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BIBS a success, NZ superyacht precinct is go, Korea show on track

This week we take you from Brisbane to Christmas Island, Hobsonville in NZ to Korea and most places in between.

Along with the news that the government plans to inject millions in to mooring facilities on Christmas Island – whose reputation as a refugee outpost will surely be eclipsed by one of a premier cruising destination – we profile the innovative practices at Haines Hunter, where staff are in the process of undertaking intensive training to become a leaner more productive (and happier) workplace.

My Powerboat-World colleague, Bob Wonders went to Coomera today to witness the launch of the 115ft 'Princess Iluka', an exceptional refurb/rebuild, designed by Bernie Cohen. Take a look at what $14m buys you these days in his story.

Also, the good news from Brisbane Boat Show, where sales were strong and visitor numbers too.

On the Marine Media side, another print magazine strikes trouble as the UK's Yachts & Yachting magazine publisher goes into liquidation. A management buy has enabled a phoenix to rise from the ashes.

Please enjoy this week's batch of features, news and reviews and return regularly as we update daily.

Jeni Bone, editor

Yacht & Boat Korea on track, says Barry Jenkins
Kate D Media,
The third Yacht and Boat Korea event in the leading shipbuilding province of Gyeongsangnam in South Korea is expected to attract 100+ companies from 20 countries from October 29 to November 1, 2009.... [more]
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Boating industry sailing into clearer waters
Bob Wonders,
Brisbane Boat Show reports increased attendance and 'bumper' sales. Staged at the Brisbane Convention and Exhibition Centre, Marine Queensland has reported more than 25,000 attended the show, with most of the 115 exhibitors rating sales as ‘strong.'... [more]
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Online more potent than TV
Media Services,
Two studies by US companies, Comscore and Dunnhumby show online advertising is as effective as TV advertising in building retail sales.... [more]
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Turbulent times for Yachts & Yachting
Jeni Bone,
The ongoing financial and circulation strains prevalent in the marine magazine publishing world continue, symptomatic of a global decline in the ad revenues of print mastheads.... [more]
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Cruising boom brings early gift for Christmas Island
Carnival Australia,
Australia's largest cruising company, Carnival Australia, today welcomed a decision by the Federal Government to invest $3.5 million in improving mooring facilities on Christmas Island – a move that will see the first ever cruise ship visit the island at the end of this year.... [more]
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Manson Anchors heads off all rivals in German test
Manson Anchors have won an anchoring test conducted by the prestigious German publication, Yacht Skippers magazine. In doing so the Manson Anchors beat rival products Rocna (Chinese version) and the Sarca.... [more]
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Princess Iluka takes royally to the water
Bob Wonders,
Australia's latest superyacht launched on the Gold Coast yesterday, after a $14m rebuild.... [more]
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New Aegean leads Maritimo display in Mandurah

A sparkling new A50 Aegean Enclosed Flybridge will be the centrepiece of a $5 million Maritimo display at the Mandurah Boat Show starting October 9.... [more]
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Boating industry links with campers and off-roaders
Bob Wonders,
Melbourne Leisurefest set to attract 30,000 or more. Visitors will have the opportunity to win a Quintrex 420 Dory complete with a 30hp Yamaha four-stroke outboard, in the exhibition's popular ‘Follow the Yellow Brick Road' passport competition.... [more]
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World-class superyacht facility for Hobsonville NZ
Marine NZ,
Over a decade of vision, planning and lobbying has come to fruition with the announcement that there will be a world-class marine industry hub built at Hobsonville, New Zealand.... [more]
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Haines Hunter: Working cleaner and leaner
Jeni Bone,
Not content to merely occupy some of the most technologically-advanced and enviro-friendly premises in Victoria, possibly Australia, iconic Australian boatbuilder Haines Hunter is putting its 30 staff through training in the 'Lean Operational Excellence' program, aiming to enhance all facets of its operations from the ground up.... [more]
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Archambault Alegria wins another Audi - 2009 IRC Australian Title
Rob Kothe,
Sailing his Archambault 40RC to a last race win and overall victory in the final round in the Australian IRC Championship, Audi Race Week at Hamilton Island, delivers a second luxury Audi automobile to Queensland sailor Rod Jones. Jones will claim the Perpetual Trophy designed by John Woulfe and the major prize of an Audi A6 allroad Quattro valued at AUD$115,000. The inaugural winner of the... [more]
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Gladwell's Line: ISAF to be dragged into America's Cup legal wrangle?
Richard Gladwell,
Sail-World's NZ and US Editor, Richard Gladwell looks at the legal issues likely to be put on the table of the New York Supreme Court, in the very near future by Golden Gate YC and their newly hired legal counsel, David Boies. This first part of a two part series, looks at the controversial agreement signed between the Defender and the International Sailing Federation.... [more]
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Confident air at Brisbane Boat Show
Bob Wonders,
Opening day draws upbeat audience and gives show a 'positive spin.' Without exception, the halls of the Brisbane Convention and Exhibition Centre ‘looked the part', with efficient lighting and easy, unobstructed walk-ways through the exhibits.... [more]
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Win a Laser sailing boat!! - value AUD$9,200 - NZ$11,495

