BIBS a success, NZ superyacht precinct is go, Korea show on track

This week we take you from Brisbane to Christmas Island, Hobsonville in NZ to Korea and most places in between.

Along with the news that the government plans to inject millions in to mooring facilities on Christmas Island – whose reputation as a refugee outpost will surely be eclipsed by one of a premier cruising destination – we profile the innovative practices at Haines Hunter, where staff are in the process of undertaking intensive training to become a leaner more productive (and happier) workplace.

My Powerboat-World colleague, Bob Wonders went to Coomera today to witness the launch of the 115ft 'Princess Iluka', an exceptional refurb/rebuild, designed by Bernie Cohen. Take a look at what $14m buys you these days in his story.

Also, the good news from Brisbane Boat Show, where sales were strong and visitor numbers too.

On the Marine Media side, another print magazine strikes trouble as the UK's Yachts & Yachting magazine publisher goes into liquidation. A management buy has enabled a phoenix to rise from the ashes.

Please enjoy this week's batch of features, news and reviews and return regularly as we update daily.