Stainless Chain Reaction

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Stainless Chain

Gold Coast Sculpture artist and creative genius, Michael Van Dam has won multiple awards for his work and it’s not hard to see why. Using marine grade 4mm 316 stainless steel chain, Michael welds the links together to form extremely strong and durable pieces of art.

Michael started out as a sheet metal apprentice in New Zealand, the now 50 year old has since come along way doing  kitchen benches and pipes. After attending to Gold Coast’s beachside sculpture festival, Swell, Michael then decided to utilities stainless chain into physical sculptures and the outcome could not be any more perfect!

The owners of the Hayman Island Resort has commissioned Michael to create three large pieces, consisting of a turtle, a seahorse and a whale for the resort in the Whitsundays.


The dragon pictured in this article was Michael’s entry into the Gold Coast’s Swell Festival called Emerging Dragon. This piece took six months to complete and consists of a whopping 4000 metres of chain! That’s around 450,000 welds – that’s a lot of work!


These pieces are perfect for coastal, commercial and public environments. Lights can be added to spice up your sculpture. Visit Michael’s website to check out more of his work and get in touch if you’d like to speak to him about your own piece of art.
Phone: 0407 253 477

Bayside Boat Canopies

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Bayside Boat Canopies specialises in Canopies, Biminis, Covers, Clears and upholstery for a range of applications including ski boats, run-abouts, bow riders, Yachts, Cruisers, half cabs and open boats.

Custom made with  the best quality marine-grade materials to suit any application you require, and most importantly, all Australian-made!

Specialising in:
Run-abouts   |   Classics   |   Cruisers   |   Yachts |   Ski/Wake Boats

Visit us on Facebook or pop over to our website and check our work –


RT Marine

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RT Marine

The marine industry has been Rods main working platform since starting his apprenticeship in 1984, in this time Rod has held diverse positions including live aboard positions on luxury superyachts as Ships Master and Engineer, shore based positions ranging from Marina Operations Manager, Project Manager and General Manager Titles of large refit and repair companies. In 2011 Rod started Rod Twitchin Marine Pty Ltd which gave him the ability to move away from the desk, hitting the front line again and being involved hands on with his clients and vessels providing a personal service second to none. The “berth” of RTM also offered Rod a new direction including Marine Surveying, coupled with an AMSA accreditation this allows him to assist with recreational and commercial vessels.

Spending over 10 years at sea and visiting many shipyards for annual maintenance and refit works coupled with working within a shipyard environment, has shown Rod both angles of business which has forged an unlimited level of service and a great understanding of the meaning to “time, quality and budget”.

As shown on the Services page RTM offers a diverse range of services and will travel nationally or internationally to your destination and offer assistance, please call or contact the team for any inquiry large or small.




RTM holds an AMSA/MSQ accreditation as a Marine Surveyor #379, is recognised by Club Marine and Nautilus Marine Insurance, and is a member of Marine Queensland.

With countless inspections on a varied range of vessels, RTM can assist you with the below survey inspections. RTM can also liase with the broker or current owner to arrange inspection dates/times and organise the marina berth/travel lift booking offering you a “care free” service throughout the survey period.

  • Pre Purchase Condition Reports – These “in and out” of water inspections capture the general condition of the vessel as a whole including the hull, machinery, ancillary systems, interior and exterior fittings. The inspection findings are formalised into a report and professionally presented with specific comments, highlighted defect items and colour reference photo’s offering you a comprehensive appraisal of the vessel.


  • Insurance Condition Reports – These “in and out” of water inspections are specific to the particular insurance company’s requirements and are formalised into a professionally presented report with specific comments and colour reference photos.


  • Valuations – These reports will cover valuations for Taxation, Insurance and Customs purposes (but not limited to) and are professionally presented, well descripted and coupled with colour reference photos. These reports can vary from “in and/or out” of water inspections.


  • Commercial Survey – RTM is accredited for the following Commercial Surveys; Machinery including propulsion and associated systems & Safety.


Project Management ~ Consultancy

History has shown time and time again our clients enjoy the ability to conduct ongoing personal business and continue with their lifestyle while their vessel is as at the shipyard, giving RTM the responsibility of keeping the project on track with budget, quality and time frames the priority.

