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What a glorious week the Gold Coast turned on for the 50, 678 visitors to Sanctuary Cove International Boat Show, the second highest tally in the Show's history. Exhibitors report strong sales, advance orders and plentiful leads for future business. And that's what it's about, as much as a great day out for families and visitors to the GC.

Over the next few issues we will cover the highlights from SCIBS – the products, people and innovations to inspire and inform you.

Now brace yourselves for the Melbourne Boat Show, 3 to 7 July, Adelaide 17 to 20 July and SIBS, 31 July to 5 August at Darling Harbour. Then follow Darwin, Perth, Brisbane and Mandurah.

You can get a complete rundown of all the national and international shows, expos and trade events at the BIA website, and we will feature the standouts on the calendar each issue, including those that AIMEX is adding to its list, those in new markets and all the opportunities exhibitors and visitors can enjoy.

This week, we have a profile on Navico, coinciding with its CEO visiting Australia for SCIBS. Jens-Thomas Pietralla spoke at length with Marine Business News about the company's plans for the development of each of its brands, trends in marine electronics and the importance of our region in the global scheme of things. We rank second after the US market!

Innovation in the marine space is also foremost in the minds of Garmin, preparing to market and distribute its products independently from GME from 1 July. The new National Marketing & Sales Manager, Matthew DeMoss talks about the aims of the company and the many new products it will launch downunder over the next 6 months.

The AMIF held its Australian Marine Awards during SCIBS, as did the Australian Superyacht fraternity, so we list all the winners and sponsors, as well as some of the judges' comments about this year's entries.

Another WA company is going great guns. Strategic Marine in WA has come a long way from back yard boat builders in 2000 to become one of the leading manufacturers of high speed aluminium ships in Australia and to date has designed and built more than 322 vessels. It's now expanding to Vietnam and Mexico and fills us in on some of the opportunities that those markets offer.

The Raymarine “takeover” amounted to nothing, and most of those companies revealed by the world's media as “secret bidders” were mildly amused to see their names in print.

Discussions have been terminated, Raymarine is not on the market and unfortunately for the UK manufacturer, its share price dropped dramatically, mostly attributed to “weak US retail and dealer channels, a slow start to the year in some European markets and delays in new product launches”.

Locally, Raymarine is experiencing sales growth. New MD, Ben Bowley has joined the company from Panasonic and Apple and with just 6 weeks on the clock, says he is looking forward to product launches, innovation and taking the brand to new heights.

There's plenty of news, profiles on the people who make the marine business great and I believe, something from each facet of the industry. If you can't find your sector represented, let me know and we'll seek out the latest.

Thanks for the emails, calls and comments in person about Marine Business News. Hope we continue to help you in your business.

Jeni Bone, Editor

Sanctuary Cove Show brings spectacular sales
Kate Duryea,
The 20th Sanctuary Cove International Boat Show brought multimillion dollar sales showing the event had truly come of age. A snapshot of 15 exhibitors by the Show's close at 5pm showed more than $A146 million in sales.... [more]

Bowley joins Raymarine as MD
Jeni Bone,
After just 6 weeks in the job, Ben Bowley, the new MD for Raymarine Australia, is energized and enthused about his role, the company's direction and success so far this year.... [more]

Garmin Counts Down until Independence Day
Jeni Bone,
1 July is the official Independence Day for Garmin, splitting with GME in time for the Sydney International Boat Show 31 July-5 August.... [more]

Countdown to Sydney Boat Show
Media Services,
It's not too late to get organized for SIBS. For six exciting days, July 31 to August 5, Darling Harbour will become the headquarters of the Australian boating industry when the 2008 Sydney International Boat Show immerses the city in boats and marine paraphernalia.... [more]

Online advertising delivers your message
TIME IS MONEY. Especially when you're waiting for your product news to reach your audience.... [more]

US reduces red tape for recreational boating
Jeni Bone,
The NMMA is celebrating a potential reduction in red tape, following the House Transportation & Infrastructure Committee (T&I) approval of commonsense legislation known as 'The Clean Boating Act'.... [more]

David Hay, GM of FGI, joins AIMEX Board
Jeni Bone,
David Hay, general manager for FGI, has been appointed to the AIMEX board replacing Steve Taylor whose role within Nuplex had changed making him ineligible to stay on the board.... [more]

Peelable perfection
Skudo Media,
Top names in yacht building are relying on the peelable protective coating range from Skudo for protection during manufacturing and transport. Think of it as a heavy-duty protective film for boats, ships and marine equipment that is easily sprayed or rolled on and even simpler to peel off.... [more]

Low Carbon Marina Initiative launched
Climate change is pressing to our marine industry. The Low Carbon Marina Initiative is one example of how the marina industry is responding to this challenge. MIAA has partnered with the Carbon Reduction Institute to develop and manage the Low Carbon Marina Initiative.... [more]

Superyachts celebrate excellence and service
Jeni Bone,
The Australian superyacht fraternity celebrated the high achievers of the industry on Saturday night, culminating in the Awards highest accolade: the inaugural Hall of Fame Award, which went to Donald Johnston, original founder and owner of Oceanfast in WA.... [more]

Navman is now NORTHSTAR
Jeni Bone,
At this year's SCIBS, Navico demonstrated to the trade, dealers and public alike that Navman marine products are as innovative as ever, just rebranded and rebadged under the Northstar name.more]

Raymarine share price slumps, takeover dropped
Bloomberg News Service,
Raymarine, the UK manufacturer of electronic marine products, has had a record one-day drop in London trading after announcing takeover talks have ended and that sales missed forecasts.... [more]

Grant Torrens Marine hosts its own Show
Jeni Bone,
Celebrating 10 years on the marina of one of the Gold Coast's most prestigious residential development areas, Grant Torrens International Marine has become the largest international marine brokerage of its kind in Australia and its boat show grows every year.... [more]

Strong interest in Korea International Boat Show
Jeni Bone,
There is still time to take advantage of the support – both financial and marketing – offered to exhibitors by organizers of the first Korea International Boat Show in June and get your brand to the many hundreds of thousands of people expected to attend.... [more]

Riviera wins Boat of the Year Award
Denby Browning,
Australia's most awarded luxury boat builder, Riviera, has added another major trophy to its collection, winning the Australian Boat of the Year at the marine industry national awards ceremony on Thursday night.... [more]

You must replace your EPIRB now to 406!
NSW Maritime Media,
Recreational boat owners with vessels eight metres or longer must replace their distress beacons under new rules to take effect on 1 July. Commercial vessels which come into survey after 1 July will also be required to make the switch to a 406MHz beacon. (EPIRBs)... [more]

Australia's Boat of the Year award
Bob Maxwell,
CEO of the Australian Marine Industries Federation (AMIF), Sherry Donaldson said last night that '.The strong line-up of finalists in the 2008 Australian Marine Awards is proof that Australian consumers have more choice of marine product than ever before.'... [more]

Grow Boating: Seeking contributors for Task Forces
Jeni Bone,
Grow Boating is seeking industry leaders to contribute to Task Forces that will implement each facet of the strategy.... [more]

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