SCIBS 16 days to go, Marinas 2009 speakers, Sunseekers auctioned off!
The season has turned, albeit still warm and pleasant during the heat of the day up here in Queensland. But there's a distinct chill in the air, although nothing to impede boating compared to the gloomy and dismal winters of Europe and the US.
In the US, where the start of the boating season was heralded over the weekend with fanfare and celebrations, official parades and ribbon cutting, reports are streaming in of healthier than expected spring sales results at boat shows around the country, despite the drizzle, sleet and inclement conditions.
Last northern summer, boaters limited their time out on the water because the price of diesel hovered around US$5 a gallon. This year, with significant reductions in gas prices, boaties are anticipating getting out on the water more frequently, an optimism that is likely to extend to our shores, particularly when auctions, brokers and dealerships are offering extremely good prices and incentives on new and pre-owned boats.
On the weekend at Brisbane's Rivergate precinct, some of the top models in the Sunseeker range were sold off at auction for around 1/3 of their RRP. In one case, a triple-engine Superhawk 48, boasting a top speed of close to 100km/h, was practically given away, sold for just $330,000 to “Queensland's richest man”, the mining magnate Clive Palmer.
The lucky recipient, his wife, should enjoy that for Mother's Day.
I will be content with slippers or even better, some choccies!
Also up our way, preparations are frenetic for the 21st anniversary of Sanctuary Cove International Boat Show (or SCIBS as we affectionately refer to the industry's favourite show). With just 16 days to go, organisers are spending big on pre-show marketing with local and statewide media and expecting strong interest from international delegations.
Enjoy this week's serving of news, reviews and views. Hopefully something for everybody. And pop by each and every day for ‘hot off the press' stories with the immediacy that can only be delivered online from our global network of journos.
Oh and don't forget your dear mums this year! A visit, a cuppa, a chat and a cuddle are the only gifts she really wants.
Jeni Bone, Editor
SCIBS poised for 21st anniversary Jeni Bone, With just 16 days to go, the SCIBS team says the transformation of the Sanctuary Cove Village into the crucible of marine exhibition is well underway.... [more]
Superyacht refits and refurbs are bouyant Azzura Marine Media, The depreciation of the Australian dollar and tighter economic climate have sparked an increase in superyacht refit and repair enquiries in Australia, according to Azzura Marine, one of the country's top superyacht specialists.... [more]
BIA wins Victorian Coastal Award Greg Shoemark, The Boating Industry Association of Victoria (BIA) has won the Education award at the 10th Victorian Coastal Awards for Excellence.... [more]
High Modulus reports global growth Media Services, High Modulus has reported significant growth for the year ending 31 March 2009, with sales revenue up 29% compared with the previous 12 month period, exceeding budget and with notable growth across all four business divisions – Structural Engineering, Materials Supply, B3 SmartPac and Technical Services.... [more]
Manson - making anchoring safer for you Richard Gladwell, Anchors have two uses - the most frequent is to give safe holding in your favored bay or fishing spot. The other is your last line of defence when all else has failed and you have to stop your boat drifting onto nearby rocks, until help arrives. Read this if every you have to anchor a boat; check your anchoring gear against the chart, and check out the awesome video on anchoring at Cape Horn.... [more]
Brunswick Corporation big sales drop for QI 2009 Marine Business News, Brunswick Corporation reported results for the first quarter of 2009- Total sales of $734.7 million were down 45 percent versus 2008, primarily the result of marine sales that dropped by 52 percent from year-ago levels. However Brunswick's Chairman and Chief Executive Officer Dustan E. McCoy says ‘ we are becoming come increasingly confident that we are well positioned to benefit from an economic... [more]
Lewmar closes Australian office Media Services, UK marine equipment manufacturer Lewmar today announced the closure of Lewmar Australia Pty.... [more]
SailTime sets sail for Newport Australia Media Services, US fractional ownership operation, SailTime is due to stake its claim Down Under, making its debut at the Sydney International Boat Show in July.... [more]
Melbourne Boat Show Greg Shoemark, With fuel prices and interest rates at historic lows, the Boating Industry Association (BIA) of Victoria says the 2009 Melbourne Boat Show is perfectly positioned for consumers to buy a new boat or recreational gear to go with it.... [more]
Marina industries look to 'Sustainability through Innovation' Colin Bransgrove, The International Marinas 2009 Conference and Exhibition will focus on innovative marina planning and operations for the future. Marinas 2009 is being held on the Gold Coast 24 – 27 May.... [more]
