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27 May 2009                              To reply to this email click here


Well, that was certainly a week to remember! I awoke this morning wondering just where I was, for I was greeted by a spectacular sunrise. Sunshine, in Queensland?

Shame it didn't emerge for the 21st Sanctuary Cove International Boat Show, which lost an entire day when organisers were unable to complete the move-in. Having attended all 21 shows to date, I must confess the weather front was definite first – never before have I experienced a boat show so affected.

Still, it was definitely the place to be for any one in the Asia Pacific region interested in boating. Mind you, while organisers were content with the attendance of some 36,000-plus, the Sanctuary Cove Show does pale into insignificance when compared to some others – for example, the Korea International Boat Show scheduled for next week will attract 10-times that many visitors.

However, there was no shortage of new product releases during the show and we'll unveil many to you in the coming weeks.

Despite being in the hands of receivers, Riviera unveiled plans to build motor yachts in Taiwan and claimed numerous boats sold during the show. Sadly, the following day, 157 workers were laid off and told not to hang about waiting for their entitlements.

Let me make a point here; Riviera last Monday laid off 157 employees; believe it, do not put any stock whatsoever in reports that have filtered through in other marine media that 455 were laid off!

Our sister site has a comprehensive boat show wrap up.

And colleague Jeni Bone, editor of the above, tells us she and a whole group of sheilas, all of whom work in the marine industry, to stage ‘serious networking gatherings'.

Struth, we've given ‘em the vote, let them have drivers' licences and now they want to take over the boating industry! Seriously tho' we boys get too wrapped in engine specs. forgetting that there will be no purchase decision at all without SWMBO's approval and that family boating is just that, so we need more feminine perspective. It's notable that marine companies who have recognised the purchasing realities are expanding their consumer base better than those who have not.

