The brilliant BR24, Riviera 'business as usual', Marinas of tomorrow
Last Friday I spent an enjoyable interlude on the Broadwater. The part that isn't silted up.
I was among the first media to sample the incredible Navico Broadband Radar known as BR24. The product of many years of R&D and with no competitor in its realm, it has launched itself into the recreational boating market to universal applause and forecasts of huge market success.
What grabbed me the most, as we tootled around Runaway Bay, past the Sovereign Islands and beyond, was the incredible ease of use. No knobs or calibrations, just touchscreen simplicity. This is egalitarian radar which can only make boating more enjoyable and accessible for everybody.
Did I mention that it's also good for your health? Emissions are significantly less than a mobile phone. Now that's something we can all relate to.
For a preview pre-SCIBS, take a look at the full story complete with YouTube vision taken at the Miami International Boat Show in February.
This week is also remarkable for the demise of Riviera in its current form. Receivers, Deloitte moved in on Friday and workers faced an anxious few days awaiting details of the company's immediate future. Deloitte has since issued a statement, claiming 'business as usual' and listing somewhat truncated answers to some FAQ about Riviera - warranties, boat shows, employee benefits etc.
Watch this space for more on the fortunes and misfortune of Australia's best known boat builder.
There's plenty of new products, business news and views this week, and in the lead up to SCIBS, heaps of activity up here on the Gold Coast – including industry announcements, forums, networking lunches, breakfasts and the Marinas 2009 Conference, Sunday 24 to Wednesday 27 May.
It's not too late to book your tickets to spend a few days in the sun and savour 'the show where the business does business', this year celebrating its 21st anniversary.
Keep in touch! We appreciate all your comments.
Jeni Bone, Editor
Riviera Receivers Claim 'business as usual' Deloitte, From behind the wall of silence at the Coomera, Gold Coast precinct of Riviera, this epistle was sent to marine media this morning. No interviews will be forthcoming, the receivers advised, so management and Deloitte representatives can attend to the job at hand - salvaging a company.... [more] Onsend this story
Navico Broadband radar opens new markets Jeni Bone & Rob Kothe, Hailed as a 'paradigm shift' and the most revolutionary advance in radar since 1940, Navico's BR24 Broadband radar has lived up to the hype and expectations.... [more] Onsend this story
Raymarine's inexplicable share surge Media Services, In the UK, Raymarine's shares took a sudden upward surge last week, sparking a rash of various rumours around the industry, mostly fueled by internet chatter and bloggers.... [more] Onsend this story
Asia Boating Industry Conference at KIBS 2009 KOTRA, Speakers have been announced for the Asia Boating Industry Conference, 4-5 June to coincide with the Korea International Boat Show 3-7 June at Jeongok Marina, South Korea.... [more] Onsend this story
NZ Marine Industry Conference proves its worth NZ Marine, Representatives of the New Zealand marine industry recently gathered in Queenstown to discuss ways of better promoting their businesses.... [more] Onsend this story
METS launches updated site and changes for 2009 METS, The Marine Equipment Trade Show (METS) has launched a totally restyled website for both METS and the SuperYacht Pavilion. At the same time, the SuperYacht Pavilion is to get a Repair & Refit feature.... [more] Onsend this story
AMSA urging correct disposal of MHz beacons Craig Heydon, The Australian Maritime Safety Authority is urging all owners of 121.5 MHz beacons to dispose of them correctly and ensure that they register their 406 MHz beacons... [more] Onsend this story
Riviera restructuring to take many weeks Jeni Bone, Riviera workers have heard the news from the Receivers, who addressed employees about the future of the luxury Gold Coast boat builder.... [more] Onsend this story
Azzura Marine relocates Head Office Azzura Marine Media, Azzura Marine's Head Office to the Spit at Middle Harbour, Sydney. In line with the group's strategic plan, the move will allow the group to strengthen its position within our niche markets and enhance our ancillary marine services.... [more] Onsend this story
