Miami on a high .... See you at Rosehill

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  04 Mar 2011

In the immortal words of Arnie Schwarzenegger.......I'm baaaaaaaaaack.

From Miami, that is where I attended the 70th Miami International Boat Show and Strictly Sail and the 23rd Miami Yacht and Brokerage Show.

It was all good news for the boating industry (any boat show that can post a 14 percent increase in attendance must rate as good news) and I'm sure all who have a stake, no matter how large or small, will be hoping the signs have a strong degree of permanence.

Read on for my full report on Miami and a look at the National Marine Manufacturers Association (NMMA) with a couple of facts that may surprise you.

  Miami Boat Show .

I've also taken a close-up look at Australia's Miami involvement, primarily, of course, our ‘Big Two', Maritimo and Riviera.

Both performed strongly, results that will sit well with their respective plants at Coomera, on the Queensland Gold Coast.

After flying across half the world, the last thing I really need this coming weekend is another airport and another aeroplane, but that's my lot as I head south for the Rosehill Trailer Boat Show in Sydney.

Bob Wonders ©

Fortunately, it's a nicely laid back affair and is really quite enjoyable; you'll be kept up to date with how it went right here on next week's Powerboat-World.

As usual, there's a heap of other news within these august pages to keep you occupied, from fishing to powerboat racing, from industry snippets to cruising.

If boating (under power) is you go, you've definitely come to the right website.

And don't forget our regular updates, so maintain the habit of stopping by.

If you happen to be at Rosehill, see an old fella looking like he's glad to be back in Oz, come say g'day.

