Boating this Summer

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With Christmas and the end of the year festivities approaching fast, it is important to remind ourselves to be safe on the water when you are out boating this summer.

Things like checking your safety equipment, license and registration, as some of you may not have done in quite some time, are easily overlooked. Although it sounds silly, many people are fined each year for expired registrations in Australian waters. Have a look here to see what the guidelines of the Queensland Government are.

Also remember that as the Skipper, you are responsible for your crew and it is your job to make sure that everyone is safe and behaving in a responsible manner on the water.

There is a legal blood alcohol limit of 0.5 for the Skipper at all times and penalties do apply if caught drink driving, some penalties including loss of boat license & car license and large fines, so for what it’s worth, be safe this summer.

Responsible boating is crucial and guidelines to follow can be found here.

If you need to get your boat or jet ski license, or acquire the knowledge required to apply, click here.

Another quick tip if you haven’t used your boat or jet ski for some time is to simply start it and run it the night before to see if any issues arise prior to lining up at your local boat ramp and possibly getting into a sticky situation. Common things are stale fuel, flat batteries and blocked fuel filters etc so if you are having difficulties with your boat you could book a service here or your jet ski here.

Queensland Government boating safety information can be found here and provides comprehensive information about all you need to know when you are planning on a day out with your vessel.

Have a safe summer, a merry Christmas and a happy New Year!

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Free WiFi in the Gold Coast Broadwater Parklands

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How good is free Internet? As a result of a sponsorship agreement between OntheNet and the Gold Coast City Council, the Broadwater Parklands area in Southport, Gold Coast now benefits from a free WiFi enabled Internet network.

This free Gold Coast City Council initiative is available to locals and visitors and provides 30 minute sessions or when a limit of 50MB is reached, with a 15 minutes cool off period between.

The operating time of the Internet network during December through to March is 7am to 9pm and between April to November, will be 7am to 7pm. The coverage area comprises the Little Lawn, the Great Lawn, the Main Car Park, and the Rock Pools.

Superior has also been involved in the improvement of this beautiful part of the Coast when in 2006 the company designed and installed a timber deck on the southern end of the Parklands area, allowing people to enjoy the amazing Broadwater vistas in the comfort of a stunning on water location while also incorporating gazebos and timber seats for additional coziness.

As always Superior is proud to take part in the improvement of the Australian lifestyle by providing practical designs and aesthetically pleasing products.

Superior congratulates both OntheNet and the Gold Coast City Council for this remarkable initiative, providing Gold Coasters and visitors alike with a great service while making sure the architecture and ambience of the park was not compromised by the network facilities.

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Sharing the excitement of boating

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When boating is mentioned, it instantly evokes leisurely images of adventure and fun, which is part of a feeling many boating and fishing enthusiasts are well aware of: the call of the ocean, and its limitless opportunities.

A saying that comes to my mind and sums up this is one from famous Captain and Ocean explorer Jacques-Yves Cousteau: “The Sea, once it casts its spell, holds one in its net of wonder forever”.

I remember the first time my dad took me fishing as a kid on the lagoon in front of my grandparent’s house, back home. The feeling was amazing and priceless: the breeze on my face, the fresh droplets of seawater spraying past and the promise of a good time made it all a unique, enduring experience.

However every potential new boat owner will tell you that acquiring a boat is only part of the equation and that before you can let the adventure and leisure begin, there is a lot of preparation and setting up to do.

It all starts with a very important question: Where and how will my new boat be safely moored?

If you live on a canal or by the river, Superior is here to make this easy for you, by assisting in your pontoon, boat lift or jetty needs.  We want to share the pleasure and experience of boating by delivering the safest, most durable and environmentally friendly boat mooring solution so you can appreciate the joys of on water entertainment with the peace of mind that your new investment is safe and secure when you are not using it.

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Evolving technologies in the Marine & Boating Industries

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It is fair enough to say that technology has never been evolving faster than it is today, with companies and governments continually in the search for more efficient, time saving, or cost effective solutions.

This is particularly true in the marine and boating industries where such as large number of innovations and breakthroughs happen every year in every field (hydrodynamics, engine efficiency and so on).

