Lift in quality of WA-built award-winning boats

Judges of the 2012 West Australian Marine and Boat of the Year Awards, which are run by the Boating Industry Association of WA (BIAWA), were unanimous in declaring that the standards of entries has never been higher. That’s testament to the calibre of the WA marine industry and the winners in the imported categories as well.

The awards, which have been in place for the past five years, are designed to showcase the best marine products on offer in the state. Each category is sponsored by a business partner, usually but not necessarily confined to the marine industry. 

Drum-roll... the overall winner is... the Ultimate by Design 630 Bowrider (opening pic accompanying this story) from Wakemaker Marine. 

Category winners include:

Imported Trailerable Power- Sponsored by Club Marine Insurance
- WINNER: Surtees 6.7 Workmate from Aquasports Marine

This New Zealand craft is the purist’s fishing boat. Easy clean, roomy, and with all the most-wanted features. Very shapely and tough hull with water ballast system. The result is a boat that performs well both at speed and when stationary.

Imported Inflatable/RIB: Sponsored by Hillarys Yacht Club
- WINNER: Falcon 650 SRX from West Ribs

The Falcon mixes a South African hull -- featuring the latest material in its tubes -- with high quality local upperworks. Ride, stability and handling are outstanding. Adaptable to many roles, it is close to ideal as a tender to a large Rottnest cruiser.

Innovative Product of the Year: Sponsored by Hillarys Yacht Club
- WINNER: for their West Coated Foam Fenders.

These custom-made abrasion-resistant fenders are made locally in the west. The same system is also used for collars on RIBs, oil spill containment and pontoons. This product is unique and one WA can be proud of.

WA-built Fibreglass: Sponsored by Road Master Trailers
- WINNER: Fury 282 Centre Console. by Fury Custom Boats

The Fury 282 impressed the judges with its very high standard of structure and finish, value for money, and many clever and innovative features. This is almost the definitive offshore fishing boat, but also adapts readily to social uses.

WA-built Production Aluminium Under 6 meters: Sponsored by Boat Trader Magazine
- WINNER: Chivers Shark Series Thresher 190CC by Chivers Marine

The Thresher punches above its weight. Its hull with full-depth longitudinal ribs has massive stiffness, and its water-ballasting system balances the sharp deadrise. Passenger comfort in this roomy boat is high, as is build quality.

WA-built Production Aluminium Over 6 metres: Sponsored by Boat Trader Magazine
- WINNER Coraline 750 Outsider by Boat City

Attention to detail and quality of finish impressed the judges. This large trailerboat uses its volume well and is a genuine all rounder. Passenger comfort is very good, and driver ergonomics received particular attention.

WA-built Custom Vessel under 10m: Sponsored by Times Publishing
- WINNER: Shark Series 250 Great White Walkaround HT by Chivers Marine

The Great White shares the structural techniques and water ballasting of the Chivers Thresher, and has the special feature of double chines. These give an exceptional ride quality. With very good stability, space and a thoughtful fit-out, the Great White makes a fine wide-ranging fishing boat.

WA-built Custom Vessel Over 10 metres: Sponsored by Nautilus Marine Insurance
- WINNER: Kirby Marine 10-metre Sportsfish

This single-minded all-weather fishing boat showed unsurpassed sea keeping and ride qualities, matched by excellent finish and many ingenious features. Unquestionably a custom boat, the standard of equipment and fit-out is very high.

WA-Aluminium Trailerable over 6m: Sponsored by Honda Marine
- WINNER: Ultimate by Design 630 Bowrider by Wakemaker Marine

This boat, with its highly complex hull shape, was almost indistinguishable from a fibreglass boat – both in appearance and in its sea-going qualities. Attention to detail of design, equipment and fit-out was exemplary.

Overall Winner Boat of the Year: Sponsored by Department of Commerce
- WINNER: Ultimate by Design 630 Bowrider by Wakemaker Marine

Awarded to the WA Boat with the highest overall score as awarded by our judges. There was fierce and close competition for this award. The winner was a boat that could hold up its head in competition anywhere in the world. Design, construction and finish were all first class, yet cost was held to a remarkably modest level. On-water ability is also excellent, as is the sheer usability of the boat

Individual Awards
- The best men and women on the water

Each year the Boating Industry Association of WA recognises the contributions of individual members from within its ranks. In addition, it recognises those who have made boating a safer or more environmentally friendly pastime. The awards are presented to the winners by the sponsors of the individual awards.

