Pontoons – the gateway to the aquatic lifestyle

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Waterfront property has always been a great investment with these property prices outperforming other sites as the prime location demands a premium.  The asset is enhanced by adding floating pontoons to increase the amenity and add substantial value.  We asked a couple of recent clients for their impression of the product offering.

Brisbane client, Brad Davis, says it’s no exaggeration to say he has “pontoon possessiveness”. Rebuilt after the floods of 2011 swept away the original, the 10m x 3.5m pontoon at his rental property at Westlake on Brisbane River is not just a practical lifestyle platform, it’s a major residential asset.

“It adds to the prestige of the property and the rent I can charge, but more importantly, having a pontoon adds at least $250,000 in value to my property,” he states, “And that’s a conservative estimate.”

Brad cites Brisbane Council policy since the flood disaster, which makes getting approval to add a pontoon close to impossible. “Those homes that had pontoons which were damaged or destroyed had a few years to replace them. But now, the Council has a ban on waterfront structures within 15km of the CBD. There’s a 10m buffer zone.”

Brad is exceptionally happy with his new Superior pontoon – the quality, design, construction, quick installation and price.

For Brad’s tenants, the pontoon is the ideal location for fishing and enjoying their riverside pad. He adds “if they had a boat or jetskis, they’d be doing that too!”

At Hope Island, Ian Furber and his family are using their 8m x 3m pontoon as the shooting off point for their Sea-Doo, which they use each weekend to explore the Broadwater and beyond.

With his wife and two kids, aged two and five, Ian jets off to Couran Cove for breakfast or Tipplers – a lifestyle that lured him down from Brisbane some 15 years ago.

While the kids are young, all four of us fit on the Sea-Doo. They love it! It’s like being on holidays every day! We use the pontoon for docking our jetski and kayaks. It came up really well. We are very happy with the quality. It’s a really good product. The only thing I would change is that it’s something we should have done years ago.

Boating in the Australia is growing with over 850,000 registered boats and it is a great way for families to recreate together.  These activities encourage intergenerational bonds that last a lifetime. A common trend we see is if your boat is berthed at your property you will simply use that boat more due to its ease of access.


Super Lite – Domestic Light Pedestal

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This Roto moulded Polyethylene domestic light tower is a must have for your jetty or pontoon, Built in to the light tower is a light sensor which automatically turns your lights on and off. Also included 240v outlets and more options. The light tower has been designed to last with UV stable materials and weather proof wiring.

For more info call 1300 798 318 or contact us


The 5 Quick Tips of berthing

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1 The Obvious
Ensure there is sufficient depth of water at all tides in an environment that is without waves or swell.  In fact if there is wave action in excess of 300mm the location is most unsuitable for the permanent berth.

2 The Limit
To ensure the vessel is well secured a berth such as a fixed or floating structure should be at least 80% of the length of the vessel.  If this is not possible then the distance can be augmented by a mooring pile that supports the vessel in association with the berth.

3 The Wind
The primary thought is always the safety of the vessel and to this end the owner will always wonder what forces can impact this safe harbour.  In all of the calculations of current or berthing impacts it is the power of the wind upon the sail area of the vessel that must be resisted by the lines and cleats.

4 The Spring Line 
This is the diagonal one running longitudinally bow to stern.  This should be as long as possible.  It will prevent the vessel moving forward and aft along the dock face.

5 Ropes

Lines should be used to their maximum length wherever possible as this allows more stretch to be applied initially as well as less chance of breaking under strain.  In poor weather double lines is done before a storm, and even direct to piles if in doubt about the cleat strength.


Water Front Real Estate Mini Series – Featuring Andrew Bell

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This week we continue our Water Front Real Estate Mini Series with special guest Andrew Bell from the Ray White Surfers Paradise Group. Andrew Bell breaks down the market movements for Q2 2014 and provides us with some really great insights when purchasing a water front property.


Water Front Real Estate Mini Series – Property Boundaries (2)

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Superior has created a Water front Mini series about all the things you need to know when purchasing a water front property and the things to look out for. This week CEO John Hogan talks about property boundaries and how they reflect the vessel size that can be parked on that property. Also explained is a Quayline and what this means in water front properties.


Water Front Real Estate Mini Series – Dredging & Canal Profiles (1)

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Superior has created a Water front Mini series about all the things you need to know when purchasing a water front property and the things to look out for. This week CEO John Hogan talks about dredging and the impacts it can have on your vessel and pontoon.


Another great Sanctuary Cove Boat Show for Superior

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A big thank you to everyone who came and visited our stand at this year’s Sanctuary Cove International Boat Show. What a fantastic weekend with a mixed bag of weather conditions which didnt really affect any of the crowds and the fun atmosphere of another wonderful boat show. Out team were kept busy all weekend as people flocked in to see our range of products including the Sunstream Float Lift, jet ski docks, Stand Up Paddle Boards and Elite Series pontoon on display. A stand out was the inclusion this year of the stunning red Bentley GTC V8 convertible and our partnership (built on Trust) with Bentley Brisbane. Our 25 year celebration on the Saturday night held in conjunction with Bentley Brisbane was a great night and an opportunity to catch up with Gold Coast Mayor Tom Tate, old Superior friends and make some new ones. Another highlight was our award for Best Marine Industry Export Marketing Strategy presented at the Australian Marine Export & Superyacht Industry Awards (AIMEX). Thanks to the Superior team who built and manned the stand over the weekend, Bentley Brisbane, Ioesco Resturarant, Mr Boat Show Barry Jenkins and the organisers of this year’s Sanctuary Cove International Boat Show for a terrific weekend.


Patterson Lakes enters the second phase

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A highlight last week was my visit to Patterson Lakes a short drive down the Mornington Penninsula from Melbourne. This wide expanse of canals is under the management of Melbourne Water and they have Fulton Hogan as the Project Managers to deliver the largest infrastructure upgrade in the past 20 years. Each structure in the canals has been audited in a complete survey by GHD and the old wooden structures are being removed to receive a replacement jetty. This new design still has a wooden piles support, however the deck is supported with long lasting aluminium and a timber deck. Each home owner is consulted and offered the option to upgrade to a floating pontoon if desired.

Superior has a 25 year tradition of servicing residential clients so it has been a good partnership with a permanent crew on site along with one of our barges, Lobster, permanently located in Victoria for piling and demolition work. The Lobster craft is ideal along with pusher workboat Shrimp to access the tight lock gates and service the whole project from outside the residential estate.

Scott Edwards and the team at VCMC are our partners in this project and this team produces Superior products now in Victoria close to the site for quick and efficient response to client needs. On a water tour this week I was struck by the amount of floating equipment on the canals with more than 50% of customers choosing floating pontoons in preference to fixed structures. One tinny hanging by its mooring ropes was proof enough that fixed moorings are not a great idea anymore when floating is so easy to install and operate these days. Added to this were many boatlifts, skidocks, cruisers and kayaks showing living by the waters edge has similar appeal wherever you live.

Superior is now delivering the Sunstream boatlift solution to Victoria so we now have stock on site and ready to go to store your boat through the winter. Now is the best time to buy while transport is subsidised with the other works on site.

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