2010 Pattaya boat show rumoured Thailand Marine Guide, Thailand´s marine industry has experienced a boom in recent years and based on the number of marinas around the country, and those on the drawing boards, the boom is expected to continue. Alongside new marina developments, support services, broker and charter businesses have also flourished as people chose to berth their boats in Thailand part or all year round.... [more]
Internet 101 - Hits are not people - understanding basic web stats Rob Kothe, While the internet is now 20 years old, confusion still abounds about the basic recording of visits to websites. When you are being told about the wonderful traffic a website receives, check to see if the claimant has been impressed by the hits, the page views or the unique visitors.... [more]
Why are advertisers moving to the Internet? Value for money! Brendan Maxwell, Guy Phillipson, chief executive of the IAB UK, said advertising budgets world-wide were being 'slashed' before and during the recession and advertisers wanted a 'clear return' on their money. 'Accountability is Online's trump card,' he said. And the Global Financial Crisis is accelerating the trend as value for money advertising is the only kind that companies can justify.... [more]
SailTime comes Down Under Angela Raspass, SailTime, the world's most successful fractional sailing and membership based group with over 60 bases in North America and Europe, will be officially launching in Australia at the Sydney Boat Show in July 2009 and in New Zealand at the Auckland Boat Show in March of 2010.... [more]
Pirates aiming for larger prizes, further afield Jeni Bone, Cruise ships are being advised to re-route their fleet away from the east-coast of Africa, including routes previously considered safe by maritime authorities, following the attack of liner MSC Melody last Saturday night.... [more]
Boat Asia 2009 - a very 'hot property' Guy Nowell, Sail-World Asia, Boat Asia 2009 wrapped up at Singapore's Marina at Keppel Bay yesterday after four days of visitor-melting heat and a tropical rainstorm of epic proportions. We don't have the official numbers yet, but the ‘quick-look-down-the-dock' measuring system suggests that visitor numbers might have been down a little on 2008.... [more]
Broadwater dredging to add land, not remedy silting Jeni Bone, Much is being said and written about current dredging on the Gold Coast Broadwater – part of a massive parkland project which will add nearly 4 hectares to public green space. After so many years of debate, the dredgers and their pumps are a welcome sight. But what then?... [more]
Marine industry networking lunch features Iain Murray Rob Mundle, The next Southport Yacht Club industry luncheon, to be held at the SYC's waterfront facility on Friday, May 15, will feature guest speaker, Iain Murray.... [more]
Oil from Algae as close as 10 years Media Services, It's a case of 'back to the future' for scientists researching extracting oil from algae. Petroleum that we pump from the ground today, is actually composed of ancient algae that mulched over millions of years in to the oil we use for cars and boats and planes. Now we are closer than ever to harnessing the power of living algae and replacing fossil fuels with a cost-effective, green alternative.... [more]
EPIRBs - Check your vital 15 character code Sail-World, That's the message that Cobham Life Support, ACR Products, the world's leader in safety and survival technologies, is trying to get to all beacon owners. They want all EPIRB and PLB owners to double check their 15-character identification code registration for errors.... [more]
Korea invests in marine muscle Jeni Bone/Tim Coventry, Watch out Australia, South Korea is aiming to become the regional centre for recreational boating and allied marine industries. To prove how serious it is, investment is in the multi-millions and several provinces are already at work building a network of marinas and infrastructure to cater to this anticipated boom. Report by Tim Coventry.... [more]
Free accomm and 50% airfare to attend KIBS Conference KIBS, To support and encourage the vital links between the Korean leisure marine industry and overseas industry leaders, Gyeonggi Province, owners and promoters of the Boat show and Asia Boating Industry Conference, have announced that overseas visitors to the conference can now claim 50% of a round trip economy airfare as well as the 3 free nights hotel accommodation in a conference hotel.... [more]
KIBS conference announces speakers and incentives KIBS, Coinciding with the second Korea International Boat Show in June 2009, will be the conference organizers are hailing a “must-attend” event for the marine industry.... [more]
Summit Down Under Sets the Standard Ursula Bishop NMSC, Technical experts will outline how the latest Australian and international recreational boat building standards will impact on the industry, and possibly improve business, when they address the Summit Down Under on the Gold Coast in May.... [more]
NZ marine export industry forecast to double in a decade Jeni Bone, In line with the global downturn, New Zealand's marine industry sales are predicted to flatten for the next 18 months, but hope is on the horizon, according to economic forecasters, who say the country's $717 million annual export business will double over the next 10 years.... [more]
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