'Twas the fortnight before Christmas – are you still awake?
All signs are that thanks to falling interest rates, a drop in fuel prices and KRudd's generous fiscal gestures, retail may just get through summer with satisfactory sales.
As families are watching every penny, researchers believe “experiences” and “shared activities” are going to be top of their lists. Fingers crossed that boats and accessories are in that category.
This week we have scoured the globe – from NZ to Chennai – for the latest news and information of interest and immediate use to the marine industry.
We are on the job over the Christmas and New Year period, covering all the races, events, global launches and trends, so remember to visit.
Jeni Bone, Editor
Princess to adopt flexible working hours Jeni Bone, The UK builder, Princess Yachts International, has announced its labour force will adopt 'flexible working patterns' from 5 January in response to the worldwide downturn, a move it hopes will protect its position in the market.... [more]
Chennai welcomes luxury afloat Aarohan Communications, The Super-rich in Chennai, India are gearing up to splurge on yachts and cruisers and four of them have already found their way into the city.... [more]
Party time as owners celebrate Riviera launch Denby Browning, More than 20 excited guests, including new owners, gathered at Sanctuary Cove recently for the official launch of their new Riviera 4700 Sport Yacht, Santorini.... [more]
Dream realised - Riviera owner's circumnavigation Denby Browning, With a graceful turn to starboard, Ian Reynolds fulfilled a dream to circumnavigate Australia. At the age of 80 years young, he and his Riviera 56, Investigator IV, entered the Gold Coast Seaway after a year exploring the sometimes exotic, sometimes fierce and always awesome coast in a 9,000 nautical mile adventure.... [more]
PWC Operation Ride Safe: Georges River targeted NSW Government Media, Ports and Waterways Minister Joe Tripodi said there will be zero tolerance for anti-social behaviour on our waterways over the holiday period. NSW Maritime will crack down on unsafe and irresponsible use of 'personal watercraft' (PWC) on the Georges River over the next six weeks.... [more]
Telwater keeps ‘em coming Bob Wonders, Quintrex, which has won plaudits from numerous small boat anglers with its specialist fishboat range, has just released a model the company terms ‘the ideal all-round fishing boat', the 400 Hornet Trophy.... [more]
Auckland's Wynyard Quarter gets go-ahead Jeni Bone, The Marine Industry Association of New Zealand is welcoming the decision of the Auckland City Council and the Auckland Regional Council to provide a secure, long term, base for the marine industry in the new Wynyard Quarter development and adjacent Westhaven precinct.... [more]
Austal ferries hit the water in Saudi Arabia Austal, Austal has celebrated the handover of its 88 metre high-speed vehicle passenger catamarans, 'Riyadh' and 'Cairo' at a ceremony in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia attended by King Abdullah bin Abdulaziz Al Saud and the Egyptian President Mohammed Hosni Mubarak.... [more]
Burger – taking care of its heritage Bob Wonders, Burger, one of the most respected boat yards in the USA, boasts a heavily customised range, with skilled craftsmen and women working closely with naval architects and prospective owners to deliver the exact vessel sought.... [more]
Maritimo scores at Phuket Bob Wonders, Maritimo sales and marketing manager, Peter Jenkins, has returned from a productive visit to Thailand's Phuket Boat Show, confident of two sales of the company's popular 48 Sky Lounge.... [more]
Anti-fouling reduced with Polycraft innovation Bob Wonders, This innovative technology is normally added to anti-foulants, but in Polycraft's case it is incorporated into the raw material form which the boats are moulded.... [more]
NPA calls for extended Marine Parks in NSW Jeni Bone, The National Parks Association says new marine parks along the NSW coast are needed to protect endangered species, translating to banning all forms of fishing in those areas.... [more]
Kiwi to head “Australian” sail training Scoop co nz, The Chief Executive of the Spirit of Adventure Trust, John Lister, was elected president of the Australian Sail Training Organisation (AUSTA) in Sydney on 6 December.... [more]
Austal appoints new COO, Peter Hogan Austal, Austal has appointed former Boral Limited Divisional General Manager Peter Hogan to the position of Chief Operating Officer – Australian Operations.... [more]
Marine Replicas for boaties who have everything! Sophie Cross, There are model boats and then there are Classic Maritime Replicas. The new range of hand crafted, beautiful replicas of classic powerboats, yachts and tall ships are the finest museum quality model boats available anywhere today at an affordable price.... [more]
Winners 2008 Export Awards Jeni Bone, The marine industry was noticeably absent from the winners podium when the Minister for Trade Simon Crean announced the 13 category award winners in the 2008 Australian Export Awards, Friday 5 December.... [more]
Dollar Down, Exports Up Jeni Bone, Australia's trade balance soared to a record surplus in October as a falling local dollar boosted the value of exports.... [more]
US$11bn Canal project in Dubai Jeni Bone, Limitless, a global master development arm of Dubai World, will manage the design and construction of the Arabian Canal – the largest, most complex civil engineering project ever undertaken in the Middle East.... [more]
Pontoon heralds start of $60m project in WA Jeni Bone, The Australian Marine Complex (AMC) at Henderson has received an early Christmas present with the arrival of a massive pontoon that will form part of a new $60million floating dock.... [more]
Christmas celebrated, Mustang style Bob Wonders, Local dealer principal, Bruce Partridge and Mustang Marine general manager, Chris Heaton played the role of genial hosts to the gathering, described as the largest single group of Mustang boats seen on Gold Coast waterways.... [more]
DFAT warns seafarers of worldwide pirate risk Jeni Bone, The Department of Foreign Affairs & Trade has warned sea-faring holiday-makers and boaties to be alert to the risk of pirate attacks, following a recent rise in attacks on vessels at sea.... [more]
Mumbai on track for Boat Show Jeni Bone, In the wake of last week's tragic terror attacks in Mumbai, the boat show organisers have stated that the February 2009 event is well on track to being a safe, secure and successful one.... [more]
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