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Australia. Integrity expands into brokerage with Integrity Boat Sales QLD

As the next step in the company’s evolution, Integrity Motor Yachts has welcomed Lance Bailey on board as Queensland distributor at Integrity Boat Sales Queensland, managing new and used boat sales in the sunshine state.

Founder and director, Brett Flanagan said the move heralds the next phase in the brand’s growth.

“We have been growing at such a rate – there are currently 13 boats underway at the factory – that side of the business needs my direction. I want to focus on what I’m good at and what I love, which is designing and building boats, working with clients and expanding Integrity through our national dealer network.”

“We have appointed Lance to handle sales and grow the brokerage side of the business. Lance will increase the boat sales side, pre-owned brokerage and trade-ins, focussed on achieving great prices for vendors.”

With a background in brokerage management and ownership of a boat brokerage at Horizon Shores for eight years, Lance brings to the business a knowledge of the local market, particularly in the pre-owned segment.

“My strengths are sales, marketing and building relationships with owners, past and present. I come with a large database acquired over the past 15 years. I often find I might deal with a client through different phases in their lives, their family, friends and referrals. A lot of our customers have become friends and these days, we all boat together.”

Lance says he is looking forward to working with Integrity, which he says is “a very dynamic brand”.

“After being out of the industry for a while, Integrity has reignited my passion for boat sales, especially in the Sanctuary Cove and greater Queensland environment. Brett and Peter Hill have done great things with the brand since 2005 and I am looking forward to contributing to future and further growth.”

Based at Sanctuary Cove, on F Arm, Lance is already accumulating pre-owned stock, which will be showcased on the Integrity Boat Sales Queensland site.

Integrity is planning to launch several new boats next year, starting in February, following on from the successful November launch of the new Integrity 320 Express.

Unveiled at the Gold Coast International Marine Expo, the 320 is an entry-level boat designed for newcomers to boating, and ideal for families.

“We saw nobody was catering to this market, which is very price-conscious,” explains Brett.

At 32-feet, the 320 is the ideal family boat “and we’ve made it affordable,” says Brett. “The aim is to get people into our brand and let them grow through the range.”

The 320 is a “huge volume boat with a great layout”, says Brett.

It comprises a single cabin with Queen-size island bed, separate toilet and shower, and the saloon dinette drops to create a second double bed. Then there’s the Integrity feature of the large covered cockpit for easy alfresco living.

“We put all the bells and whistles on this one, including diesel shaft drive, bow and stern thrusters, fantastic Euro-styling such as light timbers, teak decking and Cesarstone benches. This is apartment living, afloat!”

Powered by a Steyr engine the boat will reach 14 knots and is “exceptionally economical to run”.

“We have achieved great fuel economy with the 320. It’s running at 7 Litres per hour at cruising speed. This is a great incentive to enjoy family time boating.”

At $299,000, the 320 has struck a chord, with three on order from the Gold Coast Expo.

“And that’s just the start of the exciting things to come in 2015,” Brett promises.

Last Updated ( Thursday, 27 November 2014 )

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Yachting: Maloney and Meech win in Abu Dhabi

Alexandra Maloney, left, and Molly Meech won the 49erFX class at the ISAF Sailing World Cup in Abu Dhabi this morning. Photo / Getty Images

Young Kiwi sailing duo Alexandra Maloney and Molly Meech have added another regatta win to their impressive list of results in 2014, winning the 49erFX class at the ISAF Sailing World Cup in Abu Dhabi overnight.

The young NZL Sailing Team women’s skiff pair, who placed fourth in today’s medal race, produced a run of consistently strong results throughout the regatta to finish 23 points clear of their closest rivals Lisa Ericson and Hanna Klinga of Sweden. Italy’s Giulia Conti and Francesca Clapcich rounded out the podium with the bronze medal.

“It’s been pretty amazing sailing conditions here,” said Meech. “A lot better than I expected and the venue’s been great. Quite a few of the top girls have been here and the racing’s been really nice.”

Maloney said the pair will now return to New Zealand to take a break.

