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  10 Jan 2011

The Latest News

Welcome aboard and a Happy New Year to all as we unveil the first Powerboat-World newsletter for 2011.

No prizes for guessing that news is a little scarce at this time of year with many of the industry's leading identities, factories and dealership enjoying their Christmas/New Year vacation time.

Never fear, we're on to what ever is going on that brings interest to powerboat people.

It's now only a few weeks to the first major boat show of the calendar year, that of the Miami International Boat Show and for a number of reasons, outlined here, all eyes will be on the Florida city and the 70th staging of the show.

On the home front, the Australian Offshore Superboat Championships calendar for the 2011 season has been released and we take a look and briefly preview what is shaping as a bumper season.

Schick Hydrop Racng airborne as Scott Lewis and Murray Tuffin test the boat on Auckland Harbour.  Scott Lewis

Safety is always a consideration and prominent manufacturer Burke Marine has released a new PFD well worthy of inspection.

Colleague Jeni Bone brings to out attention the world's first (wait for it!) Zero Carbon Life Support Vessel (whew!).

Down south, Victoria's Department of Fisheries has ‘put he bite' on five people who thought they could sneak under the radar and fish illegally.

Also, according to the eminent people of the CSIRO (That's Australia's Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation) tell us that the climate is warming up, despite what ot terms 'ups and down.'

Me, I'm not going to get into that, I am yet to be totally convinced anyone can change the climate, given what is not happening at a political level.

But who am I to know?

I'm just an old powerboat guy who knows the difference between a good day and a crook day and turns the lights off when I leave the room.

Read on, and let's all hope the climate remains something we can live with.

Bob Wonders

UIM F1H20 - Selio and Mad Croc capture driver and team title's in '10
UIM F1H20 World Championship,
UIM F1H20 - Selio and Mad Croc capture driver and team title's in '10 - The 35 year-old driver from Helsinki, lead his Mad Croc F1 Team back from a devestatingly slow start to the season in Portugal where neither he nor his rookie teammate Alex Carella would score a single point at the Grand Prix in Portimao in early May.... [more]
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Miami 2011: Will there be light at the end of the horizon?
Bob Wonders,
The Miami International Boat Show (February 17-21) may not be the largest boating exhibition in the world (Düsseldorf takes that honour) and it's not even the largest in the United States, with Fort Lauderdale emerging victorious.... [more]
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New sponsor for NZ offshore racing
Bob Wonders,
Veteran race boat with new name, new sponsor set for 2011 season. Dual 525hp MerCruiser engines power the boat, which previously raced as ‘A1 Homes' and ‘Fairview Windows and Doors', finishing third overall in 2009.... [more]
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Navico cartography toolkit for third-party developers
Sandman PR,
Navico has launched its innovative Cartography Toolkit which enables third-party developers to create mapping content for its renowned range of navigation products. The software tools and documentation allow experienced GIS engineers to convert content data into a format compatible with Navico products including Simrad NSE / NSO and Lowrance HDS, as well as the recently-launched B&G Zeus system.... [more]
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Raymarine's Extended Warranty Program
Liza Sticpewich,
Raymarine customers benefit from new Extended Warranty program, giving three years peace of mind... [more]
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New York Boat Show - The ‘Big Apple' goes boating
Bob Wonders,
All is set for the 106th staging of the New York Boat Show, which opens at the Jacob K. Javits Convention Centre next Wednesday (January 19) on West 34th Street, right in the heart of the 'City that Never Sleeps.'... [more]
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Licence fees at work for Mitchell River
Tim Mitchell,
DPI Victoria - Licence fees at work for Mitchell River - Using $85,000 from the Recreational Fishing Grants Program, the East Gippsland Catchment Management Authority has placed 30 log structures into the lower Mitchell River, below the cut at Eagle Point.... [more]
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Phuket International Boat Show - USD $100 million in boats on display
Andy Dowden,
Phuket International Boat Show (PIMEX) 2011 - The show opened today to a packed in-water display and Exhibition Hall. 47 boats fill the marina basin, an increase of more than 25% on last year, and the Exhibition Hall is packed with marine products, luxury cars and high-end real estate.... [more]
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Marine Rescue Swansea and Lake Macquarie are joining forces
Martine Tylee,
Marine Rescue Lake Macquarie and Marine Rescue Swansea are joining forces to make their service to the boating public even better. The new, single, unit will be called Marine Rescue Lake Macquarie and it will have its radio base on Swansea Heads and its boat base at Pelican.... [more]
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Offshore Superboat Championships gearing for a top season
Bob Wonders,
Offshore Superboats aiming for a gala season. The good news for the championships (and the spectators) is that all 2010 Class championships are backing up for another tilt.... [more]
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Surf life savers set off on 40 day circumnavigation record,
After a year and a half of planning, the adventure of a life time has finally begun for six surf lifeguards. The team set out this morning from Auckland's Viaduct Harbour on a 40-day circumnavigation of New Zealand in two specially modified Inflatable Rescue Boats (IRBs). The 40-day trip will see the crew visit 32 of New Zealand's most popular and remote beaches.... [more]
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Climate is warming – despite 'ups and downs'
CSIRO Marine and Atmospheric Research, Barrie Hunt, says 'Despite 2010 being a very warm year globally, the severity of the 2009-2010 northern winter and a wetter and cooler Australia in 2010 relative to the past few years have been misinterpreted by some to imply that climate change is not occurring.'... [more]
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Pipi thieves nabbed at Venus Bay
DPI Vic,
Department of Fisheries have charged a total of five people with fisheries offences after Fisheries Officers allegedly found them over the past week at Venus Bay with several times the legal limit of pipis.... [more]
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Burke Marine releases New PFD
Colin Burgess,
With the introduction of the new Australian standards for PFDs (AS4758.1) the team at Burke Marine have released the first in their new range: the Burke AP50.... [more]
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Miami - it needs an explanation
Bob Wonders,
Whether you're a boat show visitor or a wandering tourist, you'll need to be aware of what's what at Miami. Miami and Miami Beach are two separate cities, each with its own council, its own police force; they are about a 20 minute cab ride (depending on traffic) apart.... [more]
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Sauter designs self-sufficient Life Support Superyacht
Jeni Bone,
Sauter Carbon Offset Design presents the Ocean Empire life support Superyacht, the world's first totally self sufficient Zero Carbon Life Support Vessel (LSV).... [more]
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