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Major Events


Miami anticipates sales, cruise season boon, Howlett heads AMIF

This week, we feature Miami, host of the 69th Miami International Boat Show and Strictly Sail, 11-15 Feb. Magic Miami, deemed “America's cleanest city”, is blessed with dazzling coastline, the Everglades wetlands and a canal ideal for boating in all its forms. Miami is set to muster up with “the world's greatest boat show”, with “affordability” the theme for this year's event.

We also bring you an array of features, from Townsville Queensland's multi-million dollar investment in the marine sector, to the brilliant and often life-saving work of the superyacht fraternity via YachtAid Global, as well as the tech innovations, achievements and new faces in the industry worldwide.

There are promotions and opportunities as well as news, posted each and every day.

Please keep sending your own news and views.

Jeni Bone, editor

Miami International Boat Show aims for entry level buyers
Media Services,
The Affordability Pavilion will be the hub of the Miami International Boat Show this year. While consumers continue to watch their budgets and prioritize discretionary income, more than a 100,000 boaters and potential boat buyers will be looking for deals and financing options to purchase a boat at the 2010 Miami International Boat Show.... [more]
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Fairline Squadron 65 wins Motor Boat of the Year
Fairline UK,
Fairline Boats has been awarded the prestigious accolade of the 'Motor Boat of the Year' Award 2010 in the 'Flybridges over 50ft' category for the new Fairline Squadron 65. Hosted at a gala dinner at The Langham, London in January, winners of the Motor Boat of the Year Awards 2010 were announced to an audience of marine industry VIPs and guests.... [more]
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Sydney City Marine passes muster by Minister
Jeni Bone,
Hon. Paul McLeay MP Minister for Ports and Waterways inspected the Sydney City Marine Site and was impressed with the innovation in corporate within the yard from the remote control boat transport equipment to water recycling plant.... [more]
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FinScan launches Safe engine starting for gasoline powered boats
Marine Biometrics manufacturer, FinScan, today released its newest product , the Bio eStart Solo for single diesel or gasoline engine boats. The Bio eStart Solo was developed to bring a cost effective Fingerprint engine starting solution to boats under 28 ft.... [more]
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Youngest sets sail wired with keep-in-touch technology
Thrane & Thrane Inc,
Thrane & Thrane Inc. has sponsored daring teenager Abby Sunderland with a SAILOR 250 FleetBroadband for her personal quest to become the youngest solo, non-stop circumnavigator. Abby, 16, set sail aboard her Open 40 racing yacht from Marina del Rey, California on 23 January 2010, facing 27,500 nautical miles alone, but safe in the knowledge that her SAILOR 250 FleetBroadband will ensure she is in... [more]
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Cruising boosts Sydney's tourism industry
Ports and Waterways Minister,
February marks peak cruise season for Sydney, as the city prepares to welcome some of the world's leading passenger liners.... [more]
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Multihull Solutions major sponsor of 2010 Brisbane to Gladstone
Multihull Solutions,
Multihull racing is set to gain new support with the announcement of a new major sponsor for one of the year's biggest multihull events.... [more]
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YachtAid Global: superyachts serving communities in need
Jeni Bone,
Winner of the 2009 ISS Distinguished Crew Award, YachtAid Global founder, Captain Mark Drewelow has done more than his share of nautical miles on luxury yachts around the world. Through his business, Port Agent company, C2C, Mark uses his connections with Captains to encourage owners to 'donate' their yachts to deliver supplies and manpower to communities in need.... [more]
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Townsville marine industries enjoy $118m funding injection
Media Services,
The $118 million State Government funding package for a new Marine Precinct and recreational boating facilities for Townsville will secure hundreds of jobs in local marine industries and deliver 14 new boat ramp lanes for the recreational fishing and boating community.... [more]
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Forty percent increase in Media coverage for Extreme Sailing Series 09
OC Events,
The official media figures for the 2009 Extreme Sailing Series have been released today by OC Events and show a 40% increase in the value of media coverage versus the previous year, as measured by independent evaluation agency Havas Sponsorship Insights.... [more]
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Stuart Fahey retires - leaving big shoes to fill at Harken Australia
Greg Butchart,
After 38 years in the marine industry Stuart Fahey decided it was time to retire and enjoy some well earned leisure time. As a result of Stuart's retirement Harken is looking for a suitable candidate to fill the role as a sales representative. The position requires an energetic, self-motivated person ....... [more]
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Bavaria Cruiser 32 Open Day - 20 February 2010
Jamie Millar,
The new Bavaria Cruiser 32 will be launched in Australia on 20 February 2010 at The Quays Marina, Pittwater, NSW... [more]
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COGOW for passage planning - it's just been upgraded
Lee Bruce,
When passage planning, one needs all the help one can get to choose the right time to go, and the right winds to depart in. The good news is that the excellent Climatology of Global Ocean Winds (COGOW) website, which is of crucial assistance when planning a passage, has just been updated. Here Bruce Lee of Ocean Met, explains... [more]
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Enter the online competition now
Media Services,
Melbourne base online Chandlery is providing a wide range of marine industry products for online buyer.... [more]
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Breakthru in power catamaran design
Bob Wonders,
Australian Scott Ramsden is probably better-known as sailboat man than a powerboat man; after all, when you can win world championships in the exciting 18-foot skiff class it's fairly obvious that sailing is your go, however Ramsden has over the last decade delivered major advances in power catamarans.... [more]
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Cowes Harbour Commission completes management re-structure
Cowes Harbour Commission,
A major management re-structure of Cowes Harbour Commission (CHC), Isle of Wight UK, has been completed with the objective being to provide a more streamlined and focused management team. Appoints new Marine Services Manager, Barney Sollars... [more]
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Navico affirms continued commitment to StructureScan
Sandman PR,
Navico has re-affirmed the Lowrance LSS-1 StructureScan™ sonar imaging module – compatible with HDS multifunction displays – will continue to be sold, distributed and fully-supported worldwide.... [more]
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Howlett takes the helm at the Australian Marine Industries Federation
Shoemark & King,
The Australian Marine Industries Federation (AMIF) has elected Gordon Howlett as its new President.... [more]
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World Match Racing Tour adds $250,000 bonus prize
Yvonne Reid,
The incentive to compete in the world's premier sailing series just got bigger. A US$250,000 overall prize pool for the top nine teams with a $50,000 bonus for the outright winner of next year's World Match Racing Tour is now on offer.... [more]
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Sunreef appoints China dealer
Sunreef Yachts,
Speedo Marine with its headquarters in Shenzhen, China, has been appointed by Sunreef Yachts as its exclusive dealer for mainland China. The contract between the two companies was signed in January 2010.... [more]
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Regional Asia-Pac Superyacht Association to be formed
Superyacht Singapore Association,
On 08 January this year over 25 superyacht industry professionals met during Thailand's PIMEX boat show to discuss the possibility and need for the creation of a superyacht association for the Asia-Pacific Region. While there are a number of existing country level superyacht associations (notably Australia, Singapore and Indonesia) there is no single body promoting the region as a whole.... [more]
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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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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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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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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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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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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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