Foundation Funding for Blairgowrie Yacht Squadron

The Marine Industry Foundation (MIF) has granted $4000 to the Blairgowrie Yacht Squadron in Victoria. The funds will be used by the Squadron to implement a project to attract more people to participate in the Squadrons Sailability program and to increase the number of volunteers actively involved in the program.

MIF Director Andrew Chapman said the Foundation was pleased to support this project that is aligned with a core objective of the Foundation to broaden accessibility to recreational boating. “The Foundation supports projects across Australia. This is our first grant in Victoria.  We look forward to building awareness of the Foundation in Victoria and to increasing the giving and receiving of Foundation funding in the State.”

Blairgowrie Yacht Squadron General Manager Ross Kilborn said: “This Marine Industry Foundation grant will enable Sailability at Blairgowrie to communicate to the broader community how accessible sailing and boating really are and how rewarding it can be to be involved, as either a sailor or volunteer.”

The next close off date for MIF funding is 30 September 2018. Details of MIF and the support it provides to the recreational marine industry are available on the Foundation’s website. 


Mercury Diesel Announces a New Line of Diesel Engines

Mercury’s latest offering – a new line of 3.0-litre diesel engines for sterndrive, inboard and water-jet applications – has been released at the Sydney International Boat Show.

Available in 150hp, 230hp and 270hp variants, these engines have been engineered, developed and tested over the past three years to lead their class in several key attributes;  Acceleration  Reliability  Ease of installation and maintenance, and  Reduction in noise, vibration and harshness (NVH).

“There is certainly customer demand for diesel power in this key horsepower range,” said Reinhard Burk, Mercury’s Senior Director, Global Inboard and Sterndrive Categories. “So we are excited to offer these new engines.

“Mercury already has a class-leading diesel portfolio and these engines add to that with their impressive low-end torque and exceptional durability,” Mr Burk said. This new line of engines continues Mercury's development of diesel motors which comply with tougher diesel emission standards being introduced in many countries to reduce impact on the environment.

Mercury subjected these engines to intensive testing including “accelerated life” tests that exposed the motors to greater rigors than any customer would impose in normal operations. The engines use a new water-cooled, variable-geometry turbocharger and common-rail fuel delivery to provide exceptional performance and substantial improvements in acceleration and top speeds.

Click here to see more.


Excerpt from the Ramp Rage Website:

It’s time to fix OUR Boat Ramps!

After all, as registered boat owners and marine licence holders, you paid for them to be built!

Have you ever wondered why launching your boat can be such a hassle in Victoria?

You invest a lot of money in your passion and recreation yet our boat ramps are the worst in the country. Why?

Know the Facts!

Victoria’s recreational boaters are forced under State marine law to pay boat registration and marine licence fees.

What you might not know is that these fees are mandated under the State marine law to go towards proper boat launching facilities for the public!

Each year $27 million dollars in marine licence and boat registration fees are collected from Victoria’s recreational boaters but only $3 million is spent on public boat ramps across the State.

That’s only 11% of the total fees collected each year.

VicRoads gets a bigger share just for collecting the fees!

The situation is even worse if you are one of the 68% of registered boaters who use public boat ramps in the Central Coastal region (that’s Port Phillip and Westernport Bays).

You pay 68% of the total fees collected each year yet receive only 5.2% back on your public boating facilities each year.

That’s simply not good enough!

To see more about Ramp Rage and subscribe/join now - visit their website here.


Sign Petition for new boat ramps in Frankston

The petition of the Volunteer Coast Guard, boating, fishing and broader community of the City of Frankston and its regional residents who use Port Phillip seeks acknowledgement of the lack of a safe boat refuge and a base for search and rescue operations.  We seek at Frankston, financial support from the state and federal governments for a safe boat refuge and Coast Guard facilities.

Coast Guard Frankston has been actively engaged in Marine rescue and safety out of Frankston since 1962.  Nearly sixty years.   Coast Guard Frankston is an all volunteer service that prides it self on our ability to respond to rescues and the preservation of the environment of waterways and foreshores.

This proposed development is a priority project for the Frankston Council and is supported by the Volunteer Coast Guard, BIA Vic, Vr Fish, TTTAF and the Water Police

We put this petition up with confidence knowing that over twenty years of detailed research into the area around Oliver's Hill has been done which include as a minimum;

·     wind, tides and wave actions

·     geology

·     sand movement 

Any construction  approval will be subject to an environmental impact study together with;

·     Cultural heritage management plan

·     Hydrographic  studies modelling

·     State planning approval

We are asking you to support Marine Safety by;

·     Allowing those who use the boat ramp to launch and retrieve safely,

·     Allows other users of Port Phillip to find shelter when in trouble,

·     to provide a permanent mooring for a Coast Guard Frankston rescue vessel.

·     Allowing a berth for Water Police vessels.

Supporting Information.

·      Frankston is central to the greatest number of recreational boat users and fishermen accessing Port Phillip via Carrum and Frankston.   A safe boat refuge in Frankston would have a huge impact on response times throughout Port Phillip including both Carrum and Mornington areas based on current incident data. 

·     The current boat ramp at Oliver's Hill in Frankston is unsafe and mariners have no protection from winds from the North, West or South when launching or retrieving.

 ·     There is no all-weather primary response marine rescue vessel based at Frankston. A safe refuge will not only facilitate this but also increase the presence of the Water Police enhancing safety for mariners and the public.

