Another week, and the count down to another several boat shows around the world – from Phuket to SIBS and BIBS.
In this week's issue of MarineBusinessNews.com you'll find a wrap up of Melbourne, previews of products launching at SIBS, what to expect at BIBS and why consider exhibiting at PIMEX, held in December at the Royal Phuket Marina.
News from the frontline, we hear from Ian Tricker from TR Marine World, last year's National Quintrex dealer of the year with what is arguably NSW's best retail set up.
He shares his insight into the state of the industry, customer behaviour, how to trim overheads, some advice for manufacturers and the BIAs, as well as the importance of fielding your company's best team at a Boat Show.
There's also news of Azzura Marine's expansion in Newcastle, aiming to position the Carrington facilities as a new force in superyacht maintenance and construction, and the official line from NSW Maritime concerning the eviction of the historic lighthouse tender, MV Cape Don – a story which has already elicited strident response from members of the restoration team and her former crew.
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Looking forward to bumping into many of you in Sydney!
Jeni Bone, Editor
BIBS - countdown for Brisbane Show Jeni Bone, From tinnies to yachts and spinning reels to light lures, The Brisbane International Boat Show (BIBS) will take over the Brisbane Convention and Exhibition Centre for five days from Wednesday, August 27 to Sunday, August 31.... [more]
TR Marine World: News from the frontline Jeni Bone, With SIBS nearly upon us and conflicting news of a high-end sales boom and a trailerable sales dearth, it's an opportune time to speak with a dealer at the coal face on the market, customer behaviour and how one of the most successful NSW dealerships is weathering the current climate.... [more]
Northstar's New 310 Instrument Series Sandman PR, The new Northstar 310 Instrument Series combines advanced digital marine technology with simple installation to make fitting out a boat easier than ever.... [more]
Sydney Boat Show now with with online ticketing Bob Wonders, The Sydney International Boat Show stands unchallenged as the most recognised boating event in the Southern Hemisphere, boasting the largest ‘gate' of any boat show staged in the region.... [more]
New Mobilarm VPIRB device making waves Mobilarm PR, The innovative, life-saving Mobilarm V100 VPIRB Man Overboard device is starting to make an impact following its launch in May 2008. This unique new device, which uses VHF DSC and GPS to dramatically reduce the possible rescue time during a MOB incident, has been featured in many marine magazines and websites, including Sail-world.com... [more]
Cape Don asked to move for safety reasons AAP MediaNet, NSW Maritime has asked the owners of the former lighthouse vessel the Cape Don to relocate to Snails Bay for safety reasons. The Cape Don is currently moored at a condemned wharf and NSW Maritime has continually asked the owners to move over the last five years.... [more]
Azzura accelerates expansion Azzura Marine, Azzura Marine has finalised an agreement with Sensation Yachts to acquire its business assets and take over its facility at 50 Fitzroy Street, Carrington, New South Wales.... [more]
BIA Melbourne Boat Show exceeds expectations AAP MediaNet, The 48th annual BIA Melbourne Boat Show has exceeded the expectations of exhibitors which will give the industry great confidence as it moves to Sydney... [more]
Seaquest RP36 at Sydney International Boat Show Seaquest Media, Seaquest Yachts will be proudly displaying the latest yacht in its range for the first time at a marine expo in Australia at the Sydney International Boat Show due to open on July 31st. The Australian distributers will have the Reichel-Pugh designed Seaquest RP36 in the floating marina section of this hugely popular boating must-do event.... [more]
Simrad expands Award-winning autopilot range Sandman PR, The award-winning range of Simrad autopilots is set to expand with the introduction of two new models, the AP24 and AP28.... [more]
Alan Steber to head new Manufacturers Association Jeni Bone, BIA NSW will add a new division, known as the Boat Manufacturers Association with Alan Steber nominated as its inaugural Chairman.... [more]
Exide for Safe and Eco-friendly Marine Batteries Jeni Bone, A familiar brand manufactured in Australia since the 1950s, Exide provides a diverse range of marine batteries customized for each application and with unique attributes for safety and longevity.... [more]
Sydney International Boat Show - Boating Stage Powerboat-World, Each year the Sydney International Boat Show Sailing and Boating Stage hosts larger than life personalities, passionate about marine sports and the boating lifestyle. These presentations are enthusiastically received by equally keen audiences, who gather at the venue for shows between 10.30am and 7.30pm.... [more]
Gold Coast terminal focus moves from The Spit Jeni Bone, Legendary architect, Desmond Brooks has a plan for the Gold Coast Broadwater that could satisfy hard-line Spit protesters and the boating fraternity and tourism industry, eager for a 'shot in the arm' for the region's most prized waterway.... [more]
Boaties inject $25m to NZ's Northland NZ Advocate, Visiting foreign yachties are pumping $25 million into Northland's economy a year, according to a recent New Zealand study.... [more]
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