“We go home for December and have a good block in New Zealand and then we’ll take a nice break over Christmas and New Year and then we’ll be in Miami for the ISAF Sailing World Cup regatta there for the first time,” she said.

The Abu Dhabi event is new to the ISAF Sailing World Cup programme (and billed as the finals to the series) with 2014 acting as the forerunner to the invitation only event format which allows for only 20 boats in each event.

Marcus Hansen and Josh Porebski missed out on a podium finish in the men’s skiff class by the narrowest of margins, finishing fourth overall on count back. Going into the final medal race the Kiwis were lying second however points around them were very tight and a sixth in the medal race saw them edged out of the top three.

Other Kiwis to feature in the medal racing at this regatta were Sam Meech in the Laser class, who finished second in the medal race and sixth overall. Josh Junior placed ninth overall in the Finn class.

ISAF Sailing World Cup Abu Dhabi – New Zealand’s Final Results
1st Alexandra Maloney and Molly Meech – 49erFX
4th Marcus Hansen and Josh Porebski – 49er
6th Sam Meech – Laser
17th Andy Maloney – Laser
9th Josh Junior – Finn

- NZ Herald

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Sunset cruise aboard Cebu’s first party catamaran

SOMETIMES, life is all about perspective. And to see the same sunset one has seen for countless of times already, this time from a totally different point of view, could be nothing short of refreshing. Indeed, that’s how a handful of

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Sailing on the River Torrens in Adelaide

We were in Adelaide, South Australia, my husband Alex and I, enjoying the balmy late spring weather. Fortified by a delicious lunch of pork asado omelet and roast duck in a Chinatown restaurant, we sallied forth into the early afternoon, eager to continue tracing the wide avenue called King William Street which we had abandoned temporarily when we turned towards the enticing signs of the Chinese food shops near the Central Market.

Adelaide is a walker’s paradise, as Alex and I slowly discovered. We saw the 19th century sandstone buildings of the Town Hall, and the General Post Office. Further on was a huge, three-storey castle-like edifice at the corner of Beehive Corner, and on top was the sign, “Haigh’s Chocolate.” Indeed, the chocolate factory had been around since 1915; and for chocolate lovers like us, this was indeed paradise! Their bestsellers were chocolate truffles, and it was difficult not to buy a little more of the mouth-watering confections.

We passed by the city’s big commercial center called the Rundle Mall, where we discovered the Adelaide Arcade. In it were one-of-a-kind gift shops selling arts and crafts, and some high-end clothing stores. The old-world charm of its architecture somehow evoked a time when shopping was a leisurely activity, and where people had all the time to slowly browse through the colorful merchandise.

We reached an area of what looked like a huge botanical garden, with its profusion of spring blooms in a wide expanse of grassy plain. A small enclosure had a statue of a woman in flowing robes, and the plaque said this Garden of Remembrance was a commemoration of the Pioneer Women of the state by the women citizens of Adelaide. Still further on was another statue of two men taming a bull; this was the Australian Defense Force Health Service Memorial. It too, was surrounded by a profusion of white and red blooms, arranged to form a carpet of flowers; indeed, these wide swathes of garden-like atmosphere made walking around Adelaide very invigorating. The sun was shining softly and the cool breeze blew in from the river. Another big granite cross, to remember those who perished in the Great War of 1914 t0 1920 (WWI) was found in the area. It led one to reflect on how wars had seriously affected our lives.

We finally reached a bridge and realized we were at the banks of the River Torrens, the main water source of the city. Boat rides were offered, and the one that caught our interest was the Popeye boat ride, which promised a 40-minute cruise to and from Elder Park. This park was a huge grassy knoll just off the Adelaide Oval Stadium, where one could simply loll on the grass; or sit on a bench and look at the tree-lined river bank. An antique-looking gazebo offered a respite from the sun, and from there one could see young children feeding a group of black swans and white terns by the water’s edge.

Alex and I lost no time in scrambling up the Popeye, where the kind captain smilingly led us down towards our seats. There were only six of us, so we almost had the boat to ourselves. As the boat slowly sailed on, a public address system pointed out places of interest. We passed by Federation-type houses, with their lacy wrought-iron porches and decorative eaves. Across the river, university students pedaled from the school grounds, and many young people were sprawled on the grass, reading and talking with friends; some, with headphones, were on their backs smiling into space. Others had hampers of food and drink, eating and laughing, enjoying this cool, sunny day with good friends.

