Despite the major capital city boats shows for 2007 being confined to the history books, the Powerboat-World team has been well and truly in ‘boat show mode?this week.
We bring you a wrap-up of the Club Marine Mandurah Boat Show over there in the Golden West and preview the approaching Gold Coast Boat Show and the Akuna Bay Festival of Boating.
We take a look at the recent study undertaken in relation to PFD wear, always a touchy subject with boaters. And don’t miss our friendly warning on the need to upgrade your EPIRB and offshore distress systems.
Next week we’ll be at the Gold Coast Boat Show at the Carrara Sports Complex, the first industry-owned show to be staged on the so-called ‘glitter strip?and we’ll have a full report on the happenings there. We’ll also have a wrap up on what I termed ‘the heavyweight champ? the Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show.
BTW - later in the year we will be in Phuket, Thailand for PIMEX, the vibrant show that dominates the Thai scene.
So, stick around, as always if you wish to keep in touch with the world of boating and boats all you need is Powerboat-World’s weekly round-up and of course if you can't wait, the Powerboat-World team are updating the web site all week.
By Bob Wonders
F1 Superboat Grand finale 2007 Sydney By F1 Superboat media, 2007 XLR8 Home Loans Australian Formula 1 Superboats held at the spectacular Sydney International Regatta Centre over the weekend of October 13/14.... [more]
Entertainment at the Gold Coast Boat Show By Bob Wonders, How to catch fish, handle small boats, see spectacular wakeboarding demonstrations, try your hand at rock wall climbing or just enjoy the roving entertainment, it's all on offer at the Gold Coast Boat Show.... [more]
Consultation on Fremantle harbour development By Department of Planning and Infrastructure, The transformation and expansion of Challenger Boat Harbour - introducing a waterfront residential village and extensive parklands linked to Fremantle’s city centre -is one of the dynamic proposals for the development of the city’s boat harbour precinct.... [more]
Exciting Opportunity in Australian Marine Industry By Azzura Marine Media, Owned by world renowned sailor Iain Murray AM, Azzura Marine’s boat building facility in Nowra, New South Wales, is expanding its range of yachts and is looking for highly skilled boat builders to join their rapidly growing team.... [more]
Mandurah Boat Show Sale at Whitworths: WA By Media Services, Australian boaties will be wishing they lived in WA this weekend. To celebrate the Mandurah Boat Sale Whitworth’s is offering 10% off everything in the store at their Mosman Park and Leederville Stores (in store personal shoppers only, excludes special orders, excludes other offers, in-store stock only and no rain checks.) If you’re in the middle of a refit or just getting your boat ready for the summer now is the perfect time for a shopping spree.... [more]
Boating enthusiasts register record sales.... By Bob Wonders, More than 23,000 flock to the Club Marine Mandurah Boat Show. More than 600 boats were on display with a newly expanded marina system allowing for 160 on-water.... [more]
Horror Tale off Cuba on board abandoned Joe Cool By Todd Lewan, AP, Unlike most boats returning from the high seas, the Joe Cool had no tales to tell. Three days earlier, the 47-foot boat had departed for the island of Bimini, four crew members and two passengers aboard. A day earlier, it had been found, doing circles and dragging anchor, on a lonely stretch of the Florida Straits about 30 miles north of Cuba.... [more]
Multi-purpose Must Have for offshore sailor By John Abernethy, Sir Peter Blake and Jon Sanders in their round world triumphs have used and endorsed in glowing terms their appreciation of having a Seabrake aboard in the worst conditions imaginable, is it something you may also consider investing in?... [more]
To wear or not to wear life jackets By Bob Wonders, One major finding apparent in each state was that passengers were more likely to wear a PFD if their skipper was wearing one.... [more]
Stacer's Try before you Buy. By Bob Wonders, Three dealerships cooperate with a comprehensive range of Stacer boats on hand for customers to water test.... [more]
Akuna Bay - more of a 'festival of boating'... By Bob Wonders, Although it began as a boat show 11-years ago, today it is recognised and presented with more of a festival atmosphere.... [more]
Huge range of LEDs at Marineconnect By Media Services, With the summer sailing season fast approaching it’s time to shake off winter apathy and dive into boat maintenance and repairs. If you haven’t already done so it is the ideal time to consider swapping over to LED navigation lights. With many LEDs having an estimated shelf life of 100,000 hours, compared to approximately 1000-3000 hours for incandescent bulbs, it’s one job that you won’t be likely to be doing again next season.... [more]
Wrecked ! Tragedy and the Southern Seas By Shirani Aththa - ANMM, The drama and tragedy of Australia's most devastating shipwrecks will be the focus of a new exhibition opening at the National Maritime Museum later this month (26 Oct).... [more]
Lewmar's upgraded vertical 'V-series' windlass By Media Services, Lewmar's vertical 'V-series' stainless steel windlass for power or sailboats in the 9-metre - 15-metre (30-ft. - 50-ft.) range has been upgraded this season. New styling, increased power control, additional safety features and 'FastFit' technology... [more]
Australian Success at IBEX 2007 By Kate Duryea, Peak industry group, the Australian International Marine Export Group (AIMEX) led a group of exporters to IBEX which attracted more than 800 companies focusing on boat building design and repair.... [more]
Washington yacht builder moves operations to China By www.IBINews.com/Sail-World Cruising, Is it a sign of what you can expect in the future? Will your next production yacht with a VERY European name come China? Will 'Made in China' be written large across international boat shows?more]
Australia' Pro Wakeboarders hit new heights By Ben Sandman, The best Australian and international pro wakeboarders will take to our waters again this summer for the 2008 Air Nautiques Australian Pro Tour of Wakeboarding (APTW).... [more]
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