Saturday, 22 December 2012

Tis The Season To Go Boating!!

Christmas is such a special time of the year and one that makes us remindful of what's really important. It's a time to forget about work stresses and re-connect with your friends and family and take the time out to reflect on your year. 

Christmas shouldn't be just about over-indulgence, but it's a time to let the people who are important to you, know that you love and appreciate them. It's a time to give thanks in any every respect.


As someone who is absolutely passionate about boats, I think the festive season is a wonderful time for those who have a boat to get out and share this thrilling adventure with friends and family. This is a great way to build ever lasting memories. 


'The family that boats together, stays together' is one of my favourite sayings and I couldn't agree more as 'boat-bonding' is one experience where you see three generations within a family come together and everyone actually enjoys themselves. 

I didn't grow up around boats, in fact, the term 'boat' didn't exist in my vocabulary other than an annual ferry trip from Circular Quay to Manly, for fish and chips on the boardwalk. I saw it as an adventure and one that remained fond to me from my childhood. It's no surprise then, that when I did get to experience boating, it would become life-changing and one that I would yearn to do daily. 

I would say to anyone out there who is toying with the idea of getting into boating, you must take a leap of faith and just do it as you'll never look back. I've learnt first hand the importance of buying a good boat, however, as this will determine whether it's the best thing you ever do or an expensive and regrettable purchase.

Buying a boat really is an investment in your lifestyle. It's quite a selfless act to take, considering you can share it with your friends and family. It gives you the power to quite literally enhance people's worlds. This is a beautiful thing to reflect on at this time of year and if it was up to me, I would ban the exchanging of presents that no one really wants in lieu of buying a boat! 

Of course, buying a cheap and/or second hand boat can often mean inheriting someone else's problems and more likely than not, you'll end up spending the same amount of money if you'd purchased a new, quality built boat with full warranty and support. 

So, do your homework and investigate all the options, but there's no time like the present to be considering your dream boat for you and your loved ones to bring in the festive season in only the most exciting way possible. 

Wishing you all a very safe and memorable Christmas and New Year!! 

Happy Boating,

From Lee 






Saturday, 3 November 2012

World Class Boating- Boat Shows and Beyond!


Around the World in 30 Days!! 

Chris Craft 36 Corsair in all over silver at the Cannes Boat Show

First stop was the Cannes Boat Show! Easily my favourite boat show to visit in the entire world but this year it was especially amazing considering we got to go boating on some beautiful new models released from all of our brands!! 


Chris Craft 36 Corsair on display 
The Chris Craft 36 Corsair will always be one of the most highly desirable boats on the planet due to the prestige, performance and pleasure it promises. Testing the latest innovative model in the South of France was a great way to remind myself of just how lucky I am to do what I do. Ha, and they call this work!

FRAUSCHER 1017LIDO 


Stefan Frauscher on the newly released Frauscher 1017LIDO 


After having a sweet run on the Chris Craft 36, we headed over to the Frauscher stand. I was so excited to see the newly launched Frauscher 1017GT and Frauscher 1017 LIDO. The best bit was that we got to go boating on these 2 babies as well! 


Baia Atlantica 80. What an unbelievable boat!

Having never been a 'big boat' fanatic, I have to admit seeing and testing the Baia boats has completely changed my entire perception of what boating represents. 



The sheer performance of the Baia 80 Atlantica is something that needs to experienced to be believe. With a top speed of 50knots, I cannot even tell you how much I now love these brilliant boats!

NAPLES- BAIA FACTORY 



Of course, having just become a huge fan of the Baia boats in Cannes, we couldn't think of anything better than visiting the factory in Naples. Located in the most gorgeous ancient city of Baia, this is one day I will never forget. What a beautiful place to build boats!!

REGAL DEALER CONFERENCE IN SANIBEL ISLAND
The newly released Regal 3200 Bowrider! Wow
From a heap of stopovers around the world (way too many to mention) we were excited to be attending the Regal Dealer conference, not only because we were testing the entire range of models, but also because we were being presented with an award!! Our favourite boat in the range, was easily the Regal 3200 Bowrider, which could take 16 guests onboard and in absolute style and comfort! 


