Boats and Boating in Asia Pacific

22 Jun 2007

 delivers another interesting mixture of boating news from around the Asia Pacific and around the world again this week.

News from luxury boat builders, to solar boat builders, from boat shows to equipment manufacturers, the racing scene, and the cruising scene and the marine industry.

We welcome one of the fast growing Australian marine dealerships, Aussie Boat Sales to our advertising index today.

Enjoy the latest news now and book-mark so you can catch up with the latest news each day.

By the way, its not the same as 1983 when Australia beat America in the America’s Cup, but New Zealand’s Emirates Team New Zealand takes on Switzerland’s Alinghi at 11pm in the 2007 America’s Cup… all the details on

Bob Wonders

Powerboat-world Editor

AIMEX members success at Australian Marine Awards
By Kate Duryea,
Leading Australian companies and AIMEX members were recognised at the Australian Marine Industries Federation (AMIF) annual Australian Marine Awards in late May... [more]

Green Boating - first bio-diesel now solar
By Rob Kothe,
Modern ferries are almost universally diesel powered. While the Earthrace biodiesel powered trimaran is pushing the envelope with bio-fuel, solar is another option with the large flat roof areas for ferry cats and houseboats.... [more]

How strong is that wind?
By Peter Edwards,
Sydney weather bureau's chief meteorologist, Rob Webb, warned people to 'stay indoors if you can because it could be quite a dangerous situation' But how strong are those winds?... [more]

Halyard Marine Wins Award for Engine Silencer
By Powerboat-world,
If you're like many boaters and hate the sound of your boat's engine, there's good news around the corner. Halyard Marine Ltd, a UK manufacturer of marine exhaust systems, has won the Spirit of Innovation Award for its new Resonator Silencer at this year's Seawork exhibition in Southampton.... [more]

Global vision for Riviera's winning team
By Media Services,
Riviera’s boat building complex at Coomera on the Gold Coast employs over 1150 people and trains about 200 apprentices a year. We spoke to Riviera’s CEO Wes Moxey about the people who make up Australia’s most awarded luxury boat builder.... [more]

Aussie Boat Sales set for nationwide expansion
By Helen Hopcroft,
Melbourne-based Aussie Boat Sales has joined forces with Gippsland boating stalwart Crawford Marine to create a new alliance that’s destined to go national. With two huge locations – at Williamstown and Morwell – Aussie Boat Sales now offers boats ranging six to 60ft!... [more]

AIMEX CEO appointment announced
By Kate Duryea,
The Australian International Marine Export Group (AIMEX) announced the appointment of Mary Anne Edwards as Chief Executive Officer. Ms Edwards was appointed General Manager with the group in September 2006.... [more]

Tugs prepare for Pasha Bulker salvage
By Rob Kothe,
The bulk carrier Pasha Bulker grounded near the entrance to Newcastle Harbour on Friday June 8th when she has hit by 8-12 metre seas. One of sixty bulk carriers waiting to load coal from Australia’s major bulk coal seaport, she lifted her anchor and attempted to head seawards when the strongest East Coast Low in 30 years produced huge seas.... [more]

Boat Show – the Gold Coast strikes again
By Bob Wonders,
The Boating Industry Association of Queensland (BIAQ) has confirmed a Gold Coast Trailer Boat Show for October. According to Farrokh Golchin, the association’s events and marketing manager, the show has been scheduled for three days, October 26-28 at the Carrara Sports Complex on the Nerang-Broadbeach Road, Central Gold Coast.... [more]

Reef Sharks Threatened by Overfishing
By ARC Centre of Excellence,
William Robbins and colleagues, based at James Cook University and the ARC Centre of Excellence for Coral Reef Studies, found that grey reef shark numbers had already declined to around 3% of unfished levels, and are currently declining so fast that they could collapse to one thousandth of their unfished levels within 20 years if current conditions continue.... [more]

Superyacht Regatta confirmed for Hamilton Island
By Rob Mundle,
Bob Oatley, the owner of the supermaxi Wild Oats XI, has confirmed that he is to establish an annual international superyacht regatta at Hamilton Island, on Australia’s Great Barrier Reef.... [more]

Preparing your Boat for a Storm
By Sail-World Cruising,
Seaworthy Magazine, a publication of BoatUS Marine Insurance, has just published the latest advice, based on actual experiences, for securing a boat in preparation for a storm.... [more]

Scope out Simrad - Melbourne Club Marine Boat Show
By Samantha Bennett,
The massive Simrad product range will be displayed as if it’s installed on a real vessel, with flush-mounted autopilot and wind instrument panels, right through to various radar units fitted to a replica bridge tower – all functioning in simulation mode for show patrons to discover their internationally-renowned power and precision.... [more]

2007 Club Marine Melbourne Boat Show
By Samantha Bennett,
At the 2007 Club Marine Melbourne Boat Show, wall-to-wall boats and marine accessories will fill the entire Melbourne Exhibition Centre; including runabouts, canoes, kayaks, fishing boats, catamarans, cruisers, personal watercraft, inflatables, luxury cruisers and high-performance boats- everything from 4 to 35 feet is ready to board and buy!... [more]

The not-Knot that Raised the Alarm
By Cruising Editor,
How good is YOUR knotting ability? The owners of yacht Eos were presumably having a good time, enjoying life in a bed and breakfast at Fishguard in the UK. Little did they know that a RAF rescue helicopter, a Fishguard lifeboat and shore based rescue teams were all involved in a desperate search to save their lives.... [more]

Australian F1 Superboat Series to fire up at Taree
By F1 Superboat media,
Saturday 23rd and Sunday 24th sees the Manning River engulfed by the XLR8 Home Loans Formula 1 Superboat Series. The teams will set up their transporters and marquees in a pit area at Queen Elizabeth Park Boat ramp. With a ten week break since they last hit the water, and the disappointment of Newcastle two weeks ago, racing should be feverish.... [more]

Boating Safety: The Top Ten Tips
By Carla Ferrara, ACE INA Communications,
Recreational boating activity soars during warm weather months, and so do boating incidents and injuries. According to the U.S. Coast Guard’s 'Boating Statistics 2004,' the most recent year available, there are almost 13 million registered recreational boats in the United States.... [more]

Simrad wins in Airlie Beach - Acme burns
By Gary Nash,
Airlie Beach was given its first taste of offshore powerboat racing on Sunday afternoon, with spectacular scenes seeing current series points leader Acme Racing catch fire as defending champions Simrad took out line honours to stay in the race for the 2007 Class One title.... [more]

ABT Shimano Clarence River Super Series Event
By ABT Bream,
The ABT Shimano Clarence River Super Series Event held on the weekend of June 8-10 was a hit with the locals and a goal fulfilled for back to back winner Darren ‘Dizzy’ Borg.... [more]

Dangers of the Dinghy trip back to your boat
By Rob Kothe,
We published our Cruising Editor's Nancy's Knudsen's article about the danger of the trip by dinghy from the shore back to your boat in a strong offshore breeze last week. It struck a chord with our readers.... [more]

F1 boats showcase on major commercial channel
By F1 boat media,
After much negotiation Australian Formula 1 Superboats are excited to announce that the Toukley and Taree rounds of the XLR8 Home Loans Formula 1 Superboat Series will air on Channel 9’s Speedmachine Program – Saturday 30th June 2007 at 11am.... [more]

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