News In Brief: June 2007
Jim Harnwell has been appointed publisher of Yaffa Marine Group, part of Yaffa Publishing Group. Currently publisher of Fishing World, Powerboat, Boat Fishing and Marine Business, Harnwell now takes responsibility for Cruising Helmsman, Australian Sailing and Australian Yachting. Harnwell has been with Yaffa Publishing since 1995 as an editor, managing editor, associate publisher and publisher.
MUSTANG JOINS GREGAN TEAM
Australian boat manufacturer, Mustang Marine, has donated a Mustang 2800 Sports Cruiser to the George Gregan Foundation in order to raise valuable funds needed to build playground facilities at Children’s hospitals around Australia.
WC COURSES IN NSW
Australian Boating College has been approved by NSW Maritime to conduct PWC license training courses. This is a first for the state as traditionally NSW Maritime has been the sole provider for PWC license training courses.
More details at www.abcboating.com
CLUB MARINE MELBOURNE BOAT SHOW
Preparations are under way for the 2007 Club Marine Melbourne Boat Show, which will run from July 5-9 at the Melbourne Exhibition Centre. This year’s show will focus on family friendly attractions to keep mums and kids entertained while dad is busy checking out all the boats and equipment on display. A mobile animal nursery, face painting and fashion parades are just some of the features lined up. The hugely popular Geoff ‘Coxy’ Cox will be the face of the show. Not only is Coxy sure to be a big drawcard for show patrons, but his media presence will give a great boost in raising the profile of the show.
CRUISECRAFT UNCOVERS NEW MODEL
After a much anticipated arrival, CruiseCraft’s Explorer 685 has finally been launched. Built on an entirely new deck and hull design, it is now the largest member of the Explorer family range and boasts greater fishing cockpit space, large cabin accommodation and quality on-water performance. ‘Our New Explorer 685 opens up even more fishing boat choices for our customers,’ said CruiseCraft sales and marketing manager Peter Benston.
WESTERBEKE AND UNIVERSAL DISTRIBUTOR RELOCATES
The Australian distributor for Westerbeke generators and Universal engines has moved to the Rivergate Marina on the Brisbane River.
MTU’S PROGRESS ON SYDNEY FERRY UPGRADE
Following 22 years of service, the First Fleet were given a new lease on life when in April 2006 MTU Detroit Diesel Australia (MTUDDA) were awarded a $5.2 million repower contract. It involves Sydney Ferries’ fleet of nine ‘First Fleet’ and three ‘River Cat’ ferries being repowered with the latest in diesel engine technology - MTU’s Series 60 diesels. ‘The program is progressing well with vessels 4 and 5 currently in for re-fit’, explained Geoff Bailey, national marine product manager. ‘The focus of Sydney Ferries Corporation and the Government is concentrated on the project’s timeline, budget and safety; and MTUDDA is meeting all expectations.’ Due for completion by early 2008, the repower program is being handled by MTUDDA’s Chipping Norton Branch, who will go on to support the engines for the following two years.
FLIR SYSTEMS NOW IN AUSTRALIA
All personnel from Australasian Infrared have joined FLIR Systems. FLIR Systems Australia (formerly Australasian Infrared Systems) is located in Melbourne, with branch offices in Sydney, Brisbane and Perth and is now the only thermal imaging company to offer direct sales and support to customers in Australia.
For more details call (03) 9550 2800.
WHITTLEY REDEFINES STYLE
Whittley Marine Group will re-define the ultimate in trailerable cruisers with its new 2800 Cruisemaster at the Club Marine Melbourne Boat Show in July. With first deliveries scheduled for mid-year, Whittley is already holding confirmed orders from Whittley enthusiasts in Australia and the US. Production has now begun at Campbellfield, and the 2800 will also be built at Whittley’s American plant at Willacoochee, Georgia. The 2800 re-defines this classic Whittley style and its precision computer aided design by Steve Whittley complements the legendary qualities of impeccable finish and space utilisation.
ANCHORING STANDARD OPEN FOR COMMENT
The National Marine Safety Committee (NMSC) has released a new draft standard on anchoring systems for public comment, which will form part of the National Standard for Commercial Vessels. In the new standard, the method for the calculation of anchor mass has been simplified and the formula takes into account various types of hulls such as catamarans and trimarans.
Copies of both documents can be downloaded from www.nmsc.gov.au.
The period for public comment closes on 13 June 2007.
DORAL SAILS INTO QLD
Pathfinder Marine QLD, located at Mariners Cove SeaWorld Drive Main Beach, has become the Doral dealers for QLD. Great success has been achieved in the NSW market and Pathfinder QLD has already sold the flagship Alegria. This stunning craft has yet to be seen in Australian waters. The French/Canadian manufacturer Doral is new to Queensland waters. Built with European flair and the latest technology, the new line of vessels range from the Elite sports range through to the Alegria in the sports yacht range.
AQUAVOLT TAKES ON CABLEPORT
Aquavolt Electric boat parts has been appointed the Australian distributor of the Cableport throughdeck cable routing system. Cableport was developed in Sweden and is manufactured from 316 stainless steel. It allows watertight access for several cables or hydraulic hoses of differing diameters. The aperture size allows plugs with diameters up to 49mm to be passed through the fitting without removal from the cable.