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This Boating Life

The team are now up to Episode 8 of their podcast series “This Boating Life”. The series created by the Boating Industry Association Victoria intends to showcase the individuals who have shaped the boating industry in Victoria. In this episode, host John ‘The Bear’ Willis talks to and special guest Roger Veitch from Veitch Boats who at the age of 14 years knew that the boating life was for him!

This Boating Life is produced with thanks to Boating Careers.

Find Episode 8 as well as the other episodes HERE

Opportunity to exhibit with BIAV

The Paynesville Classic Boat Rally & Maritime Festival will take place from March 1-3, 2024 and industry is invited to join the BIAV as part of the event.

This free community event attracts over 10,000 visitors to Paynesville for the weekend. In 2020 it was awarded East Gippsland’s Community Event of the Year, and plans are underway to deliver a spectacular fleet of classic boats on water, ranging from Tall Ships, to sailing vessels, classic motorboats, skiffs, fishing boats, small crafts and more for 2024.

Boating Careers and a BIAV mini-Boatshow display are also in the planning. This will be featured in the event promotional campaign, as well as via a BIAV driven social media program.

To find out more contact

For further details please CLICK HERE.

Boatcode Agent wanted in Melbourne

An opportunity exists for a Melbourne-based BIAV member to become a Boatcode agent and, consequently, be eligible to issue Hull Identification Numbers (HINs).

In the coming years, there is an expected increase in demand for HINs, as requirements related to them are reviewed by state authorities. Those eligible for the role include marine mechanics, shipwrights, marine surveyors, naval architects, or others with extensive experience in the marine industry. While this will offer a modest revenue stream on its own, other opportunities and work may also result from being a Boatcode agent.

If you’re interested, please email Kel Turner at Transport for NSW at . Kel will be able to provide further information and the application form.

Ocean Racing Club of Victoria RIP Tour scheduled for 24 March

The annual ORCV tour of Port Phillip Heads is on Sunday, 24 March. Learn how and when to transition The Rip safely.

Informative, educational, and a great day out, the tour takes place on the chartered Searoad Ferry, the 36m, 300-passenger Peninsula Princess. It is suitable for all boating enthusiasts or those simply interested in a tour of the heads for an enjoyable day on the water.

Conducted by experienced ORCV sailors and navigators who will provide onboard commentary, the tour focuses on the “pincers” between the two peninsulas, Point Lonsdale in the West, and Point Nepean in the East, collectively known as “The Heads.” The rip is the passage of water between these two points. The educational tour provides knowledge on how to transit safely, both in and out.

Guests can join the 2024 tour from Sorrento Searoad Ferry Pier at 9:00 am or Queenscliff Searoad Ferry Pier at 9:45 am on Sunday, March 24th. For further information and bookings, CLICK HERE.