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New brands, new rules, new optimism for boat sales

Let the Shows begin! London is behind us, Miami is looming, Melbourne International Boat & Lifestyle Show heats up January 30 to Feb 1 at Docklands, followed by the Perth Summer Boating Festival 20-22 January, Auckland 14-17 May and SCIBS 21-24 May and so on.

From all reports, drastically reduced prices, soft currencies and a warming consumer sentiment have led to buoyant sales in London, thanks in part to avid and active European and Middle East markets.

Organisers of the Sydney International Boat Show, BIA NSW, says its realistic that demand may be down this year, but their marketing zeal and strategies for promoting the boating lifestyle will be increased.

As will the efforts of the organisers of the Mumbai Boat Show, coming up in February, just a few months after the despicable acts of terrorism at the doorstep of the Boat Show's venue. Read all about it in our exclusive interview with Sujay Chohan, the show's director.

So full steam ahead into the 2009 Show Circuit, covered by us in detail throughout the year, along with any and all business stories across the globe.

Keep in touch!

Jeni Bone, Editor

Be in the running for the 2009 Marina of the Year
The Marina Industries Association of Australia (MIAA) has announced a call for entries for the 2009 Marina of the Year Awards.... [more]

Practical skills tested on water for NSW licence
There will be a new, practical 'on water' component added to the NSW boat licencing system.... [more]

UK marine industry grows despite global woes
The UK leisure and small commercial marine industry grew by 5% in 2007/08, breaking through the £3bn revenue barrier for the first time, says the British Marine Federation (BMF).... [more]

Mumbai back with defiance to host SMIBS
Jeni Bone,
After a successful inaugural boat show in 2007, and a second show last year which proved to be double its size in terms of exhibitors and sales figures, organizers of the Mumbai International Boat Show are regrouping and recovering from the terror attacks of 26 November, defiantly hosting the third SMIBS, 19-22 February 2009.... [more]

Rayglass supports NZ Offshore Powerboats
Bob Wonders,
NZ's largest boat manufacturer to sponsor offshore series. The event will be marketed as the Rayglass NZ Powerboat Series and will be contested at eight venues around New Zealand's North Island, beginning later this month and concluding in May.... [more]

New generation MAN diesel engines to debut at Sanctuary Cove
Alex Campbell,
MAN Nutzfahrzeuge is launching its new generation of V8 and V12 diesel engines for yachts and pleasure crafts. The new generation of V engines extends the MAN product portfolio up to 1800 hp (1324 kW) in this sector. The MAN V8-1200 and V12-1800 will make their Australian debut at this year's Sanctuary Cove International Boat Show: May 21 to 24, 2009.... [more]

London positive while the US slashes prices
Jeni Bone,
While Britain's boat manufacturers at London International Boat Show expressed confidence in the market, buoyed by the fact that a weaker pound could make their offerings more appealing than imported craft, the US is resorting to heavy discounting and value-adds to woo consumers to boating lifestyle. And key to their message is 'It's all about fun!'... [more]

Sydney Cove improvement plan announced
Minister for Ports & Waterways,
Ports and Waterways Minister, Joe Tripodi has announced a study into the future use of Sydney Cove which will look at ways of improving public amenities and infrastructure around Circular Quay, Walsh Bay and the Man O'War steps.... [more]

Earthrace, world's fastest and coolest boat coming to NSW south coast
Wilkinson Media,
Earthrace, the fastest, greenest and coolest powerboat in the world, will arrive in towns along the NSW south coast over the next week as part of its global tour to promote environmental sustainability.... [more]

Australia to deploy anti-piracy warship
Jeni Bone,
Following China's commitment to send war ships to the Gulf of Aden and the Indian Ocean to assist a global force against piracy, Australia is considering deploying a warship after winding down operations to protect Iraq's oil terminals.... [more]

New boat brand for Genmar?
Media Services,
Reports are circulating of what is described as “an open letter” from Genmar Holdings Inc. chairman and CEO, Irwin Jacobs, detailing a new, entry-level fiberglass boat brand from Genmar.... [more]

Operation Ski Safe targets dangerous towing
NSW Government Media Unit,
NSW Maritime will clamp down on dangerous towing practices from boats in a State wide safety campaign this weekend. Ports and Waterways Minister Joe Tripodi said Operation Ski Safe will target towing activities such as waterskiing, aquaplaning and wakeboarding on bays, rivers, lakes and dams throughout NSW.... [more]

BIA NSW supports better business in 2009
Jeni Bone,
The BIA of NSW is already planning the Sydney International Boat Show, with some modifications and adjustments given the economic slowdown, but there are many other initiatives in the pipeline for 2009, aimed squarely at advancing members' businesses.... [more]

Life jackets the key to boating safety: NZ to make mandatory
Jeni Bone,
A rash of accidents, incidents and fatalities on the waterways of Queenstown region in New Zealand has driven Council to make wearing life jackets mandatory, after a period of public consultation.... [more]

Goetz Boats goes into receivership and lays off all 75 workers
Bruce Burdett,
While the il mostro racing yacht they built for Puma Racing departs from Singapore Saturday on the next stage of its around-the-world race, Goetz Custom Boats of Bristol, Rhode Island, USA, is riding out stormy financial seas. Effective Tuesday, Jan. 6, the company has been petitioned into receivership and all of its 75 workers have been laid off... [more]

Melbourne's Mega Summer Boat Show
Sandman PR,
The 2009 Melbourne International Boat & Lifestyle Show is shaping up as the fastest-growing lifestyle event of its type in Australia with more than $100 million of boats expected to be on the water. To be held at Docklands, 30 January to 1 February, some of the largest and most luxurious boats in the country will create a spectacular on-water display.... [more]

Brunswick sheds staff, idles plants and 'mothballs' one facility
Jeni Bone,
Brunswick Corp has announced a series of production cuts, layoffs and one plant closure in response to the global downturn in consumer spending, or as a spokesman put it: “the challenging marine marketplace”.... [more]

Celebrate Australia Day at the National Maritime Museum
Australian National Maritime Museum,
The National Maritime Museum, at Darling Harbour, will be offering several special attractions on Australia Day, Monday, 26 January.... [more]

32nd America's Cup Decisions published for public access,
Sail-World is pleased to advise that the Decisions of the Jury at the 32nd America's Cup have compiled their decisions and published them for the interest of America's Cup and sailing aficionados. While much of the material is America's Cup specific, there is no question that much of what is practice at the America's Cup (Deed of Gift litigation, aside) soon trickles down to other areas of the... [more]

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