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y now, you would be aware of the popular TV shows like American Pickers or Barn Finds. They travel the country, looking for old abandoned items that could be worth a fortune once restored and on-sold. This spurred on an Idea to create an online platform exclusively for the marine industry – but this one’s for both old and new, with everything else in between that relates to boating & fishing. The new free-to-advertise buy & sell classifieds platform BoatPickers.com.au is now live and available to use by everyone in the boating and fishing community. BoatPickers is a peer-to-peer classifieds platform to advertise products, trades, items, boats and just about anything you can think of relating to fishing and boating and the best part, it’s free to post as many standard ads as you like. A free ad on BoatPickers runs for 30 days and gives you 4 images and 1 video in your ad. If you do find that boat, the next logical step is to look for trades and services and all the bits and pieces that go with it, such as nuts, bolts, paints, helm chairs, wraps, marine carpets, steering wheels etc. To make life easy, all the aspects of restoring an old boat or even finding a new boat, can now be found on one website, boatpickers.com.au. The site was designed by Andrew Turnbull, an Australian who saw a massive opportunity to fill a glaring gap in the classified ads space, where no other website offered one platform that was targeted exclusively for marine trades and services, boat sales, and fishing gear. Andrew says, “It makes perfect sense really. If you fish, you need fishing gear, rods, reels and lures, and at some point, you may want a boat! When you own a boat, you will need to maintain the boat and possibly look for fittings and fixtures, trailer parts, motors or look for service agents, marine electronics etc. Andrew is no stranger in the fishing and boating Industry. As the founder of Gobblers Lures Australia, Andrew is a keen boatie, fisherman and fishing luremaker. In the last seven years, he has found huge success utilising his sales and marketing skills across all forms of media, to spread the word about Gobblers Lures, and hopes to emulate this success with boatpickers.com.au Andrew explains that the name needed to be simple. “The name of the site gives you the sense that it’s targeted toward people who are savvy at searching high and low for a great deal on a new or used boats and equipment.” Although BoatPickers allows unlimited free Ad posting, the site simply generates revenue from upgraded feature listings, bump-up ads and re-list ads. Featured ads list for 60 days, allowing up to 20 photos and a video. The site also caters for longer running ads for trades and service providers, with the ability to run an ad for up to 365 days,” Andrew points out. The sheer amount of categories to list products and services on BoatPickers is mind blowing. “There are hundreds of categories you can list in, with many you would have never thought to include, such as pontoon maintenance, marine art, taxidermy, naval architecture, boat designers, and consulting services,” Andrew explains. “Although the site is only new, were hoping boatpickers.com.au is going to save boaters a great deal of time and money in finding what they need and give everyone a fair go by allowing free ads. The more ads that list, the more the traffic comes and it will build a powerful platform for everyone in the marine industry to buy & sell for free" Andrew said. The ability to post ads or search everything relating to boating & fishing all in the one resource is certainly compelling. Registration is free and you can start posting ads immediately. www.BoatPickers.com.au


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 decision-making, 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 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. JULY - SEP 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...