Managing in the vicinity of 1000 varied projects large and small on vessels ranging from 10ft to 200ft coupled with countless visits to shipyards aboard vessels as Master or Engineer has given Rod clear vision on what is required to ensure you a smooth Maintenance/Refit period. Whether your vessel is crewed or privately operated our Project Management services offers you “one” point of contact who will take responsibility by coordinating the shipyard and trades, relay constant factual information on the project status, offer you guidance if required and a thorough review of all invoices for payment approval.

Additionally RTM can deliver your vessel to and from the shipyard if required taking another time constraint from your business/lifestyle schedule.

Boats R Us


Boats R Us is located in the Hope Island Resort Marina on the Gold Coast. They are a leading Boat Sales company that strive for success. Whether you’re looking to buy a new boat, or sell your old boat – let the team at Boats R Us help make the transition easy. Everything from Power boats, sail boats, berthing to boating accessories – it’s all covered at Boats R Us.

Contact Daniel on

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Austrack Campers: Built tough. Built to last.


The Camper Trailers Experience

One of the best things about living in Australia is its wide open spaces.  One of the best ways to get back to nature and enjoy all this great country has to offer is camping, and what better way than a Camper Trailer.  Whether it’s a peaceful mountain creek or near the roaring waves there’s a camping experience to suit everyone.
At Austrack Campers, we love the great outdoors and aside from having the best Camper Trailers and Tents available on the market, we also have a ton of great tips on where to go and how to get the best out of your equipment.

We’ve got a camping solution to fit every age and experience.  Our flagship hard floor front or rear fold camper trailers are self-contained and are the quickest and easiest to set up with full off road capabilities.  The Extreme and Off Road camper trailers are for the larger families who love the true camping experience, packing a huge soft floor tent that is made from the highest quality components that will withstand anything you can throw at them.

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We pride ourselves on sourcing the best quality materials to make your camper trailer. Austrack Campers don’t settle for second best – we figure if you’re going to do something, do it right. Having been building camper trailers for over 12 years and listening to our customers we are always developing new ways to make our products even better and are the forerunners of innovation in the camping industry. That’s why we say our trailers and tents are “Built Tough, Built to Last”.

Come and have a look for yourself at our Caboolture showroom at 73 Lear Jet Drive. If you can’t get there, we’ll be coming to a place near you soon at one of the Camping Expos throughout the year.


Boaties Group Custom Boat Care

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Is your boat moored quite a distance from where you live? Do you work away, travel a lot for work, constantly worried about if your boat is still safely tied to the jetty after that week of high winds, are the bilge areas still dry after that night-week of rain?

Being a boat owner, Ben use to travel a lot for work, and knows what it’s like to have these concerns, as much as he knows his boat is in extremely good condition and that the last time he was on it everything was working correctly, knowing he tied the mooring lines off correctly before leaving, but what if the high winds while he is away, stretch the ropes, letting the gelcoat become damaged from rubbing on the jetty etc., a hose clamp has started to deteriorate and the hose has started weeping from the hose tail on the through hull fitting. If your boat is moored at a marina will the marina manager notice that your mooring lines are lose and your boat is now on a slight angle, just enough to let the stern/bow rub on the jetty, the list goes on.

Ben likes to run his engines, genset, air con etc, at least once a fortnight minimum, however it’s hard considering he is not always available to do these important tasks, who can you trust to do all of the above, your neighbour or a friend? We’re sure he’s a good bloke but does he really know what he’s doing and what he’s looking for?

This is where Ben comes in. He is an experienced boatie, and at 34 years old and has been around boats all his life, including his own boat (36FT Mustang). Ben has done his own servicing on the boat including oil change, replacement of fuel pumps, replace injectors, replace water pumps, replace/repair bilge pumps, water impellers, drive belts just to name a few. He really does know what it takes to look after a boat!

Do you need:

• Mooring lines checked & re-tensioned

• Bilge pump area inspected & test of bilge pump (on-off)

• Engine run & Visual inspection

• Shore power check

• Genset run & Visual inspection

• Running of aircon units

• External wash down (before or after a trip)

Let Boaties Group Custom Boat Care take the worry out of your Boat Care. They can assist you in one of the services they provide, or do all of them, from a one off or routine regular scheduled appointments, depending on your requirements.

With Boaties Group Custom Boat Care, they can also get your trailer boat ready for a weekend out on the water if your too busy i.e. run engine, check batteries, steering friction, bilge pumps, wheel bearing re packing or replacement, wash down.

Most importantly, Ben & his team are part of Boaties Quotes, which means any issues with your boat or any items that need to be fixed or replaced, it can be organised through the Boaties Quotes National Boating Directory Of Suppliers.

