Meet the Editor

Our editor, Roselle Tenefrancia is a Gold Coaster, an experienced publishing supervisor and a media professional. Working abroad, Roselle has been Editor-in-Chief of a number of industry magazines. Locally, she worked as Production Editor of a Queensland-based environmental council magazine.

She is a lawyer and also holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Communications. Roselle has experience in advertising, public relations and journalism work. Aside from her editorial background, she has worked as a professional photographer, researcher and travel writer.

‘‘As the mother of a Gold Coast child living so close to our vast and beautiful waterways, the Boat Gold Coast magazine is one of my avenues to ensure that there is a dynamic, healthy and safe boating culture for the children of the Gold Coast for generations to come.’’



Editor’s Notes

#12-Jan-Mar 2018

Will 2018 be your boating year?

We do hope so! With the boating industry having a renaissance in the last few years, there are a number of new technologies and designs that manufacturers have launched to welcome a new year.

On the Gold Coast alone, home to three of Australia’s major recreational boat manufacturers in the country, we will find that innovation and collaboration are the key aspects to promote the marine industry. Maritimo’s expansion plans, Riviera’s comeback at the Sanctuary Cove International Boat Show 2018, and Quintrex’s continuing innovation to keep fishing exciting and safe, are a few highlights that we can expect this year. Add to these, the Superyacht sector has seen promise with last year’s release of a revolutionary research study that paved the way for having a 12-month trial for a Port of Entry on the Gold Coast.

With the city being geared up for the influx of international delegates and visitors for the Commonwealth Games, our city’s local marine industry and the boating community are building on the legacy that the Games will leave behind: more investment prospects, and growing interest in our waterways infrastructure.

New policy directions are also taking shape. The Marine Safety Queensland have exempted light craft operators from the EPIRB requirement in certain conditions, while the national air emissions standards have now been raised with the passing of the Product Emissions Standards Act that will take effect in July this year. Efficiency and safety, which these rules are promoting, are key factors to ensure our boating experiences remain ever pleasant and safe.

We have been seeing a “hyperactivity” in the international market where our city’s local manufacturers and innovators are being featured. The Gold Coast City Council have been supporting local businesses to help them showcase their products and services in well-renowned international trade shows. This is not only to promote the Gold Coast as an investments destination, but also to ensure that the local businesses are given the limelight for the opportunity to explore bigger markets abroad. Barz Sunglasses and Aqualuma are examples of innovative products that have their home on the Gold Coast.

While some businesses have been enjoying success one after the other, others are not as lucky. The old saying, “You win some, you lose some,” still hold true in our modern society. We already see a trend of people dropping off from Facebook and moving on to another platform, or people leaving the stock market to invest in “cryptocurrency”. (Will we see the day when we purchase boats using bitcoin?) People are always looking for something new and different, and to stay in the business, one should always be “ahead of the times” and not just “trendy”.

What is particularly insightful in this generation of innovators and technology-bound industries is the desire for sustainability – not only financially, but also in terms of social and environmental aspects. Even the European boating community have been finding ways to balance the need to protect the environment while encouraging the millennials (a new demographic cohort to target for the future) to explore boating.

Back home, even if the Summer started a bit wet, the Gold Coast’s local waterways will remain a favourite destination for boating, fishing and other recreational activities. If you already own a boat, then get it out there and join the fun. If you do not own one yet, start looking through these pages to help you make the decision that you will not regret.


#11-Sep-Dec 2017

Many conversation points have been discussed within the domestic and international boating industry in the past months. Our team have been privy to most of the industry conferences, and have gathered more than our fair share of information and learnings. One of the most significant factors impacting recreational boating is not only the growing population, but also the increasing diversity and digitalization of the populace. The boating industry is posed to develop strategies to adapt to these changing environments.


