Alliance united for industry, FindACrew world force, Boat Show survey

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 14 Jun 2011

Alliance united for industry, FindACrew world force, Boat Show survey

It's a busy period for everybody. Melbourne International Boat Show ended on a high note, with reports of healthy sales and interest levels, though numbers marginally down on expectations. Now all sights are set on Sydney, which will be the venue for several national and world launches, as well as a hectic program of speakers, special guests, Awards, seminars and some surprises too.

This week, we look at the rise and rise of Australian-based global net resource,, which links budding sailors with others in adventures and career opportunities. Kylie Gretener from NAUTYCAL, the company that owns both and, reveals the origins of the concept, and its current status as the world's largest 'point of introduction for people from all over the world of all walks of life' looking for adventure and travel in every corner of this wide world.

There's industry insight and an update from the Boating Industries Alliance Australia, new products, Ronstan's win in the recent Victoria Exporter of the Year Award and your opportunity to win $14,000 in prizes just by completing the online boat show survey.

Boat Shows need feedback, so this is your chance to not only tell organisers what you want to see, as a consumer or exhibitor, or both, and contribute to the evolution of such events, but you could also win for yourself and your family a HUGE prize pool consisting of: a trip for two people to Hayman Great Barrier Reef including airfares and some spending money, plus a ZODIAC Cadet RIB 260, a sturdy and spacious 2.6m three person tender with a light weight, compact Honda 5hp engine, six RFD Cyclone 150N life jackets, a Kannad 406 EPIRB, six sets of Liquid Image Camera Goggles, six sets of Barz Optics polarised sunglasses, a $500 voucher for Shock & Oar nautical apparel and four pairs of Sperry boat shoes.

Wow! Get your responses in!

Keep in touch with your own news and views - whatever they may be.

