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12 Nov 2008                              To reply to this email click here

Editorial, November 12, 2008.

Welcome to another edition of where boating enthusiasts know they can keep their finger on the pulse.

Yesterday we listened, (via the wonders of the Internet) to the Australia Parliament, where Senator Ron Boswell had an amendment accepted which will mean some 300+ recreational fishers will have criminal convictions erased for fishing in the wrong area, soon after Great Barrier Reef marine boundaries had changed. This amendment enjoyed bipartisan support.

We have a very interesting mixture of stories this week. Perhaps you can tell I love wooden boats when you read my piece on the 1947 built Halvorsen 'Megsie.' I note too that Keith William's commissoned M.V.Awesome, in new hands these days, is back on the market.

Kirk Tsaccounis, managing director of the F1 Superboat Series, is laying it on the line in regards to the recent Gold Coast F1 round.

We also have a report on the F1 World title, which look like they will go to Qatar and, on the US scene, how does one go about beating Steve Curtis? The eight-time World Offshore champ has done it again off Key West, Florida.

Entries are picking up too for the E.C.Griffith Cup scheduled for Lake Mulwala on the last weekend of the month, and the Kiwis are desperate to take the historic trophy back across the ditch.

In other news, Australia's big exporters are gaining from the Australian dollar drop. Riviera reports some good news from the company's Summer Show and the Gold Coast City Marina staged its own show with a number of exhibitors throwing in their support.

The first of the Maritimo Cabriolet range, a 60', has gone on display in Melbourne through Aussie Boat Sales and is apparently 'knocking 'em dead'.

Take note, too, of our reminder – as from the first of this month all boats operating two nautical miles or more offshore must carry a registered, digital 406 MHz EPIRB.

Enjoy the read, drop by regularly.

Bob Wonders

Senate passes amendment to overturn convictions
Office of Senator Ron Boswell,
The Senate today passed Federal Coalition amendments that will see the criminal convictions of 324 fishermen, convicted of fishing in a Green Zone prior to 14 December 2006, effectively overturned, according to Queensland Senator Ron Boswell.... [more]

E.C. Griffith Cup entry list grows
Event media,
Current Australasian title holder of the ‘E.C. Griffith Cup' Brett Niddrie has confirmed his entry to this year's event. The ‘E.C Griffith Cup' sponsored this year by ClubMulwala, is the southern hemisphere's oldest and most contested title fought between Australia and New Zealand.... [more]

A Symphony in Wood
Bob Wonders,
‘Megsie' was built in the traditional manner, a plumb stem with tumblehome stern sections with splined Oregon planks on laminated spotted gum ribs.... [more]

F1 Superboats – do they have a Gold Coast future
Bob Wonders,
'We have never before struck anything like the Gold Coast situation, where a selected few are eager to destroy a person's livelihood and a sport that has entertained and showcased the region through television coverage and been embraced by the local community for more than four-years.... [more]

Awesome Opportunity
Jeni Bone,
Sydney Boat Sales has a once in a lifetime opportunity, as shown on Channel 7's Today Tonight program, the sale by tender of M.V. Awesome.... [more]

C-Map PRODUCT ALERT from Jeppesen
This is a Jeppesen Alert on a missing chart on a C-Map MAX chart product. Jeppesen strongly urges affected C-Map Max Customers to update their chartlibrary to the latest version, if planning to navigate in or close to the affected area - North East Australia... [more]

Curtis adds another World Title in US
Class-1 media,
Qatar 96 throttleman and Class 1's eight times World Champion and most prolific race winner, Steve Curtis, added another ‘world' title to his impressive CV on Sunday, after winning the third and final race of the 28th Annual American SBIP-APBA Offshore World Championship in Key West, Florida.... [more]

Urgent action on international coral reef crisis
Centre of Excellence Coral Reef Studies,
Coral reef scientists and policy makers from the world's most prominent coral reef nations are meeting in Australia this week to develop urgent action plans to rescue the world's richest centre of marine biodiversity from gradual decline.... [more]

After tragedy, Riviera helps bring a dream to life
Denby Browning,
Tony Davey had just turned 50 and was working hard to achieve his dream of owning a Riviera cruiser. He had just completed a Do-It-Yourself Plumbing book. Then, tragically he suddenly collapsed and died.... [more]

D-day for EPIRBs
Bob Wonders,
Boat owners required to have 406MHz digital emergency beacons on board whenever operating more than two miles offshore. Simply purchasing a 406MHz EPIRB and placing it aboard is not enough; the unit must be registered with the Australian Maritime Safety Authority's Rescue Coordination Centre.... [more]

First Maritimo C60 in Melbourne
Sandman PR,
Aussie Boat Sales has taken delivery of the first Maritimo C60 Sports Cabriolet into Melbourne.... [more]

USA's Jay Price set for U.I.M. World Championship
Phillipe Stiernon,
The U.I.M. F1 World Championship is on the doorstep of crowning their most unlikely of champions as the 2008 season moves on to the Middle East and the United Arab Emirates in three weeks time.... [more]

Wolfe to prowl on water at EC Griffith Cup
Event media,
The campaign to hold the EC Griffith Cup on Lake Mulwala received a further boost with the news that high profile US driver Eliabeth Wolfe will attend. Elizabeth will drive in Paul Norrish's 1.6ltr Oz Lite Hydroplane ‘Times R Tuff' which won the Victorian Championship in his comeback drive at Mildura after a serious accident.... [more]

Black market sales land fishers in hot water
VIC Dept Primary Industries,
A 38 year old Queenscliff man is facing a number of charges after allegedly being caught selling fish on the black market. He has been charged with a number of fisheries related offences, including the unlicensed taking of fish for sale and exceeding catch limits.... [more]

Recfish Australia - Volunteer of the Year
VR Fish,
John Hotchin, VRFish Board Member and Secretary of the Association of Geelong and District Angling Clubs, has been awarded the Recfish Australia 2008 Recfishing ‘Volunteer of the Year'.... [more]

Design Awards METS Shortlist Announced
The Design Award METS (DAME) jury has short listed 53 products out of the 136 entered to win this year's competition at the Marine Equipment Trade Show, which is the most prestigious marine products competition in the world.... [more]

New Vessel Standard Buoys Requirements
The National Marine Safety Committee (NMSC) has released for public comment a new draft safety standard to reduce the effects of flooding on a commercial vessel.... [more]

Cash back on new Honda BF40/50 and BF75/90 engines
Sandman PR,
Honda is offering a substantial ‘cash back' incentive on its new, leading-technology BF40/50 and BF75/90 EFI four-stroke outboard engines in the lead up to summer.... [more]

What's Wrong with our Oceans? - the Acid Answer
'Sailors for the Sea',
Perhaps our planet should have been named 'Ocean' rather than 'Earth' given that the majority of Earth is comprised of water not land: seventy-one percent to be precise. Humans are also comprised mostly of water, a strikingly analogous seventy percent. In both cases, a proper pH is required not only for vibrant health, but for long-term survival. However, recently the pH of our oceans has been c... [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]

Class 1 World Powerboat Championship 2008
The Class 1 World Powerboat Championship is an exhilarating spectacle....
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