Been working hard to get this newsletter out today, Telstra has not been cooperating, so sorry its so late in the day.
This week we have some interesting profile stories on a range of diverse marine businesses, as well as news from boat shows, new products and interesting research from the US and Europe.
There is a major marine industry announcement scheduled for tomorrow morning in Auckland, Richard Gladwell will be covering that for us - now do the Spock salute and you might not be far from the subject.
Please keep in touch with your own observations and opinions.
Have a Happy Easter and eat chocolate knowing it's a life-extender. (so too is red wine but Rabbits don't bring it.)
Jeni Bone, editor
Cash back on BR24 Broadband Radar Sandman PR, Retail customers who purchase a Simrad or Lowrance BR24 Broadband Radar from April through July will receive $400 cash back! Designed for use with Simrad NX / NSE Series multifunction displays, Glass Bridge integrated helm stations and Lowrance High-Definition System (HDS), the BR24 is the world's first recreational marine Frequency Modulated Continuous Wave (FMCW) radome.... [more] Share this story
Sydney Yachts moving forward Sydney Yachts, Sydney Yachts is now operating under its own brand following the closure of Azzura Marine's Nowra facility, with a new team comprising several familiar faces.... [more] Share this story
Burke Marine: new range, strong sales Jeni Bone, Burke Marine, the exclusive distributor of the Henri Lloyd range, has introduced a new range of lightweight warm wear options and poised to celebrate 40 years in the business, reveals how a blend of quality at a good price helped them prosper during the GFC.... [more] Share this story
Barz Optics celebrate sales success Jeni Bone, Barz Optics reports it most successful Auckland International Boat show and Brisbane Tinnie & Tackle Show in Brisbane ever, with sales exceeding forecasts and very positive response to new models.... [more] Share this story
Riviera's R Marine Sydney welcomes seasoned broker to the Team Stephen Milne, Riviera's R Marine Sydney will strengthen its brokerage operations following the appointment of new sales executive, Andrew Bettini. Andrew brings a wealth of knowledge to the company, coupled with more than 10 years experience working on Sydney Harbour, seven years as a boat broker and experience in running a successful marine detailing and management business.... [more] Share this story
Henri Lloyd introduces the Flare Half Zip Burke Marine, Henri Lloyd's technical clothing range introduces a new range of lightweight warm wear options in the Knitted Insulation category. One of these is the Henri Lloyd Flare ½ Zip, a light weight, high performance insulation without the weight or bulk of traditional fleece style jackets... [more] Share this story
Tropical North Queensland open for business Jeni Bone, Cyclone Ului devastated the Whitsunday region last week, leaving in his wake millions of dollars in damage and businesses that will find it tough to recover in time for the Easter break, and the lucrative winter season. But it's hoped a campaign in southern states will assuage the fears of tourists and show them that despite the damage, it's still 'beautiful one day, perfect the next'.... [more] Share this story
Riggtech – Build it -Rig it -Sail it John Curnow, It's impossible to talk about Riggtech without first looking at its founder, Phill Bate. As Phill, himself explains, 'I've been at it since I was a kid. Dad and I built boats, rigged them and then sailed them. I was always sailing, but it was at this time that I got very interested in the rigging. It was a great grounding for understanding loads....... [more] Share this story
Swan tests the water in India Jeni Bone, Ferragamo may be among the myriad of luxury brands making a splash in affluent and avaricious circles in India, but a new product line from the Italian fashion group is about to launch in India, luxury yachts under the brand Swan.... [more] Share this story
Adelaide to host massive boat and adventure show Premier Productions, For the first time in Adelaide, outdoor adventurers can experience all the excitement of a 4WD and Adventure show and the glory of a world-class Boat and Fishing Show in one massive event, 15-17 October at Adelaide Showground.... [more] Share this story
Strong interest in new RS100 - book in for a test sail Performance Sailcraft (Australasia), It certainly appears this new single handed dinghy, developed through an interactive online process, has what it takes to be successful Down Under. Please give us your feedback and book in for a test sail!... [more] Share this story
NZ Government announces funding for Volvo Ocean Race stopover beehive.govt.nz and Sail-World.com, The New Zealand Government seems to have finally realised that there is a bidding, or rather stopover announcement process underway for the 2011/12 Volvo Ocean Race. Eight venues have already been announced in the nine leg race. Today the NZ Government announced that it was kicking in with NZD1.5million (UKP750,000) for a stopover in Auckland.... [more] Share this story
Sauter Carbon Offset Design introduces first ultra green Superyacht Richard Sauter, Formula Zero, a Solar Hybrid Superyacht that‘s faster, more spacious, more ergonomic and far greener than any Power Sailing Superyacht to date. A Revolutionary Carbon Offset Design that harnesses sun, wind and wave energy to reduce GHG emissions by 75 to 100%.... [more] Share this story
Vale Garry John Schipper John Curnow, Garry John Schipper passed away in the early hours of Wednesday, March 24, 2010 after a three-year battle with cancer. Our condolences go out to his wife Jan, sons Clint and Justin, along with his entire extended family. The big man of sea safety had a huge sailing career around Australia since his late teens.... [more] Share this story
