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18 Nov 2008                              To reply to this email click here

Editorial, November 18, 2008.

It's that time of the week, again, time for Powerboat-World and a catch up on all that's happening of interest to powerboaters.

First up, for all boating enthusiasts, Darling Harbour is well worth a visit this coming weekend for the inaugural ‘Clear the Decks Sale' organised by the Boating Industry Association of NSW.

More than 70 exhibitors displaying product in Halls 4 and 5 of the Darling Harbour Convention Centre, with larger vessels, new and used, on the Cockle Bay Marina.

Talking of old, one of the oldest Sydney ferries is on the market, the Baragoola is on auction at Grays online. When we last looked the top bid was $11,500, but you'll need at least a hundred times that to restore her...

On the Gold Coast we take a look at the first diesel-powered version of the innovative Southbeach Vacationer.

Looking for a Christmas gift or a good read? We reveal a quick review of the latest book from prolific US author Jeffrey Rodengen, ‘Commanding the Waterways, The Story of Sea Ray.' We wrote a story a few weeks ago after interviewing C.N.Ray the founder C.Ray get it - he wrote us a nice note.

Plenty of other news, including the opportunity to catch up with the bio-diesel powered trimaran Earthrace on its Australian tour, Azzura Marine's latest launching, bits and pieces from the race scene, including P1, Offshore and F1.

Where else would you gather such a ‘smorgasbord' of information?

Only on – stick around and call in regularly.

Bob Wonders

Clear the Decks Sale- Darling Harbour Sydney
Event Organisers BIA NSW,
Clear the Decks Sales - this weekend Date: 22 & 23 November Time: 10 am to 5 pm Location: Halls 4 & 5 Exhibition Centre & Cockle Bay Marina, Darling Harbour. 70 companies will have a variety of excess stock items ready for immediate delivery in the Halls & Marina.... [more]

Earthrace announces Australian Tour Dates,
Over the last two years of promotions, the amazing Earthrace boat has had nearly 150,000 people walk through her, and she's been seen on TV networks, and in Newspapers and Magazines around the globe.... [more]

198 foot ferry being auctioned on the Internet
Jeni Bone,
Looking to invest in a piece of Sydney nostalgia? The 1922 built Manly Ferry 'BARAGOOLA' is being auctioned online now. She is 198`(60 metres) in Length and 38 (12 metres)` wide and can accommodate up to 1000 people... [more]

The rain in Spain falls mainly....
Bob Wonders,
The news from sunny, hold on, make that soggy Queensland. As I write this (10.30am Queensland time, Tuesday) it has been raining non-stop on the Gold Coast since Sunday afternoon.... [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]

Surf clubs using Honda to save lives
Linda Evans,
The TSS was started three years ago by a group of lifesavers from three (and later four) Surf Life Saving Clubs - Cabarita, Cudgen Headland and Fingal Rovers - to patrol the huge coastline that was too spread out for any one club to service on their own.... [more]

Plenty of fish for Riviera Gold Coast tournament
Denby Browning,
The Riviera Light Tackle Masters game fishing tournament off the Gold Coast in January is shaping to be bigger and better than the successful 2008 event. Again, the Masters will run over three full days of fishing, beginning on Friday, January 16. A flotilla of more than 50 boats and 200 anglers, with many ladies and juniors, is expected to challenge for prizes valued at more than $60,000.... [more]

Commanding the waterways
Bob Wonders,
The definitive volume on the establishment and formation of Sea Ray Boats. Thanks to the author a copy of the book has come into my hands and let me say this; if you own a Sea Ray, if you once owned a Sea Ray or if one day you might own a Sea Ray, this book is an absolute must have.... [more]

Southbeach goes diesel
Bob Wonders,
Innovative boat that can serve as a cruiser or a caravan is now available with economical diesel power. Previously only available with outboard power, the diesel version of the innovative craft sports a 120hp, 1.7-litre turbocharged engine from MerCruiser.... [more]

Grant Offers for NGO's to Help Clean the Waterways
The BoatU.S. Foundation for Boating Safety and Clean Water is offering grant funds up to $4,000 each for sailing and other community non-profit groups in the United States to develop projects that address environmental problems on local waterways.... [more]

Superyachts Launched by Azzura
Azzura Marine Media,
Azzura Marine proves its commitment to quality, innovation and superior service following the successful launch of two superyacht projects at its shipyard in Newcastle, Australia.... [more]

Maritimo conquers the Coral Sea
Bob Wonders,
Although no crew member was a skilled navigator, Maritimo marketing manager Peter Jenkins said the Furuno navigation equipment on board proved perfectly capable.... [more]

Superyacht Savvy
Martine Ballantyne,
Azzura Marine proves its commitment to quality, innovation and superior service following the successful launch of two superyacht projects at its shipyard in Newcastle, Australia. Boasting a sparkling paint job and new name, Azzura Marine released the much anticipated 45m MY Ilonka into the water after ten months in the group's purpose built refit shed.... [more]

Another great year for TDC in Aussie F1 Superboat
Trask Media,
The Trask clan descended on the final round of the Australian F1 Superboat series with an impressive corporate presence and event sponsorship, all backed with the usual on-water flair and drama that is associated F1 boat racing.... [more]

Barrie Beehag Ski Race Saturday 22nd November
Julie Golledge,
The Barrie Beehag Ski Race will be conducted on Saturday 22nd November on the Murray River between Deep Creek Marina and Torrumbarry Weir. The Murray River will be closed to the public from 7.30am to 5pm from Fraser Road Boat Ramp to Torrumbarry Weir.... [more]

Warwick Lupton wants to regain E.C Griffith Cup
Lake Mulwala Power media,
New Zealander Warwick Lupton, a legend in New Zealand power boating is leaving no stone unturned in his quest to regain Australasia's most prestigious powerboat title the ‘E.C Griffith Cup'. This event in now in its 95th year, which makes it the southern hemisphere's oldest motor sport trophy.... [more]

New speed records and hull swap - P1 news
PowerBoat P1,
Powerboat P1 crews set new speed records and 77 Lucas Oil Evolution class team is swapping to an Outerlimits hull and Chief Engines for 2009The 77 Lucas Oil Evolution-class Powerboat P1 team have announced that they will be altering their line-up for 2009.... [more]

Changes in Powerboat P1 Management team
PowerBoat P1 media,
Asif Rangoonwala has announced that he will make a full-time return to running the championship and the P1 Management team. Current CEO Jim O'Toole is moving on to new business ventures at the end of November.... [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]

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]

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]

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]

Marina Facilities for Cochin (Kochi) in India
Hindu News/ Sail-World Cruising,
Sailors cruising the Indian Ocean (why don't more people do THAT?) or transiting the Indian Ocean on their way to other parts will be delighted to learn that there are soon to be marina facilities in the charismatic port of Kochi. The 'Marina', claimed to be the first facility in India where transiting yachts can be berthed is fast nearing completion at Bolgatty Island.... [more]

AIS - One Cruiser's Experience, Part 3
Neil Langford,
Neil and Ley Langford have been cruising in South East Asia on their yacht Crystal Blues for many years now, and entertaining Sail-World readers with their adventures. Here Neil gives us Part 3 of their personal experiences with obtaining, installing and using an Automatic Identification System (AIS).... [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 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]

Class 1 World Powerboat Championship 2008
The Class 1 World Powerboat Championship is an exhilarating spectacle....
For more details and news for this event, go to:

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