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Wooden Boat Addiction

There is something about wood that makes people want to touch it. It is a tactile material. IAN PRIMROSE validates that wood is still a

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A Sailing Surfer’s Voyage of Awakening

To be alone at sea – a thought many have, and a dream few chase. The divinity of the simple solitude of sailing transoceanic toward

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Life On The White Boats

It is an exotic dream job for many – the enticement of endless travel across the oceans of the world, mooring up at private islands

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Simply Purrfect: Astrea 42

The breeze is light but steady, the sun is shining, and the boat is slipping through the water effortlessly. Everyone on board is smiling, savouring

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Fishing Snippets with Matty

2018 FLATHEAD CLASSIC The Flathead Classic has been won and run for another year. Once again, the Gold Coast Sportfishing Club outdid themselves with organising

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Buying A Sailboat

Sailing is a pastime and a sport you can participate in from five years old to 85 years old. Not many other sports allow this

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Reel Outdoors for Kids

As technology becomes more pervasive, the time children and teens spend on their electronic devices has been monitored with ever-increasing interest. Some studies put ‘screen

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Fly to SCIBS 2019

Thinking of an alternative way to get to the boat show in May? Why don’t you and your friends just FLY to the boat show?

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Don’t Wash Up: Effects of Wake and Wash on Gold Coast Waterways

Much can be read about wake and wash from boats, and how they work. However, we hardly read about how they affect our local shorelines.

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Fishing Moreton Island

When you think of islands in our local vicinity, ninety nine precent of us instantly think of North and South Stradbroke Islands; then Fraser Island,

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Trial Speed Limits at Coomera South Arm

Speed management is a shared responsibility. With that in mind, the Gold Coast Waterways Authority (GCWA) wants to know what you think about a speed

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Solar Panels For Your Boat: Q&A With Errol Cain

WHY SHOULD I USE SOLAR PANELS ON THE BOAT? Solar is a very good way to keep your batteries topped up when a vessel is

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Marine Craft Ceramic Coatings

Never wax again, thanks to Always Dry, a specifically designed ceramic coating that makes everything it touches look like new for years to come with

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Big Boat Benefits Under 8 Metres

The Parker 750 CC is a cabin cruiser that offers up many of big boat comforts to make it a true weekender, yet its length

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Go Green: Keep Your Fuel Clean

Let’s get straight to the point. Yachties and sailors refer to diesel-powered watercraft of all sizes and hull shapes as “stink boats”. With the majority

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Latest Community News

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Vascellum, and the French “Vessel”

There are many rules of thumb that different people follow to distinguish a boat from a ship (and from a yacht). What is yours? Vessel

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Rise of the Nerang River People

The 100-year history of the first settlers along the Nerang River was focused around the development of cotton and sugar plantations at the river in

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Mr Cavill: Restoring Yachts

Many Queenslanders will know the Cavill name from both the iconic Cavill Avenue in Surfers Paradise, and Cav’s Steakhouse in Labrador. However, just how many

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Purchasing A Second Hand Vessel

Let’s assume that you have found the boat of your dreams that suits you and how you will use it. Now, first be sure that

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Tips: Navigating A Boat Show

A serious boat buyer should take the time to study the possibilities. BE PREPARED WITH RESEARCH – Knowing what you want before you arrive at

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Boat Licence? Yes, Please!

If you live on the Gold Coast, and you have considered obtaining a boat licence but haven’t taken the first steps, we encourage you to

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Boat Ramp Etiquette

The Gold Coast is a water sports paradise and we are lucky enough to have a number of pubic boat ramps that we can use

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Protecting Your Asset

Purchasing a pleasure craft is always an exciting time and, in many cases, it will be one of the largest purchases in many people’s lives.

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Insurance Claims: Helpful Tips

You can’t buy happiness but you can buy a boat! It’s relaxing, a great way to bond with family and friends, and a rewarding activity.

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Refit on the Rise

Undertaking refit work, whether a complete hull-up rebuild or customisation to update key features, is a creative, cost-effective and gratifying option for boat owners. As

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Marine Trades and Chandlery Superstore

Marine Trade Supplies now operates from within new purpose-built, greatly expanded premises over 1,000m.. With new branding, more than 5,000 products and a massive new

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Horizon Shores Shipyard Services

Horizon Shores Marina has a huge variety of services on offer, with 500 Marina Berths, 350 dry stack storage bays, 200 trailer boat storage locations,

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Ode To Crabs

If you have ever been to a beach on the Gold Coast, you may have encountered the common ghost crab. If you are a frequent

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Smooth Sailing Owner-Contractor Relations: 3+3 Steps

FOR BOAT OWNERS As a boat owner, employing the right contractor to undertake work on your vessel is an important decision. You are not only

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Travelling in Shallow Water

We are blessed with an abundance of beautiful waterways across the Gold Coast and Moreton Bay, but they are also home to some of Australia’s

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Latest Equipment News

Most recent equipment related news

ScubaJet in Australia

If you love expanding your adventure horizons, look no further. SCUBAJET is an interchangeable product that will convert any kayak, SUP, canoe or dinghy into

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Great Products for Boating

Your boating adventure starts here, with a selection of leading products to improve your time out on the water. Join the conversation on our social

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Marine Multi-Function Display Integration + Capabilities

Thirty odd years ago, many of the safety and integration technology that we take for granted and expect to see today on our multi-function displays

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Great Products for Boating

Your boating adventure starts here, with a selection of leading products to improve your time out on the water. Join the conversation on our social

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Brighten Up Your Boating Enjoyment

There’s nothing quite like the right light to set the mood for the night ahead. Whether you’re intent on fishing, hosting festivities, a bit of

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Why You Need A Magnetic Compass

A bit of history: the magnetic compass or a simple version of the compass was used during the Chinese Han Dynasty and the Song Dynasty

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Great Products for Boating (2018)

Your boating adventure starts here, with a selection of leading products to improve your time out on the water. Join the conversation on our social

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Wireless Security for Boats

Do you own a boat that is usually kept at a marina, on a mooring, or other location out of constant view? Being able to

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Smart Safety Systems

Many of our greatest pleasures come from time well spent with family and friends so when it comes to safety, every skipper knows the value

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Latest Videos

Gold Coast’s Marine Industry

With a turnover of $2.57 billion in 2016-17 (31% of the national total), the Queensland boating industry sector has grown significantly into a respected global

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Boat Gold Coast Cover Shoot – May 2017

  Our May-August 2017 magazine cover was shot on the Gold Coast waterways and offshore. Using traditional cameras (DSLR) and a drone camera, our team

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The Secret is Out — A Video

  Secret 33 solar electric ferry for commercial or private use. Designed and built by Derek Ellard of Scruffie Marine in the spirit of tradition,

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