Shining Lights at end of the tunnel

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  12 Jul 2011

Shining lights at the end of the tunnel

'I'm gonna punch your *@&-ing head in,' spat the caller down my phone line, before slamming the receiver down in my ear.

He wasn't an SP bookie. Not an ex-girlfriend's father. He wasn't even a motorist I'd enraged during morning peak hour. He was a boat builder, albeit not a very good one.

No, on second thoughts, he was okay as a boat builder – it was his boat that sucked, and I'd intimated this in a review.

It mattered not that I'd anguished over every word, toning the report down in parts as I tip-toed through the minefield of libel laws while respecting the interests of potential buyers.

He wanted a PR hack, not a journalist.

The boat in question was a '70s-something planing hull that the builder had seen fit to transform into a displacement cruiser with a small diesel inboard.

It had the nautical little wheel and the teak trimmings but the diesel revved hard for minimum result and scant attention had been paid to noise reduction.

Only in Australia could such a 'new' boat exist. Holden wouldn't dream of building another FJ Holden but there's always someone ready to grab ye olde boat mould and build something 'traditional'.

There's a light at the end of the tunnel, though, and it's called Sydney International Boat Show. I'm really excited by the list of boats lining up, all of them fresh and pregnant with promise.

Sydney International Boat Show 2010 .

The one good thing about the GFC is that it's forced manufacturers to fire up their R&D departments. Who says there's nothing new under the sun?

