Net trumps traditional media, Zhik's global view, FLIBS, METS and more

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 09 Nov 2010

Net trumps traditional media, Zhik's global view, FLIBS, METS and more

This week we have more indication that while there is no boom on the horizon, the gloom and doom have been dispelled and 'the market' is back to spending its discretionary. News from Ft Lauderdale International Boat Show is of surprising sales, optimism and new customers expressing interest in the boating lifestyle - and not just luxury!

We have more on FLIBS, a preview of METS, plenty of new products, a great interview with Brent Vaughan from Aussie multihull brand Seawind about the recent purchase of Corsair and how it will impact both brands, and the revelation of 'ridiculously ambitious' plans from Brian Connolly, CEO of Zhik sailing gear.

The NMMA recently commissioned a survey of what seals the deal with customers looking to buy boats and the results show: the experience at the dealership, research from reports online and hands-on trials and tactile encounters at boat shows are the top three. Can't disagree with that.

In this Internet world, recent survey found that more than 90% of car buyers have used the Internet to research potential products and understandably, automotive magazines are losing traction very rapidly. Boat dealers are reporting similar findings.

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Jeni Bone, editor

Zhik conquers global markets with hands-on hard work
Jeni Bone,
Brian Connolly, CEO of Zhik – makers of premium quality, dry-gear for sailing – describes the company as similar in culture and ethos to a 'high-tech start-up company'. 'That's my background. We really have an innovation focus and global perspective.'... [more]
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Seawind buys Corsair and bolsters global network
Jeni Bone,
Perhaps the biggest news in the marine industry in terms of mergers and acquisitions, Seawind Catamarans has bought Corsair Marine, forging a multihull behemoth on all continents and raise the profile of both brands. In this exclusive interview, Sales & Marketing manager for Seawind, Brent Vaughan, explains the reasons, the benefits for both brands and what international customers can expect.... [more]
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IRC opens the door to composite rigging and more fun!
Future Fibres,
IRC - At the May 2010 meeting of the IRC Technical committee it was noted that 'the technology of composite standing rigging has matured significantly in recent years to the extent that it is now becoming close to mainstream. There is now evidence that composite standing rigging has a life expectancy at least that of steel rod rigging.'... [more]
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Sibex 2010 – China (Shenzhen) Internation Boat Show closing
Veronique Largeau,
Sibex 2010 – China (Shenzhen) International Boat Show - It is at 4.00 pm on Sunday the seventh of November that the fourth Sibex – China (Shenzhen) International Boat Show closed its doors. Two days of rain non-stop out of four days exhibition. As for professionals, Sibex has improved the visitor's quality and there were many connections between builders, dealers and other services providers.... [more]
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Don't let impellers spoil your summer cruising!
Mike Rose PR,
Marine engineer, John Wilson, specialising in marine impellers, is pleading with boaties to either check their impellers before setting sail this summer or to take spare impellers with them.... [more]
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New G-Series Display range from GME
2010 has been a very busy year for GME, and its marine division is proud to announce the release of the new fully featured G-Series range of marine displays offering exceptional value to customers who are wanting either a Combination unit (Chartplotter/Fishfinder), GPS Chartplotter or standalone Fishfinder.... [more]
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LDM: New luxury motoryacht concept surfaces at The Spit
Harbourside Media,
The opening of Luxury Design Motoryachts (LDM) at the Spit Mosman heralds not only the return of Lee Dillon and Wesley Moxey to the luxury boating arena, it will also serve as the retail arm of a stunning new range of motoryachts currently under development and consequent construction.... [more]
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Qantas gives Perth 2011 the Spirit of Australia
Tessa Parkinson,
Qantas gives Perth 2011 the Spirit of Australia - Qantas has signed on as a silver level sponsor and will assist Perth 2011 in transporting teams and officials to Western Australia and will promote Perth 2011 domestically and internationally.... [more]
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Storm Rider Yoke ready for NSW lifejacket regs
Shoemark & King,
Australia's innovator in inflatable lifejackets, PFD Australia, has launched its 2011 Storm Rider range to help NSW boaters meet the new rules which come into force on 1 November.... [more]
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Worldwide search stops with Hart Marine
BIA Victorian member Hart Marine was awarded the contract to build an ORC 14.3m and ORC 18.1m Fast Pilot Craft for the Port Phillip Sea Pilots.... [more]
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Survey at Fort Lauderdale shows huge interest in Australia
Results for Australian companies at Fort Lauderdale Boat Show once again reinforces the value of attending shows such as this and promoting Australia not only as a key cruising destination but also a country that manufacturers quality, innovative and world class products.... [more]
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Smart One joins with Club Marine
Tim Jones,
