River Boat Safaris On The Greatest Asian Rivers

River Boat Safaris On The Greatest Asian Rivers

Asia is filled to the brim with famous rivers offering a good amount of scenery to spectators. As such, river boat rides are something that you should never miss the chance of having upon your visit on this particular continent. Recently, the ACM group organized a river boat safari trip on a handful of Asia’s most picturesque rivers and they are more than happy to share the experience to others.

You will find a number of the longest rivers in Asia. For instance, the Yangtze River found in China is considered to be is the longest river in Asia and the third-longest in the world making it widely recognized all over the world. It spans 6,300 km – 3,915 miles. Aside from the amazing scenery that it provides, Yangtze River also plays quite a large role in the history, culture and economy of China that is used for water, irrigation, sanitation, transportation, industry, boundary-marking and war for thousands of years.

Huang He River which is commonly known as the Yellow River is the third-longest river in Asia, and is the sixth-longest in the world at the estimated length of 5,464 km (3,395 mi) which is located in China as well. Is the Yellow River really yellow in color? Is indeed a common question asked by tourists and visitors and the answer to that question is a resounding yes! It is a breathtaking sight to behold and looks definitely much better in actual view compared to their pictures. The yellow color of the river is due to the wind-blown silt and sediment which picks up in its upper and middle course where the soil is easily eroded. The end result is a stunning and vibrant yellow hue.

The 12th longest river Mekong in Vietnam is considered to be the chief river of Southeast Asia with an estimated length of 4,350 km (2,703 mi). Here is where tourists will find ancient Khmer monuments at Angkor Wat as well as the prestigious French colonial capital of Phnom Penh. The highlight of the tour is definitely the visit to the floating markets of the Mekong delta where a lot of local produce are being sold on a regular day to day basis. It is indeed something out of the extraordinary and one will be tempted to buy some of their products out during their river boat cruise.

We’ve only barely scratch the surface and the Asian rivers we have showcased is just the tip of the iceberg. There is more left to be seen and it is good to hear that several groups today such as ACM Cultural Group have made access to river boat tours much easier, showcasing what you can look forward to upon your visit to the Asian continent.

With boat tours, it is important to that you come equipped with the right gear and equipment to keep the whole trip safe, relaxing and of course fun.  It is also good to hear that there are several boat tour companies in the present that provide tour services to their customers on a regular basis. This makes it relatively easy to setup a boat tour schedule with you and your friends. If you are planning on visiting Asia, don’t miss the opportunity to try River Boat Safaris.

Boat Engines: The Best Brands & Models

by Betty Havre
Boat Engines: The Best Brands & Models

A huge number of individuals travel the seas to relax and unwind as they take their mind of the loud and busy streets of the city. On their journey to the sea it is important to find a reliable partner that is able to provide them with what they need in their voyage. Boat engines play such an important role in making the entire trip possible. As such, finding the best boat engines with regards to their brands & models are necessary to make your trip smooth sailing.

Boat engines have received its fair share of innovation with each and everywhere. For instance, people listed the top 10 Motors at the 2013 Miami International Boat Show which was quite state of the art for its time. It has Volvo Penta’s new V8-380 gasoline inboard features variable valve timing, optimized for maximum low-end torque and high-end horsepower and also featured Suzuki’s new DF140A and DF115A take advantage of the company’s Lean Burn Control system, which allows the engine to run on a leaner, more efficient fuel/air mixture to improve fuel economy.

New fishing boat engines of 2014 updated the list which brings a lineup of powerful engines and digital accessories. Here you will find the likes of Yamaha F115 which is Yamaha’s next generation 115 four-stoke is the lightest in its class and sports increased power. There is also the Suzuki DF175G with a system that provides electronic fly-by-wire control of both throttle and shift for smoother and more-precise functions.

The theme however for 2015 Boat Motors is to provide customers with a stylish, quieter and more fuel-efficient engines further innovating and improving the overall sailing experience. The Motorguide XI5 for example, is leaning towards convenience with its wireless foot pedal which is standard with freshwater models and a hand-held remote which is standard with saltwater models. Furthermore, it features a stealthy quiet mode which makes it perfect for fishing clear water and helps avoid spooking the fishes.

