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  21 Dec 2011
 



Twelve presents to have any boatie a-leaping with joy

Some bright spark reckons the song 12 Days of Christmas has biblical connotations – six geese a-laying refers to the six days of creation, 10 lords a-leaping are the Ten Commandments and so on.

But with only a short time left till Christmas, you're going to have to think about buying a gift for that boating mate or family member who's been good this year.

A nice 'pear' of boating gloves would be a good starter.

Two turtle waxes – one for fibreglass, another for metal will keep the rig lookin' chic.

Three French hens deserve a portable gas stove and/or a rust-resistant pan to whip up an omelets on the go.

For calling birds, and rescue authorities, consider a hand-held VHF radio.

Five golden rings maybe overkill, but a ski tube would be just the ticket.

When a-laying on the beach, think about a sun shelter or umbrella.

A new snorkel and goggles add to the fun of being afloat.  Sailfish Marine

When a-swimming there's a water cannon called the Stream Machine, or how about a new set of snorkelling gear?

Eight little maids can enjoy a milk from a set of clear plastic tumblers. Wine too.

Keep em safe with lifejackets.  Sailfish Marine

Nine ladies dancing on a teak deck? I'd like to see that! Get 'em some sneakers at least. And, oh lord, if they a-leap overboard then an inflatable lifejacket will save their bacon.

Having a piping hot shower afterwards is possible with a battery-powered portable shower kit.

Finally, give that boatie the drum on 12-volt appliances by buying a book. It's handy to be able to track electrical problems when away from land.

Have a great one...


