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Lifestyle : Sydney International Boat Show 2012
1HERSA1 S003 After a lifetime of building what many consider to be the ultimate cruising yacht, Tony Fleming went exploring. Voyaging over If you dream of cruising, do it now. Prices of serious cruising yachts will never be less, while your memories will be priceless. Your only regret may be that you didnt act sooner. Flemings adventures have not only proven the wisdom of his words, but the remarkable capability of the Fleming design, indeed, the ever popular F55 will be appearing at this years Sydney Boat Show, 2nd 6th August. Visit us at the show and discover why there may never be a better time start your daring adventure. The Fleming 65 Pilot House Be daring, schedule an appointment to explore The Fleming 55 at the Sydney Boat Show. Please contact Fleming Yachts Australia at: firstname.lastname@example.org or call +61 (0) 412 864 443 www.flemingyachts.com SEE THE FLEMING 55 AT THE SYDNEY BOAT SHOW ON 2 ND-- 6 THAUGUST The ultimate cruising yacht. Life is either a daring adventure, or nothing. (Helen Keller) The Sydney Morning Herald July 28- 29, 2012 3 SPECIAL REPORT HULL OF A GATHERING The world's top marine brands are taking over Cockle Bay and they won't disappoint, writes David Lockwood. Raft-up . . . this year, Cockle Bay will host about 175 boats, from yachts to kayaks. A ustralia's biggest boat show has come a long way since the days when it was high and dry at the old Sydney Showground. Back then, a seven-metre Hood yacht with beige decks commanded attention and you grasped a pluto pup dipped in tomato sauce while negotiating trusses and trestles just to peer in its portholes. Today's Sydney International Boat Show is a global event, recognised as a great launch platform by the world's biggest marine marques, with an in-water display in Cockle Bay that's home to luxury cruisers and yachts, as well as alternative ways to get afloat. Of course, economic times dictate that this be a smaller show than previous years. But less can be more. The marina is host to about 175 boats, stretching 2.42 kilometres. Don comfortable white- sole shoes and wear socks without holes so you can saunter inside and admire the latest nautical interiors. Among the soon-to-be private liners are an Italian- designed Azimut 85, a Horizon 107 Motor Yacht, and a British-built Sunseeker 86. When it comes to cachet, the Princess Yachts from Britain, which are part of the Louis Vuitton Moet Hennessy group, take some beating. The V72, for about $4.3 million, is among the boats making their Australian debut. Who said luxury was dead? Then come the keel yachts. With a deep and accommodating harbour, is it any wonder sailing takes top billing? You'll find ever-more comfortable, but easily sailed, new yachts from all corners of the globe. The Australian-made Buizen 52 -- built in Terrey Hills of all places -- proves we can match it on the world stage. A must-see. Put all these boats on the marina bow to transom and you could stroll their decks from Cockle Bay to the Opera House without getting your feet wet. In the undercover halls, meanwhile, you'll find more than 28,000 square metres of trailerboats, electronics, marine kit and fishing gear. All those retailers under the one roof means something has to give -- and it's usually the price. Savvy buyers abound. This year's show offers more than 700 tinnies, tow boats, sport fishers, family craft, runabouts and kayaks. There's a boat for every bent and budget, while existing boat owners will find bargain-priced water-sports gear, the latest electronics and must- have kit to equip their pride and joy for summer. To their credit, organisers stage family entertainment and peripheral activities too. The Boating Industry Association of NSW is launching a new myboatinglife.com.au portal. The namesake stage will host key speakers, including yours truly, talking about the joys of family boating in and around Sydney. Top rods host the fishing clinic, there are fashion shows, and don't miss the cooking demonstrations by Bart Beet. If you want nostalgia, visit the Sydney Heritage Fleet display. Needless to say, pleasure boating is part of Sydneysiders' psyche. From the top end of town to the knockabout craft, the pastime doesn't discriminate. You can get afloat with a sea kayak for less than $1000 or launch a new tinnie with the family for about $5500. At the anchorage, everyone waves, smiles and says hello. Boaters are a chummy bunch. The owners of the state's 223,145 registered boats and 509,391 boat-licence holders, who contribute to Australia's $7.8 billion industry, have got it right. With a boat, weekends take on a whole new meaning and urban life for Sydneysiders suddenly has balance. For generations, the Sydney International Boat Show has been a springboard for those who want to dip a toe, set sail or dive into the wide world of pleasure boating. See you on the water. David Lockwood is the boating writer for The Sydney Morning Herald.
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