“Anyone going down at the zoo?” the captain suddenly announced. “We are approaching a dry landing area where you can step off.” “Yes, please!” A mother, carrying an infant in one arm, and holding the hand of a young boy in another, answered. It took a bit of time though, for the trio to go ashore, as the older boy suddenly let out a howl and cried. He obviously did not want to leave the boat.  We were all bemused, as the captain left his place and knelt down before the crying boy. He spoke to him in a soothing voice, until the little one was convinced that indeed, his place was with his mother and younger sister.  
As we continued, an old metal bridge materialized, with large round green pylons, and white, lacy wrought-iron sides not unlike those of the Federation houses. On the river banks, too, were large ferns and some weeping willows with their ends gracefully touching the river surface. At this time we saw cormorants standing at attention, and deduced that there must be some fish to be caught in the river, for the large birds to be there. Some pelicans and swans, too, were swimming briskly beyond the bend.

All too soon, the boat made a curve, and we saw the familiar city skyline. Below this view, and bobbing quietly on the waters were several origami-like paper boats. They looked so placid and calm, reminiscent of the paper boats we used to make as children. When our boat came near, I noted that there seemed to be some written lines –poetry, perhaps?– on the origami boats, a verisimilitude indeed of using recycled paper for this folding art! The boats were made of metal sheets, and many waterfowls were swimming happily around it.

We dropped anchor near the Popeye signage by the river banks and thanked the kind captain for the interesting trip. We walked over to Elder Park, where a group of young people were surrounded by white terns and black swans. Obviously it was feeding time, as we saw more and more birds flying into the circle.

We slowly wound our way back to the city, taking in the interesting folded metal sculptures at the entrance of the Adelaide Festival Centre. — BM, GMA News

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Several international weather forecasters had warned race organisers that a cyclone was heading towards the seven boats of the global ocean race near Mauritius and Réunion Island.

However, by the time the fleet met the weather system in the early hours of Saturday morning, it had lost much of its power and been downgraded from cyclone to tropical depression.

Gusts of up to 35 knots were still experienced but it was not the boat-breaking storm the crews had feared.

Leaders MAPFRE (Spain) were able to use the power of the gusts to surge 14 nautical miles (nm) clear of the rest of the fleet before the chasing pack also enjoyed the wind boost to sail at an average of 25 knots.

The Spanish have a point to prove in this stage after finishing last in Leg 1 from Alicante, Spain to Cape Town behind winners, Abu Dhabi Ocean Racing.

The fleet is midway through a 5,200nm stage from Cape Town to Abu Dhabi on the second of nine legs in the nine-month marathon offshore race. They are expected to arrive in the Emirates around Dec. 13.

In all, they will cover 38,739nm and visit 11 ports before the race finishes in Gothenburg, Sweden on June 27 next year.

Latest placings (0640 GMT, Nov. 29): 1 MAPFRE (Spain), 2 Abu Dhabi Ocean Racing, 3 Team Brunel (Netherlands), 4 Dongfeng Race Team (China), 5 Team Vestas Wind (Denmark), 6 Team Alvimedica (Turkey/U.S.), 7 Team SCA (Sweden)

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Boat parades big part of Pinellas holiday celebrations

In Dunedin, Santa Claus arrives by boat.

Next weekend he will be aboard the last vessel in the city’s brightly lit Holiday Boat Parade, sailing on the dark waters of St. Joseph Sound before stepping ashore to preside over the annual Christmas tree lighting in downtown.

It’s the first of many such festivities coming to bay and gulf waters in the coming weeks.

Nearly every waterfront city on the Pinellas County peninsula will welcome flotillas decked out with glimmering lights, competing for the attention of crowds on shore and judges who give out cash prizes in some of the events for boats with the flashiest holiday trappings.

In many communities, the merriment continues landward with concerts, caroling, food, drinks and other festivities.