For instance, just this month, Yamaha has released a new four stroke 200hp outboard that is lighter, quieter and more compact and powerful than its previous products. Meanwhile, Suzuki has been busy also releasing its own technology packed four stroke outboard engine that is also quieter and more fuel efficient.

Also worth mentioning is the newly announced winner of the DAME awards at the 2012 METS Conference in Amsterdam, which rewards the most innovative designs of the exhibition.  This year, the award went to Torqueedo’s Deep blue large electric outboard, which combines two technologies: a large outboard engine and electric motor for cleaner and more economical boating. And this is only a snippet of the myriads of innovations being developed, confirming that indeed, marine technology evolves very quickly.

In the meantime, it can be a bit overwhelming for consumers to go through the large number of different offers, as competition between organisations can be quite fierce.

However, as a consumer it is useful, if not crucial to have general guidelines to help one make the right buying decision, especially if it involves big costs. In that respect, I believe that some of the most important aspects to take into consideration are user friendliness, ease of installation, ease of maintenance and respect of the environment.

Here at Superior, we are quite aware of these values. In every one of us is a boating, fishing or marine enthusiast, which allows us to come from a place where we can view our products and services the same way the people who come to us do.

More to that we constantly strive to enhance and go beyond these values.

As technologies evolve for the better, so do we at Superior.

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2012 METS Conference in Amsterdam

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From tomorrow, Tuesday the 13th of November, the METS (Marine Equipment Trade Show) conference will be on until Thursday the 15th at the RAI Complex in Amsterdam. Celebrating its 25th anniversary this year, this event is internationally renowned as the world’s largest exhibition of equipment, material and systems for the international marine leisure industry. It will see over 1,300 exhibitors from over 39 countries and 19,000 professionals from over 96 countries gather to exchange, network and learn from one another during this exceptional event.

It is literally a melting pot for the international marine industry as attendees will be able to make themselves aware of thousands of new and innovative award winning products. A large array of propulsion, navigation, engine management, electronics and hydraulic systems as well as insulation, lighting and safety equipment will readily be on display. More to that it is an excellent platform for innovation and to talk to people behind the product; the people responsible for emerging marine trends.

An expanded SuperYacht Pavilion will be in place as well as the prestigious Dame Awards which recognises the best designs for products at the exhibition and helps raising money for charity. Being a finalist in 2009, Superior will be entering again next year with an exciting new product.

Furthermore, a wide array of workshops and seminars will take place during the three days with topics ranging from hybrid marine propulsion to mitigation of noise problems on boats.

The Superior stand will also have representatives from our China, Middle East and Australian offices answering your questions and assisting you with your enquiries. If you’re visiting METS this year, please come and see us  at booth 828 in Hall 11 in the Australian Pavilion. Preregistration for the event is indeed advisable and can be done here.

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Gold Coast International Marine Expo a Success

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For the second time around the Gold Coast International Marine Expo has delighted the public over the weekend at the Gold Coast City Marina with the number of attendees to be released but estimated to be over 20,000, and more than 200 exhibitors displaying and demonstrating  the best products and services that the Marine industry has to offer. And what a feast it was for the eyes of boating and marine enthusiasts. The Expo also featured amazing daily performances from the RAAF Roulettes, sharing with us the thrill and adrenaline of their spectacular aerobatics on board of their red Pilatus PC-9/A aircrafts. 

More to that, the Monaco Aces Jet Pack Team also pushed the limits of gravity thanks to their incredible water powered jet pack, drawing clamour from the crowd massed on the riverbank next to the Superior stand.

The Superior Team had a blast and our stand was very popular thanks to our Jet Ski docks, boat lifts and SUP paddle boards displayed on land and on the water. We have been busy catering for the attendees who were delighted by the ease of use and installation of our products.

The Club Marine Shipyard Party on Saturday night was also a great way to kick back, have a drink and mingle with the exhibitors and public attendees all the while enjoying live music, a great atmosphere and of course the fireworks. Big thanks to anyone who participated to the art auction and helped raise money for charity.

A special thank you to Richie who included our SUP in the Jet Lev demonstrations on Saturday, the Leigh-Smith Team for their awesome event planning, the Gold Coast City Marina for hosting yet another spectacular and entertaining show and all the attendees who made this event a celebration of the Marine industry. We certainly hope to see everyone again next year.

