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PRODUCT & INDUSTRY REVIEW
Hire/charter boat operator?
If you are a hire/charter boat operator,
you'll understand one of the toughest
challenges facing your business is getting
the message out there.
It's a crowded market and choosing the
best marketing direction is a tough choice.
There's Google adwords, booking agents (if
you're prepared to pay somewhere between
10-25%), and listings on charter websites but
anyone visiting these can get lost in the maze
of boat pictures and information overload.
Then you could try a relatively new
website called FunAfloat.
It's extremely user friendly for the visitor
who just needs to select any Australian
location, boat type, number of persons
and click search.
They instantly receive a list of exactly
what they are looking for, all information,
images and pricing is there instantly. They
simply enter their name, email and contact
number in the enquiry box and when they
click 'submit', boat owner's name and
contact number appear on screen.
There are no listing fees at FunAfloat,
just a 6% fee for completed bookings.
Funafloat -- www.funafloat.com.au
Johnson Bros Marine Services
I'd like to introduce myself ... Ben
Johnson and the team at Johnson Bros
Located at Gibsons Marina, Bayview,
we offer a full range of marine services
that we can assist you with, including:
slipway/antifouling, shipwright, mechanical,
electrical, boat covers, maintenance
programs, pre-holiday or weekend checks
(battery, oil, fuel, clean, etc) and other
related marine requirements.
As a Northern Beaches local, I began
my career in the marine industry as a young
fuel attendant. I then went on to complete
my trade as a marine mechanic, with over
13 years experience in the industry to date.
Formally a mobile marine service,
that has been assisting boat owners in the
area for many years, we recently grasped
the opportunity to expand and relocate to
Gibsons Marina. As the company owner, I
am supported by a highly experienced team
of mechanical, electrical and shipwrights
who pride ourselves on delivering quality
ser vice and expertise.
Ben Johnson and Team -- 9979 6616;
0414 346 662; firstname.lastname@example.org
Attention all boaties! Especially those
of you with big wide boats! Killcare Marina
now has a purpose-built dock for out-of-water
repairs, and maintenance on wide vessels. The
marina is in Hardys Bay, very close to Sydney,
on the Central Coast.
Killcare Marina's boat lift can accommodate
all kinds of vessels (up to 49ft long, 31ft wide,
and 5ft 6ins draft). The boat lift is super enviro-
friendly (all waste collection and disposal
complies with government regulations). It's
safe for our staff, and for DIY customers. And
best of all, it's gentle on your boat.
Save the time and cost of long distance
travel, and come to Hardys Bay. Call us now
for a quote for your annual antifoul, or for any
other marine ser vices.
Or just drop in! We'd be happy to show you
the new facility in action.
Killcare Marina -- (02) 4360 1231;
Boat Signs Online
Boat Signs Online is Australia's leading
custom boat name and rego site.
WHY? Because we make it EASY for you at
We can supply you with TWO Boat Names
customised with your choice of font and colour
for each side of your boat.
To place an order online, simply:
1. Enter your boat name
2. Pick your favourite colour
3. Pick your preferred font
4. Enter the height of your letter
All our vinyl lettering are self-adhesive,
waterproof, pre-spaced, ready to apply and of
the highest quality vinyl so your decals will still
be looking strong in seven years.
Boat Signs Online --
www.boatsignsonline.com.au; 1300 63 24 25.
Ecoboxx portable solar generators
New to the Australian market the Ecoboxx
portable solar generator now offers users
a power solution without the hassle, noise
and ongoing cost of their petrol and diesel
counterparts. Ecoboxx have two models
available, the Ecobox x 160 and the Ecoboxx
Producing pure sine wave power at
a continuous 1500W the Ecoboxx 1500 is
powerful enough to run multiple items at once
in your boat or yacht such as TVs, DVD players,
computers, lights and fridge/freezers. It features
a built in MPPT solar charge controller and a
LED monitoring system showing both input/
output power as well battery charge status.
Included as standard are two 65W solar panels,
Anderson plug/leads and 3W LED light.
The smaller 5kg Ecobox x 160 plug and play
features an inbuilt 100W AC inverter, integrated
battery as well as USB, 240V AC and 12V outlets.
Ideally suited for lighting, powering portable
fridges, fans, charging laptops and phones.
www.ecoboxx.com.au; 1300 730 716.
Is your mooring rope secure?
Owning a boat can be a great pleasure
or cause for concern if things go wrong.
Whether you visit your boat regularly,
infrequently or you are away on vacation
we can make regular inspections to detect
small problems that may develop into a
major and costly event. We will alleviate
the concerns associated with owning a boat
when you are not on board.
The services we offer are affordable
and guaranteed to provide you with peace
of mind. Services start from as low as $15
per month. Our Storm Packages alone could
save you a lot of heartache. We operate 24/7
to be there when needed.
Go to our website and discover all the
ways we can be of service to you without
spending a fortune. While there click on
'Free' on our home page and go into the
draw for an inspection package prize.
www.boatminder.com.au; 0456 618 718.
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