produce considerably more torque than petrol engines. Diesel fuel does not have the dangerous side effects of storage and handling as petrols, due to their susceptibility to spontaneously combust due to static electricity and highly volatile vapors. The diesel engine, being a compression engine, relies on compression to instigate combustion; thus, providing optimum power and fuel economy. However, if compression is compromised, it cannot burn all of the fuel injected into the cylinder. That un-burnt fuel stinks and coats the cylinder head and transom with a mixture of un-burnt fuel and soot, and the smell at idle or trolling can make some seafarers quite ill. The most important commodity in a diesel-powered boat is the diesel. However, in my twenty-five years of cleaning boat tanks, I have come to realise that the majority of boat owners are totally unaware of the chemistry constantly changing in their fuel tanks and the cancerous-like growths lurking there. We should all be aware by now that Cladosporium resinae (fuel bug) is a fact of life. The bugs are a family (140 strong) of airborne soil spores that are attracted to hydrocarbon fuels, like a dog to a bitch. Any surface area in a fuel tank not covered by fuel will allow the air within the tank to heat and expand, exiting the breather during the heat of the day. At night, the expelled air is replaced by moist spore laden air, allowing microscopic amounts of spores and condensation to form on the tank walls and baffles. Diesel weighs 0.840 grams per liter with water (condensation) at 1,000 grams (1kg) per liter. Serious boats require serious equipment, this hi-tech mobile workshop comes to you.

Consequently, as a vessel is moving on its mooring or underway, the fuel washes the condensation off the walls and baffles of the tank to the bottom. It’s at this water fuel interface that the airborne soil spores that are now immersed in the fuel germinate, deriving oxygen from the water, whilst converting mineral and trace elements in the fuel to yeasts from which they feed and excrete. These yeasts are the same family as brewer’s and baker’s yeasts, and thrive on heat. The majority of diesel engines cycle their fuel from tank to injector pump and injectors. It then cools the injectors and returns to the tank at engine temperature. This heat allows the germinated bio-mass to thrive and grow exponentially. The mass of fuel bugs weighs one kilo per cubic meter and are like fairy floss, extremely sticky and slimy. American engines return five litres of diesel a minute back to the tank. Consequently, you can start off on an extended voyage with the fuel in your fuel filter sight glass looking clear and bright, and within hours, that can all change due to the fungal material multiplying and excreting. The Cladosporium resinae’s excreta acts as a natural surfactant allowing water and hydrocarbons to bond into an emulsion. Fuel filters are designed to prevent solids (rust); they cannot prevent emulsions passing through them as they are designed to allow liquid to pass. This scenario is predominantly why premature failure of pumps and injectors occur. During combustion, microscopic particles of gum, varnish and secondary components moisture, fungal material, plus unburnt fuel lacquer injector tips and fowl valve faces, these elements slowly but surely decrease the engines combustion efficiency, resulting in increased fuel consumption, increased exhaust emissions and transom soot. Diesel engines with common rail electronic fuel injection need a top-quality detergent additive to stop the formation of injector nozzle combustion deposits, and to remove those deposits whilst also stopping the formation of internal injector deposits and removing such deposits. This maintains the optimum injector performance and reduces the occurrence of over fuelling and exhaust particulate formation. The detergent cleaning of the injectors also restores power to the designed output, and with the reduction in over fuelling, it reduces the incidence of bore glazing under low load, which leads to power loss and increased exhaust valve fouling.

emission requirements. The correct application of an appropriate detergent additive can enable the engine fuel system to operate as the manufacturer intended and as if it was new all the time. It is important that the additive formulation and amount is appropriate for the purpose intended. As part of the Australian standard for fuels, there must be a minimum amount of detergent added. In diesel, that equates to 250 parts per million. Fuel Doctors have been manufacturing a detergent-based fuel conditioner injector cleaner for use in our daily tank cleaning operations for the past twenty-five years. After the initial shock treatments to eradicate existing fuel system contaminants including gum, varnish, moisture, microbial material and its excreta, the recommended ongoing treat rate is one millilitre per litre of fuel. That equates to 900 parts per million of detergency to ensure maximum service life of all fuel system components. Fuel Doctor, as a by-product of its formulation, is also an excellent lubricity enhancer, providing increased lubricity to all diesel-injection components, again extending serviceability. The final attribute of Fuel Doctor are the oxygenated molecules contained within the formula that provide a cleaner burn and bigger bang resulting in better throttle response. The initial shock treatment of Fuel Doctor will clean the entire fuel system from tanks to inlet and exhaust valves, ensuring the valves re-seat to OEM specs; thus returning lost compression and economy. Clean fuel systems maintain efficiency and economy with cleaner emissions. We may not be able to change people’s views on “stink boats”, but we certainly can minimise the stink.

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he 2019 Sanctuary Cove International Boat Show (SCIBS) is shaping up as a real-life wonderland for anglers and boat-loving families, with an incredible array of on-water displays, personal watercraft, engines, gear and gadgets set to wow the senses. The Southern Hemisphere’s premier marine event, to be held from May 23-26, will feature more than 300 exhibitors showcasing hundreds of boats and thousands of marine products from the industry’s leading brands. With Sanctuary Cove’s award-winning Marine Village to once again be turned into a bustling mecca, tens of thousands of expected visitors will be able to explore popular areas such as The Main Pavilion, The Superyacht & Marine Pavilion, AIMEX Alley, Suzuki Street and Supercar Street. On water, boat lovers will enjoy the high-life on the high seas, with over 200 luxury boats on display. Stepping on board 100ft+ superyachts, ocean passagemakers, sleek sailing boats, speedy sports models and ultra-cool catamarans. The Sports, Leisure and Fishing Boat precinct is dedicated solely to trailerable boats allowing dozens of brands to display their vessels including the latest in offshore sport fishing, quad rigs, centre consoles, walk-arounds, bow riders, cabin cruisers, personal watercraft, wake boats, RIB’s water toys, ski and sports accessories. “The trailerable boat market is the fastest growing of all boat segments and one of the most exciting,” said SCIBS Sales and Exhibition Manager Dominic O’Brien, who oversees an event that delivers collective sales worth hundreds of millions of dollars each year.


“SCIBS is renowned as the launch pad for boats of all sizes and the trailerable boat market is particularly vibrant.” Among exhibitors set to wheel trailerboats into the Sports, Leisure and Fishing Boat precinct is JSW Powersports, which will present an array of boats from the Seafox, Malibu boats and Axis brands along with its 2019 line-up of Sea-Doo products. “We plan to display around 10 Malibu and Axis boats, with two boats in water for sea trials in the demo area, and up to seven Seafox boats ranging from 18ft to 28ft,” JSW Powersports Marketing Manager Oliver Bennett said. Nautique Central’s Sam Greenland, whose company will exhibit five of its US-built, specialist wakeboard, wakesurf and ski boats, said one vessel in particular would wow the crowds. “All our boats are a standout but the Super Air Nautique G23 is the flagship of the brand,” he said. “It’s the industry-leading vessel and will be a head-turner at SCIBS 2019. “SCIBS is always a great show for us and brings us customers from all over Australia and New Zealand.” Queensland Marine Centre will have as many as 30 boats on show in the dedicated trailer boat precinct under the iconic US-made Boston Whaler, SeaRay, Mastercraft and Dorado brands. Mastercraft, a specialist wakeboard boat brand, is also among its fleet, with QMC to offer boatmotor-trailer packages, using Ilmor engines also from the US. Brisbane Quintrex, one of the country’s biggest boat dealerships, is also predicting a bumper year for the trailerable boats segment.

“SCIBS 2019 is on track to be the biggest ever in terms of trailer boats,” said Brisbane Quintrex Dealer Principal Aaron Goodchild, who will present a selection of Quintrex, Baysport and Yellowfin boats - “a hardcore plate fishing boat range”. “We will have 40 boats in total, ranging from 3.5m to 7m and all with factory-backed specials and unbeatable deals on offer over the four days.” Other exhibitors that will call the Sports, Leisure and Fishing Boat precinct home include Sirocco Marine North, Malibu, Northside Marine, Gold Coast Boating Centre, Wynnum Marine, Nitro Marine, Australian Marine Centre, Cobalt Boats, Surf Coast Marine and Stefan Boating World. SCIBS brings together more than 45,000 marine enthusiasts and 300 exhibitors at its spectacular waterfront location across four incredible days. About much more than just boats, SCIBS will have live music, delicious food, cool bars and street entertainers combining with a nonstop program of family entertainment. The interactive Kids’ Zone is always a hit with the littlies, while there are plenty of handson activities such as fishing masterclasses, educational workshops and cooking demonstrations to keep both adults and older children entertained. SCIBS also offers a FREE park ‘n’ ride services from Warner Bros. Movie World, along with limited on-site parking, available to pre-purchase online. Tickets are now on sale at APRIL - JUNE 2019


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t all started when four fishing enthusiasts — with more than 85 years of boating experience between them — unsheathed their rods with Ocean Blue Fishing Adventures in Vanuatu. Their trusty seagoing steeds came courtesy of EdgeWater Power Boats and the boys just loved them. Over a few recreational rums, stories were told and a deal was hatched. The upshot of all this fishy business is that Deep Blue Boats is now a national dealer for EdgeWater Power Boats — and the brand’s exclusive dealer in Queensland.

Oversized running strakes with large reverse chines push water away from the hull to ensure a softer, drier ride. Quality control is paramount every step of the way and the boats are power-matched to Yamaha outboards. So confident are these blokes in the durability of the boats they build that they offer a lifetime structural hull warranty — which is transferable to the second owner within the first three years of the original purchase. Can’t say fairer than that.

With its quality workmanship, bang for buck, great power to weight ratio and innovative features EdgeWater is a globally recognised brand. Their boats are built to order — this is not a mass-production, assembly line outfit. They reckon the team at Deep Blue, with their extensive track record of selling American boats to Aussie fishos, are a no-brainer choice as an import partner. EdgeWater says their boats are purpose-built with “offshore abuse” in mind — larger, beamier and better performing than the competition in rugged seas — and with closed-cell, high-density foam used for flotation, matched with an unsinkable rating. Reliable and family friendly with high gunwales and selfbailing decks, they are also designed for maximum stability. EdgeWater’s advanced single-piece infusion (SPI) construction techniques — which the experts reckon is the champion manufacturing method to build a boat — produce optimum hulls: stronger and lighter for better overall performance and fuel efficiency.







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f you love expanding your adventure horizons, look no further. SCUBAJET is an interchangeable product that will convert any kayak, SUP, canoe or dinghy into a jet powered machine in just a few seconds. SCUBAJET is a unique, travel-ready water jet system that will make water sports activities better than you can imagine. Not only is it compatible with a range of watercraft, it’s also the smallest underwater dive scooter available on the market today. The genius of SCUBAJET – designed as a simple to use scuba diving power assist – is that it is adaptable in so many ways. MOTORIZE YOUR STAND-UP PADDLE BOARD, KAYAK, CANOE OR TINNY THE ELECTRIC WAY For an extra element of speed and action on your watercraft, a SCUBAJET is probably the best choice


you can make. With a simple pre-made Finbox adapter, your SCUBAJET motorises your craft in a matter of seconds. These battery-powered electric water jets give up to 180 minutes of use. With a range of battery options and upgrades available, you could be powering along all day. THE WORLD’S SMALLEST DIVE SCOOTER If you love snorkelling and diving, SCUBAJET is the perfect dive scooter for amateur and professionals alike. While typical dive scooters are heavy and bulky, this lightweight option weighs just three kilograms. Generating 20kg of thrust, the SCUBAJET will power you through the water at up to 8km/hour. As far as dive scooters go, there is no more versatile option on the market. Not only is it lightweight, powerful and adaptable to fit watercraft, it is small enough to fit into any backpack. This means you

can take it anywhere you travel, without the fear of paying for excess luggage fees. Another important note is that the 2x100wh batteries (that can be split for travelling) are allowed on airplanes all around the world. HOW DOES IT WORK? The eco-friendly jet engine is basically an e-bike for the water. The design is based on an emission free motor which uses impeller technology as an alternative to conventional propulsion systems which retains a higher level of performance. It features an automatic shut-off to prevent runaway, it is saltwater resistant IP68 proofed, meaning you can use it in fresh water and in the ocean. The SCUBAJET also has an option available for a clipon high-tech LED light so you can dive or SUP at night.








amaha Motor Australia released their 2019 WaveRunner line-up early this year with new model additions, existing model upgrades, and new colour and styling options. Leading the charge is the redesigned Yamaha’s flagship luxury-performance and feature-packed FX Series WaveRunners, which have built an enviable reputation in the racing, long-distance touring and fishing scenes.

and improved stability in all water conditions. For easier boarding, the new FX comes with a deeper, flatter and softer reboarding step.

Jason Harris, Divisional Manager Marine, Yamaha Motor Australia said, “This new design takes one of our most popular WaveRunner platforms to the next level, with a complete update of the hull, deck and control systems. The 2019 Series retains the industry’s largest displacement and proven 1.8-litre, four-cylinder marine engine, while bringing new and innovative design features for a more aggressive, fun and overall improved riding experience and performance,” he said.

This upgraded control system includes advanced reverse assistance for easier launching off trailers, more control over speed and acceleration settings for learner riders, towing and fuel management, new ultra-slow speed manoeuvring mode, and three No Wake Mode settings to meet different speed zone restrictions.

Yamaha’s 2019 FX Series hull and deck has received a complete style makeover, giving the craft a more aerodynamic performance and edgier look, while retaining much of the design heritage from previous FX models. An innovative industry first new feature, which answers the prayers of many personal watercraft enthusiasts, is the inclusion of drains, which efficiently remove water from the footwell. Below the waterline, Yamaha’s FX Series continues to lead the industry when it comes to stability and handling with a totally new hull design. The integrated bow chines deliver an even dryer and more comfortable riding experience, while the new top loader intake grate and sponsons provide maximum hook up BOATGOLDCOAST.COM. AU

In another industry first, the FX Series incorporates a new 4.3-inch colour LCD touch-screen instrument panel, giving the rider increased fuel information, drive controls, diagnostics and screen customisation at their fingertips.

Other new features include the introduction of a multi-mount system for the attachment of third-party camera, speaker, GPS, fish-finder or phone devices. The 2019 model also sees the inclusion of a new extra-large watertight glove box, increasing the overall storage from 125 to a massive 153 litres. The 2019 FX Series WaveRunners come in four model variants, the naturally aspirated FX HO and FX Cruiser HO models and the supercharged FX SVHO and FX Cruiser SVHO models. All FX models retain their large 70-litre fuel tank capacity, while the craft length increases by 2cm to 3.58 metres and width by 4cm to 1.27 metres, on prior year models. The dry weight for the FX SVHO models come in at a slightly reduced 372 kilograms, while the FX HO models come in at 380 kilograms.

In addition to the FX Series, the 2019 WaveRunner line-up is seeing Yamaha expand their championship winning race line-up with the exciting edition of the all-new EXR ‘pocket rocket’ race ready model. Based on Yamaha’s Rec-Lite EX series WaveRunners, the EXR combines the ultra light-weight and race proven NanoXcel2 hull and deck with the more powerful one-litre TR-1 High Output engine, to deliver a very affordable racing package. With its racy looks, compact size and power pack performance, the EXR ensures that Yamaha continues to dominate the Rec-Lite Stock Classes on the Australian racing scene. Other important changes to Yamaha’s race ready line-up are performance upgrades to the multiple Australian Championship winning GP1800 and VXR race ready models. Both skis receive new top loader intake grates and race designed ride plates, dramatically improving their performance for sharper and more predictable handling and better hook up in rough water and cornering. The VXR also steps up to the ultra light-weight NanoXcel2 hull and deck for improved acceleration and overall power-toweight performance. Finally, Yamaha’s number one selling VX Series range of WaveRunners has seen the introduction of two new model variants. The VX Cruiser comes with Yamaha’s luxury cruiser seat. The VX Cruiser HO comes with the cruiser seat and much larger 1.8 High Output marine engine, and high-pressure jet pump for increased power and performance. 69




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serious boat buyer should take the time to study the possibilities. BE PREPARED WITH RESEARCH - Knowing what you want before you arrive at a boat show will ensure you have the maximum available time for brand comparisons so that you can make an informed buying decision. Your aim is to narrow down your choices to make a well-informed decision about your new boat. Boat shows are your best opportunities to make brand and model comparisons. As a well-informed buyer, you are less likely to buy on impulse or make the wrong decision. Know the street price of the boat you want, so you can negotiate directly with the decision-makers who can immediately improve their offering to ensure you buy on the day. Remember that there are ongoing boat ownership costs, such as storage, maintenance, slipping, fuel, and mooring fees—oh, and a champagne budget! Keep these in mind when you ask the dealers about the boat you are considering to purchase. Meet the dealer team, and ask to speak with the service manager who will become your point of contact after you have purchased your boat. Make lists of the activities (and times) of the demonstrations you would really like to see. Pinpoint the boat brands that you also want to visit. Use a camera to remind you of unique features. BE READY FOR ACTION - Have a big breakfast at home before you set off. Suggest to your family to use the bathroom before leaving home for the boat show.

