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Editorial, February 20, 2010.

Good morning, good afternoon or good evening, all depending on what part of the world you're in as you receive this week's Powerboat-World.

Miami International Boat Show pavilons 2010 crowds  Tom McAfee

My world has not yet come back together – I plead guilty to a quantity of the dreaded jet lag following my return from Florida and the Miami International Boat Show.

Believe me, todays and next week's Powerboat-World will be worth visiting as I attempt to bring to readers all the glitz and glamour that is traditionally the Miami exhibition.

New products, new boats and some interviews with several industry leaders will be among the items coming your way (as soon as I get my act together!).

Meanwhile, we present plenty of racing news from Class 1 and from the Australian Offshore Superboat Championships which has just released its calendar for the 2010 season.

For boaters on the picturesque far northern New South Wales coast, good news in the form of new waterfront facilities at Nambucca Heads and Macksville.

And way down south, in Victoria's delightful Gippsland region, anglers will no doubt appreciate and make full use of some new fishing platforms installed along the banks of the Tarwin River.

New electronics from Simrad and Lowrance, the New Zealand Offshore championships resumed this weekend, while I'll be sneaking in to catch up with the latest in personal watercraft at a major exhibition here on the Queensland Gold Coast.

Never rains, but it pours; we just keep on doing our best to bring you all the news worth knowing in the wonderful world of powerboats.

Enjoy the read and make sure you catch the full Miami update in just a few days from now.

