When one boat is never enough

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  27 Jan 2012

When one boat is never enough

A lone boat – or a loan boat for that matter – can't please all the people all the time because of the vagaries of weather, location and circumstance.

Some trailable hybrids go close to satisfying both the fisho and the family, or the skier and the family, but there's a case to have at least five boats, preferably simultaneously...

Zodiac Pro Jet  Zodiac

For getting ashore and playing around in anchorages, a jet-powered RIB is the go... and I mean go. The Zodiac ProJet 3.5-metre, for example, has a turbo-charged engine that cranks out 98hp through a jet drive, making it more fun to drive than the mothership.

Speaking of jets, you really must have a personal watercraft in your quiver. When someone else is riding them they're a poser – when it's you, it's all good clean fun. Give me a Yamaha FX Cruiser SHO and a wetsuit that screams 'mid-life crisis' and I'm a happy man.

The kids will want a skiboat and there's some brilliant wake rigs with bowrider seating to choose from. The Yanks seem to do these best, especially in value for money.

For fishing, there's something about the Cruise Craft Outsider series that catches the eye as well as they catch fish. The construction inspires confidence and the deep-vee hull is supremely capable of handling chop.

Now all you need is a flybridge sportscruiser for entertaining and those quick coastal getaways. The temptation is to think big, but there's ease of berthing to consider.

The model that impressed me most last year was the new Riviera 53 Enclosed Flybridge. It offers the full-beam master stateroom and is perfectly mated to a pair of Volvo Penta IPS 1200 units.

And to think, we're just one lottery ticket away from achieving it. I'd be interested to see your top-five wish lists...