Me driving a Regal 
Getting to personally test the boats was just amazing and funnily enough, some of my male companions had remarked that they'd never been chauffeured by a female before! Apparently my ability to jump other boats wake was rather impressive! Just another day for me, considering I'm used to chop!

Steve, the Dealer Principal putting the Regal to the test!! 
Having circled the world and played on some 30 different boats, I'd be lying if I said this wasn't one of the best experiences I've ever had. This trip has only confirmed my belief that any day on a boat is a perfect day! Europe and America, with boats galore, has been the best 'holiday' I've had to date!! 





Sunday, 19 August 2012

A Toast to Sydney Boat Show!


Edge Models with Gary Holmes for a gorgeous photo shoot on our Chris Craft boats!


Mother Nature certainly did her part this year and turned up to our Sydney Boat Show in all her glory! And the best bit is she's stuck around to ensure all the excitement continues, especially considering all our new boat owners are absolutely loving the ability to get their feet wet...in the middle of winter no less!

Steve Hannes,  Dealer Principal, Lee Poulson, Brand Manager and Steve Heese, Chris Craft President


We couldn't have had a better Show and we were so excited to have Steve Heese, the Chris Craft President, keep us company on the stand as he loves to share his passion for his Chris Craft. He is and will always be thought of as my Boating God. 



Our James Bond Boats, as Chris Craft are affectionately termed, were the absolute show stoppers, as they made good on their promise to stand out in a sea of sameness.  What better way to show off our Bond Boats, then with a cool James Bond style photoshoot! The crowds were absolutely taken by this gorgeous couple who added a unique sparkle to the beautiful boats on display.




Amazingly we also managed to sell our very first BAIA 63 ONDA, which was only released a few weeks ago. With a top speed of 50 knots, this 63 footer is going to be unbelievable out on the water!


And the Frauscher 1017GT is heading to our beautiful Australian shores as well! We couldn't be more excited about this newly launched model coming our way! Set to be amongst the sexiest and meanest boats ever made, the Frauscher and Baia are going to make huge waves in Australia and will no doubt be dubbed Australia's finest and most aspirational boats imaginable, alongside our Chris Craft and Regal Boats of course.


Tuesday, 10 July 2012

Sydney Boat Show at Darling Harbour 2-6 August 2012





Every year the Sydney Boat Show creeps up so very quickly and this year has been no different. It's our fourth year of exhibiting and is our biggest and most anticipated show of the year. This year we'll be doing our first inside (Hall 2) and outside stand (on the Marina), which I must admit, being a boutique business is a little daunting albeit super exciting!


Before moving into the Boating Industry, it was a favourite past time of mine to attend boat shows, both in Australia and all around the World.  A word of advice, always choose comfortable flat shoes that are easy to slip on and off. There's nothing like having sore feet or having to tie up your laces every time you want to check out a boat in more detail. AND, have water, sunblock and a jacket. 


Of course, if you're looking to a buy a boat, the Sydney Boat Show is the number one destination in Australia to let your feet do the walking and check out your short-listed dream boats back to back. It's just like buying a car. Do all your research ahead of the show and when you attend the show, you're completely armed and ready to make an informed decision on what constitutes the best boat for you. 


If the prospect of owning a boat is merely one where you have an image on your vision board, do still think about attending the show as it's a great way to get your knowledge up on all things boating. The Sydney Boat Show is great for seeing fashion shows, live presentations by industry professionals and basically, it's a great opportunity to ask all those 'silly' questions (trust me, there are none) that you've been dying to get answers for. 


As the Sydney Boat Show is located at Darling Harbour, it's a great excuse to have a harbour front lunch with your family or special friends and of course, if you have the kids in tow, they will love all the competitions they can play a part of as well as promotional giveaways. 


As per every year, my highlight is welcoming Steve Heese, the Chris Craft President, to our stand (on the Marina) and we would suggest any Chris Craft devotee out there, should definitely pop by to meet him. 