Famous motor brands such as Volva Penta have also made their move to further improve their products and this year, Volvo Penta is celebrating the 10th anniversary of the IPS product supplying engines and drive systems for Gladding-Hearn pilot boat. Volvo Penta came from humble beginnings on 2015 and today, the Volvo Penta IPS now comes in a range of 10 models, from 350 to 1200 hp, in twin, triple or quadruple configurations.

Aside from from looking for the best brand and models, it is also important to detail your boat engine and this activity is something that should never be forgotten. Checking the emissions of your boat also plays a very vital role as this aids in checking the levels of accident hazardous materials that may escape from your engine. This in turn helps make your boat become environment friendly and fit to travel.

There is no denying that without the boat engine, all those cool boating adventures would be impossible to accomplish. This is the reason why it is important to clean your engine as this contributes in making visual inspections more effective.  One will also become more familiar with their engine and force them to examine every inch of their engine through the process of detailing. Hence, make sure that your engine is well taken care of all times.

Floating Happily Ever After: Retirement Boating

by Betty Havre
Floating Happily Ever After: Retirement Boating

It is good to see that the ageing community is now being provided with a lot of choices with regards to their retirement. Retirement homes are still a good way to spend the remaining years of your life in a quiet and peaceful environment. However, those who want to see different sights and attraction decide to travel instead. Of course, this can be a bit of a challenge especially with their age as their bodies aren’t as active as they once were. Retirement boating seems to be the perfect solution making it possible for older individuals to quench their adventurous spirit.

Nowadays due to work, busy and hectic schedule as well as other related concerns, a huge number of individuals are not able to enjoy their travels fully. Others have not even experienced travelling to places that they always wanted. Retirement can be one of the best ways to enjoy your travels as you now have little to no obligations that can hinder your overall traveling experience. You are free to travel all over the world without any worries at all as your loved ones are able to tend themselves.

If you could just retire on a boat, or at least spend a chunk of your retirement on a yacht, or on an ocean liner taking a series of cruises, where in the world would you go? This can be a very exciting question especially to those who are on their way to retirement. It seems that retirement boating is quite a popular practice in the ageing community as many have shared their experience online. This has become quite apparent with the emergence of social media as a lot of individuals are able to share and document their travels to their friends and loved ones.

Take for example Julie Barker of Bead Them Up. She’s been yachting around the islands and waters off Queensland for a couple of months now and you can check her profile here: https://www.facebook.com/julie.barker.7967. She’s been in different places for quite some time and all of this is possible the moment she decided to pursue retirement boating for her own. The ageing community is embracing retirement boating as well making the likes of Julie just one of the many individuals who are now living their dreams as they travel around the world or to places that they desire.

Retirement boating of course does not come cheap. You need to acquire a sailboat or a yacht that is able to accompany you with your travels. You also need to know what kinds of boats are available, who are the manufacturers, what reputation do they have, what’s the price range, where are they docked and who are the main brokers? Aside from that, a considerable amount of money is required to be able to purchase a retirement boat that is able to suit your needs and preferences. All of this however, is made possible and more accessible with the help of superannuation funds making it a hassle free process for the ageing community to pursue such boats during their retirement.

It is wise to manage such funds as early as possible. This is to ensure that your retirement goes smooth sailing just like the boats you decide to purchase. Learn more about superannuation funds today.

The Fastest Boats in the World

by Betty Havre
The Fastest Boats in the World

Sailing in the open seas can be a very refreshing and exciting experience. It is a good way to ease your mind from the stress and pollution from the city making it a perfect holiday getaway. Furthermore, you are free to go wherever you want without the trouble of traffic or whatsoever. Even though they travel on water, boats can move at a very impressive speed allowing for fast and easy travel. The fastest boats in the world are often sought after by boat enthusiasts who want to try them out for their own. Let use consider some of its noteworthy boats that travel at breakneck speed.

First off let us classify the different types of boats that are available for use. You will often find maxi yachts, conventional yachts, speed boats, sailboats and ocean liners used on a regular basis and you will find no shortage of these boats to use at your own accord.

It should be noted that a maxi yacht usually refers to a racing sailboat of at least 70 feet (21 m) in length. Boat international has listed the top 20 fastest yachts with a variety of specifications such as their length as well as their propulsion. For speed, they have ranging maximum horsepower from TANGA II which has 7,770hp going up to the impressive horsepower of 20,600 with the famous World is not Enough yacht.

