this very page a year ago I predicted that within twelve to eighteen
months we would be transacting up to 25 per cent of our entire
account on-line. Well I was wrong; we actually hit 30% after ten
What this means, and without giving away the size
of our account, is that somewhere between 40,000 and 60,000 people
have confidently taken out a new policy or renewed their policy
online. No filling in cheques, no envelopes, no postage, no trips
to the post office, no hassles, just an instantaneous and convenient
fulfilment of a task that would normally be an intrusion on precious
time and resources.
To say we have been overwhelmed by the take-up of
our internet option is an understatement. I’m almost scared to predict
what we will be transacting on-line this time next year, but as
a challenge for us all let me predict a figure of 50%!
Is it possible? Who can tell, but I’ll certainly be reporting
the results on this page in December 2005.
In this issue we take a look at what is available
on the market in regards to PFDs or Personal Floatation Devices.
The wearing of PFDs has become quite a hot issue with what appears
to be little chance of reconciliation between the two main opposing
opinions – that
is, compulsory wearing of PFDs or not.
Some bureaucrats would have us wearing PFDs at all
times whilst aboard any type of vessel, whether or not that boat
is in motion. Whereas some still believe that it should be up to
I tend to take the attitude that an ounce of prevention
can save a whole lot of pain down the track, and take a more practical
approach to the wearing of PFDs. All children under ten years of
age should wear a PFD at all times. Except of course at night when
sleeping, or if the boat is moored or anchored and responsible
adults are present and the weather is calm.
On the other hand, all people should wear a PFD
when onboard a boat which is underway at night, crossing a bar
at anytime of day, or when weather conditions indicate it is appropriate
to do so. And of course it is always the skipper’s ultimate responsibility
to decide when that time has come and to ensure that these rules
are adhered to.
We all know people who are “too cool” to wear a PFD,
but how cool do you think you’d look when you’re being
dragged from the water, face down?
Don’t be a mug, wear a PFD, and set an example for others!
In this magazine you’ll find our usual Christmas catalogue
full of quality clothing and accessories. There are a number of
new items but I’m particularly keen on the summer weight
vest. This is a great accessory to have in your gear bag, and is
genuinely waterproof and snug with its hi-tech micro fleece lining.
And as a bonus, it doesn’t look too bad either!
Our sunglasses are the famous “Fish” brand with polarised
lenses. A true benefit for boating on sunny days to cut down on
Get your orders in early to ensure pre-Christmas
Also in this magazine is a preview of the historic
60th Sydney-to-Hobart yacht race commencing this Boxing Day (inclusive
of a feature on the youngest team, Team Uni Melbourne, to participate
in the race); a look at the golden age of flying boats; a cruise
down the 400-kilometre Clarence River in New South Wales, we delve
into the fascinating world of whales, and the fast-growing activity
of whale watching in Australia.
Enjoy the magazine and remember that your safety
is our top priority!