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Miami report card, Marine Qld state of the industry, Korea invests

From the Bahamas to Beiruit, Miami to Rosehill, we have the latest news, issues, products and innovations from the global marine industry.

The post-show report is in for Miami and while attendance was down just 9%, mostly due to heavy snow storms in other regions, interest and sales were buoyant. Take a look at Bob Wonders' insightful first-hand report into the event – the world's largest.

Also this week, news on the Beirut boat show in May, which has been revived due to strong interest around the region, a Maritime School opening in the Bahamas that aims to position the country as “the top flag in the world”, and up to date information on Korea's ambitions to become a real force in recreational boating. Comparisons to Australia's Whitsundays might be a little generous, but the cruising grounds in the south of the country are certainly spectacular and worthy of their popularity.

We have been busy this week. News changes daily, so pop in frequently.


Jeni Bone, editor



Club Marine back onboard for Brisbane Tinnie & Tackle Show
Marine Qld,
The Tinnie and Tackle Show will welcome back the popular Fishing Expo for the 2010 show on from March 19 to 21 at the RNA Showgrounds, Brisbane.... [more]
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Vale Steve Cutting
BIA NSW,
It is with great sadness that we advise of the passing of Steve Cutting. Steve passed away on Saturday morning on the Central Coast after a long battle with illness. The condolences of the BIA Directors, Staff & Members go to the Cutting Family.... [more]
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Maritime school to beef up industry in the Bahamas
Media Services,
A Maritime School is likely to be established at the College of the Bahamas (COB) before the end of the year, the Bahamas Maritime Authority's (BMA) chairman said, as it plans to open offices in Hong Kong and Greece as part of a strategy to become 'the top flag nation in the world'.... [more]
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Discovery 50 catamaran at world's frst dedicated multihull show
Saltwater PR,
UK based Discovery Yachts will showcase its recently launched Discovery 50 Cat at the Salon Atlantique du Multicoque (Atlantic Multihull Boat Show) set to take place in Lorient, France 15-18 April 2010.... [more]
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Report card in: Queensland Marine Industry
Marine Qld,
The 2009 Queensland Marine Industry Annual Report has been completed providing an overall review of the performance of Queensland's marine industry, showing that despite the tough economic times, opportunities did emerge for businesses in this sector.... [more]
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Hobie to reveal world's first tribrid boat
Media Services,
Hobie, the name synonymous with catamarans, plans to launch the world's first tribrid in March. This is a watercraft powered by a combination of three energy sources.... [more]
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China plans superyacht show on 'Chinese Riviera'
Jeni Bone,
A new superyacht show is planned for China in April. Organised by China Rendez-Vous (CRDV), the three-day event is scheduled to run from April 2-4 at Visun Marina in Sanya, a city in the southern Hainan province.... [more]
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Riviera's latest designs on show in the City of Sails
Stephen Milne,
Australia's largest luxury pleasure boat manufacturer, Riviera is expected to impress the New Zealand market with its latest innovative designs which will be on display at the Auckland International Boat Show to be held next month, from March 11-14.... [more]
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Forbes Clothing massive clearance: Pier 35 Melbourne
Jeni Bone,
Forbes Clothing is holding a massive clearance of 2009 stock, from Pier 35 Port Melbourne, 20 & 21 March, 9am til 5pm both days.... [more]
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Korea: potential powerhouse of boating
Jeni Bone,
Korea is perhaps the most vital and vibrant, certainly the most highly funded boating industry in Asia. Korea's waterways are the focus of a central government intent on growing the recreational boating sector and 17 provincial governments on the same page, but competing among each other for the title of the boating epicentre.... [more]
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Two boat membership programs now with twice the deals for members
Sydney Boating Club,
People who enjoy boating have been found to have a greater degree of satisfaction in key areas of their lives, according to a survey by Discover boating in the US. Not only are their lungs full of fresh sea air, their physical fitness and overall health were rated higher than their non-boating counterparts.... [more]
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Miami – spearhead of an industry recovery?
Bob Wonders,
The Miami International Boat Show offers hope and confidence in the industry's future. I don't recall exactly how many times I have made it across to Miami, but certainly this year's show had stronger vibes than I experienced at my last visit in 2008.... [more]
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Miami International Boat Show statistics
Bob Wonders,
Statistics can mean many things to many people, but some related to the Miami show are quite interesting. That first show attracted 50 exhibitors; at the 2010 show more than 2000 boat builders, manufacturers, distributors, marine dealers and importers turned out to display their goods and services.... [more]
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Has the new RS100 got what it takes to be successful Down Under?
Performance Sailcraft (Australasia),
Does this new single handed dinghy, developed through an interactive online process, have what it takes to be successful Down Under? Please give us your feed back!!... [more]