Another noteworthy of attention is the Silver Fast which is a brand new superyacht that was built by Silver Yachts in Australia. It is considered to be the largest and speediest aluminium motor yacht with conventional propulsion. However, this yacht does come with a hefty cost with an asking price of €79.5million (approximately £60million or $90million).

In the sailboat category, the Vestas Sailrocket 2 is considered to be the world’s fastest sailboat, smashing the world speed sailing record by running 64 knots (75 mph). On the other hand you can find fast speed boats from Mystic, MTI, Skater, and Outerlimits that can break 200-mph.

Ocean Liners also don’t get left behind as they also move at a relatively fast pace in the ocean. Queen Mary 2 is recognized as the fastest ocean liner in the world and has been in the cruise industry for quite some time celebrating 10th anniversary which is already on its 11th anniversary as the time of this writing. This ocean liner is also quite active as it has sailed for more than 1.5 million nautical miles on over 400 voyages, visiting 182 ports in 60 countries.

Speed is not the only primary factor to be considered when choosing a boat for your travels especially if you are on a tighter budget as they can cost you a substantial amount of resources.  Boat races however, mostly factor speed making it an important contributing factor for them to win the races.

Even with increasing popularity of boat races, I don’t think we’ll yet to see boat racing odds prominent on Betfair anytime soon as punters are much more interested in other sports such as cricket, soccer, baseball and horse racing. The reason behind this is due to the high maintenance cost of racing boats making them quite a risky endeavor when compared to other sports and racing bets that were mentioned above.

Digital Marketing for Boats & Yachts

by Betty Havre
Digital Marketing for Boats & Yachts

There is no denying how popular digital marketing has become as they are used on a regular day to day basis in several industries. A huge number of individuals make use of readily available internet services in their day to day lives making them very much exposed to digital marketing. This is the reason why companies are more intent and keen in advertising in the online space.

Even boats & yachts benefit greatly from the popularity and reach of digital marketing. For that matter, more and more individuals are joining the craze and are advertising their services in this particular field.  Before we can dive into digital marketing for boats & yachts, let us first consider what is the best way to market yachts and boats to people and how we can find affluent people who are interested in having a large boat or yacht?

One of the most popular digital marketing strategies found today is through the use of online video ads and advertising. YouTube seem to be the perfect place to put your advertisements seeing how this platform has become a very much sought after service. Online users will also be able to see such ads in a less intrusive manner. Also, their searches will link to related ads that are associated to the YouTube video that one is viewing. For instance, if an online user would look up beaches, resorts, sailing and the likes, they will mostly likely find advertisements for boats & yachts which work quite well in their favor.

With that being said, YouTube is not the only digital marketing approach that you can consider with regards to digital marketing for boaths & yachts. In fact the best way to do it is to target the yacht clubs themselves going for a more aggressive approach while offering incentives for members such as free rides on new yachts with days out on the ocean. Such incentives can keep the target audience’s interest in check making them potential customers in the future.

Of course, going straight right in the yacht club and its community without the proper knowledge about digital marketing will not yield one with the much needed as well as favorable results. Developing a marketing strategy is a key element in finding success in digital marketing and it is important for companies and business owners to come prepared and know what’s ahead of them particularly with regards to the practice of digital marketing for boats & yachts.

Acquiring the services of a professional marketing agency allows for the creation of a timely digital marketing strategy that is able to provide their clients with the much needed knowledge and information as well as the resources for them to adapt with the new trends and innovation in the digital marketing space. Boat & yachts services are considered to be a niche market however, a number of businesses were able to find success and this is made possible with the help of marketing agencies as they work hand in hand with them in developing that perfect marketing strategy.

Boats & yachts are slowly catching up in the online media space becoming more and more relevant to the online community in the present. Make the necessary adjustments to be able to integrate your business in digital marketing.

Corporations Making Waves: Running a Business from a Superyacht

“Buoy that’s a big one!” The busty blonde in the micro-bikini was heard to exclaim, when gazing out on your new mega yacht. The decision to run your business from the deck of a superyacht is not an easy one. You may miss the eternal traffic snarls and jams on the streets surrounding your old corporate headquarters. All that peaceful blue water, fresh air and naked flesh may be unsettling at first. Life on the high seas involves a different set of rules and you must adapt to these new demands as soon as you can.