Bob Wonders

Australian presence at the Miami International Boat Show
Bob Wonders,
Maritimo and Rivera all smiles after Miami effort. Spectacular is the only word to describe the Yacht and Brokerage Show; it's probably a kilometre or more long and there was no shortage of boats in the $10 million-plus range on display.... [more]
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Boat licence testing at Rosehill Trailer Boat Show
Penny Robbins,
Boat licence testing will be available at NSW Maritime's stand at the Rosehill Trailer Boat Show on 5 and 6 March. Customers are also able to pay for renewals online at [more]
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Miami leads the boating industry out of the gloom
Bob Wonders,
Confidence reigns supreme after the most successful Miami show in four years. The five-day exhibition, staged at the Miami Beach Convention Centre, the Sea Isle Marina and Miamarina at Bayside, both in Miami, attracted 104,165 visitors, a massive 14% increase over the 2010 edition.... [more]
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America's powerful National Marine Manufacturers Association
Bob Wonders,
The NMMA is only 33-years 'young', but it plays a major role in recreational boating. Prior to its formation, various industry bodies across the nation staged boat shows, but there was little in the way of a concerted front to promote the boating lifestyle as is done today.... [more]
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Audi Sydney Harbour Regatta Maritime Safety alert
Penny Robbins,
Sydney will be a 'city of sails' this weekend with 300 sailboats contesting the annual Audi Sydney Harbour Regatta. 'Every skipper, of every vessel – both racing and non-racing - must observe the rules and regulations for safe navigation' said NSW Maritime Chief Executive Steve Dunn.... [more]
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F1 H2O keeping strategies secret for opening round in Doha
Philippe Stiernon,
The paddock has been put into place for less than 36 hours and already the strategy is starting. New drivers and new teams have been jockeying into position filled with a lot of talk and mystery for the opening round of the U.I.M. F1 H2O World Championship for powerboating at the Ninth Grand Prix of Qatar in Doha Bay... [more]
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Twelve products, eleven companies honoured for innovation
Bob Wonders,
Chaparral bow rider named top boat at Innovation Awards. Judges were impressed with the spacious cabin area and cockpit design, one saying 'This boat shakes up the bow rider category by providing a truly liveable space below.'... [more]
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Australian superyacht conference attracts international interest
The 2011 Australian Superyacht and Marine Export Conference (ASMEX) is attracting considerable interest from International companies wanting to learn more about the Australian Superyacht Sector.... [more]
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H2O Racing announces new technical director
H20 Racing,
Nicolò Di San Germano has announced the appointment of Gianfranco Venturelli as technical director. The position will see Venturelli undertake a broad range of responsibilities across all World Championship disciplines under the H2O Racing umbrella... [more]
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AAkron Inflatables are great but this is ridiculous! + Video
Lloyd Darroch,
Aakron Boats have just released a new 4.2m alloy RIB which features a floodable keel chamber. 'While the concept is not new we didn't realise how good it would work for a light alloy RIB', says Lloyd Darroch. 'Normally such a boat is too light to have a deep V hull. The buoyancy of the V will lift the RIB too far out of the water so it becomes unstable when stationary.... [more]
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British Powerboat Festival set to make big splash,
British Powerboat Festival, powered by, is expected to attract more than 45 powerboat teams from across Europe to the Isle of Wight over the August Bank Holiday weekend.... [more]
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GME heralds the amazing G-Com marine VHF handheld radio
Matthew Heap,
GME, Australia's leading marine electronics company, will shortly broaden their product portfolio with the introduction of the amazing G-Com GX660 marine VHF handheld radio.... [more]
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Yamaha launches 'March Madness' Promotion
Grant Binskin,
Yamaha Motor Australia is excited to launch the latest WaveRunner promotion that offers crazy savings across Yamaha's class leading range of four stroke Personal Water Craft. The promotion is designed to encourage water sports enthusiasts to get on board a brand new WaveRunner in the build up to Easter.... [more]
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Sneak peek at Outboard Emission and Boat Building Environmental Laws?
AMEC - Australia Marine Engine Council,
If you want to see what the Australian Outboard emissions standards may look like in 2012 it is now available on a Canadian Government web site, invites the Australia Marine Engine Council (AMEC).... [more]
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Oceantalk opens Australasia's eyes to Iris
When it comes to seeing underwater or in the dark, things have suddenly become a lot brighter. The camera technology innovator Iris Innovations from the UK has appointed Oceantalk its authorised distributor for Asia and Australia.... [more]
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Port Phillip Bay snapper - be responsibile and know your limits
Dept Fisheries Vic,
Fisheries officers are reporting an unwelcome surge in the numbers of people taking undersize snapper in Port Phillip Bay. Fisheries Victoria's Executive Director, Anthony Hurst said anglers should ‘know their limits' so that snapper stocks are sustained and everyone.... [more]
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Pollution triggers genetic resistance mechanism in Hudson River fish
Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution,
For 30 years, two General Electric facilities released about 1.3 million pounds of polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs) into New York's Hudson River, devastating and contaminating fish populations. Some 50 years later, one type of fish—the Atlantic tomcod—has not only survived but appears to be thriving in the hostile Hudson environment.... [more]
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China's tourism island (Hainan) to tap yacht market
Xinhua News Agency,
Government officials used to be wary of the luxurious image of yachting for fear of upsetting social harmony, particularly given the widening rich-poor gap in China, Wang Dafu, chairman of the Shenzhen Visun Real Estate Group, and a deputy to the Hainan provincial people's congress, was quoted as saying.... [more]
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16th China (Shanghai) International Boat Show - coming soon
CIBS Media,
