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Jim Whittley remembered, Dubai success, Raymarine Hybrid review

Another week and news in marine circles includes mixed reports from the Middle East, and the official response from Abu Dhabi Yacht Show organisers, success for Australian brands and manufacturers in Dubai and plenty of marina developments that offer opportunities to international companies.

Melbourne has been chosen as the venue for the Marinas International Conference and Exhibition in 2011 - just one year away. Colin Bransgrove reveals some of the details and invites potential speakers to start preparing their submissions for consideration.

In other news, there's still time to enter the competition and you could win any one of four different prize packs, simply for filling out a survey at
Take the time to enter, as it will be well worth your while.

Finally, sad news of the passing of industry patriarch, Jim Whittley, known Australia-wide as an outstanding proponent of manufacturing and a pillar of the boating community. He will be missed, most keenly by his family and colleagues. Our thoughts are with all of you.

Jeni Bone, editor

RORC Yacht of the Year secures sponsorship
Peta Stuart-Hunt,
Puma Logic goes from strength to strength as the Malta Tourism Authority backs her for the 2010 racing season. The Malta Tourism Authority was looking to sponsor a high-profile yacht or individual in the racing arena that combined an outstanding track record with high visibility opportunities. Puma Logic and her skipper, Philippe Falle were immediately recommended, by an award-winning national n... [more]
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Industry veteran joins Maritimo Dealer network
Denby Browning,
Luxury boat builder Maritimo has further strengthened its Dealer network with the appointment of one of Australia's best-known names in leisure marine, Noel Leigh-Smith in Queensland.... [more]
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Vale Jim Whittley
Whittley Marine/Shoemark & King PR,
Australia's marine industry has lost one of its most admired pioneers, and a man always respected as a true gentleman, with the passing of Jim Whittley.... [more]
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Dubai a success for Australian exporters on show
Despite a slow start to the Dubai International Boat Show interest in the Australian Pavilion was high with all exhibitors either making sales or some excellent leads and contacts.... [more]
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Ultimate Ride Team to Jet-ski from London to Auckland
Angela Jones,
Adventurer, pilot and author, Jeremy Burfoot, is set to lead a group of New Zealanders in an attempt to break the world personal watercraft record by riding from London to Sydney to Auckland. The 32,000 km epic journey, The Ultimate Ride, sets off from London in August to boost awareness of healthy living, cancer prevention and to raise funds for cancer research.... [more]
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Enter online competition now!!! Two days left
Media Services,
Melbourne base online Chandlery is providing a wide range of marine industry products for online buyer. Its online competition closes on Wednesday 17th 2010 at midnight (AEST) - Enter NOW!!... [more]
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Five reasons boats sink in the springtime
It's a sad fact: Every spring, shortly after being launched and commissioned for the season, boats sink while safely tied up at the dock, turning what should be a good time of the year into a real mess. BoatU.S. recommends a series of checks to ensure your boat and trailer are in tip-top shape before you take to the water... [more]
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Raymarine delivers the best of both - with Hybrid Touch screens
Brendan Maxwell,
Touch screen technology is everywhere for many of us with the iPhone, soon the iPad and on laptop screens and now its moving into the marine world. On big flybridge boats there are few issues but when you want to use a sophisticated touch screen system on open decks on fishing boats or yachts, it's a real world challenge.... [more]
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Are your flares out of date? New disposal system launched in NSW
Natalie Laharnar,
Expired flares can now be placed into special containers at NSW Maritime centres where they are stored for collection and transported to the Sterihealth facility at Silverwater, Sydney. The expired flares will then be destroyed at ultra-high temperature under strict environmental conditions.... [more]
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2010 Multihull Solutions Brisbane-Gladstone: Sailing legend to compete
Kate Elkington,
Yacht racing legend Philippe Péché is set to bring widespread recognition to the 2010 Multihull Solutions Brisbane to Gladstone Multihull Yacht Race when he leads the crew of the Catana 47 Ocean Class Blue.... [more]
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Port Ghalib brings marina living to Egypt
Port Ghalib,
Port Ghalib, a US$2 billion project being developed by Kuwait-based MA Kharafi Group, was showcased at the Dubai International Boat Show.... [more]
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Queensland marinas under sustainability pressure
Marine Qld,
Queensland marina operators and developers are under sustainability pressure as a result of massive State Government agency rent rises that have no bearing to the economic performance of the industry. Adding to the pressure is uncertainty in relation to current and future wet and dry marina lease policies.... [more]
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Two more former VRA units now aboard with Marine Rescue NSW
Ken McManus,
On Saturday 13 March, former VRA volunteer marine rescue units - Terrigal on the Central Coast and Tuross on the South Coast - began their first weekend as full units of Marine Rescue NSW.... [more]
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Melbourne the Venue for Marinas 2011
The Marina Industries Association of Australia (MIAA) has chosen Melbourne as the venue for the Marinas 2011 International Conference and Exhibition. The event will be attended by key players within the domestic and international marina industries as well as investors and government agencies involved with marina tenure, operations and infrastructure.... [more]
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Southern Ocean winds open window to the deep sea
Australian and US scientists have discovered how changes in winds blowing on the Southern Ocean drive variations in the depth of the surface layer of sea water responsible for regulating exchanges of heat and carbon dioxide between the ocean and the atmosphere.... [more]
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Enter online competition now!!! Three days left
Media Services,
Melbourne base online Chandlery is providing a wide range of marine industry products for online buyer. THe online competition finishes in three days enter NOW... [more]
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Lowrance StructureScan or Where would you be if you were a fish?
Rob Kothe,
When I was just a small tacker our whole family would spend at least three months of each summer at Bermagui on the NSW South Coast. Looking back I recall my grandfathers mission was to make me think like a fish. Whether it was on Wallagoot Lake on the shores of the Bermagui River or on rocks near the Blue Pool, as I was set to cast my rod he would say ‘Where would you be if you were a fish?'... [more]
