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Water safety warning, All Marine Spares prospers, Abu Dhabi prepares

Happy Australia Day for yesterday my fellow Aussies and we extend to our international readers the salutation, opportunity to raise a glass or two and urge you to join in the spirit of the celebration! It was a national holiday for most DownUnder, and with hot summer weather, people flocked to the beaches, lakes and waterways in droves.

With a spate of drownings to ring in the New Year, swimmers, fishermen and boaties are being urged to stick to patrolled beaches, enjoy your pastime with mates and wear PFDs when out on a boat. The Australian Surf Life Saving Association, one of the world's pioneers when it comes to water safety, reports a 35% increase in rescues this season. These volunteers are stretched to the limit with tourists and visitors and have issued a set of 'Surf Safe' guidelines for everybody hitting the water - equally relevant in Australia, Abu Dhabi, Auckland or Arlington!

This week we profile an industry stalwart, supplier to the trade - All Marine Spares. Along with consistent marketing and retaining stock during the downturn, this multi-million dollar enterprise stuck with the strategy of person-to-person service. MD Leigh Francis reveals a little of why the company has survived and prospered and is now 'screaming along' in to 2010.

Of international import, Riviera's receivers announce a Deed of Company arrangement, spelling good news for current and former employees awaiting entitlements, and hinting at a buyer for the company in the not too distant future.

There's a heady mix of new products launched, boat show updates, some positive signs that people are returning to boating in the US, Australia and Europe, and a few promotions offering an interesting array of prizes.

That's all for now. Keep sending us your news, comments and suggestions.