Better Boating Grant upgrades Picnic Point, The Entrance Natalie Laharnar, Ports and Waterways Minister Paul McLeay and Member for The Entrance, Grant McBride, today inspected the newly finished Picnic Point Boat Ramp. Mr McLeay said the NSW Government had given Wyong Shire Council $175,000 in funding towards major upgrades to the boat ramp and boating facilities at Picnic Point, The Entrance.... [more] Share this story
Are your flares out of date? NSW Maritime, Distress signalling flares can help save lives in an emergency but are only as good as their use-by date. Minister for Ports and Waterways, Paul McLeay and Member for Wyong, David Harris, today visited Norah Head's popular coastal boat ramp to raise awareness to the issue of out-of-date flares. Flares are classed as explosives and expire after three years then they need to be disposed of properly... [more] Share this story
Melbourne Boat Show promises big year ahead BIA VIC, Strong early bookings for the 50th Annual Melbourne Boat Show promise a booming year for recreational boating in Victoria.... [more] Share this story
Hong Kong launches yachting web page Media Services, To meet the demand for the rising number of yachts visiting Hong Kong, the city has launched an informative web page.... [more] Share this story
Whitianga Festival of Speed to continue despite tragedy Paul Shanahan, The Whitianga Festival of Speed is on track to be the biggest thrill seeking weekend on the New Zealand events calendar, despite the tragic death of Stace Hopper, scion of the Festival's major sponsor, Hopper Developments Limited.... [more] Share this story
Whitianga Festival of Speed: Big Boat race - Two for McGill?? Paul Shanahan, Was Bruce McGill a one show wonder or will he be able to uphold Riviera's reputation and repeat the 2009 Whitianga Festival of Speed big boat race win? The word around the docks is that he is quietly shivering in his sea boots, knowing the competition may have got his measure this time.... [more] Share this story
Maritimo set to stun with eye-opening 440 IPS Offshore Convertible Denby Browning, Australian boat-building legend Bill Barry-Cotter is set to stun the luxury boating market again with the release of his revolutionary new Offshore Convertible – complete with internal staircase, an enclosed flybridge and a three-cabin layout.... [more] Share this story
Tinnie and Tackle Show attracts record attendance Bob Wonders, Exhibitor numbers up 30 percent, attendance up 12 percent, Marine Queensland must be laughing all the way to the bank. Marine Queensland has every right to be pleased with the result; final attendance was 35,537 compared to the previous highest figure, last year's 31,644.... [more] Share this story
Sanctuary Cove Show 2010- an enticing selection for boating buyers Kate Duryea, In the two-month lead up to the 2010 Sanctuary Cove International Boat Show in May, event organisers believe the marine sector is showing boosted confidence in the economy. 'We have close to 340 confirmed exhibitors with further bookings coming in daily,' said Sanctuary Cove International Boat Show general manager Barry Jenkins.... [more] Share this story
Andrew Short Marine reveals expansion plans Bob Wonders, Kylie Short takes command of late husband's prominent marine dealership. Following Andrew Short's tragic loss in November last year, when his yacht stuck a rocky island off the NSW coast, many industry observers had been questioning the company's future.... [more] Share this story
2010 Brisbane Tinnie and Tackle Show wrap up Marine Qld, With more exhibitors, more new release products and more tackle brands on display than ever before the 2010 Brisbane Tinnie and Tackle Show exceeded expectations with over 35,000 visitors streaming through the gates of the RNA Showgrounds on the weekend.... [more] Share this story
Pirates run amok in Port Hacking Bob Wonders, Andrew Short Marine rewards its loyal Sea Ray customers. Those taking part were gifted the opportunity to win $5000.00 worth of prizes supplied by various sponsors, including Club Marine, Toyota, Mercury Marine, GE Finance, Smartwave Polyboats, of New Zealand and, of course, Sea Ray.... [more] Share this story
World Champion Sailor adds pedigree to top Sydney brokerage John Curnow, Pedigree is something that the Sydney Yachting Centre certainly has in abundance. They have specialised in new and used boat brokerage for more than 30 years and they combine their relaxing location with an industry leading professionalism.... [more] Share this story
Musto - official clothing supplier for SIBS 2010 Tracey Porter, Marine apparel brand Musto is set to introduce a new audience to its corporate offering after being named official clothing supplier to the Sydney International Boat Show (SIBS).... [more] Share this story
Princess appoints Australian and NZ dealer Creating Demand, The UK's leading luxury big boat manufacturer Princess Yachts, has confirmed its commitment to the Australian and New Zealand marketplaces with the confirmation of a new factory backed distributor for the region. Marine industry stalwart, Alan Paterson will head Princess Yachts Australia, and he and his team of highly skilled professional sales, service and support staff will provide the sales and... [more] Share this story
Internet Images 101 for Events, Sponsors and Event Photographers Brendan Maxwell - TetraMedia, Sailing is one of those sports which is much more followed on the Internet, than in magazines, newspapers or on television. It is therefore vital that marine events and marine industry professionals pay careful attention to the needs of Internet consumers.... [more] Share this story
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] Share this story
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