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PRODUCT & INDUSTRY REVIEW
Marina extension at Middle
Harbour Yacht Club
Construction is progressing on schedule
for 28 additional marina berths on the MHYC
marina for occupancy early November, and
design and features of the marina continue to
benefit from technological advances designed
to improve owners, comfort and safety.
Berth sizes range from 10 metres to 16
metres; applications are now invited.
Power boats and yachts are welcome. And
your leisure won't be controlled by Spit Bridge
opening times (which continue to be reduced).
It is a requirement that marina occupants
be members of the Club, this is good news as
there are many benefits to being a member, all
of which can significantly enhance your boating
pleasure, usage and safety.
Middle Harbour Yacht Club -- call Manager
Sea Operations, Alister Copley on 0450 909
604 or 02 8969 3114
Finally there is a way to clean mildew off
sails and canvas! When you consider how much
that it has taken so long for a sail cleaning
purchasing a cruising yacht with mouldy sails,
found it impossible to clean them. The task
was too large to attempt without knowledge,
confidence, and a space large enough to do so.
They were unable tofindasailmakerinAustralia
that offered an effective sail cleaning service,
even though every sailmaker recommends that
you wash your sails annually.
Fast forward two years and they have
established VacuWash Australia. The process
was developed in the USA which they licensed
for Australia, Asia and New Zealand. A European
operation has also just commenced.
The process involves placing the sails in a
vacuum chamber, removing the air and water
from the voids between the sails layers and
Barlow Slam September sale
Barlow Distributors have been
appointed the new Australian Distributor
for Slam Sporting Apparel. Barlow have
been in the marine distribution business for
over 20 years and as well as Slam distribute
Marlow Ropes, Navtec fittings & rigging,
and the Quick range of windlasses, bow
thrusters and lighting.
Slam distribution will be based out of
Barlow's office and warehouse in Alexandria
In relocating the stock from the
former premises at Brookvale, Barlow have
discovered a surplus of product and several
discontinued lines, and to this end they
are running a HUGE Spring Sale from their
Warehouse in Bowden Street, Alexandria, on
Friday 13th and Saturday 14th September.
Barlow are currently working with
several Companies providing customised
product which includes specialised
embroidery to cover various Sailing events
Barlow Distributors -- 02 8332 5700;
Kit out your Crew with
Smarten up your motley crew with a new
set of sailing kit from Cooper Teamwear. Our
range includes polos, Tee's, shorts, caps,
hoodies, tracksuits and jackets all of which
can be customised.
We can supply traditional polos with
embroidered boat names, sail numbers and
club logo, or why not let our graphic artist
design a really funky personalised outfit using
high tech sublimated mesh fabric. We can also
print an image of your boat in full colour on
cotton Tee's using our in house digital printer.
Our next door sister company Leichhardt
Trophies has a great reputation for supplying
clubs with an extensive range of trophies,
plaques, medals, and engraving plus a vinyl
boat name cutting service. Drop into our
showrooms to see our broad range of samples
and let us help your crew look great on the
water and in the bar!
Cooper Teamwear -- 02 9879 7227;
26 Pittwater Rd, Gladesville.
Leichhardt Trophies -- 02 9879 7313;
26 Pittwater Rd, Gladesville.
fibres, slowly introducing a cleaning agent
that penetrates every layer and subsequently
thoroughly rinsing the sail. The mildew in sails
is removed and does so without damaging the
sails or adhesives in any way; sails are cleaned
in 3-4 days.
So unless you have a large crew that will
remove and fold away your sails after every
outing, it is more than likely that your sails
are left on the boom or furled around the
forestay. Look closely, they will probably be
Prevention is always the best option,
applying SailkotePlus to the sail after cleaning
will prevent the mould from returning.
The cleaning process costs $10 per sqm,
which works out roughly 10% of the cost of
replacing the sail with a new one.
VacuWash -- Mark Hunter 0415 333 244;
have been man-
masts and ser-
vicing rigging in Sydney for 35 years. The
family business is now managed by Roland
Schmidmaier, the second generation of
mast builders and riggers originating from
Sydney's Northern Beaches.
The mast manufacturing is still done
in Brookvale, however, in order to better
service their growing customer base, Tempo
Spars opened an on-water location at White
Bay 6 Marine Park in Balmain last year.
"We are seeing an increase in customers
wanting to drop off their boats for their
annual insurance checks and rigging tuning,"
said Roland. "Our recent partnership with
Pauger carbon has allowed us to bring
carbon fibre technology to the cruising
category and emphasises our commitment
to involve the service industry alongside the
advancements in sailing.
"We pride ourselves in the quality of
our work, the products we use and our
Tempo Spars -- 02 9938 6660;
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