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 09 Oct 2012
 
 

Flamingo Bay price drop, Discover Sailing roll out, book for BIA roast

What a great job I have! No two weeks are the same, and when I'm not tidying up media releases and chasing story leads our readers send (thank you!), I sometimes emerge for a jaunt around the Broadwater, or a trip OS somewhere that reminds me, like Dorothy found out, 'there's no place like home'.

Flamingo Bay  .. ©


So this week, as I popped up to Southport Yacht Club, where I am a newly minted member, to visit Captain Dave on the jaw-dropping Flamingo Bay, I gave thanks to the Saint who dishes out vocations.

Flamingo Bay, represented by broker Ian Swan, is a marvel and a tribute to her original owners, the Belgian government, for their foresight to build her tougher than nails, and to her present owner, David Tomlinson, who has painstakingly brought her in to the 21st century with electrics, electronics and mod-cons, while preserving her Flemish charms.

Flamingo Bay prop with Captain David.  Jeni Bone


This is the ideal vessel for adventure and ocean tourism operators, explorers, documentary makers, divers and researchers. Check out the story and be amazed that all this could be yours for just $2.2m + GST - a price drop of 50%.

Dave is serious about selling. If you're serious about owning a piece of history that still has a long life of adventure ahead of her, get to the Gold Coast and see Flamingo Bay for yourself. She is a one and only.

Lots of news to report, including great first impressions of the inaugural Rivergate International Boat Show on the water in Brisbane's Murarrie, which attracted steady crowds from Friday to Sunday. As we await the post-show report, initial murmurs are that it is the ideal venue, very well organised and an event that deserves to have legs.

Rivergate - the site of the inaugural Boat Show over the weekend.  Rivergate Brisbane


A good boost to sailing is in the wind, with Discover Sailing Day in Victoria, Sunday 11 November. The initiative aims to introduce people of all ages who may never have sailed before on and off water sailing activities and to experience club life at more than 40 local yacht clubs around Victoria, including the Royal Yacht Club of Victoria, Royal Melbourne Yacht Squadron and Royal Geelong Yacht Club. See more about this great program at www.discoversailing.org.au

Discover Sailing - Yachting Victoria 2  Yachting Victoria Inc .


BIA NSW is organising an inaugural Roast, with special guest speaker CommSec's Chief Economist, Craig James.
The event will be held at The Deckhouse in Woolwich 18 October from 2.30pm. Tickets are $49 and can be purchased by calling the BIA on (02) 9438 2077. Seats are limited to the first 80 callers. Sounds like a corker!

Anyhow, plenty more from around the world and the country to inspire and inform. Send your news or thoughts as you know we like receiving them.

Enjoy the water, I will be!


