This clip was recommended to me by an advertising guru, who points out that making something fun is the best way to get people engaged, in even the most mundane activity. Extrapolating then, boating, with all its health benefits, family bonding opportunities and absolute fun should have no problems convincing people to get into it.
All that's needed now is an industry alliance, similar to Discover Boating in the US and NZ, to promote the lifestyle and leisure facets of boating. Watch this space!
This week, along with boat show news, product launches and the usual assortment of innovations – such as PlanetSolar, Plastiki and the electric “sofa boat” which launched in Abu Dhabi – we present several features including a look at China's commitment to growing the recreational boating sector, what Peter Garrett's “demotion” (a Clayton's one) means for fishing, boating and marine park expansion, opportunities for Australian and international businesses in the development of Auckland's Wynyard Quarter and the latest figures for the TetraMedia group, whose media footprint is expanding exponentially around the globe.
Keep in touch with your news and views.
Jeni Bone, editor
Online marine news continues to boom as Internet grows Brendan Maxwell, The marine news online migration continues with boaters voting with their mouses. A booming start to 2010 for the World's largest online marine news network - TetraMedia's Sail-World, Powerboat-World and MarineBusiness-World... [more] Share this story
Top Reasons to Rent or Buy A Boat Discover Boating USA, With so many opportunities for boating fun available today, there's no reason why anyone can't take advantage of the benefits that recreational boating has to offer. Fun, healthy, amazing for the mind, body and soul!... [more] Share this story
Rosehill Gardens in nautical mode BIA NSW, The thunder of thoroughbred hooves, colourful jockey's silks and the equally colourful ‘bookies' will not be seen at the famous home of the Golden Slipper over the weekend of March 6 and 7 as the course plays host to the boating industry.... [more] Share this story
Electric boat wows crowds and woos women and kids Media Services, The curiously named 'sofa boat' was a star attraction at the Abu Dhabi Yacht Show last week, ferrying visitors and VIPS alike around the superyachts, marinas, and pontoons, all under the power of an electric engine.... [more] Share this story
Wynyard Quarter looking for developers Media Services, Colliers International is working with Sea+City Projects to create a marine industry precinct in the Wynyard Quarter of Auckland Harbour, a project that is designed to 'put New Zealand into the top superyacht refit locations in the world, earning an estimated NZ$200 million a year for New Zealand and creating up to 1500 new jobs.... [more] Share this story
Mustang appoints SA dealer Mustang Marine, Australian Luxury Boat builder, Mustang Marine, has expanded its dealer network with appointing a South Australian dealer.... [more] Share this story
Next Generation Moulded Laser Foils deliver greater durability Trevor Griffiths, Some quiet changes have been happening on the Laser scene in recent times with a new range of Laser foils bring joy to sailors across the Asia-Pacific.... [more] Share this story
K6 appoints Rondar Raceboats for marketing and distribution in the UK RS Sailing, RS Racing have announced that Rondar Raceboats Ltd have now assumed responsibility for the UK marketing and distribution of the K6 keelboat.... [more] Share this story
Whyte, Just & Moore Wooden Boat Festival of Geelong 2010 Bob Appleton, Whyte, Just & Moore Wooden Boat Festival of Geelong at Royal Geelong Yacht Club during the Labour day weekend holiday of sixth and seventh of March program includes the crowd pleasing Grand Parade of boats, the classic yacht passage race from Melbourne, races in the Couta Boat State titles which includes the passage race from Portarlington, Heron class races and harbour races on Corio Bay.... [more] Share this story
New Ocean Yachts launches range into Australia and NZ Creating Demand, New Ocean Yachts (AUST) Pty Ltd, headed by Keith Hanson and Brett Flanagan, is proud to announce the launch of a new range of boats to the Australian and New Zealand markets that will position them for considerable growth and success over the coming months and years.... [more] Share this story
Abu Dhabi Yacht Show named one of global “big three” Jeni Bone, The world's biggest yacht builders have indicated that the Abu Dhabi Yacht Show (ADYS) – the Middle East's only show dedicated to super and megayachts – is the “next big thing” rising to the heights of the Monaco and Fort Lauderdale events.... [more] Share this story
Could boats of the future have a spider hair finish? Nanotechnology Now, Engineering researchers have crafted a flat surface that refuses to get wet. Water droplets skitter across it like ball bearings tossed on ice. The inspiration? Not wax. Not glass. Not even Teflon. Try a spider... [more] Share this story
Tsunami warnings for Australia's east coast Jeni Bone, Strong currents and higher than normal king tides will be reaching the eastern coast of Australia today, advises the Joint Australian Tsunami Warning Centre which added that the water conditions will affect people swimming, surfing, diving or boating, and the unforeseen dangers.... [more] Share this story