Service area – Tweed Heads NSW to Sunshine Coast QLD and anywhere in between.

Please feel free to call, text or email your requirements to Ben for a competive price.

Contact Ben on 0447 938 907

Citadel Insurance – Insurance to protect you and your business


Citadel Insurance specialise in providing insurance solution for you and your business. They offer solutions for the following insurance products:

• Business Insurance • Professional Insurance

• Property Owners and Strata Insurance

• Marine Liability, Hull and Cargo Insurance

• Trades and Construction Insurance

• Commercial and Private Motor Vehicle Insurance

• Income Protection Insurance

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Contact Nicholas on 0410 565 101 to find out more information or check out their website

App of the month – Boaties App

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App city has featured Boaties App as their pick for App of the Month!

Boaties, This is the app for you!

The one and only Leisure , Lifestyle and Boating App for everything on and around the water.
SUP, Kayak, Boating, Boarding, Dining, Health and Wellness,
Service, Products, Weather, Blogging, Events, News and updates.

The app also features the Liquid Life and Leisure mag with each monthly issue including great feature articles, news, events, health, fitness and lifestyle articles, places to go, things to see and much more.
Yours free, every month, ‘exclusive’ only to app holders.

An abundance of features & a lifetime investment with a once off fee of $4.49.

Download it today and start taking advantage of all of it’s wonderful features-

• Alerts- Receive up to date news and information
• Events- See all our upcoming events in detail and rsvp
• Blog- Read our blog posts and stay connected
• Photo Share- Share your photos with us
• Magazines- View and print our magazines

Plus much, much more

Ballina Slipway



Established for over 30 years Ballina Slipway & Marine Services is located on the sheltered and picturesque waters of Emigrant Creek. We have direct access to the Pacific Ocean via the mighty Richmond River.

Ballina was once the heart of the trawler building industry and the slipway was developed to provide services for the dozens of working vessels and pleasure vessels plying the east coast. The Ballina Slipway is only 4 kms from the centre of Ballina and a short 7 minute drive to the Ballina/Byron Airport. The recently upgraded Pacific Hwy is almost at their door allowing for an easy 1 hour drive to the Gold Coast.

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Their secure facilities are extensive and well maintained to provide a safe and Eco- friendly work environment. They provide excellent slipping facilities for Mono Hulls (to 100 tons) and Multihulls with a beam of up to 8 meters.

If you plan to work on your own vessel, Ballina Slipway can provide clean and powered work areas that are accessible 7 days a week. For large or long-term projects, or to simply store your vessel out of the water, the secure Hardstand areas are available at very reasonable monthly rates.

The team at Ballina Slipway supply all mooring equipment and provide comprehensive mooring maintenance services. They also offer short or long term mooring rental and marina berths (subject to availability.)

The owners and staff of Ballina Slipway are committed to providing a professional, safe and friendly experience to all their customers. Whether you own a pleasure vessel or commercial vessel you can be assured that whilst in their care it will be handled safely and professionally at all times.

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Trades and Services

On-site trades and services include Antifouling services, Shipwrights, Fiberglass repairs, Metal fabrication, Mechanical services, Marine Electrician, Air Conditioning and Refrigeration servicing.

Abrasive Blasting and Painting Services

Abrasive blasting and re-painting on steel, aluminium, timber and fibreglass hulls. For your convenience they stock a large range of paint and antifouling products.

Chandlery and Equipment Supplies

They maintain up to date catalogues from all Australian chandlery importers and manufacturers. Anchors to Anodes, Hatches to Hoses, Rope to Radars. Subject to availability from the suppliers, this extensive range of products can be ordered through the office for next day delivery.

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Boat storage/ Hardstand

Hardstand storage sites are available at very reasonable monthly rates. All storage sites are clean,supplied with power, and have access to water.

If you are looking to store a trailerable boat they can offer secure storage and a key to give you access 7 days a week.

Insurance survey

The Ballina Slipway team can provide a survey/inspection report that is accepted by most major insurance companies for vessel reinsurance purposes.

Local service providers

The diverse Ballina economy offers numerous specialised industries and suppliers including canvas and upholstery repairers, engineering services etc and all are easily accessible from their premises. They also enjoy the convenience of a large Bunnings Hardware store located only minutes away.

For more information, visit or contact them on the details below.

Ballina Slipway and Marine Services P/L
2c Boardwater Place, Ballina NSW 2478 Australia.

Phone: 02 6686 8288

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