Earlier this week I was in Sydney for the Rosehill Trailerboat Show and it was an outstanding effort by all involved.
More than 50 exhibitors turned out, record crowds and plenty of boats were sold over both days, it showed there's increasing strength in the boating industry now the financial downturn seems to be behind us.
Next week, instead of the trip south to Sydney my compass will take me north to Brisbane and the 2010 Tinnie and Tackle Show; organiser, Marine Queensland was delighted to report a 30 percent increase in exhibitor numbers and that means more marine goodies for everyone to see.
We have quick preview, too, of the forthcoming Bridge to Bridge powerboat race on the Hawkesbury River, just north-west of Sydney.
This year's race celebrates the 74th running of what has been termed powerboat racing's most iconic race.
Some interesting news related to one my favourite engine marques; take a look at a sleek, compact blue water game boat out of Cairns, in far north Queensland, powered by the superb Yanmar engines.
The boat is brand new, looks the goods and with Yanmar I don't see anything to hold it back.
And how about renowned wet weather gear manufacturer Henri Lloyd?
Known worldwide for kitting out the world's best yachtsmen and women, Henri Lloyd is now supplying the right clothing for Formula 1 race team, and I don't mean Formula 1 boats, it's Formula 1 cars for Henri!
Cars and boats, clothing and boat shows, if there's any connection to powerboats this is right where you'll find what's happening.
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Peter Bethune, the Earthrace RTW record holder arrested in Japan Stuff.co.nz & Powerboat-World.com, New Zealander, Round the World Powerboat record holder and anti-whaling activist Peter Bethune has been arrested in Japan after being held on the whaling vessel he boarded last month. The Sea Shepherd Conservation Society member has been charged with trespassing after boarding the Shonan Maru 2 - the ship which collided with the Ady Gil in the Southern Ocean.... [more] Share this story
Queensland's Tinnie and Tackle Show - March 19-21 a must visit show Bob Wonders, More than 200 exhibitors comprising marine dealers and four-wheel drive specialists to converge on 'the Ekka.' According to Marine Queensland's Jason Plant, this year's show has attracted an exhibitor list 30 percent up on last year.... [more] Share this story
Dual Yanmar 4BY2's Power Breakthrough Compact Game Boat Connexion PR -, Every now and then a designer backs his hunch and steps outside the accepted design parameters to build and market a fresh design. Chris Headley is one such man who has invested in a breathtaking new concept.... [more] Share this story
Powerboat classic set to bring the Hawkesbury River alight Bob Wonders, Sydney's iconic powerboat race set to roar for the 74th time. Staged along the winding, 112 kilometre course on the Hawkesbury River, in Sydney's north-west, the race attracts some of the fastest boats in Australia.... [more] Share this story
Henri Lloyd to provide official technical clothing to F1 team colin burgess, Fresh from their successful partnership with Brawn GP, winners of the 2009 Formula One Constructors' and Drivers' Championships, Henri Lloyd have now applied their knowledge and experience to develop team clothing for the team in its new guise as Mercedes GP Petronas... [more] Share this story
Top five reasons why boaters need a tow - and the rise of the battery Sail-World Cruising, BoatU.S., the Boat Owners' Associatioin of the United States, keep a great count of what they do. The result is statistics which tell a story that probably applies to the rest of the boating world. This time it's about why boaters - yachts and powerboats, need a tow. As many yachts cannot reach their mooring or dock without the help of their engine, yachts are well included in these numbers... [more] Share this story
Worldwide boat exchange club launches at Dubai International Boat Show Saltwater PR, The world launch of the world's first global online boat exchange club, a concept pioneered by BVC International, has introduced a unique concept in boat exchange at the Dubai International Boat Show.... [more] Share this story
Powerboat P1 buzz on UIM awards Powerboat P1, Powerboat P1 Chairman, Asif Rangoonwala, attended the prestigious Union Internationale Motonautique (UIM) Awards ceremony on Saturday, to help celebrate the feats of the world championship's top powerboat racing pilots in 2009.... [more] Share this story
Sharks and Rays needs 'car wash' too JCU, Sharks and manta rays gather in large numbers at special spots on the Great Barrier Reef and Osprey Reef for a regular 'clean, wax and polish'. Three researchers reported that occupancy of the cleaning station by rays on some occasions would last up to several hours and cleaning would be almost a continuous process during this time.... [more] Share this story
NSW Fishers for Fish Habitat Forum – registrations now open NSW Dept Primary Industries, Recreational anglers from across NSW and further a field will be converging on Lake Macquarie on 4-5 June for the 2010 Fishers for Fish Habitat Forum. The forum is free for recreational fishers and is a component of the angler driven Fishers for Fish Habitat project.... [more] Share this story