Xiamen Marine Yacht Industry Development Forum aims to open region Jeni Bone, Focusing on opening up marine development opportunities in this region of China, Xiamen Marine Yacht Industry Development Forum will be held at Wuyuan Bay Yacht Dock in Xiamen, 1-3 April 2010.... [more] Share this story
PlanetSolar poised to circumnavigate the globe Jeni Bone, On 25 February, the PlanetSolar team presented its innovative vessel to the press and public for the first time, in Kiel, Germany. Several days later, her propellers will turn for the first time as this giant solar boat prepares to tour the world, powered by the sun.... [more] Share this story
Boating & Fishing Council comments on Garrett's demotion Jeni Bone, Despite a significant demotion, Minister for the Environment, Peter Garrett will still retain marine parks as part of his reduced portfolio, much to the concern of the Boating & Fishing Council of Australia.... [more] Share this story
Steve Batton to head Maritimo Sydney team Denby Browning, Boating identity Steve Batton is planning to boost the Sydney luxury boating market after taking the reins as Dealer Principal of Maritimo Sydney.... [more] Share this story
Australian Legislative changes tabled for recreational shark fishing Australian Commonwealth Government, Environment Minister Peter Garrett today introduced a new bill into the House of Representatives to allow the continuation of recreational fishing of mako and porbeagle sharks.... [more] Share this story
Australia advances a new proposal for whale conservation Australian Commonwealth Government, The Australian Government has overnight submitted to the International Whaling Commission (IWC) a new proposal to advance Australia's strong conservation agenda in negotiations on the future of whaling.... [more] Share this story
Garrett demoted, but still overseeing natural resources Jeni Bone, Peter Garrett has been demoted following the housing insulation debacle, according to the PM, Kevin Rudd who has just announced the establishment of a new stand-alone department of climate change and energy efficiency, which will be headed by Penny Wong.... [more] Share this story
It's an Outrage! Boston Whaler goes ‘king size' Bob Wonders, Largest Boston Whaler yet built attracts plenty of interest at the Miami International Boat Show. This quite stunning vessel was powered by a triple four-stroke Mercury Verado outboard rig, giving it superb performance, topping out at a brisk 47.4 knots (54mph).... [more] Share this story
Rivieras new models excite the North American market - Miami Boat Show Stephen Milne, Australia's largest luxury pleasure boat builder, Riviera received a very positive response to its newest models at the Miami Yacht and Brokerage Show held earlier this month on Collins Avenue, Miami Beach with sales achieved across the Sport Yacht and Flybridge lines.... [more] Share this story
Has the new RS100 got what it takes to be successful Down Under? Performance Sailcraft (Australasia), Does this new single handed dinghy, developed through an interactive online process, have what it takes to be successful Down Under? Please give us your feed back!!... [more] Share this story
'True to the Sea' A Marine Photographic Exhibition Fran Burke, 'True to the Sea' is a nautical inspired photographic exhibition featuring Australia's leading marine photographer Andrea Francolini on show during March at Henri Lloyd Chatswood Chase. This rare and amazing collection of images portrays the high performance, sheer strength and determination of yachting and yachtsman alongside the glamour of a life lived by the sea. On display from 2nd March to 2... [more] Share this story
FinScan names exclusive distributor for Italy and Greece Simon Matthews, FinScan, today announced the appointment of MicroElit S.p.A as exclusive distributor of Finscan fingerprint engine starting and cabin entry range. With headquarters in Milan, and regional sales office in Rome, MicroElit is a well established stocking representative of Hi-Tech electronic devices with a dedicated marine division.... [more] Share this story
AIMEX to host the 2010 Australian Marine Export Awards AIMEX, Followed on from the success of the 2009 Australian Marine Industry Export Awards AIMEX will again be hosting and managing the 2010 Australian Marine Industry Export Awards.... [more] Share this story
Variety Splash - Setting sail for Children Renee Greaves, Variety Splash is similar in style to the infamous Variety Bash involving roads and cars but instead is about water and boats! The charity event aims to have fun on the water through social and fun filled activities whilst raising much needed funds for Variety – The Children's Charity.... [more] Share this story
Oman on the radar for Australian marine companies AIMEX, The Australian International Marine Export Group (AIMEX) has organised a post show trade visit to Oman after the 2010 Dubai International Boat Show in March. AIMEX members attending the Oman trip are Coursmaster Autopilots, HyDrive Engineering, GME, Austral Propellers, MultiPanel, Spear Green Design and Central Coast Marine Installations.... [more] Share this story
Club Marine back onboard for Brisbane Tinnie & Tackle Show Marine Qld, The Tinnie and Tackle Show will welcome back the popular Fishing Expo for the 2010 show on from March 19 to 21 at the RNA Showgrounds, Brisbane.... [more] Share this story