Bob Wonders

Doosan and Rayglass lead NZ offshore powerboat series
Kate Gordon,
Racing in some of the most pleasant conditions seen in Gulf Harbour, north of Auckland, for several seasons, a strong field contested the third round of the 2010 Rayglass NZ Offshore Powerboat Championship today (20 February). Line honours in a relatively straightforward 100-mile race went to Sam Fillmore and Cary Gleeson in Doosan.... [more]
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Mercury announces improved acceleration with new Bravo Three Props
Andy Adams,
Mercury Marine has announced the release of new versions of the 20, 21 and 22.5 pitch front propellers in Mercury's Bravo Three propeller lineup. These new propellers provide improved performance, including a significant reduction in time to plane. The three-blade rear propeller continues in production unchanged.... [more]
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Campion commits to Ashland's Envirez® and sells First-ever 'Bio-boat'
Andy Adams,
At the Toronto international Boat Show in January 2010, Campion Marine Inc., Canada's largest fiberglass boat builder, broke the news that the company will become the first boat builder in the world to manufacture all of its boats with Envirez®, a renewably sourced bio-derived resin from Ashland Performance Materials. This is one of the most emphatically 'green' moves the marine industry has made... [more]
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New Four-stroke Outboards introduced by Honda and Suzuki
Andy Adams,
At the 2010 Miami International Boat Show, both Honda and Suzuki introduced new four-stroke outboard models. US National Sales and Marketing manager Alan Simmons took the podium in the Honda display to announce their new 115-hp engine, the BF 115. It will be available this North American summer.... [more]
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Diesel - Electric- Solar - Mercury Marine's Hybrid Concept Vessel
Andy Adams,
Dressed in eye-catching graphics, Mercury's Hybrid Concept Vessel was a Miami International Boat Show highlight -- but a quiet one. Equipped with both Cummins QSC 550, 550-hp diesel engines and Zeus pod drives plus efficient electric engines, solar panels, full SmartCraft controls including joystick docking, Mercury's Hybrid Concept Vessel glided out of its berth like it was drifting in the wind... [more]
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2010 Ports of the World - out now
Sail-World Cruising,
As a cruising sailor, you'll already know the importance of accurate, up-to-date information. But if you are going further afield than your local cruising ground, a well-found yacht library is a great boon. For instance, cruising and marina guides are one thing, but do you know where to find key contact details for the world's commercial port facilities and services?... [more]
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'Quadzilla' debuts at Miami Int. Boat Show - Mercury's New 1300 V8
Andy Adams,
Mercury Marine president Mark Schwabero and racing guru Fred Kiekhaefer held a press conference at the 2010 Miami International Boat Show to introduce what Fred calls 'Quadzilla'. This is a new engine from Mercury Racing and it is a totally custom block with a Formula One-style cross-tied crankshaft to handle huge power. The engine is called the Mercury 1300 in honor of the 1300 hp it produces.... [more]
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Ady Gil's Bethune boarding of Shonan Maru 2 not illegal at law
The whalers decried the boarding as illegal. However, Donald Rothwell, a professor of international and maritime law at the Australian National University, said Bethune's boarding was not illegal under international law unless he planned to do harm to the crew or imperil the safety of the Shonan Maru 2. Merely making a demand or presenting a letter and a bill did not constitute terrorism or piracy... [more]
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Victorian licence fees at work for the Tarwin River
Vic Department of Primary Industries,
Recreational anglers can now enjoy improved access to a popular fishing destination in Gippsland, Victoria, thanks to the installation of three fishing platforms along the Tarwin River.... [more]
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WHOI Team finds subtropical waters flushing through Greenland fjord
Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution (WHOI),
Waters from warmer latitudes — or subtropical waters — are reaching Greenland's glaciers, driving melting and likely triggering an acceleration of ice loss, reports a team of researchers led by Fiamma Straneo, a physical oceanographer from the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution (WHOI)... [more]
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Class 1 - Montavoci and Cirilli re-establish their racing alliance
Class 1 Powerboat,
Giampaolo Montavoci and Domenico Cirilli have re-established their racing alliance and confirmed that they will run a two-boat team in this year's UIM-WPPA Class 1 World Powerboat Championship.... [more]
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Australian Offshore Superboat calendar confirmed
Bob Wonders,
Sydney misses out on a Superboat round for 2010, but remains a strong chance to host an even in 2011. The six rounds of the 2010 championships will begin at Newcastle over the weekend of April 10 and 11.... [more]
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Enter the e-MarineWorld.com.au online competition now
Media Services,
Melbourne base online Chandlery e-MarineWorld.com.au is providing a wide range of marine industry products for online buyer.... [more]
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Hauraki Gulf Moorings
Basil Orr,
Most moorings have been cleared from Woody Bay, the final one is being appealed in the Environment Court. Now application for two more at ARC for Waikopou Bay near Man o War Bay at the bottom end of Waiheke... [more]
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Nambucca Heads and Macksville upgrades officially opened
NSW Government Media,
The Country Labor Parliamentary Group today officially opened new and upgraded boating facilities in Nambucca Heads and Macksville. Convenor Christine Robertson said a new floating jetty at North Macksville and a new pontoon at Nambucca Heads were given a funding boost of more than $53,000 from the NSW Government under the Better Boating Program.... [more]
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Maritimo flagship M73 conquers the world
Denby Browning,
Australia's premier luxury boat builder, Maritimo, has announced the first overseas sales of the company's new flagship M73 Motoryacht. The M73 Motoryacht bound for the US is already being built at Maritimo's Hope Harbour facility on the Gold Coast and the Singapore order was confirmed this week following a sea trial off the Gold Coast.... [more]
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Club Marine Mandurah Boat Show prospectus available
Mandurah Boat Show,
The prospectus for the Club Marine Mandurah Boat Show has been launched, and the West Australian boating industry is getting set for the biggest show ever, October 8-10 2010, Mandurah Ocean Marina.... [more]
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Sanctuary Cove International Boat Show launches
Jeni Bone,