We look forward to seeing you at the Show and of course, feel free to ask me any questions about what boats we'll have on display!


Happy and Safe Boating!
Lee 



Monday, 25 June 2012

Chris gets Crafty with new Models and Colours

Check out the new Montego Blue and Champagne Colours unveiled recently in Miami

Steve Heese, an absolute Boating Legend, introduces us to their brand new 32 Launch Bowrider. 


Tuesday, 5 June 2012

Should I Buy a New or Second Hand Boat?

Buying a boat can be as exciting as the first day you get married! But like any marriage, you certainly want to do your research to be sure you get it right.

Congratulations, you've decided to buy a boat! Now before you go out and buy the first boat you lay your eyes on (and possibly regret it), it's important to make sure you do your homework well before it comes time to handing over your dollars.


As the old saying goes 'the best 2 days in your boating life is the day you buy your boat and the day you sell it'. Whilst, I've never prescribed to this line of thinking myself, I've heard all the horror stories out there and I'm happy to share some home truths with you. Oh and if you're thinking I maybe a little biased, keep in mind we do sell both new and used boats and I simply believe 'forewarned is forearmed'.


Benefits of Buying a New Boat



I would always suggest you're better off buying a new small boat that meets your budget as opposed to a bigger second hand boat for the same price. 

There's nothing like buying a new boat and infusing your own imprint into it. Then there is naming your new boat and welcoming it into the family like you do for a newborn. 

If it's your first boat ever, I generally say smaller is often better as you need to keep it simple to ensure you get out and enjoy it as much as possible. Then, assuming you enjoy your boating adventures and it's everything you've dreamed it would be, you can look to upgrade in the future. If you buy your boat from a good dealer, they will generally take care of you with your upgrade and keep it as simple as possible. All too often, I see multi-million dollar boats sitting here at the Marina doing nothing, whereas our sporty and fun day boats are out most weekends being loved and enjoyed. 

Due to amazing advances in technology, you can option up your boat with the latest anti-corrosive measures such as Ocean X Drives, fresh water cooling and Neutra-salt solution, which will take your usual 5-year maintenance requirements up to a staggering 20 years and beyond. 


Warranty equals peace of mind. Remember, if you grey import, you do not get any warranty or service from the Australian representatives for this brand.

Based on our current economic conditions, you can often get yourself some amazing bargains on a new boat, especially considering our strong Aussie dollar. If you deal with an importer and distributor of a boat brand, you will gain further savings on a new boat, due to low margins adopted as most dealers are needing to remain highly competitive. This rings true for deciding between a local dealer or grey importing as in many cases (like ours), a dealer will start at US pricing in any case and then you get a boat built to Australian standards and not the US.

A big point to make when thinking about buying a boat (whether new or used) is the brand of boat and where they're built. It's true that a lot of American built boats are built purely for flat water lakes. You need to pay great attention to the shape of the hulls of a boat as this will determine whether your boat will handle choppy Australian conditions. For instance our Regal Boats are brilliant due to the patented and award winning FasTrac hull which means they're great for Sydney Harbour chop. And the deadrise and flared hull design of our Chris Craft makes off shore boating an absolute breeze.

Things to think about on Second Hand


Low hours on a second hand boat should ring massive alarm bells! In fact, the more hours on an engine the better. Low hours usually mean the legs have been sitting there and salt water is feasting away at all the metal components. This can mean a very costly overhaul and in many cases a complete engine rebuild and leg replacement is required.

The best second hand boats are those kept on a trailer and flushed after every use.

Ensure all servicing and maintenance has been carried out and do ask questions as to why the current owner is selling. Often it's a good sign if they're simply upgrading and take note as to whether the owner is upgrading to the same brand or a different one as this will give you an idea of how pleased the buyer was with that brand of boat.

Will a Marine Survey Protect my Interests?


Whilst you should certainly get a marine survey, don't be fooled into thinking a 'good bill of health' is exactly that. Unfortunately diagnosing imminent issues can usually only take place once the problem actually occurs, which is often after you've made your purchase or only found at the time of slipping and servicing the boat.



