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As we gear up for Sanctuary Cove and the rest of the national shows, there is still plenty of activity in the marine industry, here and abroad.

Grow Boating Australia, the industry-led initiative to encourage consumers to get into boating at all levels, has launched its web portal, with all the information and support required for stakeholders. The group has begun visiting some of the industry's major proponents to present the main outline of the programs, including a recent trip to the Gold Coast to Quintrex and Maritimo.

Also this week, the federal government has launched a new visa allowing visiting superyachts to work while they're in our waters. This will go some way to lessening the red tape and spread the revenue around, from hospitality and tourism to maintenance and service on these exotic foreign visitors.

Over the Tasman, the NZ superyacht industry is ticking over, taking forward orders for the next two years and quoting daily for business from around the world. Executive Director of NZ Marine Industry Association, Peter Burfield shed some light, although reluctant to go into too much detail, on how the NZ industry maintains a global presence.

It's not all doom and gloom in the local industry. Despite news of recent lay offs with some of the major manufacturers, industry experts and economists assure us this is 'an adjustment', rather than a crash and bears only vague similarities to the US experience. This slight downturn is all part of a cycle which will right itself shortly. The media, everybody from Westpac analyst to shipwright has told me, is only adding to the mix and needs to focus on balanced coverage.

While some of the superyacht business has dropped off, Cairns, Brisbane and the Gold Coast report steady commercial and private refit and conversion work and anticipate an increase in superyacht traffic once the dollar declines to attractive levels.

This and plenty more is available at, industry news 24/7.

Jeni Bone

Warren Yachts – the downturn continues
Bob Wonders,
Brisbane-based luxury builder, Warren Yachts has retrenched 20 of its 150 personnel in what it terms “pre-emptive action in the face of lower projected sales.”... [more]

Grow Boating takes the message to Qld
Jeni Bone,
Last week, the team from Grow Boating Australia presented a summary of the organisation's message to 120 of the top Quintrex dealers from around the country, as well as visiting operations at Maritimo to discuss the initiative.... [more]

NZ: Superyacht central eh?
Jeni Bone,
It's been a relatively quiet year so far in superyacht building and maintenance circles around Australia. Meanwhile over the Tasman, New Zealand is doing a roaring business, attracting the world's work based on its reputation for impeccable workmanship, competitive rates and a strong racing pedigree.... [more]

New Superyacht Visa means Open Waters for workers
Jeni Bone,
The new super yacht visa has been greeted with unanimous approval from industry and is already attracting business to Cairns.... [more]

Superyachts Stymied in Queensland
Jeni Bone,
The postponement of the inaugural Hamilton Island Series has brought into sharp focus the impediments to these massive spending vessels visiting Queensland waters. But there are some breakthroughs on the horizon.... [more]

Boating in Beirut
Jeni Bone,
Boating is back in Beirut, following a long period of unrest in the region, led by massive investment in infrastructure. You may have missed your opportunity to exhibit or attend the Boat Show this year in Lebanon's capital, Beirut (May 14-18), but you will surely be hearing more about it in the future.... [more]

Marina will put Batemans Bay back on the map
Jeni Bone,
Batemans Bay, approximately 282 km south of Sydney and 130 km South East of Canberra, will have a new Marina that will bring business and the public together with a myriad of services.... [more]

Attendance Tinnie and Tackle Show close to 30,000
Bob Wonders,
Brisbane's annual Tinnie and Tackle Show, staged this year in conjunction with the National 4 X 4 and Outdoors Expo, has proven a bonus for the boating industry.... [more]

Williams Performance Tenders Australian Debut
Mark Ali,
Jet tender specialist Williams Performance Tenders is at the 2008 Sanctuary Cove Boat Show with its four-stroke jet tenders manufactured to the highest hand built standards in the UK. The Turbojet features an industry first turbo charged and inter-cooled engine manufactured by the A G WEBER with a nominal power of 104hp. From stationary position, these tenders rocket from 0-20 knots in 4 seconds.... [more]

Conference To Unveil the Latest in Marine Safety
Ursula Bishop,
With 41 high profile speakers, 12 specialist session streams and innovative product demonstrations and exhibitions, the Marine Safety Conference 2008 has become a highly anticipated industry event. More than 300 delegates are expected to attend the conference in Adelaide from the 26th to the 29th of May.... [more]

The China Solution - Finland order 300 Optimists
Finn Opti media,
Finnish Optimist Association has coordinated an innovative deal between 62 Finnish sailing clubs and their member families for the biggest builder of Optimists in the world. Far East Boats of Shanghai, China, are to supply 300 Optimists and full equipment package at a price calculated to be a third of a similar top of the range, fully equipped racing Optimist made in Northern Europe... [more]

Navman Marine to become Northstar
Sandman Media,
After years of international success, Navman Marine is set to move forward as part of equally respected marine electronics brand Northstar. Northstar, into which Navman will transition over the coming boat show season, represents over 35 years of high-performance navigation solutions. Its strong marine values will see the legacy of Navman continue well into the future.... [more]

Ultra Anchors - Sanctuary Cove Debut
Aaron Soden-Taylor,
Ultra Marine Products Pty Ltd will be unveiling the leading European range of stainless steel Ultra Anchors & Specialist Anchoring Equipment at the 2008 Sanctuary Cove Boatshow. Handmade in Europe (not cast), the Ultra Anchor range has stunning appeal and is an advanced new generation anchor with many innovative and patented features.... [more]

Boat Asia 2008 - at Keppel Bay
Guy Nowell, Sail-World Asia,
There is no doubt that Marina at Keppel Bay is a very attractive location – a deep water harbour that used to be the Keppel Island shipyard, with waterfront condominiums just across the water on the site of the former dry docks, high-rise apartments on the drawing board and phase 2 of the marina to be completed by next year... [more]

GME GPS equipped EPIRBS get Cospas Sarsat approval
Standard Communications,
GME has received COSPAS SARSAT approval for its GPS equipped Emergency Position Indicating Radio Beacons, the manually and water activated MT403G and the automatic MT403FG.... [more]

New floor plan for Melbourne Boat Show
Bob Wonders,
The 2008 Melbourne Boat Show (July 3-7) to be staged at the Melbourne Exhibition Centre will feature what organiser, the Boating Industry Association of Victoria, calls “ a bold new floor plan giving show visitors the best access ever to the displays.”... [more]

Sinergex Nitro Battery Chargers
Andrew Smith,
Simple Intelligent Charging!! Sinergex has just released their new range of simple intelligent battery chargers the, Sinergex 'Nitro'. These chargers are capable of charging a multiple variety of GEL, AGM, MF and Lead Acid batteries.... [more]

Beneteau reports 30% growth in boat sales
Bob Maxwell,
France's Beneteau Group has reported a 30% growth in boat sales at the end of the first half of the year, with €40.4 million in operating income, up 23.9% on the previous year.... [more]

Emarine (Where E is for Excellent and Elderkin)
Jeni Bone,
Idyllically located on Roseville Bridge Marina, next to Echo Point café which according to its neighbours is 'a great place to crack a deal', Emarine Australia is the venture of Jed and Evie Elderkin, exclusive dealer for Back Cove and Sabre Yachts.... [more]

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