Maritime school to beef up industry in the Bahamas Media Services, A Maritime School is likely to be established at the College of the Bahamas (COB) before the end of the year, the Bahamas Maritime Authority's (BMA) chairman said, as it plans to open offices in Hong Kong and Greece as part of a strategy to become 'the top flag nation in the world'.... [more] Share this story
Discovery 50 catamaran at world's first dedicated multihull show Saltwater PR, UK based Discovery Yachts will showcase its recently launched Discovery 50 Cat at the Salon Atlantique du Multicoque (Atlantic Multihull Boat Show) set to take place in Lorient, France 15-18 April 2010.... [more] Share this story
Hobie to reveal world's first tribrid boat Media Services, Hobie, the name synonymous with catamarans, plans to launch the world's first tribrid in March. This is a watercraft powered by a combination of three energy sources.... [more] Share this story
China plans superyacht show on 'Chinese Riviera' Jeni Bone, A new superyacht show is planned for China in April. Organised by China Rendez-Vous (CRDV), the three-day event is scheduled to run from April 2-4 at Visun Marina in Sanya, a city in the southern Hainan province.... [more] Share this story
'Best result' for Maritimo at Miami Boat Show Denby Browning, The President of Maritimo USA, Dave Northrop, is smiling following success at the Miami boat show.... [more] Share this story
Forbes Clothing massive clearance: Pier 35 Melbourne Jeni Bone, Forbes Clothing is holding a massive clearance of 2009 stock, from Pier 35 Port Melbourne, 20 & 21 March, 9am til 5pm both days.... [more] Share this story
Korea: potential powerhouse of boating Jeni Bone, Korea is perhaps the most vital and vibrant, certainly the most highly funded boating industry in Asia. Korea's waterways are the focus of a central government intent on growing the recreational boating sector and 17 provincial governments on the same page, but competing among each other for the title of the boating epicentre.... [more] Share this story
Two boat membership programs now with twice the deals for members Sydney Boating Club, People who enjoy boating have been found to have a greater degree of satisfaction in key areas of their lives, according to a survey by Discover boating in the US. Not only are their lungs full of fresh sea air, their physical fitness and overall health were rated higher than their non-boating counterparts.... [more] Share this story
Miami – spearhead of an industry recovery? Bob Wonders, The Miami International Boat Show offers hope and confidence in the industry's future. I don't recall exactly how many times I have made it across to Miami, but certainly this year's show had stronger vibes than I experienced at my last visit in 2008.... [more] Share this story
Beirut Boat 2010 anticipates brands, crowds and sales Jeni Bone, Beirut Boat 2010 is heralding its event as a showcase of pleasure craft and related products for every budget. To be held May 19-23, 2010, at La Marina Joseph Khoury in the Beirut suburb of Dbayyeh, the sixth International Boat and Super Yacht Show will take place with a dazzling new format, further enhancing its appeal with VIPs and serious boating enthusiasts.... [more] Share this story
NMMA and BWI anounce Innovation Awards at 2010 Miami Boat Show Andy Adams, Ten marine manufacturers were honored for innovative achievement by the National Marine Manufacturers Association (NMMA) and Boating Writers International (BWI) at the 69th annual Miami International Boat Show & Strictly Sail Miami.... [more] Share this story
Dammrich down under Bob Wonders, US boating industry leader to take centre stage at 2010 Sanctuary Cove International Boat Show. Thom Dammrich is now in his 11th year as president of the NMMA and is in no doubt that the last couple of been the toughest.... [more] Share this story
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] Share this story
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] Share this story
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] Share this story
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] Share this story
New Zealand Yacht Tracking project gains momentum RPNYC Events, Royal Port Nicholson Yacht Club has developed a system to broadcast club racing on the internet. The system allows people to keep track of yachts from the club as they race around the harbour or take part in offshore races. RPNYC vice commodore Dave Roberts has been instrumental in developing the system and explains how it works.... [more] Share this story
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] Share this story
Jeanneau 2010 rendezvous Mainsheet Media, Saturday 27th March 2010 brings us the fourth annual rendezvous for NSW Jeanneau owners. The rendezvous, hosted by Performance Boating Sales, is a very popular annual event that brings yachts, owners, and crew together for a day of socialising and sailing.... [more] Share this story
Ady Gil's Bethune boarding of Shonan Maru 2 not illegal at law WcP.Observer, 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] Share this story
Variety Splash to visit Waterfront City Marina at Docklands AAP Medianet / Greg Shoemark, The 2010 Variety Splash will visit Waterfront City Marina at Docklands next week as part of its three-day rally to raise funds for Variety, the children's charity. Splash boats will begin their Port Phillip Bay rally from Waterfront City Marina on Thursday 25 February at 10:30 am, after an official blessing of the fleet... [more] Share this story
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