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  04 Jun 2010


So, we survived the Sanctuary Cove International Boat Show and now all you people out there think we've got it easy, don't you?

No way, we're in the middle of ‘boat show season' with Melbourne (July 1-5), Adelaide (July 15-18), Sydney (July 29-August 2) and Brisbane (August 26-29). Of course, this is where you'll be kept right up to date with all that's happening at the capital city shows, just part of our service.

That's all in the future, for now we've got plenty to keep you occupied for an hour or several.

In Sydney, Premier Marine is on the ball as the Australian distributor for the US-built Regal. Dealer principal Steve Hannes is also the authorised distributor for Chris-Craft across Australia with the exception of Victoria. The dealership has some exciting new releases scheduled.

For Sydneysiders, don't forget Sunday and the Family Boats demo day on the Parramatta River and a chance to try out some of the excellent new Travellers from the Haines Marine Group.

Up in Brisbane and later, down in Victoria, that auctioneer of the boating industry, Adrian Seiffert is about to offer hard to resist bargains to buyers looking for a boat at the ‘right price'.

And how would you like to do the stock take at Sydney company All Marine Spares? Don't volunteer, this trade only supplier boasts more than 1.5 million spare parts and components in stock at any one time!

Just north of Sydney we catch up with a young man who really does enjoy a dash of speed. Tim Fenwick's the name, and a very quick boat called ‘Southern Cross' is his game.

For boaters and anglers along the far north NSW coast, NSW Maritime has issued a weather alert; it probably came too late for the people of the pretty beachside town of Lennox Head, virtually ripped apart early on Thursday morning by a tornado. But looking at the BOM radar a few minutes ago, I can see its pouring on the NSW central coast and around Sydney, althoug the weather is scheduled to clear.

To end on a pleasant note, Virginia Chadwick, a nice lady who passed away a couple of years back, will now be remembered with a reef named after her. Virginia Chadwick Reef will honour the lady who was the first female chair of the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority, a role she held for a productive eight-years.

So read on, good people (and bad people too, for that matter) absorb all the powerboat news as it happens right here on the pages of Powerboat-World.

We're here through the week, so keep in touch.

