With TIM VAN DUYL
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.
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.