Do not mix alcohol and boat-buying so that you have a clear mind when make the buying decision.

Bring with you fresh fruit, juices, snacks and plenty of water. Remember to take sunscreen, a stroller (if required, as this will be handy for the long walks), sunglasses, and make sure everyone is wearing a sun hat. The weather can be fickle, so be prepared for cold weather or rains, too.

Have enough cash ready to avoid waiting at an ATM in case there are no credit card or EFTPOS facilities. Early start, and expect a long day. Give yourself plenty of hours to look around without being pressed for time. Wear comfortable shoes. Many dealerships will ask you to remove your shoes before boarding the vessels, so your shoes need to be easily removable and quick to slip back on. Have a family game plan. Stay together and look out for one another. Have a designated meeting spot and time. Have some fun activities as a family—whether it is watching an on-water show, riding on a train and ferry, or simply stopping for a refreshment break. Let your children keep an eye out for the freebies!




Check to see if your broker is a member of their state Boating Industry Association. Such an Association will bind the broker to a code of ethics. Generally, boat brokers do not own the vessels they are selling and are only acting as agents for the seller.


SECOND HAND VESSEL The day you purchase a boat can be the day of your dreams. Read this guide to be sure it is not a day of disaster.

et’s assume that you have found the boat of your dreams that suits you and how you will use it. Now, first be sure that you have secured a good deal. • Check that the boat that you are buying has a price similar in range to other comparable boats. If it is much cheaper, then it likely harbors a few unpleasant surprises. On the other hand, if it is much more expensive, then you may want to make a counter offer. • Engage an independent inspector to check the hull, engine, and accessories. Look for an inspector with professional indemnity insurance and correct credentials. • Enquire as to any warranties that apply to the boat, or parts of it. These can be valuable and should be factored into your purchase. • Arrange reputable finance with which to purchase your boat. If this is a mortgage, then read each document diligently and know your obligations and risks. Now if you are really sure that this is the boat for you, take the following steps to protect your purchase legally: 1. ENSURE BOAT IS FREE FROM ENCUMBRANCES If you buy a boat with a financial encumbrance attached, that encumbrance could be enforced against you. For example, a boat with debts against it could be repossessed, and you will lose your investment. Your first port of call is the Personal Properties and Securities Register (PPSR). An online PPSR search is quick and inexpensive, and the search will contain information on any debts or interests attached to the vessel.

You must insist on using a written and legally binding boat sale purchase agreement. We suggest that you obtain a specially drafted second hand vessel contract from a reputable source. When you sign the contract, it is common for a 10% deposit to be required. It is safest to have the deposit held in a trust account on behalf of both parties until the contract proceeds.

By Ms Kendall Messer, Maritime Lawyer



If the boat is not on the PPSR, then you still need to investigate. Quiz the owner about the history of the boat and ask to see documentation of ownership. Some brokers will ask for a statutory declaration to say that the vessel is encumbrance-free.



If you intend to sail outside of Australian waters it is essential that your boat is registered with the Australian General Shipping Register and is then granted Australian nationality.

Hull identification numbers are unique and permanent. The HIN identifies the country, manufacturer, serial number, and date of manufacture of the boat. They are issued by the manufacturer and can be used to register encumbrances under the PPSR and register the vessel. The HIN will usually be fitted in a conspicuous and also inconspicuous place on the hull, and are extremely useful in the case of stolen vessels. 3. AUSTRALIAN BUILDER’S PLATE (ABP) Check to see if the vessel has an ABP before you purchase it. The ABP will contain details of the boat’s engine rating, weight, boating operations, and maximum number of people and load allowed. ABPs are required on all recreational powered vessels built after 2 September 2006, which are offered for sale to the public for the first time. If it is a vessel that requires an ABP and does not have one, it will not be able to be registered. There are penalties for sellers attempting to sell a boat without an ABP when it is required. 4. BROKERS Brokers can take a lot of legwork out of buying your vessel, such as arranging inspections, sorting paper work, and providing a degree of legal protection. However, make sure that you are using a reputable and licensed broker.

In Queensland, all boats with an engine of 3kW or more are required to be registered if they are on the water. Boats that are used entirely for private recreational purposes can be registered as recreational boats.

7. INSURANCE Firstly, we recommend that you obtain insurance over the boat from the day that you pay the deposit, prior to the sale actually going ahead. Secondly, in Queensland, all boats greater than 15m in length are required to have liability insurance that covers potential pollution clean up, salvage, and wreck removal. This is a requirement for boats that are even only visiting Queensland waters. In order to comply with the legislation, a current certificate of insurance must be carried on board, and be available for inspection. If your boat is smaller in size, pollution insurance is still a very valuable investment. 8. A MORE COMPLEX CONTRACT If you are seeking to purchase a boat internationally, or for commercial purposes, there are additional laws, requirements, and due diligence to undertake. If you have any questions about purchasing a vessel of your own, Pacific Maritime Lawyers will be at the Sanctuary Cove Boat Show with DIY boat purchase contract kits available.

• Are you buying/selling/chartering a boat or maritime business? • Do you need help with risk assessments, audits, regulatory compliance and licensing and registration advice? • Do you need marine incident & pollution support? • Are you facing maritime commercial or crewing disputes? Capt John Kavanagh AFNI MQLS

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ew to the Stessl stable and exclusive to Gold Coast boating Centre is the 460 Extreme side-console series. Why it got the extreme tag was the extreme features and HP capacity on this tricked-up hull. This is one tough beast for a 4.6 side-console hull and side visual is deceptive until you get in this boat. Stessl has always been at the forefront in hull design and remains one of the oldest Australian-built brands today. It has a full alloy checker plate deck, beefed up commercial 32mm rails, solid welded-in rod holders, sports steering, alloy internal walls, alloy cast deck which is only seen on boats over the $50k mark. The alloy deck is amazing – with no more soft floors or warped timber. It is designed for longevity and everyday practical use. For all the boaties prawning, cast netting, and crabbers, this one wins all over. There have been countless boats over the years that rot or warp with age and poor maintenance, moisture and heat over the


years. Even the good stuff (marine ply) has a life span and will move with abuse and use. If floor heat or glare is of concern, then tube matting can be thrown over the top (you can buy this stuff at hardware stores for minimal cost). You can then just hose out the day’s carnage and sit back and have a coldie. Maintenance on this baby is so much simpler and will outlast most of us. Saving time and money long-term, what's that worth? More internal features on the practical side include the 100L Live/Kill well in the front on the cast deck fully plumbed, with aerator and centre baffle, perfect for whether you fish the ABT, flattie classic, Clarence Valley bass, local tournaments, or just want to keep your catch in pristine condition. At the rear is a goodsized LBT tank fully plumbed, flush mounted tackle tray boxes, and a full height transom. Standing on this at rest is comfortable, while leaning against the rear for support. The offshore fishing crew will like this feature, as a full transom is most practical for swell or reversing.

Our test boat was a F75 Yamaha 4-stroke (1832cc). The power was a supa responsive hole shot performance and a top speed of 55kmh on the water. The test day was a little lumpy with the northwesters blowing although she ate it up. The tide has turned in this ever-popular size market and what is most surprising is the price. The Stessl 460 X-TREME Package of a boat fitted with 60HP high thrust Yamaha 4 stroke motor, a good-sized combo sounder/GPS, VHF radio, rego, and a list of X-TREME features, available for under $30,000. An upgrade to the larger big block F75 is a dramatic increase in power with the price tag remaining low around $33,000. A result of a combination of lots of work between Gold Coast Boating Centre and the Stessl factory to develop a competitive well-priced boat that is already making waves in the industry. (Written by David Edwards)








hinking of an alternative way to get to the boat show in May? Why don’t you and your friends just FLY to the boat show? Gold Coast Helitours offer direct helicopter flights from their new heliport at the heart of Main Beach to Sanctuary Cove. Ideal for corporate attendees or just fun-seekers looking for a stress-free way to visit the premier boating event, your transfer to and from the boat show will take just 6 minutes each way at an altitude of 1000-1500 feet. Gold Coast Helitours operate several large helicopters that can transport up to 6 passengers, and smaller ones for up to 3 passengers. With a crew of experienced pilots and ground staff operating a fleet of luxury helicopters, the company will be assisting up to 400 return passengers every day of the event.

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There is always ample parking available at Marine Mirage and Mariners Cove. Just follow the high-side jetty to the awesome new $20-million Heliport Passenger Terminal, the only floating heliport in Australia, and one of the most high-tech TSA-compliant airports in the world. Upon arrival, you will be automatically weighed while you self check-in using an iPad terminal. After a 4-minute video briefing, you will immediately depart for Sanctuary Cove, and begin enjoying the view from above. The helicopter flight takes a direct path over the western channel of the Broadwater, above Harbour Town, over Hope Island and onto Sanctuary Cove. Although there is no need to book and usually no waiting, a booking is strongly advised to avoid being separated from friends on the flight. The Sanctuary Cove helicopter pad is directly outside the Pavilion entrance. A return booking, with estimate time, will ensure an aircraft is immediately available. It is ok to carry your boat show purchases onboard, but it will definitely not be possible to carry your new boat on the helicopter!






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SAILBOAT By Norman Ambrose


ailing is a pastime and a sport you can participate in from five years old to 85 years old. Not many other sports allow this lifetime endeavour. The wind is free so sailing is free once you own a sail boat. John Rousmaniere once said “The goal is not to sail the boat, but rather to help the boat sail herself.” The feeling you experience while sailing is not possible while driving a power boat. Type, size and price. When considering the type and size of sail boats, the best advice for Broadwater/Moreton Bay sailing is an inshore sailing dinghy, which starts from $1,000, or a keel yacht at about $15,000. For those wanting to go offshore sailing, most experts suggest purchasing yachts over 30 or 35 feet for these voyages, although many people have crossed oceans in very small yachts. What is more important is to choose a yacht design with a reasonably high ballast/displacement ratio, which is the measure of the stability of a boat's hull and determines the stiffness and resistance to capsize. Technology. On the Gold Coast, we are fortunate that we can sail for the weekend or set off on longer distances. Most owners aspire to sail to the Whitsundays at some point, so it is probably best to purchase a yacht over 30 feet to start with. New sail boats have come a long way over the last five years, now with furling main and head sails. Also, the new models have onboard electronics that are controlled by smart phones or iPads. The latest sailing boats offer shallow draft keels, popular among cruising sailors in Queensland. A second-hand sail boat that is 10 years old will probably still make the trip you have planned. However, remember to allow some funds to upgrade the electronics, radios, chart plotters, autopilots and possibly sails and canvas covers. Partner decision. If you involve your partner from the start of the decisionmaking, it will be a great pastime you can enjoy together for many years to come. If your partner is not confident with your buying decision, they may avoid the ocean voyage and end up flying to a tropical location to join the yacht in sheltered waters. Once you have purchased your dream yacht, it is easy to hire a skipper to sail with you the first few times while most new sail boat brokers include this in their sales contract. Calmness. The mental attitude required to overcome the fear of learning to sail is a calm state. Be relaxed and forget about what you are doing at work next week. Once you have been sailing in your own newly acquired yacht a few times, you soon get into the groove and enjoy commanding and managing your own vessel. Appreciate the insight of Bob Bitchin who expressed, “Attitude is the difference between ordeal and adventure.” Dealing with dealers. On the Gold Coast, there are several dealers specializing in the larger monohull sailing vessels. New yachts will have a two-year warranty on the engine, five years on the hull, and 12 months on most other items. Second-hand yachts have no warranties, so it is important to conduct a full out-of-the-water survey by a qualified marine surveyor. When conducting an on-water test and walk-through in a sailing boat, take the specification sheet published by the dealer and ensure every single major item works. Check the operation of the engine, the electronics, the refrigeration, and most of the large ticket items. Always insist that any deposit is fully refundable and the sales contract is subject to a satisfactory test-sail and out-of-the-water survey.




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ELECTRIFING NEWS IN THE SPIRIT OF THINGS Spirit Marine Queensland Pty Ltd (SMQ) as the exclusive distributor for Australia, imports new boats into Australia and sells working with Silent-Yachts Australia Pty Ltd, these vessels through local sub dealers the importer. and agencies. We have just commenced our national Formed in 2016 to purchase the assets of marketing plan to bring this exciting Spirit Marine International Pty Ltd, a Manly, innovative range to the Australian market. Brisbane based Boat Brokerage whom They also offer a Silent 55 VIP Ferry, fully at the time were the Appointed Exclusive electric and solar powered, in survey and Dealer to import and sell new Beneteau capable of carrying 100 plus passengers – Yachts in Queensland. SMQ took over the fully electric! appointment and now offer Beneteau Sail brands, First, Oceanis and Oceanis Yacht Just image the saving on fuel & maintenance Models. costs? This fantastic World Leading German In August 2017 we were appointed to solar technology, battery banks and electric expand our Beneteau relationship with engines are the future, in both recreational the appointment to distribute Beneteau and commercial boats! Reducing the Carbon Outboard Power exclusively and brands footprint & operating costs for owners. Antares, Barracuda and Flyer. We then added the American built and Launching at Sanctuary Cove International very popular Four Winns range including Boat Show 2019 will be the release of the Bowriders, Surf Series and Vista Sports Brinovo alloy pontoon boats where we have exclusive Queensland distribution. On show Cruisers. will be our 19ft. and 25ft models. More Recently we have added Silent-Yachts with the Solar Powered Electric 55,and 80 With offices on the Gold Coast, Manly, foot luxury catamarans, being appointed Mooloolaba and Airlie Beach, Spirit Marine


will be at hand to develop the market. Since setting up, we have sold 25 new vessels across our brands. The management team includes Peter Nicholson, Steve Plant, Deon Sheepers and Ian White. Distribution of our new products on the Gold Coast will be handled through The Yacht Brokerage. 2019 and 2020 will see the arrival to Queensland of exciting new release products from both Beneteau and Four Winns with the new release Beneteau Flyer 5.5 and Flyer 10, Beneteau Oceanis 30.1, Four Winns Vista 355 Coupe and HD350 Outboard. We look forward to seeing you at the Sanctuary Cove International Boat Show where we will have 10 boats on display (8 on the water – E Arm, 2 in the Sports/ Leisure/Fishing area Plus stand 48 (behind the Super Yacht area) in the main pavilion for the Silent-Yachts.



INNOVATIVE NEW NEW YACHT YACHT SPARK SPARK MARITIMO MARITMO SUCCESS INNOVATIVE SUCCESS eading Australian luxury motor yacht manufacturer Maritimo plans to have one L of its most exciting displays at this year's

Sanctuary Cove International Boat Show with a world premiere and the release of several upgraded models. The Maritimo on water display will be headlined by the revolutionary new X50 sport yacht world premiere and the unveiling of new edition M-Series flybridge models. The M59 and M51 2019 models are tipped to be very popular when revealed for the first time. Maritimo's lead designer, Tom Barry-Cotter, said this year's SCIBS exhibition would be a completely new experience compared with years

past, with a brand new on water display and a range of exciting new products. "There is great anticipation and excitement for the world premiere of our X50 sport yacht, but there are some other design updates to our M-Series Flybridge Motoryachts we are unveiling for the first time, which will not want to be missed," he said. "The model enhancements being unveiled at Sanctuary Cove reflect the latest design innovation in an ongoing R&D strategy to review both the M and S series lines. The expanded Maritimo Design and R&D division will see numerous design refinements within our various models throughout 2019."

Tom said this expansion is key to entering new markets, increasing overall sales and lengthening product lifecycles. He also confirms Maritimo would occupy its usual prime Sanctuary Cove position on the western end of F-arm at the SCIBS marina. "Last year's show was hugely successful for us and we anticipate a similar result this year with the new and refined product we are revealing for the first time." The stunning X50 sport yacht is set to have its international debut at Sanctuary Cove in May and it is already attracting international interest.

