15 Jun 2007
















Looking for work in the Marine Industry?

Described by the Queensland State Government as ‘booming’, the marine industry throughout South East Queensland, particularly along the famed tourist strip, the Gold Coast, is doing it tough. Not tough when it comes to selling boats, but tough when it comes to producing them.

Simply put, the industry lacks people, more specifically people qualified, able or willing to work in the boating industry.

I recently produced a Powerboat-world.com feature on the Gold Coast Marine Precinct. Everyone I spoke with, not most, everyone, lamented the lack of available workers. However there have been some developments....

Have you thought about chartering a boat overseas for a holiday? Its easy to do says Charter World.

An innovative Aussie company in Western Australia is sponsoring some US Junior Fishing tournaments.

See why.

The Kiwi’s are tops says Mercury. We continue our series on Powerboat Clubs; this time is the Upper Hawkesbury. Offshore Racing this Weekend. F1 Superboats next. We will bring you the latest news.

Bob Wonders
Powerboat-World Editor




Looking for work in the Marine Industry?
By Bob Wonders,
Described by the Queensland State Government as ‘booming’, the marine industry throughout South East Queensland, particularly along the famed tourist strip, the Gold Coast, is doing it tough. Not tough when it comes to selling boats, but tough when it comes to producing them.... [more]


Boat Charters Rapid growth
By Media Services,
The boat charter industry continues to grow at a rapid rate across the globe with new destinations and larger yachts on offer every season. Charter World Boating Holidays’ Brook Felsenthal says, 'The industry has grown massively over recent years, with an explosion of operators and vessels in all areas, but particularly the Mediterranean... [more]


Live snakes and crocs at Club Marine Boat Show
By Boating Industry of Victoria,
Live snakes and crocodiles will be among the eye-popping attractions on the corporate Fishing Charters stand at the Club Marine Melbourne Boat Show 5th - 9th July.... [more]


Mobilarm Australia supports US Junior Fishing
By Media Services,
Mobilarm of Australia, manufacturer of the MOBi-lert line of automatic passenger and crew monitoring systems, has launched its US event sponsorship program by supporting two junior offshore fishing tournaments designed to encourage children to participate in the sport. MOBi-lert systems, designed to enable a quick rescue in a man-over-board (MOB) emergency, have been installed on Cruisers Yachts to be used by Barta in offshore tournaments and other events.... [more]


Powerboats set for High Adrenalin at Airlie Beach
By Gary Nash,
The pinnacle of high speed offshore racing makes its way to Airlie Beach next weekend when the Australian Offshore Powerboat Series stages round five of the 2007 championship at the foot of the Whitsundays.... [more]


Maritimo links with Boeing subsidiary
By Maritimo Media Services,
Maritimo CEO Bill Barry-Cotter and Wayne Hunter, managing director of C-MAP Australia, have entered into a unique agreement to benefit Maritimo buyers.... [more]

Gulfland Marine tops Mercury dealer list
By Mercury Marine,
Gulfland Marine has beaten the big guns to be named Mercury Marine’s Dealer of the Year for their achievements in 2006 – taking the award to New Zealand for the first time.... [more]


Night vision with FLIR
By Helen Hopcroft,
The blackness of the night is overpowering. From out of the darkness comes the sound of a splash: you think you see something moving out there. Something big…There’s nothing marked on the charts that would explain a large object out here, miles from land. You grab a high powered torch from the cockpit but it only illuminates a small circle on the heaving sea. You hear the anxiety in your crew member’s voice: ‘What’s wrong?’ she asks. ‘What can you see?’ ‘Nothing’ you reply. ‘I can’t see a thing…’... [more]


F1 Superboats head for Taree
By Bob Maxwell,
On June 23 and 24 the XLR8 Home Loans Formula 1 Superboat Series take to the Manning River for Round 4. Its a good field with reigning Australian Champion Rhys Coles, World Series contender and current Australian Series leader David Trask and Bridge to Bridge endurance winner Craig Truslove all strong contenders.... [more]


Oceanic Whitsunday Boat & Leisure Show a success
By Dalwyn McErlane,
Crowd pleasers included over 80 fishing and family recreational trailer rigs on display, Luxury vessels ranging from $50,000.00 to $3.5 million, Boat Shares, floating marinas, and Whitsunday's best bareboats, a Super Fish Tank filled with barramundi, a rock wall climbing experience for the kids and a sellout of 75 undercover stands of marine electronics, engines and accessories.... [more]

Shoalwater Bay Military Training Area QLD Closure
By Queensland Transport /SYC,
A major defence exercise - Exercise Talisman Saber 07 - will be undertaken including periods of 'live-firing' and marine craft operations at all hours within the restricted waters of Shoalwater Bay Military Training Area.... [more]


Upper Hawkesbury Power Boat Club
By Bob Wonders,
Bob Wonders takes the meandering course along the Hawkesbury River to the Windsor Marine Stadium, home of the .... [more]


Salvage Tugs arriving to shift Pasha Bulker
By NSW Maritime,
A salvage tug has arrived in Newcastle from Sydney to assist in the salvage operations of the grounded bulk carrier, Pasha Bulker.... [more]


Newcastle F1 cancelled- extreme weather
By Rob Kothe,
XLR8 Home Loans Australian Formula 1 Superboat Series was scheduled to race on Saturday and Sunday on Newcastle Harbour. But the East Coast low which brought extreme weather to New South Wales Hunter region has caused the event to be cancelled due to the extreme weather.... [more]



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