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Another week, another headline covering the fall of the dollar, promising a fall in interest rates and even a drop in petrol prices to a flat $1 by Christmas. Keeping up with the changes is a strenuous pastime, but in the industry's best interests – manufacturers, importers, dealers and consumers.

Relevant to your business this week are the stories from around the world that present opportunities, insight into how other markets are adapting, innovations, launches and the comings and goings of industry exponents.

There is abundant opportunity for retailers, allied marine industries and restaurateurs at Sydney City Marine, adjacent to the Anzac Bridge at Rozelle. What a boon for Sydney Harbour boating this incredible precinct will be! Opening within weeks, it's ideally located just 5 minutes from Sydney CBD and 30 minutes from Mascot Airport. Take a look at the facts and figures which will amaze you.

We have a lengthy feature on the present state of the Middle East marine industry and its impressive new developments, among them, the $11bn Arabian Canal that once complete, will rival the magnitude of the Suez.

There is news of plenty of new boat shows – Dubai, Sunshine Coast at Kawana, the Gold Coast at the Gold Coast City Marina and Riviera complex – event organizers seizing the initiative and taking shows to where the prospective customers are, always with a focus on family fun!

For the dreamers, there's the sale by tender of M.V. Awesome, an 80', 3-cabin aluminium offshore express cruiser, built by Lloyds and commissioned by Keith Williams. Tender closes 14 November, so get in quick and contact Des Last at Sydney Boat Sales.

A piece of good news this week: one company featured editorially on our site two months ago, has attracted the attention of an NZ company looking to become its local rep – a lucrative contract that will mean job creation on both sides of the Tasman and stability in these tough times. Needless to say, the company is going to advertise on and amplify its message to our readers around the world.

Keep sending feedback, always appreciated and any story ideas or leads are welcome.

Jeni Bone, Editor

Sydney City Marine - The Place to Be!
Jeni Bone,
The strategically and scenically located Sydney City Marine has limited space available for commercial tenants to complement the marine businesses already moving in.... [more]

UAE Enters a New Period of Marine Maturity
Jeni Bone,
With billions of investment dollars going in to marinas, residential developments and boating infrastructure, the Middle East is poised to become the international crucible of marine business.... [more]

Dubai hosts Boating Festival
Jeni Bone,
Not content to wait until March 09, the boating fraternity of Dubai hosted the inaugural Dubai Boating Festival, 24-25 October, presented by Festival Centre in association with Island Global Yachting (IGY), the luxury marina developer and management company.... [more]

Maritimo targets South Korea
Bob Wonders,
One of the world's largest ship and boat builders, Hyundai Yacht Co., to represent Maritimo in South Korea. One of the company's senior engineers, together with a marketing executive, inspected the Maritimo production facilities at Coomera and Hope Island last week and according to the company's sales and marketing manager, Peter Jenkins, were “overawed.”... [more]

Bring BoatShows to Buyers - Hunting for customers
Bob Wonders,
Gold Coast City Marina staged its own boat show in a planned hunt for prospective boat buyers. The end result was a broad range of craft on display, ranging from Gemini inflatables through Stacer and Quintrex ‘tinnies', Sea Ray and Haines Hunter to million dollar-plus rigs from Maritimo, Hatteras, Hampton and Alaska.... [more]

Riviera's Summer Showcase heats luxury boat market
Denby Browning,
A resounding success is the report from R Marine boat dealers across Australia and New Zealand following last weekend's R Marine Summer Showcase boat shows. Sales were recorded across Riviera's Flybridge and Sport Yacht lines as well as Princess motor yachts while enquiry was strong for the range of classic Grand Banks long-range cruisers.... [more]

Learn to sail in southern China
Michael Obolensky,
This is the best time of the year to go sailing in southern China. The weather is dry, cool and sunny with consistent wind. DSC offering you a unique opportunity to participate in offshore passages of 200 to 1,000 miles on board an ocean-going yacht.... [more]

Clean, Green and Abounding in Opportunities
Sydney City Marine,
The harbourfront under the western pylon of the Anzac Bridge at Rozelle on Sydney Harbour will be changing over the next few months, with its green credentials in mind throughout the overhaul.... [more]

Financial health check for businesses
Harbourside Media,
With the global credit crunch potentially creating headaches for some small to medium businesses, it's a good time to look at your business loans and the opportunities that exist to save money.... [more]

Broadwater Falling in Water Quality
Jeni Bone,
An authority on water quality says Gold Coast waterways remain healthy, but the Broadwater's quality has dipped in the past 12 months.... [more]

Try Sailing Day proves a winner
Bob Wonders,
More clubs than ever before support industry's Try Sailing Day, with a strong turnout reported across NSW and the ACT. Prominent industry identity and BIA Life Member, Mr Bob Basham, the driving force behind the establishment of the program, said the original idea behind the Try Sailing Day was not necessarily to unearth competitive yachtsmen and women, but to demonstrate first hand the enjoyme... [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]

Kawana Boat Show, Bigger & Better than ever
Jeni Bone,
Celebrating its 4th year with greater crowd numbers and more exhibitors, the Kawana Boat Show, run Australian Events, took over Quad Park near Caloundra for three days last week, Friday 7 to Sunday 9 November.... [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]

Concerns over dredging of Northeast Business Park
Glenn Roberts - Caboolture Shire Herald,
Bribie Island Environmental Protection Association (BIEPA) president Ian Bell warned that dredging would create silt and disturb acid sulphate soils (ASS) causing the release of dangerous metals.... [more]

Advertising and Youth Worlds - ISAF Conference
ISAF Media,
The ISAF Annual Conference got into full swing on day three in Madrid, with the ISAF Classes Committee and Youth Worlds Sub-Committee meetings taking centre stage.... [more]

Advertising Flight to Accountability
Bob Maxwell,
Knowing the names of consumers who are interested in specific products in a company's range provides a major competitive advantage in a tough market place.... [more]

Experts Reject Greens Fear of marine 'Parking Lot'
Jeni Bone,
The NSW Greens are concerned about the $600m in marina developments in the pipeline all over Sydney, fearing the waterways will become 'parking lots' for large cruisers, but experts believe that is far from the current case nor plans for the future.... [more]

Runaway Bay Marina an Accredited Clean Marina
Runaway Bay Marina was today presented with accreditation as the highest level Clean Marina by the Hon. Peta-Kaye Croft, State member for Broadwater.... [more]

Can Boat Shows ride out credit crunch storm?
Gerald New,
The Boat Show season gets into full swing as a series of major events open across Europe. All will be closely watched for signs of any cutback in attendance and more importantly in order levels - Are the crowds buying or just looking? As the Credit Crunch storm continues to gather pace... [more]

Simrad – officially the world's best autopilot
Sandman PR,
The new Simrad AP24-AP28 autopilot series received the 2008 Best Autopilot Award during the recent National Marine Electronics Association (NMEA) convention, held in California (USA).... [more]

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