Getting good staff, who are willing to ditch their old lifestyles for a life of ease and luxury is not always so straight forward. They may miss the itch of the tie around the neck, the jarring of the pavement and the sweet smell of pollution emanating from city streets. Unattached young people who want to get ahead and have few moral qualms about how that is achieved should be at the top of your prerequisite list. Good swimmers who are unafraid of nude bathing and who may have finished top ten in a swim suit competition will make excellent PA candidates for your new maritime corporate structure.

What about the internet connections – wifi may not keep you connected when out in the middle of the Atlantic, or if it does it will be expensive, but at least when your staff are working together on projects they can share documents using Sharepoint development or Yammer office intranets. Modern technology can be your best friend when it comes to the floating corporate tower and your new luxury super yacht lifestyle. Business may be business but the seagull and the spouting whale will put you in a different frame of mind when considering mergers and takeovers.

Corporations making waves: running a business from a superyacht may not be for everyone, as a metaphor or as a reality. To captain your ship you need balls of steel and a firm hand on the tiller of life. The water cooler has expanded to be the big blue beneath your bow and the inter-office communications are now a whole new ball game. Avoid mutinous situations, where possible, and keep calm on stormy days. Look out for lighthouses and learn to read maps. A new relaxed level of corporate dress should not be mistaken for slovenliness and avoid killing an albatross; where at all possible.

Boat Security: Protecting Your Prized Boat from Theft

by Betty Havre

We all think about car theft and protecting our prized automobiles, but what about boat security. More boats are pinched than you would think,in Australia, as they are less visible to most members of our communities; being tied up at marina or parked at homes. Gangs of thieves are targeting boats in Sydney, and in other capital cities, to rebirth and on sell them to unsuspecting boat buyers. A syndicate was busted by police recently when the gang unknowingly attempted to sell a rebirthed boat back to its old owner; bad luck was never more deserved.

Boat security: protecting your prized boat from theft, begins with effective security measures on and near your boat. Whether it is parked on a trailer at home, or tied up at a marina, you need solid security to stop thieves from walking away with your prized asset. Sutherland Shire locksmiths are experienced in boat security and can provide you with a number of effective deterrents. Fitting a security device to your trailer is one way of making your boat safer. Alarm systems onboard the boat itself can also make life more difficult for thieves; attracting negative attention to their nefarious activities.

Think about where you are parking or leaving your boat, don’t make it too easy for thieves to just hook your trailer up to their vehicle and drive off with your boat. Boats are expensive and you must invest in the security of your maritime possession. Think about CCTV cameras pointing at your boat, if it is parked at your home. Perhaps, a regular nightly visit by a security patrol if your boat is located elsewhere, away from your home. Gates and locks are a solid deterrent if your boat is parked on a trailer at your home; don’t leave it unattended in the street.

You spend time saving up for your boat and you spend a lot of money purchasing and maintaining your boat; spend a bit more protecting it from thieves. There may not be many pirates left in Australian waters but there are plenty of land based criminals targeting your boat. Police report that boat security in Australia is pretty lax and that is why syndicate gangs are zeroing in on easy pickings. Lock up your boat and lock up your trailer, lock your gates and get an alarm, get security lighting and make boat theft harder in Australia. The only person enjoying your boat should be you!


Personal Training on your Safari holiday

If you are like me, a personal trainer who likes to exercise every day, it can be difficult sometimes to go on holidays. How do you find a holiday that is both a break from work and one that offers exercise and excitement? Well, taking a river jet boat safari in New Zealand ticks a lot of the boxes.

We visited the South Island of New Zealand and there are plenty of opportunities to either hire a jet boat or go on jet boat with a group of people. It is exciting; the speed of the boats and the proximity of sheer rock walls mean you are always thinking “will the boat make it”. Some of the rivers we went on were only a few inches deep. Perhaps the best safari we did was a combination river safari and walk on the Haast River. The jet boat took us up river for several kilometres to a little wharf and from there we had to hike a couple of kilometres and climb up about 400 meters to a look out. From this vantage point you can see the whole length of the river and the mountains beyond.

Of course New Zealand has many other activities for someone who likes to be outdoor like myself. In the Haast River area there is horse riding, trout fishing, kayaking and snow sports in the winter. There are several rivers that are closed to river jet boat safaris and these are excellent to do a day’s kayaking. Kayaking is a nice combination of relaxation and exercise. We only did a day’s tour, but there are groups who paddle up river and camp at a pre-erected camp site over night. We paddle passed one of these camp sites and it looked lovely. I really wish we had taken the option of camping out over night. Of course we hired the kayak and all the equipment we hired was in first class condition.