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Life on the


It is an exotic dream job for many – the enticement of endless travel across the oceans of the world, mooring up at private islands and being constantly surrounded by the rich and famous, an incomparable tax-free salary plus amazing bonuses, the opportunity to work with a crew of multi-nationals, and sun, salt and sand! It sounds like a dream, almost too good to be true. However, like many things in life that seem all too dreamy, there are definitely some pros and cons to every job. LOWEN TAYLOR meets three brave souls who work as crew on white boats, and get a glimpse of what it entails to live the “dream job”. ROB: YOUNG AND RESTLESS Rob grew up on the water and knew from an early age that he wanted to make a career within the boating industry. After putting in the hard yards and clocking his hours, he obtained his Master licence. By the late 90s, he was cruising the Mediterranean on some of the world’s most outrageously expensive yachts, working with and for the “superstars” of that time. After almost a decade at sea, having sailed across almost every body of water on this earth, he decided it was time to take a break and see what else life had to offer him. For a man in his early twenties, there was nothing more thrilling and enjoyable than travelling the world freely, exploring different islands and countries on his days off, indulging in the beauty of the local cultures and surroundings. But as time went on, he realised that he wanted to share this experience with someone. As fun as the single party life was, he was craving some more meaning in life. Upon returning to the Gold Coast, he quickly met and fell madly in love with his wife, Renae. Not long after marrying Renae, Rob was offered a position as captain of a boat owned by a wealthy family, and the package they were offering was just too good to refuse. Renae was also offered to join him on board as Head Stewardess, something rarely offered to someone with minimal experience. They worked exceptionally well together, and were highly rewarded for their diligence and dedication to their patrons, be it the boat owners or a hired charter. A former primary school teacher, Renae had supreme organisation and time management skills, and a borderline OCD-type cleanliness that made her a favourite among even the fussiest of boat owners. Rob and Renae travelled the world together, using their days off to indulge in different cultures and discover the hidden gems of the world. They sipped wine at sunset on the beaches of southern France, ate fish caught fresh off the boat in the middle of the Caribbean Sea, enjoyed local delicacies from tiny coastal markets and villages, swam in crystal clear waters without another soul in sight, cracked coconuts upon uninhabited islands, and jet skied along open waters at sunrise feeling the salt dry upon their skin. The pros were definitely high. 84

Superyachts in harbour at Monaco Yacht Show.

But behind the glitter and glory, there was another life. Depending on their charter, Rob and Renae often went weeks without a day off, tending to their owners every beck and call. Running on barely a few hours of sleep a night for weeks on end, they had to be immaculately presented and smiling at all times. If the owners told them to jump, they could not even ask how high. They simply leapt with as much enthusiasm as they could muster, and landed with a light perfection so as not to disturb the serenity of the surroundings. In addition to the high demands of their employers, life on a yacht is not only tiring, but also often dangerous. Storms, high seas, treacherous channel crossings, and boat malfunctions are par for the course, but pirates are a whole new ball game.

RENAE: THE PIRATE STORY Renae recapped her first (and hopefully the last) encounter with pirate intruders in the Caribbean waters. One of the first things she learned was to never ever let any stranger know if you were alone on the boat. It was generally a well-kept rule that at no time was crew allowed on the boat by themselves, especially not female employees. On one very rare occasion, the perfect calm waters and a lazy afternoon lured the owners, the captain and the head chef out for some great fishing off a remote island, not too far from where they were anchored. Renae found herself alone. Busily catching up on chores, she barely noticed a small boat approach the yacht. The men in the small boat called out to her. “Fish ma’am, fish! You want fresh fish?” Although caught off-guard, she acted as unfazed as possible and yelled back, “No, thank you. Not interested!” They persisted. “Ma’am, beautiful fish, so fresh, caught today, Ma’am. You must try! Where is chef? He can see?” Getting flustered yet trying to remain calm, she replied, “No, sorry, the chef’s not here. We have enough fish. Thank you. Goodbye now,” and turned her back to continue cleaning. They persisted, and at this point, their boat was already side-by-side with the yacht. The men eagerly looked past Renae into the main cabin. “Ma’am, please, find Captain. He will see freshest fish available! Find Captain!” With her back still turned trying to silence her drastically beating heart, she yelled over her shoulder, “We don’t need fish! We have plenty. There’s no one here for you to ask. Leave now!” Even as the words left her mouth, Renae tried desperately to suck them back in, but it was too late. She stole a glance over her shoulder and saw their eyes instantly narrow, a new look of corrupt determination sweeping across their faces. She ran to the main cabin, slamming the double glazed glass doors shut, locking them immediately. Within seconds, she had the entire room locked down, but watched with complete terror as the men threw a rope over the side of the yacht to secure their own boat. Despite the excruciatingly loud beating of her own heart, she managed to hear a boat approaching. She recognised the sound of the motor. It was their tender. The boys were returning from their afternoon fishing trip. Through the glass doors, she kept watch of the strangers who were literally seconds away from boarding. The men heard the approaching boat. When the tender came into their view, they removed the rope quickly, and jetted away in the opposite direction at top speed. There was no telling what may have happened to her or the boat and its belongings had the strangers actually boarded. It is a story she would soon rather forget, yet one that is permanently etched in her mind. APRIL - JUNE 2019


The extensive list of toys represents one of the highlights of any superyacht experience.

BRAD: NATURE’S WRATH Brad (not his real name) has been working on yachts since graduating from Bond University in 2009. Starting as a deckhand, Brad studied continuously, taking courses at every opportunity, until reaching his ultimate goal of being Chief Engineer. Working on yachts both large and small, he has manned charters from Nova Scotia to South America, both the east and west sides of Central America and has completed ‘The Crossing’ from the Americas to the Mediterranean on numerous occasions. In his decade of boat life, Brad has dived with schools of tiger and hammerhead sharks in the pristine nature reserve of Cocos Islands, dived solo in the infamous waters of Belize where the ocean shelves are so diverse, surfed remote islands off the Coast of Nicaragua and Panama by himself and one other enjoying a smorgasbord of endless waves, and sampled every rum available in the Caribbean as well as the local wines of Crete’s coastal villages. With such a broad portfolio of travel, Brad has seen the power of the open seas at its best and its absolute worst.


Rob and Renae Mason, enjoying some shore time.

In October 2015, he was the 2nd engineer on a boat that was moored at Puerto Vallarta on Mexico’s Pacific Coast, when the second most intense tropical cyclone ever recorded, Hurricane Patricia, came in hard and fast. Due to the rapid escalation of Hurricane Patricia’s severity, they had no time to evacuate. Brad, along with 11 crew, was trapped onboard a 180ft yacht. With Navy Seals on standby for rescue, they had no option but to literally batten down the hatches and wait for days until the storm passed. Water drums and food were airdropped, and the crew had to be tied to the boat at all times for their own safety. Luckily, the eye of the storm passed slightly north of where it had been forecast to hit. While severely shaken, the crew and the boat survived relatively unscathed. It was a tremendous wake-up call as to how quickly things can turn, and how little control you have when you are in the way of Mother Nature’s wrath. With the good comes the bad. With blood, sweat and tears, come love, laugher and memories that few will have the opportunity to make. Life on the white boats is definitely not for everyone. But if you can learn to take it on the chin every once in a while, pay your dues, and work until you form blisters, wake up and do it all again, then it can most definitely be one of the most rewarding experiences of your life.




Mr Cavill

Greg Cavill


RESTORING YACHTS By Narayan Pattison


any Queenslanders will know the Cavill name from both the iconic Cavill Avenue in Surfers Paradise, and Cav’s Steakhouse in Labrador. However, just how many of the Gold Coast’s landmarks were transformed by the Cavill family will likely be news to even history buffs. The Cavill family history dates back before the Surfers Paradise as we know it was created. That is because it was James “Jim” Cavill* who was responsible for coining the iconic Surfers Paradise name that is now world-famous. The significant list of Jim Cavill’s legacy includes building the Surfers Paradise Hotel back when the beachside town was known as Elston, and being one of the founding members of the Surfers Paradise Surf Life Saving Club. THE SAILING CAVILL Greg Cavill, Jim’s grandson and son of Darryl “Dick” Cavill, carried on the Cavill family tradition of hospitality, by running the iconic Breakfast Creek Hotel in Brisbane, which he took over from his parents. The hotel was immensely popular and was one of the first in the country to offer the now common drivethrough bottle shop functionality. (The Cavill family’s lease expired in 1998, and the hotel was thereafter taken over by Austotel.) If there was one thing Greg loved even more than his hotel, it was sailing. He began sailing at a young age, right out the front of his family’s hotel on the Breakfast Creek. Greg learned the ropes on a small trainee dinghy, but before long he progressed to a 12-metre ‘heavy weight’ sharpie, which he regularly raced with other members of the Royal Queensland Yacht Squadron. During the 1950s and 1960s, Greg competed in a range of races. He had the honour of racing among the sharpies in the 1956 Melbourne Olympic Selection series. Unfortunately, his boat capsized, dashing his Olympic chances and nearly drowning him in the process. Greg hoped to race in the 1968 Olympics but was ultimately unsuccessful in being selected. However, showing his generosity of spirit, he lent his boat Jennifer to John Cuneo, who was selected and went on to win gold at the 1972 Olympics. Greg was also highly involved in the Royal Queensland Yacht Squadron. He was an active member for over 60 years, and was one of the club’s most influential Commodores, serving from 1961 to 1963. During this time, Greg had the foresight to realise the importance of having a clubhouse and marina in Manly to allow for much easier ocean sailing access. The original clubhouse was located in Kemp Place near the city, and Greg successfully lobbied for it to be relocated to Manly. The construction was immense, requiring tonnes of soil to be dumped into the marshes before it could be built. The iconic oyster shell roof soon became famous, and the club has now gone on to become one of the largest yacht clubs in the Southern Hemisphere. To pay tribute to Greg, the original clubhouse was recently renamed the Cavill Building.


THE BOAT RESTORER Greg’s passion for wooden cruisers ran deep, and he worked tirelessly to restore many boats, some of which were complete wrecks when he found them. Arguably the most famous of Greg’s restorations was Bali Hai II, a classic pilothouse-style cruiser, designed by Ron Wright. The boat was originally built for a Sydney businessman, whose partner was performing the lead role in the musical South Pacific, hence the name Bali Hai. After buying it many years after it was built, Greg had her stripped back to the ribs and fully refitted. The Cavill family then spent many years enjoying leisurely cruises up to Lizard Island and back. Flying Saucer is a boat, which had more lives than a cat and was very sentimental for Greg. The boat was built by Norman Wright as a racing yacht in 1954. The following year, Greg was one of her crew when she won line honours and a race record in the Brisbane to Gladstone Yacht Race. In the following decades the boat was used as a sailing yacht and then converted into a fishing boat. In the early 1980s, Greg found the boat wrecked under a tree in Caloundra. He purchased Flying Saucer, and with the help of the Wright family, fully restored the boat, decking it out with his signature ring frames and plenty of family comforts. Miranda is a classic Moreton Bay Cruiser that Greg rescued from serious disrepair. She was originally built in 1953 by the Wright and Watts families for a Brisbane grazier who owned it for many years. After purchasing it, Greg came up with a solution to ‘make her perfect’. He set about his most lavish restoration yet, complete with his signature teak trims and bronze fittings. The restoration was described by Ian Wright as ‘beyond original condition’. Greg himself is known to have remarked, “I could have comfortably built a new boat for less than the restoration, but what would be the point?” Miranda is currently back in the Cavill family, being sailed by Greg’s son, Peter. Many of the boats Greg restored were ones that he had admired since childhood, and Rapid was no exception. Greg was trying to impress a girl on the jetty at Breakfast Creek. He was riding backwards on his tricycle along the jetty when he fell off and narrowly missed crashing into Rapid, a boat he later owned twice. Built in 1935 by Percy Tripcony during the depression, she was originally used in the Whitsundays. During WWII, the boat was commandeered by the Navy and used as a medical passenger boat. Rapid was then purchased by a regular patron of the Breakfast Creek Hotel, from whom Greg eventually managed to buy her. Greg enjoyed many fishing trips on Rapid and also sailed her in the Brisbane to Gladstone Yacht Race. Greg sold Rapid in 1956 when he was starting a family, and he did not see the boat again for 47 years, until he spied her in Southport. Greg repurchased Rapid and lovingly restored the boat, which is now owned by Greg’s son, Richard. APRIL - JUNE 2019

Bali Hai II Rapid

Member for Redlands Ms Kim Richards, presents the beacon certificate to Greg’s son, Richard.

Riversong is the only one of Greg’s restorations that was not originally built in Queensland. Sydney builder, Cec Quilkley built her in 1981 in Taren Point. Originally the boat was used for game fishing. Greg found Riversong wrecked in a NSW river in 2000. He purchased her and embarked on another of his epic restorations, this time being performed by Catersons on the Gold Coast. Greg’s son, Peter, also purchased her in 2005, not wanting to let another of his father’s immaculate creations leave the family. THE RESORT MOGUL Arguably, Greg’s largest and most famous project was the construction of the resort on Moreton Island. Greg learned about the safety offered by the island’s harbours during his many fishing trips around Moreton Bay. When the old whaling business on the island closed down, Greg seized the opportunity and bought a lease of the land in 1963. Inspired by the Barrier Reef resorts, Greg and his family built Tangalooma Island Resort, which continues to operate today. They also planted all of the resort’s iconic palm trees. A luxurious location doesn’t mean much without transport, so Greg commissioned the Tangalooma ferry to be built. He also renovated and reopened a decrepit naval airstrip on the island so that guests could arrive by plane as well. In yet another act of foresight, Greg campaigned heavily for shipwrecks to be sunk off the resort. Today, the Tangalooma wrecks not only provide safer harbour for boats, but are also a big tourist attraction in their own right. THE BEACON OF LIGHT Greg Cavill passed away in 2017 at the age of 92. In a touching way to honour the huge legacy of Greg Cavill, his family applied to Maritime Safety Queensland to have a navigational beacon named after him. Their application was successful and the ‘The Greg Cavill Beacon’ will reside at Canaipa Point in Moreton Bay. The beacon ceremony was recently held and was a special day for the Cavill family. The family hope that this beacon will both commemorate Greg’s love of Moreton Bay and will help mark many new boating adventures. In Greg’s own wise words, “A boat is only as good as the laughter that comes out of it.”

*Jim was an avid surfer who built a timber hotel in 1925 in a quiet beachside town of Elston. He named it the Surfers Paradise Hotel because it was close to a surfing beach he loved. A few years later, he became one of the founding members of the local surf lifesaving club. Rather than being named the Elston Club, it was called the Surfers Paradise Surf Live Saving Club. In 1933, Elston was officially renamed Surfers Paradise, after campaigning from Jim and his friends. A mysterious fire wiped out the hotel in 1933, but within a year, Jim had rebuilt the Surfers Paradise Hotel, which remained an iconic part of the Gold Coast for the next 50 years. As well as providing hospitality, the hotel was also home to one of the best privately owned zoos in the country. In honour of all that Jim Cavill did for Surfers Paradise, the street the hotel fronted was named Cavill Avenue in 1945. Unfortunately, the hotel was demolished in 1987 during the construction of the Paradise Centre. However, the Cavill family continue to honour his love of both hospitality and the ocean to this day. BOATGOLDCOAST.COM. AU



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RIVER PEOPLE By Andy Kancachian


he 100-year history of the first settlers along the Nerang River was focused around the development of cotton and sugar plantations at the river in Carrara, Bundall, and Benowa. This area was not commonly known for its water skiing history that began in 1957, when the Surfers Paradise Ski Gardens owned by Keith Williams opened along the Nerang River. By the late 1960s, the river was already home to many people making a living from recreational boating and training others to water ski. However, a little known part of water ski history along the river is another water ski school established in 1968 next to the Ski Gardens. It was built by Neville Parker and his wife, Shirley, who were some of the original suburb residents who answered to the beckoning of Nerang River. Neville was a self-taught water skier. He learned to ski in Old Petrie Town on Lake Kurwongbah, north of Brisbane. “Some people liked to play golf; we preferred to water ski. It was very much a family affair. The whole family was involved in water skiing. My wife, daughter Anne, and my sons Lindsey and Kingsley became accomplished water skiers. Lindsey became a junior Queensland champion, and Kingsley was a well-regarded jump- and trickskier.” Neville was one of the original founders of Queensland Water Skiing Association.

of the suburb where the ski school was. Neville is credited as the first local to use the suburb name Carrara in his business. A local police sergeant, Herb Boyd, pointed out to him that the area is technically not Surfers Paradise, as most businesses referred to, and that it was actually Carrara. According to Neville, one of the benefits of using the name “Carrara” was that business names that started with C were still at the beginning of the water ski section of the Yellow Pages. Besides, surf and high-rises of Surfers Paradise were a long way from the ski school. The location and the decision to use “Carrara” in the name must have paid off, as Neville’s hobbybusiness became busier and more popular. “In the early years, the ski school was only open for business during the summer months. Through word of mouth, the numbers increased, and it didn’t take long for the ski school to be open all year round.” Over the years, Neville taught many people to water ski – couples in their 70s, a 19-year old blind girl, a leg amputee, students from local schools, Sea World ski show performers, all of his grand children, and even their own family German Shepherd, Rex. Many celebrities also came to the ski school to learn to ski – the members of the rock band AC/DC, Kylie and Danni Minogue, Joe Cocker, Debra Byrne, iceskating champions Torvill and Dean, Lionel Richie, and the Prince of Dubai.