Tarpon Spring’s boat parade, which arrives in Spring Bayou, will merge this year with the city’s Snow Place Like Home festival, where live reindeer, falling snow, Christmas movies, games and carriage rides extend for three blocks on Dec. 12.

Clearwater’s parade began 40 years ago as a small fleet of local yacht club vessels sailing around the fingers of Island Estates in honor of members who had died in recent months.

It since has become a major spectacle for thousands who gather on at Coachman Park to enjoy the show, says Scott Sanders, fleet captain for the Island Estates Yacht Club.

A giant locomotive made of multicolored lights strung on PVC, bolstered by smoke and sound effects; and the illusion of a dolphin leaping from the bow of a yacht over to the stern are among attractions that have drawn crowds to the waterfront bluff in recent years.

“We’ve had a little bit of everything and just all kinds of ingenuity to make something out of virtually nothing,” Sanders said of the parade, scheduled for Dec. 13.

Here’s a rundown of Pinellas boat parades scheduled next month:

♦  St Pete Beach and South Pasadena Lighted Boat Parade and Winter Festival: Live music, decorated boats, hot chocolate, children’s art projects and more; 6 p.m. Dec. 5, Horan Park, 7701 Boca Ciega Drive., St. Pete Beach;

♦ Dunedin Boat Parade and Tree Lighting: Decorated boats will travel south down the Intracoastal Waterway to the Dunedin Marina. Santa will arrive on the last boat and will light the city’s large Christmas tree in Edgewater Park; 6 p.m. Dec. 6; free; Dunedin Marina, 51 Main St., Dunedin; (727) 812-4530

♦  Tarpon Springs Boat Parade: Event joins Snow Place Like Tarpon that includes live reindeer, falling snow, carriage and hay rides; event is 4 to 9 p.m. Dec. 12 with boat parade in Spring Bayou at 8 p.m.; free; .html

♦  St. Petersburg Illuminated Boat Parade: Rotary Club of St. Petersburg sponsors the party with live entertainment, food and drink and children’s activities with lighted boats traveling from Bayboro by The Pier to the Vinoy Basin and into Tampa Bay; 6 p.m. Dec. 13; Vinoy Basin Waterfront, 501 Fifth Ave. NE, St. Petersburg; www.stpete

♦  Pass-a-Grille/Vina Del Mar Parade: Cash prizes will be rewarded after lighted boats gather at the Merry Pier and move through waterways; 6 p.m. Dec. 13; 801 Pass-a-Grille Way, St. Petersburg

♦  Island Estates Yacht Club Boat Parade: Decorated boats will assemble in Mandalay Channel and head toward Coachman Park, which they are scheduled to pass at about 8 p.m.; 6:30 p.m. Dec. 13; Coachman Park, 301 Drew St., Clearwater.

♦  Madeira Beach Festival of Light: Decorated boats will light up waterways leaving from the Madeira Beach recreation field and end at Johns Pass; 6:30 p.m. Dec. 13;

♦  Boca Ciega Yacht Club’s annual Light Parade: Lighted boats get underway at Gulfport Municipal Marina and move through area canals; post parade party at the BCYC clubhouse with potluck dishes, drinks, holiday music and carol singing; 6 p.m. Dec. 13; 4630 29th Ave. S., Gulfport;

♦  Indian Rocks Holiday Lighted Boat Parade: Cash prizes will be awarded at this parade that starts at the Holiday Inn Harbourside and heads north beneath the Walsingham Bridge; 7 p.m. Dec. 20; after party and award ceremony at Jimmy Guana’s, 401 Second St., Indian Rocks Beach; www.indian-rocks-beach .com

♦  Treasure Island Holiday Boat Parade: Prizes are awarded at this boat parade which will close the Treasure Island Causeway Bridge for 30 minutes; 6:20 p.m. Dec. 20; Treasure Island Yacht Tennis Club, 400 Treasure Island Causeway; (727) 367-4511

♦  Redington Beach/Indian Shores Boat Parade: Parade begins at Tom Stewart Causeway, docking at the Pub, 5:45 p.m. Dec. 21.

