Shipmate puts the SEQ essentials in your pocket

The 2nd annual (2017- 2018) South East Queensland print edition of Shipmate – the (free) recreational boaters essential guide has landed and is already finding its way into the pockets of on-water wanderers.

Acting as the conduit between the marine industry and recreational boaters, the nationwide guide is a completely free resource produced by boaters for boaters.

Originating in Victoria in 2005, localized annual print editions are published in Victoria and South East Queensland with 10,000 copies distributed free to boaters in each state. It offers a complete list of marine trades and services listed by category as well as detailed listings for marinas, shipyards, yacht clubs, marine organizations, government agencies as well as tide tables.

This comprehensive, 136 page, full colour, handy pocket size guide doesn’t just come as a hard copy, but is also available online and optimized for tablets and mobiles. With the website receiving over 40,000 visits per month and between 200,000 – 600,000 page views.

According to Shipmate founder and well-respected industry expert, John Zammit, the reason why the marine directory continues to be the go-to guide for boaters is because it’s so accessible.

“I’m a boater and the concept works for me. When I’m in my office and looking for something for my boat I’ll use my desktop computer, when I’m out I’ll access the website via my tablet or Smartphone. However, when I’m out on the boat or a marina in the sunshine with my (polaroid) sunnies on, I’m not able to see my screen as clear so I use the handy pocket print edition,” said Mr Zammit.

Boaters can pick up a free copy from yacht clubs, marinas, shipyards, chandleries, boat sales outlets and selected marine businesses.

“We are always tweaking and adjusting to provide a better Shipmate experience for boaters and the industry alike,” said Mr Zammit.

“Listings are free to any business or organization that supplies products, trades or services direct to boaters.”

Any marine business that would like a free listing can visit the website at and submit their details, call (03) 9399 9194 or email

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