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 10 Aug 2010

Green Marinas, Seawind export success, MIAA MOU with Korea

A brief period of respite between boat shows, but that doesn't mean there's nothing going on! Far from it! This week the global selection of news, features and events covers all topics and issues facing the marine industry - environmental, political, social and financial, as well as a few personalities and their opinions thrown in for good measure.

We look at the achievable measures of 'green marinas', a consumer trend that business is embracing for both marketing and sustainability purposes, a profile of Seawind Catamarans - Exporter of the Year at the AIMEX Awards, more results from Sydney International Boat Show, an update from IBEX on its seminar program, new Codes for the lucrative refit industry in New Zealand, and an MOU between the Marina Industry Association of Australia and Korea for provision of training.

There are loads of other stories too about sponsors, strategies and upcoming opportunities for businesses.

Keep your news flowing and have a great week!

Jeni Bone, editor

Seawind triumphs at Sydney International Boat Show
Jeni Bone,
In the company's biggest ever showing at an Australian event, Seawind Catamarans has topped off a successful season of sales around the world with a strong local presence, sales and 'hot leads' that number in the hundreds.... [more]
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Green Marinas: a global wave of change
Jeni Bone,
‘Green' is the theme, ‘carbon' the chorus in today's consumer landscape, and the Marina Industry Association of Australia and its members are at the forefront, working to adopt world's best practice.... [more]
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Pleasant surprise for Maritimo at Sydney Boat Show
Denby Browning,
Australia's premier luxury boat builder, Maritimo, recorded strong sales throughout the Sydney International Boat Show – and saw a pleasant surprise.... [more]
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Newport Apartments, Mooloolaba waterfront views and hospitality
Jeni Bone,
Founding sponsor for the past 14 years of the Etchells Australasian Winter Championships at Mooloolaba, and excellent vantage point to enjoy uninterrupted views of the venue, Newport Apartments Mooloolaba looks forward to the 'annual northern migration' of the sailing fraternity.... [more]
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Port of Airlie – Coastal Paradise on schedule
Melanie Roberts / Meridien,
Meridien, one of the country's leading property developers, has created one of Australia's most unique coastal destinations. Port of Airlie will be a tropical paradise where fifteen of the best beachfront homes in Australia will mix with 365 designer waterfront apartments, two state-of-the-art hotels, a 289 berth world-class marina, a variety of restaurants and shops... [more]
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Whitsunday Bareboat Charter Open Day during Race Week
Channel Whitsundays,
The Whitsunday region has the largest commercial bareboat charter boat fleet in the southern hemisphere and this is a major tourism draw card.... [more]
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Electronics expert says thermal imaging to surpass radar
Mike Rose PR,
A New Zealand marine electronics expert is predicting that thermal imaging could soon become more important to recreational boaties than radar.... [more]
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Got Game? Pisces delivers the scream of the reel off Sydney
Jeni Bone,
A $3.5m Riviera 56 Open Flybridge luxury cruiser named 'Pisces' is the choice of Motor Yacht Charters Sydney, which jostled for space on the marina at the Sydney International Boat Show alongside its tamer compatriots.... [more]
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Australia's Seawind Catamarans awarded for global success
Sandman PR,
Seawind Catamarans has been named Australian Marine Exporter of the Year at the 2010 Australian International Marine Export (AIMEX) awards. Announced during the recent Sydney International Boat Show, Seawind was also awarded for the Best Marine Industry Export Marketing Strategy. Seawind Catamarans is Australia's largest designer and builder of ocean capable cruising catamarans.... [more]
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OK Dinghy International - Kiwi gear dominates Europeans
Robert Deaves,
Kiwi OK Dinghy sailors are always keen to tell everyone that they are the best sailors in the world and perhaps they are not far wrong. A look at the top 20 in the world ranking reveals no fewer than 11 Kiwis, but a glance at the gear list for the top finishers at the European Championships also reveals a higher than average propensity for Europeans to use Kiwi originated or designed gear.... [more]