Jeni Bone, editor

Barz Optics branches into women's range
Jeni Bone,
Burleigh Heads based optical specialist, Barz Optics has launched its website: and has also added four new ladies styles of polarised sunglasses - the Tavaura, Bora Bora, Capri and Hayman models.... [more]
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Johnson Outdoor achieves patent on Hummingbird sonar
Media Services,
The US Patent and Trademark Office has granted US Patent No. 7,652,952 to Johnson Outdoors Inc. for the Humminbird® Side Imaging® technology. The approved patent protects Humminbird's Side Imaging® sonar systems from unauthorized copying.... [more]
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Don't Miss The Boat! – Enter BoatGearDirect NOW!!
Jay Pettifer,
Entries close on Thursday!! With hundreds of entries into our T-Shirt slogan competition from not just Australia, but from around the globe, the entries are rounding up fast. This online competition is a great opportunity for someone out there to become a ‘legend' at their local yacht or fishing club.... [more]
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A Reason to Check Your Signal Flares
Out of sight, out of mind? Unfortunately for a lot of recreational boaters, that's the reality when it comes to handheld signal flares. Stored aboard in some dark corner of the boat, most boaters don't think twice about their condition until they really need them.... [more]
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Audi Victoria Week sailboat auction raises $22,100 for charity
Vanessa Dudley,
The generous donation of a high tech racing sailboat by an Australian company has raised $22,100 for the international children's charity, Variety.... [more]
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Spirit of Canada and Canadian Yachting Announce Media Partnership
Sail-World Canada Staff,
Spirit of Canada and Canadian Yachting have worked closely in the past helping to promote Derek Hatfield's ongoing passion for round the world racing while representing Canada in the 2002 Around Alone Single-handed Yacht Race, the Vendee Globe 2008 and now the 2010 Velux 5 Oceans Challenge (formerly the Around Alone).... [more]
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Abu Dhabi Yacht Show predicts record exhibitors and visitor numbers
Informa Yacht Group,
The Abu Dhabi Yacht Show (ADYS), the Middle East's first and only show exclusively for yachts over 25 meters long, will return from the 25-27 February 2010 at the Abu Dhabi National Exhibition Centre and Marina (ADNEC).... [more]
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Surf and water safety above all
Jeni Bone,
Responding to a recent spate of drownings and 35% increase in rescues and incidents on the water, SLSA has released some tips for staying water safe over summer.... [more]
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The J Class ‘Ranger' and Mothership MY ‘Vita' – for sale or charter
Titch Blachford,
Ranger has a proven racing record, having won the Maxi Yacht Rolex Cup and Antigua Classics. She is available fully race prepared or ready for luxury cruising.... [more]
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Hanse Yachts welcomes two new models for 2010
Windcraft Australia,
Hanse 375 Windcraft have taken delivery of the first new Hanse 375 to Australia. This single wheel version will be raced on Pittwater by new owners Greig and Tanya Ebeling before they cruise to Tassie in 2011.... [more]
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Indian Marine Federation reschedules Boating Days
Media Services,
The India Marine Federation (IMF) has postponed its 2010 IMF Boating Days, which were scheduled for Mumbai, 29-31 January, with the reason given as a likely change of venue.... [more]
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The story behind the Rescue Streamer
Dr. Robert Yonover,
RescueStreamer®, the brainchild of geo-chemist Dr. Robert Yonover, was borne following a frightening single-engine Cessna flight. There were many complications of a seemingly simple invention, and after 11 years of research and development, the revolutionary RescueStreamer® was introduced.... [more]
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New Commercial Team members join Volvo Ocean Race
Volvo Ocean Race,
Greg Miall (36) has joined the Volvo Ocean Race, due to start on its 11th race around the world in the autumn of 2011, as Commercial Director. Also joining the commercial team as Brand Manager is New Zealander Gavin Brown (40), formerly responsible for merchandising strategy at the America's Cup.... [more]
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Musto produces range for Kiwi contest
Tracey Porter,
Australian marine apparel brand Musto has put sporting rivalries aside to show its commitment to the New Zealand sailing fraternity. The Sydney-bsaed brand has announced plans to produce a unique licensed merchandise collection for the 2010 BMW Auckland Regatta Week (BARW) after signing an agreement to become the event's official clothing partner.... [more]
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FinScan launches Safe engine starting for gasoline powered boats
FinScan FinScan,
Marine Biometrics manufacturer , FinScan, have launched the Bio eStart SOLO, keyless fingerprint engine starting with a Safe mode to help reduce the chance of explosion during engine starting, for gasoline powered boats. The system takes advantage of electronic control over the ignition and various other systems to deliver the safest engine starting solution , with the added convenience of no keys... [more]
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Maritimo announces new Dealers in Australia and Europe
Denby Browning,
Australia's premier luxury boat builder, Maritimo, continues to expand its dealer network with the appointment of Pier 35 Boat Sales to represent the brand in Victoria and Tasmania. The company has also announced the appointment of dealers in Greece and the Netherlands.... [more]
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Win for the fishos: Garrett retreats
Media Services,
Environment Minister, Peter Garrett, said today the Government would move to introduce legislative amendments to ensure that international changes to the status of mako sharks would not affect recreational fishing activities in Australia.... [more]