Smart One joins with Club Marine - The Yacht Sentinel, with its inbuilt GPS, not only remotely tracks a user's boat, but can also alert the user to such emergencies as power failure, flooding or unauthorised entry.... [more]
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China (Shenzhen) International Boat Show 2010 - SIBEX
Pierrick Garenne, GPO,
There are about a hundred exhibitors shore side, and 52 boats in the in-water exhibition to attract visitors. SIBEX is a great place to find both International and Chinese brands at the same place. There were plenty of well-known names - s Beneteau, Feretti, Sunseeker, Azimut, Jeanneau, Bavaria, Meridian and many more, and then also the presence of several Chinese brands as HeySea, Applause... [more]
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Sailing Manager Wanted
Jeremey Atkinson,
Woollahra Sailing Club on Sydney Harbour is seeking the services of a dynamic and highly organised Sailing Manager / Club Coach to oversee all aspects of the Club's busy sailing program including our busy sailing school.... [more]
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What closes the deal on buying boats? Dealers, Internet and Shows
Media Services,
Dealership experience, the Internet and Boat Shows are the top three influencers on the purchase decision for new boats, according to a US survey conducted by Foresight Research for the National Marine Manufacturers Association.... [more]
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Marine Rescue NSW volunteers start work on inland NSW waterways
Ken McManus,
Marine Rescue NSW - Two units from Marine Rescue NSW were active in the main Snowy Mountains waterways on the weekend of 30 – 31 October, the start of the Snowy Mountains Trout Festival.... [more]
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Runaway Bay Marina Boat & Marina Show next Weekend – 13 & 14 November
Mike Harvey,
The show opens on Saturday morning at 9, from 10AM Marine Auctions latest Auction sees their first lots going under the hammer . After the auction live entertainment kicks in, with music in the show area on the waterfront side of the Marina building. The Marinas tenants are strongly involved,with new boats being shown from Riviera, Maritimo, Game & Leisure Boats, JD's Boatshed and Action Boating.... [more]
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Sailing Videos of the Week - the Sail-World selection
The Sail-World Team,
There is more and more video footage being published online. For your enjoyment Sail-World is going to bring you a mixture of the latests and greatest and some historic footage each week. If you'd like to make sure everyone sees the best old stuff, give us your feedback.... [more]
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Try Sailing Day - this Sunday attracts record number of Clubs
Boating Industry Association,
Forty one of the top sailing, yachting and skiff clubs in NSW have pledged their support to the annual Try Sailing Day organised by the Boating Industry Association of NSW (BIA).... [more]
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Global Ocean Race 2011-12 - Sylvie Viant joins as Co-Race Director
Oliver Dewar,
Global Ocean Race 2011-12 - The highly experienced offshore racing expert, Sylvie Viant, has joined the Global Ocean Race 2011-12 as a vital member of the Race Organisation team. Viant will be supporting the GOR Race Director, Josh Hall, with special responsibility for scrutineering the double-handed Class40 fleet throughout the circumnavigation and ensuring the safety of the teams offshore.... [more]
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Half-million dollar upgrade for Stebercraft facility
Bob Wonders,
Boating Industry Associattion of NSW President, Doug Olding, does the honours and declares extensions open. For the Stebr family, the official opening was a proud moment, none exhibiting more pride than Bruce Steber, father of Alan and foudner of the company 64-years ago.... [more]
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Sandman PR opens Sydney office led by new partner
Sandman PR,
Australia's premier marine PR/media specialist Sandman Public Relations has expanded its operations with an office in Sydney led by new partner Jamie Millar. Millar has worked in the high-net-worth marine industry around the world from the Mediterranean and UK to the Caribbean, North America and Australia. The move is part of the next phase of the business, which has a considerable global focus.... [more]
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Blame it on El Nina
Bob Wonders,
Heavy rain soaks Australia's eastern seaboard. Queensland experienced the wettest September in the State's history; the nation, Australia, its wettest October since records have been kept.... [more]
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China (Xiamen) International Boat Show 2010 records good sales
What's On Xiamen,
The four-day long China (Xiamen) International Boat Show 2010 ended at the Xiamen Marina (Wuyuan Bay) on 01 November with a turnover of RMB 129 million, reports [more]
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Nautilus Marine launches Yamaha Marine Insurance in NZ market
Bob Carter,
Nautilus Marine enters the New Zealand boat insurance market to administer Yamaha Marine Insurance. Following hot on the heels of the overwhelming acceptance and success of the YMI product in Australia, Nautilus Marine has been appointed to administer YMI for Yamaha Motor Finance New Zealand Limited.... [more]
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Sibex-China International Boat Show – One day to go
Veronique Largeau,
Tomorrow, Thursday the fourth of November, the fourth Sibex - China (Shenzhen) International Boat Show co-organised by Yubo, Europexpo and Grand Pavois Organisation will open. About a hundred exhibitors will gather on the floor space.... [more]
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Volvo Ocean Race supports World Yacht Racing Forum for the third year
