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03 Feb 2009                              To reply to this email click here

Editorial February 3, '09

Welcome to another edition of Powerboat-World.

Down on the ‘Apple Isle', the team from the Horsehead Water Ski Club and their many ‘imports' who joined in, have failed to establish a new world record for the most number of skiers towed behind one boat.

And what a boat- lets start with a high speed ferry...for a while, it looked as though they would achieve the mark as the 122 skiers were all up and running, but only for about 50-metres when a tow line snapped.

And there's plenty of action coming up this month with the offshore teams heading south to Williamstown and Geelong and selection races for the forthcoming World Water Ski titles in Belgium.

If you're a Mustang fan the highlight would have been the unveiling of the company's all-new 430 Sports Coupe'; we reveal details of the boat and the gala function staged by Mustang Marine management to welcome the new boat to the fold.

At Honda Australia there's no doubt the company is still celebrating winning Car of the Year honours, but it has not stopped the marine division from pressing ahead with exciting additions to the Honda personal watercraft range.

On the P1 front, there's a new team from the Ukraine out to make a mark this year, campaigning a new Donzi 38ZRC; if Donzi boats lives up to their well-earned reputation, the Ukrainians may well be a force to reckon with.

Incidentally, take heed of a warning from NSW Maritime's Brett Moore, general manager, recreational boating; be aware that fuel tanks and fuel lines need to made from ethanol-acceptable material before using ethanol-based fuel.

It's all here, right where you'd expect it, on the pages of Powerboat-World.com

In the next day we will have a report from the New Zealand Thundercat scene.

However many many of our readers don't wait to read this newsletter, they drop by the Powerboat-world.com site repeatedly during the week.

Bob Wonders

World's largest yacht - will it ever be finished?
Lisa Mylchreest,
If you are feeling bad about your losses in the world's financial collapse, spare a tear for the Russian oligarch Roman Abramovich, that yacht owner extraodinaire who is currently building the world's largest yacht. Abramovich is reputed to have lost $12 billion of his $15 billion fortune, raising the question of whether his newest yacht, cheekily called 'Eclipse', will ever be finished.... [more]

Tasmanian water ski record attempt fails
Bob Wonders,
Snapped tow line end the dream of a new water skiing world record. One hundred and twenty two skiers from all states gathered at picturesque Strahan, gateway to Tasmania's World Heritage Listed areas for the attempt on Macquarie Harbour.... [more]

P1: Donzi hull unveiled and new Ukranian team plans SuperSport entry
Powerboat P1 media,
New Ukranian team plans SuperSport entry in 2009 and the new 26 Team Donzi Racing outfit has unveiled the new Donzi 38ZRC hull.... [more]

It's here! Mustang unveils its latest 430 Sports Coupe
Bob Wonders,
Mustang Marine unveils its 430 Sports Coupe. Mustang CEO Chris Heaton said the company's entire staff, from management down through the design team, engineers and production staff had ‘lived and breathed' the project.... [more]

Ethanol fuel caution for boats
NSW Maritime,
NSW Maritime advises all boat owners to check with a local dealer about the suitability of ethanol mix fuels for their marine petrol engine. 'Fuels with ethanol can attack some fuel-system components, such as tanks and lines if they are not made from acceptable ethanol-acceptable materials' said NSW Maritime General Manager Recreational Boating and Regional Services Brett Moore.... [more]

Honda's year away to a stunning start
Bob Wonders,
New addition to the company's PWC range, the ARX 1500, looks a winner. The ARX 1500 boasts a 1470cc four-stroke engine and an all-new hull design that Honda claims will deliver a superior ride, a better contact with the water surface and more splash protection than previous models.... [more]

Navigation restriction on Lake Centenary for Water Ski Tournament
NSW Maritime,
NSW Maritime Regional Manager Murray/ Inland Scott Kidd said that an exclusive use aquatic licence had been issued to event organiser Temora Shire Council to conduct the Come and Try Water Ski Tournament on Lake Centenary.... [more]

Crab fishing crooks raise concerns for Fisheries Officers
WA Department of Fisheries,
Crab fishing prosecutions have more than doubled in Mandurah and Fisheries and Marine Officers are concerned about a large number of offenders being caught with undersize crabs.... [more]

