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On the eve of the most-anticipated Sanctuary Cove ever – its 20th anniversary show – welcome to another issue of Marine Business News.

This week, we cover the industry in all its minutia. We have a profile on Burke Marine, one of the biggest and most diverse accessories distributors in the market and now well and truly global, a preview of the Gold Coast's hybrid-power ferry system, due to start next year – three years since the concept was first proposed to Council – and coverage of the inaugural Marine Industry Networking lunch, held at Southport Yacht Club last week

Speakers included sailing proponent and author, Rob Mundle, Maritimo Marketing Manager, Peter Jenkins and ‘Black Joe' Akacich, CEO of Viking – all of whom had plenty to say about the state of the industry, the challenges, its potential locally and opportunities abroad.

It is not all doom and gloom by any stretch, despite what you read in tomes like the GC Bulletin and The Australian. There are plenty of options for savvy marine companies and they require dedication and in most cases, a change to systems, processes and focus. ‘Black Joe' recommends taking advantage of the network provided by government and industry bodies to get your company's products and services to international markets, where there is no sign of a downturn, like Russia, Europe and some segments in the US.

Also this issue, a round up of the Kuwait Boat Show and list of a few others that are on the radar as far as AIMEX is concerned (how about the Moscow and Mumbai Boat Shows?), plus what's massive and impressive in WA in terms of investment in marine infrastructure for commercial, defense and recreational boating.

It's mild and sunny on the Gold Coast, as usual this time of year. As we anticipate a plethora of launches, records and world firsts, we welcome visitors to this great neck of the woods and hope the results of the Show stand as testament to a healthy, well-supported industry.

Stories will be updated daily throughout the four days of the Show at

Please keep sending your comments and suggestions. In turn, we will modify our content to suit your requirements.

All the best and Happy Show!

Jeni Bone, Editor

Sanctuary Cove - where business does business
Bob Wonders,
Sanctuary Cove International Boat Show is a Key Business to Business opportunity. Nearly 400 boats on the marina at the Sanctuary Cove International Boat Show which, if placed end to end, would stretch for 5.1 kilometres.... [more]

Gold Coast Ferries by Spring 09
Jeni Bone,
Gold Coast commuters now have a proposed date for the start of the long-awaited ferry service from hybrid-power specialist, SolarSailor and local business Solar Coast Cats.... [more]

Elemental as Anything
Jeni Bone,
Solar powered craft are the way of the future, according to Dr Robert Dane, CEO at Solar Sailor, pioneering hybrid ferries and committed to making a difference to the environment and the bottom line.... [more]

WA invests in massive marine infrastructure
Jeni Bone,
The WA marine industry is powering, with massive investment in infrastructure and upgrades to the Australian Marine Complex at Henderson, just south of Fremantle.... [more]

Marinas Act to Reduce Carbon Footprint
Sail-World Cruising,
The Low Carbon Marina Initiative was launched yesterday at the Australian Marine Innovation Conference on the Gold Coast. Keynote speaker Senator The Hon Kim Carr, Australian Minister for Innovation, Industry, Science and Research said, 'Climate change is pressing to our marine industry. The Low Carbon Marina Initiative to be launched today is one example of how the marina industry is responding... [more]

Industry get-together raises trends and issues
Jeni Bone,
Southport Yacht Club hosted the inaugural Marine Industry Networking lunch Friday 16 May, with speakers sailing proponent and author, Rob Mundle, Maritimo Marketing Manager, Peter Jenkins and Black Joe Akacich, CEO of Viking.... [more]

Marine Ad. Budgets? What percentage online?
Rob Kothe,
Major yachting and power boating companies are reporting up to 80% of their walk in the door clientele have done significant online research and that process continues to accelerate. The online marine audience is much larger than traditional print media, so when setting your marine budget, you need to consider having at least 50% of your ad spend is online media.... [more]

2nd Kuwait Boat Show Breaks 12,000 mark
Jeni Bone,
The second Kuwait Boat Show International, organised by Knotika Holding took place at the Fahaheel Waterfront, Al Kout, from 29 April to 3 May 2008 and attracted a record breaking 12,000 visitors, achieving more than US$50 million of sales.... [more]

Full throttle for Super, Mega and Giga Yachts
Jeni Bone,
The super, mega and gigayacht industry shows no signs of abating, with Russian billionaire and owner of Chelsea Football Club, Roman Abramovich the latest to lay plans for a behemoth. Reports say his testament to affluence, influence and aesthetic could be up to 530 feet long.... [more]

Keppel to develop marina in China
Robert Carry, Asia Property Report,
Keppel Land Ltd has entered a joint venture with Sunsea Yacht Club (HK) Company Ltd to develop an integrated residential cum marina lifestyle development in Zhongshan, Guangdong Province of China.... [more]

Burgeoning Burke
Jeni Bone,
Burke Marine, a family-owned business for more than 38 years, has dominated the Australian and New Zealand markets and is now looking to broader horizons, supplying specialty stores in Italy, Hong Kong, Great Britain, the Netherlands, Turkey and the Caribbean.... [more]

Marine business expansion planned in South Korea,
Already the largest ship builder in the world, South Korea plans to build up its private yacht and marine leisure sector as a future growth industry, the government said on Wednesday... [more]

Aqualuma Lights up the World
Jeni Bone,
Brothers, Carl and Grant Amor founded Aqualuma Underwater Lighting when they couldn't find suitable lights for their own boats. Four years on, their brand is the source of innovative LED lighting for boats all over the world.... [more]

Bavaria Yachts Australia launch new 2008 line
Jamie Millar,
Bavaria Yachts Australia held a launch party for the new Bavaria 31, 34, 38 and 40 Cruisers at the Cruising Yacht Club of Australia on Thursday 8 May in Rushcutter's Bay, Sydney.... [more]

Henri Lloyd Deck 2008 Grip Profile II Trainer
Colin Burgess,
Henri Lloyd's heritage in the marine footwear industry has produced the some of the most innovative and highest quality marine footwear available to date. New for 2008, Henri Lloyd has introduced the Deck Grip Profile II; this trainer delivers all the features required in a high performance trainer, plus a few additional benefits and is also the 'hero' product within the footwear range... [more]

Sport 18 to market Volvo Ocean Race India stopov,
Sport 18, a division of Network 18, has acquired the marketing rights of the Volvo Ocean Race India stopover to be held at Kochi from December 3-13, 2008.... [more]

New Zealand Sailors Win $25m. from Fuel Tax
Sail-World/Yachting New Zealand,
Because of the efforts of their representative organisation Yachting New Zealand, New Zealand boaters are to benefit by a cool $25,000,000 towards boating safety and education... [more]

Advertising just ain't what it used to be
Guy Nowell, Sail-World Asia,
A friend was ‘surfing' through some back numbers of Seahorse the other day – the Jan/Feb 1979 issue No 50 (price: 50p) to be precise. Seahorse we have always taken to a very right and proper and serious magazine, and the decorum and taste of the RORC is of course beyond doubt.... [more]

PIMEX 2008: Phuket's boating showcase
Jeni Bone,
The Phuket International Marine Expo is taking exhibitor bookings for this year's event, predicting increased numbers.... [more]

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