Bob Wonders

NSW Maritime issues boating safety alert – NSW coast
NSW Maritime,
NSW Maritime today issued advice to boat owners to take extra care with forecasts for adverse boating conditions from the Hunter to the Tweed.... [more]
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Galway Grand Prix of the Sea preview - Powerboat P1 Superstock
Sam Feasey,
Galway Grand Prix of the Sea preview - Powerboat P1 Superstock racing.... [more]
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Regal, Chris-Craft back on a firm footing
Bob Wonders,
Premier Marine is the leading light in Australia for two of boating's best-known brand names. Premier Marine, a boutique dealership in every sense of the word, has its headquarters on the Rose Bay Marina, in Sydney's eastern suburbs only a short drive from the city's central business district.... [more]
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Coastguard Boating Education Services: PWC Safety Module
Coastguard Boating Education .,
Coastguard Boating Education has recently launched an exciting interactive edugame targeting PWC users, challenging their skills and knowledge via an online safety module.... [more]
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Marine Auctions set to tempt buyers
Bob Wonders,
Auctioneer claims it is a buyer's market. The Rivergate auction includes a beautifully refurbished 50' Halvorsen motor yacht, powered by dual Gardner diesels and ready to cruise.... [more]
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Family Boats ‘Demo Day' 6th June,
Sydney's Family Boats, a major distributor for the Haines Marine Group, was to have hosted a demonstrator day for boating families on Sunday, May 30. However with an Extreme Weather forecast, the event was postponed to Sunday 6th June 2010. As Greg Larkings from Family Boats said this morning - a sunny day will be much more fun.... [more]
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Tim Fenwick – going places and in a hurry
Bob Wonders,
A young man showing skill beyond his years when at the wheel of a very fast boat. ‘Southern Cross' an 1800 Bullet powered by a Mercury XS 250hp racing outboard, is Tim's pride and joy, its engine cared for by top water ski racer and former powerboat ace Jason Walmsley, of Zigs Marine.... [more]
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All Marine Spares – a company most appropriately named
Bob Wonders,
More than 1.5 million spare parts and components in stock at all times. All Marine Spares has a highly experienced staff of 11, most of them either former mechanics or men with solid mechanical knowledge.... [more]
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Class 1 mourns Mauro Ravenna
UIM class 1,
The world of Class 1 is deeply saddened to learn of the tragic loss of its former promoter, Mauro Ravenna, who died yesterday in Cuba from injuries sustained in a car crash in April.... [more]
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Reef named in honour of Marine Park leader
Australian Government,
A previously unnamed reef in the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park has been officially re-named in honour of the late Virginia Chadwick AO, an inspiring and dedicated leader in marine conservation.... [more]
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Comment sought on managing recreational abalone fishing in WA
Department of Fisheries,
An important policy paper has been posted on the WA Department of Fisheries website, to seek public comment on future management of recreational roe's abalone fishing.... [more]
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Fisheries sound approach to marine protection with funds for sanctuary
Department of Fisheries WA,
The WA State Budget has flagged an annual $1.5million from 2011-12 to ensure the protection of the marine environment of Camden Sound, about 300km north east of Broome.... [more]
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Sydney's bull shark secrets on show
Steve Whan,
The secret life of Sydney's bull sharks is beginning to be unlocked, with new data revealing the movement patterns of 11 tagged sharks in Sydney Harbour, NSW Primary Industries Minister, Steve Whan, said today.... [more]
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Luxury on show at the Melbourne Boat Show
The Boating Industry Association of Victoria (BIA) is holding the world launch of the Caribbean 35 Flybridge Cruiser MK III, at the Melbourne Boat Show, Melbourne Exhibition Centre, July 1-5 2010.... [more]
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Raymarine awaits FLIR's investment in R&D
Jeni Bone,
Just a couple of weeks in to the 'definitive arrangement' with the administrator of Raymarine, US thermal imaging manufacturer, FLIR Systems Inc. is yet to make the Australasian office of Raymarine aware of its cultural stamp. But as MD of Raymarine Australia, Ben Bowley explains, the mood is optimistic and local staff anticipate a renewed emphasis on R&D, investment and innovation.... [more]
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Leading Sydney boat dealer joins New Ocean Yachts
Creating Demand,
Keith Hanson and the team from New Ocean Yachts are excited to announce a partnership with leading Sydney boat dealer, Brian Donohoe - the first NSW dealer to be appointed for the New Ocean Yachts range of luxury flybridge cruisers, sports yachts and motor yachts.... [more]
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Largest Antarctic aerial whale survey completed
Australian Antarctic Division,
Environment Protection Minister Peter Garrett and Innovation Minister Senator Kim Carr congratulated Australian researchers on the completion of the largest-ever aerial survey of whales off the Australian Antarctic coastline... [more]
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St. Petersburg - 15 years on a rock 'n' roll river!
Philippe Stiernon,
UIM F1 H2O World Championship has been cursed by many who have raced here and loved by the one's that have tamed it, but as the Championship for power boating celebrates its 30th Anniversary, 2010 earmarks the 15th year since the beginning of a great venue on one of the most challenging race circuits in the world for July 10th and 11th weekend of the eighth Grand Prix of Russia in St. Petersburg.... [more]
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Honda Australia commends government emissions impact statement
Sandman PR,
Honda Australia commends the Australian Government's Environment Protection and Heritage Council (EPHC) for releasing an impact statement to address emissions from non-road spark ignition engines and equipment.... [more]
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Ensign sails to success at Sanctuary Cove
Jeni Bone,
A few sailing brands and their dealers mentioned the 'Jessica Watson' effect over the recent Sanctuary Cove International Boat Show. Ensign Ship Brokers' marketing manager and Beneteau expert, Florian Coroller reveals why people are coming back to sailing.... [more]
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UK's Royal Yachting Association (RYA) changes tack on flares,
UK's Royal Yachting Association (RYA) changes tack on flares. In what could be a pointer for things to come world-wide in the use and carriage of flares as distress signals at sea, Britain's peaking boating organisation has revised its recommendations as it says more robust and technologically advanced alternatives have been developed.... [more]
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