The Boat Princess Podcast
Story of a girl and her boat.

Story of a girl and her boat.

December 4, 2021

In this episode I speak with Kaylie. Kaylie's career has been in the world of hotels and getaways and she currently works with me in my Venus Getaways business but like so many we speak to she "fell" into the Boating Industry working on Superyachts in one stage of her career so we delve into what it's like working on Superyachts - from meeting rock stars to finding out if it is really like Below Decks or's a quick chat but a lovely one...

The different ways to own a boat

The different ways to own a boat

November 20, 2021

In this episode I explore all the ways you can enjoy the benefits of boating and the different ways to own a boat.

From Boat Club and Commercial Boat Share/Syndication to Private Boat Share and full private boat ownership.

We also touch on chartering boats.

I share the options available, advantages and limitations.

From budgets, maintenance and availability, I share with you everything you should consider before deciding how you own a boat. 

If you have any questions about this episode or would like to know more and the details of some of the great operators in the Boat Share and Club models please DM on instagram @theboatprincess or contact me on I am always happy to point you in the right direction.

See you on the water soon!



She is a special member of our boating family

She is a special member of our boating family

November 6, 2021

In this episode I sat down with Michelle, our Office Manager at Empire Marina Bobbin Head.  I was excited because we actually got to chat in person (in our function room at Bobbin Head) about being the incredibly important person she is in our business. 

Michelle is another guest on this podcast who 'fell into' the boating industry, starting 27 years ago and taking on the full time role so she could stay local and care for her young son, when the Marina was owned by the Halvorsen Family. 

Michelle shared her lived history of the Marina from before there were berths just moorings, to the current day stunning marina with 200 berths and 10 moorings plus a full service hardstand and Waterside Bistro.  She talks about her childhood boating experiences, and how hurt she felt being excluded by her father because that's not what girls do!  

She shares some funny moments plus there are two very special stories in this episode about Ahn Do, The Happiest Refugee and a pair of young parents that show boating can create special memories that last forever. 

Michelle talks of some of the many opportunities she has had in her career, including undertaking the marine managers course ( by the Marina Industries Association) that uplifted her knowledge and understanding, as well as how it introduced her to the network of women in the industry. 

Well done Michelle, a fabulous guest and a beautiful  person who is valued by our entire team. 

Incidentally….Empire Marina Bobbin Head is currentlylooking for a new receptionist, get in touch if you would like to explore this employment pathway into the boating industry.

Ph 0294579011 (ask for John)





Brett  - ‘I‘ve got the best job in the world, literally metres from the water‘s edge‘.

Brett - ‘I‘ve got the best job in the world, literally metres from the water‘s edge‘.

October 23, 2021

In this episode I chat with our amazing tenant from Mako Marine,  Brett Tattersall. He is a boat painter, and passionate about the work he does and the lifestyle of boating.  Brett has loads of experience and currently operates his workshop at two marina's ensuring the hull of his clients boats are maintained. 

Brett owns Sydney's leading professional marine boat painters and has over 20 years of hands on experience in the industry, which includes 7 years at McConaghyBoats where he was in charge of the painting department and in that time he painted Wild Oats, Alfa Romeo, Alfa Jr., Money Penny and Leopard 3 to name a few.

Brett shared his favourite adventures on the ocean including a trip to Bora Bora.

I'd also like to announce The Boat Princess is coming to the New Zealand International Boat Show

Crossing Oceans to Create Change : Kay Cottee

Crossing Oceans to Create Change : Kay Cottee

October 9, 2021

In this, my final episode with Kay, she shares her incredible achievements on boards and committees for the development of the Sea Muesum and other charities.   Her passion to create the change she wanted to see paved the way for Australian's and challenged old ways of government thinking and relationships with the community.

You'll hear some familar names from the 80's and 90's and the pivotal moments of Kay's activism and advocacy for children.

Her infectious laugh and solution focused approach to life kept me entertained all afternoon, and I learnt so much more about this beautiful woman, who I already loved and  feel privledged to know. I never wanted this conversation to end, and I could have sat and listened to her stories for days.   So I hope you enjoy this candid chat with Kay as much as I have and we will see you on the water again soon. 

A big thank you goes out to Kay Cottee for her time and openness.  She is a living Australian Treasure and if you hang around until the end you can relive the goose bump moment she was inducted into the Hall of Fame.

Sailing Hall of Fame

Sea Muesum

Tracy Souris - Childhood boating adventures created a strong and successful women

Tracy Souris - Childhood boating adventures created a strong and successful women

September 25, 2021

Introducing my good friend, Tracy Souris.

She is the Marina Manager at Sydney Boathouse.  In this episode she shares how the largest Drystack storage facility is taking the boat ramp rage out of boating and making leisure time more enjoyable.   She shares the influence her childhood experiences on the water with her adventurous parents had on her ‘falling’ into roles within the Marine Industry and how they helped her become the strong and successful women she is today. 