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Dubai boat sale boom is sign of economic recovery

DUBAI // Boat dealers felt a more positive attitude about the emirate’s economy at this weekend’s used boat show with a Dh15.5 million yacht as its biggest catch.

The three-day Dubai Pre-Owned Boat Show, held at the Dubai Creek marina, took Dh1 million in sales on its first day on Thursday.

Organisers said they were expecting to see many more visitors yesterday and today, so they were confident that over the weekend they would surpass last year’s sales of Dh15 million.

Guerman Goutorov is the owner of the show’s most expensive vessel, the 2010 Azimut, an Italian-made 25.6-metre yacht equipped with four cabins, cabin space for five crew, a Jacuzzi and fully fitted kitchen. The Canadian expat, who has been in the UAE for 30 years, said he upsized to a 32m vessel and wanted to sell the current yacht.

“We’ve had a few offers,” he said, from buyers from countries including Turkey, the UAE and Saudi Arabia. Mr Goutorov, the chairman of Streit Group, manufacturers of armoured vehicles, said Dubai was an ideal place for boating fans.

“Unlike Europe, you have nine months of the year when you can use the boat, rather than three or four maximum. The weather is good and the sea conditions are always so right, except for maybe 10 days a year.”

He said the market was improving as financial stability was returning to the emirate: “There are more wealthy people coming and more trust in the country.”

Brett Noble, co-founder of dealers Bush and Noble, said: “The market has grown a lot considering where we were in 2009-2010. There’s been steady growth in the last 12 months and there are a lot of people either buying for the first time or upgrading.”

The company had seven vessels – from six metres to 32 metres – on sale at the show, which also had children’s entertainment and watersports on offer.

“There’s more confidence in the market and people are feeling more confident about where things are going,” Mr Noble said. “There’s a lot more money coming into the country from some of the region’s more troubled countries, families relocating here, and we are seeing that.”

British expatriate Joseph Grub has recently arrived in the UAE. He has three vessels in Asia but was looking for a boat that could double as a home while living in Dubai.

“I’m interested to live on a boat although I have an apartment, so I’m looking into that and the logistics of it,” he said.

Peter Joseph from Trinidad and Tobago was hoping to sell his 7.6m cuddy cabin hydrosport vessel, which is designed for overnight camping.

“I don’t have the time I used to to spend on it so it’s just sitting outside,” he said.

The boat had provided perfect entertainment for him and his children, getting the family outside rather than going to the malls, seeing films or doing expensive activities.

“Just going to the movies would cost us Dh800 while going out on the boat, we just pay Dh100 for gas. It’s just good to get the kids outside, off the iPads and out in nature. There’s a lot of sea life here so you can see turtles, dolphins. It’s nice to reconnect with nature a little bit.”

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Police try to rid Davis Islands of some 80 nuisance boats

— The horseshoe-shaped stretch of land that rings three sides of the Davis Islands Seaplane Basin helps buffer moored boats from the worst ravages of storms in Tampa Bay.

That has made the basin a favorite mooring spot for boaters and a long-term headache for city officials who say the boats are there illegally and are blocking a seaplane landing corridor.

One year after the city’s most recent effort to clear the basin, roughly 80 boats remain. That includes derelict vessels and submerged boats spotted by officers using side-scan sonar.

In another effort to tackle the problem, Tampa Police Department Marine Patrol officers will begin tagging boats with trespass notices by the end of the year. Letters will then be mailed to owners warning they have 30 days to move their boats out of the basin.

“They have 30 days to remove their boat or it will be removed for them,” said Andrea Davis, police spokeswoman.

Under state law, boats can drop anchor in most spots. But, hoping to avoid expensive boat slip fees, some of the boats in the basin at the southern tip of Davis Islands are anchored permanently to concrete blocks or other heavy objects.

Others block a seaplane corridor administered by nearby Peter O. Knight Airport. There is also concern that some boats are abandoned and that people living on boats dump their waste overboard. The nearby Seaplane Basin Park has no toilets.

“They are a safety hazard, and it’s a violation of the law,” Davis said. “That area is not designed for living, and we will be clearing it for the aviation basin so water aircraft can safely land.”