Mark Rothfield

Chaparral to debut five new models at Melbourne Summer Boat Show
Dani Limback,
Chaparral will debut five new models at the upcoming Melbourne Docklands summer show.... [more]
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GC Mayor hopeful Keith Douglas challenges councillors to save Tipplers
Keith Douglas,
Gold Coast Mayoral candidate Keith Douglas has challenged the three councillors and mayoral aspirants, Eddie Sarroff, Peter Young and Susie Douglas, to demonstrate their leadership qualities by delivering on their undertaking to save the iconic Tipplers Tavern building.... [more]
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Clarence River to be used exclusively this weekend
Penny Robins,
Roads and Maritime Services have granted an exclusive use aquatic licence for the safe staging of a rowing regatta on the Clarence River this weekend (28-29 January). Maritime Services Regional Manager North Coast James Green said boaters should avoid the river from 6am to 6pm on both days.... [more]
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Phuket International Boat Show spurs Andaman Marine Triangle growth
PIMEX Event Media,
Phuket Island is at the centre of Asia's growing marine leisure industry – one of the top five cruising destinations in the world – and is the centre of the emerging 'Andaman Marine Triangle'. Consisting of Phuket, Phang Nga and Krabi provinces, the Andaman Marine Triangle is home to some of the most stunning sailing grounds in the world, and the location for filming many international movies.... [more]
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Helly Hansen Summer Sailing Collection available now
Jess Mulquiney,
Sailors worldwide rely on Helly Hansen for formidable waterproof breathable protection on rough seas. The Crew Midlayer Jacket is a transformable jacket suitable for the full range of sailing activities and conditions.... [more]
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Lowrance Elite Series and HDS Gen 2 to be seen for the first time
Rod Smith,
The Elite series appeals to many sailors due to it compact design and the HDS Gen2 is a fantastic upgrade to the widely adopted HDS series.... [more]
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Superior Jetties creates curvaceous concept at RPAYC
Sandman PR,
Superior Jetties recently installed a new curved pontoon at the Royal Prince Alfred Yacht Club (RPAYC) in Pittwater, Sydney.... [more]
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Goa Barges select GME VHF Radios for quality and reliability
Australian radio manufacturer, GME in association with Elektronik Lab India's leading marine electronics distributor are delighted to announce the success of their joint bid for the supply, installation and maintenance of 100 plus GME GX-600 VHF radios to the Goa Ports Authority.... [more]
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Yamaha introduces the 2012 FX Series
Yamaha Motor,
Yamaha Motor Australia is excited to introduce the 2012 FX range, featuring great new colours, exciting upgrades and as always, proven performance and reliability.... [more]
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Stabicraft Marine delivers 9 fishery monitoring vessels to Alaska
Stabicraft Marine,
New Zealand's Stabicraft Marine has delivered 9 custom 659 Wheel House vessels to Alaska where they will be used as observation boats to monitor the gill net fishery and the fishery's interaction with sea mammals and sea birds.... [more]
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Maritime Safety Queensland continues oil spill response
Maritime Queensland,
The operation to clean up an oil spill from a ship refuelling incident at Hamilton Wharves on Brisbane River Monday 23 January is continuing with trucks using vacuum hoses to pump oil directly from the spill site to wharfside.... [more]
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Prestige 500 wins European Powerboat of the Year Award 2012
Mainsheet Media,
At the official ceremony of the European Powerboat of the Year Awards held on the 21st January 2012 in Düsseldorf, the superb Prestige 500 was awarded the title of 'Powerboat of the Year' in the category of yachts over 45 feet in length.... [more]
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Horizon now 9th biggest superyacht builder in the world
Horizon Yachts,
The recently released Global Order Book 2012, compiled by ShowBoats International magazine, has announced Horizon now holds the ninth position in the world's top 10 megayacht builders. Horizon is the only Asian yacht builder in the top 10 list and Horizon's home country of Taiwan ranks seventh in the top 10 yacht builder nations.... [more]
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Not shark 'attack', it's an 'accident' + Video
Media Services,
The concept of the 'rogue' shark, seeking revenge on its human nemesis is nothing more than Hollywood fodder, say experts, including Christopher Neff, a researcher at the University of Sydney carrying out the world's first PhD on the politics of 'shark bite incidents'.... [more]
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Suzuki Marine continues innovation with new tiller handle
Martin Beeson,
Suzuki has announced that it will be introducing an innovative all new tiller handle for its DF40A – DF115.... [more]
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World first debuts confirmed for Melbourne Summer Boat Show
The 2012 Melbourne Summer Boat Show, taking place February 3-5 at Melbourne's water wonderland - the Docklands - is set to be a bumper event with all types of boats being open to the public to peruse, plus a wide range of on and off water activities for the entire family.... [more]
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Syndication – the solution for time-pressed families
Jeni Bone,
Sharon and John Russell, who together have run Riviera Syndication since 1999, spent a fun-filled two weeks onboard the newly syndicated Riviera 5800 Sport Yacht, out of Hamilton Island.... [more]
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UAE Jet Ski Championships - James Bushell competes for 34th title
Emma Slater,
UAE International Jet Ski championships - Whilst most Powerboat Racers are in training for the summer season or enjoying the off season with their boats and ski's put firmly away for the winter, six times World Jet Ski Champion and the World's ranked number one James Bushell is still hungry for more titles, in what some would describe as an already the perfect year for him.... [more]
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Keep an eye out for nesting turtles
Those who visit the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park are urged to keep their eyes open for marine turtles and their hatchlings during the summer months. With marine turtles coming ashore to lay their eggs and baby hatchlings making their way to the water, people are likely to encounter one of nature's most ancient and fascinating creatures.... [more]
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Boat Books - recreational and commercial there's no source like it!
Jeni Bone,
Boat Books has been around for three decades, carving a niche for its products and proving books are still vital for every sort of boatie!... [more]
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Rising CO2 levels making fish crazy!
ARC Centre of Excellence for Coral Reef Studies,
The Earth's carbon dioxide emissions may be affecting the brains and central nervous system of sea fishes with serious consequences for their survival, an international scientific team has found.... [more]
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Garmin's new black-box solutions for sports fishermen
Kathryn Morrell,
Garmin the global leader in satellite navigation, has now commenced shipping of the two new black-box digital sonar solutions – the GSD™ 24 and GSD 26. Combining great value with enhanced performance, the GSD 24 has been redesigned from the ground up to provide dramatically improved target separation and bottom tracking for the recreational fisherman.... [more]
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Jet Ski campaign on Australia Day at Botany Bay, NSW
Roads and Maritime Services,
Roads and Maritime Services will roll out the first of five lightning strike education campaigns targeting personal watercraft (PWC) behaviour on Australia Day around Botany Bay and the Georges River, NSW.... [more]
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