If you choose wisely, one of the most exciting purchases you will ever make is when you buy a boat as it represents a sense of freedom and one that you can share with your special friends and family! In fact, boating really is family bonding at its finest. 












Friday, 6 April 2012

Grey Import or Buy from an Authorised Dealer?



I was exhibiting at a Boat Show recently and met a lovely man who said  "I'm going to the States and I'm buying a Regal 2100 over there as I'll save myself $30-$40,000." I wish we were making this much of a margin on our boats, but this is so very far from the truth.


I had an article published about Grey Importing titled 'Grey Daze' as I felt compelled to share the reality of this risky endeavour. I've heard all the stories and more have been bad than good.


Why Buy Your Regal Boat or Chris Craft direct from Premier Marine?


We are the importer and distributor of all our brands, which means we have no middle-men or finance issues. We happily pass these savings on to you in the beginning. So it might work out that you could save a few thousand dollars, but is it really worth the headache and hassle involved?


We start all our prices at the US pricing and simply add on the costs involved to get your boat here in Australia and pre-deliver the boat. We don't factor in our costs of training and ongoing support and service. We don't even charge you for the safety kit, fenders or lines!  


If you buy your boat from an authorised dealer, you will have the peace of mind regarding full access to warranty. AND, we do all the work for you. If you grey import, you need to know you will not have any support or warranty in Australia!


On big boats, especially, please remember we have the boats built to Australian standards. Any grey import is built for US standards, which will see you carry the extra cost of changing the boat when it arrives. This cost can be $50,000 to $70,000 for changing the electricals alone!


We use the best shipping methods to ensure your boat arrives in perfect condition. That is, we buy the best cradles, use the best shrink-wrapping methods and use the best transport companies. We had a grey importer bring in a big Regal only to find there was major structural damage and the boat was a write-off. 


Whilst I've heard of a few positive outcomes regarding grey-importing, the bad far outweigh the good. You might get lucky and get yourself a great bargain BUT you might also be wasting thousands of dollars and time bringing in a lemon. 


So I would advise you to really do your homework and never rely on a marine survey as these are often fabricated considering there is no legal recourse available. 



Wednesday, 8 February 2012

What's so Good about Boating?

 

   
Whether it's pulling up anchor and listening to the motion of the ocean, laying back and making out shapes from the hovering clouds, or sharing some strawberries and champagne with a friend. Simple acts quickly become something very special when they're performed on a boat.  

Boating is life-changing and I see it with every single person I invite into the world of boating. For me, even if I only get 10-20mins on a boat, (which happens a lot) it still uplifts my day and I tend to see more of the simple pleasures in every day life. Boating helps me to work harder in my daily activities as it's a brilliant stress relief, as well as uplifting my entire being.

Boating has the power to bond family and friends together. I often reflect on the fact that it's one recreational activity where you can have 3 generations of family members out for a day without anyone compromising on their fun factor. 

The popular saying "It's all about the journey and not the destination' can be said about boating. One of my favourite experiences was launching a Regal Boat near Harrington and driving to Taree to get some groceries. Boating makes even the most mundane of 'chores' a memory that can last forever and if you see some dolphins on the way, well then, that's an added bonus to cherish.

I personally know some Chris Craft owners that avoid the hustle and bustle of commuting to work and instead jump in their boat and drive into the city (there are temporary berths for hire at Darling Harbour) for their early morning meetings. What a great way to avoid the red lights, road rage and peak traffic. 

We're so very blessed to be surrounded by water and I truly believe Sydney is home to the most beautiful Harbour in the world! Seeing the Opera House and the Sydney Harbour Bridge by boat allows you to feel a part of this live portrait and the magic lies in the fact that every time you view it, the experience will be unique and magical and one that you will want to re-live from the moment you step off the boat. 

Sydney is absolutely made for boating and there are a heap of on-water restaurants and cafes that will cater to your berthing or mooring needs. Dinner at Otto? Lunch at Plonk Cafe or Fish and chips at Darling Harbour?...whatever floats your boat, there are so many activities that promise your recreational life is never going to be the same again.