Once cleared, parts of the basin could be designated as a legal mooring field. There would be significantly fewer spots for boats, Davis said.

Only about three seaplanes land at the basin every year, according to airport officials. This year that included the re-creation of the historic 1914 first commercial aircraft flight across Tampa Bay by Tony Jannus. There were concerns that illegally moored boats, particularly masts, would hinder the plane’s approach.

Small sailboats, houseboats and john boats are among the vessels moored in the basin this week.

A small cruiser with broken windows and barnacles encrusting the bottom of its hull lay beached on the sand next to a boat ramp. Its vessel tag expired last year.

Out on the water, a large dog lay on the stern of the Gypsy Soul, a small sailing boat moored about 40 yards offshore. A tattered U.S. flag fluttered from its mast.

City officials have been using trespass warnings to limit use of the basin since 2002.

Boat owners, who say there are not enough places to moor boats cheaply, have banded together and hired attorneys to fight the notices. Boaters at the basin Wednesday declined to comment.

Cleanup efforts usually result in some owners moving their boats, but they are soon replaced by others.

Boats moored in the basin have also proved hazardous to the Davis Island Youth Sailing Foundation, a low-cost sailing and summer camp program for children, which operates out of the Davis Island Yacht Club, said yacht club Rear Commodore Becky Fouche.

The program gives hundreds of children their first experience on a sailboat. But the boats, which leave from the southern part of the basin, often have to chart a precarious path between moored boats to exit the basin, Fouche said.

“They need a way to get out into the water,” she said. “There are quite a few boats right out there from the beach that need to get out of the way.”

Another problem is boats coming loose and washing up among the yachts and catamarans belonging to club members.

“Most of them are not moored to handle a big tidal change or a 40 or more knots wind,” she said.

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Tight tussle in Volvo Ocean Race

Xabi Fernandez on the helm of MAPFRE and Andre Fonseca on the main during Leg 2 between Cape Town and Abu Dhabi. Photo: Getty Images

ALICANTE, Spain: The fleet of the Volvo Ocean Race remained bunched together on Friday, heading into the second weekend of sailing since leg two began in Cape Town nine days ago.

All seven teams were within 50 miles of each other as the boats tacked north and east through the Indian Ocean, facing down the potential dangers of a tropical storm developing in the area.

Spanish entry Team MAPFRE, led by two-time Olympic medallist Iker Martinez, held on to a narrow lead ahead of overall race leaders Abu Dhabi Ocean Racing, featuring Australian sailors Luke Parkinson and Phil Harmer.

Other teams with Australian sailors were further west of the lead pack of four boats, with Team Vestas Wind, Team Alvimedica and the all-female Team SCA losing over a dozen miles on the leaders over the past 24 hours.

“Ahead lies a tropical depression whose path seems destined to intersect with ours,” said Queenslander Will Oxley, a veteran of 13 Sydney to Hobarts and the navigator onboard America-Turkish entry Team Alvimedica.

“This is a tricky time where we have to carefully manage risk versus reward. This depression could turn into a tropical storm with boat-breaking waves and winds, but it also presents an opportunity to sling-shot ourselves north and through an area of otherwise light winds.”

The key will be how teams decide to weigh this risk-reward of sailing through the high winds and rough sea state of the building storm.

“We spent the first half of the week down in the Southern Ocean and are now heading north,” said Team SCA’s Sophie Ciszek from Victoria.

“We’ve just been in a bunch of clouds and squalls today and we’re starting to head north now, up towards a tropical low. The next few days should be very interesting.”

Two-time Australian Olympian Chris Nicholson said he has seen some really weird weather of thunderstorms and wind shifts the past few days, portending the coming storm.

“We’re just east of Madagascar about 20 miles off the lead group,” said Nicholson, skipper for Team Vestas Wind.

“Tomorrow we’ve got to deal with a tropical cyclone, go around that – hopefully on the good side of it – and then deal with the doldrums. It’s going to be tough keeping up this pace, but everyone has to deal with it.”

Leg two from Cape Town to Abu Dhabi is expected to continue for at least another two weeks.


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