Industry forum Action Plan, Hanse 355 winner, Maritimo made in US

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 09 Aug 2011

Industry forum Action Plan, Hanse 355 winner, Maritimo made in USA

Welcome to another large week of news, updates and product launches.

The feature this week is an exclusive interview with Nik Parker, GM of the Boating Industries Alliance of Australia about the recent Crisis Forum held in Brisbane. The event was such a success, in terms of feedback and issues raised by the people who attended, the BIAA plans to host several similar around the country, all relying on your input.

An Action Plan will be released by the end of August, highlighting the priorities and direction.

We also have follow up stories on results from the Sydney International Boat Show, first news of the changes and additions to this year's 3rd annual China (Xiamen) International Boat Show to be held at Wuyuan Bay, 4-7 November and details of the lucky winner (ironically also from Manly) of the Hanse 355 yacht which was raffled off to raise much-needed funds for Bear Cottage Children's Hospice in Manly. What a way to finish off a day at the Sydney boat show - taking home a yacht!

Plus, a real shift in Aussie boat builder, Maritimo's direction, with a move of some of its prodution to the US. Bob Wonders spoke with Bill Barry-Cotter about the advantages and impact to the company of moving offshore.

These and plenty more in this week's batch, plus more every day. Come back regularly for all the freshest news and views.

Have a great week!