Enjoy the read and keep on stopping by,

Bob Wonders

Earthrace may take on Japanese whalers
Ryan Evans - Taranaki Daily News & Powerboat-world,
Japanese whaling ships in the southern ocean could see the amazing 78 foot biodiesel fueled trimaran Earthrace in this next whaling season. Last year she set a new world speed record, 60 days, 23 hours and 49 minutes. During that epic voyage received daily sat phone reports from Bethune and if he heads south we expect we will hear from Bethune on a regular basis again.... [more]
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Sanctuary Cove – almost a 50/50 boat show?
Bob Wonders,
The wind blew and the rain lashed, but Sanctuary Cove and the international boat show survived. For every person who thought the rain and strong winds had delivered a disastrous effect, to the show, there was another who thought it caused minimal disruption.... [more]
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More big job losses at Riviera - no entitlements being paid,
The Receivers and Managers of Riviera, Deloitte partners Chris Campbell, Vaughan Strawbridge and Richard Hughes, have today implemented the restructure of the Gold Coast - Coomera production facility, with big staff numbers going, this time without entitlements.... [more]
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Yamaha F150 Patrols the Mighty Murray River
Bob Carter,
A single Yamaha F150 four stroke outboard has been selected by NSW Maritime to power the latest patrol boat to join the fleet operating in southern NSW. The Yamaha F150 is rated as one of the lowest emission outboards available in Australia and is also one of the most popular engines in the Yamaha four stroke line up.... [more]
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New Sport Yacht launch powers sales for Riviera
Denby Browning,
Australia's largest luxury boat builder, Riviera, has reported sales across all three lines – Flybridge, Sport Yacht and Offshore Express - at the Sanctuary Cove International Boat Show last weekend.... [more]
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Korea International Boat Show is BIG
KIBS Media,
In 2008 the show received over 350,000 visitors, making it instantly one of the world's most highly attended boat shows (compare this to 112,000 for this year's London Boat Show or even 238,000 for Dusseldorf, Europe's biggest boat show). This is hardly surprising, with a local population of over 22 million living within 50 miles of the boat show site hungry for new leisure activities.... [more]
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New strategic partnership for Powerboat P1
Powerboat P1 media,
Powerboat P1 has entered into a strategic partnership with Magneti Marelli, an international subsidiary of the Fiat Group committed to the design and production of hi-tech systems and components for the automotive sector.... [more]
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Whale tagging tells previously unknown story
Australian Antarctic Division,
For the first time Australian scientists have recorded the path of humpback whales from the Australian coast to their feeding grounds near the Antarctic continent. Last October 16 whales were tagged near Eden in New South Wales and their route tracked for almost six months over an area covering around 4000 kilometres.... [more]
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The Aegean A60 enclosed – the future is now!
Bob Wonders,
Maritimo's latest creation hailed as possibly the company's best-ever. The Aegean 60 Enclosed, however, is more than simply an Aegean 60 with its ‘bridge covered; it's an entirely new vessel with an innovative internal layout making a substantial difference.... [more]
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eXtreme ribs introduced innovative carbon fibre rib at Ribex 2009
PR agency Miles,
At the Ribex 2009, the international boat show dedicated to rigid inflatable boats (Cowes, UK, May 8 until May 10) eXtreme ribs introduced the latest innovation in rib design: the eXtreme 30 - lighter, stronger, more efficient and with market leading performance. The eXtreme rib is entirely constructed of prepreg carbon fibre using state of the art Formula 1 autoclave technology.... [more]
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Azzura Marine to Build New PY-125 & PY-115
Azzura Marine Media,
Azzura Marine, Australia's premier boat builder has been appointed build partner to the new range of Performance Yachts, including the PY-115 and the flagship PY-125.... [more]
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Queensland beachgoers warned: shark control gear still a danger
The Honourable Tim Mulherin - media,
In the aftermath of wild weather that has wreaked havoc on Gold and Sunshine Coast beaches, swimmers and surfers are warned that loose shark control equipment may still pose a threat in the water.... [more]
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Iain Murray AM: of superyachts, sailing and the future of the sport
Jeni Bone,
From the time he was in trouble at school for doodling sketches of boats, Iain Murray AM, known affectionately in marine circles as “the big fella”, has been mad for yachting. At the recent Marine Industry luncheon on the Gold Coast, Murray spoke of his 40 years of sailing, achievements and dreams yet to be realised.... [more]
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Whale carcass attracting sharks off Perth metro coast
Dept of Fisheries WA,
A whale carcass, floating off Perth's metropolitan coast, has attracted at least one large shark. More shark safety information is available online at [more]
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Gold Coast water highway project on the cards
Jeni Bone,
A network of water highways that will open up the canals and rivers of the Gold Coast and allow boat owners unsurpassed access to the region's attractions, including Skilled Stadium, Surfers Paradise, Broadwater Parklands, Wavebreak, South Stradbroke and Macintosh Islands, is underway, thanks to funding commitments form the GC City Council and Queensland government.... [more]
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Riviera to manufacture new range in Taiwan
Riviera Boats,
What a difference a year makes! In May last year, the then Riviera CEO Wes Moxey stated that the company was 'not considering and would never consider manufacturing offshore'. A few days ago at Sanctuary Cove Boat Show, Australia's largest luxury boat builder, Riviera, now in receivership, announced a completely new range of massive boats which are to be built by a specialist yard in Taiwan under... [more]
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Dubai Marine Yacht Club creates new membership levels
Jeni Bone,
Building on its recent success in winning the 'Best new Asian Marina/Yacht Club' award during the Shanghai Boat Show in late April, Dubai Marina Yacht Club (DMYC) is responding to the needs of its private and commercial clients in today's new economic climate by lowering its membership rates for boats under 12m (39ft) and assisting commercial clients by offering two berths per membership.... [more]
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Images from Sanctuary Cove,
The 21st annual Sanctuary Cove International Boat Show has been dominated by the weather. Here is a selection of images from the last few days.... [more]
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Sanctuary Cove 21st Boat Show sunshine
