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  13 May 2011


Here we go again, as someone once said.

Well, someone once said it, surely?

Anyway, we do have plenty of news to occupy you over the next day or three.

Not here to turn you green with envy, but take a look at a couple of superyachts in this issue – talk about how the other half live!

One is an absolutely magical creation from Trinity Yachts, in the US of A named ‘Carpe Diem' (if you're wondering what that means, read on), the other a grand lady from Taiwan named ‘Masteka 2' set to go to auction right here on the Queensland Gold Coast.

'Carpe Diem', Trinity Yachts' latest masterpiece showing her style.  supplied .

I guarantee these two will make you wish you had a multi-million dollar bank account.

For local boaters, and by local I mean those voyaging off the New South Wales coast, take heed, NSW Maritime warns big seas rolling in will be there at least until Sunday.

Today (Thursday, May 12), the Hutchwilco New Zealand Boat Show opens its doors and we're looking forward to hearing how the industry is faring across the ditch, otherwise known as the Tasman Sea.

On a more humorous note, we reveal the top ten most popular boat names in the United States, and I must confess I was not all that impressed.

I found few really funny, though some were to the point.

My personal favourite was on a big Sea Ray on Sydney Harbour a few years back; it was named ‘She got the House'.

Oh well, to each his own.

Down south, in Australia's 1 city, Sydney, the Boating Industry Association of NSW has elected a brand new president in the form of marina owner Darren Vaux.

I'll be meeting with Darren when I hit that town for the Sydney International Boat Show (July 28 – August 1) and hope to bring a revealing interview with him to these pages.

While mentioning boat shows, next week is Sanctuary Cove International Boat Show time; will we be there?

Oh boy, you better believe it!

No one visiting the show will miss the Marine Business World marquee and somewhere within the vast edifice editor Jeni Bone will be holding court and acknowledging her subjects.

Well, at least Rob Kothe (editor, Sail-World) and I can take solace in having the names of our sites receiving almost (only almost) equal billing.

Don't be shy, if you're at the show, stop by and say hello.

But only if you've finished reading this edition.

Bob Wonders

New Riviera 61 Series II Will Make Waves with 21 Water-skiers in Tow
Stephen Milne,
To celebrate the world release of the new 61 Series II Enclosed Flybridge, Riviera hosted a pre-launch of the sparkling new vessel by towing 12 professional water-skiers the length of the Gold Coast's Broadwater this morning.... [more]
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F1 H2O World Championship Grand Prix of Portugal - 100 for Benavente
Philippe Stiernon,
In just over one weeks time Portugal's favorite son Duarte Benavente will do something only a handful of drivers on the UIM F1 H2O World Championship tour have ever done, start his 100th career Grand Prix.... [more]
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Fly free to Tonga in August 2011 with Mariner Boating Holidays
Maggie Joyce,
Escape the winter to Tonga and ‘cruise in company' in August 2011. Swim with the whales in warm tropical waters. From $2,595.00 per person.... [more]
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Another stunning creation from Trinity Yachts
Bob Wonders,
US builder has a well deserved reputation for its fabulous superyachts. Recently, the company's marketing ace Amy Halsted forwarded me some outstanding images and the details on the company's newest build, the fantastic tri-deck motor yacht ‘Carpe Diem'.... [more]
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Australian Offshore Challenge Gold Coast to Whitsundays Rally
Roger Dickeson,
Australian Offshore Challenge Gold Coast to Whitsundays Rally takes power boaters on a 700 nautical mile odyssey through some of the best cruising waters in Australia. Although the event is a navigational rally and the competitive pace is on every day, you will have plenty of recreational time both during each day's activities.... [more]
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Super auction for superyacht
Bob Wonders,
Monte Fino magnificence set to go under the hammer. The superyacht in question is ‘Masteka 2', a glamorous and luxurious 37.2-metre (122-feet) Monte Fino built in the company's respected shipyards at Kha Shing, Taiwan, in 2009.... [more]
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Royal Phuket Marina Developer states Asia is 'future of yachting'
Grebstad Hicks Communications,
The 'future of yachting' is in Asia with Phuket at its hub, the leading global conference for the marina industry was told yesterday. Asia's claim to be the world's next boating capital was staked at the ICOMIA World Marinas Conference 2011, held in Singapore on May 10-12.... [more]
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NSW Maritime Alert - Large Swells off NSW Coast until Sunday
NSW Maritime,
NSW Maritime has again issued an urgent alert to boat skippers and rock fishermen with more treacherous swells expected to impact much of the coast from today until Sunday.... [more]
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Lost Loran locations? No problem with Furuno GP33
Bob Wonders,
Compact, easy to use and packed with useful features, that's Furuno's GP33. Furuno's GP33uses its high-sensitivity, 12-channel GPS Receiver and then enhances it with the Wide Area Augmentation System (WAAS) to bring one as near as possible to Loran locations.... [more]
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See the Boat Show debut of three new Icom products at Sanctuary Cove
Steven Cooke,
Icom Australia is proud to announce that it will have three new products on display at the Sanctuary Cove International Boat Show. Look out for Icom on stand A58 to see the MA-500TR AIS Transponder, IC-M412 VHF Transceiver and IC-M23 Float'n Flash VHF Handheld.... [more]
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MUSTO- Massive warehouse sale
Musto Media,
Don't miss this super special -end of season warehouse clearance sale of Musto technical and lifestyle clothing. Up to 80% off all stock... [more]
Share this story Pavilion at Sanctuary Cove 2011
Jeni Bone,
At 50 metres wide x 100 metres deep, and housing 109 exhibitors over four days, the Pavilion will be a sight to behold.... [more]
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Stefan's super cat takes to the water, before heading to Hamilton
Jeni Bone,
A radical 25m catamaran has just been competed on Queensland's Gold Coast, and is destined to be one of the first entries for the new superyacht power classification at this year's Audi Hamilton Island Race Week.... [more]
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Barry Carne Memorial Ski Race Boating restrictions on Lake Albert
NSW Maritime,
NSW Maritime today advised boating restrictions would be in place this weekend (14-15 May) for the Barry Carne Memorial Ski Race at Lake Albert, Wagga Wagga.... [more]
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Marine Action Group welcomes small win at Gold Coast City Council
Keith Douglas,
GCCC voted today to give the Marine Action Group the opportunity to liaise with Hutchinson Builders to provide quotes to refurbish the iconic Tipplers Tavern.... [more]
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Pilot dredging program begins at Gold Coast Seaway
Jeni Bone,
The first step in opening the Broadwater to larger vessels should be completed by Christmas with Gold Coast City Council putting up $2.5m to remove 200,000 cubic metres of sand off the eastern end of the Gold Coast Seaway.... [more]
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Improved boating facilities for Sydney Harbour
NSW Maritime,
NSW Ports Minister Duncan Gay today welcomed the addition of two new sewage pump-out units, part of the new integrated marine fuel, service and supply facility at White Bay, Balmain... [more]
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Sanctuary Cove Show promotes easy transport options
Kate Duryea,
Visitors to the 23rd Sanctuary Cove International Boat Show will have an additional easy transport option this year when the event opens in less than two weeks on Thursday, May 19.... [more]
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