Port Kembla Maritime Centre nears completion
Minister for Ports and Waterways NSW Government,
Work on the new Port Kembla Maritime Centre will be completed on schedule by July 2009, Ports and Waterways Minister Joe Tripodi said. The Port Kembla Maritime centre will become a unique one-stop maritime services facility. 'Port Kembla Port Corporation and NSW Maritime will be joined by other tenants including NSW Water Police and the Australian Quarantine and Inspection Services.'... [more]

Tasmanian water ski club chasing world record
Bob Wonders,
World record water ski attempt in Tasmania's world heritage listed area. The Horsehead Water Ski Club (named for its original location Horsehead Creek, near Devonport) is the organiser of the record attempt, but the skiers taking part are from nearly all states.... [more]

Rebuilt Qatar 96 - A new and very different boat
Class 1 media,
Qatar 96 throttleman, Steve Curtis, says that their rebuilt raceboat will be ‘virtually new' and will bear little resemblance to the old Championship winning, ‘Spirit of Norway'.... [more]

Sri Lanka to develop its marine industry
Lanka Times, Sri Lanka,
As an island nation Sri Lanka is determined to explore and harness its most valuable resource, the sea, for economic growth and expansion.... [more]

Eight tips for negotiating coral or rocky waters
Nancy Knudsen,
Poking around in new coves, exploring off-the-beaten-track bays and roaming through coral atolls are some of the joys of cruising. But colliding with coral is not particularly good for the paintwork, and sinking the boat or wrecking it on a reef is apt to spoil any good holiday cruise:... [more]

Australian Wooden Boat Festival - there's still time!
Nancy Knudsen,
There's still time to make plans to be on the docks in Hobart for the Australian Wooden Boat Festival to be held on 6th-9th February Since the first event, held in 1994 – the result of a passion led by Andy Gamlin for wooden boats and the maritime history of Hobart, the Festival has grown into an event of international standing.... [more]

Win a Top End fishing trip at MIBLS 2009
Sandman PR,
Visitors to next week's Melbourne International Boat & Lifestyle Show will have the chance to win a three-day liveaboard fishing charter in the Northern Territory. The ‘Bluewater Long Weekend' includes return airfares, transfers, three days' fishing onboard Darwin Reef 'n' Wrecks' 46' vessel Reefmaster, all meals, fishing tackle and more...... [more]

The way of the future: Propulsion using water tension
Jeni Bone,
Researchers say they have come up with technology that lets boats or small aquatic robots glide through the water without the need for an engine, sails or paddles.... [more]

GC Splash for Variety Club kids
Jeni Bone,
More than 60 members of Southport Yacht Club will gather for this year's Gold Coast Splash over the Australia Day weekend, raising funds for the world's largest kids' charity, The Variety Club.... [more]

Caribbean 24 Open and 47 Flybridge debut at MIBLS 2009
Sandman PR,
St Kilda Boat Sales is eagerly anticipating the 2009 Melbourne International Boat & Lifestyle Show to showcase two models in the Caribbean range. The new 24 Open (Runabout) is making its Australian debut with boat build No.1 on display at the show, while the 47 Flybridge Cruiser will be on show for the first time in Melbourne.... [more]

Austal celebrates extensions and international orders
Jeni Bone,
Austal has commenced work on its US state-of-the-art modular manufacturing facility (MMF), which on completion will significantly boost the construction of the Alabama shipyard.... [more]

Bass & Flinders chosen for fast ferry to Manly
Jeni Bone,
Cruise company Bass and Flinders has been chosen to operate a fast ferry service to and from Manly, according to the announcement from the NSW government.... [more]

Auckland show celebrates a year of 'brand news'
NZ Marine,
A brand new year and a brand new look go hand in hand for the upcoming Auckland International Boat Show which takes place in early March.... [more]

Unique boat designs, a ‘steel'
Designer Stainless,
Brisbane-based metal fabricator Designer Stainless has been ‘steeling' the limelight in the boating industry after being recognised for outstanding stainless steel workmanship.... [more]

Silver Whisper the luxury cruise ship arrives in Newcastle on Monday
NSW Government Media,
The boutique cruise liner, Silver Whisper, will sail into the Port of Newcastle on Monday morning (January 19) as part of a busy period for the city's cruise industry... [more]

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