The PRWIRE Press Releases https:// 2013-02-25T02:43:34Z Revolution Marine Finance Warns Prospective Boat Buyers: “Don’t Buy Too Much Boat for your Budget” 2013-02-25T02:43:34Z revolution-marine-finance-warns-prospective-boat-buyers-don-t-buy-too-much-boat-for-your-budget Revolution Marine Finance has isolated some problems that are common to many prospective boat buyers. As a popular finance broking firm for marine loans, they have seen many buyers buy the wrong boat for their needs, or try to buy too much boat for their budget. Consequently, in a recent blog post, they offered some solid advice and a beginner’s guide to choosing a boat.The post covered two main materials for recreational boats: aluminium and fibreglass. Pressed aluminium is usually used for smaller boats, while plate aluminium is usually used for larger boats. Generally, aluminium boats are used in calmer waters, which don’t put a lot of demand on the boats.Fibreglass is heavier, and is used in larger boats and in speed boats. It can be moulded into shapes that take better advantage of hydrodynamics and aerodynamics. The only downside to Fibreglass is that it has a tendency to undergo more cosmetic surface damage than aluminium boats do.PVC and various plastics are used to build inflatable boats, which often have floors made of wood, aluminium, or steel.Though there are many subsets, boats can be classified as small, medium, and large, or inexpensive, moderate, and expensive.Inflatable boats are usually used for light recreation, and are usually inexpensive, but can also come in larger models and can handle motors up to 250hp. Dinghies are smaller boats, and can be inflatables, but can also be a rowboat or a small sailboat. Runabouts cost a bit more, but are still considered entry-level or inexpensive. Boats categorised as small or inexpensive can be used for fishing, various forms of water-skiing, and family boating.Bass boats are a step up, and are designed for tournament fishing. They can hold two to three people, and have a livewell to keep fish alive in competitions. They are recommended for serious fishermen only.Bowriders are in the moderate/medium range. They have more room for seating in an open bow area, and are used for water sports. The most popular medium range family boat is the Cuddy Cabin. They have a closed area for sleeping or getting out of the weather, and some have amenities such as cooking and plumbing.Cruisers are the first boat in the expensive category, though used ones can often be found in more of the moderate price range. They are used primarily for cruising, and have a lot of amenities that make them useful for longer trips.Houseboats are another step up in price, and are literally house boats. Many people choose to live in houseboats, though most used them as floating hotel rooms.Yachts are the luxury item, and the king of recreational boats. They are very expensive, and can be used for trans-ocean voyages. They have every amenity possible on a boat.Ben Crombie, Co-Owner and Managing Director of Revolution Marine Finance, hopes that his blog post is helpful to prospective boat buyers: “While most boat buyers have already chosen their boats when they talk to us about a boat loan, beginners often have no idea what they are buying. We wanted to provide a guide telling those beginners what some of the more popular boats are, what they are used for, and what price range they can expect to see.”Revolution Marine Finance provides boat financing options for all shapes and sizes of boats, from dinghies to yachts.Call them at 1300 448 675 or check out their website here: 11th International Sailing Summit: a Watershed Moment for Australian Sailing? 2013-01-16T02:03:19Z 11th-international-sailing-summit-a-watershed-moment-for-australian-sailing On 3rd December 2012, the International Sailing Summit was held at Sail Melbourne. The Summit was an international conference, with representatives consisting of a “who’s who” from the sport of sailing. The focus of the presentations was international, and aimed toward the growth of the sport. Australia, though, used the conference to launch a major initiative to encourage participation in both competitive and recreational sailing.Literally everyone who is important in the sailing industry in Australia acted together as one to reorganise sailing as we know it, joining together in an unprecedented show of unity to form a steering group to work together for the good of the industry.The steering group will be led by representatives of the ISS, and will include Yachting Australia, the Boating Industry Association of Australia (BIAA), and representatives of both small and large yacht clubs across the country. The industry aims to incorporate groups such as BIAA’s My Boating Life, and Yachting Australia’s Discover Sailing into a greater whole.The main aims of the steering group will be to work together and “streamline” programs, producing a sleek, new association that helps both sport and recreational sailing grow. The committee will begin its work immediately, and will present an analysis in Sydney this April at the Marine 13 conference.Those who attended the Summit were treated to cutting-edge presentations by some of the industry’s brightest and most creative minds. Jonathan Banks, who is the former executive director of Sail America, served as the international keynote speaker. He told the summit about his experience with the Discover Sailing Program, and how he was able to grow sailing in the US from a near-crisis state