I am just back in the office after attending the Adelaide
Boat Show, which followed closely along behind the Club Marine Melbourne
Boat Show just two weeks before.
Both shows reminded me of the strength and diversity
of the Australian marine industry, and presented an excellent opportunity
for us to show the public at large just how exciting, unique and accessible
our great boating lifestyle is.
Other great news that has me really excited this month is the continuing
steady rise in the circulation of Club Marine Magazine. We passed
another significant milestone with our last edition (Volume 23-3
June/July 2007) being mailed to 92,366 subscribers, with another 8000
copies distributed to new readers at the boat shows.
Another fact we’re very proud of – our
friends at Qantas tell us that Club Marine is the first magazine
to regularly ‘disappear’ from
the Qantas Club and Chairman’s lounges around the country – which,
I?guess, means Club Marine can lay claim to being “The magazine
most likely to be stolen by Australian corporate travellers.”
In stark contrast to all this good news were the effects
of the horrific storms that hit the NSW coast over the Queen’s Birthday
long weekend in June.
Club Marine Insurance had hundreds of boats damaged,
many lost on rocks, swept up on beaches or sunk, all the way from
Bay in the south to Newcastle and the Hunter in the north. I was incredibly
proud of the way our claims staff and assessor partners banded together
and worked 24/7 over the entire long weekend and for most of the next
week answering calls and arranging salvage operations to help Club
Marine members in need.
It is incredibly gratifying to receive letters and
emails expressing thanks for the great job our people did – none more so
than the one I got from a long-time member whose small business and
home at Lake Macquarie were both partially destroyed. In addition,
one of his cars was written-off, the other badly damaged and his boat
was damaged by a falling tree. He sent me an email from the local
library, which was the only place in town where he could get broadband
access – and despite everything he had been through, he
still took the time to let me know how kind and efficient Club Marine
staff had been in all our dealings with him. You can read more about
the NSW storms on page 23 of this issue.
As they say in the classics, every cloud has its silver
lining, and the horrendous weather we’ve been seeing all around the
country may, at least, be the first steps towards breaking the drought
that has crippled most of inland Australia for the last few years.
Those of you who entrust the insurance of your boat
to Club Marine – and
there are more than 150,000 of you out there now – have
also had some good news recently with our new and improved Pleasure
Craft Insurance Policy being released on June 1.
We have gone to great lengths to ensure that the newly-introduced
or enhanced features of the Policy were designed to meet the ever-changing
needs of boat owners across Australia and New Zealand – and,
in fact, right around the globe, as we now insure boats travelling
to all points of the compass, including the Mediterranean, Caribbean,
US West Coast and Alaska. I even saw a quote request go across
my desk last week for a sailor who’s headed for Antarctica.
When you receive your next renewal invite, please take
the time to have a read through the new Policy wording, I am confident
that you will be pleasantly surprised at the improvements we’ve made.
You can read more about the new Club Marine Pleasure Craft Policy
on page 24.
Looking ahead to a busy few months, we’ve got some more great
boat shows coming up, including Sydney, Brisbane, Perth and Mandurah,
as well as the excitement of Audi Race Week at Hamilton Island.
If you’re going to be at any of these great events, please drop
by our stand and say hello to my team and me. Also feel free to drop
me a line to email@example.com if you have something on your mind
that you would like to share.
Publisher and CEO
Club Marine Limited