The WA awards are an opportunity to recognise special individuals or groups who through their dedication, passion and toil are delivering benefits to both the marine industry as well as a countless number of people within the boating community.

Outstanding Contribution to the Industry Award - Sponsored by Construct Electrics
- WINNER Marine Journalist Mike Brown

As the name suggests this award reflects the hard work and the exemplary commitment and dedication by an individual to the industry. An outwardly spoken and avid supporter of the WA Marine Industry, Mike is proudly patriotic about the virtues of the our product and our state.

Government Employee Service to the industry- Sponsored by Westcorp Finance
- WINNERS: Adam Rando and Kenny Lamb

Adam Rando was nominated by the Boating Industry of WA for his unparalleled assistance above and beyond the call of duty with the Rottnest Safety Convoy in the last  four years. With his knowledge of Rottnest, he has shown, taught and assisted many new boaties about how to confidently enjoy the island and its waterways. He can always be relied upon for any assistance that may best required.

Adam has been with the Department of Transport for 10 years in total, spending the first two years in the regional services area working out of the Bunbury, more recently appointed as the Senior Marine Officer for the Peel region.

He is a well liked, hard working and a completely committed professional officer who excels in public relations and stakeholder management.

Kenny Lamb is the other winner. He has been a vital member of our industry since April 2000. He started off Charting at the Department of Transport -- Marine Safety office and in 2006 became an Agent Support Co-ordinator whose key role was Hull Identification Number, Manufacturer's Identification Code and more recently Australian Builder's Plate registration and enforcement.

His strong work ethic, dedication, passion and support have been invaluable in ensuring the database is both accurate and comprehensive. Over the years he has worked closely with the former staff of AMIF to develop a system, that is currently used in WA as well as various other states, which helps protect the marine industry members and consumers alike.

Marine Industry Member of the Year - Sponsored by JPW Marine
- WINNER Lance Farrow

The 2012 recipient of this award has provided over 43 years of dedicated service, within the marine industry, starting as an apprentice marine mechanic in 1969, After completing his apprenticeship he travelled to England where he served as a lifeguard for two years before returning to Perth an working as a marine mechanic. 

In 1988, he began work as a solo Service Manager in the Western Australia and Northern Territory region with Evinrude/BRP, a career that stretched over 23 years and saw him shift from a technical marine service position to a diverse sales role covering several product categories. His technical background, strong work ethic, and winning attitude are a perfect match.

Lance served for six years on the board of the boating industry and dedicated himself to his job and the industry, supporting and developing dealers within his territory and establishing business relationships that have proved to be strong and enduring.

Since his retirement he has left a legacy built upon integrity and a true ‘can-do’ attitude. His professional approach and warm demeanour are missed by customers, colleagues and all who were fortunate to work alongside him. A true gentleman of the marine industry.

Environment Award - Sponsored by Swan River Trust
- WINNER: East Fremantle Yacht Club

Each year this award fosters and celebrates environmental excellence within a different sector of our industry.East Fremantle Yacht Club was chosen for its continued high standard of their environmental management systems. The key to achieving these objectives centred on waste control (prevention and minimisation), recycling, treatment and disposal.

In addition to continually developing and improving their precinct, the yacht club took immense pride in the manner in which they operate their facility.

Boatman of The Year Award - Sponsored by Premiere Productions
- WINNER: John Longley

Individuals must demonstrate dedication and application to the development or promotion of recreational boating or boating activities. They also need to be outstanding in their achievements in innovation or leadership within Western Australian recreational boating.

So it is with John Longley, who put recreational boating and WA on the World Stage.He has been involved with sailing for most of his life -- from dinghies as a boy, through to ocean racing and onto the America's Cup.

He competed in five of the latter, including being Project Manager and a member of the crew of Australia II when she won the Cup in 1983. After his Cup involvement, he led the team that constructed the replica of Captain James Cook’s ship of discovery, the HMB Endeavour.

In 1984, he was made a member of the Order of Australia (AM) for his services to yachting and in 1994 was recognised as Fremantle Citizen of the Year. He was also awarded the Australian Sports Medal in 2000 and the Centenary Medal in 2003.

In 2009, Longley was inducted into the America’s Cup Hall of Fame and is the seventh Australian to be so honoured.

He acted as Chief Executive Officer of the Fremantle Chamber of Commerce before taking up his new role as Event Director of the Perth 2011 ISAF Sailing World Championships and in 2011 was announced as the Western Australian Citizen of the Year in for the category of sport.

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To comment on this article click here Published : Wednesday, 18 April 2012

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