The charismatic boating supremo, Barry Jenkins launched the 2010 Sanctuary Cove International Boat Show to the media, sponsors and industry today at a waterfront event at the luxury residential precinct, outlining the additions, innovations and exhibitors making an appearance at this year's show.... [more]
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New Phoenix 8 TV/Pantera Racing Team could be a contender
Powerboat P1,
If preparation is key to a successful racing venture, then the new Phoenix 8 TV/Pantera Racing Team could be a contender in the 2010 Powerboat P1 World Championship SuperSport Class.... [more]
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Asia Yacht Services merges with Northrop and Johnson
Hong Kong's Asia Yacht Services have teamed up with Northrop and Johnson to form Northrop and Johnson Asia Ltd, the first global yacht brokerage in the Asia-Pacific region.... [more]
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Wooden Boat Festival of Geelong will be quite an eye-opener
Bob Appleton,
What an eye-opener there'll be at Geelong's display of well-loved wooden boats on the sixth, & seventh, March 2010! Tall ships, small ships, sail boats, motor boats, steam boats, sail craft, paddle craft, old winners, many grinners! History galore in boats that were built in 1873, 1897 and the early 1900's. Plus recently built boats, in the styles of days gone by and with the skills to match.... [more]
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World debut for Clipper 48 at Sanctuary Cove Boat Show
Denby Browning,
The new Cordova 48 semi-displacement motor yacht will headline Clipper Motor Yachts' expanded on-water display at the Sanctuary Cove International Boat Show this year.... [more]
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Complete control with new Simrad NSE software
Sandman PR,
Simrad has introduced a host of innovative software enhancements for its groundbreaking NSE system. Building on the Simrad NSE's combination of best-in-class radar, chartplotter and sonar technology, the new NSE 2.0 software puts users in complete control of a range of integrated functions, making it possible to control and monitor almost every system on the boat through a single interface.... [more]
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Lowrance's elite class
Sandman PR,
Lowrance's new Elite series of colour fishfinders and GPS chartplotters delivers a new standard of feature-rich, high-performance, easy-to-use electronics at a very affordable price. Comprising three models, the Elite series has been designed with a 12.7cm (5'), 480x480-pixel SolarMAX™ 256-colour display with best-in-class brightness for superior viewing of chart detail and sonar graphs.... [more]
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Challenging Gulf Harbour course awaits Rayglass NZ offshore powerboats
Kate Gordon,
A race course offshore from the Gulf Harbour marina in Whangaparaoa, north of Auckland, awaits competitors in the popular Rayglass NZ Offshore Powerboat Championship on Saturday 20 February. Depending on the wind direction and tide, the Gulf Harbour course is traditionally challenging.... [more]
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Marine Industry Seminars and trade event for Rosehill Gardens Show
The Boating Industry Association of NSW has gathered a number of industry experts to share their advice and guidance on topics of vital importance to the recreational marine industry.... [more]
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Queens Wharf cruise and ‘party central' future
Media Services,
The much-debated cruise ship terminal at Auckland's Queens Wharf is the subject of two reports, each championing the opposite view point in terms of budget and size of such a project.... [more]
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Record traffic for Sail-World.com
Brendan Maxwell - TetraMedia,
The largest sailing news network in the world, TetraMedia's Sail-World.com has just had is biggest traffic week in its decade long history.... [more]
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First Twin Yanmar ZT350 Drives fitted to Aussie Boat
Bob Carter,
The first pair of Yanmar's new ZT350 diesel sterndrives have been installed to an Australian built boat, the luxury Sea Quest 3600 Sports Bridge. According to John Young of Sea Quest the new model Yanmar ZT350 and Sea Quest 3600 are an ideal match. 'At Sea Quest we strive to deliver the most modern and intelligent technology in the engine room for our Sea Quest customers,' John said.... [more]
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Salthouse Boatbuilders prospering: clarification
Salthouse Boatbuilders Ltd,
Salthouse Boatbuilders Ltd, based in Greenhithe Auckland, have a long and established business history dating back 53 years. With the latest news that Salthouse Marine Ltd have gone into receivership, it is important to clarify the fact that these two companies are in no way affiliated or financially connected to each other.... [more]
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2010 U.I.M. F1 H2O World Championship drivers gear up
Steve Michael Reporting,
The 2010 U.I.M. F1 H2O World Championship is heating up and is now less than 90 days away. Sami Selio of Finland has been spending his usual working schedule in Northern Italy at the race shops of master boat builder and friend Massimo Roggiero. Also busy during the winter season on the boat show circuit is German driver Fabian Kalsow. Norway's Marit Stromoy continues her busy off-season.... [more]
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Southern 80 skier dies after collision
A 41- year old Melbourne water skier has died after he crashed during the Southern 80 water skiing competition on the Murray River on the New South Wales-Victorian border. An Ambulance Victoria spokesman said paramedics were called to the Southern 80 water ski race on the Murray River, between Torrumbarry and Echuca, about 4pm (AEDT) Saturday after two skiers had collided.... [more]
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Whitianga Festival of Speed: We're going boat racing – you're invited
New Zealands biggest boat racing event is continuing to gather momentum.. The Whitianga Festival of Speed will take place again on April 10 & 11, 2010 at Whitianga on New Zealand's Coromandel Peninsula.... [more]
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Fountaine Pajot catamarans first choice for America's Cup
Multihull Solutions,
Fountaine Pajot catamarans have again been chosen as official vessels for the America's Cup, proving their reputation for speed, comfort, offshore performance and minimal wake.... [more]
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Weymouth and Portland National Sailing Academy short listed for award
Cailah Leask,
The Weymouth and Portland National Sailing Academy (WPNSA) has been shortlisted for a prestigious 2010 Sport Industry Award.... [more]
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Kiwiprops - an innovative new propeller for sailing yachts
Kiwiprop media,
The Kiwiprop™ is a unique cost effective feathering propeller that eliminates gears, aligns the blades with the streamlines, not the shaft; minimises corrosion potential from the lightweight composite blades and offers users easy variable pitch adjustment... [more]
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