The Australian boating industry had a turnover of $2.28 billion in the period 2016/17, with a total of 25,340 people employed. There are more than two million (2M) people with boat licences in Australia, and countless non-powered users and those who do not need licences. There are more than 900,000 registered boats, plus as many unregistered low-powered vessels, paddle craft, SUPs, sailing dinghies. Queensland has the most number of boat licence holders (694,000) and most number of registered boats (256,000). There is a 15,000 increase in vessel registration every year throughout Australia. These numbers are significant to the boating industry, but more importantly, the industry wants increased use of the vessels. The way to grow boating is to mobilize boating, as highlighted by the Boating Industry Association (BIA) during the Marine 17 Conference in Sydney this year.


Are we seeing more users of the waterways? And who are these users? Are they using their own vessels, or are they chartering? With an increasing population comes a bigger competition for space and infrastructure. On land, we are seeing construction of roads, buildings and services, to accommodate the growing population. The waterways are a different matter altogether. Although data show that there has been an increase in boat registrations, we do not yet have the statistics on the carrying capacity of our waterways as to waterways use (powered and non-powered, and human and non-human). There is, however, available data on incidents that help in policy reviews. As per the BIA report, over the past two decades, the total number of reported boating incidents has decreased, while the number of vessel registrations has steadily increased. This is a significant trend, as it shows that the increased interest in boats has most likely increased the awareness about boating safety. A more comprehensive approach to boating safety and enjoyment should also include identifying needs to promote and protect the natural environment, as waterways experiences are directly impacted by waterways carrying capacity.


Safer, enjoyable and positive boating experiences come with an improved boating and business environment. It is a two-way street. With a better – albeit not full – understanding of the challenges and opportunities of the boating businesses, we now have a sound understanding of the whole sector. To achieve the balance for all the stakeholders in recreational boating, collaboration is the key. At the same time, the power of digital technology should be used by stakeholders to enhance the boating and waterways experience, not to take it away.


While our Boat Gold Coast team acknowledge how the digital world seems to dominate our lives, we decided to increase the magazine’s print run from 10,000 to 12,000, to distribute throughout South East Queensland, with the goal of highlighting and enhancing the quality of boating in the region. As the BIA are developing a bigger boating business community in Queensland, we are looking forward to a resurgence of excitement with boating as a leisure activity in the region and in the state.


The season of boating conferences has passed. We welcome Spring and head towards Summer. Let the active boating now begin.


#10-May-August 2017

Three years ago, Boat Gold Coast quietly entered the free publication market in the city. Faced with much scepticism and doubt from many, our small team relentlessly moved forward aiming for a bigger and better boating and waterways magazine, edition after edition.


This is our tenth magazine issue, and we are honoured to be able to continue to be a strong media that connects the Gold Coast waterways with the boating communities, from the Tweed River to further up the Moreton Bay regions. We open up to the boating communities in Moreton Bay, as we encourage the exchange of information within our shared environments.


We remain steadfast in strongly supporting the industry and the community that sustain us. We also strive harder to provide better information and knowledge in an entertaining and pleasurable manner.


The value of our waterways and their contributions to the dynamic lifestyle and diverse economies of the Gold Coast, as well as the rest of South East Queensland, cannot be overstated. Looking back, we remember how the great visionaries in the city paved the way for the Gold Coast that we have today. Moving forward, we have to nurture the visionaries and each member of the community so we can ensure that our children and their children will still be able to enjoy the waterways we have built and kept for them. And that is what we want to achieve in every piece of writing that we publish – by offering information that everyone can learn from and can use in order to appreciate what our city and the region have to offer.


In this edition, we present a diverse set of new stories that will make you want to sail off to a new challenging destination, to try out the fishing advice of the local experts, and to invest in that luxury superyacht charter your family have been planning for years, or simply to keep turning the pages and soak up exciting information about new technology, new boats, new skills and new events.


A significant event in March this year is worth noting, as it brought out the best in many people, and in particular, the boating industry and community. When the tropical cyclone Debbie hit the east coast of Queensland and northern New South Wales, she brought massive destruction, causing damage and floods that lasted for weeks. The Whitsundays region was hit hard, with boats and marinas taking the brunt of the cyclone’s winds. But this natural event has also shown that resilience and cooperation are always the strong values that will help people recover quicker – and that was reflected in the quick response of the boating communities.


