Aussie dollar spikes sales, Korea means business, Marina OTY finalists

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 29 Mar 2011

Aussie dollar spikes sales, Korea means business, Marina OTY finalists

In what surely must be handy for people planning overseas trips, the Australian dollar hit a record high since its float back in 1983, breaking through parity to top $1.02 yesterday.

Exporters may be shuddering, but the entire retail landscape is adjusting to a new age of online consumer confidence, as people shop in all quarters of the world for all manner of goods.

A study released late last year showed six out of 10 exporters believe a high Australian dollar is hurting their sales.
There is some glimmer of hope, in that many manufacturers who import their raw materials are enjoying very good rates and are stockpiling while the dollar is high.

This week we look at the trends driving online sales, and cover the 'words of warning' from local dealers and brands for consumers seeking 'a bargain' out in the ether.

We also look at the role of boat shows in selling boats (thanks to our man in Miami, Bob Wonders), some amazing reasons to invest in the first ever beach and marina front properties released on Hayman Island, and the Korea International Boat Show shifting focus to position its event as a serious business opportunity for the industry.

SYBA has announced that Austrade Chief Executive, Mr Peter Grey will be among its keynote speakers at the Australian Superyacht and Marine Export Conference, 17 & 18 May at Sanctuary Cove immediately prior to the Sanctuary Cove International Boat Show.

There are plenty of great features and news on our site this week, from all over the globe. More each day, so visit regularly.

Have a great week!