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Waterbridge proves anything is possible
Jeni Bone,
Six years and 500 million Euros went in to this engineering feat a few years back - the 918m long channel-bridge over the River Elbe which joins the former East and West Germany.... [more]
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Australian fishers and boaters urged to blockade Canberra
Boating & Fishing Council of Australia,
Just one week after the 'PM Phone Meltdown' campaign, petitioning Kevin Rudd's Canberra and Brisbane offices, National Spokesperson for the Boating and Fishing Council of Australia (BFCA) Dean Logan is urging boaties and fishos to drive to the capital to blockade Parliament House if the Minister for the Environment Peter Garrett does not make key decisions this week.... [more]
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All Marine Spares: 20 years of innovation
Jeni Bone,
There have been a lot of changes over two decades, says Leigh Francis, MD at All Marine Spares, but the marine products and accessory supplier has come through tough times, recessions and the latest downturn by sticking to what they're good at.... [more]
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Gold Coast families lead boating boom
Marine Gold Coast,
Sales of family boats over the past 12 months have demonstrated that Queensland families' love of the water has been greater than the disastrous effects of the global financial crisis.... [more]
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Maritimo appoints mega-Dealer in US
Denby Browning,
Australia's premier luxury boat builder, Maritimo, has secured a major distribution agreement in the United States with the appointment of Galati Yacht Sales to represent the brand in the south-east.... [more]
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Secondhand Fishing Boats - Great New Guide To Buying A Used Boat
Jeff Webster,
Boating journalist, Jeff Webster, has released a fourth volume in his series on buying a secondhand trailerboat. The latest title is called Secondhand Fishing Boats 1990 - 2005. Available now from newsagents and online at, this new magazine opens with chapters on how to inspect a boat, engine and trailer, and concludes with reviews on 100 late model used trailerboats.... [more]
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Ningaloo Coast (WA) is nominated for World Heritage listing
Australian Federal Government,
The announcement that the nomination is being sent to the World Heritage Centre in Paris was made today in Perth by the Australian Government Minister for the Environment, Heritage and the Arts, Peter Garrett and WA Environment Minister Donna Faragher.... [more]
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Call for Papers for National Marine Conference
Ursula Bishop,
The National Marine Safety Committee is calling for abstracts from those interested in addressing the Marine Safety Conference 2010 to be held at the Burswood Entertainment Complex in Perth from 22 – 24 August this year.... [more]
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Melb Int'l Boat Show: Coast Guard to bring safety message and training
Greg Shoemark,
The Australian Volunteer Coast Guard Association will again be training and testing would-be boaties at the Melbourne International Boat & Lifestyle Festival.... [more]
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Creditors agree to Deed of Company Arrangement
At a meeting held today (Friday 22 January) in Brisbane the creditors of Riviera, Australia's largest luxury boat builder, voted in favour of a Deed of Company Arrangement (DOCA) that will see all current and former employees receive their full entitlements and a dividend paid to unsecured creditors.... [more]
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Irwin Jacobs buys back brands
Media Services,
Founder and former CEO of Genmar, Irwin Jacobs is buying back the Little Falls boat factory and is also re-acquiring the Larson, Seaswirl and FinCraft boat brands.... [more]
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Windrush 'Edge' Races to Formula 18 Nationals
Stuart Bloomfield,
The F-18 Nationals start on Saturday, but the race started several months ago for the new Windrush 'Edge' F-18 design. The first two Windrush Edges are currently racing across the country to Melbourne (from Perth) on their trailers to compete at the Formula 18 Australian Championships. Four months ago this project didn't even exist.... [more]
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When you build one of something, it needs to be perfect
ATL Composites,
Specialising in luxury yacht interiors, Marxcraft Pty Ltd, was established by Will Marx in January 2001, and has grown from a small three man operation to a current team of 18 full-time marine specialists who are focused on achieving one common goal – quality in everything they do and everything they produce.... [more]
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Industry and scientists conflict over Reef weed
Jeni Bone,
The Australian Research Council says a new report shows half of the inshore reef has been overrun by marine algae, but tourism operators have accused scientists of scaremongering to lock out boats and visitors and add more fish to the list of no-take species.... [more]
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BIA VIC farewells Robert Coco
Jeni Bone,
Robert Coco, former General Manager of the BIA VIC, is departing the organisation, to be replaced by Clyde Batty, General Manager of the Royal Brighton Yacht Club.... [more]
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Sanctuary Cove Show introduces Sea Trial opportunities
Kate Duryea,
Sanctuary Cove International Boat Show will introduce a dedicated sea trial area at the 2010 Show in May in an Australian first... [more]
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Mustang Qld celebrates the 2850 launch
Mustang Marine,
Last weekend Carl and Debbie Kellett at Mustang Marine Queensland hosted the launch of the new 2850 Sports Cruiser in appropriate fashion.... [more]
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