What would you do with a new Laser? Some will sail them, lots in Masters, Others plan to give it to their Grandkids...but if you've not entered the competition you wont have to think about it!! Have you entered this competion yet? It closes on September 25th, so do it NOW!!!Enter_online_now!new to win a choice of a Laser 4.7, a Laser... [more]
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AMEC elects key roles and sets charter
Jeni Bone,
The Australian Marine Engine Council Inc. (AMEC) held its media launch and first official meeting on the opening day of the Brisbane Boat Show (Thursday 27 August), electing David Heyes as President, Chris Schultz, Honda Marine Manager as Vice-President, and Greg Haines Suzuki Marine GM to the position of Secretary.... [more]
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Media accreditation for Sydney 2009 World Masters Games closes soon
Mark Worwood,
Media wishing to cover the Sydney 2009 World Masters Games Opening Ceremony and visit of His Royal Highness The Crown Prince of Denmark must apply for Games media accreditation.... [more]
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Yanmar continues to lead the Diesel Engine Pack
Connexion PR Bob Carter,
Data recently published by the independent auditing group, ERG International, has confirmed the absolute dominance of the Yanmar brand in the Australian diesel engine marketplace.... [more]
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OEDA continues to support the Industry and the Environment
Following the break-away of newly formed group AMEC, remaining OEDA members held their AGM today at the Brisbane Boat Show, resulting in this release from Executive Officer, Lindsay Grenfell, on behalf of the organisation.... [more]
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Superyacht Base Brisbane appoints Peter Jenyns
Well-known identity in the south-east Queensland marine industry, Peter Jenyns comes to Superyacht Base Brisbane from Marine Queensland where he held the position of membership and business development manager.... [more]
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Australian luxury boat builder Riviera on the market
Australia's largest luxury boat builder, Riviera, has enjoyed considerable sales success in the weeks following the Sydney International Boat Show that concluded earlier this month, laying the ground for calling for expressions of interest in acquiring the company's assets.... [more]
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Boat Wakes make people Angry - And can injure
Boat U.S.,
Boat wakes, those long, frothy, V-shaped waves trailing from the stern of a powerboat as it slices through the water, have a sinister side. When other vessels encounter them, they can hurt people. They can make people angry, and they can bring the wrath of law enforcement, for good reason.... [more]
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Queensland's Meridien Marinas to redevelop Sydney's Berrys Bay
Neil Patchett,
NSW Maritime Chief Executive Steve Dunn today announced Meridien Marinas Pty Ltd as the preferred proponent to redevelop the western area of Berrys Bay into a revitalised a maritime precinct.... [more]
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Emergency VHF aerials just got better
Des Ryan,
An emergency VHF antenna is one of those spare parts on a boat that are part of every leisure boat's wardrobe, but one that every sailor hopes never to have to use. One of the world's best known manufacturers of these essential items has just made them more user friendly.... [more]
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The POD Revolution Continues. FinScan Releases Bio eStart-Trio
Carlo Khamu,
Marine Biometrics manufacturer FinScan, has released its latest fingerprint engine starting technology. With the growing popularity of Volvo Penta's IPS system and the Cummins Zeus drives, there has been a steady rise of triple and quad engine installations.With three or four engine installations requiring more keys to manage, demand for a secure keyless engine starting solution has also increased... [more]
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