As a note of caution the water in New Zealand is ice cold. Several of the people on our river jet boat safari went for a swim at lunch time. As clear and tempting as the river water looked it was so cold that I could not bring myself to jump in. But other than that I would recommend river jet boat safaris in New Zealand.



Financing a Boat: Is it worth the trip?

by Betty Havre

Boats are expensive to buy; there is no way around this fact of life. It seems that if a bit of metal is bent into the shape of a boat its value increases exponentially. Financing a boat, is it worth the trip? Boats are, perhaps, iconic symbols for the wealthy and successful. I know that I don’t own one anyway. The funny thing is that I live on the river and have my own jetty mooring, but alas the boat has, up until now alluded me. I enjoy watching the birdlife above the mighty Murray River (mightier now than it was a while back), especially the majestic pelicans.

When a pelican comes into land, it is like watching a B52 bomber, the enormous wing span and structural size of both bird and plane are prodigious. Apparently, the only reason a bird as big as a pelican can actually fly is because its skeleton is honeycombed, making it light enough for its wings to get it airborne. But we were speaking of boats, weren’t we? The expense of boats, generally, and whether they are worth the bother. Many boaties love to fish and that is their main activity in their boat. Some boaties love to sail and their recreation time is full of the wind over the water captured in sail. But is financing a boat, worth the trip?

My experiences on ocean going yachts, though limited, has helped me understand the attraction to these Jonathon Livingstone Seagull dreams. The illusion of freedom, of being a solo sailor bobbing about in a lonely ocean, fires these individuals up to spend, literally, thousands of dollars on their boats. The sailor, the ancient mariner, is an archetypal human character; the salty pirate on the seven seas. Many men see themselves as this character and breathe the sea air, as if it was the nectar of the gods. Certain cavalier adventurers with few ties to the land might be looking for low doc loans to keep them afloat in this rarefied realm of peaks and troughs.

Financing a boat is it worth the trip? If you have salt in your veins there is no question to answer, as you are compelled to launch your skip. Whether she be fast and weatherly, or sleek and throbbing, the boat fancier unrolls his cash to keep her upon the water. No expense is spared by the captain, as he corks and cleans her bow and waxes her wings and keel. Having a boat is not a burden for these mates and midshipman it is their raison d’être.


Making Love on the Water

by Betty Havre

Imagine making your way down the Brisbane River on a luxury cruiser with a bevy of naked and near naked escorts on hand to service your sensual pleasures. Making love on the water is a wonderful experience with a willing partner. Watching the city lights reflected on the surface of the river, twinkling like stars beneath you, as you romp into the night with a beautiful girl or boy of your choice. Roman orgies come to mind, aboard a trireme with slaves pulling those oars in rhythm with your pelvic thrusting. Togas cast aside to reveal the graceful buttocks of a man in his prime astride a beautiful woman. The Tiber laps at the bow of your boat and Venus sups at the point of your spear.

Escorts into the boat on the Brisbane River and all your dreams have come at once; but not too quickly, as you want to take your time. All is right with the world; nature is rutting the way nature is meant to rut, and the wake of your pleasure craft cuts across the liquid surface. The heartbeat of lovers pumps in tune with the breath of the night wind. Warm balmy air breezes in through portholes and you can taste the salt on their skin. This is living stripped away from the ugliness of responsibilities and earnest hard work. This is love making en plein air, the way it is meant to be.

A girl moves beneath you because she wants to feel the friction, the frission, between you both. She wants to delight in the dipping in, the delving between, and the deliciousness of it all. A boy cups your breast and covers your lips with his kisses. The smell of sex is everywhere. Skin on naked skin, saliva slippery and tongue tips in cracks and crevices, making forays into foreign places. The memory of business calls, shopping lists, appointments with principals, and the lies you tell your nearest and dearest are fading from your mind. The urgings of your body, the escaping breath, the suction of genitals, and murmurings of mating have cleansed your consciousness of drab morality.

Sunday school and church cake stalls are the furtherest things from your mind. Hair and sweat, muskiness and magic are on the menu now, smiles and spent grins, relief and release. And, you can just hear the current of the water sliding past your boat.