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 23 Aug 2011

Brisbane ahead, Mandurah attracts big names, BarzOptics looks to US

On the eve of the Brisbane International Boat Show, as SEQld enjoys another torrential bucketing, we provide a preview to this landmark city boat show, thanks to Bob Wonders who will no doubt do a few laps of the convention centre, all under cover, later this week.

We also look ahead to this year's Club Marine Mandurah Boat Show, 14-16 October, which holds the status of third largest boat show in this country, and continues to draw the big name manufacturers, marine and lifestyle brands all after the 'mining money' looking to spend on the West's favourite passtime, boating. Some of the exhibitors, old and new, tell us why the consider it a 'must attend' event.

You still have time to get your comments and suggestions in about boat shows. You could win the $14,000 Hayman trip, Zodiac boat, Honda engine and a bounty of other gear and gadgets, so enter now.

New products, sponsorships news and events on the calendar all feature this issue - and there are quite a few exclusive feature stories in the pipeline - including insight in to the China boom, newly accredited Clean Marinas and new industry research - that are worth a visit back to MarineBusiness-World.com later in the week.

Until next time, have a great week!

Jeni Bone, editor

More than 100 exhibitors turn out for 2011 Brisbane Boat Show
Bob Wonders,
More than 100 exhibitors turn out for 2011 Brisbane Boat Show. The show will trade 10am to 8pm for the first three days, 10am to 5pm on the Sunday.... [more]
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Mandurah Boat Show - what's the appeal?
Jeni Bone,
Celebrating its 10th anniversary this year, the Club Marine Mandurah Boat Show proudly touts its ranking as 'Australia's third largest boat show', and has the numbers in visitation, exhibitors and sales to back it up. But what makes Mandurah worth the trip?... [more]
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Tianjin Yachting Show aims to showcase region to the world
Media Services,
The second China Tianjin International Yachting Show & New Idea New Life Show will be held at Tianjin Meijiang Convention & Exhibition Centre first to 4th September, 2011.... [more]
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West Marine offers refunds on Rocna anchors over manufacturing issue
Richard Gladwell,
West Marine, the biggest distributor of Rocna anchors in USA has issued a 'Product Specification Notice' in regard to 13 types of anchors sold by the New Zealand based company. The West Marine notice reads in part: 'One of our suppliers, Rocna, recently notified us that beginning in 2010, their anchors (with the model numbers listed below) were manufactured using a different, weaker grade of steel... [more]
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Boating Industry Association pays homage to two of its stalwarts
Bob Wonders,
Boating Industry Association (BIA) of NSW, Life Membership has been accorded to two of the industry's most respected identities - Doug Olding and Richard Pym.... [more]
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Riviera rewards dealer excellence in Australia and New Zealand
Stephen Milne,
Innovation and creativity in these challenging times have earned R Marine New Zealand Riviera's most esteemed Dealership of the Year award.... [more]
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P&W Marine Engineers winners in Australian innovation
P&W Marine Engineers were awarded Winners in the category ‘Most Innovative Marine Industry Exported Product' and won a high commendation award for ‘Best Marine Industry Export Performance' in the medium exporter category at the recent 2011 Club Marine Australian Marine Industry Export Awards, organized by the Australian International Marine Export Group (AIMEX).... [more]
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HyDrive steering a true course
Mark Rothfield,
Whether it's a family tinnie or a Titanic-sized superyacht, there are three basic requirements for any boat. It should float, it should move ... and you must be able to steer it. The latter gets short shrift in the attention stakes, surprisingly, whereas it plays a vital role in both safety and satisfaction.... [more]
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Andrew Chapman - Chapman High Performance Sailing
Frank Quealey,
Andrew Chapman is a well known Australian sailing champion, coach and sail maker with a first class record in the sport. His record includes national and NSW state titles in both Flying 11 and Cherub classes as well as first in the 29er Sirs in 2007 and fifth in the 2008 29er Worlds.... [more]
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WHOI Study - Microbes consumed oil in Gulf slick at unexpected rates
Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution,
More than a year after the largest oil spill in history, perhaps the dominant lingering question about the Deepwater Horizon spill is, 'What happened to the oil?' Now, in the first published study to explain the role of microbes in breaking down the oil slick on the surface of the Gulf of Mexico, Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution (WHOI) researchers have come up with answers that represent... [more]
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Simpson Marine expands presence in SE Asia
Simpson Marine,
Simpson Marine, Asia's largest yacht brokerage company, is pleased to announce its expansion into Indonesia with a head office in Jakarta and a branch office in Bali. The Indonesian offices will join the existing nine sales offices across Asia and will be managed by Xavier Fabre who formerly served as the Managing Director for First Yacht in Dubai... [more]
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Gold Coast Marine Expo celebrates Carnivale of Colour, 5 Nov
Stephen Milne,
Australian boating identities and experts will come together under one roof to celebrate the Gold Coast Marine Expo Carnivale on November 5 at one of Australia's largest and most sophisticated boat building factories.... [more]
