Whales, Boats and boating

02 Nov 2007                              To reply to this email click here

News on Boating and Boats

This past week or two has certainly not been short on hard news for the Powerboat-World crew.

Last week we had the unfortunate situation facing Mustang Marine, who are at least back in production now and we heard that The Haines Group has acquired the renowned Seafarer Fibreglass Boats.

In this week’s issue we update you on both issues; hopefully, Mustang Marine receivers Ferrier Hodgson remain reasonably confident of selling the company as a going concern.

We also ‘dips our lid’ to the Newcastle kid, Andrew McGowan. The man behind Marine Barbecues Australia has just seen his efforts rewarded with his ‘barbies’ named 1.

Andrew Short and his team continue to deliver for their brands. A great report on the Sea Ray Rendezvous last weekend.

And it’s all happening with Oceantalk. We reveal what has put the smile on Robyn Kidd’s face as he stands by to receive and release the latest high-tech technology from Simrad.

Also this week we did intend to bring you a wrap-up of the inaugural Gold Coast Boat Show.

However, Barry Hibberd, general manager of show organiser Marine Queensland, asked for more time as he awaited feedback from exhibitors.

Sadly, the weather ’Gods’ were no help at all, the open air show nearly blown out to sea when a thundering thunderstorm lashed the Carrara Sports Complex on day one. Well, them’s the breaks as they say.

Incidentally, when you’re reading this, I will be somewhere above (I hope!) the Blue Pacific en route to the US of A.

I will be touring the Regal Boats factory, checking out Regal’s ’08 range, visiting marinas and brokerages on the Gulf of Mexico coast in the hunt for news to bring back for Powerboat-World.

I will also be catching up with Thom Dammrich, president of the all-powerful National Marine Manufacturers Association, a board member of the American Boat and Yacht Council, Sail America and the International Council of Marine Industry Associations (ICOMIA).

Having a yarn with Thom is always a pleasure and I’m sure I’ll be able to dig a story or three out of him.

Enjoy this weeks news.

By Bob Wonders

An Ear for the Whale
By Julian Cribb,
Once prey to an industry that hunted them almost to extinction, whales today face a new threat – violent encounters with ships and pleasure craft. French biologist Michel André has pioneered a groundbreaking system to prevent collisions between whales and sea-craft. Julian Cribb reports.... [more]

Mustang Marine back in production
By Bob Maxwell,
Receivers Ferrier Hodgson hope to sell Gold Coast manufacturer Mustang Marine as a going concern, as they report strong interest in the company and expect to sell it in the near future.... [more]

Sea Ray weekend Rendezvous Great fun
By Emma Lay,
Last weekend saw a flotilla of some of the worlds finest marine craft assemble in the Port Hacking's 'South West Arm'. It was a perfect setting for the 42 assembled Sea Ray luxury craft with the beautiful Royal National Park surrounding the circle of Sea Ray's. The owners enjoyed a spectacular weekend of Andrew Short Marine's hospitality.... [more]

Marine Barbecues Australia named 1 at METS
By Bob Wonders,
From Port Stephens to Amsterdam, Australia's marine barbecues hit the high spots. Marine Barbecues Australia manufactures a range of barbecues from its smallest, the award-winning Galleymate 1100, able to cook for four to six people, through to its Entertainer 7000, capable of preparing meals for up to 30.... [more]

Oceantalk bridge telegraph reads All Ahead Full
By Bob Wonders,
Award-winnng instrumentation from Simrad will impress Australian boat owners, power and sail. Designated the IS20 range, the new technology was released at the recent Genoa International Boat Show and according to observers 'generated huge levels of interest.'... [more]

Florida the World Top for Megayachts
By www.IBINews.com,
A report released last week at the Ft Lauderdale International Boat Show (FLIBS) says that the megayacht industry had an economic impact of US$732 million in 2006 on three counties in South Florida. The 1,500 megayachts (over 80 feet LOA) present in the waters of Dade, Broward and Palm Beach counties, also helped create 7,366 full-time positions.... [more]

US 'webinar' on China boating industry
By IBI Magazine,
Yang Xinfa, chairman of the China Boat and Industry Trade Association, said that China currently has 264 fibreglass and 60 aluminium pleasure boat manufacturers. Yang said the majority of builders are located in coastal cities. Most of the boats are exported through Shanghai and Taiwan.... [more]

Spirit of Norway wins Egyptian Grand Prix
By Class 1 World Powerboat media,
Spirit of Norway’s Bjorn Gjelsten and Steve Curtis produced their second impressive performance of the weekend to win the Egyptian Grand Prix and keep their world title hopes alive, with Qatar 96, second and the championship leader’s, Victory 77 in third.... [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]

Maritimo Luxury cruisers, lined up
By Sandman media,
Maritimo will showcase its full fleet of prestige long-range cruisers at the 2008 Melbourne International Boat & Lifestyle Show. The M48, M52 and M60 Cruising Flybridges will be on exhibit at the Docklands-based event, along with Maritimo’s new 550 Offshore fishing rig launched in August at the Sydney International Boat Show.... [more]

Spirit of Norway pilot toughing it out
By http://www.gulfnews.com,
Defending world champion Bjorn Rune Gjelsten, pilot of Spirit of Norway, is supposed to be taking bed rest on the advice of his doctor in Oslo. Instead, the five-time defending Class One World Powerboat champion has decided to go ahead and fight for his title till the very end.... [more]

Fort Lauderdale - Boat Show or Fantasy Fest?
By Lynn Fitzpatrick,
It’s too bad that Key West already has claim to the name 'Fantasy Fest', because for many of us, that could be the moniker for the Fort Lauderdale Boat Show. While revelers masquerade through the streets, bars and docks of Key West during its biggest festival of the year, the more conservative are further north at Fort Lauderdale’s annual extravaganza.... [more]

Slam Racing Evolution wins comparative test
By slamanz.com,
Voiles et Voiliers, the French monthly magazine with the largest circulation for the sailing sector, has published a technical feature which compares 15 oilskins from the best known brands (Agile, All mer, Bermudes, Cotton, Gill, Helly Hansen, Henry Lloyd, Jeantex, Marinepool, Murphy & Nye, Musto, Prorainer, SLAM, Tribord and XM).... [more]

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