Mustang and More
No longer do I have to offer excuses for not revealing the name of Mustang Marine's new owner.
The long-running saga has finally reached its conclusion and the receivers appointed to the company have remained true to their word; they did sell the company as a going concern.
We unveil the new owner's name and background and give a brief insight into the manufacturer's future plans.
This week, just for fun we look at the new semi submersible powerboats being trialled in the UK.
We've also paid a visit to Jones Bay Wharf, down Pyrmont way, just a stroll from Darling Harbour where we checked in with Yachting Unlimited, the luxury brokerage responsible for marketing the fabulous Ferretti family of boats to the South Pacific Region.
Ferretti 881 Yachting Unlimited .
While in the Pyrmont area we learned of an exciting array of special attractions planned for the National Maritime Museum to mark Australia Day (January 26).
The Melbourne International Boat & Lifestyle Show takes place at the Docklands over the February 1-3 weekend.
Another date to remember occurs in late February (22-24) at Rosehill Gardens when the Boating Industry Association of NSW plays host to the top marine retailers at the annual summer clearance exhibition, the Rosehill Gardens Boat Show.
Powerboat-World will be there to report on all the products on show and catch up with the latest boating news from across the harbour city.
This week we also bring a report on boat sales, big boat sales, in China.
Seems big boats have become the status symbol for wealthy Chinese and there's more and more of them emerging every day.
And you can try your skill at weather forecasting at sea.
Find out just how good (or bad?) you are.
Have you had a look at the F1 Superboat Calendar, lots of fun ahead..
Plenty of other news this week on Powerboat-World and this is right where you keep up with all that's happening on the water.
By Bob Wonders
Mustang Marine - The long-running saga is over.... By Bob Wonders, South Africa's largest bank revealed as the new owner of Australian luxury boat builder Mustang Marine. 'With its future determined, it's full steam ahead for Mustang Marine,' says marketing manager Adam Forrester.... [more]
Yachting Unlimited, purveyor of fine vessels...... By Bob Wonders, Yachting Unlimited offers the largest range of power motor yachts available throughout the South Pacific region and provide an unsurpassed level of sales and service to those joining the Ferretti family.... [more]
Ever popular Fashion Show at London Boat Show By onEdition, That essential and ever popular Boat Show feature, the Fashion Show, brightened the opening day at the 2008 London Boat Show. Useful for the skipper looking for something to kit his stalwart crew in . . . . . .... [more]
Musto Sweepstakes sweeps all before it By Media Services, You'd be forgiven for thinking that Musto gear was compulsory attire on the water this year. Whilst there has been a recent explosion of new brands and products onto the market Musto clothing and most importantly the new improved HPX range have swept all before them... [more]
Protective Order for Black Swan Treasure Site By Powerboat-World, Odyssey Marine Exploration, the world's leader in the field of deep-ocean shipwreck exploration announced today that it's Motion for a Protective Order which will govern discovery and evidence exchanged with Spain in the three pending Admiralty Arrests has been granted. In May 2007, the Company had announced the largest historic deep-ocean treasure recovery of over 500,000 silver and gold coins... [more]
Melbourne International Boat & Lifestyle Show Feb By Cairin Conway, Young and old, there will be something for everyone at the Melbourne International Boat & Lifestyle Show over the February 1-3 weekend. Street entertainment, water sports, food and fashion will play a major role at the show which is largely free.... [more]
Forecasting at Sea - How good are you? By Ken Batt, How good are you at weather forecasting at sea? 'Looking out the window' has long been a corny joke about what weather forecasters sometimes don't seem to do. However, when you are at sea, forecasting by 'looking out the window' can be vital to a successful passage.... [more]
China's Super-Rich Buying Yachts By Claudia Blume, China Confidential, For boat manufacturers, the yachting market of the future is China, where luxury sailing yachts and motorboats are becoming the ultimate accessory of the super-rich. New marinas are being developed, and the government is promoting sailing ahead of next year's Olympics. Claudia Blume reports from Hong Kong.... [more]
Celebrate Australia Day -National Maritime Museum By National Maritime Museum, The National Maritime Museum, at Darling Harbour, will be offering several special attractions on Australia Day (Saturday, 26 January).... [more]
AIMEX releases Marine Directory on world market By Kate Duryea, The Australian International Marine Export Group (AIMEX) has launched a significant publication to market the Australian marine sector internationally. The fifth edition of the Australian Marine Export Industry Directory is the largest publication yet at over 100 pages with a print run of 3000. AIMEX Chief Executive Mary Anne Edwards described the Directory as a 'who's who' of the industry.... [more]
Algal bloom spreading on Gippsland Lakes By VIC Department of Sustainability and Environment, A Blue-green algal bloom is currently spreading across the Gippsland Lakes under the influence of recent high temperatures and calm weather.... [more]
Bring the family to the Rosehill Gardens Boat Show By BIA NSW, Rosehill Gardens Boat Show is primarily a trailer boat show. NSW Maritime Authority will be on hand to help you provide all the information necessary to enjoy the state's fabulous waterways renew registrations, and achieve boat and personal watercraft licences. New procedures apply for getting licences - check out www.maritime.nsw.gov.au... [more]
Help prevent the spread of Marine Pests By Marine Safety Vctoria, The Victorian Government and the BIA have a reminder for all boat owners - help prevent the spread of Marine Pests. Every boat owner has a role to play in stopping the spread of marine pests. With regular boat maintenance, you can make sure marine pests are not hitching a ride with you! Pests can be transported by any vessel – yachts, powerboats, ships, fishing boats, jet skis and even canoes.... [more]
Sydney Harbour Week Awards nominations close Feb 1 By Neil Patchett, The Awards were initiated by NSW Maritime to provide an opportunity to recognise the outstanding contribution individuals, community groups and organisations make to Sydney Harbour.... [more]
New Hyper-Submersible Powerboat to change industry By Media Services, The Hyper-Sub is the first small craft built with the horsepower, sea-keeping, and range to allow operation on the high seas, which also functions as a self-charging, autonomous, one-atmosphere submarine.... [more]
UK Boatshare Company Hits the Wall By IBI News - www.ibinews.com /Sail-World, Challenger Syndicateships, one of the largest boat share companies in the UK, which arranged boat sharing for everything from sailing boats to powerboats to canal boats, ceased trading on January 3... [more]
Australian F1 Superboat event schedule released By Powerboat-World.com, Australian F1 Superboat event schedule released with the first event in the series in Taree on February 24th. This year sees David Trask returning to defend a hard fought and won crown; with his crash at Qatar no doubt in the back of his mind, Trask will be doing his utmost to keep the outgoing champion, Rhys Coles, and the rest of the field, at bay.... [more]
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