New navigation buoys and lights being installed on Lake Mulwala Natalie Laharnar, Safety on Lake Mulwala is being improved with the installation of state-of-the-art navigation buoys and lights. The safety improvements totalling $180,000 are the biggest ever single investment in navigational upgrades in the Murray area... [more] Share this story
Haines Hunter head-hunts Tasmania's finest Sandman PR, Haines Hunter has appointed Deegan Marine as Tasmania's exclusive dealer for its award-winning range of fibreglass fishing/pleasure boats. Based in Ulverstone, the family-owned and operated Deegan Marine has been meeting the demands of Tasmania's boating community for nearly 40 years – winning numerous awards for excellence in the process.... [more] Share this story
Rosehill Trailerboat Show attracts genuine boating enthusiasts Bob Wonders, They came and they came to spend money at Rosehill Trailerboat Show. More than 50 exhibitors were on hand, with impressive displays comprising boats, marine engines, electronics, fishing tackle, water ski and scuba equipment, canoes and kayaks and general boating accessories.... [more] Share this story
Make your mark with Lowrance Sandman PR, Lowrance's new Mark series of single- and dual-frequency fishfinders brings the brand's legendary sonar performance within reach of everyone from kayak enthusiasts to trailerboat anglers.... [more] Share this story
Raymarine's 'touch of genius' launches amid acclaim Raymarine, With a wealth of positive feedback from product previews around the world, Raymarine's E Series Widescreen with HybridTouch™ has officially been launched to the Australian market... [more] Share this story
UIM honour Scott Curtis (GBR) in Monaco for Formula 4 Championship Polygon Marketing, Britain's only current powerboat world champion, Scott Curtis, 26, from Norwich was honoured by the world's governing body, the Union Internationale Motonautique (UIM), during a star-studded awards ceremony in Monaco at the weekend.... [more] Share this story
NSW Maritime launches Navigation 2.0 a new online boating safety guide Natalie Laharnar, NSW Maritime has stepped up its ongoing campaign for safer waterways, today launching a new web-based resource to help improve boaters' understanding of water-traffic rules... [more] Share this story
2010 Powerboat P1 World Championship to launch in Yalta, Ukraine Powerboat P1, The 2010 Powerboat P1 World Championship will launch in Yalta, Ukraine in early May, replacing Croatia as the first event of the upcoming season... [more] Share this story
WA recreational fishers reminded about new licence requirements Dept Fisheries WA, Fisheries Minister Norman Moore has reminded recreational fishers they will need a new type of licence if they fish from a powered vessel anywhere in Western Australia from March 2nd 2010.... [more] Share this story
World class protection boosts Australia's Great Barrier Reef ARC Centre of Excellence for Coral Reef Studies, Australia's Great Barrier Reef (GBR) is showing an extraordinary range of benefits from the network of protected marine reserves introduced there five years ago, according to a comprehensive new study published in the Proceedings of the US National Academy of Sciences.... [more] Share this story
Marit Strømøy to race in Class 1 Powerboat Brazilian Grand Prix Class 1, Norway's Marit Strømøy will become the first woman to race in the Class 1 World Powerboat Championship for over a decade when she makes her debut at the Brazilian Grand Prix in Rio de Janeiro, 26-28 March. Born in Sandefjord, Norway and now living in Oslo, thirty-three-year-old Strømøy made her racing debut in 1989 at the age of twelve.... [more] Share this story
Superior Jetties Completes Stage 11 of Major Project in the Seychelles Jason Blewitt, Australia's Gold Coast based Superior Jetties, an international manufacturer of marine berthing systems, has recently completed Stage 11 of the world class marine precinct project on Eden Island in the Indian Ocean island group, The Seychelles.... [more] Share this story
Craig Bailey's brilliant return to racing Bob Wonders, Incredible consistency sets Craig Bailey apart. Craig Bailey, arguably one of the best tunnel boat drivers in Australasia has certainly shown that, winning both heats at the St.George Motor Boat Club to claim his 11th Arch Spooner Gold Cup.... [more] Share this story
Rosehill Trailer Boat Show this weekend, 6-7 March, 2010 Natalie Laharnar, The Rosehill Trailer Boat Show is in Sydney this weekend giving newcomers the chance to get involved in recreational boating. NSW Maritime staff will be at show to provide boating safety information and advice.... [more] Share this story
There's a new breed on the horizon and it's coming our way Bob Wonders, As impressive a range of vessels as I've ever seen and they hail from Turkey. The Turkish company builds its vessels in three shipyards, its headquarters in Istanbul, and two yards in Antalya, about 500 miles south of the company HQ.... [more] Share this story
UIM F1 World Championship: Qatar team signs on Andy Elliott Philippe Stiernon, British racer Andy Elliott will join Qatar's former World Champion Jay Price in F1 Team Qatar's line-up for the 2010 UIM F1 World Championship campaign, which starts in Portugal on May 8th-9th.... [more] Share this story
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