into a very healthy industry.Tim Reid gave Small Business Big Marketing’s “7 Marketing Wake Up Calls” presentation, which helps small businesses maximise their marketing resources. The final presentation of the afternoon focused on mobile e-commerce and social media. The focus was on helping grow sailing by fully utilising both platforms.Australia’s presentation was lively and inspiring. Sailing legend John Bertrand, Yachting Australia Sport Development Director Ross Kilborn, and Yachting Australia High Performance Director Peter Conde participated in an animated panel session that discussed how Australia can work to fully leverage the success at the Olympics into unparalleled growth for the sailing industry.Ben Crombie, Managing Director of Revolution Marine Finance, is enthusiastic about the formation of the steering group: “I have long felt that sailing is a ‘sleeping giant’ in Australia, and I have often wondered what would happen if the industry ever decided to get serious and work together to grow sailing into what it could be. This could end up being the biggest development in the history of sailing in Australia.”Crombie continued, “In the boat loan business, we talk to boaters and fishermen all day. Sailors, in particular, have a gleam in their eyes that nobody else has. When a sailor talks about sailing, it’s as if there is nobody else in the room, and he is back out on the water. We have known for a long time that sailors are among the most enthusiastic sportsmen in the world.”Crombie concluded, “If this steering group gets it right, and brings everyone involved in sailing together under one roof, working together for the good of the industry, it will produce unprecedented growth.”Revolution Marine Finance provides fast and reliable boat finance options across Australia.To contact them, visit their website or dial 1300 448 675. Good News for Boating Industry: Mandurah Boat Show Attendance Eclipses Last Year by 12.5% 2012-12-21T07:30:28Z good-news-for-boating-industry-mandurah-boat-show-attendance-eclipses-last-year-by-12-5 From 12th October through 14th October, the 12th annual Club Marine Mandurah Boat Show was held at the Mandurah Ocean Marina. The show was a huge success, with an attendance of 18,000, beating last year’s attendance by 2,000. Boat dealers in the Boating Industry Association of WA (BIAWA) are very encouraged, not only by the attendance, but by a sharp increase in inquiries generated by the show.The show offered a combination of a lot of boats, dealers, boating demonstrations, and boating personalities. The 2012 ambassador was Tom Williams, a current presenter of The Great Outdoors, on Channel 7. The theme of the 2012 show was enjoying the outdoor lifestyle on the water.The array of boats ranged from kayaks and dinghies through fishing boats, ski boats, yachts, and luxury cruisers. There were also a lot of accessories on display, including boating, fishing, and camping gear, along with the industry’s newest electronic gadgets.Other personalities: Chef Bart Beek, with a tapas recipe that can be executed on a boat, fishing writers Mike Roenfeldt and Scott Coghlan, and the ever-popular Hodgie the Barefoot Fisherman.While the festivities were enjoyed by many this year, the most important news for the boating industry was the high amount of inquiries. This year, every dealer who spoke on the record had something positive to say about increasing consumer interest in boats.Every dealer quoted remarked that there was the most interest since before the global financial crisis, and all were optimistic, at least to a degree, that 2013 is going to be a very strong year for the boating industry. While some stopped short of predicting a full recovery, all anticipate a lot more activity in the boating market next year.For a bit of historical perspective, boat sales bottomed out during and slightly after the global financial crisis in 2008. According to the BIAWA, approximately 30% of boat dealers have gone out of business since 2008. According to Jim Rann, President of the BIAWA, new boat registrations for 2012 are showing a marked increase over the same time period in 2011.Ben Crombie, Co-Founder and Managing Director of Revolution Marine Finance, believes that a recovery is possible, but that a rebound is definitely imminent: “The news coming out of the Mandurah Boat Show is some of the most positive news the boating industry has had in a long time. It’s been a rough go for a lot of boat dealers since the global financial crisis, and a lot of good people and good companies didn’t make it out the other side of the crisis. Those who had the luck, resources, or both to survive may be about to get rewarded in 2013.”Crombie continued, “We have been more fortunate in Western Australia than in the rest of the country. Even when things got bad, we had the mining industry to mitigate the effects, and they have been driving the recovery that we are finally seeing in WA. Because most boats are recreational items bought with disposable income, we don’t know if we are ever going to see a full recovery, but we definitely see a rebound or market correction coming up in 2013.”Crombie concluded, “Interest rates are dropping slowly, and prices are still a bit low, but people are starting to have disposable income again. This makes the outlook for a rebound in 2013 very favourable.”Revolution Marine Finance provides boat finance solutions across Australia. Contact them today for more information. Visit their website: or call them at 1300 448 675.