Please select your home edition
Edition
Southern Spars - North Technology

Life is Now ... as the dementia may get ya

by Mark Rothfield on 14 Mar 2013
Who dares wins - Quicksilver’s 645 Cabin looks well suited to Australian conditions Collins Marine
There’s a caravan down the street with signwriting on the back proclaiming ‘Adventure before dementia’. Another, a few houses further along, boasts ‘Recycled Teenagers’.

I smile every time I see them, admiring their boldness and devil-may-care attitude as much as envying their freedom. Spending the kids’ inheritance is now a national sport, and grey nomads have taken to caravanning with such vigour that the industry is (baby) booming.

The marine industry, however, can only be envious too.

When it comes to buying boats, the ‘it’s only money’ philosophy seemingly gets thrown out in the propwash. Cheap is good, cheaper is better.

The first thing that suffers when you cut the price is product development, for there’s little fat in the fixed-price materials and labour costs. Next to go is the risk factor because designers can ill-afford to try something too radical.

We’re left in a musty fug, with inspiration and innovation clamouring for breath. Most boat builders make boats to make money instead of striving to create something mechanically and aesthetically exceptional.

As usual, history may have the answers. Rolls founder Sir Henry Royce, for instance, famously said ‘The quality remains long after the price is forgotten’ and ‘Accept nothing as nearly right or good enough’.

In the 1960s, as fibreglass began taking the boating world by storm, Carlos Riva apparently cried ‘Here in Italy we won’t take a s..t unless the toilet seat is made of wood’. Both stuck to their guns and reached the pinnacle of success.

Courage of conviction is what it’s about. Before buyers will commit the builders must entice them, although there can be no guarantees.


It’s something that Peter Collins from Collins Marine admittedly struggled with when offered the importation rights for Quicksilver Boats, which are manufactured by Belgium-based Brunswick Marine Europe.

To launch a new fibreglass runabout range into an Australian market that’s more inundated than the Bundaberg pub is bold … especially when it shares a similar brand name with a surf apparel company and unrelated inflatable dinghy line.

Collins Marine, however, is now powering ahead under the philosophy 'Life is Now'.

The outboard range cleverly complements the conservative, diesel shaft-drive Arvor boats that Collins handles for the same parent company.

There are 19 different Quicksilver models available here, covering several genres from offshore fishing to contemporary sports-loving family dayboats. European Boat of the Year awards have come thick and fast over the past three years.

Check them out during this year's boat show circuit. Go on ... there's a teenager trying to get out.

Plenty of interesting news this week...

The RYA - the overseeing body for British Powerboating – have provided some simple advice on preventing injury or death from prop-strike which should be of interest to boaters world-wide.


The China Powerboat Grand Prix is set to take place in Sanya, Hainan/China from 28th-30th March with Australia’s Ross Willaton who has received an eleventh-hour call-up to step in for Peter McGrath to partner countryman Darren Nicholson at the season-opener. Willaton will take over throttleman duties and says he has ‘big shoes to fill sitting in his [McGrath’s] cockpit’.

Two of Norway’s most skillful powerboat stars Marit Strømøy and Pål Virik Nilsen have confirmed they will race together for the first time when Class 1 makes its historic racing debut in Sanya in China.


A new website that tracks uncommon fish - thanks to the help of boaters, anglers and divers - is now up and running in Queensland. Redmap, or the Range Extension Database and Mapping project, is a website that invites the community to log on to share their sightings and photos of marine life that are not usually found at their local fishing, diving and swimming spot.

It is widely known as the home of the Golden Slipper, the world’s richest race for two-year-old thoroughbreds, but come this weekend, March 16-17, the famous racecourse plays host to the boating industry. More than 60 of the state’s marine dealers will be on hand to show off their product lines, including all manner of boats, from blue water craft through to canoes and kayaks.

Enjoy the news..

Ancasta Ker 40+ 660x82Southern Spars - 100InSunSport - NZ

Related Articles

The door’s been flung open – again
Now whether it was the Champagne or something far more ethereal, there is the chance that sailing gets sexier for Tokyo Now whether it was the Champagne or something far more ethereal, there is the chance that sailing may get sexier for Tokyo 2020. Yes, the proverbial door has been cast ajar before, often to much fanfare, and not that much has been achieved.
Posted on 28 Aug
Rio 2016- Wacky winds on Monday and a bumper schedule on Tuesday
A tremendous squall struck the 49er fleet out on the Copacabana course on day 8 at the Rio 2016 Olympic Sailing Regatta. A tremendous squall struck the 49er fleet out on the Copacabana course on day 8 at the Rio 2016 Olympic Sailing Regatta. 2012 Olympic Gold medallist in the 49er, Nathan Outteridge described what happened.
Posted on 16 Aug
Rio 2016 sailing comes alive on 'Brutal Thursday'
In what has become known as 'Brutal Thursday', the Finns and 470s raced on the ocean course areas in huge waves. In what has become known as 'Brutal Thursday', the Finns and 470s raced on the Copacabana and Niterói ocean course areas, outside of Guanabara Bay in huge waves. Is was deemed that the Nacra 17s would have found the conditions too difficult to sail in so they were moved to the Ponte course near the bridge across the Bay.
Posted on 12 Aug
Brawn v Brain? The Bar or The Room?
Interesting questions and can they possibly be linked in any way. Interesting questions and can they possibly be linked in any way. Is it just the one connection, or could there indeed be several ways to address this conundrum? Well the route of the answer could be SailX, the online inshore racing game.
Posted on 7 Jul
Volvo Ocean Race to be contested over longest distance in history
Tough, intense, and featuring almost three times as much Southern Ocean sailing as the previous edition The 43-year-old race around the world – the ultimate ocean marathon, pitting the sport’s best sailors, against each other across the world’s toughest oceans – will start from Alicante in late 2017 with a 700nm sprint to Lisbon, Portugal that will provide the first test of the form guide.
Posted on 29 Jun
Volvo Ocean Race adds full Southern Ocean Leg and 5000nm to new course
Volvo Ocean Race has announced a new course for the 2017/18 round the world event. Several major changes are planned including a return to a full Southern Ocean leg, and the addition of a massive Leg 5 of 13,300nm - the longest leg ever sailed in the Volvo Ocean Race. By way of comparison a minimum circumnavigation around the planet is approximately 21,600nm to be recognised as, a record for the course by WSSRC.
Posted on 28 Jun
Foiling into the Windy City
. .
Posted on 10 Jun
Australia and Britain - The best of rivals or the best of partners?
There has always been a strong rivalry between Aussies and Poms, with of course the Ashes being the pinnacle of it all. There has always been a strong rivalry between Aussies and Poms in sport, with of course the Ashes being the pinnacle of it all. In the International Moth World Championship there is an Ashes trophy and, for the first time in a long while, the Brits took the trophy home.
Posted on 31 May
Practice makes perfect?
There are a lot of us who try to get out on the water whenever we can. There are a lot of us who try to get out on the water whenever we can - be it a club race, a weekend open or a championship. The general feeling is that the more we sail, the better we get, but is that actually the case?
Posted on 27 May
Races, Regattas and Disruptive Technology
x In the olden days, the major cost of attending a regatta for yacht owners and crew was the accommodation and still is. Of course for cruising yachties, traditionally the crew stays on boat, during regatta week, because after all it is replete with dishwasher, washing machine, a good cellar and an oven in which you could cook a roast. For racing boat owners or dinghy owners, life was not so easy.
Posted on 19 Apr