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25 Mar 2009                              To reply to this email click here


Well, it's that time of the week again, time when you sit back and absorb all the power boating news that matters.

For starters, good old NSW is helping clean up Queensland, assisting the recovery along the Sunshine State's coast following that dreadful oil spill from the container ship Pacific Adventurer.

Across the ditch, there's been some hard-fought power boating competition as the Rayglass NZ Offshore titles heads for its final showdown and the conclusion of the NZ Powerboat Championships.

We have been fortunate in obtaining some excellent photographic coverage of both thanks to ace Kiwi lensmen Phillip Hoskyn and Greg Olsen.

We also have some early pix of a new Kiwi offshore powerboat. She is a 100 foot (31.5 metre) Craig Loomes designed, Profab Central Engineering in Palmerston North is doing the build.

Colleague Jeff Webster is here to help those who might be considering the purchase of a ‘pre-loved' boat with his latest publication and we preview what should be a birthday party to remember when the revered UK marque Cougar Marine celebrates its 40th anniversary in May.

And......they've been called ‘the last of the gentlemen racers', Austria's Hannes Bohinc and Italy's Giancarlo Cangiano, who will team up to contest the Powerboat P1 World championships which get under way over the weekend of May 9 and 10.

Where will you keep up to date with the exciting Powerboat P1 World championships? Where else but right here on

Stop by during the week, too, because just like policemen we're never off duty and keep updating the site.

Bob Wonders

Spectacular racing at finals of NZ Powerboat Championships
Bob Wonders,
New Zealand powerboat championships in highly successful conclusion. With seven classes vying for a National crown, the racing was fast and furious throughout.... [more]

Sleek passagemaker under construction in NZ
Bob Wonders,
New Zealand boat builder, Profab Central Engineering, based in Palmerston North, is working on what it terms Build Project 08, a 31.5-metre alloy motor yacht for Diverse Projects.... [more]

NSW continues support for Queensland pollution clean-up
The Hon. Joe Tripodi - NSW Minister,
Specialist NSW port and maritime officers are continuing to help with efforts to clean up pollution from the Pacific Adventurer, nearly two weeks after Queensland's worst ever oil spill incident.... [more]

Last of the gentlemen racers?
Martin Allerton,
Austrian driver teams with Italian throttleman to chase P1 World title. It rates as an intriguing partnership for two power boating heavyweights, the last of the ‘gentlemen racers' and both with a steely determination to win.... [more]

Secondhand Boat Secrets - 164 Page Guide To Buying A Used Trailerboat
Jeff Webster,
Boating journalist, Jeff Webster, has released a new 164 page edition of his best selling magazine, Secondhand Boat Secrets. First published in 1995, this unique publication quickly became established as the 'bible' for anyone interested in buying a used power trailerboat in Australia. The new publication is available now from newsagents throughout Australia and online at [more]

Cougar Marine faces the big four oh
Bob Wonders,
UK's legendary performance boat designer/builder marks 40th anniversary. Established by Clive Curtis and James Beard in 1969, Cougar Marine these days is headed by Clive's son, the equally legendary Steve Curtis, ‘the most successful throttleman in offshore racing history'.... [more]

Glow Boat launches new concept craft
Jeni Bone,
The world's first glow in the dark boat made its official Queensland appearance at the Brisbane Tinnie and Tackle Show, March 20 – 22 2009. And now the technology is available for the industry at large.... [more]

New Abu Dhabi marque aims for 400 boats per year
Jeni Bone,
Investors in Abu Dhabi have launched a new marine company with a target of manufacturing 400 leisure boats a year despite the current economic slowdown, where active companies are cutting costs by holding or cancelling their projects and cutting manpower.... [more]

Fire on board at Pittwater
Neil Patchett,
Vessel catches fire, sinks, but no one injured. Broken Bay Water Police and Hazmat attended the blaze and brought the matter under control.... [more]

Tinnie & Tackle Show - Record attendance at the ‘Ekka'
Bob Wonders,
Tinnie and Tackle Show establishes new gate records. Jason Plant, Marine Queensland's event manager, rated the Tinnie and Tackle Show component as a ‘huge success.'... [more]

Sleek, sublime and US$22m
Jeni Bone,
Austal, the WA boat builder that specializes in aluminium craft, notably high speed ferries, military vessels and passenger catamarans and cruise ships for international markets, is also adept at super and megayachts under the Oceanfast marque.... [more]

Competition heats up in NZ Offshore
Kate Gordon,
Upsets on Wellington Harbour as NZ Rayglass Offshore titles go down to the wire. Crews are now readying their boats for the April 4 round at Whitianga, with the final two rounds scheduled for April 18 (Whangarei) and May 2 (Auckland).... [more]

Superior Marinas makes inroads in Abu Dhabi
Superior Marinas,
Superior Marinas, Australia's leading manufacturer of marinas and commercial berthing applications, is underway with its purpose built Superyacht Marina at the Abu Dhabi National Exhibition Centre (ADNEC), the site of marine-themed shows and events in one part of the Middle East that remains unaffected by global recession.... [more]

Sturrocks Boatique - North Sails nautical fashion exclusive
Media Services,
The Sturrocks Boatique located in Mosman, Sydney is proud to announce the new season's collection of highly sought after Italian nautical fashion brand North Sails. March is the month that sees the famous Sturrocks's Military Road windows transform to bring this high street fashion brand to life and is the feature brand for the month.... [more]

New SuperSport-class and Evolution teams and a new pairing in 2009
Powerboat P1 media,
Latest news from the world of Powerboat P1. SuperSport-class outfit Team Al & Al have revealed the two crews that will make up their dual assault on the production hull-based championship, 57 Centaurian Yachts crew members Pierre Colpin and Frank Hemelaer have formed a new Belgian-based Evolution-class team and Giancarlo Cangiano is teaming up for with fellow veteran racer Hannes Bohinc.... [more]

Expectations hit fever pitch as season starts at the GP of Portugal
F1 Boat media,
The 11th Annual Grand Prix of Portugal on the fourth and fifth of April marks an historic 'first' on the U.I.M. F1 World Championship for power boating Tour as over 20 drivers from 14 different countries take to the opening round of the 2009 campaign on the Arade River along the lovely Algarve South coast.... [more]

Sea Ray 43 Sundancer Recognised As 'Best Of The Year'
Simpson Marine,
Sea Ray Boats is pleased to announce that its all-new 43 Sundancer has been nominated for Motor Boating magazine's annual 'Best of the Year' list. The editors of the respected publication praise the handling, performance and accommodations of the boat, saying that it 'redefines the express cruiser concept, drawing it closer toward the yacht category'.... [more]

Launch of the Lagoon 421
Simpson Marine,
The Lagoon 421 due to be launched in May is probably the surprise this year. She was developed after a thorough study of what users of this category of cruising catamarans require, and truly represents a summary of their expectations.... [more]


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