There are a number of developments that are unravelling with less than a year to go before the Commonwealth Games next year. The city is fast-tracking infrastructure projects, and supporting many private initiatives to build on promoting the Gold Coast as the host, as well as an investment and tourism destination. And so we are looking forward to more engagement and activities that foster greater use of and appreciation for the waterways.


How can the South East Queensland region promote the waterways and enhance the boating lifestyle in the lead-up to the Commonwealth Games? Email me your ideas at


#9-February-April 2017

The temperature should be cooling down on the Gold Coast. This does not mean, however, that the active outdoor life in and around the City is also slowing down.


This edition is packed with much information for your entertainment, as well as for your guide as to what you can do for the rest of the pre-winter season. As you turn the pages of this edition, you will learn about Gold Coaster Chris Conroy, the man behind and in the limelight of the iconic TV show Wonderful World of Boats. And if this piece of history is not enough, you will find an interesting rebuild story on a 40-year-old Woodnutt ship, the Yanu. (P___) And going much further back into the 19th century, we bring you a brief introduction on the mysterious wrecks of the Stradbroke Galleon.


We have also included more new destination features beyond our Gold Coast waters. The understated Manly is a place where boating is a serious business. With several marinas and boatyards, it is quite handy to know what this suburb in the greater Brisbane area has to offer. For an island destination just north the Jumpinpin Bar, North Stradbroke Island is at its crucial stages of transitioning from a sand mining island to a tourism island. Read about what the government and the local community are doing for North Straddie.


Fishing is an all-year-round feature of the Gold Coast, and so we keep you up-to-date on what to look out for this season. Although there have been negative news on prawns that started at the end of last year, we also feature how prawning is an exciting activity for both experts and newbies.


Maintaining your boat and ensuring safety comes first for everyone are still the key messages that we want to emphasise in every edition. With so much information online and from other sources, we sift through them with you, our readers, in mind. It is important to get the current and accurate information that concern our boats, the boaties and the general community.


The year 2017 is a year for new things to look forward to. We are fast approaching the much-awaited Commonwealth Games, and activities in the city seem to be directed towards this event. The boating community have all the opportunity to place our waterways and the Gold Coast boating lifestyle in the limelight. We wait to report on how the industry will take advantage of this major event.


As we gear up for the City’s huge international sporting affair and welcome international boating delegates this year, our pages bring out what is quintessentially the Gold Coast boating and waterways lifestyle.


#8-November-January 2017

What does this summer have in store for the Gold Coast?


As always, it is aplenty! The waterways are amazing. The (almost) consistently blue and sunny skies are spectacular. The list of diverse offerings for locals and visitors, free or otherwise, is long and varied.


So there should really be nothing to stop anyone from going out on the water and soaking up nature in a city that has it all. But while throwing caution to the wind is a tempting attitude to take—after all, summer is all about fun—it is wise to heed advice to be out of harm’s way.


Preparing your boat for many trips and adventures this season is like stretching your body upon waking up after a long sleep, making sure that all the bits and pieces are still working well. In this edition, we have a number of tips and advice to guide you in preparing and planning for this summer’s boating adventure.


While the goal is to have fun, fun, fun, remember that you too have obligations to keep your vessels seaworthy, and to be responsible boaties and fishers (that is, know the latest laws!).


Are we not lucky to live here? We should be grateful for what the Gold Coast is – a very liveable city with assorted offerings for people who love the water, and for weather that is (almost) always holiday-perfect!


Have a safe summer of boating!


#7-August-October 2016


#6-May-July 2016

Summer seemed to have lasted longer than expected, with many sunny weekends all the way through to the start of April. Sunny days meant perfect boating days—or simply just being out on the water.


