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  08 Dec 2011
 



Tinnies moving ahead in leaps and bounds

Rarely does life – cruel mother beach that it is – allow us to enjoy the best of all worlds.

The biggest fish gets away. Hit a sweet golf drive and you'll duff the approach shot. Hit a half-century at cricket and you're sure to drop the match-winning catch. Meet someone with an attractive personality and they'll be lacking in looks ... and vice versa.

Occasionally with boats, however, the ducks align, the Gods of the Sea smile, and the impossible becomes achievable.

I'm thinking specifically of the new-generation aluminium runabouts hitting the market, which are so user-friendly that even women and children are enticed aboard.

So harsh was the ride in an old centre-console I had years ago that my wife complained of sore breasts – seriously – if we had a long run over choppy waters.

Underwater shapes have improved in leaps and bounds – except you no longer shake out your fillings when you leap and bound.

New Savage range looks great in plate, showing how far tinnie design has come.  Savage Marine


Deadrise has been sharpened while larger reverse chines generate the all-important lift for heavier four-stroke outboards. Lower horsepower demands mean cheaper purchase price and greater fuel cost savings.

Manufacturers like Savage are fading out the pressed clinker sides in favour of straight plate, so they're far easier on the eye too. Quintrex has the new Blade hull shape with fine entry and more bow rake.

Sailfish is doing good things in the catamaran world, offering an optional enclosed hardtop on its 6.34-metre Shelf Runner. It gives the driver a commanding feel at the helm, which you wouldn't normally expect in a boat this length.
Sailfish's new Shelf Runner has an optional enclosed helm  Sailfish Marine


Many small tinnies come with front and rear casting platforms, full-length rod storage, bait tanks and more. Fishing is their obvious forte but these boats really have myriad uses.

I'd be packing in the camping gear, a tow toy and a few rods ... then see ya Sunday.


