All aboard, stow your seabag and settle down as we reveal what's been happening around the world.
From a boating industry and general economy viewpoint, it's not all good news.
Marine auctions are usually a reliable means of seeing if there's confidence out there in 'consumerville' and Brisbane company Marine Auctions' chief Adrian Seiffert is a man who knows a bit about what's going on.
He has just closed shop for the year after his final auction for 2010 at the Runaway Bay Marina on the Queensland Gold Coast.
Looking back over the year, he rates 2010 as ' a tough one' and believes 2011 could be even tougher.
He hopes he's wrong, we all hope he's wrong, but don't take too many large wagers.
Better news in powerboat racing as we catch up with Australia's latest World Champion, Troy Marland, the ‘King' of UIM Unlimited Displacement, while in the UK Powerboat P1 as unveiled its 'affordable' boat it hopes will attract new competitors to the fold.
All remains unwell weatherwise across parts of Australia; various maritime and marine rescue authorities continue to issue warnings as torrential rain has left fast-flowing rivers at dangerous levels and filled with debris.
We can also reveal this week that Singapore is to host the inaugural Asian Superyacht Show and frankly they couldn't have picked a better venue.
I received some sad news earlier in the week that Col Allison, the man behind Queensland manufacturer Allison Boats, had passed away at the age of 82.
His loss will be felt; he was a true gentleman of the boating industry.
On a lighter note, those who may be a sandwich or two short of a picnic may care to go barrel rolling with whales.
Don't know what I'm raving about?
Read on, check out the ‘Hunt for Red.......
Finally, we take this opportunity to wish all our readers a particuarly Merry Christmas; may the jolly fellow in the red suit visit your home bearing gifts galore.
And a safe, joyous and productive 2011 to you all.
The Hunt for Red Octob.....December??????? Bob Wonders, How to go barrel rolling with whales. Graham Hawkes is the man to turn to, a man that many (not me) refer to as 'something of a mad scientist: in the realm of various vessels.... [more] Share this story
Marine Auctions say 2010 was a tough year Bob Wonders, Chief auctioneer admits it has been a tough year. Despite humid, overcast conditions, quite a sizeable crowd was on hand to see Marine Auctions' chief Adrian Seiffert wielding the hammer.... [more] Share this story
AquaPalooza! It must be summer at The Marina Hindmarsh Island Desiree Goh, Sea Ray AquaPalooza, Australia's largest on-water mosh pit, will set the scene for a hot summer at The Marina Hindmarsh Island these holidays as about 3000 people party both in and out of the water at the free event.... [more] Share this story
Embarrassment as 60m yacht sinks at launch in Thailand The Triton, The 60m vessel was originally a 58m hydrographic research vessel. Everything but the interior was done by Thai companies and managed by Yacht Solutions of Bangkok, under the brand name Ruea Yachts, according to the Yacht Solutions Web site. It was due to launch in July.... [more] Share this story
Singapore to host Asia's first Superyacht Show Simon Turner, Informa Yacht Group, Singapore will play host to a fleet of sailing and motor superyachts when the Singapore Yacht Show launches from 8 to 10 April 2011 at the exclusive ONE°15 Marina Club in Sentosa Cove. This was officially announced today by event organisers Informa Yacht Group, who are also behind the world-leading Monaco Yacht Show, the Superyacht Cup Regattas and the Abu Dhabi Yacht Show.... [more] Share this story
Water Police or 'Fun Police'? Bob Wonders, Water Police seem intent on hounding powered water sports away from the Queensland Gold Coast.... [more] Share this story
Troy Marland - Australia's latest World Champion Bob Wonders, UIM Unlimited Displacement World Champion next sets sights on world kilo record. Troy admits there's an element of danger involved in powerboat racing, but he believes his enclosed cockpit cell, comprising high-tech composite production and built-in oxygen support, offers adequate protection.... [more] Share this story
NSW Maritime issues a statewide boating alert Penny Robins, NSW Maritime Chief Executive Steve Dunn has warned of continued hazardous conditions in a number of waterways across the State.... [more] Share this story
Powerboat P1 takes first orders for new Superstock boat Powerboat P1, Powerboat P1 unveiled its new P1-28SS race boat at the Performance Race Industry (PRI) show. At 28ft (8.5m) long and reaching speeds of up to 80 mph, the new powerboat represents great value for money and was one of the most affordable forms of motorsport promoted at last week's show.... [more] Share this story
Deep Submergence Facility Vehicles assist in response to oil spill Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution, The U.S. National Deep Submergence Facility (NDSF) has had a growing and important role in the ocean science community's response to the 2010 Deepwater Horizon oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico.... [more] Share this story
