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Mustang receivership, NZ on the upswing, GME bumper sales year

What a week! If you haven't been suffering the deluge or high winds from the tropical conditions off the east coast, maybe you've been lucky enough to get out on the water and enjoy the last weeks of summer downunder?

This week, as well as a profile of successful Aussie electronics company GME, we bring you news of the voluntary receivership of icon brand, Mustang Marine - the second time in two years. But there's life and potential in the marque yet, says CEO Chris Heaton, and management is confident of a new partnership within weeks.

Also news,

But of most appeal, details of the Sail-World competition that will bag one lucky reader A LIFETIME OF FREE BERTHING (valued at more than AUD$300,000.)

The prize is, at maximum, a 16m berth at any of Meridien Marinas locations including Abel Point Marina at Airlie Beach, Port Douglas and the Gold Coast, for a term of up to 25 years.

The winner will be judged on the best response to the question 'In 25 words or less tell us why you deserve to a win a lifetime of free berthing, a prize worth over $300,000'. Easy!

The promotion runs until the end of the Sanctuary Cove Boat Show 2010, so get inspired.

Thanks for the feedback on the Piano Steps Fun Theory clip we ran a few weeks back! Can't wait for boating to get motivated and promote to Australians - no hard sell required.

There plenty of major launches imminent or underway, many of them coinciding with the Sanctuary Cove boat show in May, or Sydney in July. We will keep you up to date with each and every one, so pop in from time to time.