·      On average there are in excess of 120 marine responses per year out of the Carrum/ Frankston area.

 ·     It can take over 40 minutes for a primary response vessel to arrive from Carrum to be off Frankston Pier area in rough conditions. The average mean temperature of surface water in Port Phillip is between 11ºC and 22ºC. (CSIRO) Hypothermia as a medical issue that occurs when body temperature gets below 35ºC. 

·     It will provide an important facility to provide Education and Training in Marine Safety.  New facilities are critical as the current building has been deemed unsafe for use.   The Marine Rescue and Training facility should be located near the existing boat ramps at Oliver's Hill which are key to enhancing maritime  training and education as well as increasing the numbers  of volunteers and opportunities.

Please spend a minute of your time signing this important petition. Click here to sign

Sydney Boat Show - THIS WEEKEND!

The Sydney International Boat show is back again! This year, the show has so many exciting things to see and do - including an outdoor Event Deck, boats inside and outside on the Marina, a dive expo, fishing masterclasses and many presenters including Justin Duggan, Rhys Creed, Steve Starling and Jo Starling.

The show is from the 2nd to the 6th of August at Darling Harbour, enjoy! 

To visit the event website CLICK HERE
To book tickets to the Official Opening Breakfast on Aug 3 CLICK HERE
To buy tickets CLICK HERE

Club Marine Emergency Prepardness Training

Emergencies occur when you least expect and can catch people off-guard. Are you and your marina staff prepared? What are the legal requirements marinas must abide by in an emergency? Is your emergency management plan complete, up-to-date and tested? Is the necessary emergency equipment on hand and are all staff regularly trained in its use? If a serious incident occurs in your marina, will Work Cover and the insurance company be satisfied you have all appropriate documentation and processes in place?

In co-operation with Safety Corp and Club Marine, MIA has developed the Club Marine Emergency Preparedness Training. This half day course is relevant to marinas of all sizes. It will help you develop an emergency management plan for your facility or refresh ideas for facilities with an existing emergency management plan. You cannot afford to miss this training.

For more information, visit here.

We are now officially releasing BIAV News!

Previously Marine E-News, the BIAV are releasing a fortnightly BIAV E-News to our website subscribers, members, exhibitors, the board and staff. If you would like to receive this newsletter every fortnight, subscribe to our newsletter at the bottom of the website. 

To see our most recent e-newsletter sent on 25th of July for inspiration to subscribe, click here.

BIAV Staff

Aussie Boat Sales adds Cruiser Yachts to its offerings


Williamstown based Aussie Boat Sales has been appointed the Cruisers Yachts dealership for Southern Australia.

Cruisers Yachts are one of America’s most loved brands with a history of building quality boats since 1904, and a current model range of sports and flybridge cruisers from 30 to 60 feet.

Scott O’Hare from Aussie Boat Sales said, "The best selling Cantius range of cabriolet sports cruisers have been a popular choice up North and we look forward to selling more of these brilliant boats into Southern Australia.  Add to this the impressive flybridge range, the big 338 bowrider and their standard sports boat line up and we feel that ‘Cruisers’ is the perfect fit for us’."

For more information on Cruisers Yachts go to or call Aussie Boat Sales on (03) 9397-6977. 

Chaparral Surf now offering Entry Level Thrills!

Chaparral Boats have just released their latest surf boat bringing affordable wake surfing to the masses.  


The all new 21 H2o Surf still features all of the important wake making technology of its bigger siblings; such as Malibu Surf Gate, Ballast, Medallion surf computer, unique Chaparral hull design, Volvo Forward facing drive and legendary Chaparral Salt Water construction.

‘The Chaparral Surf range has been a big winner for us’; says Scott O’Hare from Chaparral Australia. ‘With people all over Australia now surfing behind our boats in salt water, rivers and lakes; the technology has now filtered down to our entry level H2o range, so we can offer first time boat owners an affordable and direct way into one of the world’s fastest growing social sports’.

Chaparral Australia has ordered some boats for early 2018 delivery and believes that a highly optioned 21 H2o surf will be priced under $100,000 AUD turnkey.

For more information go to or call Chaparral Australia on (03) 9397-6977

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Danger and Bomber present The Last Cast

Club Marine is proud to support AFL big fish Patrick Dangerfield and fishing identity Bomber Farrell as they venture into some of the country’s best fishing waters off the Northern Territory’s Groote Eylandt, in their new TV show, The Last Cast.

Airing on Channel Seven at the start of next year’s AFL footy season in March, 2018, the four-part series will follow the intrepid duo as they explore the island’s largely unfished waters and discover its raw beauty.

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With passionate angler Dangerfield an ambassador for South Australian boatbuilder Northbank Boats, their vessel of choice is a brand-new Northbank 650WA Danger Pro Series, kitted out with an arsenal of top-notch fish-finding gear and comprehensively protected by Club Marine Pleasure Craft insurance.

And as a Groote local whose forte is landing sailfish, Bomber can’t wait to take his footy-star mate on the fishing trip of a lifetime, while showing off the archipelago’s lush natural coastlines, abundant wildlife and pristine waters teeming with pelagic and reef fish.

Home of the Andindilyakwa People, Groote Eylandt in the Gulf of Carpentaria is Australia’s fourth largest island and part of an archipelago of 40-odd smaller islands. Stay tuned for more details about Bomber and Dangerfield’s angling antics in The Last Cast. Channel Seven show times and dates will be released shortly.