Mark Rothfield

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Better Boating Lounge stage at the Sydney Boat Show- Who's appearing
Lee Mylchreest,
Planning to go to the Sydney International Boat Show, (28 Aug to 01 Sep) at Darling Harbour? Make sure you don't miss the fun, entertainment and information that will be yours on stage at the Better Boating Lounge! While the non-stop show lasts from 11.30am daily, for sailors there are some special highlights. So grab a coffee, find a seat, relax and be entertained at the following times:... [more]
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Port of Airlie Beach open
Jamie Martin,
The Hon Minister for Tourism, Manufacturing and Small Business, Jan Jarratt along with Whitsunday Mayor Mike Brunker and Meridien Managing Director, Mr Russell McCart today officially opened Airlie Beach's first full tidal beach, Boathaven Beach. 'This exciting project adds to the spectacular beauty of Airlie Beach by diversifying our product offerings and enhancing visitor experiences'.... [more]
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New Marine Rescue vessel named after Port Kembla member
Ken McManus,
Alex (Shorty) Mathieson, shared the attention with his Marine Rescue unit's new rescue vessel, PK 20, when it was formally commissioned and also named in his honour. Alex also received a Long Service Medal marking 35 years of dedicated service.... [more]
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Action plan to shake up marine industry apathy
Marine Queensland,
A nationally coordinated 'battle plan' is the only way to get Federal and State Government action to ignite the beleaguered marine industry was the message to more than 100 delegates at the first ever National Marine Industry Emergency Revival Summit.... [more]
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The world's finest boats come to Middle Harbour
Harbourside Media,
There'll be nothing middle-of-the-road about the boats on display at the Middle Harbour Boat Show. Over the weekend of July 23-24th, some of the finest boats in the world from 15 – 75 feet, both power and sail, will be on display in our own back yard.... [more]
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Animated Knots by Grog - Part 1
Jeraldine Kennedy,
By far the most popular way of learning how to tie knots, be it for boating, fishing or climbing, is via the internet where the animation allows you to see and follow every twist and turn. The website and now iPhone app that leads the way is Animated Knots by Grog. You can click through to those animated knots on our website where you will also find links to the iPhone apps.... [more]
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P1 SuperStock USA Championship 2011 successfully launched
Powerboat P1 Management,
P1 SuperStock USA Championship was successfully launched in front of an estimated 50,000 crowd at the Madison Regatta last weekend, paving the way for further international expansion in 2012 and beyond. Five new P1 Panther boats ran at the head of the races. On Saturday P1 SuperStock USA staged the first ever one-on-one match races, won by the Team Oregon Custom Marine entry of Schleuss/Lawrence.... [more]
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BMW Norwegian Grand Prix 2011 – Spirit of Qatar looking for a win
UIM Class I World Powerboat Championship,
BMW Norwegian Grand Prix 2011 - Sheikh Hassan bin Jabor Al-Thani and Steve Curtis will lead the Spirit of Qatar Team's two-boat attack out onto the fjords of Arendal for next week's Grand Prix looking for the win that has so far eluded them since they teamed-up in 2008.... [more]
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Innovative boat wraps to boost WA marine biosecurity
Department of Fisheries, WA,
An innovative technique, to manage invasive marine pest threats in Western Australia, is being put to the test by Department of Fisheries' staff in Broome today. Aquatic Environment Branch Manager Rae Burrows said introduced marine pests posed one of the greatest threats to the State's marine biodiversity and integrity of coastal habitats... [more]
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Community invited to grey nurse shark information sessions
Alyssa Fitzgerald,
NSW Department of Primary Industries (NSW DPI) will be holding a series of community information sessions along the North Coast to answer questions relating to the current review of grey nurse shark protection in NSW. NSW DPI, Manager Fisheries Ecosystems, Sarah Fairfull, said NSW DPI officers will be on hand at the sessions to provide copies of the discussion paper and answer any questions.... [more]
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Gene secrets of the Great Barrier Reef revealed
ARC Centre of Excellence for Coral Reef Studies,
Australian scientists announced they have sequenced the genome of the staghorn coral Acropora millepora, a major component of the Great Barrier Reef and coral reefs worldwide. This is the first animal genome project to be carried out entirely in Australia, and is an important milestone in Australian biotechnology and in the study of coral reefs.... [more]
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Local crews triumph in Suncoast Offshore Grand Prix
Bob Wonders,
Miss GEICO proves itself fastest boat on the course. Superboat International rated the attendance as 'tens of thousands' as 40 of the top offshore boats in the US did battle in relatively quiet water.... [more]
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Evans Head Fishing Classic expected to draw large crowds
Penny Robins,
The Evans Head Fishing Classic kicks off this week. NSW Maritime North Coast Regional Manager Jim Green today reminded North Coast recreational boaters – and especially those who intend to participate in the Evans Head Fishing Classic – to check the weather before heading out.... [more]
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Northern NSW bar crossing rescues – Day of drama
Stephen Reading,
Sunday 3rd July 2011 saw Marine Rescue Units at Brunswick and Ballina respond to overturned vessels on their river bars. Brunswick rescue vessel BR 20 responded to the incident, picked up one of the survivors - the other two being brought in by Brunswick SLSA. At Ballina the same day, the Unit was stretched to the limit responding to three call outs within several hours.... [more]
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Watt's new in marine gensets
Mark Rothfield,
With the heart of a reliable 240-volt genset being its diesel engine, Nanni has thrown the switch on a new range of models that will make any boat just like home.... [more]
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Trawler catamarans equal happy campers
Mark Rothfield,
French naval architects Joubert-Nivelt designed the Trawler power catamarans to be excellent sea boats, with generous freeboard and bridgedeck clearance, then added liberal doses of style and comfort.... [more]
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Tsunami warning after 7.8 quake 800km north of New Zealand,
The New Zealand Ministry of Civil Defence and Emergency Management (MCDEM) this morning issued a Tsunami warning, later withdrawn after a powerful 7.6 earthquake struck off the Kermadec Islands, 800km north of New Zealand, but a marine surge warning remains.... [more]
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Grand Prix of Russia 2011 starts in Kazan
Philippe Stiernon,
Grand Prix of Russia 2011 - In a history that goes back to 1995, the 12th Grand Prix of Russia will make it's first stop in the ancient city of Kazan, in the Republic of Tatarstan 1,100 kilometers (700 miles) east of Russian capital Moscow for the third race of the F1H2O World Championship for power boating. If past performances are any indicator, this should be a very entertaining race weekend... [more]
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Award winning 327SSX from Chaparral to debut at Sydney Boat Show
Dani Limback,
A big sigh of relief from the team at Chaparral Australia this week when the U.S factory confirmed the delivery of a new 327SSx bow rider in time for the Sydney International Boat Show. 'We were a bit nervous about the timing of this one' says Chaparral Australia's Scott O'Hare, 'with all the boat show planning, keeping customers in the loop, having the 327SSx confirmed is a big deal for us'... [more]
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Chris-Craft planning a Launch with a difference
Mark Rothfield,
You'd be stretched to find two boats more perfect for spending quality time with your grown-up mates than these two new Chris-Crafts, which are set for release at Sydney International Boat Show.... [more]
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Offshore Superboat defending champions on the comeback trail
Bob Wonders,
Four championships in a row still in their sights. The two wins at Townsville, following on the previous week's DNF and a second placing, leaves ‘Mustang' on 2000 series points, 775 shy of Class 1 leader ‘Maritimo'.... [more]
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CEO appointed to lead Marine Rescue NSW
Ken McManus,
Chairman of the Board of Marine Rescue NSW, James Glissan QC, has announced the appointment of Stacey Tannos ESM as the organisation's Chief Executive Officer. Mr Tannos has had a long and distinguished history of service in the NSW Emergency Management sector, most recently as Chief Executive of Emergency Management NSW and the first State Emergency Recovery Controller.... [more]
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Princess Yachts Aust presents the ultimate Sydney Boat Show Experience
Peter Pembroke,
Alan Paterson and the team from Princess Yachts Australia will be offering the ultimate boat show experience for owners, invited guests and visitors to their impressive display at Sydney International Boat Show from July 28 - August.... [more]
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Mysterious crash puts an end to a champion's career
Collette Devlin,
On Saturday, the craft barrel-rolled on the lake throwing Sexton and his passenger Lyn Burnett, also of Invercargill, from the boat. Ms Burnett, a hairdresser, remains in an induced coma in Dunedin Hospital.... [more]
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