Jeni Bone, editor

Boating Industry Alliance sets an ambitious course
At the Melbourne Boat Show over the Queen's Birthday long weekend, the Chairman of the Boating Industries Alliance Australia, Darren Vaux, on Friday outlined the role of the Alliance as the national voice of the boating industry in Australia.... [more]
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Ensign Ship Brokers has boats for all tastes
Amanda Drover,
If you're in the market for a boat, here's a heads up about what is currently available on the second-hand market from Ensign Ship Brokers.... [more]
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Alliance names 'grey imports' as key issue
Jeni Bone,
The risks and potential pitfalls of buying grey imports will top the list of industry issues that need to be resolved in cooperation with government, the states BIAs and through communicating with consumers, says the BIAA.... [more]
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Traditional Yacht Navigation - Win a Copy!
Jeni Bone,
Traditional Yacht Navigation combines two of Jeff Toghill's most popular books - Coastal Navigation and Celestial Navigation - making this the essential handbook about small-boat navigation. Just write in to win one of 4 on offer!... [more]
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IAG sells 127' Primadonna and 100' Electra
IAG Yachts,
In what's been quite a spectacular year for IAG Yachts, and following on from some successful shows in Miami, Shanghai and Hong Kong, the Chinese-based shipyard have managed to complete sales on both their first two production models, the 127 foot Primadonna to a buyer in Florida and the 100 foot Electra to a buyer in China.... [more]
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IBEX 2011 hosts largest marine trade seminar series
Following a successful show in 2010, the 2011 International BoatBuilders' Exhibition and Conference (IBEX), will again take place at the Kentucky Exposition Center in Louisville. This year, the show will run October 17-19, 2011, and host the marine industry's most expansive seminar series with the largest selection of course material in the show's 21-year history.... [more]
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Horizon Schedules Delivery for the 5th 40m+ Tri-deck Superyacht
Vincee Wu,
Horizon is scheduled to deliver its fifth P130 superyacht, 'Angara,' to her new owners in Europe this summer – the 136ft superyacht was shipped from Horizon in mid-May, arriving in Malta around June 5th.... [more]
Share this story links crew and boats around the globe
Jeni Bone, is about helping people's dreams come true - linking prospective crew members with yachts all over the globe with the world's first 'match making' system that offers ease, convenience and accuracy for all involved.... [more]
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Ensign 50 ordered and set to arrive in September
Amanda Drover,
Ensign Ship Brokers is preparing to welcome the next Ensign 50 to Australia - another order means a brand new vessel will be arriving in Australia around late September.... [more]
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Ronstan wins Victoria Exporter of the Year Award
The sailboat hardware market and the architectural rigging market are worlds apart, but in Australia they're both dominated by one powerhouse player. Ronstan's end-to-end design, manufacture and distribution operation has grown to become the only serious competitor. This was confirmed at the Victoria Marine Industry Awards where Ronstan not only took out best manufactured product category but also... [more]
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Mike Sanderson pushes Stratis Production plant to near capacity
Guy Waddilove,
Production at Doyle Sails NZ has been pushed to near capacity since Mike Sanderson became a very active part of the company in recent weeks. The grand prix side of the business has taken off with the design and production teams at full speed on major international projects. Super-maxi 'Leopard 3', fitted with a new Stratis main for the Annapolis - Newport Race, continued on her successful road... [more]
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Boat Shows need feedback - win a $14,000 holiday and boating package,
Most boaters and fishers have been to many boat shows, finding it a rewarding, informative and fun experience. The Marine industry needs that to be the case. Boat Show organisers spend the entire year working to deliver a better experience for showgoers and exhibitors alike. To make sure they are putting their emphasis on the things that will have you coming back they need to understand the... [more]
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Competition to name new harbour cleaning vessel
Lance Northey,
NSW Ports Minister Duncan Gay today invited the primary school children of Sydney to help name a new $1.9M purpose-built vessel designed to keep Sydney Harbour clean of debris and rubbish.... [more]
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Volvo Ocean Race 2011-12 strengthened by two new appointments
Sophie Luther,
Volvo Ocean Race 2011-12 has been boosted by two senior appointments to lead them into the next event, Jon Bramley joining as Communications Director and Olivier Brémont as Commercial Director... [more]
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Top Volvo syndicates choose Navtec race hydraulics
Emma White,
With the start of the next Volvo Ocean Race looming, the five declared teams are busy building boats. And as they cross the start line in Alicante on 29 October, the fleet's top syndicates will be powered by Navtec Race Hydraulics.... [more]
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Why there are no winners in grey-imported boats
Mark Rothfield,
Confucious say 'ignorance is the night of the mind, but a night without moon and star' . . . and as shiploads of sportscruisers from the US continue to be dumped in Australia they are dark days indeed for legitimate boat dealers and builders.... [more]
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Safety boost for night time marine
Drew Valentine,
Heading: Safety boost for night-time marine Copy: Two recent updates to the FLIR M-Series marine night vision range will result in a wider field of view and even greater range for added safety. FLIR says its 640x480 thermal imaging, M-Series cameras provide four-times the thermal resolution and more than twice the range performance compared to other systems.... [more]
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Melbourne Boat Show comes in from the cold
Mark Rothfield,
Some people still shudder at the memory of Melbourne Boat Show when it was held in the Royal Exhibition Building in Carlton Gardens ... shudder with cold that is. Held in the dark of winter, a frosty breeze would whistle through the halls and hardy punters would have to don their beanies and mittens to go and look at boats.... [more]
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Interest Ahead of Australian Stabicraft 1750 Frontier Launch
Freddy Foote,
Stabicraft Marine will launch its new 1750 Frontier to the Australian boating public at the upcoming Sydney and Brisbane Boat Shows and is to draw wide appeal, especially from the soft bait fishing fraternity.... [more]
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Zodiac's New 'Mona Lisa' 3.1 metre RIB for Australia
Zodiac Group Australia,
Mona Lisa may seem like an unusual title for a boat, but Zodiac can claim many similarities to the Italian masterpiece, now residing in France. Zodiacs have been reproduced and copied countless times, often many (competitors) claiming to be the original or the best and it still calls France home, but rest assured, there still is only one Zodiac.... [more]
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Power and Glory: Riviera's new 61 Series II
Mark Rothfield,
Because your next boat is always your best boat, the owners of the first Riviera 61 Series II Enclosed Flybridge to roll off the production line have had serious input. Barely a box went unticked on the order form for their 11th consecutive Riv in 20 years.... [more]
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Two AMF Boats displayed for 1st time at Melbourne Boat Show
Bevan Collings,
Two of AMF Boats most popular New Zealand models will be on display for the first time at the Melbourne boat show this weekend. Russell Cairns Marine and 4x4 of Warrnambool, the Victoria dealer for AMF Boats will have the AMF 580 Vee Berth Cabin and the AMF 660 Vee Berth Cabin on display.... [more]
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NSW Maritime to promote safe boating at Melbourne Boat Show
Penny Robins,
NSW Maritime staff will work closely with the Marine Safety Victoria team to promote safe boating at the Melbourne Boat Show to be held this weekend at the Melbourne Conference and Exhibition Centre (9-13 June).... [more]
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Boating safety strategies for winter
Ken McManus ESM,
'Every year the June long weekend is a great start to winter boating,' said Commissioner Glenn Finniss of Marine Rescue NSW. 'Even with colder weather, the NSW coast can be a magical place for a day out or a longer cruise. But winter brings the need for skippers to take even greater care to avoid risks. Here are five easy strategies for safe winter boating.'... [more]
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Scientific and political integrity vital for marine park review
Nature Conservation Council of NSW,
The Nature Conservation Council of NSW and National Parks Association of NSW have welcomed today's release of the Terms of Reference of the Independent Scientific Audit of Marine Parks in NSW as balanced and robust... [more]
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Australian Yachting Awards 2011 nominations open
Craig Heydon,
The Australian Yachting Awards nominations are now open for 2011, The AYA recognises outstanding achievements in the sport of sailing during the past year.... [more]
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Multihull Solutions releases deal of the year
Kate Elkington,
Multihull Solutions has listed what is arguably the marine industry's best deal of the year with a 2010 Summerland 40 power catamaran company demonstrator for sale for only $695,000.... [more]
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Phuket International Boat Show 2012 – Bookings now open
Phuket International Boat Show,
Phuket International Boat Show (PIMEX) 2012 preparations have begun! PIMEX will be held from the 5th to 8th January 2012 at the Royal Phuket Marina.... [more]
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Fishing, it's the name of the game at Sydney International Boat Show
Domenic Genua,
The 2011 Sydney International Boat Show (July 28-August 1) set for its now traditional venue at Darling Harbour, attracts lovers of the great outdoors from all aspects, be it sailing, power cruising, water skiing and wake boarding and scuba diving.... [more]
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Superyacht crew training crucial to meet industry demand
Jeni Bone,
Globally there is high demand for professional superyacht crews, which is forecast to rise as the new builds gain pace. Donna Morris, from Australian Superyacht Crew Recruitment & Training shares her insider-insight about the opportunities in the industry and why accredited training is fundamental to the strength of the industry, and career development for crews.... [more]
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Captain Nemo's 'unique in the world' for Zodiac
Jeni Bone,
Captain Nemo's at Helensvale Homeworld Centre, just minutes from Sanctuary Cove on Queensland's Gold Coast, is one of three Pool, Marine and Spa concept stores owned by Roger Braun, specialising in Zodiac products and unique in the world. That's no exaggeration, as the description comes direct from the brand's French headquarters.... [more]
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