Powerboating at Christmas

24 Dec 2008                              To reply to this email click here


While the focus is switching to enjoying time on boats, as Christmas is nigh, there are signs that business and boat sales are alive and well.

Boat broker Grant Torrens and his team have sold $11.5 million-plus worth of boats in the past 52 days!

And if you're in the market for a new boat, take a tour of ‘Ashena'; she'll only set you back about $10 million.'

We speak with Tom Barry-Cotter and hear first hand of the near disastrous spin out in Dubai that left Tom nursing a sore neck and knocked throttleman Pal Virik Nilsen unconscious.

Round the World Record holder - the 78 foot bio-diesel powered trimaran Earthrace and her Kiwi skipper coming to a marina near you.  Earthrace Media

Meanwhile, ‘Earthrace', the amazing trimaran, managed to solve its Mooloolaba problems and allow visitors on board and voyaged down to Brisbane where she spent a couple of days at Southbank before heading for a Christmas break at Cleveland.

She's due into the Gold Coast on Sunday morning (Dec 28).

All of us here at Powerboat-World.com now take this opportunity to wish all our subscribers a safe, happy and joy-filled Christmas.

We'll be around through the Christmas period, with our sister publication Sail-World all guns blazing in the middle of the racing season.

During the holidays, if it's powerboat-related and worthy of reporting right here is where you'll find it.

Stick with us and drop by on a regular basis.

A Merry Christmas to all.

Bob Wonders

Earthrace – Gold Coast-bound
Bob Wonders,
Bio-diesel powered trimaran scheduled to dock at the Gold Coast. On Boxing Day and the following day the big trimaran will be berthed at the Redcliffe Wharf and late on the evening of the 27th will set a course for the Gold Coast for an early arrival on the morning of the 28th.... [more]

Fifty-two days, $11.5 million worth of boats sold
Bob Wonders,
Boat broker Grant Torrens defies what many term a 'sluggish' market. Grant Torrens is CEO of Grant Torrens International Marine, arguably rhe nation's largest brokerage, based on the ‘millionaire's enclave', the Gold Coast's Sovereign Islands.... [more]

Win a Southerly Offshore Jacket, a Seabrake or an inflatable PFD
To celebrate the 2008 offshore season, Burke Marine are running their first ever Sail-World online competition. You can win a Southerly offshore jacket, a Seabrake or a Burke Marine Inflatable PFD in the latest Sail-World online Competition... [more]

Maritimo's new offshore racer ‘a handful'
Bob Wonders,
Tipping the scales 790kg lighter than the opposition, Maritimo spun out 180 degrees. Speaking to Powerboat-World this week, Tom Barry-Cotter said the lightweight racer had proven a ‘real handful' to drive.... [more]

Boaters warned: go easy on the drink
AAP Medianet,
As Christmas approaches boaters are warned the same drinking and driving rules apply on the water as on the road. Skippers are warned it is their responsibility to stay under the 0.05 blood alcohol (BAC) limit.... [more]

New French team for Powerboat P1 in 2009
Powerboat P1 media,
Powerboat P1 event promoter Philippe Benhamou has announced the launch of a new French team, planning to compete in the Evolution class in 2009.... [more]

New system for electricity crossings-NSW waterways
NSW Maritime,
NSW Maritime has developed a new system to promote safety in the vicinity of electrical cables which cross navigable waters. The new system will be phased in from 31 December 2008.... [more]

Fast ride for Sydney Hobart spectators
Rob Kothe,
Rolex Sydney to Hobart spectators can stay with the fleet for a long time offshore as they head south. Bass and Flinders Cruises commissioned their vessel Ocean Dreaming in 2004, its a 34 metre cat capable of carrying 275 passengers, at 22 knots. The perfect way for sailors familes to watch the fleet head south.... [more]

CruiseCraft Launch Fraser Island Pak
Connexion PR Connexion PR,
CruiseCraft has put together a battle-ready kit of boating accessories for the serious bluewater angler looking to customise their new CruiseCraft boat.... [more]

Matthew Hayden urges boaters keep proper Look-Out
Ursula Bishop,
Australian Test cricketer Matthew Hayden reckons that keeping a proper look-out should be the “first rule of the water'. “And that can happen so quickly,” he said, harking back to the fateful day a few years ago when his boat was hit by waves, capsized and sank off North Stradbroke Island. It took Matthew, Andrew Symonds and friend Trent Butler an hour to reach shore, battling currents and waves... [more]

Australian Navy for Southern Ocean Rescue - Again
Michael Perry/Sail-World,
The Australian Navy is once again to come to the aid of a sailor in the Southern Ocean, bringing back memories of the amazing rescue of Tony Bullimore just ten years ago.... [more]

A reminder Switch to safer boating: Switch to 406
NSW Maritime,
Ports and Waterways Minister Joe Tripodi has reminded boat owners a ‘sea change' in marine safety will come into force early next year when new digital emergency radio beacons (EPIRBs) take over from the old analogue system.... [more]

Tuross Lake boaters reminded keep clear - dolphins
AAP Medianet,
Tuross Lake boaters are being reminded of their responsibilities in keeping a safe distance from dolphins and other marine mammals, NSW Maritime South Coast Regional Manager Craig Whitmore said.... [more]

Ambitious project classifies new sharks and rays
Australian scientists have recemtly completed an ambitious 18-month project to name and describe more than 100 new species of sharks and rays.... [more]

Australian Fishing Champion Demands Yamaha
Connexion PR,
Not only is Dave Silva a Sales Manager for the popular marine electronics company Lowrance, but he is also one of the most respected competition fishermen in Australia having spent over 20 years chasing Barramundi, Bass and Murray Cod in high profile tournaments across the country.... [more]

Australia's Trask F1 Team Wrap up 2008 F1 Series
Connexion PR,
The final round of the UIM World F1 Series offered perhaps the biggest challenge yet faced by the Brisbane based Trask Development Corporation team. While Bob Trask was keen to finish the 2008 series on a high, younger brother David Trask had a chance to improve greatly on his standing in the Drivers Championship.... [more]

Emirates Boat Show success
Jeni Bone,
Positioning Abu Dhabi as an emerging leisure marine power house, the inaugural Emirates Boat Show International (EBSI), organized by Knotika Holding, has been hailed a tremendous success.... [more]

Andrew ‘ET' Ettingshausen releases new book
Sandman PR,
Former NRL star, media personality and executive producer of the popular Escape with ET television show, Andrew ‘ET' Ettingshausen has released a new book just in time for Christmas. 'ET's Guide's Guide to Fishing' reveals the secrets of Australia's premier fishing guides – many of whom ET has fished with over the years in producing over 200 episodes of his television program.... [more]

$11bn Arabian Canal underway
Jeni Bone,
The Arabian Canal, a US$11 billion project, is underway in Dubai, managed and designed by Limitless. When completed, it will be the largest, most complex civil engineering project ever undertaken in the Middle East.... [more]

Riviera scores investor shot in the arm
Riviera Boats,
Riviera announces extended bank debt facilities and added equity injections from investors.... [more]

Global Orders rise despite credit crisis
Jeni Bone,
In a major milestone for the international superyacht industry, and tantalizing encouragement for the entire marine industry that better times are ahead, Showboats International 2009 Global Order Book reveals the number of orders for yachts – power and sail – 24.38m/80ft and longer has surpassed the 1,000 mark.... [more]

DataDotDNA adds protection for boat owners
Jeni Bone,
An Australian company's microdot identification technology is at the centre of a new push to prevent crime on New South Wales waterways.... [more]

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