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SEABBATICAL STARTUPS: A GUIDE TO SETTING UP YOUR OWN CHARTER BOAT BUINESS

For those serious about making a living from the sea. Have you dreamt of swapping florescent lights with sunshine, the water cooler for the calm blue sea and air-conditioning for a salt filled breeze? Has the same old work routine worn thin and running your own business combined with a coastal lifestyle has appeal? Then you need to read this guide and avoid the three common mistakes of wrong boat, wrong location, wrong marketing. At this very moment in time, running your own successful charter boat business in Australia has never been more achievable thanks to a booming tourism sector in both our coastal cities and regional sea side towns. Now with the recent release Multihull Central’s SEAbbatical startup program, owning and running your own charter boat business is now pre-packaged and ready to set sail. There are several areas that need to be…

New club partnership invites next generation to ‘Tri’ sailing

New club partnership invites next generation to ‘Tri’ sailing

Two new Corsair Pulse 600 trimarans were delivered by Multihull Central to the RQYS in time for the start of the sailing season to join a new initiative by the club whereby a new category of membership now includes the use of the two cutting edge trimarans for the purposes of learning to sail, cruising with family or one design racing. “We recognize that for sailing as a sport and recreation to be relevant to the next generation, there needs to be new and exciting boat designs that capture the imagination and are fun to sail,” said Brent Vaughan, Director of Multihull Central. “But equally important is providing access to these boats and encouraging participation to those uninitiated.” “Multihulls are leading growth trends worldwide in both racing and recreational cruising , but it has always frustrated me that unless you either know someone with…

Seawind launches new high passenger capacity charter boat

Seawind launches new high passenger capacity charter boat

Seawind Catamarans are about to revolutionize the day charter market with the launch of their newest design the Seawind 1160 Resort. At just 38’ this new day charter catamaran packs a punch, offering operators the ability to carry up to 43 passengers for day charter excursions and group party bookings. This innovative day charter boat is designed for use at beach resorts, harbor sailing, whale watching, scuba/snorkeling excursions and for day charter party bookings. She is available in both a sail, and motor yacht version with the sail version taking preference for most buyers. Her design highlights some unique new features on a boat of this size including the fully covered cockpit and huge open bow rider. Clever use of space and seating layout have enabled a huge passenger capacity without overcrowding the usable space onboard. As a purpose built day charter catamaran the…

Mandurah Boat Show

This year we are featuring two boats at the Mandurah Boat Show, a Seawind 1250 and an Aquila 44. This wonderful boat show now in its 9th year runs from the 7th to the 9th of October and showcases everything nautical. This year we have a luxury Aquila 44 powercat which since its introduction to Australia last year has truly dazzled everyone who has seen it. By bringing together an incredible team of designers, builders and managers to result in one of the fastest growing brands of catamaran that are exclusively power and totally luxuriousness. With at least one boat sold at every boat show they have featured at she is definitely worth having a look at. We will also have on display a Seawind 1250 sailing catamaran. The Seawind 1250 is a true blue water cruiser and is purpose built for sailing the…

The story behind the new Seawind 1190 Sport

The story behind the new Seawind 1190 Sport

Multihull Central’s Brent Vaughan explains the back story to the only production catamaran under 45 feet designed for performance sailors. With over 115 Seawind 1160s launched and sailing worldwide, the design has forged a reputation for its innovative layout, robust construction and simple but safe sailing systems. However the design has for a long time been overlooked as a true performance cruising catamaran. Then in 2010 Seawind acquired Corsair Marine in Vietnam, builders of the world’s most popular high performance trimarans with 30 years of experience and would eventually become the headquarters for Seawind Catamarans with the senior management team all relocating to Ho Chi Minh City. The Corsair Marine factory has three main buildings with the trimarans being assembled in one building, the Seawinds being assembled in another, and fibreglassing of all designs under one roof in the centre. This mix of design…

