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21 Apr 2008                              To reply to this email click here

Editorial - April 21 '08.

Another busy week in the Powerboat-World newsroom with items of interest coming in from all points of the compass.

Earlier in the week we were a guest of Telwater, parent company of famed ‘tinnies' Quintrex and Stacer.

The occasion was the release of nine new Stacer models for the 2008 model year and we can tell you now they're looking good.

Hot news also from The Riviera Group with some impressive export orders and we check out a fish boat come muscle boat from the legendary Cigarette Racing Team.

There are also problems a'plenty for Gold Coast waterways, with one prominent identity demanding the State Government accept responsibility for the situation.

Our MarineBusiness-World editor, Jeni Bone, gives us an insight into the perceived problems with superboat racing on Sydney Harbour and we offer a reminder of boating exhibitions to come, including the Sanctuary Cove International Boat Show and Brisbane's popular Tinnie and Tackle Show scheduled for next weekend.

Finally, as Australian and New Zealand subscribers would be well aware, the working week ends with that all-important day, ANZAC Day (April 25) when we pause to remember the fallen, not just those of ANZAC Cove, but in all conflicts we have been engaged in.

They shall grow not old, as we that are left grow old:
Age shall not weary them, nor the years condemn
At the going down of the sun and in the morning
We will remember them.

Lest we Forget.

Bob Wonders

Superboat Safety: the debate from both sides
Jeni Bone,
Superboat Safety: the debate from both sides: Yachting NSW, has expressed their concerns about safety and their objections to holding similar events in future on Sydney Harbour. It is also one of the safest sports involving precision machines and racing. 'In 30 years, there have been two fatalities,' Barry-Cotter explained.... [more]

Tinnie and Tackle Show this Anzac Day Long weekend
Bob Wonders,
Sporting stars and angling experts among the many attractions, including the latest in four-wheel drive vehicles and wildlife exhibits at the weekend's Tinnie and Tackle and National 4x4 Show and Outdoors Expo.... [more]

Simrad NX powerful nav solutions for vessels 7m+
Sandman Media,
The new Simrad NX40 and NX45 NavStations have been specifically designed for power and sail boats greater than 7m in length. Engineered to lead boating's growing trend towards powerful ‘information machines', the systems are capable of providing advanced chart plotting, radar, echosounder, camera images, instrument data, engine data, fuel data and more, in one user-friendly display.... [more]

$14 Million Riviera Export Order heads to Europe
Denby Browning,
With the ever strengthening Australia dollar, you'd think exporting luxuty powever boats would be very hard, but plainly Auistralia's Riviera, the largest largest luxury boat builder in the southern hemisphere is buiding very attractivee boats. It has recently completed a significant overseas shipment of 11 boats valued at more than $14 million.... [more]

Queensland Government needs to focus on waterways
Bob Wonders,
If government does not admit to its responsibilites and take charge, boating on the Gold Coast will only diminish. Authorities accused of 'turning a blind eye' to Gold Coast waterway problems.... [more]

Stacer raises the bar and unveils nine new models.
Bob Wonders,
New range takes renowned manufacturer in a new direction. Fishing enthusiasts well and truly catered for as Stacer reveals its new model line up for 2008.... [more]

Sydney Harbour and the Cigarette Racing Team
Helena Heidenreich,
Built on a straight our performance hull similar to the fabulous ‘muscle boat', the 39' Top Gun, the Top Fish makes waves courtesy of a triple 300hp Mercury Verado outboard rig. This power arrangement is ‘standard' for the Top Fish, with Mercury Marine's latest 350hp Verado as an option (if you're really determined to lead the pack offshore, the Top Gun 39 can handle four engines!).... [more]

New Abalone size limits in Victoria's south west
Dept Primary Industries VIC,
The legal minimum length (LML) of abalone taken by both recreational and commercial divers in Victoria's south-west has been temporarily increased to provide further protection for abalone populations recovering from the effects of the abalone virus.... [more]

What to look for with fishing boat insurance
BoatU.S. News Room,
BoatU.S. Angler is a membership program that's part of the nation's largest association of recreational boaters whose mission is to protect the interests of boat-owning freshwater anglers. With that in mind, it recommends that anglers should ask these five questions when shopping for insurance for their fishing boats.... [more]

Sanctuary Cove Show promises world class event
The 20th Sanctuary Cove International Boat Show has drawn 107 world and Australian marine product releases in an exciting lead up to the May event. The 2008 Show, from Thursday, May 22 to Sunday, May 25 has 439 confirmed exhibitors booked for on-water, pavilion and open-air displays.... [more]

Bikini corals recover from atomic blast
ARC Centre of Excellence Coral Reef Studies,
Half a century after the last earth-shattering atomic blast shook the Pacific atoll of Bikini, the corals are flourishing again. These are the findings of a remarkable investigation by an international team of scientists from Australia, Germany, Italy, Hawaii and the Marshall Islands. The expedition examined the diversity and abundance of marine life in the atoll.... [more]

There's a new Class 1 Catamaran in town media,
Nicolini Offshore has wheeled out its new Class 1 Catamaran with Matteo Nicolini confident that the boat will win races. 'The boat is built using the same basic design and technology but with several key modifications. The tunnel is wider, the area behind the canopy is smaller, the side profile is lower and the deck profile is more curved and overall she is stronger ' said Nicolini.... [more]

Canada Tightens Boat Safety Rules
Nancy Knudsen,
Leisure craft on Canada's waterways will be safer this year, if the Honorable Minister for Transport has his way. No less than five million Canadian boaters who do not currently have a licence - a 'proof of competency' - must get one before they take to the water, or risk a $250 fine.... [more]

Building and maintenance, WEST SYSTEM help on-line
Tracey Johnstone,
Gathering information on marine construction and repair materials has never been easier with the recently launched WEST SYSTEM website providing a whole range of easy to access answers. Take a tour around the site and the reader will be impressed by the extent of information available... [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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