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21 Sep 2007

The Latest news from the Boating and Boats scene

Not your average powerboat  Marine Advanced Research
A sad news week, a bad news week and a good news week, all wrapped up in seven days! That’s been the situation for the Powerboat-World team preparing this edition.

The sad news, was the destruction by fire and subsequent total loss of the Maritimo 550, a classic battlewagon which was to head the company’s foray into the game fishing tournament circuit.

The bad news is the report; brought to you here courtesy of respected industry writer John Heselwood (editor of Boating Business) that Club Marine has 'pulled the plug' on its support of the Australian Marine Industry Federation’s Marine Awards.

We did manage to find some good news and it came in the form of the biggest and best Expo yet staged by Mercury Marine, held at the Royal Pines Resort on the Queensland Gold Coast.

More than 500 people turned out to catch up with the latest releases and the plans for ’08 outlined by the company.

And we preview round two of the Offshore Superboat Championships taking place this weekend off Townsville.

Take a gander at the newest high tech boat to come out of the USA – more like a daddy long legs than a powerboat.

We bring you courtesy of the luxury marine journal Ocean, the latest from the New Zealand Superyacht industry.

This is a bumper news week and it’s all right here on Powerboat-World.

By Bob Wonders, Editor

Norwegian ace to race in Oz Offshore series
By Bob Wonders,
Norway’s Pål Virik Nilsen, throttleman aboard Spirit of Norway 20 will take part in his first Australian event when he teams with driver Tom Barry-Cotter in the’ Maritimo’ boat for round two of the Offshore Superboat Championships... [more]

Club Marine drop sponsorship of AMIF Awards
By John Heselwood - Boating BUSINESS,
Powerboat-world publishes online, the important news article by Editor John Heselwood in the latest issue of Boating BUSINESS... [more]

Branson may back Earthrace powerboat record
By Rob Kothe,
British entrepreneur Sir Richard Branson may back the second Earthrace bid to break the world record for circumnavigating the globe in a powerboat run on 100% renewable fuel. Sir Richard Branson took a 45-minute trip aboard Earthrace last week from St Catherine's Dock, on the Thames, to Chelsea Harbour.... [more]

Dancing with Waves?
No its not a spider it’s a new form of Marine power craft. The WAM-V™ -Wave Adaptive Modular Vessel- is a new class of watercraft based on new technology that could deliver a radically new seagoing experience.... [more]

More than 500 attend Mercury Marine's '07 Expo
By Bob Wonders,
Top echelon of Brunswick Corporation management attends as Mercury Marine flexes its muscles on the Queensland Gold Coast.... [more]

Family Jetsprint Class Auckland, New Zealand
By Mark Coggan,
The Superthriller family Jetsprint class has secured four events days on the Onehunga Lagoon inner Auckland, October 07 thru to December 07. The first event will be October 7.... [more]

2007 Gold Coast Boat Show to attract 80 exhibitors
By Bob Wonders,
Marine Queensland's General Manager Barry Hibberd is forecasting a fantastic display at 2007 Gold Coast Boat Show.... [more]

Industry Review - New Zealand Superyacht industry
By John Julian,
Powerboat-World publishes on line Ocean Magazine's latest review of the New Zealand Superyacht industry. Ocean Magazine is the Australasian luxury marine journal.... [more]

Fire destroys and sinks $2 million battlewagon
By Bob Wonders,
Maritimo's all-new 550 battlewagon, only unveiled for the first time at the recent Sydney International Boat Show, has sadly been destroyed and subsequently sunk after a disastrous fire aboard.... [more]

2008 Sanctuary Cove International Boat Show dates
By Event Media,
Dates are confirmed for the 2008 Show so make a diary note for Thursday, May 22 to Sunday, May 25. Show hours will remain 9am to 5pm daily. The Show will again feature an impressive on-water display as well as pavilion and hardstand displays.... [more]

Andrew Short Marine expands to The Spit
By Emma Lay,
With the recent purchase of Ferguson’s Boatshed Marina at The Spit Mosman, Andrew Short Marine now offers their customers the convenience of an on water sales and service outlet on Middle Harbour.... [more]

Sailing and Cruising in Sardinia and Corsica
By Trevor Joyce,
The second Bonifacio Yacht Rally conducted by Mariner Boating Holidays in Sardinia and Corsica ended in brilliant conditions... [more]

Crewsaver issues lifejacket safety warning
By IBI Magazine,
Crewsaver, a UK manufacturer of lifejackets and other lifesaving equipment, has announced that its lifejacket servicing department has detected a problem with United Moulders' Mk3 Standard Automatic Head that was fitted to Crewsaver Crewfit and Survivor inflatable lifejackets manufactured prior to 1997.... [more]

OceansWatch heads for Vanuatu and Papua New Guinea
By Jane Pares,
Chris Bone, founder of OceansWatch, leaves New Zealand this month to lay the groundwork for the first OceansWatch projects. He will combine the delivery of a 45ft yacht to Hong Kong through with exploration work for OceansWatch, spending five days in each Vanuatu, PNG and the Philippines courtesy of the yacht owner.... [more]

Princess Yachts announces new 85 Motor Yacht
By Denby Browning,
Princess Yachts International has announced that a new 85-foot flybridge yacht is in the early stages of construction at its manufacturing facility in Plymouth, England. Princess motor yachts are distributed throughout Australia and New Zealand by Riviera’s R Marine Dealer network.... [more]

Singapore cancelled, China ready for events
By F1 Boat media,
A trio of F1 officials have returned from China after inspecting and homologating the circuits at Xi'an and Shenzhen. Lavinia Cavallero, Vice President of F1 promotion Idea Marketing, Duke Waldrop, UIM Commisioner and Australian pilot Bob Trask visited both venues and report that facilities are excellent and the Chinese organisers have ensured them that huge crowds are expected at each meeting.... [more]

Cruising with Kids- the Good and the Bad and the Wonderful
By Nancy Knudsen,
Kara's having a birthday today, something every kid loves, and that's pretty normal. The truth is, Kara's life is anything but ''normal''. She left her home town, San Francisco just a year ago to go cruising with her parents. Her birthday party is happening on a beach in Tonga, and her birthday guests include kids who have sailed from from Brazil, Australia, Germany, Belgium and New Zealand to be here today.... [more]

Yachties find better mobile coverage in Whitsunday
By TetraMedia,
Yachting officials and Media involved with the major sailing regattas in the Whitsundays have discovered there has been a major improvement with the installation of additional Telstra Next G™ mobile phone base stations.... [more]

Riviera gears up for Game Fishing Tournament
By Denby Browning,
The 2008 Riviera NSW Interclub Tournament will be held at the mid-north-coast resort area of Port Stephens over two weekends beginning on February 23. The 2007 tournament attracted more than 1,000 anglers aboard 212 boats over the two weekends.... [more]

Brunswick buys Rayglass
By Powerboat-world,
New Zealand's largest boat manufacturer, Rayglass, has been acquired by the USA and the world’s largest recreational boat builder Brunswick.... [more]

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