On a trip to the Gold Coast to watch his son, Lindsey, compete in the Queensland Championships at the Surfers Paradise Ski Gardens, Neville stumbled across a neighbouring property for sale. He purchased the land, with the intent of building a waterski holiday home. Eventually, the family moved from Brisbane to settle at the property. What started as a family hobby – water skiing – evolved into the family business, the Carrara Water Ski School.

In the 35 years the ski school was open for business, it won several awards and was known as one of the best places to learn the sport throughout Australia. It was one of the popular places on the Gold Coast to visit for holidaymakers and locals alike. So popular was the destination that several local and international TV shows were filmed on-site, as were movies and commercials. These included familiar brands such as Skippy, Pepsi, Juicy Fruit (featuring Lindsey).

Back then, while most other businesses were referring to the area as Surfers Paradise, Neville chose to use “Carrara” as it was the actual name

The feature movie, Goodbye Paradise, starring Ray Barrett was also filmed there. Neville fondly remembers lying on the floor of the speedboat, out of


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sight of the cameras, looking up at Ray Barrett, while giving him instructions on how to drive the boat. The ski school developed an efficient method of teaching. The boat has a learner’s bar on the side [pictured], which allowed the teacher to talk directly to the ski student. This technique allowed the ski instructor to teach someone to ski in under an hour. Neville’s expertise stretched further than teaching at Carrara. He was summoned more than once to Papua New Guinea to layout a slalom course for an important international competition. During the Japanese-led tourist boom in the 80s and 90s, Neville engaged the services of Japanese-speaking instructors to cope with the influx of customers all wanting to learn how to water ski. The business also evolved to include a jet ski hire, and the establishment of the first water taxi service on the river. The history of the Nerang River goes beyond modern-day infrastructure and developments – each generation having their own stories to tell about their own river experience. Nerang River has been a water ski paradise for many decades. Many residents in the area raised their families in the world of water ski and other boating activities. The Parkers’ story is one that celebrates boating and water skiing, and the river life from the 50s to the early 2000s on the Gold Coast. Neville and Shirley Parker eventually retired from the business around 2003. The property was sold to the Morris Family of Sirromet Wine fame, who have built homes for their extended family on the sprawling properties along the river. Affectionately, the Morris’s still call the place “The Ski School”. APRIL - JUNE 2019

BOAT HISTORY In 1936, Karl Atkinson of Darwin introduced water skiing to Australia. The sport apparently “died”. However, after WWII, it experienced a revival for which Jack Murray of Sydney would receive credit. In the post-war years, water skiing in Australia advanced slowly at first. 1950 saw the first organised tournament, and the following year the first Australian Water Ski Championships were held.

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For many years, it was generally acknowledged that the late Fred Waller of the USA was the founder of water skiing in 1924. But in late 1965, this distinction was challenged. Facts now reveal that another American, Ralph Samuelson, transferred the principles of snow skiing to water, and in 1922 skimmed across a nearby lake firstly on barrel staves, then on snow skis, and finally, on eight-foot long pine boards (which he had curved at the tips by steaming in boiling water). The thrills of water skiing were first experienced in Europe in 1934 and in Australia in 1936. However, World War II (WWII) temporarily halted its progress. Following the war, this exciting new sport bounded into popularity all over the world. Clubs and organisations were established, and every type of waterway seemed to buzz with boats towing men and women, boys and girls, people of all ages, from every walk of life. Competition, being an essential part of progress, entered into water skiing. In 1946, the first European Championships were held based on the rules that were improvised almost “as they went along”. The first world Water Ski Championships were held in France at Juan Les Pins in 1949.


In 1953, Australia sent the first representatives, Betty Leighton and John Kumm, to compete at the 3rd World Water Ski Championships in Toronto, Canada. When Surfers Paradise (Australia) hosted the 1965 World Championships, the Australian team was placed 3rd among twenty competing nations. Dick Pope, the developer of the once internationally renowned Cypress Gardens Water Ski Park, along with his brother, Malcolm, invented ski jumping, undoubtedly the most thrilling event in tournament skiing and an essential part of every ski show. The miracle of barefoot skiing was introduced to the world by Dick Pope Jr many years ago. Even today, it is still considered a most amazing human feat. Over the years, barefoot skiing has progressed to include barefoot skiing backwards as well as forwards, beach, deep-water and step-off starts, and spins on barefoot; there is even topside tandem on barefoot. The late Doug Laversha from Victoria takes the bow for introducing Ski Kite Flying. Doug was the first man to become airborne on skis and perfected this radical departure from usual water skiing in 1953, although no person is committed enough to practice this extension of the sport today. In Queensland, water skiing was intriduced in 1950 by Bruce Hope. In 1955, Bruce taught Keith Williams to water ski at his school along the shores of Main Beach. In 1956, Keith went on to open the Surfers Paradise Ski Gardens. That same year, he won the Queensland Trick-Skiing Championship, and the Australian Championship in 1959.

A SPEED LIMIT OF 6 KNOTS: • within 30m of boats anchored, moored to the shore or around a jetty, wharf, pontoon or boat ramp • within 30m of persons in the water • within 60m of persons in the water when operating a personal watercraft in boat harbours and marinas. Even at slow speeds, your boat will create a wash. Look behind at your wash, and be aware of the impact this can have on other boats and people in the water or the shore. Water skiing on the Nerang River is only allowed in the following areas: • between Bosun Parade, Ashmore and Ross Street, Carrara between 7am and 7pm; • between Ross Street, Carrara and Hoy Street, Broadbeach Waters between 7am and 7pm; and, • between Capri Bridge and Bundall Road Bridge, Sorrento between 8am and 4pm.

JOIN A WATER SKI CLUB: The Gold Coast waterways offer good locations for the water skiing, despite a number of restrictions imposed in certain areas (speed limits, daily time frame, etc.). Many locals are involved in recreational and competitive water skiing here and around the world. For water skiing safety rules in Queensland: For waterskiing clubs in SEQ:



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There is something about wood that makes people want to touch it. It is a tactile material. IAN PRIMROSE validates that wood is still a material of choice for many amateur boat builders. t one time, all boats were built from timber. It A was a skilled craft as all of these boats were made largely with hand tools and by ‘eye’. It followed

the old adage, “If it looked right, it probably is right”. Boat designs were localised to suit the local conditions. It was all about function. Most early boats were designed to work, to bring in the catch, to provide transport, shoot ducks, or to move materials. The waterways were the highways. The Whitehall skiff of the 1850s is a prime example of a purely functional design that originated in New York Harbour. Things started to change with the introduction of small motors. The owners no longer had to rely on muscle and wind power to move their boats. Boats were modified to take the motors, either inboard or outboard. Many of the older rowboat designs were too narrow at the stern to support the weight of a motor, so the canoe stern of some were cut off and the stern of others were broadened out to take the added weight. However, these changes were comparatively minor to the revolution in boat-building that was to come in the 1960s and 70s. Someone realised that with the use of fibreglass, boats could be massproduced faster with unskilled or differently skilled labour. The 1970s saw an explosion of fibreglass boats from huge yachts through to trailer-sailers to small dinghies. In the background of the fibreglass revolution, the Gougeon Brothers in the US developed the West

Epoxy System, which was marketed in 1982. Over the years, the company published manuals for its use that quickly became a reference for both professionals and amateurs. This opened greater possibilities for designers and for amateur builders to work with timber. Wooden-boat building then had a resurgence, albeit mostly on an amateur level. Wooden boat associations sprang up in most Australian states and continued to prosper due to the renewed interest in timber boats. Designers, such as Ross Lillistone of Bayside Wooden Boats, and David Payne in Sydney have responded with new designs. Wooden boats from good plans are manageable projects for most amateur builders with a few tools. Wood adds beauty to the boat. Construction methods include: lapstrake or clinker planking in ply or timber; strip-plank construction; and, the popular and easy stitch-and-glue method. Each wooden boat is unique, even if they are built from the same plans. Each builder puts in his or her own personal touches to the project. Some paint their boats while others leave a lot of timber “bright” or varnished. Different sail rigs are tried. Even after the boat is finished, there are always adjustments and a lot of fiddling to do to make it “better”. Some people say that there is too much maintenance to do with a wooden boat. This is not the case if the boat is constructed correctly and is kept under cover. All the timber is encapsulated in epoxy that seals out moisture and prevents rot. As long as the integrity of the paint or varnish is maintained and the boat is well-stored, then it will last forever with just on-going maintenance tasks required. Another advantage of building your own boat, apart from the pleasure, is that you pay for it as you go. You are not shelling out the big bucks in a lump sum, but you buy materials as you need them and can afford them. It’s the ultimate pay-asCeda r deck laid – fitting of coam Fa mily rac ing fun

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you-go scheme. An average build of 400 hours, for example, can be spread over two years or so. The cost and the weight of the boat will always be less than a mass-produced boat of the same size. There is no greater pleasure than one gets from building a boat. It is said that it is the closest a bloke can get to childbirth. There is a bit of pain and after a while, out pops a wonderful creation. The satisfaction and sense of achievement lives on forever. In fact, it is addictive. Many find that they cannot stop at one, but go on building until the shed-space runs out. There are so many good plans, so many good boats, and so many challenges that keep both body and mind active. Ratty in “Wind in the Willows” by Kenneth Grahame really summed it up. “Believe me, my young friend, there is nothing — absolutely nothing — half so much worth doing as simply messing about in boats. Simply messing about in boats…” That’s wooden boats of course! The Wooden Boat Association of Queensland, Inc. (WBAQ) has more than 170 members, spread throughout Queensland and Northern NSW. There is a huge store of experience within the Association and this knowledge is willingly shared to those who are building or are hoping to. The WBAQ conduct “messabouts” that present members with opportunities to use their boats in creeks, rivers and on Moreton Bay. There is a wide range of messabouts to cater for the different types of craft that members own, ranging from canoes, rowing dinghies, motor boats, sailing dinghies, through to bay cruisers. The WBAQ members have exhibited their boats at the recent Brisbane Boat Show and at the Maleny Wood Expo in May. The boats attracted a lot of attention from all types of people, even those with no interest in boats. The WBAQ meet at the Queensland Maritime Museum in Southbank, Brisbane on the second Tuesday of each month where, after a communal barbeque, a guest speaker entertains and informs.


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Water lover’s paradise The only deep water you’ll get yourself into, is right at your back door... Calypso Bay offers you the life you’ve always wanted – no rush hour, no stress. At Calypso Bay, you’ll have direct boating access to The Broadwater and Moreton Bay; no bridges, no speed limits. You can be on the open water in next to no time from your own pontoon.

Our residents enjoy an enviable lifestyle: waterfront living, picturesque outlooks and a Residents’ Leisure Club with resortstyle recreational facilities. Dine, relax, and keep active in a community that offers the perfect balance between outdoor lifestyle and indoor luxury.


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Don Waters




t is difficult not to be infatuated by boats and the sea, especially if you grew up with your home being the change rooms of the Middle Harbour Yacht Club at The Spit in Sydney. Don Waters, one of Australia’s prolific abstract expressionist artists, says, “I love the water. Most of my paintings are of water. It’s a life blood and energy.” Now living in an unpretentious part of the Gold Coast, Don continues his life of art and love of water in Jacobs Well. ART LIFE Don lived through a sunburnt youth that unfolded across the Australian coastline. Don’s father was an entrepreneur who bought and sold many businesses, mostly liquor venues, which led Don to a life in a yacht club. As a young tacker, he was privy to sailing an array of small sailing boats and then became a well-rounded sailor. Don expresses with humour and excitement the creative frustration that his father lived with. “You see, my father once told me that he always wanted to be a window dresser. Instead, he managed liquor venues; he would fight, drink and smoke most of his days.” It was through his mother that he had his first brush with painting, so to speak. “My mum bought me my first colour paints, for just $1.99 for the set. I spent the next few days, painting nude women all over my bedroom walls. I was fascinated with colour. When my father saw what I had done, all he could manage was, ‘Good on ‘ya son!’”


Don’s passion for art did not immediately turn into his career. “I absolutely loved to draw, and I knew early on that I wanted to be an artist, except it wasn’t something that you aspired to be 60 years ago. So I became an accountant, the world’s worst accountant, I must confess.” Nonetheless, he eventually became a painter in his own right, and a prolific one at that. “Unlike many artists, I am not a recluse, I actually love people, but I need time alone to create,” explains Don. “Painting is everything to me – that and my family. I am always painting, always drawing. If I am out in a restaurant, I will be drawing on the tablecloth. I sketch to escape. Any art must always remain an adventure.” Don has an eclectic style. Most recognised are his works that centre on an evolving waterscape, using bold colours, dark strokes, and a cast of interesting characters that tell a story of people living by the sea. His illustrations of this perfect life are a corrupted exaggeration of his memories with childlike simplicity. It’s hard to define Don’s work. He has several unique styles with the underlying themes being escapism, the environmental scapes, and in some artwork, even a statement of man’s destruction of the environment. He tries not to be too commercial, but his colourful images are attractive to many sectors of our society. “When somebody hangs one of my paintings in their home, it’s a constant reminder of a perfect environment.” He can be categorised as an environmental artist, being always interested in the wellbeing of the waterways, his work demonstrating an idealism of unspoiled surroundings that we all

should aspire to nurture. “A fantasy of an ideal image on your wall, subconsciously understanding the beauty that’s out there. It’s a propaganda for wellbeing, encouraging respect and love of the environment and waterways.” For two years, Don took his art and his celebrity on cruise ships promoting Australian art. In that time, Don joined fourteen cruises operated by P&O and Royal Caribbean cruises , painting, talking, lecturing, and at the end of each trip, auctioning his artwork on-board. Don currently conducts live onstage painting sessions, usually as a backdrop to a professional public speaker. The painting evolves, decided by his likes and dislikes of what he sees. He describes this process as magic realism, a real spiritual performance. As he forms the painting, he rotates the canvas, in front of 300-400 watching eyes, not sure himself what will eventuate. “You need deep belief in yourself to do this type of painting that connects with your audience. There is an element of channelling, and then a need to shut off from the crowd to absorb what’s in front of you, and work towards a final creation.” Don himself is still amazed by the outcomes of these sessions. His most awakening story was while at a political fundraiser. Don was on stage doing what he does, when the painting began to appear as a Jesus image. Once completed, there was a hush and many whispers. Later, he learned that the purchasers of the artwork, who occupied the entire two back rows of the seminar, were members of a church group. Don puts this down to feeling subconsciously. APRIL - JUNE 2019

Inside Don's colourful Jacob Well studio, surrounded by tropical forest and eclectic objects.

THE JACOBS WELL LIFE With such an illustrious career, Don can even boast that Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II has his work in her personal art collection. But even then, he has chosen to continue living his eclectic lifestyle in the unassuming and quite sleepy town of Jacobs Well, where he remains involved with the environment and the local community. In 1979, Don moved to Beenleigh, and a few years later settled in Jacobs Well, where for the last 37 years, he has worked from his eclectic home studio with his very own tropical forest. “It’s a laid back atmosphere. My paintings take inspirations from the town and the places. I converged on the water in these tidelands. My work takes in the energy of the local people.” Don is an active member of his community. Not only has he been part of the local area’s historical societies, he has also worked with Jacobs Well Progress Association. He is most proud of his efforts with the Environmental Education Centre, where he teaches young people with difficult personal lives to express themselves through art. “Through painting classes, these kids, who must endure many problems, are taught to use the environment for healing. They are given basic painting skills,


and a common understanding of the importance of ‘me’. When art is the third party, they can express themselves through whatever form and not be judged. This method involves writing on the canvas, just scribbling their fears and anything they want to leave behind, and then paint over them. With a powerful psychology of the mind, the painting evolves to something beautiful, and possibly some of their problems are left behind.” While he doesn’t have too much time these days to go out boating, occasionally Don joins the Jacob’s Well Fishing Club members, or he fishes from a jetty. “My wife and I recently spent a lot of time at sea; now we are sticking to the land.” In 2010, he was awarded Gold Coast Citizen of the Year, and in 2016 he was awarded the Order of Australia medal, for fine arts and the community. “I am proud of this area, it’s beautiful. However, the fishing village it once was is evolving, with a new vibe of young families and people commuting daily to the big cities.” If you have visited the area, you will notice that Don has almost painted the entire town, from shop buildings, to the Welcome to Jacobs Well sign, and the sign for Cabbage Tree Point.

