Port Macquarie Marina secures professional shipwright services for the region

Port Macquarie Marina now offers Port Marina Slipway—the only full service slipway and service centre between Newcastle and the Gold Coast.

Headed by shipwright boat builder Morgan Thompson and high-end fibreglass laminator and spray painter Rance Page, the business will offer top quality service previously only found in major urban centres.

Morgan, who has been in the boat and joinery business for more than 30 years, says the motivation to launch Port Marina Slipway was about providing locals with expert service.

‘We’re really passionate about boats and maintaining them to a high standard. Boats are a once-in-a-lifetime investment for many people, but they can be badly damaged if serviced incorrectly,” he said.

“Without a dedicated slipway, locals have not been able to get work done on their boats, risking the longevity of their boat and the safety of captain and crew.

“This is an opportunity for us to provide a much needed service in the Port Macquarie region, and for cruising boats looking to take advantage of our prime location between Sydney and Brisbane.”

The slipway facility has been completely renewed to become a vessel service centre, not just a slipway and hardstand. Works have included replacement of all slipway tracks and upgrading of the winch, with a new boat cradle being built. Drainage has been improved to ensure it conforms to strict environmental standards, and guests will appreciate the fresh new public façade as well.

Daimon Martin, General Manager of Port Macquarie Marina and Batemans Bay Marina, is pleased to welcome Morgan and Rance to the team.

“We’re delighted to have secured Morgan and Rance to provide a high level of slipway services at Port Macquarie Marina,” he said.

“We’ve gone to extremes to ensure the new facility meets the most exacting standards, which will be a huge benefit to our marina members and guests.

“Quality slipway services are an integral part of our vision to provide best-in-class services at our marinas on the eastern seaboard.”

Port Marina Slipway will provide a one-stop-shop for boat servicing, including modifications and repair work. Specialising in both timber and fibreglass boats, their focus will be on annual maintenance—largely pressure wash down and antifouling.

The slipway has capacity to service four boats at a time, up to 18 metres in length or 30 tonne.

For bookings Monday to Saturday call 0456 767 547 or email [email protected]


Batemans Bay Marina

Batemans Bay Marina has been supporting the local boating community by advocating for maintenance of the Clyde River channel bar. On the basis of concerns raised, in January we approached Member for Bega Andrew Constance MP to ask for priority to be given to dredging of the bar. After the last dredging works in 2016, the community was told that the channel would be kept open at LOW DATUM 1.3-1.5m at a minimum. Minister Constance was supportive of our request and the voice of the community, resulting in an announcement of $450,000 to dredge the bar in the coming months.

This year we are again supporting the Black Dog Ride to raise awareness of depression and suicide prevention, and raise funds in support of this important cause in association with our local Lions Club. Please show your support by joining the riders from 11.30am to 2.30pm at Batemans Bay Marina and buying a sausage in the Lions Club’s sausage sizzle. If you’d like to join the ride, you can contact [email protected] For more information click here.

After receiving international Gold Anchor accreditation demonstrating our ability to deliver world-class services, we are now actively working towards being a Clean Marina as part of the Marina Industries Association International Clean Marina Program. This voluntary program encourages environmental compliance and use of best-practice marina management.

Remember if you need any assistance with your boating needs, please contact Batemans Bay Marina on 02 4472 9853 or [email protected] and stay connected with us on Facebook @batemansbay.marina and Instagram @batemansbay_marina.


Port Macquarie Marina

If you’ve read our Feature story, then you already know about our new Port Marina Slipway. This is a huge coupe not just for our marina but also for our region, and we know many boat owners are looking forward to a getting a quality professional service. For bookings Monday to Saturday call 0456 767 547 or email [email protected].

Seabins have now arrived in Australia, and we’re hoping ours will be installed on A-Arm in the next month or two—making us the first site in regional New South Wales to get one. We’re hopeful this will be the first of two units planned for the marina. Thanks to Coastal Warriors Mid North Coast for arranging the funding. Find out more about seabins at the Seabin Project and see Alec on NBN News talking about it.

Locals will have noticed some changes to our boardwalk businesses. Stay connected with us on Facebook @portmacquarie.marina and Instagram @portmacquarie_marina to find out the latest and who is moving in!


Industry figures have condemned NSW Labor plans to introduce a new stamp duty on boats if it wins next month’s state election. Labor announced this week that, if elected, it will impose a duty of $7,600 on boats purchased for $200,000, increasing by $9 for every $100 above $200,000 and then $12 for every $100 over $300,000. Read more at mysailing.com.au and fishingworld.com.au

Who will build the boats of the future? Who will service them, repair them and ensure they are safe to use? Who will have the necessary skills to accomplish the myriad of tasks and processes that go into making and sustaining a successful marine business? A Queensland school is taking a proactive approach. Read more in Marine Business

Yamaha has launched a new T25 outboard engine. Based on the award-winning F25, the new engine is more lightweight and offers fuel injected performance in a small, high-thrust configuration. Read more


Eurobodalla Shire Council invites everyone to view the Basil Sellers Art Prize finalists and the newly opened Basil Sellers Exhibition Centre in Moruya. The exhibition runs until 17 March 2019. Read more


Port Macquarie-Hastings Council is calling for input into its planning for the region over the next two years. This is your chance to have your say on what is important to you for the future of this community. Click here to find out how to get involved.


