ON WATCH

With TIM VAN DUYL

trade a boat - - CONTENTS - Safe trav­els, Tim

One of the world’s best known and suc­cess­ful marine brands and one that once fea­tured reg­u­larly in these pages, Princess Yachts, is chang­ing di­rec­tion Down Un­der. You won’t read about this in our news pages as the of­fi­cial launch is to be had at SCIBS, but we hear that dis­tri­bu­tion and sup­port of the brand is headed to a fresh,but ex­pe­ri­enced set of hands in Greg Haines. Greg is best known for his time with Maritimo and as the son of in­dus­try leg­end, John Haines. We will be reach­ing out for com­ment once the of­fi­cial press is out at the show but for us, and hope­fully you, it is an ex­cit­ing op­por­tu­nity to learn more about this re­cently reclu­sive brand.

We would have to travel right back to the days of Grant Tor­rens Marine to see reg­u­lar col­lab­o­ra­tions with Princess Yachts. But, back in the early 2000s and the years prior, Trade-aboat used to re­view and re­port on new ves­sels reg­u­larly. But since Grant sold his com­pany to Princess di­rectly and with a subsequent change of man­age­ment lo­cally, we have strug­gled to be able to re­port on the proudly English mar­que’s work. Hope­fully, that changes with the launch of three new mod­els at SCIBS.

IT’S THAT TIME AGAIN

The most ex­cit­ing time of year, for me at least, comes just as the cooler weather starts hit­ting our Vic­to­rian home – time for SCIBS. Af­ter the News depart­ment in this is­sue, you will find our ex­ten­sive work on what’s hot at the show. But of course, there will be plenty more we won’t find out about un­til we hit the board­walks. Rest as­sured, the post-show re­view book­ings are al­ready fill­ing up, with a new Green­line prod­uct of par­tic­u­lar in­ter­est...

Since this brand changed hands to a group of Rus­sian in­vestors in 2016, devel­op­ment of new mod­els has sped up and fit­tingly, the first cab off the rank is dubbed the NEO – a smaller power­boat driven by petrol out­boards with elec­tric drive an op­tion. The 30-footer comes in a range of con­fig­u­ra­tions and should the hull be as efficient as those of her big­ger sis­ters, it could be a good thing in the hotly con­tested 30-40ft sport­sy­acht mar­ket.

SHOW NEWS

For as long as I can re­mem­ber, Trade-a-boat has part­nered with Sanc­tu­ary Cove to cre­ate the Year Book and to pro­mote SCIBS. It has been a great re­la­tion­ship that opens doors to ex­cit­ing new boats for you and to the show’s or­gan­is­ers, we of­fer a pub­lic want­ing more from boat shows and boats them­selves. So when the team be­hind SCIBS reached out with an idea to do some­thing sim­i­lar, but with a stronger out­doors life­style slant, we jumped in. For those un­aware, Trade-aboat is pub­lished by Em­prise Group, a com­pany formed around con­tent cre­ation and pub­lish­ing of towed life­style prod­ucts (car­a­vans and cam­per trail­ers, etc).

Work­ing with the team from SCIBS, Out­doorx was born. Read all about it on page

16, but in essence, it will take what’s best about SCIBS with a stronger fo­cus on an ex­pe­ri­en­tial event show­cas­ing the best of out­doors life­style. We at Trade-a-boat will have a bit to do with it and will be on-hand at the show it­self. So pen­cil in Septem­ber 13 for another rea­son to bask in the warmth of the Gold Coast.

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