Jeni Bone, editor

GME: innovating and inspiring
Jeni Bone,
For 50 years (plus one), GME has been a family-owned, Australian operation punching well above its weight in the ultra competitive sphere of marine electronics.... [more]
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New Zealand boat building on the upswing
NZ Marine Industry,
New Zealand's largest manufacturing sector, the NZ$2.2 billion boat industry looks to be on the upturn, with figures, order books and main players showing confidence for the rest of the year and beyond.... [more]
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Plastiki sets sail
Media Services,
Adventure Ecology founder and environmentalist David de Rothschild and his intrepid crew; Jo Royle, David Thomson, Olav Heyerdahl along with National Geographic filmmaker Max Jourdan and Myoo Media's Vern Moen have set sail on the Plastiki, a unique 60ft catamaran engineered from approximately 12,500 reclaimed plastic bottles and srPET, a fully recyclable material.... [more]
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Quintrex Hornet range ideal for entry level and pro
Described as the ‘sports car of the water', the Quintrex Hornet range is a must have for serious fishos.... [more]
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A look aboard the new JP54: Below decks - the revolving interior!
Richard Gladwell,
The JP54 is based on the technology developed for high speed short handers of around 60ft in length. She is the brainchild of Jean-Pierre Dick (FRA) a renowned short handed racer, most recently of Paprec Virbac 2 and the Vendee Globe fame. Below decks she has a number of interesting features including a revolving saloon floor known as a 'satellite'.... [more]
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A look aboard the new JP54: Above decks a one sided yacht!
Richard Gladwell,
The JP54 is based on the technology developed for high speed short handers of around 60ft in length. She is the brainchild of Jean-Pierre Dick (FRA) a renowned short handed racer, most recently of Paprec Virbac 2 and the Vendee Globe fame. There are many innovative feature above deck - and a revolving galley and navigation station below.... [more]
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Boat International China to launch in September 2010
Boat International Media,
The world's leading media group serving the superyacht industry, and Edipresse Asia – the Hong Kong based publisher of Asia's finest luxury magazine portfolio including Yachtstyle and Asia Tatler - are delighted to announce they are to team up to produce Boat International China.... [more]
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Sharon Russell first female president of Marine Qld
Marine Qld,
In an industry first, Sharon Russell from Riviera Syndication has been elected as the first female President of Marine Queensland. Her election is also a first for the marine industry nationally.... [more]
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Barry Jenkins steps down as Marine Qld president
Marine Qld,
Barry Jenkins has stepped down from the position of president of peak State recreational marine industry body, Marine Queensland, making the announcement at the association's 2010 Annual General Meeting held 19 March.... [more]
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Airlie Beach, the Whitsundays and Cyclone Ului,
The Whitsundays are the winter home of sailing in Australia. Cyclone Ului crossed the Australian coastline at Airlie Beach with winds of 200km per hour. Here is some of the coverage. Including some sad sad vision of Anaconda II on the rockwall.... [more]
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Mustang Marine enters voluntary administration
Jeni Bone,
Mustang Marine has entered voluntary administration for the second time in as many years, with 50 jobs lost and all but essential work being carried out.... [more]
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Cats Pounce on the market
Despite the softness of the boat manufacturing business in Australia and internationally, PowerCat at Caboolture in Queensland has surged ahead this year.... [more]
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New PFD Standard for Australian Boaters
Australia's marine safety authorities have agreed to accept Personal Flotation Devices made to the new Australian Standard 4758 by 1 July 2010.... [more]
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Cresta Motor Yachts appoints Italian interior designer
Cresta Motor Yachts,
Cresta Motor Yachts has appointed Italian born Interior Architect Ms. Giorgia Drudi to work with Cresta clients on creating their customised interiors in each vessel.... [more]
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'Procedures website' for yachts visiting Hong Kong ticks all the boxes
Colin Dawson,
The Hong Kong Immigration Department and Hong Kong Marine Department have produced a web page for visiting yachts outlining port procedures and requirements:... [more]
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Ian Thomson prepares to circumnavigate Australia
Ian Thomson,
Ian Thomson, about to commence a solo sail to circumnavigate Australia, reports his progress on preparations for his marathon sail, and how Cyclone Ului affected the timing.... [more]
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Melbourne to Vanuatu - Vanuatu School Wish List!
John Curnow,
The second of the Ocean Racing Club of Victoria's Long Distance Offshore Sailing Seminars was held recently at the Royal Brighton Yacht Club in Melbourne. As usual, it was a truly informative session and attendees were certainly armed with plenty of questions. Naturally, this is great to see people using these free, yet completely invaluable seminars, to the best of their needs and requirements.... [more]
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$2000 appearance money for international Laser sailors competing in Oz
Trevor Griffiths,
With a well established Laser racing circuit and in the lead up to the ISAF Sailing World Championship in Perth with upcoming test events, the Australian Laser builder Performance SailCraft Australasia offer of $2000 in appearance money, will make the the appeal of trip down under even greater.... [more]
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Eight bells John Gerard Hurley - Funeral arrangements
Brendan J. Rourke,
With regret and much sadness, Members and the sailing community are advised of the passing away of our wonderful friend John Hurley this morning. John was a member with MHYC since 1970 and a staff member for over 10 years, before helping the CYCA recently.... [more]
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Joint Australian New Zealand Antarctic whale expedition returns
Commonwealth of Australia,
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.... [more]
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Southport Yacht Club has appointed a new CEO & from NOAA inf,
The Board of Southport Yacht Club has announced the appointment of a Chief Executive Officer.... [more]
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Tropical Cyclone Ului heads for Queensland coast,
At 10:00 am EST Tropical Cyclone Ului; Category 2 was estimated to be 950 kilometres east northeast of Mackay and 1100 kilometres east northeast of Townsville on Australia's north east coast and moving southwest at 13 kilometres per hour.... [more]
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Giant Two Day Sale – Offshore, Coastal & Inshore Clothing - Melbourne
Media Services,
Forbes Clothing – Gul Marine gear, Pier 35, 263-329 Lorimer Street, Port Melbourne, 9am till 5pm Saturday and Sunday 20th & 21st March 2010. There will be offshore, coastal and inshore gear as well as dingy and casual wear. Softshell jackets, PFD's, t-shirts, thermals and heaps of smocks and waterproof jackets.... [more]
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Four Firsts for Riviera at Sanctuary Cove International Boat Show
Stephen Milne,
Riviera, Australia's most awarded pleasure boat builder will spark excitement when the much-anticipated 43 Open Flybridge makes its world debut in conjunction with the inaugural Queensland display of three new models at the 22nd annual Sanctuary Cove International Boat Show in May... [more]
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Marine Qld launches Boat Club offering member benefits
Marine Qld,
Marine Queensland will launch its new Boat Club on Friday, March 19 in conjunction with the 2010 Brisbane Tinnie & Tackle Show, offering members access to discounts and benefits.... [more]
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Beacon false alarms waste time and money: dispose of them responsibly
Westpac Life Saver Rescue,
The Westpac Life Saver Rescue Helicopter and Australian Maritime Safety Authority Rescue Coordination Centre – Australia (RCC) are urging the community to dispose of their old distress beacons responsibly and not throw them in the bin or activate them to flatten the battery.... [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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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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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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World Match Racing Tour appoints Fast Track Sailing
Audrey Lakai,
World Match Racing Tour (WMRT),the world's leading professional sailing series, has announced Fast Track Sailing as their public relations agency for the 2010 Tour starting this coming April in Marseille with ‘Match Race France'. Fast Track Sailing will assist WMRT with international public relations across a number of different media sectors in order to boost overall awareness of the Tour.... [more]
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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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Two Firsts for Riviera at Auckland Boat Show
Stephen Milne,
The exciting new 5800 Sport Yacht with IPS and Riviera's new flagship model, the brilliant 70 Enclosed Flybridge made their New Zealand debut at this year's show and was among nine boats displayed by R Marine New Zealand of the award-winning Riviera range.... [more]
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Major software upgrade for Lantic Systems takes on-board entertainment
Matt Johnson,
The new software represents a complete re-engineering of the technological platform that underpins every Lantic system, and is designed to open a clear gap between Lantic and its competitors in terms of system stability, reliability and functionality. The upgrade delivers streaming Blu-ray capability, total iPod integartion and major system enhancements.... [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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Experienced Sailing Administrator to join Sail Port Stephens team
Jody O'Brien,
A familiar name and face that many big regatta regulars know well will also become part of the team at Sail Port Stephens this year when the event kicks off on the 12th of April. Rob Hampshire will be managing the Sailing Office at the regatta, working in tandem with Principal Race Officer Denis Thompson and the Corlette Point Race Management team to deliver everything on water.... [more]
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Enter online competition now!!! LAST HOURS!
Media Services,
Melbourne base online Chandlery is providing a wide range of marine industry products for online buyer. Its online competition closes today, Wednesday 17th 2010 at midnight (AEST) - Enter NOW!!... [more]
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Club Marine sponsors AIMEX function at Sydney International Boat Show
Club Marine, Australia's largest provider of recreational boating insurance, is proud to announce its sponsorship of the upcoming 2010 Australian International Marine Export Group networking function. Scheduled to coincide with the Sydney International Boat Show, the annual function is the key event within the AIMEX calendar and attracts a large number of industry stakeholders.... [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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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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