RECONNECTING WITH OUR LAND Don really cares about his environment and encourages others to do so. “What really surprises me is the need for us, the local community, to go out and pick up rubbish off the beach, when it should be the responsibility of every person to dispose of their rubbish correctly. Also, with a mounting number of live-aboard boats, Don is concerned that the waters may be contaminated by boat waste outflow released too close to the town. He also takes this opportunity to remind jet ski riders to obey the speed limits in the area, and reminds all boaters that the mangroves are a pristine breeding ground for much marine life. “There are very few rules we need to respect. It shouldn’t be too hard for everybody. I hope that my artwork encourage a connection to the land that we call our home, and that future generations will be reminded to respect those rules rather than deal with the consequence.” Don represents humility despite his power to create meaningful messages through his art. His prolific artistry shows that his art is where his heart is, and his heart is where his art is. From the walls of the Queen’s home to the walls of shop buildings of Jacobs Well, one can find Don’s actual experiences and passions – art, waterways, environment, fishing, community – translated into images through his artwork.





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Tony also believes that indoor/outdoor living areas can be beneficial for the value of one’s home. “For example, an insulated patio roof or unique outdoor screen around your existing outdoor area or over your swimming pool doesn’t just look great, it adds value to your property and is ideal for the relaxed outdoor lifestyle we get to enjoy in Queensland,” he says.

n Southeast Queensland, we are blessed with blue skies and warm weather all-year-round, which makes outdoor entertaining a pleasure. Unfortunately, we also have to contend with pests, leaf debris and other factors that can ruin the ambience.

“For over 25 years we’ve been offering a range of products to add value and enjoyment to your home,” says Tony Mora, Suncoast Outdoor Living managing director. “We are finding that more and more people are keen to plan ahead and make their outdoor entertaining areas as maintenance-


Along with pool and patio enclosures, Suncoast Outdoor Living also offer insulated patio designs, pool safe screens, pet enclosures, retractable screens, outdoor blinds and other outdoor living accessories.

The majority of their work is custom-made onsite using as many locally sourced quality products as they can, giving you an addition to your family home that you will be proud of. “We first started operating in 1993 under the name Suncoast Enclosures,” Tony explains. “Over the years our friendly service and quality enclosures gained a strong reputation and our business grew to include more services designed to help you enjoy the outdoors. By 2015, it was clear that our products and services have evolved, and we rebranded ourselves as Suncoast Outdoor Living as this better reflects what we have to offer.” Suncoast Outdoor Living is a Brisbane-based company but services all of Queensland and Northern NSW.


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By Alfie Pardoe


ach month, we get to taste hundreds of wines in store and at trade events around the country. It’s our mantra to find the absolute best wines available. Trophy winners and Gold Medal awarded wines are snapped up by the canny buyers immediately, and we have to be on top of our game to source these wines for you. Listed below are some of our best finds over the last few months.


This stunning Blanc de Blanc is produced in very small quantities in exceptional years only, and fully expresses the superb calibre of great Chardonnay from the best crus of the Côte des Blanc. After six years of ageing in cellars, remarkable minerality and low dosage make this an outstanding wine that can accompany a variety of flavoursome dishes including poultry and fish, or be served on its own to celebrate a special occasion. A Corker Cellars exclusive! 2018 AUNTSFIELD MARLBOROUGH SAUVIGNON BLANC

This distinctive and elegant example of New Zealand sauvignon blanc displays Marlborough traits of fine citrus acidity balanced with ripe tropical fruits. Bursts of passionfruit greet the nose and the palate resounds with flavours of white peach, passionfruit and hints of lime ending with a long, dry finish. $24.99


Multiple award-winning wine from ex Shaw + Smith winemaker Darryl Catlin. This wine displays tantalising aromas of tropical fruits, grapefruit and zesty lemon citrus. The palate is vibrant with mouth-watering flavours of grapefruit, melon and green apple. Beautifully balanced with lively lifted acidity, this wine delivers outstanding length and flavour. $19.99

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Fermented in French oak, matured for 12-14 months before a barrel selection for this wine, which is one of the best produced in the Eden Valley. It has fluid grace and effortless power; the fruit flavours at the midpoint of the stone fruit (white peach)/citrus (grapefruit) spectrum. Lovely wine. 97 points, James Halliday. $31.99 2017 RED CLAW PINOT NOIR From the classic 2017 vintage on the Mornington Peninsula, Yabby Lake’s second label, Red Claw, is a model of consistency delivering fragrant aromatics, ripe berry fruit and a velvety feel. Hand picked, this wine always shows great power with a supple mouthfeel. Drink over the next 2-3 years. $25.99

2017 HOUSE OF PLANTAGENET ‘NORMAND’ PINOT NOIR Highly scented and perfumed point noir with floral sour cherry notes dominant, but with a subtle truffle-like character. The palate is light to medium-bodied, but there is intensity and power there behind its soft facade. The fine chalky tannins support the palate beautifully. An outstanding pinot. $21.99 KALLESKE CLARRY’S GSM (BAROSSA VALLEY, SA) Clarry’s is a blend of Grenache, Shiraz and Mataro with old vine Grenache from the 1940s and 1960s. The wine is fermented in open-top fermenters and basket pressed. To preserve the superb fresh fruit flavours of the wine, it was only aged in very old oak hogsheads and only for a limited time of one year. Clarry’s is soft and fruit-driven with flavours of raspberry, perfume, clove and spice. It is mouthwatering with a muscular structure and great length. $21.99 TE MATA ESTATE 2017 COLERAINE BORDEAUX BLEND Saturated, dark ruby with a neon-purple edge, Coleraine ’17 tantalizes with fragrant ripe cherry and fresh, black plum aromatics. The bouquet blossoms over a silky palate laden with lavender, sandalwood, cigar box, juniper and wild blackberry. Balanced and on point, Coleraine ’17 dances across the senses now, and will do for years to come – classically Coleraine. 'A New Zealand national treasure' -, Jan 2019

W I N E E X P E R I E N C E W I T H S P E C I A L I S T A DV I C E Corker Cellars is an independent premium wine store that sell a large range of award winning wines from all the best regions around Australia. International wines, spirits and beers are also ranged, with quality the main focus. Regular wine tastings are held in store with winemarkers often in attendance, and friendly and knowledgeable staff are always on hand to make recommendations. OPEN 7 DAYS - 11am until 10pm

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SO DON’T DRIVE THERE, BOAT THERE! By Roselle Tenefrancia



n a modern society dominated by rules and regulations, speed cameras and parking meters, recreational boating is one of the last frontiers of personal freedom and a natural flow of life allowing you a unique perception of our beautiful city, where you are able to move forward without having to stay strictly between the lines. One of the greatest perks of living on the Gold Coast is going out for lunch or dinner by boat. We are fortunate that many private marinas and waterfront developments recognise the economic benefit of customers arriving by watercraft, and have invested in waterfront infrastructure to make boaters feel welcome. While the beachfronts are geared up to cater for mass tourism, the inland waterways of Nerang and Coomera Rivers, and the destinations around the Broadwater provide boaters with many dining and shopping possibilities accessible by boat. Whether you are dressed to impress with a group of friends, or sunburnt and sticky with saltwater from a family day out, there are public access pontoons to tie up, and berthing options for you to utilise. This is a lifestyle envied greatly by the rest of the country, so let us make the best if it! Here is a list of destinations to encourage you to go by boat, get out there, and live the boating lifestyle that is totally unique to the Gold Coast. The most welcoming waterfront dining destinations for boats must be Capri on Via Roma in Isle of



Capri. The 10 public berths are very busy with local boaters stopping in for supplies at the fish and chip takeaway, supermarket, bakery, butcher, pharmacy, cafes, or sushi shops. Others choose to hang out for a while overlooking the happenings of the small harbour from a table at Edgewater Dining, where you can easy get lost in the menu of yummy eats and perfectly paired wines, or down an ice cold beer poured into a chilled tall glass. It’s also the spot to gaze over the moonlit waters with the Surfers Paradise skyline glowing as your backdrop. Also on the balcony deck is The Fish Emporium, which has become synonymous with modern casual waterfront dining with a seafoodcentric menu and local style hospitality.

and coffee. For a touch of Hollywood, step off your boat and onto the balcony overlooking the marina, for one of the best restaurant and bar sunset locations in the city. Don’t forget your shades!

A well-known but under-utilised boater’s food and shopping destination is the Pacific Fair Shopping Centre. With very low clearance bridges, many small boats can weave their way off the Nerang River, through Florida Gardens estate, past the Convention Centre and The Star Casino, to Pacific Fair. The two walk-on pontoons, across the Gold Coast Highway, can berth a total of 8 small boats at any one time. Once on land, you can choose to dine at a couple of river front spots, or walk through the food court, or to The Patio restaurant area, for some of the city’s most exciting food options. A longer stay to watch a movie is also an opportunity that boaters may want to take advantage when visiting the centre.

Located in Runaway Bay Marina, Klein’s Coffee, Bar & Grill overlooks hustle and bustle of the busy marina. The café offers a magnificent vista from the deck, combined with the decadent delights of great food for breakfast, lunch and dinner using the best of local Gold Coast produce. The relaxed atmosphere is an ideal spot to have a quick bite or enjoy a long lazy meal watching the boats go by. Call the Runaway Bay Marina office (07) 5577 1400 to arrange a visitor’s berth, no matter how big your boat. The marina fuel pump located right on the Broadwater is a handy onwater refueling spot for all lengths of vessel.

If you want to be in the thick of the boating action, the Southport Yacht Club always has excitement. With a full calendar of boating events, and one of the city’s busiest social clubs, the waterfront deck is bustling with a who’s who of the country’s boating fraternity. It is a great place for family get-togethers, with a beachfront play area for the kids, and a secured children’s play area all in view of the dining area. Call the marina office (07) 5591 3500 the day before so they can direct you to a visitor’s berth. Amidst the hum of superyachts and charter boats, there is an opportunity to berth at Marina Mirage by calling the marina office (07) 5528 2328 to ask for a short-term visitor’s berth. There you will find yourself in the glitz and glamour, offering an impressive selection of waterfront restaurants for every taste, including modern fusion, Italian, seafood, Chinese, sushi, bars and grills, ice cream,

The Runaway Bay Centre is a short canal journey from the edge of the Broadwater. It provides boaters with easy access via two unique berthing pontoons capable of hosting 10 boats, with the outside berths able to handle 40ft vessels. Located at the waterfront are the food court and a café, and throughout the centre are many other food offerings, as well as all the major supermarkets and retail shops. It’s a very handy on-water indoor shopping mall.

The Coomera River is a popular dining destination for larger vessels, notably those with flybridges, as the river is bridge-free allowing vessels of all sizes to travel to several exciting destinations. The pinnacle of waterfront dining experiences is Sanctuary Cove Marine Village. You can feel absolutely welcome, with more than 150 metres of floating visitor berths for all lengths of vessels. It is preferred you contact the marina office (07) 5577 6069 before arriving, so they know your intentions. The Marine Village is an icon for Gold Coast waterfront lifestyle. Porches, Mercedes, Lamborghinis are randomly parked among specialty cafés and fine-dining restaurants. The marina boasts some of the most impressive luxury yachts for sale, too. It’s a great place to contemplate an upgrade of your current boat. If you want an authentic beach restaurant and bar, where you can wiggle your toes in the sand and APRIL - JUNE 2019

SANCUARY COVE smash your avocadoes, then Tipplers at South Stradbroke is a boater’s mecca. Behold the view of hundreds of boats, with beaches lined with jet skis and babes in bikinis. Relax and enjoy at this local iconic boating destination. A family-friendly location, it is the prettiest place to eat and drink outdoors, with live entertainment, great coffee and delicious food. There is a new children’s playground beside the café, and a kiosk that stocks handy essentials. The city planners also have a long way to go to fulfill the city’s potential to be a distinctive waterways

MARINA MIRAGE city. Implementing public berthing in strategically defined locations can lead to economic benefit in waterfront suburbs, and make them more desirable for lifestyle and investment opportunities. Think of public berthing at Broadbeach at the rear of the Gold Coast Convention Centre, at Appel Park on the Nerang River allowing access to Cavill Avenue and Surfers Paradise, following through with the planned waterfront development at Evandale Parklands where the Home Of The Arts (HOTA) is located. The list of possible new waterfront public berthing is endless, and should be essential with

HORIZON SHORES all new major waterfront developments, making the city one of the truly unique recreational boating destinations in the world. Buying a boat on the Gold Coast does not have to be feared; rather, it should be considered a creative endeavor to broaden the options of traveling along the waterways. Recreational boats can be an interesting and less stressful method of transport in the city. Cruising to the supermarket for groceries or stopping for a cuppa by boat can be far more enjoyable that travelling there in your car.

Owning a boat should be a lifelong pleasure. The process of buying a boat should be easy if done right. Members of the Boating Industry Association pledge to abide by the Associations Code of Practice. When buying a boat from a boat broker, look for the BIA logo. BIA members can be found at or by calling (02) 9438 2077. Life on the water is great. The process for buying a boat should also be.

Members of the Boating Industry Association pledge to abide by its Code of Practice that also incorporates its Code of Ethics. To make sure a business carrying the BIA logo is a current member, check for their details at




5 REASONS TO SAIL THE By Sharon Smallwood


f all the places to go boating on the Queensland coast, there is one that consistently makes the world’s top travel lists. The Whitsundays, with its 74 islands and iconic Whitehaven Beach, is an aquatic playground full of timeless allure. While there have always been good reasons to explore these world-famous cruising grounds, 2019 is offering more. MORE PLACES TO MOOR - An expanded network of public moorings has opened up more bays for enjoyment than ever before. Sandy Bay on the southwest coast of South Molle Island, Chalkies Beach on Haslewood Island, Peter Bay on Whitsunday Island, Cairn Beach in the Hook Passage, and Saba Bay on the east coast of Hook Island, have all been equipped with new mooring buoys.

Boats on the new moorings at Saba Bay.

As well as protecting the Whitsunday islands’ fringing reefs, this additional infrastructure makes it easier for boaties of all persuasions to experience some of the archipelago’s gems. Previously a tricky anchorage with depths of more than 20 metres shelving steeply close inshore, Chalkies Beach is now accessible to 10 moored vessels at any one time. This is the place to be for sunset views over Whitehaven Beach, as well as a lovely snorkelling spot backed by white silica sand. Just a few short nautical miles to the north, the moorings in Saba Bay have made this hitherto little-explored wonderland on Hook Island equally accessible. A welcome haven in winds from the north, Saba Bay is one of the Whitsundays’ snorkelling hot spots. The above-water backdrop is every bit as beautiful as the scene below the surface of the sea, with estuaries, caves and beaches to explore. The moorings at current-affected Cairn Beach have assured this is no longer a place to worry about the anchor dragging while the skipper is ashore. Those at South Molle’s Sandy Bay have brought online another sunset spot, conveniently close to the mainland ports of Shute Harbour and Airlie Beach, and a pleasant first or last night option for charter boats. NEW WALKS, LOOKOUTS AND UNDERWATER ART TO EXPLORE - Stretching those sea legs has never been more enjoyable thanks to a number of new walking tracks and lookouts. Completed in 2018 the Langford Island walking track is an easy pathway up a gentle slope to a lookout framed by Whitsunday Bottle Trees. The view down the Langford spit to Black Island and Hook Island’s Stonehaven Bay is nothing short of stunning.

If swimming with schools of tropical fish is on your bucket list the northern bays of Hook Island are a must visit spot.

Langford Island will also be home to underwater art by the end of 2019, as part of the Whitsundays Reef Restoration and Public Art Project. At the time of writing the planned Langford artwork was a six by five by three-metre stainless steel turtle by New South Wales sculptor Paul Henry, titled ‘Turtle Dreaming’ and designed to create habitat. Elsewhere, other planned artworks include a four-by-five metre coral polyp titled, ‘Anthozoa’, by the Arts Based Collective, ‘Migration of the Mantas’ and a dreamtime story about the reef, creation and marine life titled, ‘Bwya’, by Cairns-based artist Brian Robinson, and a Maori Wrasse and Manta Ray by local Whitsunday artist Adriaan Vanderlugt. Back on dry land, the new 1.2 km Border Island walk leads to two lookouts above Cateran Bay, and a 300-metre track takes walkers from Chalkies Beach to a lookout over Haslewood Island. A new lookout platform at Whitsunday Island’s Hill Inlet provides visitors with another option for uninterrupted views of one of the world’s most photographed locations. Here every image taken is a picture-perfect postcard showing swirling sands mixed with aquamarine waters feeding into the 7km sweeping curve of Whitehaven Beach. Due for completion in 2019 is an additional walking track at the southern end of Whitehaven Beach, with plans in the pipeline for longer, more challenging trails, and ecoaccommodation to eventually add to the mix. REJUVENATED RESORTS - Many of the Whitsundays’ island resorts changed hands or closed for renovations after Tropical Cyclone Debbie. The Oatley family’s Hamilton Island and Palm Bay Resort on Long Island were the only island resorts left operating throughout much of 2018; but in 2019, that will change.

