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Whittley in adminstration, Grenfell leads OEDA, signs of recovery

Another glorious week of sunshine and fresh winds on the Gold Coast, but even here in paradise, the talk is all about Hamilton Island. Why, even the major newspapers are waxing lyrical about it being the place to be seen during Audi Race Week, if you can bear to rub shoulders with the world's racing fraternity and most of Australia's winter-blighted celebrities.

TetraMedia will be there, as ever, bringing you the latest racing news and all the background you need to experience all the action from afar. Make sure to visit for updates.

In Marine Business News this week, we shed some light on the machinations and direction for OEDA, thanks to the organisation's charismatic and candid Executive Officer, Lindsay Grenfell, appointed to the role in early July. Grenfell, a 16 year veteran of the BIA VIC and many, many years in public service and liaising with governments, seems the ideal candidate for a role that will involve navigating paths to Federal Government, as well as fostering consensus within his own organisation.

Sad news, but a sign of the times, Neville Whittley has announced his company's entering Voluntary Administration, part of what he calls "the Whittley Marine Group's global restructuring process". The first creditor's meeting is to be held on Monday 17 August 2009 after which Administrators will release their full report prior to the second creditors meeting.

All enquiries from creditors and suppliers should be directed to Aaron Timoney on

Also making news, the Club Marine Perth Boat Show begins tomorrow and the Brisbane Boat Show is just 2 weeks away, both set to be bigger than ever, and if the results from SIBS are anything to go by, the market is turning and boating is back on the agenda. We also present profiles on a couple of the new launches at the Sydney International Boat Show, some international signs of a return to economic health and a new addition to the TetraMedia team, designer extraordinaire, Virgina Veal.

Have a great week and keep your comments and stories coming in.

Jeni Bone, editor

Lindsay Grenfell to oversee unity and progress of OEDA
Jeni Bone,
Lindsay Grenfell, 20-year veteran of the marine industry and former CEO of the BIA of Victoria, has taken over the role of Executive Officer of the Outboard Engines Distributors Association (OEDA.... [more]

TetraMedia adds gun designer, Virginia Veal
Jeni Bone,
With nearly two decades of design and creative experience, Virginia Veal has joined the team at TetraMedia, coming onboard as designer in charge of advertising and all graphics.... [more]

Marten Masterpiece
Azzura Marine Media,
The wait is over. Marten Yachts has launched one of the world's most anticipated performance cruisers - the stunning Marten 67.... [more]

Brisbane Boat Show countdown
Marine Qld,
The 2009 Brisbane Boat Show will open its doors Thursday 27 August, running until Sunday 30 August at the Brisbane Convention and Exhibition Centre, South Bank.... [more]

Marina berths snapped up, sign of market recovery
Sharp Communication, UK,
UK-based Genus Marine, Europe's leading berth broker, reports the first real signs of recovery with its latest figures from boating hotspots around Europe.... [more]

Free with every boat - a Bentley!
Media Services,
Now here's a way to shift stock! Give your customers a prestige car. Pearl Motor Yachts has partnered with Bentley Motor Cars to offer its clients a free Bentley with the purchase of every Pearl 60 motor yacht.... [more]

Solar-powered boats on the Horizon
Jeni Bone,
Horizon Group, Taiwan is developing a series of solar powered boats in collaboration with Thomas Meyer, CEO of Solar Water World AG, a German company that has pioneered and been honing the technology for solar powered boats for many years.... [more]

Sunreef selects Multihull Solutions, showing at Sydney Boat Show
Multihull Solutions based in Queensland, Australia, has been appointed as the dealer for Australia by Sunreef Yachts, showing for the first time at the Sydney International Boat Show last week.... [more]

Sydney City Marine celebrated Sydney Boat Show in style
Sydney City Marine,
Flanked by some of the most beautiful yachts and power boats Sydney has to offer, Australia's new world-class boat maintenance facility, Sydney City Marine, celebrated the first night of the Sydney International Boat Show with “Cocktails under the Bridge”.... [more]

Towcap - Great New Product for boat trailer
Aaron Links,
Towcap helps protect your vehicle from dents, scrapes and scratches. The Towcap functions as a trailer hitch guard, which is moulded to fit most box, boat, horse, caravan or equipment trailer hitches. Installation is quick and easy and takes less than a minute.... [more]

Whittley enters voluntary administration
Deloitte partners Sal Algeri and Tim Norman have been appointed as administrators of Australian boat building firm, Whittley Marine Group, by the Directors of the firm.... [more]

Richie Boyd appointed Design Engineering Manager at Southern Spars
Brenna Pringle,
Southern Spars is pleased to announce the appointment of Richie Boyd as Composite Rigging Design and Engineering Manager. Based at Composite Rigging's Rhode Island Office, he will oversee the day to day function of the design team as well as product development.... [more]

Maritimo flagship leads success at Sydney International Boat Show
Imprint Media,
Award-winning luxury boat builder Maritimo completed the 2009 Sydney International Boat Show with sales success across its range.... [more]

Realise your boating ambitions with the right finance solution
Harbourside Media,
When considering your next boat purchase, evaluating finance options may not high on your list of priorities, but according to Finlease, it should be.... [more]

DeckHardware Direct to the Public Warehouse Sale
DeckHardware Marine Solutions,
Importers DeckHardware are having their first Direct to the Public Sale. Featuring over stocked and discontinued lines which will be heavily discounted. Factory 5, 122-126 Old Pittwater Road, Brookvale; behind Warringah Mall. Saturday 15th August - 8.30 till 1pm.... [more]

Naval Architects and Engineers head to Rhode Island for Expo
The world's foremost gathering of professionals in naval architecture, marine engineering and marine sciences will take place October 21-23 at the Rhode Island Convention Center in Providence, Rhode Island when the Society of Naval Architects and Engineers (SNAME) hosts its 2009 Annual Meeting and Expo.... [more]

1st Superyacht Singapore Conference launched
Superyacht Singapore Media,
The Superyacht Singapore Association (SSA) has today launched its initial conference programme for the 1st Asia Superyacht Conference to be held in Singapore on October 13-14 2009. The conference, sponsored by MTU, features over 20 international speakers from 12 countries including Singapore, Thailand, Malaysia, Indonesia, Hong Kong, Taiwan, Philippines, Australia, the USA and the UK.... [more]

The superyacht crowd get that sinking feeling
Tara Loader Wilkinson, Wealth Monitor,
Superyachts are joining private jets and entering a lean period of sales and demand as the ultra-high net worth love affair with yachting is hit by the credit crunch. Laurent Perignon, director of marketing at yacht builder Camper & Nicholsons International, said: 'The overnight market collapse at the end of September 2008 triggered a change, and most probably an irreversible one, in the large-yac... [more]

Proposed deadline for emissions legislation divides industry
Jeni Bone,
The federal government's preference for emissions legislation for boat engines is imminent, and could be as close as a year away. But a division in the ranks of the major brands – split 3:3 on the subject – is one barrier to its introduction.... [more]


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