Boats and Boating news

28 Jun 2007

Welcome to Powerboat-World, where we review another week on the boating scene.

We continue our popular series on Boating Clubs in the Asia Pacific, this week it’s Moreton Bay Boat Club, next week we feature an amazing Club in Adelaide, then its Auckland, then a giant Hong Kong boating club.

We discovered an innovative Boat Wash Tub this week on the Gold coast.

Tonight the tugs are straining to refloat the Pasha Bulker off Newcastle, lets hope it’s a positive experience.

We have more news from the Offshore Racing powerboats and the F1 Superboats.

I am looking forward to the Gold Coast offshore action this weekend.

Bob Wonders, Powerboat-World Editor

Brisbane boaters enjoy Moreton Bay
By Bob Wonders,
Brisbane boaters don’t have Sydney Harbour and they don’t really care – they have the magic of Moreton Bay! Bob Wonders takes a close-up look at the Moreton Bay Boat Club.... [more]

Refloat attempt started for Pasha Bulker
By NSW Maritime,
Tow lines from the three salvage tugs attached to the grounded coal carrier, Pasha Bulker at Nobbys Beach in Newcastle, have been tensioned in readiness for a refloat attempt over the next two hours... [more]

The Wash Tub – fresh water boat washing
By Bob Wonders,
Fresh Water restrictions can mean no washing of cars, gardens can only be watered by bucket or watering can, with residents restricted to the ‘odds and evens’ system and, of course, no hosing down of boats! For those who like their craft absolutely pristine, shock, horror!... [more]

Greg Swan joins Maritimo
By Media Services,
Internationally acknowledged marine industry identity Greg Swain has joined the award-winning Maritimo yard to assume responsibility for quality control, warranty procedures and apprenticeship training.... [more]

Indy on the water returns to the Gold Coast
By Gary Nash,
It all comes down to the series decider this weekend with the ACME Racing Team and defending Champions SIMRAD set to do battle on the Gold Coast waters for the 2007 crown, with ACME holding just a 300 point lead over the SIMRAD crew.... [more]

Migaloo White Whale Sighted off Heron Island
By Martin Philip, Courier Mail/Sail-World Cruising,
MIGALOO the white whale has sparked a fresh whale-watching frenzy after being spotted frolicking off Heron Island off the central Queensland coast. The elusive albino – believed to be the only pure-white humpback in the world – has been a magnet for whale watchers since his first sighting off the Tweed coast in northern New South Wales in 1991.... [more]

Trask clan shines at Formula 1 Superboat Series
By Belinda Doyle,
The Trask clan certainly stole the show at Round 4 of the XLR8 Home Loans Australian Formula 1 Superboat Series on the Manning River at Taree. Grant Trask won the F2000 class, and in the Formula 1 Series, his uncle, David won and his dad, Bob, finished the round in 2nd.... [more]

Vic Coast Guard benefit from Club Marine Boat Show
By Samantha Bennett,
The Coast Guard will be running boat licence courses twice a day, every day at the Club Marine Melbourne Show, with all the proceeds from this fantastic initiative going towards keeping the Coast Guard afloat.... [more]

Caribbean Yacht in Drug Haul
By Sail-World Cruising,
With the Caribbean serving as the Silk Road between the drug suppliers in Colombia and the drug markets in the United States and countries beyond, it seems that sailing boats, found by the hundreds across the Caribbean, are being used as drug transport vehicles.... [more]

Next Family Fishing Day on Lilydale Lake 30 June
By Fisheries Victoria,
The next Fisheries Victoria Family Fishing event will be held on Lilydale Lake on Saturday 30 June. Registrations for the events are now being taken via our Customer Service Centre by calling 136 186. To avoid disappointment, Fisheries Victoria strongly encourages participants to register for the event to guarantee a place in the workshops and activities held on the day.... [more]

Bavaria Buy-out, But Beneteau Booming
By IBI News/Sail-World Cruising,
German boat manufacturer Bavaria has been taken over by private equity firm Bain Capital at the same time as French boat manufacturer Beneteau reports that they are heading from strength to strength with an anticipated turnover of almost one billion Euros.... [more]

AIS and Radar Vital to Rescue of Swedish Sailors
By Des Ryan,
Dover Coastguard, using a combination of radar to pinpoint a sinking sailing boat and AIS to identify a ferry in the region, were able to divert the ferry quickly enough to rescue two Swedish sailors off the coast of Kent, UK. The sailing boat was listing badly and the sailors had already abandoned their boat and taken to their liferaft when help arrived.... [more]

Aussie into Intl Waterski Federation Hall of Fame
By IWSF media,
Australian Bruce Neville, twice World Tournament Champion in jump in 1991 and 1995 and holder of three World jump records from 1995 to 1999 will be inducted into the IWSF Hall of Fame.... [more]

Nemo comes home with a tag
By ARC Centre of Excellence Coral Reef Studies,
A team of Australian, American and French coral reef scientists has achieved a world breakthrough in tracking fish that could revolutionise the sustainable management of coral reefs and help restore threatened fisheries... [more]

Win America's Cup History - 2 volume set
By Media Services,
Enter the Sail-World online competition to win a copy of Bob Fisher's An Absorbing Interest. The definitive history of the America's Cup. Its two volumes covers the drama, boat design, personalities and sheer fascination of the America’s Cup.... [more]

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