I particularly love the misadventure stories as we wrap up nearly an hour of the most insightful conversation about the multiple pathways and opportunities that exist for women in boating. 

Since this conversation back in May, the Marine Jobs website has been launched where you can find the collaboration between the Marina Industries Association, the Boating Industry Association and Superyacht Australia to support training, skills, jobs and careers in the marine industry across Australia. 

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Hope to see you on the water soon with a glass of Pommery Champagne.



Nona Pedersen talks barnacles, boat care and the Propspeed Brand

Nona Pedersen talks barnacles, boat care and the Propspeed Brand

September 11, 2021

From DIY to Professional marine tradies, antifouling, protection and maintenance protects underwater metals against corrosion and keeps them free from marine growth.


Today I’m speaking with Nona Pedersen, who is the General Manager of Propspeed: a revoluntionary and innovative product that has been preferred by boaties for over 21 years.  It literally is the gold standard of protection products for the saildrive and propeller. 

The iconic glimmer of gold is recognisable and envied as boats are hauled from the water to undertake the annual antifouling process.

This is the conversation that chips away at the stories about the barnacles on the bottom of the boat, and a treatment that ensures the optimisation of speed, budget and performance. 

In this episode you’ll also find out how you can step onto the launch and into a boating career with a new jobs platforms with the BIA/MIA/Superyacht Australia. 

Learn how to get yourself one of the Boat Princess caps : A movement for confident women who take the helm.

For other great stories check out the previous episodes or if you would like to be a guest on my show, get in touch via my website 

For more information and case studies…...

Adventures of The Sailor Girl - Nic Douglass

Adventures of The Sailor Girl - Nic Douglass

August 28, 2021

Episode 7 - The Sailor Girl - Nic Douglass

In this episode I talk to Nic Douglass, world class sailor with multiple medals and championships spanning over her competitive career. She is fresh off the Olympic Sailing Decks in Tokyo where she was asked to be the English speaking host,  calling the sailing competition in which Australia won 2 gold medals.  From quarantine, Nic spoke with me, sharing her most recent experience as host, her journalist career in the sportsworld and carving out her unique personal brand as the Sailor Girl. 

She shares her fun early childhood stories from her sailing family. Nic speaks highly of her father who was also her World Championship team mate in 2005 and sailing partner for over 25 years and the support and patience of her mum who followed them around the world as they competed. 

These Adventures of a Sailor Girl have been well documented in blogs, video and podcasts by Nic over the years and she currently holds a World Championship title.

Somehow she also finds time to volunteer for the Making Waves Foundation.


This is a fun, energy filled podcast, talking all things boats, and her love of the sport of sailing. 


You can find out more about The Sailor Girl at.

Or follow her adventures on Instagram Sailor Girl HQ


The Boat Princess speaks with Alanta from Princess Yacht’s

The Boat Princess speaks with Alanta from Princess Yacht’s

August 14, 2021

This is the episode where Nicky speaks with marketing manager, Alanta from Princess Yachts, the Australian distributor and winner of the 2021 Marketing Awards.  Nicky has her own Princess Yacht and was graciously hosted by the Haynes family during the trip to The Sancturay Cove Boat Show.  

When Alanta returned to Australia from her laptop lifestyle in Bali, she was a sought after and engaged as the events manager.  Her first time in the boating industry presents a variety of tasks, from taking Princess owners on a four day retreat throught the Whitsundays to building a membership package and new website.

Both The Boat Princess and Princess Yachts engage with Australia's leading marketing merchandise company for boating, Quality Marine Clothing. Head over to @theboatprincess on instagram for ways to win the merch. 

The Boat Princess has done her research and you'll hear the history of Princess Yachts and some interesting features that making it uniquely Princess. 


This episode was recorded at The Sanctuary Cove Boat Show.

Check out the look book on their website or check out


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Kay Cottee is something special, from humble to the Sailing Hall of Fame

Kay Cottee is something special, from humble to the Sailing Hall of Fame

July 31, 2021

Welcome Back to The Boat Princess Podcast.

This is the second part of my interview with Kay Cottee and we are still chatting as we overlook the mighty Clarence River. We are drinking a nice cup of tea and picking at cheese cake by now and the conversation just got a bit deeper. We delve a little more into Kay as a person. How does she deal with her ADHD? What hobbies she enjoys and what did she do on her wedding day that made us truly belly laugh?

From discussing how women should get into the boating industry to the very first boat she designed, we hope you enjoy this second episode, and come to know more about this amazing woman, who has spent time with the queen and ambassadors but still just calls them “people”.

Enjoy. And I can't wait for the final and 3rd episode of our conversation that will be in out in the next couple of weeks. 

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You can find out more about Kay Cottee here,

Australian of the Year 1988

Sea Mueseum 

Women of Australia

Sailing Hall of Fame

Australian Mueseum


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