Jeni Bone, editor

Marine Industry crisis forum Action Plan by month's end
Jeni Bone,
The Marine Crisis Forum, a national initiative held in Brisbane 11 July and hosted by The Boating Industries Alliance Australia (BIAA), was certainly a 'talk fest' as many (who did not attend) have deemed it. But according to Nik Parker, General Manager of the BIAA, 'it was a great success in terms of feedback, input and future direction of the industry'.... [more]
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Maritimo.....made in the USA
Bob Wonders,
Award-winning boat manufacturer Maritimo may shed up to 100 jobs from its Gold Coast, Queensland facilities with its plans to move a major component of its boat building operations to the USA.... [more]
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Whitsunday Boat and Lifestyle Show - Its full steam ahead
Whitsunday Boat and Lifestyle Show,
Its full steam ahead for the Whitsunday Boat and Lifestyle Show 2011 to be held on the 10th and 11th of September. The fun continues over two full days with show exhibits, entertainment and demonstrations in a fabulous atmosphere.... [more]
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Yachtshare unveils $27,000 family boating
Denby Browning,
Syndicated yacht ownership pioneer Yachtshare has announced a new boat in its Brisbane fleet. Yachtshare has selected a shoal draft keel version of the Jeanneau for Moreton Bay with a draft of less than 1.5 metres.... [more]
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China (Xiamen) International Boat Show, 4-7 November 2011
China (Xiamen) International Boat Show 2011,
'A wonderful experience for both boat industries and consumers. The excellent environment and innovative exhibition modes have drawn attention from boat industries, service industry, consumers and expert home and abroad and nurtured the influence of Xiamen Boat Show'.... [more]
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As far as fishing, how does Sydney shape up?
Jeni Bone,
Boat shows are not just about record-priced superyachts and flashy accoutrements. Rods, reels, tackle and lures are also an indication of consumer confidence, effective show strategy and sales credentials of the show.... [more]
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Henri Lloyd arrives in David Jones
Fran Burke,
Henri Lloyd's signature nautical style is now available nationally in selected David Jones stores. The international brand was recently snapped up by David Jones, signing a department store exclusivity for three years and will be offering not only Australia's savvy sailing fraternity but also men of style this best loved Brit casual wear brand.... [more]
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BIA NSW Marine Industry Careers Day a resounding success
Jeni Bone,
The recent Marine Industry Careers Forum, organized by the BIA NSW and held during the Sydney International Boat Show, was a positive and proactive advance towards enthusing and directing young people to careers in all areas of the boating industry. And by every measure, the inaugural event was a success.... [more]
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Sealite awarded for export excellence
Sealite is pleased to announce the company has been awarded ‘Australian Marine Industry Best Export Performance (Large Exporter)' at this year's Marine Industry Export Awards.... [more]
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New Quintrex website makes browsing a breeze
Trawling the internet can be a daunting and frustrating experience for some, but with the newly updated Quintrex website finding the right boat has never been easier.... [more]
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Bear Cottage Boat Winner from Manly, Sydney
Team Windcraft,
Team Windcraft's bold fund-raising campaign to raffle a brand new Hanse 355 yacht and raise much needed funds for Bear Cottage Children's Hospice in Manly has been a huge success, with the lucky winner also coming from Manly.... [more]
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Belize to launch with Boating Syndication of Australia
Denby Browning Imprint Media,
When the exciting new Belize Motoryacht arrives in Australia in about a month, it will be welcomed by a larger family of owners than usual.... [more]
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Fantasea Adventure Cruising - Specials for Whitsunday racing sailors
Media Services,
Fantasea Adventure Cruising is offering a special discount to Hamilton Island and Airlie Beach Race Week participants and their families. Take advantage of a 20% discount on lay day and travel with Fantasea Adventure Cruising to beautiful Whitehaven Beach or Reefworld on the Great Barrier Reef.... [more]
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America's Cup: Camper joins Emirates Team New Zealand for Cup
Camper, the family-owned shoe company based in Mallorca, has today confirmed that it will join Emirates Team New Zealand as a sponsor of their campaign. A year ago Camper joined forces with Emirates Team New Zealand to compete in the 2011-12 Volvo Ocean Race and the Spanish company's involvement with sailing stretches back to 1990s, when it sponsored the One Ton Cup.... [more]
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New TPT plotter in operation for Southern Spars
A brand-new thin ply technology (TPT) plotter is now operational at Southern Spars' Auckland-based Custom Projects facility, adding another component in the company's drive for higher performing, lighter and stiffer spars. The installation and commissioning of the new automated TPT plotter is another step in the company's redevelopment of its New Zealand facilities... [more]
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Internet a threat, but red tape and regulations worse for retailers
Media Services,
The Productivity Commission has released its draft report in to the retail sector, finding among other things, there are strong in-principle grounds to apply the GST and other taxes to overseas internet purchases worth $1000 and less, but it would have only a minor effect in reversing the alarming decline in domestic retail sales.... [more]
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34th America's Cup - Puma partners with Oracle Racing
Lisa Ramsperger,
34th America's Cup - Extreme race performance demands exceptional technical clothing for Oracle Racing's athletes. When they're finished sailing the fastest boats in the world, the sailors want great chill-out gear ashore. Global sportlifestyle brand Puma won the selection process to partner with Oracle Racing as the U.S. team's Official Sportswear and Technical Supplier.... [more]
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Monsoon Cup 2010 - A huge focus on sailing sports skill development
Miyeera Navaretna,
Monsoon Cup 2010, the final stage of the ISAF World Match Racing Tour recorded yet another successful year of positive figures on its brand valuation audit. The Return on Investment and Key Performance Indicators Valuation Report was prepared by BrandAdvantage and MSC Technology Centre Sdn Bhd, while the media reports were completed by Boulder Creek International, Media247, Meltwater and Repucom... [more]
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SIMS Harbour Hike September 4th
Minta Burn,
Experience Sydney as you've never seen it before by being part of the SIMS Harbour Hike. It is one of Sydney's best kept secrets but now you have the opportunity to discover Sydney's unique history and spectacular beauty on the Harbour foreshore paths from Kirribilli to Chowder Bay– described as one of the greatest walks in the world.... [more]
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Whittley boats showed FinScan's Intelligent power switching at SIBS
Carlo Khamu,
Marine Electronics manufacturer FinScan, announced that Whittley boats are fitting FinScan's IntelliCORE – distributed DC power system, as a standard feature on the 2800 cruiser model.... [more]
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South-west marine parks public submissions close Monday
Media Services,
As the public submission period draws to a close, hundreds of people have written pleas urging the federal government to reconsider its proposed network of marine reserves off the South-West, pointing out to Minister Tony Burke what they say is a lack of protection for vulnerable marine life.... [more]
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Report slams WA demersal fishing and calls for more marine protection
Jeni Bone,
Trawler fishing is devastating slow growing marine life and damaging Australia's oceans, a report released this week states.... [more]
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Asian and World launches slated for PIMEX 2012
Several major European luxury yachting brands will be launching new models at the Phuket International Boat Show (PIMEX), to be held at the Royal Phuket Marina from 29th March to 1st April, 2012.... [more]
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Yanmar supplies Haultech with Air-Con Power
Connexion PR,
The Brisbane based company, Haultech Engineering, has nominated Yanmar's L series engine as an engine of choice for their exceptional Icepack sleeper cab air conditioning system.... [more]
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Fashions Afloat at the 2011 Brisbane Boat Show
Marine Queensland,
The Brisbane Boat show is set to make its fore into fashion this year – hosting a series of catwalk parades in a bid to appeal to female water enthusiasts.... [more]
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New Seakeeper gyro ups the ante on boat stability
Denby Browning Imprint Media,
The new Seakeeper M8000 gyro stabiliser is 'the most powerful unit on the market on a per-kilogram, per-cubic meter and per-kW basis,' according to Twin Disc's Glenn Frettingham.... [more]
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Brunswick meets demand with Brazil plant
Media Services,
Brunswick Corp. has announced it will establish a manufacturing plant in Brazil to produce boats for South America's largest country and the surrounding region.... [more]
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Hamilton Island Race Week - Henri Lloyd announces two ultimate prizes
Fran Burke,
Henri Lloyd believes in balance. Function and style. Performance and quality. Lifestyle and technical marine. Thru Henri Lloyd's continuing sponsorship of the prestigious Australian sailing regatta, Audi Hamilton Island Race Week, both elements are brought together with the announcement of a competition to win two exclusive prizes, one Marine and one Fashion, worth a combined total of over $5,000!... [more]
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NSW Minister for Roads and Ports strengthens industry ties
Jeni Bone,
Speaking at the official opening day breakfast, Duncan Gay, NSW Minister for Roads and Ports announced changes to NSW Maritime and a strengthen of its focus on safety.... [more]
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Gold Coast Clipper Coup
Jeni Bone,
The world's longest yacht race will make a stopover on the Gold Coast, spending time (and much needed money) on its shores, as well as showcasing the city to the crews and the world via the media onboard.... [more]
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