Aussie Couple ‘jags’ Outremer catamaran for YouTube Videos

Aussie Couple ‘jags’ Outremer catamaran for YouTube Videos

YouTube sensation Riley and Elayna of ‘Sailing La Vagabonde’ have just landed a wonderful deal with legendary French catamaran manufacturer, Outremer Yachting, to extend their cruising adventures onboard a new Outremer 45 involving a historic sponsorship deal confirming the power of social media. “We are fans since the beginning and felt their honest and human values meets ours and they might be great ambassadors for Outremer. They had issues finding a loan for their boat, so we stepped in helping them getting a lease” explain Xavier Desmarest, CEO of Outremer. With over two hundred thousand subscribers to their YouTube channel and numerous episodes with well over one million views, La Vagabond leads the growing global trend of intrepid sailors documenting their adventures in incredible locations while on seabbatical, allowing thousands to sample what life is like at sea from the comfort of their homes…

Moreton Bay Multihull Regatta

Moreton Bay Multihull Regatta

Multihull Central is pleased to invite you to the 2016 Moreton Bay Multihull Regatta, which for the first time is open to all multihulls. There will be a Seawind Racing Division and a General Racing Division. This year we are based at The Royal Queensland Yacht Squadron (RQYS), with berthing available at their Marina. There will be a mixture of racing & cruising plus a degree of partying! ENTER HERE The regatta schedule is as follows: Friday 14th October: 1400hrs – “Test & Tune” Afternoon sail starting from Waterloo Bay, an opportunity to tune up & also utilise all sails if desired. 1830 hrs – “Meet the Fleet” BBQ at RQYS where you can get to know your fellow Multihull owners- 2 crew members included in entry fee, extra crew $20/person 1900hrs– Briefing on the Saturday’s racing and activities Saturday 15th October: 1000 hrs…

SEAbbatical Summit in Sydney – another success!

SEAbbatical Summit in Sydney – another success!

Our second SEAbbatical Summit held in Sydney was another resounding success! The aim helping professionals and business owners enrich their lives with an adventure at sea cruising onboard their own boat, before retirement. On Saturday, more than 50 people joined us at the Royal Motor Yacht Club in Pittwater, where four speakers and a panel from the Charter industry presented on subjects including Planning a voyage, Purchasing the right boat, Profiting from charter boat programs, Preparing skills and life, and Prospering upon return with an exit plan. The highlights included Jessica Watson presented on her adventures sailing around the world and Craig & Kerry Margetts who circumnavigated Australia with their children, providing incredible real life examples and stories on their adventures. Then on Sunday during a sparkling sunny Sydney day, participants interested in a sea trial came aboard a Seawind 1160 and had the…

The Cat with plenty of PURR – showcasing at Auckland on the water Boat Show

The Cat with plenty of PURR – showcasing at Auckland on the water Boat Show

Appearing for the first time in New Zealand at the Auckland on the water Boat Show September 29-October 2nd 2016 Wide side decks and plenty of handrails – which are all up to Australian commercial survey standards – should keep everyone safe Powered catamarans like the Aquila 44 are comfortable cruising platforms that are growing in popularity for some very good reasons – such as their frugal fuel consumption combined with spacious hulls. Read a review here from Australian Multihull World MHW139-Aquila44 finalAquila 44 – A Cat with a Purr!

5 Top Tips from the SEAbbatical Summit

5 Top Tips from the SEAbbatical Summit

5 Top Tips from the SEAbbatical Summit. Multihull Central recently hosted the first SEAbbatical Summit in Brisbane, with over 70 people attending listening to 6 expert speakers on how to cruise before retirement . Here are just some golden nuggets of information that came from this extraordinary day: 1 – Safety is key when choosing a cat For Pam and Eric Sellix, crossing the South Pacific from Mexico to Australia was just as daunting as it is for most non-sailors, because Pam had never really sailed before they purchased their Seawind 1160 catamaran and had never been cruising before departing on their epic voyage. So for Eric, selecting a boat that would keep them safe and comfortable was paramount and took precedence. When asked what does ‘safe’ mean in terms of a boat, he responded by saying, “I see safety as the construction methods…

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