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Gold Coast International Marine Expo

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This Friday 2nd of November, the second annual Gold Coast Marine Expo kicks off at the Gold Coast City Marina, Coomera. The three day event wraps up on Sunday and is held at Australia’s largest boat manufacturing plants and shipyard facility.

Dubbed “The Working Boat Show”, the Expo’s main focus is to provide a non-for-profit event to the greater community, organised by the industry for the industry. The show is a little different than most boat shows. Sure you can still see some spectacular vessels as it has adopted an international reputation with brands from all aver the world exhibiting, however it also educates the public about many different facets of the boating industry.

A lot of planning by the Leigh-Smith Team has gone into this event and it’s guaranteed to e bigger and better than last year. RAAF Roulettes will be performing daily, on-water exhibitions and more than 200 marine brands will be on display. Exciting demonstrations such as the Yamaha Supertank Travelling Fishing Show (giving you an insight of the underwater world seen throughout the eyes of a fish) and how to provide maintenance for your vessel’s steering systems workshops are just two examples of the diverse activities that will delight the whole family during this exceptional event. A family focused Saturday night Club Marine Shipyard party will be hosted as well to further cater for grown ups and small ones.

Superior will be supporting the Show this year and we will be installing about 40 metres of our Capri pontoon system for additional on-water exhibitor space. Additionally, we have planned an exciting array of land and water displays with Jet Ski docks, pontoons, SUP’s and Sunstream Boat Lifts. This guarantees to be entertaining, as there will be regular demonstrations of our products all day long. Preparations are well on the way, as we want to repeat the success of last year and offer visitors an exceptional experience.

So come down and say hi to the Superior Team; it’s free parking and entry all three days and the show is open 9am-5pm daily. We look forward to another great Expo and we’re sure you and the family will have a great day out.

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Sustainability through planning, pro-activeness and commitment

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I was having a walk along the spit area last weekend, casually strolling towards the seaway opening when I was struck by the sight of something that I had pushed in the back of my mind and taken for granted over my years in Australia. This of course was the beautiful combination of a variety of Human activities and development happening at this marvelous area, which had left me with such a strong positive impression the very first time I had seen it, after arriving in the country.

The beauty of the natural environment and man made infrastructures, moored boats and people just enjoying themselves having a coffee at Marina Mirage or fishing off the seaway reminded me of exactly why I chose to come and live in Australia and not somewhere else.

I believe nowhere else in the world can you find such an advanced combination of amazing natural environments working in harmony with sustainable development and environmentally friendly business practices. Australia is a beautiful country with awesome natural resources and environments.  I really appreciate the fact that Australia has taken a strong proactive stance in regards to sustainability and has managed to face and rise up to the challenge, something that so many other nations fail to do. No doubt that being green is good and trendy for businesses this days but without dwelling too much on its obvious popularity and economic benefits, I believe it is crucial to remind ourselves of the true reasons why this so important and why we need to keep going this way.

When it comes down to it I believe these reasons are the same as the ones we have when improving ourselves or our work: it is about enhancing the quality of our life and protecting our future and the one for our children. Quite an important thing isn’t it?

I find it extremely fortunate that this concept is at the heart of Australian development and that Australians have the opportunity to exercise this crucial aspect in more ways than one.

Coming from Vanuatu, which is a tropical small country of islands in the Pacific Ocean, I have always valued and enjoyed what nature has to offer. As time passed however, I have come to witness the fact that too many times, human activities and commercial development in the world can take their toll on the environment but also the people, especially when businesses, organizations and governments lose the focus on preserving and improving the quality of life pertaining to the areas they use.

I certainly believe in Vanuatu’s development potential and sincerely hope that it will follow the great example set by Australia in conducting sustainable business practices. It would certainly be a shame if the natural environment which is where the strength of the country lies, was compromised by inconsiderate development and poor environmental management.

Here at Superior, we are all about sustainability as an organization and as people. We all know and respect the fact that we are lucky to live in and benefit from such a wonderful variety of natural environments. This is why the sustainability of our business activities is one of our greatest focus and at the heart of Superior’s philosophy.

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