Depending on the report you read, China now ranks second or third amongst the economies of the world. Shanghai provides over RMB500 Billion (USD75Bn) of that economy and last year the show sold over RMB300 Million (USD45M) in boats, all numbers which are impressive. China is not slowing down and neither is the apparent desire for Chinese enthusiasts to own their own piece of floating assets.... [more]
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2011 China (Shanghai) International Boat Show – Asian Marine & Boating
AMBA Media,
CIBS and the organisers of the Asian Marine Boating Awards are delighted to announce that a panel of judges has been appointed for the AMBA. These are drawn primarily from among the marine and boating media, with addition of a number of experienced marine professionals. Our judges are now going through the process of nominating candidates for awards in the various categories.... [more]
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Audi Hamilton Island Race Week expands
Rob Mundle,
Audi Hamilton Island Race Week organisers have announced that following the successful introduction of a superyacht sailing division last year, a superyacht division for motor yachts will be an additional feature at Audi Hamilton Island Race Week 2011.... [more]
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Christchurch Earthquake: Donation details - Official Fund
Richard Gladwell,
Sail-World has spoken to one of the assessors on the still shaking ground at Christchurch. He advises that the damage in Christchurch is far, far more serious and extensive than the previous earthquake in September, and the situation is ongoing. The New Zealand Government has this morning established an official disaster fund for assistance of the people of Christchurch. Here's how we can help... [more]
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Variety Splash postcard perfect day 2
Portia Dixon,
Variety Splash participants aboard the 17 competing power and sail boats enjoyed a postcard perfect day yesterday on Port Philip Bay for the 5.6 nautical mile route from Queenscliff to Mornington.... [more]
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DEEDI: Current abundance of well-priced seafood on market
Consumers can take advantage of good savings on seafood following bountiful catches of fresh king and tiger prawns being made in Moreton Bay.... [more]
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F1H2O 28 World Championship Events in 2011
Philippe Stiernon,
F1H2O and 2011 is set to be a groundbreaking year for powerboat promoter Nicolò di San Germano in collaboration with the Union Internationale Motonautique (UIM). San Germano recently acquired the exclusive worldwide commercial and television rights from the UIM for the Class 1 World Powerboat Championship, the F1 Nations Cup and, the Aquabike World Championship.... [more]
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Class 1 World Powerboat Championship teams prepare for season ahead
Class 1,
Class 1 World Powerboat Championship will field one its strongest line-ups in recent years, with promoter Nicolò di San Germano confirming an eleven boat entry for the 2011 season-opener in Dubai in the United Arab Emirates, 14-16 April.... [more]
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First harmful Algal Bloom genome sequenced
Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution,
Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution - The microscopic phytoplankton Aureococcus anophagefferens, which causes devastating brown tides, may be tiny but it's a fierce competitor.... [more]
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Variety Splash Day 2
Portia Dixon,
Variety Splash Day 2. As with all Variety events, the Splash has a serious side. Its primary objective is to raise money for children in the community with a wide range of special needs. Today the fleet will sail from Queenscliff to Mornington, VIC.... [more]
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Recreational Fishing - Applications for large grants closing soon
Department of Primary Industries VIC,
Organisations wanting to improve their local fishing are encouraged to submit project proposals for the 2010/11 Recreational Fishing Grants Program.... [more]
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New tax on China yachts? More boats looking for Hong Kong berths?
Sail-World Asia, and China Daily,
Owners of yachts - a luxury that is gaining popularity among China's newly rich - will have to pay an annual vessel tax based on the length of their craft if a draft law is passed by the top legislature. The latest draft of the vehicles and vessels taxation law was submitted to the National People's Congress (NPC) Standing Committee for second reading on Wednesday.... [more]
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NSW Maritime reminder to Boat charter operators and consumers
Penny Robins,
NSW Maritime today issued a reminder to companies booking a charter boat that any vessel used for charter work must have a current survey certificate issued by NSW Maritime, and be operated by qualified crew.... [more]
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Variety Splash sets sail
Variety Splash,
Variety Splash - Over 150 guests including boat owners, corporate teams, Variety Ambassadors, Variety supporters and celebrities warmly welcomed the start of Variety Splash 2011 last night at an Official Welcome dinner.... [more]
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Swan Bay boost for boaties
Jasmine Sussex,
Swan Bay - Boating enthusiasts will gain a $135,000 upgrade to their facilities this autumn with the installation of a new landing jetty beside the Swan Bay boat ramp.... [more]
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Sydney Harbour Wash Campaign this weekend
NSW Maritime,
Sydney Harbour will be the focus of a NSW Maritime campaign this weekend aimed at reducing and preventing excessive ‘wash'... [more]
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US Sailing selects 12 powerboat training centers to support drivers ed
Jake Fish,
US Sailing has selected 12 Powerboat Training Centers to serve as a model and resource for sharing best practices with start-up powerboat facilities in their regions, as well as hosting powerboat instructor and safe powerboat handling courses. The development of powerboat training centers is an objective of the Drivers Education for Boaters, awarded to US Sailing by the U.S. Coast Guard last July.... [more]
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Rosehill Gardens set to welcome its eighth trailerboat show
Over the weekend of March 5-6 more than 50 of the state's leading marine dealerships will gather to present the eighth annual Rosehill Trailer Boat Show, an initiative of the boating industry's peak body, the Boating Industry Association (BIA) of NSW.... [more]
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Heavy penalties for Abalone Crimes
Department of Primary Industries VIC,
A 70-year-old Braybrook man caught with 1.25 tonnes of abalone has been given a two-anda-half year suspended jail sentence for operating three illegal abalone processing plants.... [more]