NSW Maritime's Operation ‘Lights On' targets boaters this weekend Penny Robbins, NSW Maritime will launch Operation Lights On this weekend to ensure boaters are aware of the need to display correct navigation lights for safety when operating at night.... [more] Share this story
Don't snag a fine this Christmas GBRMPA, While hundreds of fishers throw a line overboard in hope of the perfect Christmas catch, the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority reminds those heading out on the water to grab a free zoning map.... [more] Share this story
Don't risk it all on cheap seafood NSW DPI, Trying to save a buck on your dozen oysters this Christmas, could mean the difference between a merry or miserable festive season, Industry & Investment NSW (I&I NSW), Director Fisheries Compliance, Glenn Tritton, said today.... [more] Share this story
Marine Rescue NSW - Terry Hills unit weekly roundup Simon Denneen, Marine Rescue NSW - Terry Hills unit weekly roundup - As the holiday season draws nearer the amount of radio traffic and calls for assistance is increasing. This week has seen a diverse number of calls for assistance which are listed.... [more] Share this story
Boating industry loses one of its stalwarts Bob Wonders, Passing of Col Allison. Col Allison was one of those 'old-fashioned Aussies', always pleased to see you, always ready to make you feel welcome.... [more] Share this story
Trust funds Murray Cod return to Charlegrak Simone Dalton, Trust funds Murray Cod return to Charlegrak - Murray cod have made a welcome return to West Wimmera's Lake Charlegrark after an 11 year absence thanks to some foresight and careful planning more than a decade ago.... [more] Share this story
Burke Marine's new Sprint Jacket in store now Colin Burgess, The Burke Sprint Jacket's close athletic fit features articulated sleeves and is complimented by the inclusion of a water resistant storm zip for full protection from spray and water over the decks... [more] Share this story
Largest ever solar yacht crosses Atlantic, visits climate conference Sail-World Cruising Round-up, Everything begins with a dream, and the dream to build the world's largest solar yacht and circumnavigate the earth with her is on its way to becoming true. Launched last April in Kiel in Germany, the 85 tonne catamaran Türanor left Monaco in September and has just crossed the Atlantic Ocean, claiming a record for the fastest crossing powered purely by the sun.... [more] Share this story
Queensland Snapper 'off limits' Feb-March Jeni Bone, The iconic Queensland snapper is considered overfished and the state govt is taking action - declaring the species off limits until new management arrangements can be finalised.... [more] Share this story
Catch a fish these school holidays Alyssa Fitzgerald, Keen young anglers looking for a bit of excitement and fun this school holidays can learn more about recreational fishing at the one of the fishing workshops to be held by Industry & Investment NSW (I&I NSW) during the school holidays.... [more] Share this story
Nine new fisheries officers to protect NSW State's fisheries resources NSW DPI, Industry & Investment NSW has appointed nine new fisheries officers across the State to work to ensure compliance with NSW Fisheries Legislation, Minister for Primary Industries, Steve Whan, announced today.... [more] Share this story
UIM Class 1 World Powerboat Championship - new class rules Class 1, Following the meetings at the UIM General Assembly in Malta and the subsequent OPC meeting in Dubai, we are pleased to announce that the new UIM technical rules governing Class 1 will come into effect 1st January 2011.... [more] Share this story
More small grants to improve fishing in Victoria Alan Everett/DPI, Revenue from the sale of recreational fishing licences continues to fund projects that improve angling opportunities throughout Victoria, with a further 14 grants provided through the Small Grants Program... [more] Share this story
Who won the Optis? Sail-World.com, The winner of the OziOpti Sail-World competition is Elijah Denman of Bundaberg in Queensland and he will receive an OziOpti ‘Regatta Mark IV' GRP racing boat complete valued at AUD$3,950 (or NZ$5,135).... [more] Share this story
Introducing the new Integrity 320 Sedan Cruiser Creating Demand, Brett Flanagan and the team from Integrity Motor Yachts are excited to announce the arrival of the latest model in their range of cruising passage makers. Taking inspiration from their very popular 350 MKII Motor Yacht, the all new 320 Sedan offers exceptional performance and spacious entertaining for a great value family cruiser.... [more] Share this story
Fountain Powerboats without Reggie? Surely not Bob Wonders, The former Mercury Marine triple world powerboat champion led Fountain Powerboats to an almost iconic position on the world powerboat market, a marque which became as well known as the legendary Cigarette Racing Team, Inc.... [more] Share this story
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