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Riviera in India, Maritimo in the Caribbean & high times for Tassie

This week, the news is truly international – from India, Italy and Korea to Brazil – with a mix of acquisitions, expansions and plans for major events.

Despite trying times, there are plenty of rays of hope out there, including many enterprises in each state who are finding that with the right price, incentives, marketing and the value add of exceptional service, customers are still coming through in steady numbers.

Over the next few weeks, we'll profile the dealers and brands and get their insight into the tips and strategies they've found useful to combat the downturn.

Also this issue, the news that BIA and Marine Queensland members are invited to attend a workshop in either Sydney or Melbourne to participate in the review process of the Australian Marine Awards.

Chris Barnett & Associates will conduct the workshop and independent review process. For more information contact Ms Chris Barnett direct on

Have a great week and keep in touch with your own news and views.

Jeni Bone, Editor

Fairline opens Singapore office
Saltwater PR,
In support of its growing interests in Asia, leading luxury performance motor yacht manufacturer Fairline Boats has set up Fairline Boats Asia with a dedicated corporate office in Singapore, headed up by Bryan Jones.... [more]

MV Fantasea Ammari adds glamour to SEQld waters
Media Services,
Charter ship MV Fantasea Ammari will cruise the Brisbane Gold Coast route, taking in the delights of Moreton Bay and surrounds, and aiming squarely at the corporate market.... [more]

Seakeeper gyro available globally
Jeni Bone,
Since its commercial launch in late 2007, yacht builders and owners worldwide have been clamoring for the proven Seakeeper Gyro Stabilization System. Now that Seakeeper's state-of-the-art manufacturing center is online and the exclusivity agreement with Azimut Yachts has ended, it is now within reach.... [more]

AMIF invites independent review of Awards
BIA and Marine Queensland members have received invitations to attend a workshop in either Sydney or Melbourne to participate in the review process of the Australian Marine Awards.... [more]

Podium positions for Navtec in '08-09 Vendée Globe
Media Services,
Michel Desjoyeaux's Foncia was fully rigged using optimized Navtec Z-system PBO rigging. Foncia endured the most grueling offshore racing conditions to win one of the world's toughest sailing events.... [more]

Honda Marine again highest in customer satisfaction
Sandman PR,
Honda's EFI four-stroke outboard engines have ranked ‘Highest in Customer Satisfaction with Four-Stroke Outboard Engines' in the J.D. Power and Associates 2009 Marine Engine Competitive Information Study. Honda received the award in 2005, 2006, 2007 and now for a fourth time this year.... [more]

Riviera appoints Dealer in emerging India market
Denby Browning,
Hard on the heels of delivering its first boat into the Indian market, Riviera has announced the appointment of its first Dealer in that country. Riviera India will represent the luxury boat builder at the Mumbai International Boat Show opening on February 19. According to Brendan Casey, Dealer Principal of Riviera India, the company's display at the Mumbai Show will be the second largest.... [more]

Records tumble as temperatures sizzle at the Southern 80
Matthew Ng,
Evinrude E-TEC have picked up where they left off at the end of the 2008, dominating the SMOC and MOC divisions at the 2009 Southern 80.... [more]

Marina Profile: Marina Mirage Port Douglas
Fiona Harper,
The tropical resort town of Port Douglas is the closest mainland access point to the Great Barrier Reef, with Marina Mirage Port Douglas a great base for reef and island exploration.... [more]

World's first true superboat makes waves
Jeni Bone,
Dubbed “the most beautiful thing ever created by man” by BBC Top Gear presenter, Jeremy Clarkson, the XSR48 made its launch at the Monaco Yacht Show last year. The first boat has since been delivered to her owner on the Cote d'Azur, where it has become a local celebrity and the most exhilarating way to beat the traffic jam between Monaco and St Tropez.... [more]

Maritimo expands its worldwide network
Bob Wonders,
'Tropical paradise' the latest addition to company's network. The new dealership, Yacht Center of the Caribbean, could not be in better hands with president Roger Casellas, a prominent game fishing personality who was once recognised as the world's 1 Bertram salesman, at the helm.... [more]

Miami Int'l Boat Show Opens
Jeni Bone,
The Miami International Boat Show and Strictly Sail runs through Monday, February 16 on Miami Beach, with a focus on discounting, encouraging finance for approved customers and various innovations to the program to drive interest in the boating lifestyle.... [more]

Korea International Boat Show: Gateway to Asia
The second Korea International Boat Show is to take place this year from 3-7 June at Jeongok Harbour, in Gyeonggi Province, near Seoul, a strategic event to position the country as the number one leisure marine industry gateway for the Far East.... [more]

METS deadline approaches
Jeni Bone,
Mark the dates for METS, 17-18-19 November 2009. If you are keen to take a stand, the deadline for early bird discount is 15 February 2009.... [more]

Azimut-Benetti to acquire Brazil's Intermarine
Jeni Bone,
Azimut-Benetti Group have agreed the acquisition of the Brazilian boat builder Intermarine, with the move projected to considerably boost the presence of the Group in the expanding Brazilian market.... [more]

Win a Line 7 Emirates Team NZ crew polo or a Line 7 jacket or pants,
Enter online now to win a choice of a Line 7 Emirates Team NZ crew polo, a Line 7 Force Jacket ,or Line 7 Force Vest, a Line 7 Gulf Jacket or Line 7 Gulf pants, or a Line 7 GP Microfleece.!Enter_here_NOW!new!... [more]

Lowrance HDS – maximum advantage
Sandman PR,
The groundbreaking Lowrance High-Definition System (HDS) will deliver significant advantages for boaters. The first multi-function system to bring together true high-definition sonar, charting and radar in a best-in-class display and interface, the flexible HDS series protects against obsolescence to ensure future expansion capability for next-generation Lowrance technologies.... [more]

Seawind celebrates new models, strong exports & successful shows
Jeni Bone,
Fresh off the back of a sensational Melbourne International Boat & Lifestyle Show, Seawind Catamarans is looking ahead to a hectic year of boat shows and steady exports.... [more]

Green Boating Tips
Miami Boat Show,
Thanks to the experts at this week's Miami Boat Show, more eco-friendly methods of enjoying our boats are at hand. Following are US tips and information that may help you minimize your impact on the environment while maximizing the efficiency and performance of your boat.... [more]


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