Flipper and Friends Visit the Marina

We have had quiet a few sightings from boaties, guests and staff at the Runaway Bay Marina of not just one or two, but sometimes up to a dozen dolphins cruising in and around the waterways of the Marina.
With calves in tow, our guess is they are more than likely feeding on the large number of mullet that regularly congregate around the marina piers.
A few of the locals informed us there was a large pod of dolphins – perhaps the same one – sighted last weekend traveling around the waterways just past the Bayview Towers Marina at Runaway Bay which is great to hear!
So for all of the boaties, please take extra care when moving your boats in and out of the Marina, just in case our surprise guests pay us another visit soon!

The Aftermath of Ex-Tropical Cyclone Oswald

It’s hard to believe that it was less than a month a go the coast line of the Gold Coast was hit hard with the winds and tides from a very angry ex-Tropical Cyclone Oswald on Australia Day weekend.

 
Mike Grundy, Operations Manager of Runaway Bay Marina, was on-site during the weather front. “The Marina was affected most by the un-relenting north east wind direction, the worst for the position of the Marina. The wind and waves impacted on the end of A and B piers causing damage, however the boats were not affected. Our live-a-boards at the Marina did have a few sleepless nights though!”

 
“We had a light pole come down and there was also damage to some signage, awnings and a few boat covers. Apart from that, lots of debris blown in and a few branches down, making for a decent clean up once the storm had passed.”

 

All things considered the Runaway Bay Marina fared quite well as compared to some areas to the north and south. We’re all preparing on the East Coast for another messy weekend with the weather, so please ensure you check the weather conditions before considering venturing out on the water. Happy and safe boating!

Is there a Doctor in the House?

Medical RescueRunaway Bay Marina always likes to support local organisations and just before Christmas the team from Medical Rescue paid the Marina a visit and we were very impressed with the services they offer.
Medical Rescue help people when people can’t get to help themselves out on the waterways – whether it be treating a 4 year old with second degree burns on Stradbroke Isl or assisting with a suspected broken arm from a jet- ski fall, these guys do a fantastic job and deserve all the support they can get for providing medical pre-hospital support and transport.
So make sure you drop into their Medical Rescue Facebook page and give this fantastic organisation a ‘Like’ (and give them a wave if you see them on the water as well)!

The Festive Season is Here!

Christmas Boat ParadeWe would like to advise all of our guests and boaties that Runaway Bay Marina, Marina Fuels and the dry storage service will be closed Christmas Day only and open every other day over the Christmas break.
Many of the restaurants and services at the Marina will still be trading over the Christmas season so please don’t hesitate to contact our head office if you have any queries on 07 5577 1400.
From the crew at Runaway Bay Marina, we would like to wish you all a very Merry and safe Christmas and New Year. We look forward to seeing everyone at the Runaway Bay Marina in 2013.

The New Look Marina is Coming!

 

A few of our regulars would have already noticed the ‘new look’ Runaway Bay Marina office with our brand new signage. But why stop there? Over the next few months we’ll be revamping our street signage for our Commercial building as well as signage within the building itself to make our ‘neighbourhood’ here at the Marina, as user-friendly as possible to all of our locals and visitors.

 

With our growing number of services and business’s within both the commercial and marine sectors, they’ll be no reason you can’t find what you’re looking for. For a directory of all the great facilities we have available, click ‘Commercial’ on our home page and see all that Runaway Bay Marina has to offer.  http://www.runawaybaymarina.com.au/tenants-shops.php

In the Unlikely Event…

 

Last week the Runaway Bay Marina Management invited the Hollywell Fire Brigade on site for an extensive  tour of the Marina facilities, with particular emphasis on all of our safety and fire fighting equipment.

 
We discussed and confirmed with them the best method on how to get on and off the marina ‘in the unlikely event’ of a fire.

 
Of course we hope never to see a fire on site, but it is good to know that we have a crew based  just a few hundred metres up the road to keep an eye out for us and our vessels.

Demand Increases for all types of boats – News from Sundays's Auction at Runaway Bay Marina

Adrian Seiffert, Director of Marine Auctions said sale prices for all types of boats sold at their last regular boat auction, held at Runaway Bay Marina last Sunday, (May 27) increased by around 15 to 20% Adrian also said that the enquiry level for this auction was the best he has seen in the last 2 years, with a very strong interest coming from Brisbane which he believes can be attributable to the Queensland mining boom.  The majority of mining workers fly in and out of Brisbane with many of them living in the city and surrounding suburbs and many of the major corporations associated with the industry have offices in the CBD.

More than 500 people attended the auction with bidders coming from every state of Australia and also from New Zealand.  A substantial increase in absentee and telephone bidders was also experienced and of the 40 lots offered for sale, 50% of them were sold under the hammer and another 10 vessels are expected to be sold within the next two weeks.

