Boats and Boating -the latest news

14 Sep 2007

Boats and Boating -the latest news

We are at the Royal Pines Resort on the Queensland Gold Coast as a guest, along with other media, of Mercury Marine and that company’s annual Expo.

Here we are learning of the company’s plans for ’08 and are seeing a preview of new products and new boats for the coming ‘07/’08 summer. Powerboat-World readers will be the first to learn the hard news from Mercury Marine.

Some news will have high performance ‘freaks’ drooling; Mark Chapman, CEO of the Chapman Marine Group and a genuine ‘high priest of high performance’ has been appointed the Australian distributor for Cigarette Racing Team, Inc.

Powerboat-World spent last weekend on the Moreton Bay foreshores for the opening round of the Offshore Superboat Championships. You’ll read here that Bill Barry-Cotter’s boat dominated Class I with a convincing win, but the ‘main man’ was not working the throttles, it was son Tom.

Speaking of Mr Barry-Cotter, our team was in Port Hinchinbrook yesterday and managed to have a close up look at his latest creation, the $2 million battlewagon, the Maritimo 550, now fully kitted and in this edition of Powerboat-World we’re delighted to reveal the first photos of this magnificent vessel.

We’ve also digested an array of statistics gathered by the Boating Industry Association of NSW, organiser of the Sydney International Boat Show. I think you’ll find them interesting and thought provoking.

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By Bob Wonders

Sydney Boat Show news
By Bob Wonders,
Meticulous statistics reveal interesting facts related to the Sydney International Boat Show. When new vessel registrations are at a high, so is boat show attendance figures.... [more]

New NSW Bag limit sizes and changes
By NSW Government,
The NSW Government has announced changes to saltwater and freshwater fishing rules after extensive consultation with NSW recreational and commercial fishers.... [more]

Maritimo 550 in impressive game fishing debut
By Bob Wonders,
Maritimo's 550 battlewagon has made an impressive debut into the game fishing world with a third outright in the annual Townsville Billfish Classic. 'The boat took everything the weather threw at us without a murmur' said skipper Sharky Miles.... [more]

Dream Buyers boost success at Brisbane Boat Show
Exhibitors reported they were very happy with sales, particularly of more expensive boats up to $150,000, during the five-day show at the Brisbane Convention and Exhibition Centre.... [more]

Penrith to be hit by a Formula 1 Superboat Deluge
By Event media,
After a spectacular penultimate round at the Gold Coast where not one but two F1 boats got airborne and a new king was crowned, the beautiful setting of Sydney’s International Regatta Centre will see the Australian arm of the international F1 Superboats wrap up 2007 over the weekend of 13 and 14 October in the style befitting 240 kilometre per hour water borne missiles.... [more]

Southport Yacht Club’s Marina Extension Opening
By Sarah Cann,
Southport Yacht Club’s New Marina Extension Opening is now scheduled for Friday 12th October 2007. The New Marina Extension includes: five SuperYacht Berths, twenty-one sixteen metre single shutes, six sixteen metre catamaran berths, plus a twenty-five metre berth, two twenty-two metre berths, a thirteen metre berth and finally an eighteen metre berth taking Southport Yacht Club’s marina capacity to over 300 berths.... [more]

Measure your snapper to estimate its weight
By Dept Primary Industries Victoria,
By lying snapper down on the ruler an angler can quickly get a weight estimate of the fish without suspending it on scales. While good handling is not as important for fish that are going to be retained for the table, it is critical for released fish, whether they be undersize or in excess of anglers’ personal needs.... [more]

BIA Victoria set to navigate a new course
By BIA Victoria,
The Boating Industry Association (BIA) of Victoria is set to welcome a new captain to the helm following the recent departure of long-standing CEO Mr Lindsay Grenfell.... [more]

Australian Offshore Superboat Round One
By Bob Wonders,
Owner Bill Barry-Cotter stood down and turned over the throttles to crew chief Peter 'Muddy' McGrath with son Thomas Barry-Cotter at the wheel.... [more]

South Africa show attracts record visitors
By IBI Magazine,
The Absa National Boat Show, held August 17-19 in Johannesburg, said in a statement that a record 30,630 visitors attended the show. This year's event also incorporated Dive 2007.... [more]

US Sailing and United States Power Squadrons share
By US Sailing,
US SAILING and the United States Power Squadrons (USPS) have signed a memorandum of understanding that outlines how the two organizations can share educational resources, including instructional programs and course materials.... [more]

BFA recalls Liferafts for corrective action
By BFA Marine,
Important Safety Notice - Recall by BFA Marine of life rafts for corrective action. BFA marine (*) has identified some overpressure valves failures (**) on life rafts in use (***), which may lead to a complete deflation of the compartment when broken.... [more]

Two killed in Boating photoshoot
By Casey Cora, Tampa Bay Times,
Two men were killed and a third was critically injured Tuesday when their helicopter plunged into the Gulf of Mexico during a Boating magazine photo shoot, authorities said.... [more]

A Close Shave for Fountain Worldwide
By Martin Allerton,
British duo James Sheppard and Craig Wilson in the Ilmor-powered Fountain Worldwide took the Powerboat P1 Belgian Grand Prix of the Sea, following up on yesterday's victory with fifth place in today's second leg.... [more]

Where Am I Really? - GPS to Chart Corrections
By Cruising Editor,
One of the most amusing – and of course potentially dangerous – aspects of using electronic charting is watching your boat sailing through rock walls, across protected breeding islands, through towns, to anchor on the nearest mountain. (See new reader's comment at end of article)... [more]

JEC 2008 calls for innovation award entries
By IBI Magazine,
The JEC Group, organiser of the JEC 2008 Innovation Awards, has announced a call for entries to next year's awards ceremony.... [more]

2007 Brisbane International Boat Show
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