GME commemorates 50 Years Media Services, 2009 is a significant milestone for Standard Communications Pty Ltd, as Australia's largest and most successful communication electronics manufacturer celebrates its Jubilee Birthday.... [more] Onsend this story
Marinas of the Future will be Different MIAA, Changing technology, environmental pressures and increasing consumer demands will be some of the big drivers to impact on marinas into the future. These and other factors will be discussed in depth at the International Marinas 2009 Conference and Exhibition being held on the Gold Coast 24 – 27 May.... [more] Onsend this story
North South Yachting, SailCorp, Finlease –Yacht Ownership Open Evening Jamie Millar, North South Yachting, SailCorp Yacht Charters and Finlease are teaming up to host an open evening on the many options for yacht ownership in Sydney Harbour at the SailCorp charter base in Lavender Bay, North Sydney.... [more] Onsend this story
Judges selected for inaugural AIMEX Awards Jeni Bone, The Australian International Marine Export Group (AIMEX) has secured 5 successful marine industry professionals to judge the 2009 Australian Marine Industry Export Awards - John Savage, Graeme Avers, Ian Murray, Leigh Wilmott and Barry Jenkins.... [more] Onsend this story
New antifoul discovery - 100% effective AND green Nancy Knudsen, A spectacular new study has shown there to be a natural fungus that, when added to hull paint, may completely solve the barnacle problem on the hulls of boats in the future.... [more] Onsend this story
Receivers appointed to luxury boat builder Riviera Karina Randall, Deloitte partners Chris Campbell, Vaughan Strawbridge and Richard Hughes, have been appointed as Receivers and Managers of Australian luxury boat builder, Riviera.... [more] Onsend this story
Increased draft capability at New Zealand Yachts slipway Damon Jones, New Zealand Yachts has increased draft to 4.5 meters to accomodate deeper draft yachts with high point loading on the keels.... [more] Onsend this story
Distributors wanted: Boats need balls for better berthing BW Media, Distributors wanted for Sail-World Cruising's product of the week: Whether you are berthing at a floating dock or not, this product of the week will allow you to walk away from your boat with confidence, knowing TideMinders will prevent chafing in choppy seas or cope with the local tides.... [more] Onsend this story
Garmin profits plummet Media Services, Decreased consumer discretionary spending in the face of the flagging economy caused Garmin Ltd. to report 67 percent lower first-quarter earnings, and revenue fell 34 percent compared with the same period last year.... [more] Onsend this story
Bavaria Yachts launch the new Cruiser 55 at Palma Boat Show Jamie Millar, The new Bavaria Cruiser 55 was launched at the recent Palma International Boat Show. This newest sailing yacht from Bavaria, created in close cooperation with Farr Yacht Design and BMW Group DesignworksUSA, a subsidiary of the BMW Group, has been available for test sailing in Palma de Mallorca this week where dealers and international sailing press have been getting to know Bavaria's new flagship.... [more] Onsend this story
Bahrain Boat Show beats expectations Knotika Holding, The inaugural Bahrain Boat Show has been declared a hit, welcoming over 10,000 visitors to the 5 day event.... [more] Onsend this story
Totally Tidal Energy Jeni Bone, One home-grown company has managed to harness the power of the waves, generating record amounts of power and opening up avenues of clean, green energy that are attracting interest from around the world.... [more] Onsend this story
New Marten 49 to debut at SCIBS Azzura Marine Media, The internationally acclaimed Marten 49 will make its Queensland debut at the 2009 Sanctuary Cove International Boat Show, May 21-24.... [more] Onsend this story
Sunseeker auction results – more to come! Jeni Bone, It was a busy day last Saturday 2 May, with five of the six demonstrator Sunseekers up for auction at Brisbane's Rivergate complex going home with ecstatic new owners.... [more] Onsend this story
2009 Earls Court Boat Show cancelled BW Media, In what appears just another indicator of the state of the economy in Britain, the 2009 Sail, Power & Watersports Show (formerly the Earls Court London Boat Show) which normally takes place in November each year, has been cancelled, with the next show now scheduled for 2010.... [more] Onsend this story
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