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Editorial March 18, 2010.

Well, there's a touch of sadness in the air today, as we report o the passing of one of the Australian boating industry's true gentlemen, Jim Whittley.

Founder of Melbourne-based Whittley Marine Industries, Jim was very much 'old school', a real salt of the earth boat builder the like of which we don't see much anymore. To his sons, Neville and Steven and their respective families, we extend our respect and sympathy.

Life, of course, goes on and this week we can bring what we think is an interesting mix of news from all quarters.

For starters, how'd you like to win a $300,000 prize? Thought so, well, I'm not going to tell you, read on and all will be revealed.

Like to do your boating with a bit of speed? Take a look at Phenomenon, a massive US-built speedboat in which the son of a late offshore racing legend aims to beat the existing world speed record for its class.

Good news, too, from Honda Marine, which is poised to release a range of new generation outboard engines that will please customers and dealers.

While on Honda, I had a chat through the week with Michael Fox, proprietor of Currumbin Marine, the Queensland Gold Coast's only authorised Honda dealer.

Colleague Jeni Bone gives an insight into the NSW Parliamentary Inquiry into recreational fishing; I don't know about you, but it worries me when politicians start paying attention to our recreational past times.

Plenty more to keep you interested.

Tomorrow I'll be heading north up the Pacific Highway to the Tinnie and Tackle Show, so call in next week for a full report on that exhibition which has proven very successful over recent years.

Enjoy your Easter break; hopefully the Bunny will drop by.

Bob Wonders

The Latest Powerboat-World competition - Prize value over AUD$300,000,
Since 2000 we've been running online competitions. These have been very popular, with our audience. Boater have won everything from charter holidays, to offshore wet weather gear, inshore jackets and this year we broke new ground with our Win a Laser competition. Now we have a very different prize from those in our previous competitions.... [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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Phenomenon is phenomenal
Bob Wonders,
Monster 'speedboat' aiming for world speed record. Phenomenon is constructed of high-tech fibreglass composites and boasts four Lycoming turbine engines developing a combined 12,000 horsepower!... [more]
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It's all happening at Honda Marine
Bob Wonders,
Honda's new outboard engines will have its competitors taking a very keen interest. This new generation of large displacement, V-6 EFI engines has been refined to deliver more torque, superior fuel efficiency, incorporate NMEA 2000 compatibility (engine-to-electronics data communication) and other advantages.... [more]
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Australian Formula Powerboats bound for Geelong
Bob Wonders,
Hot competition for points in round three as the super quick tunnel boats clash in Victoria. Queensland Gold Coast-based driver Damien McKenzie (McKenzie Racing) is the current Formula 1 point score leader after showing consistent form for a win (at Taree) and a second (at Grafton).... [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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Send your opinions: Parliamentary Inquiry into Recreational Fishing
Jeni Bone,
Boating industry proponents and keen fishos alike are urged to submit opinions to the NSW Parliament Inquiry into Recreational Fishing. But hurry, as the deadline is Friday 19 March 2010.... [more]
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Australian Antarctic Whale Expedition returns
Australian Antarctic Division,
The world's largest, non-lethal whale research expedition has returned from Antarctic waters with a range of new information that will help inform future marine mammal conservation. Expedition science leader, the Australian Antarctic Division's Dr Nick Gales, who heads the Australian Marine Mammal Centre, said a great deal of data was collected during the voyage.... [more]
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Australia's Antarctic gateway to host 2012 Treaty meeting
Australian Antarctic Division,
The Minister for Environment Protection, Heritage and the Arts and the Minister for Foreign Affairs has announced that Hobart will host the 35th Antarctic Treaty Consultative Meeting (ATCM) in 2012.... [more]
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Marine Rescue Chief commends NSW new disposal system of old flares
Ken McManus,
'With this initiative the NSW Government has provided a really constructive solution to a problem that has affected the boating community for years,' said Acting Commissioner Glenn Finniss of Marine Rescue NSW.... [more]
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Class 1: Marit Stromoy invited to join Welmax Offshore Racing
Class 1 F1 H20,
UIM F1 H2O World Championship driver Marit Stromoy has been invited to join Welmax Offshore Racing two boat team and compete in the opening round of the 2010 UIM Class 1 event on the 26th thru the 28th of March in Rio de Janeiro for the Grand Prix of Brazil.... [more]
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Victorian Recreational fishing reefs luring snapper and other species
Dept Primary Industries Victoria,
The new recreational fishing reefs being trialled on the eastern side of Port Phillip Bay have been rapidly colonised by snapper and other fish species over the warmer months and are offering new opportunities for anglers.... [more]
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Currumbin Marine fights back, with help from Honda
Bob Wonders,
The Queensland Gold Coast's only Honda dealership can see light at the end of the proverbial tunnel. Currumbin Marine, at the southern end of the Gold Coast, only a few kilometres north of the NSW-Queensland border, is the only authorised Honda dealer on the so-called tourist strip.... [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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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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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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E-Marineworld has a Limited Offer on ACR ResQmate 406 EPIRB
Robin Reiger,
The ACR ResQmate is smaller, lighter, tougher, high tech beacon is readily installed onto vessels of all sizes and types, making it easy for you to meet the Australian Maritime Safety Authority (AMSA) requirements. Was $756 now for a limited time at E-Marineworld the ResQmate is available for $379... [more]
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Pioneering Deep-Sea Robot lost at sea
Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution,
pioneering deep-sea exploration robot—one of the first successful submersible vehicles that was both unmanned and untethered to surface ships—was lost at sea Friday, March 5, on a research expedition off the coast of Chile. The vehicle was designed, built and operated by scientists and engineers at the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution (WHOI).... [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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Prestige 60 wins 2010 European Powerboat of the Year
Mainsheet Media,
The Prestige brand has marked its entry into the world of large yachts by winning the 2010 European Powerboat of the year award in the category of powerboats over 50 feet.... [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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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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Powerboat P1 embracing cutting edge technology
Powerboat P1,
Powerboat P1 Management has today announced the launch of its highly anticipated torque sensor project. The cutting edge technology, already successfully used in Formula 1 motor racing, is being used for the first time in a powerboat racing competition.... [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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Peter Bethune, the Earthrace RTW record holder arrested in Japan &,
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]
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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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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]
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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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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]
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