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Welcome to another week! Good news for manufacturers and mixed for consumers, with the interest rates tumbling for the first time in years and a soft Aussie dollar. Not so great for people who've planned OS travel for Christmas, but according to the latest ACNielsen survey, great for spending in the lead up to the festive season.

Along with news of the most recent consumer sentiment, we feature the latest in technology offered by NZ firm Urban Voyage, which allows its superyacht clients to contribute to and monitor the design process, as well as details of the revised rezoning plan for Moreton Bay, announced by Qld premier Anna Bligh over the weekend.

16% of the area that stretches from Caloundra to the Gold Coast Seaway will be off limits to recreational and commercial fishing under a new zoning plan starting next year, much to the concern of fishers who forecast that more than one quarter of businesses will be forced to close and the cost of local seafood will rise.

But perhaps the biggest story this week relates to the NMMA decision to reassess its plans for Grow Boating in the US, as a consequence of the tough economic times. It will now focus its efforts on manufacturer-specific promotions and its core programs, which we detail in depth.

On a positive note, there's good news from Victorian dealer, Aussie Boat Sales, with owner Scott O'Hare reporting better than expected sales in several segments, as well as optimism for the Melbourne Summer Boat Show. He shares his views on what's impacting sales and how he plans to capitalize on an anticipated surge in spending.

We're in for a summer of climatic extremes, according to BOM. Sudden storms are a harrowing experience if you're on the water when they strike. Did you know Australia is one of the world's top five of cyclone sites? Have you ever wondered about those fanatics who actually chase storms? If you have, take a look at the piece on storm chasers. Maybe you'll view these natural phenomena in a different way, or maybe you'll just check the forecast and stay home.

Thanks for all your news and keep the feedback coming.

Jeni Bone, Editor

Change in Direction for US Grow Boating
The economic downturn in the US has forced the NMMA to shift focus to manufacturer-specific promotions and core Grow Boating programs.... [more]

Aussie Boat Sales Buoyant for Spring
Jeni Bone,
Thanks to a burst of warm spring weather and consumer optimism, Aussie Boat Sales is enjoying a spike in enquiry and 'better than expected' sales.... [more]

DIY Superyachts
NZ Marine,
Urban Voyage has launched its ‘Visual Solutions Services' to the Superyacht Industry, drawing on technologies developed within the Aerospace and Defence Industries, enabling clients to have input in projects from the start.... [more]

Exide Explains Batteries
Jeni Bone,
Aiming to equip trade with all the ins and outs of marine batteries, Exide Marine is publishing a brochure that illustrates the depth and applications of its range.... [more]

Brunswick Corp shares at 25 year low
Bob Maxwell,
The stock market share value of the world's largest boat builder Brunswick Corp fell to a 25 year trading low yesterday, after Moody's Investor Services cut its debt ratings to ‘junk' status.... [more]

Storm Warning
Jeni Bone,
As we move into Storm Season, and Councils and insurers remind us to batten down the hatches, dotted over Brisbane and all around the world, is a collective of people hoping for the best, (storm that is!)... [more]

16% of Moreton Bay Off Limits to Fishers
Jeni Bone,
It's official, announced today by Qld Pemier Anna Bligh, 16% of Moreton Bay – from Caloundra to the Gold Coast Seaway – will be protected from fishing under a new zoning plan starting next year, much to the concern of commercial and recreational fishers.... [more]

Jackson's Marine, Joins Bargain Boat Bits
Jacqui Oakes,
Bargain Boat Bits has appointed Jackson's Marine in Geraldton, Western Australia, as its new representative. Servicing the Midwest of Western Australia and surrounding areas for over 27 years, Jackson's Marine has gone from strength to strength, growing considerably and buoyed by the support and custom of the community.... [more]

High Seas 63 - its on the beach!
Rob Mundle,
The High Seas 63 luxury motor yacht brings a new meaning to ‘go anywhere' when it comes to the world of extended cruising. This supremely comfortable offshore passagemaker affords the owner the opportunity to escape crowded anchorages because this vessel can literally be put where the owner often wants to be – right on the beach!... [more]

Phuket Marine Guide - 6th edition launched
Ensign Media,
The sixth edition of the annual Phuket Marine Guide was launched early October by publishers Ensign Media Co. Ltd.... [more]

Wild Oats joins forces with Manly 16ft Skiff Club
Media Services,
Wild Oats Wines based at Mudgee NSW owned by one of Australia's best known yachting identities, the Oatley Family, have recently signed as the Platinum Sponsor with Manly 16ft Skiff Sailing Club for the ensuing 12 months.... [more]

Northstar M-series – complete navigation
Sandman PR,
Northstar's M-series (M84 and M121) multi-function units excel as complete navigation packages for boats of all sizes. Northstar High Definition Digital radar combined with C-Map cartography (further to the 32MB embedded background chart as standard) also provides a comprehensive array of navigational aids, including chart overlay.... [more]

SYBA Change of Address
Superyacht Base Australia has changed its postal address details.... [more]

A Five Star Resort Under Sail and Power
Rob Mundle,
Twenty knots upwind while relaxing in a spa bath on the foredeck of an 18-metre long yacht . . . It sounds too good to be true, but it is one of the many luxuries to be enjoyed aboard the first of the new Perry MS-59 catamaran motor-sailers when it is launched next month.... [more]

Courses for Marinecard and OH&S Management Systems
Operations/OH&S Managers are invited to take part in the BIA NSW courses in Sydney and NSW regional locations explaining the Marinecard program for managing OH&S compliance.... [more]

Qld Hit with Rego Rises
Jeni Bone,
Queensland boaties have been hit with rises of up to 80-100% for boat registration, explained away by the government as being a result of 'increased demand in boating infrastructure'.... [more]

Strong interest in PIMEX 2008
PIMEX Event Media,
Despite the worries in the banking system interest in PIMEX remains strong. On target to be the biggest show to date bookings are still being taken for December. PIMEX 2008 is a marine and lifestyle exhibition held at the Royal Phuket Marina Exhibition and Conference centre with 2,500 sq metres of air conditioned display space adjacent to the marina basin with 40 yachts in the water.... [more]

Genoa Numbers Down
Jeni Bone,
Genoa International Boat Show, Italy's biggest boating event, closed on Sunday with a visitor count down 5% and a 'diminished number' of contracts signed compared to last year.... [more]

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