One of the best things about my job is experiencing the loyalty our members show to us, with many of them renewing their relationship with us each year, sometimes for decades. In fact, we are now seeing the third generation of some boating families joining up with Club Marine.
We’ve been the leading provider of insurance for pleasure craft in Australia for nearly 40 years and over this time we’ve made some great friends in and around the boating community.
Being backed by the global resources and financial strength of Allianz, the second-largest financial services group in the world, means we are able to give our members unrivalled peace-of-mind and financial security, and we are constantly investing in providing better products and services for our members. Competitors may come and go, but Club Marine remains the long-term insurer of choice for nearly 145,000 boaties across Australia and New Zealand – and our consistent, disciplined and principled approach to business continues to win us more new friends every year.
To honour our end of the bargain, we are committed to continuing to come up with new and innovative membership benefits and rewards for our members, and to this end I am delighted to announce our next big thing – the Club Marine Classic Giveaway.
When you next renew your Club Marine membership, including a 12-month insurance policy and subscription to CM Magazine, or take out a new membership for yourself or a family member, you will automatically go into the draw to win our fantastic prize package valued at over $90,000.
First prize is a brand-new, award-winning Haines Hunter 600 Classic, the ideal all-purpose family cruiser or fishing platform for any conditions. The 600 Classic comes fully loaded with a powerful Yamaha 150hp outboard, top-of-the-line Mackay Multi-Link trailer, the latest and greatest in electronics from Navman and a brace of the best fishing rods and reels money can buy from Shimano. The lucky winner will also take home $1300 worth of Club Marine merchandise, a free 12-month Club Marine membership and insurance policy, and will travel as our guest to take delivery of their prize at the Sanctuary Cove International Boat Show next year.
Haines Hunter is an extraordinary Australian manufacturing success story, with a hard-earned reputation for building boats to the highest international standards. Principals John Haber and Edwin Cole are two of the most passionate and innovative people I have come across in the boating industry – both wear their hearts on their sleeves and are bloody proud of the boats they build.
And this commitment and passion extends to the rest of Haines Hunter. The craftsman who takes the hull and deck out of the mould takes total control of the assembly and fit-up of that boat; and that same craftsman effectively ‘buys’ every example of their finished work. The thinking is, if they wouldn’t part with their own money to own the boat, they don’t sign it off for shipment to the selling dealer.
This unrelenting commitment to total quality has led to Haines Hunter winning numerous awards from the BIA and AMIF Australian Marine Awards over recent years, and only weeks ago Haines Hunter was inducted into the Victorian Manufacturers Hall of Fame, joining a small number of other world-beating local marine manufacturers.
There are also some great consolation prizes on offer in the Club Marine Classic Giveaway, including a Sirocco inflatable boat, complete with Yamaha outboard, plus 20 pairs of Spotters sunglasses.
Best of all, there are no forms to fill in, no expensive 1900 telephone numbers to call or SMS entries to send. We just want to say thanks for your continued patronage and support. Just by taking out a new membership and magazine subscription, or renewing an existing membership, you will be eligible to win.
Good luck, I can’t wait to hand over the keys to one of you early next year at Sanctuary Cove. In the meantime, safe and happy boating – and let’s hope the weather gods smile upon us all with an early summer.