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  22 Sep 2011
 
 



Life's tough in the sandpit but tinnies show true mettle

Remember when you were young and there was that snotty kid who left his toys in the sandpit and his new bike on the footpath? Well, that kid grew older but not up ...

For every boat owner who looks after their vessel today, there is the mongo who drives as though in a demolition derby and leaves the rest to rust.

Boats have to be tough to withstand a Seal Rocks beach launch and retrieval  Sandman PR


This past weekend I watched with bemusement, and some angst, the antics of fishermen putting their craft back on trailer at Seal Rocks beach on the NSW mid-north coast.

The tactic of some was to gun the engine and hit the sand at about 15 knots to get above the wave line. The outboard would kick back and the prop roar as the hull shuddered to a stop. They'd then get the four-wheel-drive and scull-drag the hull further away from the breakers.

One guy attached a lanyard to the bow eye on his Stacer, allowing plenty of slack, then sped up the beach. I cringed as the lead snapped tight and the welds absorbed the shock.

Such was the ensuing strain of dry-winching the hull onto the trailer that the seatbelt cord snapped.

There should be a Royal Society for Prevention Of Cruelty to Runabouts. (RSPCR)

Until that time, however, boat builders will just have to continue engineering an imbecile-factor into their hulls.

I dips me lid to the structural integrity of the ubiquitous Aussie tinnie.


