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Bio-diesel Racer back in San Diego
The Kiwi bio-diesel powered trimaran Earthrace has turned back to San Diego. Aiming to break the round the world record she is behind schedule after a collision with a fishing boat off the Guatemalan coast. She had a fast run to San Diego but its going pear shaped again, as skipper Pete Bethune reports.... [more]

Superboats set for Toukley
By F1 Media & Powerboat World,
In ten days time on the weekend of April 14-15, the teams and drivers of the XLR8 Home Loans Australian F1 Superboat Series will invade Toukley’s Lake Budgewoi, for Round Two of the 2007 Championship.... [more]

Boat Shows – the Marine Industries Shop Front
By Bob Wonders,
The Australian marine industry has been showcasing its products at boat shows around the country since the 1960s. Every Australian capital city stages its own major exhibition and each of the State Boating Industry Associations, in the main the organisers of the city shows, also arrange minor or regional exhibitions.... [more]

Wave-piercing vessel makes her debut
By Media Services,
Now a truly revolutionary boat is being launched that will not only turn heads around the World, it will open up the globe to the discerning owner. The stunning wave-piercing vessel, created and crafted by Multimarine Composites Limited, will be unveiled during an exclusive ceremony at Plymouth’s historic Royal William Yard on Friday 30th March between 4 and 7pm.... [more]

Safety call for Easter boating on South Coast
By Penny Robins,
Easter holiday makers are being warned to observe boating rules and restrictions when they descend on South Coast waterways, NSW Maritime South Coast Regional Manager Craig Whitmore said.... [more]

National register expands into recreational boats!
Manufacturers of marine safety equipment for recreational boats, including personal flotation devices, marine distress flares and navigation lights, can now apply for inclusion on a register of products approved for use on Australian vessels.... [more]

Carpitella joins OSG!
By Powerboat P1 media,
Giovanni Carpitella, one of the most experienced pilots in world powerboating and 2006 Powerboat P1 Driver of the Year, will join forces with the 2006 World Champions Team OSG in 2007, racing alongside throttleman and owner Giancarlo Cangiano.... [more]

Brakes for Powerboats
By Helen Hopcroft,
Captain John Abernathy could barely hold his boat on course. Waves were breaking over the stern and the ocean looked like it was boiling. The crew deployed a parachute drogue and a sea anchor but nothing seemed to work. In desperation John grabbed an old metal bucket and cut holes in the base with an axe. He tied a line on it and chucked it over the side.... [more]

Work and Play - Bar Crusher fits the bill
By Sandman Public Relations,
Designed primarily as tough, ‘go anywhere’ offshore fishing boats, every Bar Crusher will also keep the family happy with its removable bait-prep table / ski pole.... [more]

Strong line of speakers for Marinas 2007
By Bob Wonders,
A powerful group of keynote speakers has been confirmed for the eagerly-awaited Marinas 2007 conference scheduled for May 27-31 on the Queensland Gold Coast.... [more]

Deep V 310 SE in AMIF finals
By Sandman Public Relations,
Deep V’s new 310 SE (Express) is a finalist in the 2007 Australian Marine Industry Awards. A contender in the ‘Fishing – non-trailerable up to 10m’ category, the Queensland-built offshore fishing boat leads a double life as a stylish cruiser.... [more]

TV at sea with a perfect picture
By Bob Wonders,
Renowned marine electronics house, Oceantalk, is constantly striving to improve its products and with the all-new Super Digi Signal Stretcher it has taken on-board television viewing to a superior level.... [more]

Better boat ramps for Sydney Harbour
By NSW Maritime,
A new $2 million, three-year 100 per cent grant program will be offered by NSW Maritime as part of the State Government’s commitment to maintaining safe and accessible boat ramps in Sydney.... [more]

10th Annual SimsMetal Power Boat Open
By Sarah Cann,
Tradewinds skippered by Greg Webb and amazing navigator Brian Keevers and Observer Justin Sinnamon won Division 1 whilst Sha-Lea skippered by Shane Moore and Navigated by Barry Moore won Division 2.... [more]

Chaudron Going For The Title With New Engines!
By Powerboat p1 media,
The Maltese brother and sister Chaudron team look set for even more podium finishes this year having taken delivery of brand new Mercruiser 500 engines primed to power them to new heights in the SuperSport Class.... [more]

Line 7 Marine to Launch New Line
By Helen Hopcroft,
Off shore sailing is like sitting on an out of control mechanical hobby horse, wearing a garbage bag, while some bastard regularly throws buckets of water at your head. That’s why you need decent wet weather gear. Even if you scrimp on everything else, good protection from the weather is essential. A cold, wet sailor is miserable company and a poor decision maker. S/he is simultaneously sad and dangerous. This is not a great combination.... [more]

Earthrace dances the Baja Bash
By Rob Kothe,
The Bio-diesel powered trimaran Earthrace is pushing up the Baja Peninsula st a steady 20 knots towards San Diego, on her round the world record attempt as Peter Bethune, the Kiwi skipper reports.... [more]

Bio-diesel powered Earthrace Perseveres
By Devann Yata,
Earthrace's attempt to break the world record for powerboat global circumnavigation is now back on track after being detained in Guatemala for 10 days due to a collision with a local fishing boat.... [more]

This Week’s Great Little Boating Idea: The Viewing Bucket
By Sail-World Cruising,
The weather’s too cold, maybe there are too many crocodiles, or you just don’t like swimming. With the viewing bucket, you can check your anchor, see the integrity of your mooring buoy, watch the fish - or search for your lost boat keys –it costs almost nothing and stows to almost nothing.... [more]

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