Mark Rothfield



Asia Superyacht Rendezvous: super occasion, super parties, super fun
Guy Nowell, Sail-World Asia,
If this was a gardening event, after 11 years it might be called a ‘hardy annual'. What was once called the Phuket Invitational is now the Asia Superyacht Rendezvous, and seems to have survived the financial shenanigans of the last few years. Ten yachts – motor and sail – turned out for three days of camaraderie, parties, sailing, cruising and dinner, all based at the recently-renovated The Surin.... [more]
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Kiwi Yachting acquires intelligent Auto Anchor
Tristan Campbell,
Kiwi Yachting Consultants announces a major extension to their product range by acquiring Auto Anchor from RMSD Ltd. Auto Anchor manufactures electronic windlass controls and rode counters that make anchoring safe and easy. The Auto Anchor system has been nominated for the prestigious 'DAME' award for its intelligent monitoring system of chain and rope released from the windlass.... [more]
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See the world by sea, communication is key!
Jeni Bone,
Via Find a Crew, sailors of all skill levels and boat captains and owners have been getting in contact and bringing to fruition their dreams in common of exploring the world by sea and savouring its sights. But look before you leap. The more questions you ask potential shipmates, the better.... [more]
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Camper stamps its coastal pedigree via sailing and sponsorship
Jeni Bone,
Speaking exclusively with MarineBusiness-World.com, Dalia Saliamonas, Project Director of the Camper Volvo Ocean Race activity reveals a little more about Camper's involvement in the Volvo Ocean Race.... [more]
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Honda Marine welcomes master level technicians
Sandman PR,
Eleven Honda Marine technicians have become Australia's first Master Level Technicians, following their completion of the Honda Certified Technician (HCT) training program last month.... [more]
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Ensign Yachts Pty Ltd appointed international agents for IAG Yachts
Ensign Yachts,
Ensign Yachts Pty Ltd is proud to announce that they have been appointed as the exclusive international agents for IAG Yachts for Australia, New Zealand, Malaysia, and Thailand.... [more]
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New all purpose Aquatic footwear from Burke Marine
Colin Burgess,
Burke Marine has released its latest offering in marine footwear, the D-MESH Aquatic Sneaker.... [more]
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Parrot fishes, the gardeners of the world's imperilled coral reefs
Professor David Bellwood,
Greater consideration is being urged by Australian scientists for the vibrantly colored parrot fishes that tend to renew the world's imperiled coral reefs. 'Parrot fishes are the constant gardeners of the reef. They play a crucial role in keeping it healthy, suppressing weed, removing sediment and helping the corals to regrow after a setback,' explains Professor David Bellwood... [more]
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Keeping the lights alight - A Christmas special
Carl Hyland,
Lighthouse keeping is now a long forgotten part of Tasmania's heritage, associated with romance, mystery and forgotten ways and follows the demise of such icons as the Tasmanian Government Railways and other Government Departments that helped shape Tasmania.... [more]
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Coral Sea draft no threat to commercial fishing, conservationists say
Jeni Bone,
The Protect Our Coral Sea coalition has called the federal government's draft Coral Sea plan a good start, but said it falls short of fully protecting the area's fragile coral reefs and spectacular marine life.... [more]
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Toxic algae leads to ban on fishing in Gippsland Lakes
DSE,
Authorities have put a ban on eating fish from the Gippsland Lakes after a toxic algae outbreak.... [more]
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The Tavern is back at Sanctuary Cove!
Sanctuary Cove International Boat Show,
Exhibitors and visitors to the 2012 Sanctuary Cove International Boat Show, 24-27 May, will have a new social hub boasting good old fashioned pub-grub, with the opening of The Cove Tavern.... [more]
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F1 H2O Grand Prix of Sharjah - Carella and Price of Qatar Team crash
F1 H20,
F1 H2O Grand Prix of Sharjah - What was expected to be a 37-lap battle for the 2011 UIM F1 H2O World Championship ended three corners into the opening lap when Qatar Team driver Jay Price got tangled up with his teammate Alex Carella going into the circuits tightest turn crashing out in spectacular fashion... [more]
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Mercury dealers team up with PSP Engineering
Mercury Marine,
PSP Engineering has teamed up with Mercury dealers across Australia to better market its specifically engineered Surfspec engine rescue kits designed for the 25 and 30 hp Mercury outboards.... [more]
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BIA Marine Brokers Association provides the ultimate in family boating
Creating Demand,
BIA Marine Brokers Association is set to provide the ultimate in family boating.... [more]
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Tasmanian of the Year raises $300,000 with Mercury on his team
Mercury Marine,
Newly named 2012 Tasmanian of the Year, Rob Pennicott, has now raised more than $280,000 from his record-setting circumnavigation of Australia - powered by ultra-reliable Mercury outboards.... [more]
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Get your Kaenons for Christmas and the holidays
Sail-World,
Kaenon Polarized advises that just in time for the holidays, styles from their new Anniversary Collection like Hard Kore JM10, Soft Kore Matte Black, Eden Honeysuckle, Gauge Pinstripe, Trade Matte Tobacco, Burnet Black/Clear and the limited edition Delite Tortoise N'Cream are now in stock! Buy in store or online for Christmas and the holidays... [more]
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NSW Maritime - Safe and responsible boating
Neil Patchett,
NSW Maritime - The summer sailing season is about to get into full swing and it is important sailors appreciate the rules of safe and responsible boating. Maritime Boating Safety Officer Drew Jones offers some advice to sailors racing on our busy waterways this season.... [more]
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Steve Searle farewelled in style
Bob Wonders,
The hard men of offshore powerboat racing, a sport where no quarter is given or sought, showed their softer side earlier this week when they turned out in force to farewell one of their own.... [more]
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Eurofin Trophy F4S Championship - Matt Palfreyman wins in Abu Dhabi
Emma Slater,
Eurofin Trophy F4S Championship - Matt Palfreyman of Aughton, Lancashire continued in his battle for the title. Heading into the event, the 19 year old Team Atlantic driver sat in second in the Championship behind Team Sweden's Bimba Sjoholm who had a nine point lead on the British youngster.... [more]
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NSW Maritime - Lake Macquarie exclusive use this Saturday
Penny Robins,
Fireworks display - NSW Maritime has granted an exclusive use aquatic licence for the safe staging of the event on Lake Macquarie this Saturday night.... [more]
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Jo Wooler's mojocreations shines at the 42nd Salon de la Marine
Jeni Bone,
Jo Wooler's stainless steel creation '360 degrees' has been accepted by the Jury of the 42nd Salon de la Marine and is on display at the National Maritime Museum in Paris from 2 December until 8 January 2012.... [more]
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