The author’s yacht Brilliant II sailing in the Whitsundays.


Hayman Island is promising a new era of luxury when it reopens in July under the InterContinental brand. Daydream Island is also back in business for 2019. The return of these re-invented icons marks a significant milestone in the Whitsunday region’s road to recovery and heralds the dawn of a new era for its island resorts.


Boats rafted up at the stern of Abell Point Marina owner Paul Darrouzet’s MV Norseman at the SICYC Rendezvous 2018.

On the mainland, continuous expansion and improvement at Abell Point Marina has morphed into a consolidation with the neighbouring Coral Sea Resort. Abell Point Marina owner, Paul Darrouzet, announced his purchase of the resort in November 2018, with a plan to integrate the two landmarks on this stretch of the Whitsunday mainland coast. At the other end of the tropical resort town of Airlie Beach, the Port of Airlie continues to flourish, with its growing residential offerings, restaurants and retail precinct, and expanded marina arms. SPECIAL EVENTS - As the Whitsundays’ infrastructure continue to grow, so does its calendar of events, many of which are conveniently centred on or around the water. August is traditionally the start of a season of events, kicking off for 2019 with the Whitsunday Reef Festival, from August 1 to 4. Held throughout Airlie Beach, live music, a reef-themed street parade, wearable art and even a recyclable regatta are all part of this much-loved community event. The 31st annual Airlie Beach Race Week will follow, from August 8 to 15. Competitive racing amid spectacular scenery and a complimentary program of live music and activities onshore, continues to attract a wide range of boats, owners and crews. Many racers stay on to compete in Hamilton Island Race Week, taking place this year, from August 17 to 24. For those who just like to party on the water, the last weekend of August is the time to head to the top of the Whitsundays. Held in the Gloucester Passage, the Shag Islet Cruising Yacht Club Rendezvous brings a global boating family together to not only have fun but raise money for the Prostate Cancer Foundation of Australia as well.

The Abell Point Marina and Coral Sea Resort – now under the single ownership of Paul Darrouzet.

While this is a ‘must-do’ for Jimmy Buffet fans, lovers of other types of music can enjoy the Airlie Beach Festival of Music, from November 8 to 10. With a main stage in a big top tent almost surrounded by the Coral Sea, this is a music festival like no other, in the virtual heart of the Great Barrier Reef. For three days and nights the town of Airlie Beach comes alive to the sounds of music, with bands playing at 18 venues from the hilltops to the waterfront. UNIQUE EXPERIENCES - If new attractions and annual events are not quite enough to float your boat, the Whitsundays offers scenic beauty and unique nature experiences in spades. The humpback whale migration from July to September sees these majestic mammals gather in great numbers around the Whitsunday islands and coast. The region’s warm, relatively shallow waters offer excellent breeding and calving grounds, with up-close-andpersonal encounters between humans and these gentle giants common each year. Turtles and rays abound in popular anchorages. If swimming with schools of tropical fish or bumping noses with a giant Maori Wrasse is high on your bucket list, the northern bays of Hook Island are the places to be. On land, goannas roam the walking tracks and campgrounds; and in the skies, there is always plenty of birdlife to watch. Recommended reading prior to a Whitsunday trip includes the ‘boating bible’ 100 Magic Miles, along with the relevant zoning maps and literature produced by the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority, and Queensland Parks and Wildlife Service. For more information visit, and

BBQ and drinks at sunset would really float my boat Great idea, I will call ahead and sign up for Ocean Club

THE ‘BLUE CARPET’ TREATMENT GOES GLOBAL. Once our friendly dockside concierge has helped you berth, head for the vibrant Abell Point Marina village. You can expect the famous Blue Carpet Treatment we roll out for our boatie family. Experience our newly launched floating customer lounge by becoming a member of Ocean Club. We are setting the bench so high, we’ve not only attained the world’s first Global 5 Gold Anchor Accreditation, but also Marina of the Year in 2017/18. Come and see why Abell Point Marina is making such a splash – drop anchor in the Whitsundays soon! ABELLPOINTMARINA.COM.AU





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o be alone at sea – a thought many have, and a dream few chase. The divinity of the simple solitude of sailing transoceanic toward that iconic expanse of blue horizon is hard to ignore. Captaining and living aboard her own forty-foot sailing boat aptly and affectionately named Swell, Liz Clark takes on the big blue in search of more than just adventure. For the past ten years, Liz has been on the hunt not only for the perfect surf, but in search of her true self. “Each of us has a unique journey that is ours to claim,” she writes, gently cooing out to the little voice inside each of us that tells us to do and be more. But this book was not only written to inspire the masses. Swell seems to have been written for the writer herself as she endeavours to discover the life within by enjoying life itself. Three years and 100,000 words later, Swell - A Sailing Surfer’s Voyage of Awakening is born from a sponsorship deal between Liz and Patagonia Books. Packed with punchy lines and a feel-good flow, Swell is a light and easy read. Considering the surf and open ocean are Liz’s passions, her prose is exceptionally well-crafted. Swell is more like a diary or memoir of adventures, as opposed to a traditional autobiography, which gives it the edge and appeal to many readers who, presumably, are lovers of the ocean, sailing, surfing, or soul-searching. Between the covers and chapters lay stunning full-page illustrations by Daniella Manini, and four photo galleries featuring Liz and her adventures, some taken by the Captain herself, and others by those she has met along the way. Swell doesn’t evoke the same emotions that come from reading a traditional tale of adventure; rather it sucks you in, swirls you around, and truly makes you feel part of the story.

So, what can the reader expect to gain from reading Swell? Clearly, the first and most prominent emotion registers something like inspiration or motivation. But the truth is that past the cover, there is so much more to be found. Liz writes honestly and openly from the heart about all aspects of her adventure and life, oftentimes taking us to a deeper understanding of the woman underneath the captain’s hat. She captures her soul and her spirit, and the soul and spirit of the world in which she travels, through her stories and her photographs.

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Writing about more than just her sole existence or the voyage, Liz covers a spectrum of environmental issues and magnifies the lessons she has learned in regard to leaving a lighter footprint. Exploring topics like plastic pollution in the oceans, alternative and green energies, organic and plant-based diets, and personal growth and self-awareness, Liz has taken her partnership with Patagonia to spread the word of conscious living. Having sailed since the age of seven, the selfproclaimed practitioner of relentless positivity set her pen to paper and produced a truly magnificent, wholesome read. Leaving port a decade ago from Santa Barbara, California, the solo female captain proves to the world that dreams do come true… if you work hard for them. Swell is a story not only about relentless perseverance and searching for the perfect wave, but also a story that dwells within many of us – the story of self-discovery through adventure and honest hardwork. As an environmentalist and lover of the natural world, Liz writes Swell as if she is writing a note to each of us. “I enjoy, but don’t exploit the waves I find, leaving out their location so that those who get inspired enough to go looking might still find spots without surf camps and crowds,” she writes.

Swell hit the shelves and e-book screens in April 2018. Liz had taken the time while on her voyage to anchor in the south pacific and explore the raging seas within her creative mind. She is now on the road (and waves), having travelled and surfed her way through Australia, holding book readings at Patagonia stores throughout the country. As a Patagonia Surf Ambassador, Liz proudly sports the brand and her other partners in her book, her website and social media platforms. You can follow her story of living aboard her sailing boat, the honest hardships and the voyage to finding oneself between the pages, on her Instagram, or her website. If you find yourself reading through, inspired to follow your dreams or follow the sun, just remember, the voyage is always evolving.

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Go bareboating and set sail for paradise! You’ll chart your own course to the holiday of a lifetime when you skipper one of our awarding-winning fleet of yachts or catamarans through the Whitsunday Islands, the heart of the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park.

Explore the beautiful Whitsundays Islands at the helm of your very own boat. Enjoy awe-inspiring views above and below the waves with scenic bushwalks and underwater artwork, visit world-famous Whitehaven Beach or drop anchor at island resorts. Our self-skippered or guided sailing yachts and power catamarans range from 32 to 47 feet and sleep up to 10 people. You can take advantage of more than 180 free moorings around the islands and NO LICENCE IS REQUIRED.


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Create a lifetime of memories in 7 nights Here’s just one example of how you could spend 7 exceptional nights exploring the stunning waters of Whitsundays in a bareboat hired from Cumberland Charter Yachts. Day 1: Abell Point Marina to Nara Inlet

Day 4: Butterfly Bay to Cateran Bay Set course south to Border Island where you can choose to snorkel or just relax on deck, enjoying the serenity. Hike to the new lookout before another BBQ lunch on deck, and perhaps an afternoon snooze after all the exploring you’ve been doing.

Day 5: Cateran Bay to Whitehaven Beach

The mainland disappears into the horizon as you cruise through the glorious Whitsunday Passage to overnight in the fjord-like Nara Inlet at Hook Island. Discover ancient Aboriginal cave paintings dating back 9,000 years and watch the phosphorescent glow in the water at night.

A bareboat holiday without a visit to Whitehaven Beach is like not having Vegemite for breakfast. Head to Hill Inlet at its northern tip, taking in the champagne pattern of swirling blue water and white sand. Overnight at the southern end of Whitehaven Beach. Take a leisurely stroll across the squeaky pure white silica sand to another lookout over Solway Passage.

Day 2: Nara Inlet to Stonehaven on Hook Island

Day 6: Whitehaven Beach to Cid Harbour

Pull up anchor and head to Stonehaven Bay on the western side of Hook Island. Snorkel on the fringing reef from the back of your boat. Light the BBQ for lunch and spend the afternoon relaxing on deck with a good book.

A popular first and last night anchorage for bareboats, Cid is a stunning natural harbour with several small sandy beaches. Tomorrow you return to Abell Point Marina, so take one last walk through the rainforest and make the most of your last day on deck. Keep your eyes peeled for dugongs and turtles!

Day 3: Stonehaven to Langford and Butterfly Bay Only a stone’s throw from Stonehaven is Langford Island with a sand spit that exposes itself at low tide. Snorkel before heading to the lookout, and a stunning view of the reef across to the Hook and Hayman Islands. Set sail through ‘The Narrows’ to Butterfly Bay at the northern end of Hook Island. The colonies of butterflies that frequent this bay are a sight to see. Kayak or paddleboard close to the shore and explore the beaches.

Day 7: Cid Harbour to Abell Point Marina, Airlie Beach Wake refreshed on the last morning of your charter and enjoy a BBQ breakfast on the back deck of your boat. Charterers need to be back in Abell Point Marina by 10am so give yourself plenty of time. Make the most of sailing the Whitsunday Passage before your return, knowing you’ll be back... *Terms and conditions apply please check when booking



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MAGIC IN MELANESIA By Andy Kancachian GREAT CUSTOM AND BEAUTY The name Vanuatu means ‘Land Eternal’ and is recognised for its diverse landscape and variety of distinct cultures. The small island nation boasts over one hundred languages, but Bislama, English and French are widely spoken. A strong Melanesian culture flows through the communities in many villages dotted along the breathtaking geography, with great ceremonies and dance, food, arts and culture varying from place to place, and island to island. Boating along these waters is a privilege very few independent recreational boaters get to experience. Port Vila is the primary port of entry into Vanuatu. It is well equipped to support visiting yachts. The Port Vila DIY arrival process allows ur rbo ha a Vil rt Po at Yachts anchored you to apply online; otherwise, a local agent is also available. The quarantine, customs and immigration fees are some f you and your partner dream of endlessly cruising of the lowest in the Pacific. Boat service providers, a tropical paradise with crystal clear water, such as marina operators and yachting service trading cans of beer for lobster with the locals, and suppliers are able to provide assistance, to point you experiencing beautiful red glow sunsets, then you in the right direction, and to answer general queries about sailing in the area. don’t have to sail that far.


Vanuatu, a South Pacific Ocean nation made up of more than 80 islands is an ideal boating destination for cruisers contemplating a Coral Sea crossing just east of Queensland and beyond. Each year, there are around 350 recreational boats that sail into the waters of Vanuatu. It is quite amazing to know that for almost a century, Vanuatu (formerly New Hebrides) was shared by two colonizing governments – the English and the French, since the 1880s, with the Anglo-French condominium agreed upon in 1906. The island state gained its independence only in 1980. The official name of Republic of Vanuatu was used after independence. The country gained recent fame when Cyclone Pam hit the country in March 2015. The severe tropical cyclone was considered the worst natural disaster in the history of Vanuatu. The newsworthy efforts of the owner, captain and crew of the superyacht Dragonfly to assist the recovery of the people of Vanuatu after the storm triggered a butterfly effect where the members of boating communities have been providing assistance to isolated islands around the world. 104 104

Although Port Vila is the most popular and most convenient point of entry, you may also clear in at Lenakel on Tanna, Luganville in Santo, and Sola on Vanua Lava. When you leave behind the hustle and bustle of Port Vila, the capital city and economic centre, the rest of the island of Efate, and all the anchorages of the spectacular island nation are yours to share with the schools of tropical fish, lush tropical forests and friendly ni-Vanuatu (the term used to refer to the people of Vanuatu). Sailing just 30 nautical miles from Port Vila, one is immediately brought back centuries in time. The rustic scenes of mangroves covering the shorelines fill the view from the calm seas around the islands, while smoke comes out of coastal and hillside villages to indicate where communities live. Beyond the capital of Port Vila, be prepared as nothing is available – which is probably the reason why you are going to enjoy your time so much. Being just a step away from nature and offering an affordable tropical lifestyle, Vanuatu is home to some 8000 expatriates, many of whom reside in the Port

Vila area. The expatriate elements, integrated with the very vibrant and colourful native culture and rich history of the area, have created a relatively cosmopolitan community. Infrastructure and entertainment facilities are on the rise as economic activities continue to grow. The city has further seen a resurgence of interest from cruising sailors and of the presence of a number of superyachts in the harbour. The government and tourism agencies encourage independent cruising travellers as it helps spread out the tourism spend to the lesser known locations. The ni-Vanuatu have close attachment to their land and are very proud of their traditions and culture. Each tribe welcome visitors in their own unique ancestral traditions among their beautiful village houses built of local timbers and woven grass mats. When ashore, you can ask around for a guided tour or for the local people to put on a cultural show. They may also agree to prepare local food or to supply you with freshly grown fruits and vegetables. As should be, payment is expected for every service they provide for you. Do not negotiate or haggle with the price if you want the old spirits on your side. ISLAND BOATING The best time to arrive is April, after cyclone season, and the weather should remain favourable until November. Be sure to study each location as many events and customs are scheduled at particular times of the year. Cruising is relatively easy as the surrounding waters are deep with good visibility. Each major island is dotted with smaller islands, bays and coves offering good shelter for overnight anchorages. The archipelago is small enough to be navigated via anchorage-hopping during daytime. Once you have decided where to spend your time, the adventure begins. Heading off from Port Vila, a nearby anchorage is Havannah Harbour a cruiser’s mecca. The bay is well protected and there are a handful of trendy resorts, bars and restaurants along the shoreline. Located on the west side of Efate Island, turtles and dugongs can be seen. You can bask under the sun all day before enjoying the awesome sight of the sun setting with a cocktail in hand. Heading north of the archipelago, around 170 nautical miles from Port Vila, you will find Espiritu Santo (nicknamed Santo), the largest island that has a reputation for being an adventure playground APRIL APRIL -- JUNE JUNE 2019 2019

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with WWII relics, mountains ranges and spectacular scenery both above and below the water. Luganville is the northern capital of Vanuatu and the next best place to provision and refuel after Port Vila. There are several places to anchor close by to town and several restaurants, supermarkets and butchers to be found plus the large Mama's market at Unity Park. Customs and immigration services are available here. This is also the only other place you can organise an extension of your visa. The beautiful Ratua Island between Aore and Malo islands is a tranquil anchorage. Malo Island is home to


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many historical and cultural sites, blue holes, and the wreck of the US Tucker - another casualty of WWII. Although the western side of Santo is very exposed and lacking many safe anchorages, sailing up the east side will bring you to the sheltered waters of Palikulo Bay and Peterson Bay (Oyster Island). Here you will find an anchorage that is completely sheltered, once the reef has been negotiated. The beautiful white sandy beaches of Hog Harbour and Port Olry are stunning anchorages in the right winds. Further northward, you can choose to depart for the Banks Islands or follow the coastline around into Big Bay, where you will find the Vatthe Conservation Area.

