Boating News from the Asia Pacific and beyond

17 Aug 2007

Another busy week for the Powerboat-World team

Bob Wonders -
We’ve barely recovered from the rigours of the Sydney International Boat Show and now were preparing to head up to the Queensland capital for the Brisbane International Boat Show.

You can catch up with some of the Brisbane news in this issue.

For those who think fishing is the best thing since, well, sliced bread perhaps, the Brisbane show will rate as a must visit.

It has certainly been what one might term a 'newsy week.'

In a somewhat dramatic move, that which was the Boating Industry Association of Queensland, known by its initials as the BIAQ, has changed its name to Marine Queensland.

The reasoning behind the decision will be revealed in this issue of Powerboat-World.

For the true fans of offshore powerboat racing, with the eagerly awaited Offshore Superboat Series scheduled to begin off Redcliffe (September 9) and Townsville (September 23) to whet the proverbial whistle I’ve taken a look back at the sport’s early days, when offshore racing was dominated by a group of colourful American boat builders and assorted millionaires.

They were the days of genuine open ocean racing, just made for the deep vee hulls which reigned supreme before the catamaran era.

In a future issue I’ll attempt to paint a similar pen picture of the sport’s early days in Australia, when men like industry legends John Haines, Tony Low, Peter Dean and Bruce ‘Sharkey’ Harris were the local versions of ‘colourful characters.’

Plenty more to look forward to as well, with Mercury Marine’s Expo 07 set down for September 13 and 14 at the Royal Pines Resort on the Gold Coast.

Powerboat-World will be there and we’ll be the first to reveal Mercury Marine’s plans for 2008 and take a close up look at the latest in Savage, Bermuda and Quicksilver boats and accessories.

All one needs to do to keep abreast of boating is stick with Powerboat-World.

By Bob Wonders

BIA Queensland becomes Marine Queensland
By Bob Wonders,
Barry Jenkins, president of Marine Queensland, believes new name more accurately describes the organisation.... [more]

Bob Wonders takes a stroll down memory lane.....
By Bob Wonders,
Time magazine labels offshore powerboat racing as 'Madness off Miami'... [more]

Horizon Shores to be Australia’s largest Marina
By Rhonda Locke,
Horizon Shores will become Australia’s largest marina making it a one-stop-shop for all boating and recreational needs, boasting 1,350 wet berths, dry storage for 1000 vessels, a Marina Village with waterfront cafes and restaurants, a yacht club, specialty retail outlets and a Marina Emporium showcasing all things boating.... [more]

Brisbane Boat Show is one for the keen angler
By Bob Wonders,
Boats may well be the heart of the Brisbane International Boat Show, but those dedicated to casting a line will find it and exhibition not to be missed.... [more]

Qld Marine Infrastructure Master Plan
By Queensland Government,
The State Government has committed more than $500,000 to prepare a Marine Infrastructure Master Plan to cement the Gold Coast's position as one of Australia's great marine hubs Premier Peter Beattie has announced. 'Business is booming for the Gold Coast boating industry and we need to manage the growth to ensure the industry keeps expanding,' Mr Beattie said... [more]

Water, water everywhere: just not down your pants
By Colin Patterson,
The legendary New Zealand brand Line 7 is about to launch its new range of wet weather gear. Line 7 was established in 1963 and quickly became the clothing of choice for many of the world’s top sailors. This year the brand is back with an updated, intelligently designed range for everyone from entry level sailors to the world’s best. Line 7’s Pat Langley spoke about the most advanced, high performance range from the iconic brand to date.... [more]

50 million for water lovers
By Darren Roberts,
A $50 million State Government boating infrastructure boost will support Queensland’s buoyant love affair with the water.... [more]

Jarden acquires fishing gear company K2 Inc
By IBI Magazine,
Jarden will benefit from a broader offering in the fishing and the marine channels,' said Gary Kiedaisch, president of Jarden's Outdoor Solutions segment and CEO of The Coleman Company, Inc, in the statement.... [more]

New Look Power Boats for Bundy Thunder
By Sue-Ellen Pitt,
The resurgence of power boat racing in the southern states, and the popularity of Queensland’s only major spectacular, has teams from as far as Perth and Tasmania making travel plans.... [more]

Bio-fuelled Earthrace aims for 2008 World record
By Bio-fuel Magazine,
The Earthrace biodiesel-powered boat that failed in an attempt earlier this year to set a new record for the circumnavigation of the globe in a powerboat, will likely try again starting in March 2008, according to the boat’s captain, New Zealander Pete Bethune.... [more]

Handheld GPS's get National Geographic Topomaps
By Ryan,
It's a start. We use a handheld GPS in our cockpit, clamped to the binnacle by a bicycle handlebar attachment. If you have an old fashioned boat without a cockpit data console, you may find, with us, that this is a great solution for easy single handed sailing. So the news that you'll soon be able to load National Geographic Maps directly offers the hope that it won't be long before we'll be able to load the world's oceans and waterways - maybe Cmap.... [more]

Changes to NSW Saltwater fishing rules
By NSW Government DPI,
DPI Director of Wild Harvest Fisheries, Anthony Hurst said these changes reflected the findings of scientific assessments, the National Recreational and Indigenous Fishing Survey, the Palmer inquiry into illegal fishing, advice from expert committees of fishers and more than 3300 public submissions.... [more]

Spirit of Norway wins Scandinavian Grand Prix
By Nigel Quilter,
Bjorn Gjelsten and Steve Curtis produced an emphatic performance in Spirit of Norway to win today’s Scandinavian Grand Prix, round 3 of the WPPA World Powerboat Championship... [more]

Honda’s ‘green dream’ a reality
By Ben Sandman,
Honda’s BF75/90 four-stroke engines have been officially recognised as having the lowest carbon monoxide rating of any outboard engine sold in Australia... [more]

2007 Brisbane International Boat Show
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