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Lifestyle : 2010 Sydney International Boatshow
1HERSA1 S016 A50473-240710 THINKING ABOUT OCEAN OR COASTAL CRUISING? The world's safest & most comfortable 42' cruising yacht custom built right here in NSW. Come & see our new innovations At Berth 18 -- SYDNEY BOATSHOW 29th July to 2nd August 2010 Do Your Homework www.bluewatercruisingyachts.com Skipper yourself Discover the beauty of the Whitsunday Islands in the heart of the Great Barrier Reef from the helm of your own sailing catamaran, monohull or motor cruiser. Whitsunday Rent A Yacht has an impressive selection of vessels for all tastes and occasions. Ranging from nine to 15 metres, accommodating up to 11 passengers and featuring all the latest equipment, our fleet has it all. Visit Hamilton, Daydream, Lindeman, Hook, Long, and South Molle Island resorts. Explore many uninhabited islands. Swim, snorkel, dive or fish in pristine waters. Drop anchor at a secluded inlet. Experience the holiday of a lifetime! No boat licence required. Full briefings provided. Cruise guides available. Visit us at the Sydney International Boat Show, Stand 157, Hall 1. Ask about our special mid and low season packages! Phone 1800 075 000 Email firstname.lastname@example.org Website www.rentayacht.com.au BOOK NOW! ...getupandgo Whitsunday Islands, Great Barrier Reef Save your $ and the environment Flush your heat exchanger with fresh water Reduce need to remove heat exchangers for cleaning No harsh chemicals Extend life of adjacent zinc anodes Test run motors when boat is on hard stand See us in Hall 6 at Stand 615. Phone Greg: 0412 442 087 www.aditmarine.com.au Specialising in all types of boat repair above and below the water Slipping up to 75 tonnes Swing Moorings - Permanent and Casual moorings available with free tender service operating 7 days CONTACT US FOR OUR WINTER SPECIALS! 94 George St, Avalon NSW 2107 Phone: 9918 2331 Fax: 9973 1214 Email: email@example.com Website: www.careelbaymarina.com.au CAREEL BAY MARINA IN BEAUTIFUL PITTWATER! 16 July 24-25, 2010 smh.com.au SPECIAL REPORT COURAGE KEELI CAMBOURNE Despite losing her husband, Andrew, Kylie Short has remained true to his business vision. Bravery . . . (from left) Kylie Short; her late husband, Andrew Short. Photos: Steven Siewert, Dallas Kilponen KEEPING THE FAITH Kylie Short knows a thing or two about overcoming adversity. Nine months ago she received the tragic news that her husband, the well-known sailor Andrew Short, had lost his life in a boating accident on NSW's south coast. Not only was he her life partner but also her business partner in the family company, Andrew Short Marine. Less than a year later, Kylie Short is standing tall, having successfully followed the couple's dream of building up their boat dealership into one of the largest in the state. ''It has been a learning curve for all of us,'' Kylie says of the challenges faced by her and her five children, Nick, Ryan, Sam, Mitch and Maddison. ''We live at the marina and they are all proud to work in the business. We relied on Andrew for advice before but the kids are taking that on now.'' Andrew, a veteran skipper, and his navigator, Sally Gordon, died on October 10 last year when their 24-metre maxi-yacht Shockwave ran aground off the coast of Port Kembla during a race. Short was well-known in the marine industry and founded Andrew Short Marine in 1982. Kylie worked alongside her husband for 14 years, with the couple striving to make the business one of the most comprehensive marine dealerships in Sydney. Before he died, Andrew had been working to become the sole dealership for the US Sea Ray pleasure-boat brand in Sydney. The process had taken years of negotiations and was just reaching its peak when the accident happened. Kylie's strength at a time of adversity meant that six months after Andrew's death, the company was able to take over the former Sports Marine showroom on the d'Albora Marina facility at The Spit, Mosman. It also became the sole distributor in Sydney of the Sea Ray brand. The move made Andrew Short Marine the largest marine industry sales and service facility in NSW. ''Andrew and I had recognised there was not enough room to have two dealers in one market so we'd been fighting for it [the sole dealership] for 10 years,'' Kylie says. ''It was very exciting to finally get it.'' Kylie's success didn't stop there. She has also secured a dealership for XFi Boats and has a tender to sell Smartwave vessels. While no one would have thought the worse of her for taking a back seat after her husband's death, Kylie says it was never a consideration. ''I had worked alongside Andrew for the past 14 years, so it is what I know as well,'' she says. ''I know it could have been difficult but Andrew had the utmost respect of so many people. He had done so many good things in the marine industry that the people I deal with have all been very supportive. ''We didn't have plans for the future, because you don't think about anything tragic happening. We were busy just building up the business and enjoying it and making it successful. ''Even now, I don't know what the plans for the future are. As long as we are doing well that is all I care about at the moment. ''Our staff has been crucial in these tough times as well. It is critical to have good people around you and we have. The staff is passionate and loyal to Andrew and the business and that has been a big part of our success.'' With technological advances in manufacturing, materials and engines, Kylie says the business is changing rapidly. ''There are new advances in drives and marine propulsion and so much technology coming through. But it is what customers want -- the latest and the greatest -- so you have to know what you are dealing with,'' she says. ''I think the boating industry was hit hard with the global financial crisis and you had to be smart in the way you handled the business and dealt with the downturn. It has been tough but I think there is confidence coming back to the market. ''I have never thought that I could not do this. It was not an option for me to walk away after Andrew died. I just got up every day to do what we always did and to keep things going. It was natural and normal.''
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