Jeni Bone, editor

Aussie exporters adamant - high dollar hurts sales
Media Services,
Six out of 10 exporters believe a high Australian dollar is hurting their sales, a survey released by the Australian Institute of Export shows.... [more]
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Korea International Boat Show focuses on business of boating
The 2011 Korea International Boat Show is expected to be renewed as an industry event, focusing on creating what it calls 'actual business'.... [more]
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Aussie dollar motivates online shoppers - in all categories
Jeni Bone,
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Vale Salvatore Basile: Ferretti Group CEO
Ferretti Group Italy,
Ferretti Group CEO, Salvatore Basile passed away suddenly on Sunday after suffering a heart attack, at just 58.... [more]
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Zhik title sponsor for SB3 World Championships 2011
Katie Ashworth,
Australian born clothing brand Zhik are officially announced as title sponsor of the SB3 World Championships to be hosted by the Royal Torbay Yacht Club, UK in May 2011... [more]
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ISAF In-House Certification expands into Asia
An important part of the ISAF IHC scheme is the periodic audit of the manufacturers involved in the scheme and how they build equipment that is in compliance with the class rules. On 15 March it was the turn of China Sail Factory, situated just outside Dong Guan in the Guang Dong Province of China, to undergo their annual audit.... [more]
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Woman captains Marine Queensland for second year
Marine Qld,
Boating may still be largely a male domain but for the second year running the peak state recreational marine industry body Marine Queensland has a female - Sharon Russell - as the president of the board of directors... [more]
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NSW Maritime - Ferry fire investigation report prompts safety warning
Stephanie Field,
NSW Maritime Chief Executive Steve Dunn today called upon commercial vessel owners to ensure their safety management system (SMS) is up-to-date and covers all foreseeable risks including fire hazards. The safety warning follows the release of the Ferry Safety Investigation report into the fire on board rocket ferry Jillian on the evening of 28 April 2010.... [more]
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Marina of the Year Award finalists announced
Finalists in the Club Marine MIAA Marina of the Year Awards have recently been judged. The Awards recognise excellence in the provision of marina services, facilities and operations.... [more]
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Australia and New Zealand Dealer of the Year 2010
Mercury Marine,
Mercury Marine is very proud to announce that Nowra Marine, on the south coast of NSW, has been named Australia and New Zealand 'Dealer of the Year' for 2010.... [more]
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Nauticat chooses Raymarine for exclusive electronics contract
Liza Sticpewich,
Finnish boat manufacturer Nauticat Yachts Oy has agreed an exclusive contract which will see Raymarine equipment being installed into its full range of pilothouse sailing yachts and motorsailers. All Nauticat Yachts will now be fitted as standard with Raymarine autopilots, ST70 instruments and choice of C and E series Multi Function Displays.... [more]
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Hayman Island - own your own piece of paradise
Jeni Bone,
Long the enclave of discerning couples, families and its fair share of celebrities – among them Nicole Kidman, Jane Fonda, Chris Isaak, Ivana Trump, Sir Anthony Hopkins, Bill Gates, Rupert Murdoch, Olivia Newton John and Rod Stewart – Hayman Island can be yours, for investment or forever. Hayman is offering a selection of exclusive properties for purchase for the first time on the island.... [more]
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Australian superyacht conference attracts overseas interest
Superyacht Australia's conference branded ASMEX 2011 is certainly attracting attention worldwide with registrations already received from the Middle East, China, Taiwan, USA, NZ.... [more]
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Austrade Chief Executive to speak at Australian Superyacht Conference
Austrade Chief Executive, Mr Peter Grey will speak at the Australian Superyacht and Marine Export Conference to be held 17/18 May at Sanctuary Cove immediately prior to the Sanctuary Cove International Boat Show.... [more]
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105ft Horizon superyacht heads for Hainan Rendezvous
Horizon has announced it will attend the Hainan Rendezvous, the ultimate luxury lifestyle show in Chinese Riviera-Hainan, to be held 1-4 April 2011.... [more]
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Mercury Marine: Training breeds success
Jonathan Revitt,
As part of Mercury Marine's drive for excellence in every aspect of its business, a range of employees from across the ANZP region (Australia, New Zealand, Pacific) have been selected for additional training to further improve their management skills.... [more]
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Early bird prize for Marinas 2011 delegate: Register NOW!
Organizers of the Marinas 2011 International Conference and Exhibition being held in Melbourne 20 – 22 June 2011 are pleased to offer three nights' free accommodation to one lucky delegate.... [more]
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Low DSC connect rate:Sailor irresponsibility or technological failure?
Des Ryan,
Recently we published a story about how few yachts had their Digital Selective Calling (DSC) equipped VHF radio connected to their GPS so that their position would be recorded in an emergency. The tone of the article suggested that the low take-up was an indication of the irresponsibility of sailors, but responses to Sail-World after the article suggest that the situation is more complex than this... [more]
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Wind and waves growing across the globe
Swinburne University of Technology,
Oceanic wind speeds and wave heights have increased significantly over the last quarter of a century according to a major new study undertaken by Australian researchers.... [more]
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Abu Dhabi Yacht Show - where are the superyachts?
Rebecca Bundhun, The National,
Only a handful of yachts over 30 metres in length made it to the show, which started yesterday at Yas Marina. Last year, there were 34 of these extravagant vessels, with the most expensive valued at US$100 million (Dh367.2m). 'Piracy and regional unrest are both massive influences on the show this year,' said Andy Treadwell, the managing director of Informa Yacht Group... [more]
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World Match Racing Tour a marketing platform
World Match Racing Tour,
The World Match Racing Tour is an effective marketing platform for brands to realise their business goals... [more]
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Power Equipment wins Platinum ‘Best of the Best' Business Award
Bob Carter,
Power Equipment has won a prestigious business award, being declared the ‘best small business over the past 20 years' at the Premier Regional Business Awards.... [more]
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International Superyacht Design Awards - Sunreef 114 a finalist
Kate Elkington,
International Superyacht Design Awards - Sunreef Yacht's largest vessel, the Sunreef 114 'CHE', is a finalist in the prestigious 2011 International Superyacht Design Awards.... [more]
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BRP to host 4,000 people from more than 100 Countries this Summer
Andy Adams,
From July 10 to 17, 2011, BRP will host the largest event of its history in Montréal, Québec. Over 4,000 dealers and distributors from more than 100 countries will visit Montréal and the Eastern Townships. All regions of the world will be represented.... [more]
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Do boat shows sell boats?
Bob Wonders,
US experts offer their opinions on the value of boat shows. They were Ron Hein, Executive Vice President of Michigan-based Foresight Research and Mike Mraz, recognised as a trade show strategist and educator.... [more]
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Tiara Yachts, one of the many class acts from the US industry
Bob Wonders,
Manufacturers of flying bnridge convertibles are in one of the industry's most competitive sectors. Tiara Yachts currently produces a range comprising 13 models on three separate series, the five model sport boat range marketed as ‘Sovran', a six model line-up simply marketed as ‘Open' and two stylish convertibles, the 3900 and the 4800.... [more]
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Simrad Yachting introduces touch-screen NSS Sport series
Sandman PR,
Simrad Yachting has now expanded its class-leading NS range of multifunction displays with the introduction of the touch-screen NSS Sport series... [more]
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Cabo Marine Show aims for international heights
Marty Olver,
With an eye on expansion, the Cabo Marine Show aims to create and position the first International Boat Show and Marine Products and Services Expo in the Baja California peninsula in Mexico — and the Cabo San Lucas marina is poised to remain the key location for this event.... [more]
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Training exercise saves two kayakers on storm lashed Lake Illawarra
Ken McManus,
It was sheer good fortune for two kayak fishermen that two rescue vessels from Marine Rescue Port Kembla (Lake Illawarra Base) were taking part in a combined Marine Firefighting exercise with RFS and SES on Lake Illawarra last Saturday 19th March 2011... [more]
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Melbourne Boat Show - date changed to Queen's Birthday long weekend
Clyde Batty,
This event is Melbourne's iconic boat show held each year for the past 51-years, and this year, to run 9-13 June on the Queen's Birthday long weekend.... [more]
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Ensign to premiere Beneteau First 30 at Sanctuary Cove
Ensign Ship Brokers,
Ensign Ship Brokers are bringing a beauty to this year's Sanctuary Cove International Boat show, with the new release Beneteau First 30 yacht on debut in Australia.... [more]
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Amazing deals: Andrew Short Marine end of season clearance
Jeni Bone,
The Andrew Short Marine End of Season Clearance Sale is now on at the Taren Point showroom, with a vast range of Sea Ray, Boston Whaler, Haines Signature, Sea-Al aluminium boats, Zodiac inflatables, Stacer and an excellent selection of used boats at great prices.... [more]
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Hainan Rendez-Vous to showcase superyachts, jets and accessories
Media Services,
The Hainan Rendez-Vous, a four-day lifestyle showcase running April 1 to April 4 comprises a business aviation exhibition, a high-end property collection, luxury brand displays as well as a super yacht show featuring the largest yachts ever seen in mainland China.... [more]
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