Steve ‘Starlo’ Starling

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Enlightened Boating

The recreational boating industry in Australia has changed dramatically over the past decade, but it needs to shift still further in response to altered global economic circumstances and, even more importantly, the clear and pressing need to reduce carbon emissions and restrain our consumption of finite resources. The best way to achieve these ends is to focus on lighter, cleaner, greener and more affordable forms of pleasure boating.

The advent of infused, foam-sandwich fiberglass vessels powered by highlyefficient, state-of-the-art 4-stroke outboards is at the cutting edge of this paradigm shift in recreational trailer boating. These modern construction methods employ world’s best practices to limit carbon emissions and reduce resource consumption, from the initial manufacturing process itself right through to end-use by consumers (where smaller vehicles can be used to tow the lighter rigs, which are in turn powered by lower-horsepower motors with lower emissions and economical fuel consumption). However, increased efficiencies do not end there. Lighter rigs also mean lighter trailers, less fuel consumed while towing, reduced wear and tear on roads, launching ramps and other infrastructure and a myriad of additional benefits.

As a significant bonus, the development and continued refinement of these cutting-edge construction techniques and the hull designs, trailers and fittings needed to maximise their benefits provides a much-needed shot in the arm for Australian industry, helping to cement our place as a world leader in recreational boating and provide employment at a time when traditional boating manufacture is in serious decline.

The social, economic and environmental benefits of a forward-looking project such as the CrossXcountry 5 metre concept boat are as exciting as they are diverse. For this reason, I have no hesitation whatsoever in throwing my full support behind this wonderful project, and committing my media savvy, connections and expertise to ensuring its success.

Steve ‘Starlo’ Starling

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