Tony Sutton and his fiancée Celia Davey know how to live the good life. Together for 12 years, they’ve spent a lot of their time on the water.

“We basically work to pay for boats and sail, it’s a great life,” said Tony, who works in sales while Celia is both a jeweller and an administration officer at the local council.

Recently back from a trip that took them from Batemans Bay to Freemantle, travelling over two winters, they like the challenge and adrenalin rush that comes with living life differently.

“We stopped at as many places as we could and left our boat in Darwin over the summer. We bought a car and a tent and drove home, then drove the same car back to Darwin again for the second leg of our trip.

“We discovered places in Far North Queensland, Arnhem Land, the Kimberleys, Broome, it was an amazing trip.

“When we got to Perth we had to return home because of family and work commitments, so we put our boat Cera on the back of a truck. It was a pretty unstylish way to end the trip!”

They’ve also owned racing boats and are keen offshore competitors, racing in the Sydney to Hobart, the Sydney to Southport and other races.

Celia as skipper recently took out the Lady Crew and Skipper Race in the Batemans Bay Sailing Club summer series on the boat Avior.

When they race on the same boat, they tend to be at opposite ends, but Tony says they work together really well, and there’s no rivalry.

On the water they work hard not to put themselves in a vulnerable position. While there have been times they wished they were back on shore, they’ve never been in real danger.

“Sometimes the wind can be stronger than forecast, you can get the timing out a bit, but we’ve never lost masts or boats, it’s all relative.

“Surfing down waves is in testing conditions is something we live for.”

Having already sailed to New Zealand, their next frontier is the Pacific.

Tony and Celia are both members of Batemans Bay Sailing Club. The club welcomes new members and is happy to introduce sailing to anyone who wants to give it a try.


Tanya Green has wanted to move to Port Macquarie with her family for some time, and decided she’d start by buying a business at the marina.

Taking on management of Jagged Edge Hair Design in January, she is already growing the business.

“I’ve worked from home for most of my career as a beauty and massage therapist, but there isn’t a lot of work when you live on a 25-acre farm nine kilometres out of town,” said Tanya, who currently lives near Coffs Harbour.

Tanya and her husband have lived on the mid north coast for 15 years, since deciding they wanted more space to raise their four children, and left Sydney.

She says she loves the area and is looking forward to moving to Port Macquarie, which will give her more time to invest in the business.

“Now that I have a permanent shopfront, I’m offering a range of beauty services in addition to hair treatments.

“We see a lot of people who’ve just set foot on land, and we’re pleased to be able to offer them a bit of pampering.

“We’ve opened up a new market through Sails Resort, they’re already referring a lot of people to us for their wedding hair and makeup, and it’s an area I believe will grow.”

Those wedding parties lucky enough to book into Jagged Edge get to enjoy views of the marina from the first floor, which would put any bride at ease.

Tanya is also keen to retain her regular clientele, many of whom have been coming to the salon since it opened, and are now either senior citizens or bringing their children. It’s one of the reasons she decided not to change the trading name.

“It’s been a seamless transition, especially thanks to my wonderful staff Julie Peterson and Emily Malagre.

“Everything is running smoothly, it’s a fabulous business, and now it’s time to make it bigger and better.”

Jagged Edge Hair Design offers hair cuts, colour and treatments, as well as body sugaring, ear piercing, bio sculpt nails, and Bridal packages.

Trading hours are Tue-Wed-Fr 9am-5pm, Thur 9am-7.30pm and Sat 8am-2pm. Bookings can be made by calling 02 6584 9959.


Batemans Bay

17 March 2019
Black Dog Ride to raise awareness about depression and suicide prevention. Batemans Bay Marina is proud to support this initiative. Please join us and the Lions Club for a sausage sizzle and to view the bikes at the marina 11.30am to 2.30pm. Proceeds to support the cause.

13-14 April 2019
South Coast Might Bonanza Fishing Competition. Adult and junior categories with a prize pool of over $80,000.

27-28 April 2019
2019 Batemans Bay Regatta hosted by Batemans Bay Sailing Club

Port Macquarie

5 March – 21 April
National Photographic Portrait Prize. See the best 43 photos selected from 3,224 entries across Australia.

31 March 2019
Port Macquarie Classic Motorcycle Club Bike Show. Step back in time with beautifully cared for bikes from yesteryear.

5 May 2019
Ironman Australia comes to Port Macquarie.

For more events visit www.eurobodalla.com.au/whats-on