Mark Rothfield



Australia blitzes the world in Water Ski Racing championships
Bob Wonders,
The powerful Australian Water Ski Racing Team has swept all before it. In addition to crowning five new individual World Champions from the six classes contested, the Australian team also dominated the team category with comprehensive victories in the Open, Formula 2 and Junior classes.... [more]
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Strong sales reported from Auckland International Boat Show
Rebecca Hayter,
The 13th Auckland International Boat Show was opened by Prime Minister John Key on Wednesday evening and closed at 6pm Sunday, 18 September, having launched a new era in the New Zealand marine industry with a new venue and new time of year.... [more]
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NSW Marine Brokers Assoc launches consumer campaign
Creating Demand,
NSW Marine Brokers Association commences consumer focused boating awareness campaign.... [more]
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Close racing highlights Offshore Superboat Championships
Bob Wonders,
Australia's fastest offshore racers gathered at Redcliffe QLD for round four of the 2011 Offshore Superboat Championships... [more]
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The China Market: just a passing craze for Nouveau Millionaires?
Angela Giuffrida, New York Times,
As European yacht builders wooed potential buyers at the Cannes boat show this month, the conversation repeatedly turned to the market opportunities emerging among the growing band of affluent Chinese — people like Lan Lu-Chen, a young businessman eyeing the merchandise bobbing at the quay side.... [more]
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Possible future sea-level changes hinted by new coral dating methods
Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution,
New evidence of sea-level oscillations during a warm period that started about 125,000 years ago raises the possibility of a similar scenario if the planet continues its more recent warming trend, says a research team led by the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution (WHOI).... [more]
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Shark activity warning for Cockburn and Warnbro Sounds
Department of Fisheries,
Water users in Cockburn and Warnbro Sounds are asked to be cautious, because of the potential that sharks could possibly be attracted to feed off schools of snapper. Department of Fisheries Regional Manager - Metro - Tony Cappelluti said reports of sightings in the area indicated there was a potential for increased shark activity.... [more]
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Safety announcement - Temporary suspension of OCR style racing
Emma Slater,
Head to head racing in OCR style boats has been temporarily suspended for the remainder of the 2011 season. This will affect the two remaining events at Guernsey and Stewartby. Time trials and 'Top Gun' match racing can continue.... [more]
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The state of Origin is one of diesel delight
Mark Rothfield,
A passion for offshore fishing, and serious good taste in graphics, led bluewater boatie Richard Pozzey to have this magnificent Origin 8000 HT Axis custom built.... [more]
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MRNSW volunteers recognised for 150 years' service on the water
Ken McManus,
Twelve Marine Rescue NSW volunteers who have given a total of 150 years' dedicated service to the NSW boating community were recognised in a ceremony at Sussex Inlet this afternoon. Marine Rescue NSW Commissioner Stacey Tannos presented Long Service Medals to the members of Marine Rescue Sussex Inlet to acknowledge their long and diligent service.... [more]
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Gold Coast Marine Expo - inclusive and above all, fun!
Jeni Bone,
The Gold Coast Marine Expo scheduled for the Coomera precinct, 4-6 November is aiming to be 'inclusive, and a lot of fun'.... [more]
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Honda RYA Youth RIB Champions crowned
RYA,
Competing throughout the day, the 28 young powerboating finalists from across the country demonstrated great skill and speed at the throttle of the two Ribcraft 4.8m RIB's around a difficult course, whilst battling a variety of weather conditions from beautiful bright sunshine to very heavy rain.... [more]
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RYA Youth RIB Championships - Glory for Faull and Edwards
Susie Nation-Grainger,
RYA Youth RIB Championships - Competing throughout the day, the 28 young powerboating finalists from across the country demonstrated great skill and speed at the throttle of the two Ribcraft 4.8m RIB's around a difficult course, whilst battling a variety of weather conditions from beautiful bright sunshine to very heavy rain.... [more]
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Launching and retrieving has never been easier
Sandman PR,
Oceanic Trailers' Easy Loader Series has been designed for both fibreglass and plate-aluminium boats.... [more]
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Global Superyacht Forum shows off ravishing refit
ISS,
It's been radically rethought, undergone a fundamental facelift and received a new, contemporary look brochure. Now the Global Superyacht Forum 2011 (GSF), the must-attend industry event of the year, is ready to display all these exciting new changes at its location at the Amsterdam RAI from 14 to 16 November 2011.... [more]
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Superyacht Captains flock to Auckland to Captains' Forum
Clive Bennett,
The inaugural Superyacht Captains Forum in Auckland, New Zealand from 14 to 16 September achieved its ambitious schedule of superyacht-related topics and gave international superyacht captains a comprehensive overview of New Zealand and the South Pacific as a superyacht cruising and refit destination.... [more]
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Arvor-good-weekend in this family/fishing cruiser
Mark Rothfield,
Here's a hybrid family/fishing cruiser that appreciates some people like a riesling, not just a reel, in hand when they go boating.... [more]
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New controls for Mandurah moorings and beyond
Transport WA,
Boat moorings in Western Australia's Peel area will be subject to new controls to improve safety, access and their impact on the environment. The Department of Transport (DoT) last week proclaimed the Peel Mooring Control Area as part of State-wide strategy to establish to address the continued proliferation of unauthorised moorings and their adverse impact.... [more]
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Very busy weekend for Marine Rescue Hawkesbury
Ken McManus,
Last Friday night, most of the duty volunteers at Marine Rescue Hawkesbury were enjoying an eagerly anticipated sleep after a full day's work painting Hawkesbury 70, one of only two accredited Water Ambulances in NSW. Then at 10:30pm came a call from Broken Bay Water Police. A vessel was stranded on rocks some 500m west of the F3 road bridge.... [more]
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Auckland Int Boat Show: Superyacht builders create hi-tech outriggers
Rebecca Hayter,
Australia and Ireland tangled on the water at the Auckland International Boat Show today in a precursor to tonight's big game. The boat show is based in the new Viaduct Events Centre in the Viaduct Harbour from 15 to 18 September. Teams of apprentices took part in the NZ Marine Industry Training Organisation's International Boatbuilding Competition... [more]
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International Superyacht Society announces 2011 design award finalists
Amy Halsted, ISS Executive Director,
ISS (International Superyacht Society) has released its lists of finalists for the 2011 International Design Awards.... [more]
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Auckland International Boat Show: Around the Stands - Gallery 3
Richard Gladwell,
Sail-World's camera did a quick lap of the Auckland International Boat Show, and captured some of the stands, boats and action. Here's the third gallery. The Auckland International Boat Show is open until Sunday.... [more]
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Superyacht builders create hi-tech outriggers at Boat Show
Rebecca Hayter,
As Rugby World Cup fever warms up, the Auckland International Boat Show is displaying what may be the world's most glamorous outrigger canoes.The boat show is based in the new Viaduct Events Centre in the Viaduct Harbour from 15 to 18 September.... [more]
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Auckland International Boat Show: Around the Show - Gallery 2
Richard Gladwell,
Sail-World's camera did a quick lap of the Auckland International Boat Show, and captured some of the stands, boats and action. Here's the second gallery. The Auckland International Boat Show is open until Sunday.... [more]
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