Rob Kothe,
The weather has dominated this 21st annual event. From the gale force wind and rain on Wednesday, the opening deferral on Thursday, sunshine on Friday, a sunny and windy morning, followed by midday squalls and then mostly sunshine this Sunday morning.... [more]
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Maritime miniatures: the ideal gift or showpiece
Sophie Cross,
A perfect talking point or design feature for any space – whether home, corporate or leisure – a Classic Maritime Replica model is also a fantastic gift idea for motor and boat enthusiasts or the person who has everything!... [more]
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Three years in the making, Marine Fuel LLC, launches to unite the US$37 billion Marine Industry online, while promoting industry conversion to eco-conscious and friendly operation practices.... [more]
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NEATFish website now online
RecFish Australia,
NEATFish now online - Recfish Australia is proud to announce the live release of the interactive website NEATFish is a voluntary industry standard developed by the recreational fishing industry for the industry.... [more]
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Sanctury Cove Boat Show hits the heights in exhibitors and visitors
Kate Duryea,
The previous few days' record rainfall and threat of more storms did not deter the crowds, with the 21st Sanctuary Cove International Boat Show kicking off with 406 exhibitors and the second highest Friday visitor count in two decades.... [more]
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Coffs Harbour Marina lashed by 6m waves
Jeni Bone,
Known as a safe and sheltered harbour, Coffs Harbour marina is copping a battering in the wild weather that has swept down the east coast.... [more]
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Sanctuary Cove Boat Show ‘on song' despite delayed opening
Bob Wonders,
Opening delayed by 24-hours, but eventually the 21st Sanctuary Cove International Boat Show 'bloomed'. Confident air from exhibitors as pleasing crowds through the displays ashore and afloat.... [more]
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Nominations now open for NSW Maritime Medals
NSW Maritime,
Nominations are now open for the NSW Maritime Medals and niminations close at 5 pm on the third Friday in August.... [more]
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Wild weather doesn't dampen first day of SCIBS
Jeni Bone,
Waters are muddied around Sanctuary Cove and the Gold Coast, following record levels of rainfall. Its world famous beaches are closed thanks to record high tides. But at SCIBS today, skies were blue and the mood was buoyant.... [more]
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Government funding for new 'blue-water' marine Research Vessel
The Federal Budget has delivered $120m in funds for a new 'blue-water' marine Research Vessel to replace the Southern Surveyor.... [more]
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Eye in the sky helps detect illegal activities on the Reef
GBRMP Authority,
Aerial surveillance by Border Protection Command has been praised for its role in helping protect the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park... [more]
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Rules proposed to save the world's coral reefs
ARC Centre of Excellence for Coral Reef Studies,
An international team of scientists has proposed a set of basic rules to help save the world's imperiled coral reefs from ultimate destruction. Their proposal is being unveiled at the World Ocean Conference 2009 in Manado, Indonesia... [more]
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Sanctuary Cove 21st Boat Show opens Friday 22 May
After a blustery few days of torrential rain and gale force winds, the 21st Sanctuary Cove International Boat Show opens Friday, May 22 on Queensland's Gold Coast.... [more]
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Fisher goes for greed, ignoring pink snapper sustainability
Dept Fisheries WA,
A tip off from a concerned member of the public has led to the apprehension of a recreational fisher. Pink snapper is one of the high risk species and the daily bag limit is two per fisher.... [more]
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Mustang announces designs on Riviera
Jeni Bone,
Going ahead as planned with its official reception despite the cancellation of Day 1 at SCIBS, Mustang Marine has created a stir, announcing its interest in buying the Riviera group, currently in the hands of receivers Deloitte and Partners.... [more]
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Where do penguins go to dance?
CSIRO media services,
What is it like to sleep in an igloo? And have you ever wondered how ancient ice can be used as a time machine? Then take the journey into Polar Eyes, an interactive new children's book about Antarctica from CSIRO.... [more]
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Sanctuary Cove International Boat Show day one - Cancelled!
Jeni Bone,
For the first time in its 21 year history, the Sanctuary Cove International Boat Show has rescheduled its opening date to Friday, May 22 due to high winds and driving rains.... [more]
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Class One Spanish Grand Prix cancelled
Class One media,
IOTA has confirmed it has been forced to cancel the Spanish Grand Prix. 'Despite all our efforts and numerous attempts to maintain the running of the 2009 Class 1 Spanish Grand Prix, which was due to be held in Alicante on 7 June, we have, regrettably, been forced to cancel the race.'... [more]
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Kiwis turn up in record numbers to Hutchwilco Show
Hutchwilco New Zealand Boat Show,
Kiwi boaties have refused to let the on-going tide of negative media reporting get them down and have instead chosen to invest in their families, their lifestyle and their mental health, and setting records at the Hutchwilco NZ Boat Show.... [more]
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Sanctuary Cove International Boat Show 2009 – 40,000 plus visitors
Bob Wonders,
Weather forecast does not favour Sanctuary Cove International BOat Show. Sanctuary Cove's Marine Village offers ample shelter and I'm sure the many restaurants and bars will be well geared up to handle those taking shelter from any downpour than may occur.... [more]
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East Marine Region - Coral Sea Conservation Zone established,
Australian Environment Minister Peter Garrett today announced the establishment of the Coral Sea Conservation Zone under national environmental law, protecting the unique characteristics of the Coral Sea while an assessment process is undertaken.... [more]
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Nitro Marine awarded Mercury Marine Dealer of the Year, Back-To-Back
Michael Waugh,
Nitro Marine (34 Smith St, Southport, QLD) has taken out the top award for Australia, New Zealand and the South Pacific for 2008 and has now won the award two years running. In what has been described as a tough year in the boating industry it was a great surprise to receive the award which reflects the dedication of Nitro's staff to provide the most professional advice & service as possible.... [more]
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