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18 Mar 2008                              To reply to this email click here

Editorial: March 18, 2008.

Another interesting week in the world of boats and boating.

The Australian Offshore Challenge has expanded its brief to cater for more classes and we report on ‘Sleepyhead' charging through to win round four of the New Zealand Offshore Powerboat Championships.

This week we take a close up look at the magnificent Pershing 72, winning accolades now on both sides of the Atlantic following its naming as European Powerboat of the Year.

And it's pleasing to report that the Australian marine industry is ‘making waves' in the market place in the Middle East.

Easter will not deter us from again bringing an interest-packed edition to readers next week, we will have our interview with Brunswick CEO Dusty McCoy and more local news..we will be spending today with the Riviera team here on the Gold Coast getting some insight on the year ahead for Australia's largest boat builder.

Bob Wonders

Sleepyhead is anything but sleepy on the water
Event Media,
Peter Turner and Craig Archer continued their total domination when they drove their Superboat, Sleepyhead to its fourth consecutive win. Competing in Wellington in round four of the 2008 Cougar Marine and Inex Metals Drivers Championship New Zealand Offshore Power championship, they lead from the start and were never headed.... [more]

Pershing's 72 reviewed by OCEAN Magazine
OCEAN Media,
OCEAN inspected Pershing's latest 72 on both sides of the Atlantic during the 2007 international boat shows in Cannes, Monaco and Fort Lauderdale.... [more]

Australian Offshore Challenge - Queensland
Roger Dickeson Event Director,
Australian Offshore Challenge have had to expand the number and description of classes to cater for the broad mix of vessel types, sizes, power and configuration.... [more]

Australian Marine Industry Makes Gains in UAE
Kate Duryea,
Australian marine companies reported sales and exciting opportunities in the United Arab Emirates market on Saturday, the closing day of the Dubai International Boat Show. A group of 31 Australian marine exporters with peak industry group AIMEX (the Australian International Marine Export Group) attended the Show from March 11-15, 2008 at Mina Seyhai in Dubai.... [more]

Charter boat finance made simple
Jardine Media,
Chartering your boat can be a great option, provided you get proper financial and legal advice about what to expect in terms of likely income and tax obligations. Last month we spoke to Mark O'Donoghue from specialist boat finance company Finlease about popular loan packages. Now we explore some common charter vessel scenarios and discuss recent changes to tax law...... [more]

Vietnam's shipbuilding industry sets sail,
Viet Nam is one now of the five leading shipbuilders in the world, according to Fairplay, an international shipping weekly magazine based in the UK.... [more]

Soar like an Eagle on the airwaves
Sandman Media,
Eagle's new EVR-150 is a powerful, fixed-mount, 25/1 watt radio that offers full DSC SC-101 automatic distress operation plus high-res position polling and group calling. It also receives RMC, GGA, GLL and GNS NMEA 0183 sentences for GPS data.... [more]

Clean Boating Act to protect recreational boats
National Marine Manufacturers Association,
Recreational Boating Industry applauds introduction of the Clean Boating Act of 2008 Bill that will restore nationwide, commonsense exemption, and protect waterways for recreational boaters... [more]

Sigma (SF99) has first sea trials
Merijn de Waard,
Sigma (SF99) left the shipyard of HDW in Kiel. The Starck designed yacht cruised through the Kiel Fjord... [more]

Yamaha wins top rating at Miami for four-strokes.
Bob Wonders,
Yamaha Marine University aims to support Yamaha dealers with the most comprehensive programs in the marine industry.... [more]

High School students and boat licences
NSW Minister for Ports and Waterways Media,
NSW High School students can now get their boating licence and learn crucial safety techniques in a new Iemma Government initiative,... [more]

Al Masaood Marine to manage UAE boatyards
IBI magazine,
Al Masaood Marine and Engineering, an Abu Dhabi-based marine workshop operator, has signed a deal with the Federal Ministry of Environment and Water to manage the government's 10 boat maintenance facilities on the UAE coast.... [more]

New Gulf Craft models at Dubai International Boat
Gulf Craft,
Gulf Craft Inc, the Middle East's largest boat and yacht manufacturer, has today revealed 5 new models in its expanding product range that aims to tap into its rapidly expanding customer base. The new additions include two new luxury yachts, the Majesty 77 and Majesty 121 as well as the Silver Craft 37, representing Gulf Craft's latest product line up, the Silver Craft range, and the revolutionary... [more]

A wet weather jacket that thinks..
Colin Burgess,
The new Henri Lloyd Atmosphere Jacket is part of the Atmosphere 360 range and is constructed by one of the most technically advanced fabrics ever made by Henri Lloyd – TP AC, which features Adaptive Performance Technology.... [more]

Kids will enjoy 'messing about' these holidays!
Shirani Aththas - National Maritime Museum,
Kids Deck: Bateaux Jouets 13 – 27 April 2008 the National Maritime Museum's school holiday program... [more]

Class 1 World Powerboat Championship 2008
The Class 1 World Powerboat Championship is an exhilarating spectacle....
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2008 Australian Offshore Superboat Championships

The Offshore Superboat Championships is Australia's ‘Formula One on water'....
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