Sailing south east from there is Pentecost Island, famous for land diving, a local ritual performed. This tradition was the precursor to bungee jumping, where men jump off wooden towers around 20 to 30 meters high, with two tree vines wrapped around the ankles. Malekula, the second largest island in the Vanuatu archipelago of islands lies the Maskelynes, a set of beautiful islands with a multitude of safe anchorages, beautiful sandy beaches and friendly people. The Maskelyne people are excellent seafarers and it's quite usual to see them sailing their outriggers fishing on the many reefs in the area. Some inland villages have seen >

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BOAT JOURNEY cruising season, humpback whales and pilot whales, plus pods of dolphins, are often seen along this stretch of coast making it an enjoyable day sail.


* Special thanks to those on the ground in Port Vila who were available to be interviewed. The Vanuatu Tourism Office, Eddie Ruyss of Marine Management Services, Justin Jenkin of Port Vila Boatyard, and the wonderous Lemara of Yachting World Marina.

few “white� men, and remain relatively unchanged for decades. It is not so long ago that cannibalism was still active and it is possible to see evidence of these sacred sites today. Much of Malekula was colonised by the French coconut farmers, so French has been the main language in many areas. But on this island alone, there are actually 28 different local languages spoken, proof of the cultural diversity to be found here.

the village to buy some vegetables and mudcrab. TAFEA province is composed of the southernmost islands in the Vanuatu archipelagic chain, made up from Tanna, Aneityum, Futuna, Erromango and Aniwa. Each of the islands is sparsely populated. Futuna and Aniwa are raised coral plateaus with a Polynesian culture, rather than Melanesian, which is still maintained today. Both are fascinating islands but there are no safe anchorages on either. The three islands of Aneityum, Tanna and Erromango are mountainous islands. They provide a range of anchorages, as well as the chance to provision with fresh fruit and vegetables from the lush village gardens. For a memorable experience, head to the coast near Sulphur Bay on Tanna Island and make your way to Mount Yasur, an active volcano 361m high above sea level.

Heading south to Amrym Island and the old village of Fanla. This is where you can watch the ROM dance. An amazing experience, the ground reverberates with the rhythmic foot stamping as the dancers herald in the ROMs with their intricate masks and flowing costumes. This area provides spectacular views across the anchorage. Well within a day’s journey is Avohk Island. Once you arrive, don’t be surprised to see Chief Kaiser paddling out to your boat to ask if you want to see the Smol Nambis dance performed by the village men. This performance immerses you in the rhythm and amazes you with traditional attire. After which time, you can walk around

It is the perfect jumping off point for your cruising adventure with clearance now available at both Anelghowhat (Aneityum) and Lenakel (Tanna), which can also be facilitated via Port Resolution. During the

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GETTING THERE AND AWAY Be sure to wait for glass-out conditions. Remember your 5-day forecast is often going to be wrong after 3 days, so keep updated. It is advisable that your journey from the Gold Coast to Vanuatu can include a stop at New Caledonia for rest. Without stops, your journey during daylight hours will take approximately 5 days, at 11knots. A one-month visa is available when you arrive, and you can arrange an additional one, three or six-month extension at the immigration offices around the country. When in Vanuatu, you can easily sail from anchorage to anchorage in 3 to 4 hours. It can take up to two seasons (June to October) to see much of Vanuatu. You can leave your boat with one of the marinas or the boat yard for cyclone season, and arrange for annual maintenance work to be carried out while you are away. Once you are ready to leave Vanuatu, you can sail on to Fiji, Tonga and American Samoa, or head northeast towards Tahiti and French Polynesia joining the famous Coconut Milk Run to the islands of the North Pacific Ocean. However, once you arrive in Vanuatu, you may never want to leave, as it has been popular for exploring mariners since first contact in 1606. Currently, the country’s status as a tax-free haven makes it very attractive for a seachange. Beyond the pristine beaches, swimming in a natural blue hole, climbing along the edge of a live volcano, and an abundance of must-try local food specialties, Vanuatu has the highest “Happy Planet Index� score outside of the Americas. It really is one of the last frontiers where you can cherish your freedom to do whatever you want, whenever you want.

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By Roselle Tenefrancia


here are many rules of thumb that different people follow to distinguish a boat from a ship (and from a yacht). What is yours?

Vessel - The word “vessel” comes from the Old French vessel, which meant a container. The Old French vessel also refers to a ship. The same word came from the Latin vascellum that refers to a small vase, and also to a ship.

Where can I get more information? Visit your local Maritime Safety Queensland office or our website


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In modern day, “vessel” is a catchall term to describe a floating object used for the carriage of people or goods. Hence, vessel refers to ships, boats, canoes, or any watercraft. It has also been defined as any craft that is capable of floating and moving on water. Boat - The word “boat” in Old English comes from bat, from the ProtoGermanic bait—that possibly comes from the term bheid, meaning “to split”, referring to hollowing of the tree trunk. The Yugambeh word gundul/gundal used to refer to a canoe, literally means “bark of tree”. In modern day, the word “boat”, in nautical speak, refers to “a relatively small water borne vessel.” Some would insist on a definition of a boat as a vessel that can be carried aboard a ship, as a launch. It has been argued that in practical usage, however, a boat is any vessel used for recreation or sport. “Boat” has also been defined as a small craft or vessel designed to float on, and provide transport over, or under, water. This is a broad definition that includes anything such as a jetski, or even a large ship. Some define it further as a vessel with a hull, as opposed to a life raft. “Boat” is also a naval slang term for a submarine of any size. Ship - “Ship” comes from the Old English scip, from the Proto-Germanic skipam. Some suggest it originally meant “tree cut out or hollowed out” from the word skei that meant “to cut or split”. In this sense, “boat” and “ship” mean the same. Historically, a ship referred to a sailing vessel with at least three squarerigged masts and a full bowsprit. In modern day, a ship is defined as a large buoyant watercraft or vessel, used to transport goods or people commercially (or for military purposes). The word ship is more commonly used to refer to a large ocean-going vessel. (Notably, large ocean-going fishing vessels are not referred to as “fishing ships”!) Some distinguish a ship from a boat by its capability to carry a boat or a smaller vessel. This however creates confusion, as a big motorboat, such as a 40-footer, can carry one or two small vessels such as a dinghy (incidentally defined as a type of small boat, often carried or towed for use as a ship's boat by a larger vessel, borrowed from the Bengali ḍiṅgi)—so, does that make it a ship? Yacht - Interestingly, the word “yacht” is of Norwegian or Dutch origins, both from the German jacht, a short version of jachtship that literally means “ship for chasing”. In its original usage in Norway and Holland, it referred to a light, fast-sailing ship. Technically, can we call a high-powered 6-metre boat a yacht? Modern day usage, however, suggests that “yacht” is a recreational boat or ship, which often connotes power, luxury and expensiveness. Have you figured out the differences? If not, our suggested rule of thumb is to ask the captain, then refer to the vessel the same way the skipper or captain refers to it.







All trailerable, inshore and offshore multihulls are invited to race or rally on the waters of Moreton Bay. This regatta is about engaging people, crew and owners, to enjoy everything the multihull community has to offer, from great racing to good comradeship. With longer races as a chance to stretch the legs, and short courses to test boat handling, there is something for everyone. (




Organised by the Gold Coast Gamefish Club, this is a two-day fishing tournament, which will be held out of the Southport Yacht Club. The event will include a Calcutta and Sweepstakes along with raffles and giveaways. Gold Coast waters boast one of the best locations in the world to fish competitively for billfish, including blue and juvenile black marlin. (


APRIL ANZAC DAY SERVICE GOLD COAST BOAT CLUB 25 The club will host a service at the clubhouse on the western foreshore of South Stradbroke Island, at 9.00AM, which is 800 meters south of Tipplers; look for the flag pole. Service by John Fels. Latitude 27 º52.1406’S Longitude 153 º23.8366”E. (


The southern hemisphere’s premier marine event, SCIBS will showcase hundreds of boats, four days of fun, one awesome location. A worldfamous festival, where fortunes are launched and dreams set sail, SCIBS will be showcased against the spectacular backdrop of the Marine Village at Sanctuary Cove. (




For over 20 years each May, Bribie Islanders have enjoyed witnessing Classic Boats, large and small, flocking into the Pumicestone Passage for a weekend of “messing about in boats” – general fun on a fantastic waterway. The boats are accessible to the public for free at certain times during the weekend. (

It has become internationally recognised for boating inspiration, education and pure fun. A celebrated event held over three unforgettable, excitement-filled days. A must-attend for all Riviera and Belize owners, many of whom travel great distances to be there. (




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The Hobie Kayak Bream Series is designed to offer kayak anglers a competitive bream-fishing tournament. Round 7 of the event heads to the Gold Coast to battle it out. These events are open to all makes of kayaks. The series will have its own qualifying rounds, rankings, payouts and prize schedule. (







The inaugural event will include a variety of vessels racing north through the Capricorn Channel to Hamilton Island. For navigators, the race will provide an unrivalled challenge in Australian waters, as the boats pick their best weather route across the 250 nautical mile stretch up to the Whitsundays Islands.

This year will mark the 34th edition of the 384-nautical mile race, starting at the Sydney Harbour and finishing off Main Beach in Southport. Southport Yacht Club is the Gold Coast host. The boats should arrive at Southport by end of month. (

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our days of an iconic Australian bi-annual event, the Australian Wooden Boat Festival, in Hobart, Tasmania, was held in February this year. The cool summer days made it a pleasant experience for everyone – including the young children who were entertained with many free activities and events. The inaugural Australian Wooden Boat Festival was held in November 1994 by boating enthusiasts and friends, Cathy Hawkins, Ian Johnston and Andy Gamlin. Since then, the event has grown bigger and better, and has gained international recognition among the wooden boat enthusiasts from all over the world. It is one of the events that involve the community and allows stories to be told and traditions to be passed on. Wooden boats from everywhere and of all sizes – from dinghies to tall ships – were on display, and each owner or operator was more than happy to answer any questions. Many boats were open to the public, and allowed visitors to experience what it was like inside these vessels that carried with it the stories of their builders and their histories. The festival included dozens of local food stalls, seafood cooking demonstrations featuring Michelin-starred Tetsuya Wakuda, sailing legends telling their stories, musicians from close by and away, buskers, art displays, photo displays, nautical book author interactions, and film showings.


Festival Chairman Steve Knight estimated the festival generated “in excess of $30 million of economic benefit to Tasmania”, with many of those from interstate estimated to have spent not only the four days of the festival on the island, but 10 or 11 days in total, spending their money elsewhere in the state. Visitors came from all over the world, including the US, Europe and China, with the US group representing a large proportion of those from overseas, being the “featured nation” of this year’s festival, displaying their skills at the American Precinct. Despite periods of rain, the sun shone on much of the weekend during which Mr Knight said he saw “tens of thousands of happy people”. One of the most spectacular sites of the festival is the Parade of Sail that begins the festival, and the Admiral’s Sail where within a number of hours sees the docks go from being jam packed to almost empty. In total, 503 vessels were on display at the festival with a further 256 ships in bottles on display as part of a community ‘flash mob’ of ships in bottles, with about 400 volunteers who helped in making the event a spectacular experience. The MyState Bank Australian Wooden Boat Festival will return in 2021, February 5-8.


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Brisbane to Hamilton Yacht Race By Ben Mills


ntries continue to flow in for the inaugural Lendlease Brisbane to Hamilton Island Yacht Race (BHIYR). With a variety of vessels already looking forward to racing north through the Capricorn Channel, this challenging race for navigators will begin on 2 August 2019, Friday. The diversity of the fleet is already a stand out, with entries ranging from a First 44.7 to a TP52 and the first of the many multihulls expected to compete. Bolstering the start line will be competitors for the 13th Club Marine Brisbane to Keppel Yacht Race, expanding the already celebrated race and ensuring that August 2 is a date not to be missed. The Mod70 Beau Gueste has entered for BHIYR, and will set its sights on Line Honours across both Mono and Multi. Karl Kwok and his team have conquered much in their selection of boats, having last competed in a major ocean race in Queensland where they contested the Brisbane to Noumea Yacht Race in 2015. The Mod70 class trimaran represents the cutting edge in offshore racing with the class competing in Europe and winning out over the 100ft Supermaxis in events like the Fastnet Yacht Race and Caribean600. The Beau Gueste team will be a feature on the Queensland Regatta Circuit over the next few months as they prepare for the trip north, with

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the Brisbane to Gladstone and Hamilton Island Race Weeks a part of their program. For navigators, the BHIYR will provide an unrivalled challenge in Australian waters, with several distinct stages to the race – the traditional out-of-the-bay and up to Breaksea trip, a feature of many great Queensland races in years gone by, before the boats pick their best weather route across the 250 nautical mile stretch up the Capricorn Channel as they approach the Whitsundays Islands. The multitude of islands and currents that come in through the Great Barrier Reef will ensure that good navigation and routing will challenge the most experienced blue water navigators. Even the final few miles to the finish will prove a challenge, as competitors tackle the currents around the Linderman Group and the final stretch up Dent Passage, a familiar finish for many, after some spectacular warm water sailing in between. Crew will then have a few days to rest and recuperate, and enjoy the amazing hospitality on offer at Hamilton Island, before the start of the Whitsunday Races.

Mod70 Beau Gueste has entered the race

Registrations for BHIYR are now open: race Contact the Royal Queensland Yacht Squadron on 07 3396 8666 for more information.

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Don’t be caught at sea without an

Automated External Defibrillator By Scott Whimpey


etting out on the water with family is usually the highlight of your week. The wind in your hair, the sun, and the salt air, with your boat purring along and the family smiling from ear to ear. So what happens when that perfect day takes a sudden and deadly turn? It is estimated that around 25,000 people suffer from sudden cardiac arrest every year in Australia. Of these numbers, only 10% survive. An even more alarming statistic is that less than half of the people who suffer cardiac arrest have someone step in and perform CPR or use a defibrillator. By the time paramedics arrive and without first aid intervention, it is usually too late for the patient. So if timing is so critical on land, what do you do when you are on the water? Depending on where you are, it can take emergency services 20 to 30 minutes to reach you, which is far too long to aid someone in a medical emergency. This is the reason many boats are now fitting automated external defibrillators (AED) to their vessels. Many defibrillators on the market (like the new HeartSine samaritan range) are made for the outdoors and can handle all kinds of weather. They function just as well in the pouring rain than on a sunny day! Having an AED on board provides peace of mind; that in the event of an emergency, the boat is equipped the best it can to handle that emergency. Coupled with this of course is CPR training. It is highly recommended that at least one person on board has received CPR training, as the courses are made to complement AED usage. Although defibrillators are indeed made to be so easy to operate that anyone can do so without 2017 COBALT 26SD

training, the confidence you receive from scenarios in training are immeasurable in their value – a more decisive first aider is a faster first aider. Once you purchase an AED for your vessel, you may be wondering where to store it. Out of the way, or in a locked compartment under the floor (That thing’s expensive after all!)? The best place to keep the defibrillator is in the most visual and easily accessible location available. In so many cases a boat does the right thing and has an AED on board, but in the franticness and scuffling of a medical emergency, people either cannot find it or it is locked away and the key is nowhere to be found. It is recommended that AEDs be mounted to a vertical surface and be within easy reach to minimise time between the beginning of the cardiac arrest and the first shock from the defibrillator. Studies show that those who have shock administered on them within the first minute of a cardiac arrest are 90% more likely to survive. It is certainly a massive step up from waiting anxiously for half an hour for help to arrive. A lot of people balk at the price of a defibrillator and are convinced they will never use it; hence it’s a waste of money for them. Sadly, it is this mentality that prompts many people to buy defibrillators after a tragedy has already occurred. The price of a defibrillator is irrelevant when weighed against someone’s life. There is a growing push for people to recognise their value before they realise that not having one available would have saved a life. So don’t hesitate! Make your boat ‘heart safe’ and enjoy your time on the water with the knowledge that you are in the safest possible hands.

First Aid training courses available.