Laila Anbar,
World Yacht Racing Forum organisers are pleased to announce the addition of the Volvo Ocean Race as Platinum Partner of the 2010 edition of the Forum from 14-15 December in Estoril, Portugal.... [more]
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JP54 receives an innovation award during Nautical Design Awards
Laurent Simon,
The 'Nautical Design Award' ceremony took place on Thursday 21 October, in Milan. This ceremony rewards the best Italian and international Nautical Design projects. In the category of 'sailing yachts or motorboats designed and built abroad', the jury of the Nautical Design Awards granted the design and innovation award to the JP54.... [more]
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New disposal system nets large number of flares
NSW Maritime,
NSW Maritime reports that almost 6000 flares have been deposited since a new partnership for their safe disposal began in March. Early indications were that boaters had got the message and were responding enthusiastically to safely dispose of flares and keep them out of landfill.... [more]
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Nautilus goes from strength to strength
Bob Carter,
Nautilus Marine has chosen Lloyd's to underwrite its insurance business moving forward. After five years of exceptional growth and achievement, Nautilus Marine has attracted the interest of some of the world's largest marine underwriters, backed by the world's largest re-insurer, Munich Re Group.... [more]
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Seawind Catamarans purchases Corsair Marine
Australia's most successful cruising catamaran builder, Seawind, has announced the purchase of Corsair Marine, the world's foremost trailerable trimaran manufacturer.... [more]
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AIMEX members set to impress at METS 2010
Australian companies are sure to impress at this year's 2010 Marine Equipment Trade Show (METS) in Amsterdam - the world's largest trade exhibition of equipment, materials and systems for the international marine leisure industry.... [more]
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McConaghy 38 (MC38) is cause for excitement
John Curnow,
It won't be long before we see the anticipated arrival of the exciting McConaghy 38. Setting new benchmarks in one design yacht racing this boat has been meticulously designed and engineered and crafted by world renowned boat builders, McConaghy Boats... [more]
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CruiseCraft Dealer rides wave of success
Bob Carter,
Perth marine retailer Magnum Boating is going from strength to strength, in no small part due to the dealership being appointed as a CruiseCraft dealer just over 12 months ago. It's no coincidence that following their CruiseCraft appointment, Magnum has moved into bright, brand new complex at Wangara with boat sales also ramping up.... [more]
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ISS Award winners announced and feted
Jeni Bone,
The winners of the 2010 ISS (International Superyacht Society) Awards were announced last night at the Design Awards Gala held at the Marriott Harbour Beach Resort in Fort Lauderdale Florida.... [more]
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Big Fish makes waves at FLIBS before setting off . . .
Jeni Bone,
The 45m expedition yacht Big Fish is on the second stop of her maiden voyage, pausing in Fort Lauderdale to show off to the boat show crowds, the heading to the Antarctic, the Amazon and on to the Northeast Passage.... [more]
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Positive Fort Lauderdale show indicates market is stabilising
Jeni Bone,
Speakers at the opening conference at the 51st Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show expressed their belief that the world yachting market is showing signs of a return to business. Consumers are emerging from the pall of the GFC and are back to spending. Now it's just a matter of reminding them of the great experiences to be had on the water.... [more]
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Beluga superyacht tempts the high-end market
Jeni Bone,
The Aviation and Superyacht division of Belgian design studio, Pure-Sang, in cooperation with Glass-Deco International, introduced its latest luxury vehicle, 'The Beluga: Emperor of the Seven Seas,' at last month's Monaco boat show 2010, where it won the title of The Best New Super Yacht Concept.... [more]
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Rivergate plans new corporate buildings
Rivergate Marina and Shipyard is beginning the next stage of its development in January 2011 when construction will commence on a new corporate building.... [more]
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BCF builds dream boat - you could win it!
Christmas is set to arrive early for one lucky outdoor enthusiast who will win the boat BCF built. Outdoor retailer BCF – Boating, Camping, Fishing are giving customers the chance to win a brand new, fully decked out Horizon Pacific Centre Console 515 boat powered by a 90hp Suzuki four stroke engine.... [more]
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Raymarine ticks every box for Marine Rescue NSW
Imprint Media,
Marine Rescue NSW has selected Raymarine to supply new electronic navigation systems for its fleet of 95 boats based along the entire New South Wales coast, from Eden to Tweed Heads.... [more]
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Abu Dhabi Yacht Show 2010 success heralds next year's event
Informa Yacht Group,
The second Abu Dhabi Yacht Show, held earlier this year, has yielded a massive sale - that of the megayacht Alysia, which was recently completed by Global Superyacht Brokers Edmiston & Company, along with joint central agents Burgess and Peter Insull's Yacht Marketing.... [more]
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