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Beirut Boat 2010 anticipates brands, crowds and sales
Jeni Bone,
Beirut Boat 2010 is heralding its event as a showcase of pleasure craft and related products for every budget. To be held May 19-23, 2010, at La Marina Joseph Khoury in the Beirut suburb of Dbayyeh, the sixth International Boat and Super Yacht Show will take place with a dazzling new format, further enhancing its appeal with VIPs and serious boating enthusiasts.... [more]
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NMMA and BWI anounce Innovation Awards at 2010 Miami Boat Show
Andy Adams,
Ten marine manufacturers were honored for innovative achievement by the National Marine Manufacturers Association (NMMA) and Boating Writers International (BWI) at the 69th annual Miami International Boat Show & Strictly Sail Miami.... [more]
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Dammrich down under
Bob Wonders,
US boating industry leader to take centre stage at 2010 Sanctuary Cove International Boat Show. Thom Dammrich is now in his 11th year as president of the NMMA and is in no doubt that the last couple of been the toughest.... [more]
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Mercury announces improved acceleration with new Bravo Three Props
Andy Adams,
Mercury Marine has announced the release of new versions of the 20, 21 and 22.5 pitch front propellers in Mercury's Bravo Three propeller lineup. These new propellers provide improved performance, including a significant reduction in time to plane. The three-blade rear propeller continues in production unchanged.... [more]
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Campion commits to Ashland's EnvirezĀ® and sells First-ever 'Bio-boat'
Andy Adams,
At the Toronto international Boat Show in January 2010, Campion Marine Inc., Canada's largest fiberglass boat builder, broke the news that the company will become the first boat builder in the world to manufacture all of its boats with EnvirezĀ®, a renewably sourced bio-derived resin from Ashland Performance Materials. This is one of the most emphatically 'green' moves the marine industry has made... [more]
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New Four-stroke Outboards introduced by Honda and Suzuki
Andy Adams,
At the 2010 Miami International Boat Show, both Honda and Suzuki introduced new four-stroke outboard models. US National Sales and Marketing manager Alan Simmons took the podium in the Honda display to announce their new 115-hp engine, the BF 115. It will be available this North American summer.... [more]
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Diesel - Electric- Solar - Mercury Marine's Hybrid Concept Vessel
Andy Adams,
Dressed in eye-catching graphics, Mercury's Hybrid Concept Vessel was a Miami International Boat Show highlight -- but a quiet one. Equipped with both Cummins QSC 550, 550-hp diesel engines and Zeus pod drives plus efficient electric engines, solar panels, full SmartCraft controls including joystick docking, Mercury's Hybrid Concept Vessel glided out of its berth like it was drifting in the wind... [more]
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New Zealand Yacht Tracking project gains momentum
RPNYC Events,
Royal Port Nicholson Yacht Club has developed a system to broadcast club racing on the internet. The system allows people to keep track of yachts from the club as they race around the harbour or take part in offshore races. RPNYC vice commodore Dave Roberts has been instrumental in developing the system and explains how it works.... [more]
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2010 Ports of the World - out now
Sail-World Cruising,
As a cruising sailor, you'll already know the importance of accurate, up-to-date information. But if you are going further afield than your local cruising ground, a well-found yacht library is a great boon. For instance, cruising and marina guides are one thing, but do you know where to find key contact details for the world's commercial port facilities and services?... [more]
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Jeanneau 2010 rendezvous
Mainsheet Media,
Saturday 27th March 2010 brings us the fourth annual rendezvous for NSW Jeanneau owners. The rendezvous, hosted by Performance Boating Sales, is a very popular annual event that brings yachts, owners, and crew together for a day of socialising and sailing.... [more]
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Enter the e-MarineWorld.com.au online competition now
Media Services,
Melbourne base online Chandlery e-MarineWorld.com.au is providing a wide range of marine industry products for online buyer.... [more]
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Club Marine Mandurah Boat Show prospectus available
Mandurah Boat Show,
The prospectus for the Club Marine Mandurah Boat Show has been launched, and the West Australian boating industry is getting set for the biggest show ever, October 8-10 2010, Mandurah Ocean Marina.... [more]
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Sanctuary Cove International Boat Show launches
Jeni Bone,
The charismatic boating supremo, Barry Jenkins launched the 2010 Sanctuary Cove International Boat Show to the media, sponsors and industry today at a waterfront event at the luxury residential precinct, outlining the additions, innovations and exhibitors making an appearance at this year's show.... [more]
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Marine Industry Seminars and trade event for Rosehill Gardens Show
BIA NSW,
The Boating Industry Association of NSW has gathered a number of industry experts to share their advice and guidance on topics of vital importance to the recreational marine industry.... [more]
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Record traffic for Sail-World.com
Brendan Maxwell - TetraMedia,
The largest sailing news network in the world, TetraMedia's Sail-World.com has just had is biggest traffic week in its decade long history.... [more]
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