It is amazing how many people are using the Broadwater these days—sunny or not so sunny. The Easter weekend (and other weekends around that time) kept the waterways very busy—from Southport all the way up to Jumpinpin. I suppose it is good that more people are appreciating our waterways, but at the same time, it should increase our concerns for safety and the environment. It may be cliché, but it never really hurt anyone to be safe than sorry! And it is every person’s responsibility—not just our government’s.


Speaking of responsibility, when the local paper featured complaints about the “bums” at Bum’s Bay, we thought it is timely that we have a contributor who actually lives on her boat around the Gold Coast. Sue Parry-Jones’ article gives a fresh look into the life that people live on board their boats. The government may need to rationalise the several aspects of the “problem”, as this matter is not a simple case of dura lex, sed lex (the law is harsh, but it is the law). It involves people’s lives and it is not to be taken lightly.


For enthusiastic boat show goers, we have a few tips for you to consider before you head out to the shows in May. Our publisher Andy Kancachian, a regular at trade shows all over the world, gives helpful advice on what to do and what to expect in these massive boating events. It is quite a disappointment, though, not to see the upcoming Gold Coast boat shows highlighted in the tourism bodies’ list of events in their marketing program. There is much room to include boating and boating lifestyle offerings as a tourism product of the Gold Coast and should be seriously considered.


To end this note on a happy tune, let me welcome a true blue Gold Coaster and a fishing and TV icon on board with us, Paul Burt. His debut story is an exciting glimpse into a whole new underwater world that will thrill the intrepid fishers: the Sea Mounts.


And with that and much more, I leave you to enjoy the rest of this edition’s pages! Stay safe on our waters!


#5-February-April 2016


#4-November-January 2016


#3-August-October 2015


#2-May-July 2015

Our team is delighted to bring you the second issue of Boat Gold Coast Magazine. If this is your first read of our magazine, then welcome to the Gold Coast boating community. If you are joining us again by reading through our pages, many thanks for your continued interest.


Within the Magazine are more than 50 advertisers offering goods and services to complement the boating experience. We are enormously thankful to these advertisers, for without their backing, Boat Gold Coast would not be possible. We ask our readers to take the time to study each ad and genuinely consider the goods and services so that these advertisers continue with ongoing support.


This issue has many stories about the boating lifestyle, with an emphasis on sailing, fishing, power-boat buying, practical boat tips, safety advice for families and our young people. We have tried to document a snapshot of the goings-on in our city over the next three months giving readers the awareness of waterways activities and basic knowledge from experienced boating people.


The local boating trade shows and industry conferences dominate our calendar of activities as we continue to deliver interesting information concerning iconic Gold Coast activities. Our local stories about the Sydney Gold Coast Yacht Race presents a fresh perspective on yacht racing on our home turf, as we meet two locals who are both champions in their own water right–Mat Belcher in sailing and Simon Christidis in underwater filming.


With fishing as the Gold Coasters’ favourite boating activity, we want you to delight in our fishing destination stories from Cabbage Tree Point and fishing on the Broadwater with Captain Nic. Be enlightened by an overview of various offices that protect and regulate our waterways, while we entertain you with some sailor superstitions’ history. Look forward to try out sailing without being a wealthy bugger, and take the Facebook water activities photo challenge to have a chance to win… Plus much more, so be sure to cherish each page.


As sundry and as insightful as our feature stories and editorial content, our team of contributors form a very diverse community of personas who have the passion for the Gold Coast and everything that the city can offer–from tourism to the environment, from the coast to our hinterland. We are from different walks of life, and we offer astute and imaginative content, both literal and visual. All our contributors are the faces of our stories as much as the people we feature in them. Boat Gold Coast is a creative and marketing team in one solid formidable magazine.


We are dedicated to enhancing the lives of our city’s residents by sharing information about the Gold Coast boating life. You are welcome to send us your own stories and photo contributions. We further invite you to have your say by typing a comment or two at the bottom of each story posted online, or simply follow us and share your thoughts on social media (Facebook, Instagram, Twitter and LinkedIn). After all, it is because of YOUR Gold Coast boating life that we are here.