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Peak body hosts free boating forum
The Australia New Zealand Safe Boating Education Group (ANZSBEG) will be hosting a free Recreational Boating Forum on Wednesday 25 August at the Burswood Entertainment Complex in Perth as part of the Marine Safety Conference to address key issues facing the industry.... [more]
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Crew management is no different to running a business
Tracey Johnstone,
Regattas mean bringing together a diverse group of personalities, asking them to work well within a competitive environment and often also staying in the saying in shared accommodation. On water the pressure is on to perform as a team. On land the frustrations from the race track can continue into the beer tent and then into the crew accommodation. Just how does a boat owner... [more]
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Marine Industry promotes Optimist Sailing Boats for Kids Program
Ellen Pragnell-Raascg,
The Optimist Sailing Boats for Kids program was announced on Friday at the Sydney International Boat Show Breakfast by BIA's General Manager. This program offers businesses to participate by purchasing one or more Optimist dinghies, which will be allocated to successful sailing clubs which have tendered to part of the program and comply with YNSW guidelines to stage learn to sail activities.... [more]
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Reborn Mustang boats return to their roots
Imprint Media,
Australian boating industry legend, Bill Barry-Cotter has unveiled detailed plans for the reborn Mustang boat brand.... [more]
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New Refit Code of Practice for New Zealand marine industry
NZ Marine Industry Association,
A new Code of Practice, designed to further strengthen the fast-growing refit sector, has been launched by the New Zealand Marine Industry Association.... [more]
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Australian Marina Association Signs MOU with Korea
The Gyeongnam Provincial Government, Korea and the Marina Industries Association of Australia (MIAA), signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) at the Sydney International Boat Show on Thursday 29 July 2010 for the delivery and development of marina industry training.... [more]
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Industry research revealed at IBEX 2010
The 2010 International Boatbuilders' Exhibition and Conference (IBEX), taking place at the Kentucky Exposition Center in Louisville, is hosting an exclusive industry-wide special session exploring the year's most comprehensive market research, statistics and data.... [more]
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Sydneysiders embrace 'their show'
Bob Wonders,
Darling Harbour attracts strong attendance and delivers a positive outlook. I'm sure the shopkeepers, particularly those operating restaurants and bars appreciated the show, with diners flocking in for breakfast, lunch and dinner, many kicking on long after the show had closed.... [more]
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Yanmar builds its brand via shows, strategic partnerships, online ads
Jeni Bone,
The market leader in the diesel engine sector, with a presence in the Australia/South-Pacific region with its engines from nine to 900hp, Yanmar was a prominent exhibitor at the recent Sydney International Boat Show.... [more]
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Day Skipper & Boatmaster Unit Standards increase in Value
Coastguard Boating Education .,
For those considering a career in the marine industry, be it a boat builder, ship's captain or crewing on a super yacht, the recently revised increase in unit standards for Coastguard Boating Educations Day Skipper & Boatmaster courses will provide a tangible pathway towards their goal. Units can also contribute towards NCEA.... [more]
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'Fiery Cross' - NZ's first Canting Keel Boat
Jim Young,
Jim Young built 'Fiery Cross' in the late 1950's after being inspired by a design from L. Francis Herreshoff in his famous book 'Common Sense of Yacht design. In this extract from his yet to be released autobiography Jim re-lives some of his experiences with 'Fiery Cross' and provides an authentic account of life as a boat builder in the 1950's. Jim Young is now 85 and resides in Takapuna.... [more]
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Win an Opti for the Kids and One for the Club
Sail-World.com & Powerboat-world.com,
The winner of the OziOPti Sail-World competition will receive an OziOpti ‘Regatta Mark IV' GRP racing boat complete valued at AUD$3,950 (or NZ$5,135). AND They will ALSO win for their chosen sailing club an OziOpti ‘Tacker' Poly training boat valued at AUD$2,395 (or NZ$3,200). There will also be prizes of 10 x $100 ‘The Boatyard' vouchers.... [more]
