The clarity of navigation and beacons

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In this weeks blog I would like to talk about the basics of navigation and beacons (Lateral Markers) when out on the water. As most of you know there are two main coloured buoys and beacons Green (Starboard Side) and Red (Portside) these indicate the port and starboard sides of navigable waters or channels.

Some of you, like me, may have entered unfamiliar territory in you’re boating career and stopped in a confused state or worst case scenario run aground. In this blog I would like to help refresh the minds of our readers in this recap of navigation.

Below Examples of Red & Green beacons and buoys  (Beacons are fixed & Buoys float)

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 What beacon/buoy should be on what side?

When going upstream (away from the sea):

Keep red (port hand marks) on the left-hand side (to port).
Keep green (starboard hand marks) on the right-hand side (to starboard).
When going downstream (towards the sea):
Keep red (port hand marks) on the right hand side (to starboard).
Keep green (starboard hand marks) on the left-hand side (to port).

Remember there are also cardinal and special marks these are a sequence of yellow and black in colour and  indicate danger areas. These markers display a certain flash sequence for North South East & West as illustrated below.
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Information in full detail can be downloaded as a PDF from MSQ website here and remember to always check current tide times and weather radar before setting off. A list of boat ramps around Australia can also be found here
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Frozen marinas in Korea

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Every time I visit Korea it is an amazing experience.  This is from the first interaction at the arrival hall of the Gimpo airport where I landed this time.  I love the pride people take in their jobs.  Drivers of taxis and buses wear gloves and are very respectful, kind and helpful.  When the driver of the luxury limousine bus bows to the passengers before he commences the journey, it makes you feel as if you are in good hands.  That stated, even good drivers do not make up for the massive traffic snarls in this city of 12 million people.  There is no such thing as a short car trip.

The hotel where meetings were held was the Hotel Lotte World in Jamsil which is a mini DisneyWorld lookalike.  The complex is huge with department stores, hotel, amusement park and over the road work has started on the Lotte Tower that will be over 100 stories.  After working with Lotte in Australia on the Salacia Waters project we know the horsepower in this organisation and visiting the scale of their projects here in Korea only reinforces this reputation.

In the hotel there are many small innovations that we are not familiar with in Australia.  There is a complimentary mobile phone provided in the room for use while in the hotel (this makes up for our phones not working here).  In the Korean BBQ restaurant they use wood coals to cook the delicious food. Over each table there is a stainless steel 100mm pipe that electronically lowers to extract any fumes.  Each detail seems well thought out here and this design element although coming from a different culture really does show a commitment to the total customer experience.  I would still rather see a bar in the hotel, but I guess I can learn to Karaoke instead once in awhile.

A visit to the Han River showed the extremely harsh conditions that our marinas experience here.  The Capri marina frames are frozen solid into the river and the polyethylene floats have endured this for a number of seasons now.  Floating products will endure freezing in still water. It will not work if the structure is in the wrong place where an entire ice floe can break free and shift under windy conditions.  The power of thousands of tons of ice moving, forms ice mountains that make beautiful sculpture and also it destroys marinas!

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Summer days

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All the best for the new year from the Superior team.  We are back to work this week following a couple of weeks off over the holidays.  With lots of people still away on the school holidays, it is a time to take stock of what we can do in 2013.  This is the time of new resolutions and making plans.  I know we have and the time relaxing allows the mind to refresh.

During these holidays, we spent time on the water on Morton Bay. This might sound a bit like the bus mans holiday however when you love boating none of it is a chore. We use Southport Yacht Club as a base to pick up people and get supplies, however most of the time it is anchored out in nature’s wonderland. We managed to find our way back into Days Gutter on the southern end of Morton Island. This can be a shallow entry and is best tackled on the top of the tide. After entering via the seaward entrance wit breakers visible on either side, we exited through Blacks Gutter and this is my preferred path in future. Once anchored inside there are lots of wildlife with dolphin and turtles around. We found the best oysters in the world from Morton Bay Rock Oysters and met friends on other boats.

We then visited Amity on North Stradbroke Island for a feed of prawns and crabs from? These were excellent as usual and we had lunch at Myora, another magic anchorage. We took the tender into the fresh water springs that feed into the bay through the mangroves. Rumour has it this water is from the Darling Downs and it was cool and clear.
The wind picked up a bit so we anchored in at Canaipa where there is good south east protection. After a delightful BBQ ashore with friends we returned to the boat for the night. It remained windy all night and the extra effort to fit an Ultra anchor was piece of mind when in these conditions.

With all of these unique attractions on our fore shores it is worth the effort to visit them by car or ferry or boat. We are very lucky to have such beauty around us and this is a perfect time to appreciate it. Take a mini holiday at home and refresh yourself.





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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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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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