Mark Rothfield



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Sail-World Cruising,
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F1 H20 Grand Prix of Abu Dhabi - Torrente to race for Qatar Team
Philippe Stiernon,
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SOS two-way communication now on Iridium Extreme satphones
Nancy Knudsen,
Another level of safety has been added for leisure sailors who have an Iridium Extreme phone. It is a free GEOS emergency response service, meaning that, once you touch the SOS button on your phone, you have two waycommunication with the International Emergency Response Coordination Center all the time the emergency lasts.... [more]
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UIM F1 H2O World Championship - Team Abu Dhabi set for battle
F1 H20,
The teams of the UIM F1 H20 World Championship are rolling into the paddock area that is encompassed by the pristine area around the city of Abu Dhabi whilst two things begin to emerge as story lines for this provisional round of the championship that will run this Friday at 15:30 (11:30 GMT).... [more]
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Skydive Dubai & Dubai Duty Free Grand Prix - In search of a grand slam
Nigel Quilter,
The Skydive Dubai & Dubai Duty Free Grand Prix are set to take place from the 8-10 December. The current World Champions Arif Al Zafeen and Nadir Bin Hendi are prepared to line up for the final races of the year in their bid to become the very first Victory pairing to win the grand slam of all four titles in a single season.... [more]
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Product of the Week: Check your anchor without getting wet
Des Ryan,
It might be greatly enjoyable to dive on your anchor to check it when the water is warm and the anchorage is not too deep - but what about when you arrive in a 35 knot gale, it's the depth of winter and you're in 15m? There are dozens of examples of when this product of the week could be useful to the cruising sailor. Explore ponds, lakes, seas and oceans without getting wet! It's called HydroView... [more]
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Navico introduces advantage service program
Sandman PR,
Lowrance, Simrad Yachting and B&G customers are set to benefit from a new customer support program, which is to be introduced in the New Year.... [more]
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Young RYA powerboat racers receive local recognition awards
Emma Slater,
Nineteen year old Anya Colley from Nottingham and Matthew Palfreyman, also nineteen, from Lancashire have received special local recognition awards for their participation in the sport of powerboat racing, adding to their ever increasing list of accolades.... [more]
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Scientists identify source of coral reef infections
ARC Centre of Excellence for Coral Reef Studies,
Countless of coral reefs around the world have been infected by unknown culprits. These infections can now be identified with technology normally used to diagnose human diseases, marine researchers say. Coral researchers and reef managers will be able to identify coral infections using a new method that allows them to classify specific diseases based on the presence of microbes.... [more]
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Round Britain 2012 announces cash purse for Sea race winner
Tracey Clarke,
RB12 is a Land, Sea and Air marathon, being held throughout the UK next year. The event organisers are pleased to announce a £35,000 cash 'purse' for the overall winner of the Round Britain 2012 Sea race. The winners will also receive the Beaverbrook Round Britain Trophy. This will be presented by Lord Beaverbrook whose family have long been involved in prestigious international power boat racing... [more]
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NSW Maritime - Exclusive use Wollongong Harbour this weekend
NSW Maritime,
NSW Maritime has granted an exclusive use aquatic licence for the safe staging of a swimming event on Wollongong Harbour this weekend.... [more]
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Geelong turns on flat water for Offshore Superboat Championships
Bob Wonders,
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Navigational charts direct from Google Earth - and it's free
Paul Higgins/Nancy Knudsen,
If you have ever had a problem with inaccurate charting, you'll want to know about something that seems so simple in concept that it should have been done years ago, and wasn't - a program that can create navigation charts directly from Google Earth, avoiding any inaccuracy. Retired Canadian HP programmer Paul Higgins tells the story of how he came to create it, AND explains how to do it, free!... [more]
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In time for Summer- Mercury Moving Propeller Alert
Mercury,
If you take your boat anywhere there are swimmers or tow sport activities, then you should consider Mercury's Moving Propeller Alert.... [more]
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Leaders urged to curb climate vulnerability
ARC Centre of Excellence for Coral Reef Studies,
Representatives of the world's governments meeting in Durban this week have been advised by scientists that urgent action is needed to reduce the vulnerability of communities worldwide likely to be worst affected by the impacts of climate change.... [more]
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New Level 50 from Burke Marine
Colin Burgess,
Burke Marine is well known for its range of Personal Flotation Devices (PFD's) and with the implementation of the new AS4758.1 standard they have redesigned their range to suit the new standard.... [more]
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New ship-routing data trial may come soon for cruising sailors
Sandman PR,
In time, all new technology becomes cheaper and so trickles down to the individual user. New data from Tidetech, who already have excellent tide programs for cruising sailors, which enables ships to improve their routing efficiency, and is being trialed with a major cruise line company, is sure to become available to the cruising sailor before too long.... [more]
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Savage release new ultra lift hull
Telwater-Savage,
Australia's oldest brand of aluminium boats has had a fresh new update and it is not only internal features that have benefitted with the introduction of the Ultra Lift Hull on most Savage models.... [more]
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New cruiser pushes its cost credentials
Mark Rothfield,
Pelorus, from the Greek word for 'vast', is not only the world's 19th largest luxury yacht at 377 feet (115 metres), it's also the ambitious brand name for a new 44-foot trawler-style cruiser from China.... [more]
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Indian sailing cargo vessel's crew rescued by the French
Nancy Knudsen,
It takes a rescue on the high seas to be reminded that sailing vessels are not only used as recreational vessels in today's world. While the shipping industry is desperately trying new technology that will allow modern ships to use the wind to assist cargo transport around the world, there are traditional sailing ships that have never stopped carrying cargo.... [more]
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Marine Photographers urged to use IPTC metadata to protect Copyright
Brendan Maxwell, Tetra-Media,
Sailing and boating clubs and events need to address the need for copyright protection of images taken by event photographers. This is not a new problem, but as the media world consumes more and more images, the problem of unattributed or incorrectly attributed images being supplied by clubs and events to media is growing.... [more]
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East Antarctic rifting triggers uplift of the Gamburtsev Mountains
British Antarctic Survey,
The birth of the Gamburtsev Subglacial Mountains buried beneath the vast East Antarctic Ice Sheet — a puzzle mystifying scientists since their first discovery in 1958 — is finally solved. The remarkably long geological history explains the formation of the mountain range in the least explored frontier on Earth and where the Antarctic Ice Sheet first formed.... [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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