2018 COBALT 200S

2018 COBALT CS22 $169,750


Barely used and much-loved, this pristine 26 SD has just been traded on a larger stablemate and presents as a unique opportunity for a lucky family to enjoy its many charms. Boasting legendary attention to detail, the versatile 26SD offers acres of versatile space to match it's energetic pace and undeniable grace. Powered by a frugal and refined Volvo Penta V8-350 with DuoProp, the 26SD is built for long, leisurely days exploring your favourites or seeking out new horizons. Ph: 0409 660 866

The new CS22 at over 22 feet is a model of efficient use of space. Inheriting the proven performance of the CS hull and graceful deck design too. Sleek, simple and artful. Step inside and check out the detailed interior at our Gold Coast show room. VOL V6-280C-OX DP W/CL COOL(2.32OX)280HP. All 2018 models come with a 5-year engine warranty, 10-year hull structural warranty and 3-year stem to stern warranty. Andy Clayton, Ph: 0409 660 866


HeartSine Samaritan® 360P Defibrillator Value Pack Featuring the latest cutting edge technology and an IPX rating of 56, the 360P is perfect for marine use in all kinds of weather and can be used in both adult and paediatric emergencies. The HeartSine design is easy-to-operate and durable with voice and visual prompts, helping the user through pad placement and CPR in an emergency. The AED will also analyse the heart rhythm and automatically deliver an electrical shock (if needed). When purchased in the handy value pack, customers also receive an alarmed wall cabinet, patient prep kit, wall charts and online training resources – all for $1,999.99. With all these fantastic features, it’s easy to see why the 360P is one of the most popular defibrillators on the market. You can purchase yours now at


This new 200S is ready for her new owners. Don’t let the size fool you the 200S is without a doubt the best handling, most smooth and stable bowrider in its class. This boat is powered by an ultra torquey V6 Volvo 280hp Gen 5 engine. She is well equipped and ready for the water. Premium sound w/transom spkrs & remote. All 2018 models come with a 5-year engine warranty, 10-year hull structural warranty and 3-year stem to stern warranty. Andy Clayton, Ph: 0409 660 866 APRIL - JUNE 2019


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Complete control of your vessel, all from the palm of your hand. Manoeuvre your boat with ease and accuracy from anywhere on board with control of your engines, bow and stern thrusters, anchor winch and horn. The Dockmate TWIST Joystick is fully proportional and provides even greater control and responsiveness, with the option for speed control. Also compatible with POD drive systems, including the dynamic positioning function. With European design and manufacture and a three year factory warranty, every Dockmate system is unique and customised to the individual vessel. The hand held controller provides the exact feeling and response time as your helm controls to make using the Dockmate remote even easier. With 88 bit encoding, Dockmate is highly secure and reliable. Operating on two-way frequency hopping spread spectrum with FM modulation on the 433MHz band for uninterrupted communication and superior range. Make manoeuvring your vessel a flawless operation with a Dockmate wireless remote.

Old Skipper is an exclusive brand of bracelets, all handcrafted in a small village in Romania, that represents those adventurers who have succeeded in life on their own strengths. Made out of high quality marine rope and genuine Italian leather, their collection is inspired by sailers, travellers and people who love the ocean. The Nautical Rope Bracelets are the core of Old Skipper, being the first product that captured the adventurous spirit of the brand. Old Skipper also creates custom bracelets with your company colors, logo or packaging, that build brand awareness, create a professional image and leave a lasting impression with clients and employees. Old Skipper is looking for partners to help introduce the brand while adding extra revenue to their business. See their products at Marina Mirage and check their bracelets at Sanctuary Cove International Boat Show 2019 Stand 93.

M-TECH (MARINE TECHNOLOGIES) SERVICE PEDESTALS POWERTEC CEL-FI GO/2 MARINE MOBILE SIGNAL BOOSTER The Cel-Fi GO for Telstra or GO2 for Vodafone Smart Repeater is the ideal product to boost and distribute a 3G/4G mobile signal on a boat, ship or marine vessel. Supporting voice and mobile internet for multiple mobile devices, boosting your mobile coverage at sea has never been easier. The Cel-Fi GO/GO2 Smart Repeater is the ideal product to boost and distribute a 3G/4G mobile signal on a boat, ship or marine vessel. Supporting voice and mobile internet for multiple mobile devices, boosting your mobile coverage at sea has never been easier. BOATGOLDCOAST.COM. AU

MERCANE ELECTRIC SCOOTER The new Mercane Scooter is high quality Korean design product. It is availble in rear wheel drive or dual drive option with torsion suspension capable of light off road use. A great option for boating and RV transport when you need to get to town or just explore. The Mercane is the ultimate electric kick-scooter with wide wheels, 100mm ultra wide tires, portable folding design, and a cruise mode for driving. To test drive and order call John at 0418 760 399.

Manufactured from 6mm dense aluminium anodised to 25 microns which far exceeds the Marine Pedestal Standard of 15 microns - aluminium composite service access panels, manufactured to current AS/NZS wiring regulations. Each pedestal can be installed on floating pontoons, fixed pontoons, breakwaters, quay side developments, boat yards and dry stack areas. Options available include 15 Amp single phase socket outlets up to 800 Amp three-phase IP66/ IP67 sockets outlets, lockable switchgear access doors, electrical/water utility metering, ½” - 2” water services, energy saving LED lighting, photocell controlled lighting options, voltage indicator lights, integrated Fusion entertainment system, data and media communication outlets, wide range of custom colour finishes. 115




BRIG Eagle 6 is a luxurious and stylish high quality performance RIB. Package includes a Honda 150 HP, S/S Prop, Hydraulic steering, Garmin 7” touch GPS, Seadek flooring, boat cover and registration. Sirocco Marine North 07 5519 9653

One owner, launched in 2014, low hour twin CAT C18 Acert main engines. Dual Onan gensets, hydraulic thrusters, stabilisers, anchor winch, davit, desalination, air-conditioning. 4 stateroom layout, Italian hardware, LED lighting. Leigh-Smith Yachts 07 55 77 9200

One owner, Yanmar powered and very well equipped. Two cabin layout, generator, inverter and air conditioning. Antifouled in March 2019. Just reduced. Anchorline Yacht Brokers 07 5580 3377




New Boat: Evinrude G2 150HP, G2 touch guage, electronic concealed remote, anchor winch with Sarca anchor, Garmin combo colour sounder/GPS. Much more included.

Bowrider style, F250XB HP Yamaha 4 stroke engine, trim gauge, electric toilet flush, Stereo w/ 4 black speakers with blue LED lights, Simrad touchscreen chart plotter/ fish finder - depth sounder. Hurricane Boats. Paul 0412 859 273 Grant 0402 811 175

Brand New RIBs. Light weight design (51kg), Aluminium Hull, with Hypalon ORCA® Tube. Skip UL is built with the best material available and is easy to launch with one person. Rogan 0439 665 780




Yamaha F115 four-stroke, 150L fuel, digital gauges, Dunbier tandem braked trailer, SDS alloy prop, Lowrance 7inch sounder, GME VHF radio, kill tank, bait board w/bait tank, 4x plastic rod holders, dive ladder, 12 months QLD Rego. Gold Coast Boating Centre (07) 55 767 388

2011 Horizon 445 Easy Rider with a 2011 50hp Mercury engine and Dunbier trailer. This is a clean boat, has been well looked after and includes a 9” Lowrance sounder. Nitro Marine. Shaun Hose 07 5532 5812

300hp Yamaha, 16' Simrad, radar, autopilot, hardtop, toilet, livewell and a 454ltr fuel capacity. RRP. $298k. Offshore performance, unsinkability, amenities, versatility, storage! Show special price on a 3500kg trailer. 0406 809 501.






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New Boat: Evinrude G2 200HP Big Block 3.4L!, G2 touch guage, concealed remote, Lowrance HDS-9, fully painted. Brisbane Quintrex at Loganholme (07) 31 333 468

The Discovery range of aluminium runabouts is great for fishing, skiing and tubing. You and your family will enjoy your time on the water in a Discovery. Swiftco Marine 1300 95 95 80

Australian made, offshore fishing-family cruising. 2004 Mercury Optimax 150hp, stainless targa - rocket launcher, live bait tank plumbed, saltwater deck wash, trim tabs, burley bucket, Lowrance, HDS-10 Sounder / GPS, cutting board. (07) 3808 7333







Sealver's new pocket. Dock your jetski and you're a fast 5 seater boat with jetski-like manoeverability. Compatible with Seadoo, Yamaha and Kawasaki. Ask about our demonstrator special. Made 4 Marine (07) 5577 2274

This multi-award winning Axopar is a unique day boat, providing deep V hull for quality performance and fuel efficiency. The cabin host a sliding roof and two double beds for overnight stays. (02) 9979 2443

New Boat: Evinrude 75HP direct Injection, fuel efficient, cuddy cabin with cushions, bimini, sounder, radio Brisbane Quintrex at Loganholme (07) 31 333 468





Locally made. Manufacturers stock clearance new BOAT ONLY, 3 sets swing back bench seating 4 swivel seats, storage, bait tank / work station, rod holders. Great open plan. Seat covers. Trailer +$6,700.00, motor on request. Call Craig 0417646711

Economical and efficient Greenline 39 has Yanmar 370 shaft drive providing 25kts. With 1.2KW of solar power and 660AH batteries, you can power your full-size fridge and domestic stove from the comfort of a swing mooring. (02) 9979 2443

Fast and efficient Axopar 37 with all new Brabus package, driven by twin 350HP producing 50kts. Electric retractable sun top allows you to choose shade or sunshine, you can also stay aboard in the comfortable cabin. (02) 9979 2443





Light, efficient, centre console, fishing-cruising weapon, twin Yamaha 300hp, Optimus 360 joystick control, fridge, bait station, Simrad twin 16 and sonar, Fusion stereo, RRP: $565K. Boat show special price on trailer and wrap. 0406 809 501.

AXOPAR 37 SUN TOP $747,522



Very bright & modern 40 ft cruising catamaran, 4 Cabin, fantastic layout, largest cockpit in her class all on one level with the saloon. Additional factory fit forepeak berths. 2 x 2017 Twin Volvo Penta 40 HP Diesel inboards. Ph: 0477 111 339


The ultimate 56ft voyager’s catamaran. Luxurious airconditioned interior, 4 cabins, plus crew cabin, flybridge helm station, level galleyentertainment area, long haul fuel and water capacity, twin Yanmar engines. Ph: 0430 941 585

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SIMPLY PURRFECT The Astrea 42 Catamaran By Caroline Strainig Luxury afloat – the stunning new Astrea 42 catamaran. You can see a range of Fountaine Pajot catamarans at the Sanctuary Cove International Boat Show.


he breeze is light but steady, the sun is shining, and the boat is slipping through the water effortlessly. Everyone on board is smiling, savouring the moment. “It doesn’t get much better than this,” I reflect, as I sit back and take in the luxurious catamaran we’re on.

Interestingly, Fountaine Pajot has opted to put sail controls forward of the helm pedestal on the cabin top, so you must leave the helm to tweak sails. In practice, this worked well: one click and the autopilot took over while you went forward. It also ensures the helm area is not littered with sheet and halyard ends.

For me, almost any day on the water is pretty good, but this one is extra-special: we’re on Fountaine Pajot’s new catamaran, the Astrea 42. Queensland/ Asia Pacific agent Multihull Solutions had invited me along to check out the Astrea, which debuted last year but has already won two boat-of-the-year awards.

Forward are two trampolines and another seating area. Two massive stowage compartments are located near the mast, which helps keep weight central and low.

Sales are also impressive. More than 200 have already been sold internationally, with Multihull Solutions responsible for 21. Staff told me most Australian owners are opting to pick up their new boat from the factory in France and sail the Med before heading home. What an adventure - lucky them! Looking around, it’s easy to see why the Astrea 42 is so popular. Fountaine Pajot is a world-leader when it comes to manufacturing catamarans, and this new model combines the space today’s buyer demands with cutting-edge design. Reverse bows to maximise waterline are one noticeable innovation. COCKPIT/SALOON The massive covered cockpit flows almost seamlessly into the saloon, separated by sliding doors. Designers have made the most of the 7.2-metre beam and you can host a myriad of guests. Almost every seat has stowage under, and there are even multiple compartments in the saloon sole. Wrap-around windows help maximise light and ventilation, but functionality has not been forgotten. The U-shaped galley, for instance, would be easy to brace yourself in very rough conditions. SAILPLAN/LAYOUT The helm station is up a few steps from the cockpit, and I loved the set-up here. From this vantage point you have an excellent view all around and are protected from the elements by a soft-top bimini. However, you are not cut off from the social action because there is room for two on the seat, and adjacent on the cabin top is a comfortable sun lounge. 118

Another feature I liked was the optional hydraulic dinghy-cum-swim platform aft, which raised and lowered at the touch of a button. Yay! No more davits! BELOW The test boat was the Maestro version with an owner’s stateroom to starboard and twin guest cabins and two heads to port. Multiple configurations are available, so I won’t dwell on these here. Suffice to say, that there is something to suit everyone. The owner’s stateroom was to die for: island bed aft with cross-ventilation, desk/office midships and forward what would have to be one of the largest heads and separate shower compartments I’ve seen on a catamaran. PERFORMANCE The Astrea 42 still moved well in the light breezes we encountered, with the large, roached main and overlapping headsail ensuring plenty of sail area to capture what wind there was. With the optional gennaker, the catamaran would have achieved even

Multiple configurations are available to suit the private owner or the charter market. This is the Maestro owner’s version.

higher speeds. The boat also tacked well; we simply put the helm over, backwinded the headsail a little to push the bows around, and hey presto, we were sailing on the other tack. Under motor at 2500rpm, the cat purred along at seven knots. We let one person do almost all the sail work to see if the boat could be easily sailed one-up, and they had no issues, with an electronic winch taking the hard yakka out of raising the main. Heading back to the jetty at the end of our outing, one person laughingly suggested we mutiny and set sail for the Whitsundays, which elicited an enthusiastic cheer. None of us wanted the day to end. In the promotional brochure, Fountaine Pajot says the Astrea 42 is “sheer pleasure” and “distinguished by its abundance of natural light, energetic lines, elegant living spaces and unparalleled comfort”. Even at just our quick outing, one would be hard put to disagree. PRICE A well-equipped Astrea is AUD $775,000 if you opt for factory pick-up in Europe, and AUD $1,015,000 landed in Australia with taxes paid. Fountaine Pajot also caters for non-sailors with a mouth-watering array of motor yachts.

The helm station is raised, with excellent visibility and protection from the elements. Sail controls are on the cabin top just forward and to port is a comfortable sun lounge.


Quality Pre-owned Multihulls

FOR SALE 2011 Lagoon 560 -“Ninigo” $1,350,000 AUD Lying: Gold Coast, QLD

2006 FP Bahia 46 -“Sea Island” $379,000 AUD Lying: Gold Coast, QLD

2012 Seawind 1250 - “Annabella” $599,000 AUD Lying: Gold Coast, QLD

2005 Grainger G Series - “Manx” $218,000 AUD Lying: Gold Coast, QLD

2012 Easy 43 - “X Ta Sea” $339,000 AUD Lying: Gold Coast, QLD

2007 Morelli & Melvin 52 - “Kiapa” $795,000 AUD Lying: Gold Coast, QLD

1997 Kurt Hughes Open 42 - “Gato” $325,000 AUD Lying: Gold Coast, QLD

1999 Sable Ventura 44 - “Grape Escape” $389,000 AUD Lying: Gold Coast, QLD

1996 Grainger Mystery Cove II $180,000 AUD Lying: Gold Coast

2004 Lagoon 410 - “Sunshine” $335,000 AUD Lying: Gold Coast, QLD

2011 Schionning G Force 1550 $895,000 AUD Lying: Gold Coast, QLD

2017 Nautitech 40 - “Happy Days” $690,000 AUD Lying: Gold Coast, QLD

2010 FP Galathea 65 - “Princess Chloe” $1,650,000 AUD Lying: Gold Coast, QLD

2006 Jaguar Cat 36 - “Bagheera” $289,000 AUD Lying: Gold Coast, QLD

2002 Signature 4000 - “Jas” $298,000 AUD Lying: Gold Coast, QLD

1999 Perry 43 -“Three Little Birds” $359,000 AUD Lying: Gold Coast, QLD


These multihulls (and more!) will be available to view at our Gold Coast Sales Centre at The Boat Works in Coomera during this year’s Sanctuary Cove International Boat Show. Make your appointment today.

GOLD COAST Sales Centre

The Boat Works Building J, 1 The Boat Works Drive Coomera, QLD, 4209 Ph: +61 (0)7 5665 9148 BOATGOLDCOAST.COM. AU























Sirocco Marine North 14/75 Waterway Drive, Coomera QLD 4209 Contact: Dylan Lopez Telephone: 07 5519 9653 Mobile: 0424 487 226 Email: APRIL - JUNE 2019



A lifestyle magazine focused around boating on the Gold Coast Queensland Australia. Boat Gold Coast is for anyone interested in the local bo...


A lifestyle magazine focused around boating on the Gold Coast Queensland Australia. Boat Gold Coast is for anyone interested in the local bo...