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Leisurefest points to Australia's economic recovery
Melbourne Leisurefest,
The surest sign of Australia's economic recovery is likely to be not interest rates or election results, but the success of Melbourne Leisurefest at Sandown Racecourse from 30 September to 3 October. Display space is almost booked out for this year's expanded show, reflecting a strong upturn in demand for the latest RV, camping, boat and 4x4 offerings.... [more]
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FinScan wins AIMEX Most Innovative Product award
FinScan Marketing,
FinScan Marine Biometrics was announced as the winner of the 'AIMEX – Most innovative exported product' award on Thursday night at the AIMEX hosted event during the 2010 Sydney International Boat Show. FinScan entered the recently released Bio eStart SOLO with ESM ( Elevated safety mode ) into the most innovative product category.... [more]
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Audi Sydney Gold Coast Race 2010- McConaghys top of the tree
Ellen Pragnell-Raasch,
The results speak for themselves! First and second over the line, first,second and third on IRC Handicap in the 2010 Audi Sydney Gold Coast Race. Wild Oats X1 narrowly missed out on the race record to take line honours victory ahead Wild Oats X. Loki, Wild Oats X & Yendys, took the trifecta on IRC.... [more]
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Australia's Brisbane to Keppel Race Yellow Brick Trackers are Alive!
Suellen Hurling,
For the first time in the short Club Marine Brisbane to Keppel Tropical Yacht Race history, satellite GPS trackers will be installed on each boat and will follow the fleet from Manly, Brisbane to Keppel Bay Marina.... [more]
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Census of Marine Life identifies risks, threats and impact of man
Jeni Bone,
The Mediterranean Sea is in danger of losing its abundant mix of flora and fauna, ranked as the most threatened sea on Earth, according to a landmark scientific survey released yesterday.... [more]
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South Australian Marinas set high environmental standard
Marinas across Australia and the Asia/Pacific region now have a new environmental standard. The first marinas in the region to achieve this new environmental benchmark are all South Australian marinas. They are Cape Jaffa Anchorage, Cruising Yacht Club of South Australia and The Marina Hindmarsh Island.... [more]
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Commercial vessel standard ready for all-weather consultation
The National Marine Safety Committee (NMSC) this week released a draft standard for Watertight and Weathertight Integrity. The draft Regulatory Impact Statement (RIS) will also be available for comment soon.... [more]
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Sydney International Boat Show wrap: super success!
Jeni Bone,
Not only were crowd numbers up, by just 2% - but enough to make organisers and exhibitors smile - also raising the spirits of the industry right across the board, Monday's last burst of show sales, promising leads and trials booked right up til the end of the month.... [more]
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Doyle Sails Australia - this offer will self destruct in 48 hours...
Guy Waddilove,
Due to the massive amount of interest we received for our 'Perfect Sale' offer at the Sydney International Boatshow, Doyle Sails Australia would like to advise all customers that any quote discussed at the show will be sent out within the next few days. The 20% discount offer will be valid for 48 hours after receipt of the quote.... [more]
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Greenline for Blue Seas: Sydney International Boat Show success!
Jeni Bone,
In Australia for the local launch of the Greenline 33, Tilen Jakopin, sales director and son and nephew of the co-designers, Jernej and Japec Jakopin, is satisfied with his brand's debut in Sydney and impressed with the Sydney boat show.... [more]
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Abu Dhabi to enter team in Volvo 2011
Stuart Alexander, The Independent,
A $25m tie-up between Britain and the Middle East is expected to be unveiled today as the oil rich emirate of Abu Dhabi adds international yacht racing to its Formula 1 sports portfolio.... [more]
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Rob Mundle takes the helm as Commodore of Southport Yacht Club
Jeni Bone,
Prominent sailor, journalist and author, Rob Mundle, has been elected unopposed as Commodore of Southport Yacht Club, on the Gold Coast, adding to this marine legend's many and diverse duties.... [more]
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