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  25 Nov 2011
 



Waterworld one step closer to reality

Bring on the year 2050! By then, apparently, my little home set three kilometres away from the coast will finally become a waterfront...

That's if you believe the climate change doomsayers.

The local councils where I live are already giving home owners a hard time because of supposedly rising water levels. It got me thinking – houseboats are the way of the future.

I'm a fan of the humble floating McMansion, actually. Where most boat designers think from the outside in, houseboat architects think from the inside out.

It makes terrific sense to have walk-on domestic appliances and furniture, rather than expensive custom-built components.

You get a toilet with water in it that flushes like the one at home; you get an oven that can heat more than one muffin. You can sleep easy on a Captain Snooze mattress, comforted in the knowledge that your home will rise with the impending tide.

Stockholm's Marinstaden is streets ahead of the average houseboat.  Martin Flory

A Swedish company has gone one step further, building what can best be described as terrace-houseboats. The Marinstaden in Stockholm is built on pontoons – eventually there will be a neighbourhood of 61 houses connected by two floating streets.

A 16-unit apartment development will float on a single 18-metre x 60-metre platform.

The boating industry may be doing it tough at the moment but in 40 years time the runabout may replace the family car.

That's if you believe the climate change doomsayers...


Mark Rothfield



Corals can sense what's coming
ARC Centre of Excellence,
Coral bleaching, one of the most devastating events affecting coral reefs around the planet, is triggered by rising water temperatures.... [more]
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Offshore Superboat action set for Geelong
Bob Wonders,
This weekend brings the ‘heavyweight horsepower' to the Victorian city of Geelong, by the waters of Corio Bay for the second-last round of the 2011 championship. ‘The Good Guys' (Brendon and Christopher Frier) and ‘Team 3' (Steve Nugent and Travis Thompson) are involved in a real fight for the Supercat Lite championship, with ‘Global Racing' still close enough to cause problems for both.... [more]
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Sailfish soar off Miami
Bob Wonders,
A first day total of 12 releases enabled ‘Blue Time' to withstand a slow second day of fishing and confirm a well-deserved victory at the Sailfish Cup off Miami Beach... [more]
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Barrie Beehag Ski Race victory for Hellrazor
Julie Golledge,
The 2011 Barrie Beehag Ski Race took place on Saturday, the 19th November on the Murray River. The day set off well with all teams turning out for the briefing at 7:30am and with overcast skies, there was hope that Mother Nature would keep the rain away.... [more]
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F1H2O Powerboat Nations Cup - Hat trick for Team UAE
Philippe Stiernon,
F1H2O Powerboat Nations Cup - Ahmed Al Hameli completed his Marina Bay hat trick winning a dramatic and incident-filled Grand Prix, with teammate Majed Al Mansoori's fourth place securing the overall F1H2O Nations Cup Team Trophy for the UAE over Middle East rivals, Qatar.... [more]
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New search and rescue vessel to be commissioned in Kioloa
Ken McManus,
A $130,000 offshore search and rescue vessel will be officially commisioned by Marine Rescue NSW Commissioner Stacey Tannos at 1:00pm in Kioloa on the South Coast tomorrow. Commissioner Tannos will join volunteers from Marine Rescue Kioloa to commission the boat, formally open extensions to the Unit's base and present Long Service Medals to eight members in recognition of their diligent service.... [more]
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Barefoot ski racing on Macleay River - Exclusive use this weekend
Penny Robins,
Barefoot ski racing - NSW Maritime has granted an exclusive use aquatic licence for the safe staging of the event on Macleay River this weekend. NSW Maritime North Coast Regional Manager James Green said boaters should avoid the area of the Macleay River at Kempsey 350m downstream of the Kempsey Traffic Bridge on both Saturday and Sunday.... [more]
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World Offshore Powerboat Championships memorable for the wrong reasons
Bob Wonders,
Racers mourned their lost colleagues, but racing continued and champions were crowned following the 31st staging of the legendary Key West World Offshore Powerboat championships organised by Super Boat International (SBI). The event attracted more international teams this year, with crews from Australia, the Ukraine, Italy, Malta, Norway and the United Kingdom among those doing battle... [more]
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Koden's CVS-FX1: First simultaneous quad frequency broadband sounder
Jane Arakawa,
The CVS-FX1 is Koden Electronic's new and innovative echo sounder. The CVS-FX1 is also the world's very first simultaneous quad frequency sounder. Offering selectable frequencies using a dedicated broadband transducer, this high performance 3kW digital sounder has been designed to satisfy the most demanding professional fishermen.... [more]