Jeni Bone, editor



If adventure and far horizons beckon, make Flamingo Bay yours!
Jeni Bone,
The Flamingo Bay Adventure Ship would make a great explorer vessel, a whale watching tourism boat, hospitality for events or ‘trip of a lifetime' getaway craft for the discerning buyer. The good news is, her owner is serious about selling, dropping the price by 50% to $2.2m, which is a steal when you consider building her today would be a $20m project.... [more]
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Public, industry comment invited on $390m Gold Coast marine plan
Jeni Bone,
A proposed $390 million international marine precinct at Coomera on Queensland's Gold Coast will now go through rigorous community scrutiny, after five years on the drawing board, as the State Government opens the project to public consultation.... [more]
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Sailing clubs open their doors and set their sails for all Victorians
Lauren Garnet,
Local Victorian communities will be given the opportunity to experience the exciting sport of sailing and yacht club life first hand as part of Discover Sailing Day on Sunday November 11, 2012 and all activities are free.... [more]
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University of the Aegean and Greek Challenge announce partnership
Greek Challenge Team,
The University of the Aegean and Greek Challenge have announced their partnership that marks a new approach for the establishment of sailing in Greece. The scope of this partnership is the involvement of the youth and University students to customized sailing programs to be taught by prominent international and domestic sailing legends.... [more]
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Aussie Boats Sales pays the bill – Free berthing for sales listings!
Dani Limback,
Williamstown based Aussie Boat Sales has rolled out a series of special deals for brokerage listings starting from today!... [more]
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Supertrawler owners hope fish oil salves image
Jeni Bone,
It sounds like a fishy tale, but selling fish oil supplements could prove a boon and a welcome change of image for the Tasmanian company at the centre of the recent super trawler FV Margiris debacle.... [more]
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Chaparral re-launches at Mandurah
Dani Limback,
After a three year absence from the WA boat show scene, Chaparral will be attending this week's Mandurah show with a range of new models and a new dealer. Chaparral will have a number of boats on display including the new entry level H2o ski/fish and sports models, Sunesta deck boat and Premium SSi sports bowriders representing a good cross section of the 44 models Chaparral offer.... [more]
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CommSec's Chief Economist to headline the Boating Industries Roast
Domenic Genua,
Members of the Boating Industry Association of NSW will gather at The Deckhouse in Woolwich on the 18th October for their inaugural Roast.... [more]
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SBM provides hot tips for baffled boaties
Harbourside Media,
We'd all love to brush up on our boating skills, but how do you get expert advice and sound knowledge from people you can trust? Thankfully, one innovative Sydney boat dealer recently provided a solution.... [more]
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Collinson FX Market Commentary: October 6, 2012 - US Boost
Collinson FX,
Collinson FX market Commentary: October 6, 2012 - The Non-Farm Payrolls report came in as estimated with 114,000 jobs added to the US economy but Unemployment surprisingly dropped to 7.8%. The explanation lies in the amount of people no longer looking for work so the workforce is shrinking thus impacting the employment rate.... [more]
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New Regional Manager for QLD and the NT
Jonathan Revitt,
Mercury Marine is pleased to announce that Nic Kitchen has been appointed as its new Regional Manager for Queensland and the Northern Territory.... [more]
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Superior seeks dealers for Sunstream boat lifts
Sandman PR,
Superior is seeking expressions of interest from boat dealers and targeted businesses (e.g. marinas, construction companies) that would like to represent and sell Sunstream boatlifts in their regions.... [more]
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The Gold Coast shows that spending money is child's play
Mark Rothfield,
Greetings from Surfers Paradise! As Jimmy Buffett would sing, the weather is here, I wish you were beautiful ...Problem is, the place is pregnant with children because those learned bureaucrats in Queensland and NSW decided to combine the Spring school holidays. Everywhere you look there are queues and grumpy dads.... [more]
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Starting gun fires for Rivergate International Boat Show
Narelle Jensen,
We're off and racing! The first day of the Rivergate International Boat Show has been an outstanding success.... [more]
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Job done with Marine Auctions (Part II)
John Curnow,
In Part I, we got to learn some home truths about selling and buying boats from Adrian Seiffert of Marine Auctions. Part II is all about the new ways Marine Auctions are going to assist you with the sale of boats, pens and other marine items.... [more]
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New offshore rescue vessel to be officially commissioned at Woolgoolga
Ken McManus,
Today, at Woolgoolga, a new $337,000 offshore rescue vessel will be officially commissioned, boosting the emergency capability of Marine Rescue NSW volunteers on the State's Mid North Coast. Parliamentary Secretary to the Police and Emergency Services Minister Geoff Provest will commission Woolgoolga 30 in a ceremony... [more]
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New book is a common sense guide to boat buying
Imprint Media,
The lure of boating in its myriad forms has touched most Australians at one time or another. Many wish they could take the plunge but are wary of the challenges of buying and operating their own boat. Now there's a 'how to' guide written by Darren Finkelstein, Principal of St Kilda Boat Sales Melbourne called 'Honey, Let's Buy A Boat'.... [more]
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Record attendance for the 33,000 participants at 2012 MYS
Johan Pizzardini MYS,
From 19 to 22 September 2012, 33,000 luxury yachting companies, yacht owners, high nett worth customers and representatives of future purchasers converged on Monaco to meet up at the yacht show's 500 stands and aboard the hundred-odd superyachts on show. At last year's show there were signs of an upswing in the market. MYS 2012 confirmed the trend; slowly but surely, business is picking up.... [more]
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CSA Rule reviewed ahead of the 2013 International Racing Season
Alison Sly-Adams / Caribbean Sailing Association,
This past weekend, the Caribbean Sailing Association (CSA) measurers congregated in Antigua for their annual review meeting in advance of the 2013 racing season. The managers of the CSA rating rule travelled from Barbados, St. Maarten, the British Virgin Islands, Grenada and St. Thomas to agree on their approach to the 2013 season with respect to any concerns with the rating rule.... [more]
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Dayboat Seminar supplies useful forum for debate
Peta Stuart-Hunt,
More than ninety interested parties convened at the Royal Southern Yacht Club on Saturday, 29th September to consider the question 'Where have all the dayboats gone?', and to try and provide some ideas on how to grow and nurture the central Solent dayboat fleets.... [more]
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Online media surpasses TV and magazines in jobs growth
Jeni Bone,
According to the latest data from AdAge.com, when it comes to jobs, online publications and media businesses are the new and burgeoning mainstream media.... [more]
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Simrad Yachting and B&G partner with Shanghai Sailing Club
Estelle Baldry,
Simrad Yachting and B&G, world leaders in navigation solutions for sailing vessels, are pleased to announce that they have entered into a sponsorship agreement with the prestigious Shanghai Sailing Club.... [more]
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B&G creates new hub for sailors
Estelle Baldry,
Leading marine electronics manufacturer for the sailing market B&G is proud to announce the arrival of its new website at www.bandg.com... [more]
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SCIBS 2013 Exhibitor Prospectus - available 1 November
Media Services,
From Thursday 1 November, the 2013 Exhibitor Prospectus and Online Application Form will be available on the Sanctuary Cove International Boat Show website.... [more]
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Riviera Has 5000 reasons to celebrate
Stephen Milne,
A momentous and history-making occasion will mark another major milestone for Riviera who will launch its 5000th boat at a special gala dinner celebration held later this year.... [more]
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Lowrance HDS Gen2 Touch redefines ease-of-use
Andrew Golden,
Lowrance announced today that it has expanded its HDS® Gen2 range, with the new wide-format, touchscreen HDS Gen2 Touch. Delivering the same award-winning benefits that made the HDS High Definition System the world's top-selling multifunction display series, Gen2 Touch models incorporate new easier-to-use, wide touchscreens in 7-, 9- and 12-inch sizes.... [more]
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