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Australians deserve a say in marine park decisions says Coalition
Senator Ron Boswell,
The Coalition will seek to hold the Gillard government to account over marine planning by ensuring the declaration of marine parks... [more]
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Miami records 14% higher attendance
Media Services,
Attendance was up 14 percent at the 2011 Miami International Boat Show, which closed Monday.... [more]
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Simrad Yachting scores NMMA innovation award
Sandman PR,
Simrad Yachting has received the National Marine Manufacturers Association (NMMA) Innovation Award. Awarded in the consumer electronics category, Simrad's BSM-2 Broadband Sounder module delivers the most detailed mid-water definition and penetrates the deepest waters on the planet to take sonar technology to a whole new level.... [more]
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Robinvale Euston 80 Ski Race 2011 cancelled
Ski Racing Victoria,
The board of Ski Racing Victoria and the Robinvale Euston 80 Ski Race Committee wish to advise that due to circumstances beyond their control have decided this evening to cancel the running of the 2011 Robinvale Euston 80 Ski Race 2011.... [more]
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New Abrolhos rules keep WA's lobster fishing world-class
Dept Fisheries WA,
New rules for fishers at the Abrolhos Islands, to help protect sea lion pups, will ensure Western Australia's rock lobster industry maintains its international certification as a sustainable fishery. Following industry consultation, at the end of last year, the legislation is expected to be in place when the Abrolhos Islands lobster fishing season begins on 15 March 2011.... [more]
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B&G Zeus wins 2011 NMMA Innovation Award
Rushton Gregory Communications,
B&G, the world leader in marine instruments, autopilot systems and tactical software solutions for sailing enthusiasts, has been honoured for its powerful new multifunction navigation display, Zeus, winning the National Marine Manufacturers Association (NMMA) Innovation Award at the 70th Annual Miami International Boat Show.... [more]
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RYA Powerboat racing champions honored
Susie Nation-Grainger,
RYA National Powerboat Racing Awards. The powerboat racing champions of 2010 came together this weekend (Saturday 19 February) to celebrate their achievements at the annual RYA National Powerboat Racing Awards Ceremony.... [more]
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Variety Splash - Brady, Spida and Wilbur set to sail for a good cause
Portia Dixon,
Variety Splash - Four days out from the start of Variety Splash, Variety Ambassador and 3AW radio presenter Mike Brady has pulled together two celebrity names for his inaugural ‘Splash'.... [more]
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NSW Maritime - Sydney Harbour safety for Queens Visit
Neil Patchett,
NSW Maritime - Special event boating traffic controls will be in place when the sister ships Queen Mary 2 and the Queen Elizabeth visit Sydney over 22-23 February, according to Chief Executive Steve Dunn.... [more]
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Scientific expedition ship starts a new journey
Dorie Cox, The Triton,
The ocean and its environment is always important to those who spend time on the water, and studying them is more and more occupying the minds of scientists in order to map what is happening to our planet as well as monitoring the sealife. Dorie Cox of!The_Triton, writes of another worthy example... [more]
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Acid oceans demand greater reef care
ARC Centre of Excellence for Coral Reef Studies,
The more humanity acidifies and warms the world's oceans with carbon emissions, the harder we will have to work to save our coral reefs. Modelling by a team led by Dr Ken Anthony has found that reefs already overfished and affected by land runoff are likely to be more vulnerable to increasing CO2 in the atmosphere caused by the burning of fossil fuels.... [more]
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Volvo Penta and Garmin forge alliance for joint development
Mats Edenborg, AB Volvo Penta,
AB Volvo Penta and Garmin Ltd have entered into a joint development and marketing strategic alliance to provide instrumentation, navigation and communication equipment for marine use... [more]
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F1 H2O Racing into its fourth decade
Philippe Stiernon,
UIM F1 H2O World Championship series, opens up the start of it's fourth decade on the weekend of the fourth and fifth of March in Doha in Qatar. In the past five seasons there have been four different drivers champions headed by two spectacular comebacks by the current World Champion Sami Selio of the Mad Croc Racing Team.... [more]
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Safely keeping off the chill
BoatUS' four safety tips for electric heaters aboard boats. While ice has overtaken much of America's northern waterways, recreational boating continues throughout the Southeast, Gulf and Western regions.... [more]
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Marine Rescue Batemans Bay Taree Launch of new vessel
Ken McManus,
Marine Rescue Batemans Bay - Commissioner Glenn Finniss of Marine Rescue NSW, will join Marine Rescue volunteers, including Board members and representatives from Batemans Bay unit on Tuesday 22nd February at Steber International in Taree for the launch of their new rescue vessel.... [more]
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Superyachts sailing to Abu Dhabi for the Yacht Show 2011
Informa Yacht Group Media,
Superyachts built by four of the world's top ten yacht builders according to the Global Order Book 2011, will feature in the line-up for next month's Abu Dhabi Yacht Show 2011, the Middle East's premier show for superyachts.... [more]
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Inaugural Singapore Yacht Show in April
Informa Yacht Group Media,
The Informa Yacht Group unveiled more details for the upcoming Singapore Yacht Show that will see a flotilla of luxury superyachts streaming into Singapore for a new exclusive yacht show. The Singapore Yacht Show, which will be held from 8 to 10 April at ONE°15 Marina Club in Sentosa Cove, will see luxury boat builders, brokers, designers and naval architects... [more]
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Miami International Boat Show - First Annual Billfish Invitational
John Bell,
Miami International Boat Show - Guy Harvey and his partners in Guy Harvey Outpost Resorts LTD today officially announced plans to host the Billfish Invitational at the Bimini Big Game Club, on May 18, 2011.... [more]
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All Marine Spares to showcase Craftsman 80hp at Sanctuary Cove 2011
Jeni Bone,
All Marine Spares will be hoping to capitalise on a successful appearance as first year exhibitors last year at Sanctuary Cove International Boat Show.... [more]
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