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Editorial November 5, '09.

Step aboard, stow your gear and join the team for a stroll through all the world's powerboat happenings.

We've got it all, as usual, from competition to recreational and some good and bad news on the environmental front.

The bad news, of course, is the fire aboard one of the oil rigs off Australia's north west cape which Jeni Bone reports has resulted in a damaging oil spill certain to cause harm to both the pristine waters in that region and of course the marine life.

Colleague Nancy Knudsen has come up with a good news story, a superyacht which was seen at the recent Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show which emits zero emissions.

On the offshore front, all eyes this coming weekend will be on fabulous Key West and the Super Boat round, where 14 classes will go head to head for the glory and the fame.

The outboard boys are busy, too, with action in both Formula 1 and Formula 2 classes set for battle.

In NSW, with summer approaching NSW Maritime is ramping up its Boat for Life campaign headed by former rugby league great Andrew ‘ET' Ettingshausen.

Kayakers can also gain experience form an on-line resource being handled by the New Zealand Coast Guard.

Finally, I'm sure I don't need to point out that Maritimo, the Gold Coast Australia yard headed by industry leader Bill Barry-Cotter is a powerboat/motoryacht builder.

So it may surprise you to learn that Maritimo has recently built and delivered 15 Sabot sailing dinghies.

Why?

Read on, you're on Powerboat-World where all the information is at your fingertips.


Bob Wonders



An Aussie dealer selling boats for US dealers?
Bob Wonders,
The global financial crisis delivered a savage blow to the US boating industry, but this is a new one on us. Now here's the story – Blue Water Power Yachts has been asked to sell a selection of Luhrs sportfishing boats on behalf of some United States dealers.... [more]
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BIA NSW ramps up 'Boat for Life' campaign for summer
Jeni Bone,
Building on its 'Boat for Life' campaign spearheaded by sportsman and fisho, Andrew 'ET' Ettingshausen and accomplished sailor, Pete Goss, BIA NSW is promoting the site www.boatforlife.com.au and all the tips and advice for boaties it contains.... [more]
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Key West setting for World Superboat Offshore titles
Bob Wonders,
World's top offshore racers go to war in Key West. For His Excellency Sheikh Hassan bin Jabor Al-Thani, this will be his first appearance at Key West, long considered the ancestral home of US offshore powerboat racing.... [more]
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Revolutionary Sea-Lift adds versatility at Marine Centre
Denby Browning,
The Gold Coast Marine Centre (GCMC) has boosted its service offering with the purchase of a new self-propelled submersible lift that can haul out boats up to 80 feet long and more than three metres draft.... [more]
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The greening of superyachts
Nancy Knudsen,
On show at the just finished Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show in Florida was a 78ft super yacht which claims to cut fuel consumption by a whopping 40% - and has achieved zero emission.... [more]
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It's a Quintrex summer
Bob Wonders,
The 'tinnies from Quinnie' have long been among Australia's most popular recreational boats. Telwater, parent company to the Quintrex and Stacer breeds, has released four sterndrive ‘Quinnies' from the popular Freedom Cruiser range in the bowrider configuration.... [more]
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Western Australian oil spill most devastating ever
Jeni Bone,
Marine life, and the state's reputation for ecology, seafood and responsible oil industry are all under threat from the catastrophic oil spill off the Western Australian coast – now into its ninth week – according to marine experts and environmental groups.... [more]
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Scientists call for Humanity to set 'safe boundaries to the Damage'
ARC Centre of Excellence for Coral Reef Studies,
Humanity needs to act now to avoid threats to human well-being caused by irreversible damage to the Earth, its climate, species and life-supporting systems. 'The increasing level of CO2 in the atmosphere and ocean has caused major damage to coral reefs worldwide over the past 25 years.' Professor Terry Hughes.... [more]
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Western Australian rule changes for recreational rock lobster fishers
Dept Fisheries WA,
Western Australian Fisheries Minister Norman Moore has announced rule changes for recreational rock lobster fishers for the coming WA season.... [more]
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Maritimo launches sail boats - for a good cause
Denby Browning,
Maritimo, Australia's premier luxury boat builder, has completed a new range of boats of a very different kind - a fleet of 15 Sabot junior training dinghies for the Moreton Bay Boat Club in Brisbane.... [more]
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U.I.M. F1 World Champion Jay Price gets ready for Doha
F1 Boat News,
>Defending World Champion Jay Price gets ready to return to his 'adopted' home country of Qatar for the Qatar Team coming off a second place finish at the 10th round of the U.I.M. F1 H2O World Championship for power boating in Shenzhen, China two weeks ago. - 'It's great going back to my home team's Grand Prix,' said Jay. 'It's always been like a big family... [more]
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Leading scientist agrees - 50% of marine debris is plastic
ABC Science Online and Sail-World,
A prominent Marine Science Center professor has agreed that '6.4 million tons of debris reaches the world's oceans each year.' 'Of that, 80 percent is thought to come from land based sources, more than half of the rubbish is believed to be plastic.'... [more]
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Recfish Australia Joins the Alliance
Recfish,
Recfish Australia members unanimously agreed to join the Boating and Fishing Council of Australia (BCFA). The AGM concluded with a workshop to identify the priority areas that Recfish needs to focus on in the next 12 months.... [more]
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On-line Kayaking Safety tuition at Coastguard Boating Education
Coastguard Boating Education .,
Coastguard Boating Education now have available the first of a new series of online, interactive education modules.Small craft, inclusive of Kayak and powered water craft currently represent the fastest growing sector of the market with their users over represented in the drowning statistics.... [more]
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Wunjunga the Green Turtle Released from Turtle Hospital
Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority,
One very lucky green turtle was released off the Strand on October 20th 2009, thanks to GBRMPA's Reef HQ Aquarium and the Department of Environment and Resource Management (DERM).... [more]
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Debris Alert for New South Wales northern rivers
NSW Maritime,
NSW Maritime Regional Manager North Coast Jim Green today said boat owners need to take extreme care on flood affected waterways in northern NSW. Mr Green said heavy rains in the north had affected a number of waterways including the Orara, Bellinger and Nambucca Rivers.... [more]
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Jelf Brothers tough day at the F2 World Championship in Bahrain
RYA/Nicola Drummond,
Reigning World Champion Colin Jelf who is attempting to retain his F2 World Championship Crown for the 4th consecutive year has had one weekend to forget in the first event of the five part Formula 2 World Championship held in Bahrain over the 15th & 16th of October.... [more]
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Storm brewing over Sandy Hook
Bob Wonders,
Record field confirmed for Wide Bay Australia Bundy Thunder. In an added bonus for this year, the 10th staging of the Bundy Thunder, a sponsor has commissioned Sydney-based Power Productions to film the event for Pay Television's Fox Sports.... [more]
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