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Sailors (new and old) find their dream boats with Find a Crew
Jeni Bone,
Find a Crew by Nautycal, the world's largest online marine crew and boat network, has one very important difference from its international rivals - the vigilant customer service pivot point between yachts and their potential crew mates, Kylie Gretener.... [more]
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Audi Hamilton Island Race Week - onboard with Wild Oats XI - New image
Andrea Francolini,
Audi Hamilton Island Race Week - onboard with Wild Oats XI. Photographer Andrea Francolini shares with us this gallery of images.... [more]
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North South Yachting launches Greenline 40 Hybrid in Europe
Mark Whitman,
North South Yachting are happy to announce the on-schedule launch of the Greenline 40 Hybrid in Portorose, North Adriatic. The first tests have shown a top speed of 18.3 knots with twin 165 HP diesels, and eight knots top electric speed, confirming the preliminary performance estimates.... [more]
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New Spreader Trapeze Harness from Burke Marine
Colin Burgess,
The new Burke One Design Trapeze Harness has undergone extensive R&D and has been redesigned to deliver a new level of comfort and support for today's one design sailor.... [more]
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Maritime Alert – Wild Weather
Neil Patchett,
NSW Maritime has issued an alert to boat skippers following a forecast for dangerous surf conditions. The forecast is for dangerous surf conditions developing between the Illawarra and the Port Macquarie coasts later today, then extending to the far north on Saturday and remaining on Sunday.... [more]
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BarzOptics seeking US distributors
Jeni Bone,
Fresh off the bck of the AFTA Fishing & Tackle Show on the Gold Coast, Kevin Barr from BarzOptics says he is focusing his efforts for the rest of the year on the US and locating a distributor there and in Canada.... [more]
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The innovative Walder Boom-Brake
Philip Yeomans,
The Walder Boom-Brake has been in use for over 30 years. Walders range of Boom-brakes feature a friction fitting and by simply adjusting the tension, the rate of swing is easily controlled.... [more]
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Melbourne's Tall Ship commences 2011-2012 season
Rod Thomas,
Melbourne's wooden topsail schooner Enterprize commences her new sailing season on Sunday 28 August. As part of Melbourne's 176th birthday celebration, Enterprize will be open for inspection at NAB Wharf in Docklands.... [more]
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Phuket ready to launch one-stop-shop online check-in for yachts
Phuket Gazette,
Karokot Khotcharit, a SIPA systems analyst, explained that the system will reduce the time it takes for yacht owners to submit forms to Immigration, Customs and the Marine Department. 'It combines three forms into a single form. Yacht owners can fill in their information in advance via the internet before they reach – or leave – Phuket,' Mr Karokot said.... [more]
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New job opportunies as top marine company expands
Multihull Solutions,
As a result of their continuing success, Multihull Solutions is on the look-out for a motivated and professional Administration Manager/Book Keeper to join their award-winning team.... [more]
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TAFE and BIA NSW sign MoU for marine industry careers
Media Services,
At the recent Sydney International Boat Show, the Boating Industry of Australia of NSW (BIA) and TAFE NSW signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU), effectively forming a collaborative partnership to strengthen the sustainability of the industry through skills development; define clearer career pathways; and increase access to training and skills recognition options.... [more]
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IFBSO gains two new members
Media Services,
The International Federation of Boat Show Organisers (IFBSO) ended a successful 2011 Congress on a high note, with the admission of two new members to the exclusive association.... [more]
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Britton Marine: Best Export Performance (medium exporter)
AIMEX is proud to announce that Britton Marine Australia has been awarded ‘Best Marine Industry Export Performance (Medium Exporter) in this year's Australian Marine Industry Export Awards.... [more]
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The Argus showcases Outback Marine's engineering solutions
Jeni Bone,
Gary Pacey is a dyed in the wool engineer, whose expertise extends to automotive, industrial and marine, with a particular penchant for boats. His new brand of catamaran, the Roger Hill designed Argus E35, is the showcase of the exceptional and innovative systems his company, Outback Marine in many cases has pioneered, imported and improved upon.... [more]
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Port of Airlie Superyacht Precinct underway
Jamie Martin,
Meridien has commenced construction of 24 super yacht berths at the Port of Airlie development.... [more]
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CYCA announces renewed sponsorship with Audi
Jennifer Crooks,
On behalf of the CYCA we are proud and honoured to continue our association with Audi, the largest corporate sponsor of competitive yachting in Australia,' Commodore Linacre said.... [more]
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Seawind 1000XL2 Launch, August 21st 2011
Brent Vaughan,
Seawind Catamarans are pleased to announce the launch of the next generation of Seawind 1000, Australia's most popular cruising catamaran, with the launch of the new XL2 series.... [more]
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