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Luxury launches, Tinnie Show sets records, recession end in sight

I hope this week finds you and your business healthy and brimming with optimism.

As the PM jets off to meet Mr Obama – oh to be a fly on the wall for that encounter! – we who remain, beneficiaries of the government's 'rescue remedy' of $900 each tax payer, can only hope the US financial forecasters are on the money when they predict an end to the recession by the end of 2009.

Wall St shares skyrocketed this morning and our stock market is predicted to follow. US Federal Reserve Chairman, Ben Bernanke's appearance on CBS' 60 Minutes on Sunday night was unprecedented. Most commentators believe it was a patent attempt to instill confidence in the US population.

His pronouncement that the recession in the US could end this year drew cautious relief and some skepticism from economic analysts the world over, but it is welcome news.

He said during the interview: 'I do think that we will get it stabilized, and we'll see the recession coming to an end probably this year [and] we'll see recovery beginning next year.'

If the US does come out of recession by the end of the year and recover in 2010, the rest of the world can expect to follow suit about six months behind.
We can only hope.

This week on we feature mostly great-news stories – launches, glow in the dark technology, acquisitions and innovative products.

WA phenomenon, Oceanfast (part of the Austal group) has added a US$22m vessel to its range. The Oceanfast 48 is 48ft of luxury, boasts a speed of 16 knots and range of 4,000nm at 12 knots and will be available from July 2009. More at

We also profile the Abu Dhabi concept from new company Emocean, known as the Voodoo27, which aims to produce an ambitious 400 boats per year, despite the world's constricting finances.

Keep in touch with your own news and views. Have a great week!

Jeni Bone, Editor

Tinnie & Tackle Show - Record attendance at the ‘Ekka'
Bob Wonders,
Tinnie and Tackle Show establishes new gate records. Jason Plant, Marine Queensland's event manager, rated the Tinnie and Tackle Show component as a ‘huge success.'... [more]

Glow Boat launches new concept craft
Jeni Bone,
The world's first glow in the dark boat made its official Queensland appearance at the Brisbane Tinnie and Tackle Show, March 20 – 22 2009. And now the technology is available for the industry at large.... [more]

New Abu Dhabi marque aims for 400 boats per year
Jeni Bone,
Investors in Abu Dhabi have launched a new marine company with a target of manufacturing 400 leisure boats a year despite the current economic slowdown, where active companies are cutting costs by holding or cancelling their projects and cutting manpower.... [more]

Sleek, sublime and US$22m
Jeni Bone,
Austal, the WA boat builder that specializes in aluminium craft, notably high speed ferries, military vessels and passenger catamarans and cruise ships for international markets, is also adept at super and megayachts under the Oceanfast marque.... [more]

Cowes Week to go ahead without sponsor
Focus PR,
It's business as usual for the world's oldest and largest sailing regatta, Cowes Week. The team at Cowes Week Limited, the organisation behind the world famous event, announced today that despite no new title sponsor being signed to date, they want sailors and spectators alike to rest assured the regatta will sail ahead as usual... [more]

NMSC seeks comment on commercial vessels
The National Marine Safety Committee (NMSC) has released for public comment an Issues Paper on the arrangement, accommodation and personal safety requirements on board commercial vessels.... [more]

Superior Marinas makes inroads in Abu Dhabi
Superior Marinas,
Superior Marinas, Australia's leading manufacturer of marinas and commercial berthing applications, is underway with its purpose built Superyacht Marina at the Abu Dhabi National Exhibition Centre (ADNEC), the site of marine-themed shows and events in one part of the Middle East that remains unaffected by global recession.... [more]

Sturrocks Boatique - North Sails nautical fashion exclusive
Media Services,
The Sturrocks Boatique located in Mosman, Sydney is proud to announce the new season's collection of highly sought after Italian nautical fashion brand North Sails. March is the month that sees the famous Sturrocks's Military Road windows transform to bring this high street fashion brand to life and is the feature brand for the month.... [more]

New Marten 49 Debut at Sanctuary Cove International Boat Show
Azzura Marine Media,
The internationally acclaimed Marten 49 will make its Queensland debut at the 2009 Sanctuary Cove International Boat Show to be held on the Gold Coast from May 21st – 24th. The uber-stylish cruiser-racer, constructed by Australian yacht builder Azzura Marine, has attracted clients from across the world including London, Germany and the Mediterranean through to Auckland, Sydney and Perth.... [more]

Sturrocks Boatique - North Sails nautical fashion exclusive
Media Services,
The Sturrocks Boatique located in Mosman, Sydney is proud to announce the new season's collection of highly sought after Italian nautical fashion brand North Sails. March is the month that sees the famous Sturrocks's Military Road windows transform to bring this high street fashion brand to life and is the feature brand for the month.... [more]

Sea Ray 43 Sundancer Recognised As 'Best Of The Year'
Simpson Marine,
Sea Ray Boats is pleased to announce that its all-new 43 Sundancer has been nominated for Motor Boating magazine's annual 'Best of the Year' list. The editors of the respected publication praise the handling, performance and accommodations of the boat, saying that it 'redefines the express cruiser concept, drawing it closer toward the yacht category'.... [more]

Launch of the Lagoon 421
Simpson Marine,
The Lagoon 421 due to be launched in May is probably the surprise this year. She was developed after a thorough study of what users of this category of cruising catamarans require, and truly represents a summary of their expectations.... [more]

Marine industry develops environmental strategy
Marine Qld,
Compelled to action by the recent oil spill in Moreton Bay, Marine Industry leaders met in Cairns on Monday to commence the development of a marine environment protection strategy.... [more]

Cushion calls it quits after 10 years at SYBA
Jeni Bone,
After the best part of 10 years as CEO / Executive Director of Australia's peak industry body for the Australian superyacht industry, Lance Cushion has announced his resignation and will stand down from the Board of Super Yacht Base Australia Limited (SYBA) at the end of this month.... [more]

Tide on the rise for the boating industry
Bob Wonders,
Bill Barry-Cotter's positive outlook. 'We're quite busy at the moment for the number of people on board and the orders are starting to stack up a bit,' Barry-Cotter said.... [more]

ACCC fines Telwater more than $200,000
Media Services,
Telwater has falled foul of the ACCC, found guilty of breaching section 48 of the Trade Practices Act, one of only a few cases of 'resale price maintenance' in the past decade.... [more]

Online Banner advertising - High impact and brand awareness campaigns
Brendan Maxwell,
Online marine audiences are much larger than marine magazine audiences and with the much greater flexibility in interactive online media, advertisers can run different types of advertising campaigns.... [more]


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