BREAKING NEWS: Savage Revived, WA Desperate for Berths

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As I read the “Guide to Winterizing Your Boat”, emailed to me from a US PR company, with tips on avoiding snow and ice which can sink your boat, freeze your engine and damage seals, biminis and other fixtures, I give thanks that in Australia we rarely see such cold extremes.

Although this past few weeks, with temps swinging from 12 to 35 in Sydney, rain and shine in equal doses on the Gold Coast, we are a little confused. No matter. The boating season has begun and several dealers in NSW, VIC and QLD have reported promising sales so far.

Over in the west, following a successful Mandurah show, the industry is being stifled according to the BIA and many dealers, who believe they could be capitalizing on the local mining boom and selling many more units, but for the lack of berths.

It's estimated there is a need for around 4000 pens! The new Liberal government promised immediate action on marinas and infrastructure and there are plenty of plans in the pipeline, but it could be five years before anything is available.

Also this week, news that Telwater has bought the iconic Savage brands from BRP and will be producing the range from January 2009.

Plus there's plenty of information on international boat shows, new products and industry happenings, views and opportunities.

Keep in touch.

Jeni Bone, Editor

Magazine advertising- Yesterday's Pizza?
Bob Maxwell,
When advertisers in the 1980's signed magazine advertising contracts, they knew half of their advertising budget was being wasted, but they just did not know which half.... [more]

Telwater Buys Savage
Jeni Bone,
The iconic, 110-year old Savage brand name will be back on the market from January 2009, manufactured by Telwater on the Gold Coast.... [more]

WA in Urgent Need of Berths
Jeni Bone,
Industry and consumers are bombarding the new WA Liberal government with figures and actual experiences that show that the state is in urgent need of additional marinas.... [more]

NMMA Pres Emphasises Importance of Grow Boating
Jeni Bone,
Thom Dammrich, president of NMMA and chairman of Grow Boating, said in an open letter to the marine industry that the Grow Boating initiative will continue, despite the suspension of its national ad campaign and other structural changes announced last week.... [more]

Watercrew Revolutionises Marine Recruitment
Kim McKee, Watercrew,
The Australian marine industry is set to enjoy improved productivity with the launch of Watercrew, an online recruitment website at, which has been exclusively designed for the marine industry.... [more]

Light Winds for Light-hearted Regatta
33 Seawind catamarans, valued at around $10million, competed in the Seawind Pittwater Regatta held 17-19 October, the 10th time this event has been run.... [more]

Flags up for Fort Lauderdale
Jeni Bone,
Despite harsh international economic conditions, the world's largest boat show is about to kick off! Ginn sur Mer presents the 49th edition of the Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show.... [more]

Crewsafe® to Debut at Workboat Show, New Orleans
A unique onboard communication network with sophisticated Man Overboard (MOB) functionality, known as Crewsafe®, will make its debut at the 2008 International Workboat Show in New Orleans this December.... [more]

Apprentice Cabinetmaker Selected for Tool Blacks
Boating Industry Training Organisation,
Mike Schieffelbein, an apprentice with Robinson Marine Interiors, has won selection for the New Zealand Tool Blacks team to compete in the World Skills competition in Calgary next year.... [more]

Australian Quality Recognised in Tough US Market
Australian marine exporters were recognised as providers of quality products and services at last week's IBEX trade show in Miami, despite the subdued global economic environment.... [more]

Bill Barry-Cotter plays host to Julie Bishop
Bob Wonders,
The Deputy Leader of the Federal Opposition and Shadow Treasurer, Julie Bishop, accompanied by local MP Stuart Robert and their respective Chiefs of Staff, were guests of Bill Barry-Cotter at the Maritimo headquarters last Friday.... [more]

Good Times for E Marine
Jeni Bone,
Despite gloomy economic times, some dealers are experiencing better than expected sales. E Marine is one of them, thanks to consistent marketing, catering to a niche in the market, great location and charismatic service.... [more]

Online media & advertising: growing exponentially
Jeni Bone,
When online media launched in earnest more than a decade ago, it took many cues from traditional media, according to Tessa Wegart, advertising consultant with The ClickZ Network. These days, it's leaping ahead of its hard copy competition and being embraced by young and old.... [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]

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]

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]

Istanbul Ramps up Marinas
Jeni Bone,
Turkey is joining the race to create infrastructure for the world's burgeoning boating community, laying plans for 10 marinas within the next two years.... [more]

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