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Sweltering temps bring out buyers, Discover Boating NZ, SIBEX recap

Another week of record temps around Australia (sorry SA for omission last week). As I write this, it's hitting 39C and ain't it unbearable. Better to be out on the seaway where it's 10 degrees cooler.

Summer DownUnder, and there's no better time to get in to boating, and in NZ, the launch of Discover Boating has raised the profile of recreational boating among a people already switched on to its joys.

'Kiwis are a boating people,' says Bob Tait, Chairman of the program and long-time boating proponent. 'It's not a hard sell.' Interestingly, the model the Kiwis have chosen is vastly different from that of the US and Australia – the NZ Marine Industry Association has footed the bill in anticipation of its members joining the program as they witness its success.

Read all about it, and many more compelling business stories from the world marine scene, including preliminary reports from METS and SIBEX, success and observations from Fort Lauderdale, new prestige brokerage display for Sanctuary Cove 2010 and a changing of the guard in the Ports & Waterways portfolio in the NSW government. Bye Joe!

Keep sending us your news, no matter where you are in the world.

Jeni Bone, editor

Discover Boating NZ focuses on try before you buy in
Jeni Bone,
Launched in the first week of November, the New Zealand “Discover Boating” program will reach its public with a newspaper campaign in the Sunday Star Times, a user-friendly and entertaining website, including ‘boating babe', and an entirely different financial model from those use in the US and Australia.... [more]
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Jacobs resigns as head of Genmar
Media Services,
Irwin Jacobs has stepped down as CEO, chairman of the board and as a director of Genmar Holdings to avoid a potential conflict of interest as he pursues a purchase of the company.... [more]
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MultiPanel builds on success of '08 DAME award nomination
The whirlwind that is METS is upon us once again. It has been an enormously successful 12 months for the MultiPanel team, going from strength to strength after receiving significant attention as a 2008 finalist in the innovative product category.... [more]
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Optimism – good for business, good for long life
Jeni Bone,
The last thing we all need right now is another doom-and-gloom headline. So try this mantra as an antidote: 'Good times are coming'. Experts believe saying it with enough enthusiasm may just prolong your life.... [more]
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SIBEX – China (Shenzhen) International Boat Show 2009
Guy Nowell, Sail-World Asia,
This was the 3rd edition of SIBEX, this time with Grand Pavois Organisation (GPO – La Rochelle, France) along as 'strategic partners'. The declared aim is to make SIBEX the 'reference boat show for China and the region'. That means they are competing with CIBS Shanghai, Boat Asia (Singapore), Phuket (PIMEX) and two shows in Hong Kong – the Gold Coast and Marina Cove.... [more]
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Whale Watching vessel chooses Volvo Penta
VolPower NZ,
Whale Watch Kaikoura has just taken delivery of there latest addition to their fleet “Wawahia” - the 18m Nic de Waal designed, Q-West built foil catamaran, running the latest Volvo Penta D16-750 hp engines through Hamilton Jets and controlled with Hamilton's “Blue Arrow” system.... [more]
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Austal opens $88m facility in the US
Austal has officially opened its new state-of-the-art Modular Manufacturing Facility (MMF), equipping its US shipyard with the ability to build up to three 100 metre-plus vessels each year.... [more]
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NZ Boating Industry Training Organisation launches training guide
Mike Rose PR,
The New Zealand Boating Industry Training Organisation (BITO) has released a handy new guide for employers involved in training apprentices.... [more]
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Joe Tripodi sacked as Minister for Ports and Waterways (and the rest)
Media Services,
New South Wales Premier, Nathan Rees has sacked two of his most controversial ministers in an attempt to gain a lift for his Labor government in the polls.... [more]
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Riviera celebrates successful Fort Lauderdale showing
Riviera Boats,
It was another successful boat show for Australia's largest luxury boat builder, Riviera, posting sales of a number of models across the brand's extensive range.... [more]
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Superyachts hot for 'South Pacific' following Ft Lauderdale show
Jeni Bone,
Fort Lauderdale's 50th anniversary event may have been a quieter affair this year, with visitor numbers down almost 30% and cancellations from exhibitors right up until the final week prior the show, but according to SYBA, the superyacht sector was extremely active and Australia was well and truly in the spotlight.... [more]
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Marine and Safety Tasmania boating safety demonstration day Fri Nov 27
Peter Hopkins and Sail-World,
Marine and Safety Tasmania are holding a boating safety demonstration day on Franklin Wharf, Hobart, just near where the fleet tie up after the Rolex Sydney to Hobart Race on Friday 27th November at 1200 hours... [more]
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Marsden Cove expands and offers a free Runabout with new sections
Colin Preston,
Large crowds visited the Northland Boat Show at Marsden Cove Marina last weekend entertained by live music, helicopter rides and sea trialing boats. Exhibitors reported good sales and keen interest in the boats and gear at the third free entry boat show to be held at Marsden Cove. There are more events coming to the popular and expanding resort... [more]
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Yamaha more prominent in Sydney - Fleet Marine Appointed
Bob Carter,
With 15 years of success in the marine industry operating a marine electrical and mechanical servicing business, Fleet Marine has taken a new direction to establish retail premises at d'Albora Marinas, The Spit, Mosman. And to make the new business even more appealing, Fleet Marine has been appointed as a fully authorised Yamaha Outboards dealer.... [more]
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North South Yachting Open Day
Jamie Millar,
Sydney's North South Yachting is holding an Open Day at Quays Marina on Saturday November 14. Showcasing a range of new Bavaria Yachts, quality brokerage listings and syndicate shares, this is an opportunity to view a large selection of boats, encompassing a wide variety of ownership options, in a friendly and informative environment.... [more]
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Sanctuary Cove Boat Show adds prestige brokerage display
Kate D Media,
Sanctuary Cove International Boat Show has introduced a new component for the 2010 Show - a Prestige Brokerage Display to showcase vessels of 15m or longer.... [more]
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Sail-World Canada announces Managing Editor
Sail-World Canada,
Elizabeth A Kerr, President of Kerrwil Publications Limited, publishers of Boating Industry Canada, Canadian Yachting, Trailer Boating Canada and most recently, Sail-World Canada announced Guy Perrin as its Managing Editor for Sail-World Canada. Canadian Yachting was working quietly with Guy behind the scene to launch a Canadian racing e-newsletter when the opportunity with arose... [more]
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Regional News from Sail-World on Twitter
Brendan Maxwell,, the largest online marine news network in the world is now delivering regional news on Twitter. Publisher Rob Kothe said today ‘Now sailors can get an exciting mix of Sail-World local news and major international news via local Twitter feeds, rather than getting more sailing news than they can possible handle via a one size fits all world news channel.'... [more]
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Breaking News - Geoff 'Megga' Bascombe has died at sea
John Curnow,
Breaking News - Geoff 'Megga' Bascome has died at sea doing a yacht delivery off Borneo. The Australian Sailing community has lost possibly its most colourful character.... [more]
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Ultimate 270 – A unique, affordable cruiser that is easy to sail
Harbourside Media,
The lines are familiar but the fitout and finish are from the current era, and of a different class. The Ultimate 270 is based on a Northshore 27 but that is where the resemblance ends.... [more]
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Aussie celebrates bumper start to the season
Jeni Bone,
Melbourne is sweltering in record temperatures in the high 30s, which according to Scott O'Hare from Aussie Boat Sales, 'is bringing the buyers out of the woodwork'.... [more]
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