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Auckland International Boat Show opens for business
Richard Gladwell,
The Auckland International Boat Show opened for the trade today at 4.00pm. Tomorrow is the first of four days when the Boat Show opens to the public at 10.00am and closes at 6.00pm. Sail-World's camera went for a walk around part of the show today.... [more]
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Stace Hopper tragically killed in an aircraft accident
Paul Shanhan,
Stace Hopper was tragically killed in an aircraft accident at Marsden Cove yesterday (March 12, 2010), Stace was the eldest son of Leigh and Gwen Hopper. Hopper Developments Ltd is a well known family owned land development company, perhaps best known for canal housing projects at Pauanui, Whitianga and Marsden Cove (Whangarei Harbour). He was raised in Orewa and attended local schools and consequ... [more]
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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]
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Swansea Channel - good for 2010 Heaven Can Wait 24 hour charity race
HCW Media,
A sustained dredging program of the Swansea Channel over the 2009-10 summer means that boats looking to participate in the 2010 Heaven Can Wait 24 hour charity yacht race on Lake Macquarie on the October long weekend (October 2-3) should have no problems coming up the coast and getting into the lake.... [more]
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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]
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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]
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AIMEX members attend Gulf Boating Conference
A group of Australian exporters and AIMEX members attended the sixth annual Gulf Boating Conference which looked at the current and future trends in the Gulf Yachting Industry, gaining valuable insight into the Middle East markets.... [more]
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Riviera consolidates its Queensland dealer network
Stephen Milne,
Riviera, Australia's most awarded pleasure boat builder has moved to consolidate Riviera's Queensland dealer network to operate under the R Marine Queensland banner offering Riviera owners more than 49 years of combined Riviera knowledge.... [more]
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AED 72 Million Superyacht Sells on First Day of Dubai Int'l Boat Show
Jon Barber,
Companies at this year's Dubai International Boat Show are reporting good early sales, with one of the superyachts already sold on the first day of the show. The Sunseeker 38 Metre Special Edition superyacht was purchased by a buyer from the GCC on Tuesday, the first morning of the show, for AED 72 million.... [more]
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Mauri Pro Sailing – The global online chandlery from Texas
John Curnow,
These Dallas based international, online chandlers are anything but cowboys. Mauri Pro Sailing has been around since 2003 and was the brainchild of South American sailor Juan Mauri. There is a dedicated and passionate band of multi-national sailors behind the brand and online shop who can assist you find the right clothes to wear, arrange your deck gear and virtually anything in between.... [more]
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Twin town named as Volvo Ocean Race finish venue
Volvo Ocean Race media,
Following the huge success in Galway when it was the finish of the transatlantic leg of the Volvo Ocean Race 2008-09, Ireland, will again feature in the new route for 2011-12. The fleet will race from Lorient in France back to Galway on Ireland'?s west coast.... [more]
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Judges announced for 2010 Australian Marine Industry Export Awards
The Australian International Marine Export Group (AIMEX) has secured five successful marine industry and export professionals to judge the 2010 Australian Marine Industry Export Awards: John Savage, Ken Evans, Peter Ironmonger, Bob Basham and Ian Murray.... [more]
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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]
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Laser Coaching - First PSA Laser Clinic a hit
PSA Media,
The venue for the first PSA Laser Clinic was Dobroyd Acquatic Centre is based on Sydney Harbour, west of the City. Twelve keen Laser sailors signed up for a full day of coaching on Sunday 7 March and it was twelve far more knowledgeable sailors who left full of enthusiasm at the end of a fantastic day of sailing and theory.... [more]
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Buyers flock to Rosehill Trailerboat Show
Bob Wonders,
The visitors came and they came to spend at Rosehill. Attendance of more than 11,000 smashed last year's turnout by more than 900 and it was difficult, if not impossible, to find an exhibitor without a positive take on the show.... [more]
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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]
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India and emerging markets: the Truth, it's out there!
Jeni Bone,
Mike Derrett is well known in marine circles – ubiquitous you could say. He has advised the Korean government and provinces, consulted to the Middle East, various boat show organizers and currently, to an Indian organization formed of 80% of its recreational boating industry. Nobody is in a better position to shed light on the true state of emerging markets and the main players in manufacturing.... [more]
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Banking on a vibrant marine industry in New Zealand
NZ Marine,
ASB Bank's decision to locate its new headquarters in the redeveloped Wynyard Quarter is being welcomed by the New Zealand marine industry.... [more]
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Hyundai announces new 'green' marine engine
Media Services,
Hyundai Heavy Industries has announced it has produced the world's first environment-friendly marine engine that meets a new global standard on harmful emissions from ships.... [more]
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Taking the helm: Greg Fisher, CEO Club Marine
Jeni Bone,
Australia's largest pleasurecraft insurance provider, Club Marine, recently appointed Greg Fisher to the role of CEO, taking over from Mark Bradley, heading a team with Australasia-wide coverage via more than 400 insurance service centres and over 700 brokers, serving nearly 140,000 members, as well as the role of Publisher of Club Marine magazine.... [more]
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Internet first for trusted news and communcation
Jeni Bone,
We are addicted to our mobile phones, but a study from Nielsen has found that the internet has overtaken the mobile phone as the preferred medium of communication, as well as being rated first as trusted news source.... [more]
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Report finds eco-tourism could benefit from marine parks
Jeni Bone,
A new report has found there would be significant economic benefits associated with the creation of large marine sanctuaries in Western Australia's south.... [more]
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