Some of the vessels sold at the auction were

  • 1999 Perry 43 Sailing Catamaran sold for $222,000.
  • 2005 Sea Ray 270SLX sold for $53,575.
  • 2008 Bayliner 288 Discovery sold for $61,000.
  • 1996 Haines Hunter 580 SC sold for $20,000.
  • New Noble 5m without motor and trailer sold for $17,500.

Some of the boats that were passed in included

  • 1990 Riviera 39 Platinum passed in at $300,000 (reserve $325,000)
  • 2003 Mustang 3800 passed in at $85,000 (reserve $100,000)
  • Pacific 52 passed in at $200,000 (reserve $250,000)

Adrian was very pleased to see buyer demand increasing considerably over the last couple of months for all types of vessels, especially the top end of the market, with a lot of interest in the 50ft to 60ft range with a budget of around $1 to $3m.

Adrian said that while the values of used boats may struggle to achieve the solid prices they did a few years ago, he believes that now is the right time to buy as all indications point towards price increases over the coming months.

E adrian@marineauctions.com.au
W www.marineauctions.com.au

Demand Increases for all types of boats – News from Sunday’s Auction at Runaway Bay Marina

Adrian Seiffert, Director of Marine Auctions said sale prices for all types of boats sold at their last regular boat auction, held at Runaway Bay Marina last Sunday, (May 27) increased by around 15 to 20% Adrian also said that the enquiry level for this auction was the best he has seen in the last 2 years, with a very strong interest coming from Brisbane which he believes can be attributable to the Queensland mining boom.  The majority of mining workers fly in and out of Brisbane with many of them living in the city and surrounding suburbs and many of the major corporations associated with the industry have offices in the CBD.

More than 500 people attended the auction with bidders coming from every state of Australia and also from New Zealand.  A substantial increase in absentee and telephone bidders was also experienced and of the 40 lots offered for sale, 50% of them were sold under the hammer and another 10 vessels are expected to be sold within the next two weeks.

Some of the vessels sold at the auction were

  • 1999 Perry 43 Sailing Catamaran sold for $222,000.
  • 2005 Sea Ray 270SLX sold for $53,575.
  • 2008 Bayliner 288 Discovery sold for $61,000.
  • 1996 Haines Hunter 580 SC sold for $20,000.
  • New Noble 5m without motor and trailer sold for $17,500.

Some of the boats that were passed in included

  • 1990 Riviera 39 Platinum passed in at $300,000 (reserve $325,000)
  • 2003 Mustang 3800 passed in at $85,000 (reserve $100,000)
  • Pacific 52 passed in at $200,000 (reserve $250,000)

Adrian was very pleased to see buyer demand increasing considerably over the last couple of months for all types of vessels, especially the top end of the market, with a lot of interest in the 50ft to 60ft range with a budget of around $1 to $3m.

Adrian said that while the values of used boats may struggle to achieve the solid prices they did a few years ago, he believes that now is the right time to buy as all indications point towards price increases over the coming months.

E adrian@marineauctions.com.au
W www.marineauctions.com.au

The Sanctuary Cove Boat Show is Here!

There has been a definite buzz on the waterways of the Gold Coast this week, in particular, at Runaway Bay Marina with the build up to the 2012 Sanctuary Cove International Boat Show. The Show officially opened to the public yesterday and we’ve had a bit of extra excitement at the Marina with the 92.5 Gold FM Morning Show broadcasting all week from a houseboat and paying us a visit at the Marina. Has been a lot of fun listening to their daily broadcasts.

 

We’ve got a lot of local business’s supporting the Boat Show with the likes of Riviera & Maritimo, Fairline Game & Leisure Boats, Bradford Marine, JD’s Boatshed, Action Boating, Runaway Bay Marine Service and Seapower.

 
A special mention of our tenants at Marine Auctions who will holding Auctions at the Show today and Saturday and here onsite at Runaway Bay Marina on Sunday 27th from 10am. For more information have a look at their website or give Bill a call on 0458 304 786.

 
The Sanctuary Cove International Boat Show runs until this Sunday 27th and we encourage everyone to go along and support the marine industry. Check out their official website for a program of events.

 
Remember, Runaway Bay Marina is a fantastic pick-up point for Water Taxi’s to the Boat Show and a great place to enjoy a few post-show beverages or meals at one of our many dining options at the Marina with Kleins Coffee, Bar and Grill, Ruffinos, Malay Paradise Restaurant or Portside Steak and Seafood.

 

 
Looking forward to a great weekend!

Marina Operations Manager Awarded International Certification

Runaway bay Marina Operations Manager Michael Grundy was today awarded with his Certified Marina Operators Qualification (CMO) by Steve Sammes Australian director of the Global Marina Institute. Michael a long time employee at Runaway Bay Marina has been working towards this qualification for the last 3 years and now joins a small but well respected group of internationally recognised managers who work in the  marina industries. To find details about Mick’s new qualification see: http://www.globalmarinainstitute.net/section_3.aspx

Michael Grundy (R) awarded his CMO by GMI director Steve Sammes (L) at Runaway Bay Marina