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Christmas Light Competition
Get decorating! We want to see your boat all lit up! Winner's announced at the Christmas BBQ. Prizes will be awarded to the most spectacular lighting designs on the boats! Take some pictures and send them through to us!

Tradie of the Month
This month I caught up with
Mackay Diesel and Marine - Keith Wotley

What's your specialty?
Diesel repairs
How long have you been in business?
20 plus years
What's your favorite thing about your job?
Something new everyday

Employee of the Month - Kirsty Prentice, Bookkeeper
Kirsty has worked here for nearly 2 years. She is a wealth of knowledge and is our go-to gal. Often affectionately referred to as our Marina mum, Kirsty is always there to lend a hand, and help us with our day to day operations. She is a team player who is always up for a laugh! Thanks for always lending a hand KP!

Get Ship Shape for Xmas Special

Are you ready to go cruising for Christmas? Time is running out to take advantage of our Christmas specials! Book now and receive your first day on the hardstand free! Use of our skilled trades to anti-foul your boat, they will arrange the haul-out, take your boat over to the shipyard, and even put your boat back into your berth – ready to go… it doesn't get any easier than that.
Enquire today:
Brad Sam from Blueline Boatbuilders 0418 185 181
Tim O’Brien from Nauticare – 0417 624 354
*All offers subject to terms and conditions and valid for a limited time*

The best medicine
Q. What lies on the bottom of the ocean and twitches?
A. A nervous wreck

Q. Have you heard about the new Hollywood movie about pirates?
A. It's rated AAARRRRGGG

Q. What do you call a fish with no eye?
A. Fsh

Know your Knots - How to do an Eye Splice

1) Unlay the end of the 3 strand rope and form an eye in an anticlockwise direction

2) Tuck the middle (top) loose strand under the nearest strand on the standing part of the rope, against the lay of the rope

3) Turn the rope and tuck the second loose strand under the next stand in the standing part of the rope - against the lay.

4)Turn the rope again and tuck the final loose strand under the strand in the standing part, between the first two tucks
Complete steps 2 - 4 another 4 or 5 times and then trim the ends

*Click the picture above for a demonstration video

What's on?
Marina Markets
14 December 2014
Marina Christmas BBQ
16 December 2014
Santa Hats and Hawaiian Shirts Welcome

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To all our guests and long term friends, we would sincerely like to thank you for the good times in the year that was. We would like to wish you all a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!

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Christmas Edition 2014

I love this time of year, silly season is upon us. While we prepare for Christmas festivities with friends and family, there really is no better time to enjoy your boat and the marina. We look forward to celebrating with you all for our last BBQ of the year! Get into the Christmas spirit with our Christmas light competition. We have loved seeing lots of new faces come and go this year, we have some wonderful memories of the year that was, I look forward to an exciting year in 2015. Merry Christmas and Happy New Year from all our staff!

Words from Ben

I can’t believe that it is that time of the year already, seems like we just pulled the Christmas tree down, you can’t tell at the shops though, it seems that they stock Christmas things all year now!
Now is the time to get your boats ready for the holiday break, check your battery levels, book in for an engine service and take advantage of our First Day Free on the hardstand up until Xmas.
We would like to also offer another Christmas Special for the month of December – for all our valued marina patrons we would like to offer 5c per litre discount on fuel purchases – no shopper docket required :)
Merry Christmas and Safe Boating

A Day On The Water

Marina Staff and Friends were treated to a day on the Coal Tugs recently down at Dalrymple Bay
Just stepping on to a 100ft modern tug is awesome enough, until the skipper and engineer start explaining a few stats, like the several thousand horsepower, the Rolls Royce azimuth drive system, the computerised everything. From the air conditioned wheel house,  the goliath’s caterpillars are just a subtle throb. Everything’s happening smoothly and quietly, with the lightest touch, even though it’s blowing 20kts. The panoramic glass enclosing the bridge is awash with heavy sea spray - massive wipers sweep away the blur. The tug’s brutal blunt bow punches into the sea, levelling it. We’re invincible!
Then you nudge up to a coal ship and suddenly you’re  small. The  massive tow lines resemble cotton threads as they reel out across the water and up through the panamas on the ship’s gunwale.  Tug skipper Wade, keeps the tug exactly where it’s needed with subtle wrist actions. It’s like nothing’s happening until you look out the back.  Giant propellers have converted the sea all around the boat to fizz. The tug basically hovers on water. The ship’s pilot requests a snig this way or that. The giant  fully laden ship slips away from the berth effortlessly. Well, two tugs with a combined 11,000hp isn’t exactly effortless,  but we were certainly comfortable!
When I grow up, I want to drive a Tug! - Story By Kim Griffiths, Mackay Marina Real Estate.
Off season specials
Stay at the award winning Mackay Marina
Forget about heading South, why not stay here at the gateway to the Whitsundays? Pay for 13 weeks at the 26 week rate
*Valid November through to January 
Long Term Hardstand Rates
3 months – 0.95c/ft/day – 6 months 0.85c/ft/day 
*All offers subject to terms and conditions and valid for a limited time*

Galley Cooking - Christmas Camembert


  • 1 small Camembert or Brie cheese
  • 1 tablespoon of butter
  • 1 clove of garlic, finely chopped
  • 1 tablespoon of sliced almonds 1 tablespoon of dried sweetened cranberries or red pepper jelly (optional)
  • Crackers

You can easily vary this recipe by using some different combinations of additional ingredients. Here we recommend using dried sweetened cranberries, you can try whatever you have at hand.
1) Melt butter on medium-low heat in a small frying pan.
2) Add garlic and sliced almonds.
3) Add Camembert or Brie cheese and heat gently, turning cheese over once or twice until heated through, about 5 or 6 minutes. Watch that the garlic and almonds don’t burn.
4) At serving time the cheese should be warm and slightly softened, not runny.
5) Transfer heated cheese to a plate.
6) Top with garlic, almonds and butter from the frying pan.
7) Garnish with dried sweetened cranberries or a dollop of red pepper jelly for color.
Serve with a selection of crackers

Boat of the Month - Boden 48


Australian Registered, 80w Solar Panels x 4, 45HP Diesel engine, Auto Pilot, GPS, Furuno Echo Sounder, Hydraulic Steering, Muir Anchor Winch, Generator, Sleeps 6

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