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Increased acidity not an even test for coral reefs
Wendy Ellery,
The take-home message of two papers that were recently published in the Global Change Biology by a group of scientists from the AIMS (Dr Ken Anthony), the NCAR in the US (Dr Joanie Kleypas), and from the Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique in France (Prof Jean-Pierre Gattuso) is that coral reefs can both positively and negatively influence the acidity of their surrounding seawater.... [more]
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Shaun Torrente set to join Qatar Team for Emirates events
F1H20,
Shaun Torrente of Miami, Florida is a Rookie-of-the-Year candidate who is set to return this year to the UIM F1H20 World Championship series at the 20th Grand Prix of Abu Dhabi which will take place the 8-9 December along the Corniche. The event is expected to welcome fans in the tens of thousands to the two day festival of speed on the water.... [more]
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International Team to drill beneath glacier in Antarctica
NASA,
The Pine Island Glacier is the area of Antarctica that concerns scientists most because of its potential to cause a rapid rise in sea level. Satellite measurements have shown this area is losing ice and surrounding glaciers are thinning, raising the possibility the ice could flow rapidly out to sea.... [more]
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Hall of Fame secures new high profile home at ASB Showgrounds
Mike Rose,
The New Zealand Boat Show Hall of Fame has secured a new, highly visible home in the foyer of the ASB Showgrounds. The New Zealand Boat Show Hall of Fame acknowledges those who have made a significant and lasting contribution to the country's largest boat show and the marine industry.... [more]
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Manson introduces new Manson Boss Anchor at METS 2011
Sail-World,
New anchor from Manson 20-25% more holding power than Manson Supreme anchor in most seabeds. 2011 seen the end of two years of research, design and rigorous testing for Manson Anchors which has culminated in yet another milestone. Today Manson proudly launches the most robust, technically advanced, and safest anchor to ever hit the world market.... [more]
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Yachting New Zealand makes stand on Aquaculture intrusion on cruisers
Sail-World,
A New Zealand national sports organisation, Yachting New Zealand has issued a statement setting out the organisation's position on legislation and application and licence approvals that will enable the aquaculture industry to achieve its goal of becoming a $1 billion contributor to the New Zealand economy.... [more]
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Spitfire – change the way you think about props
Jonathan Revitt,
It used to be that three-bladed propellers were for speed and four blades were for holding and acceleration. The Spitfire's unique design changes that forever– it's the ultimate performance four-blade aluminium propeller.... [more]
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Yamaha introduces 2012 Waverunners
Yamaha Motor Australia,
Yamaha Motor Australia is proud to introduce the new 2012 WaveRunner line up!... [more]
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Third racer dies at Super Boat Key West World Championships
Powerboat-World.com,
A third racer has died during the Super Boat 31st annual Key West World Championships. Reports say Page Motorsports throttleman, veteran powerboat racer Joey Gratton 59, of University Park, Fla., died on Saturday... [more]
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New stainless steel antenna base and whips add to GME's antenna range
Matthew Heap,
GME, Australia's premier communications company, has again increased their already large marine antenna range with the introduction of the ABL016 Stainless steel Antenna base, and whips with stainless steel ferrules to suit.... [more]
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Xiamen Boat Show bigger and better
What's On Xiamen and Sail-World Asia,
The four-day China (Xiamen) International Boat Show 2011 has successfully closed. The Show has altogether attracted 157 enterprises to attend, increasing by 17% compared with that of last year, among which, there are 27 foreign exhibitors from Italy, France, Australia, Thailand, Taiwan, Hong Kong, etc., increasing by 23% compared with that of last year. The scale is really unprecedented.... [more]
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Honda Marine helm changes
Sandman PR,
Honda Australia has announced changes at the helm of its marine division, with long-term employee Robert Johnson appointed as Marine Manager.... [more]
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Great Barrier Reef turtle tracking
GBRMPA,
Five turtles will have satellite tags attached to them as part of a research project. GBRMPA Species Conservation Expert Mark Read said the project would help scientists understand how green turtles use their habitat.... [more]
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