Aqualuma's Gen 3, Sanctuary Cove Clean Marina, Melb Leisurefest excites

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 06 Sep 2011

Aqualuma's Gen 3, Sanctuary Cove Clean Marina, Melb Leisurefest excite

So many stories this week with a similar theme - optimism! Several high profile new product and model launches, an international win by the Aussie dealer for Chaparral boats, better than expected sales results and several stories about a new found positive outlook for the rest of the year ahead.

I have just come back from a book signing event with the statesman and gentleman of Australian politics, John Howard. Having been a journalist for 23 years and having met, heard speak or overheard their conversations for quite a number of those years, I can compare Mr Howard to quite a few politicians state and federal. Not one of them leaves you with the impression more so than Mr Howard that he was a grateful servant of the Australian people during his nearly 12 years in office.

Today he delved into chapters in his book, 'Lazarus Rising' - his views on incidents, colleagues, the events of September 11 as they unfolded 10 years ago while he was in Washington DC, achievements he was proudest of and his regrets, as well as his mentors. He also revealed the new chapter which covers from 2007 to the present. He spoke about our country's debt, the manufacturing industry, Work Choices and what small and big business needed from government to revive the economy.

It was singularly inspiring and refuelled each of us in our own way.

Good news is, the economy is in good shape, we weathered most of the GFC thanks to a robust economy on sound principles and there could be light ahead.

Enough politics, take a look at this week's batch of features and stories that carry you from the Gold Coast to Monaco, Kentucky for IBEX and Melbourne, Auckland, China and beyond.

Have a great week!

Jeni Bone, editor

Aqualuma heralds Gen 3 of its revolutionary Through-Hull LED lights
Jeni Bone,
Aqualuma is preparing for the worldwide release of its Gen 3 Through Hull underwater lights, which it will unveil at IBEX, Fort Lauderdale and METS.... [more]
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IBEX introduces 'Green Marine Route' for sustainable boating
The 2011 International Boatbuilders' Exhibition and Conference (IBEX) is entering into cleaner waters with the introduction of the Green Marine Route, a new component of the show for eco-friendly and environmentally sustainable boating innovation.... [more]
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New Dehler 41 fast and good looking
The Dehler 41 is a true performance cruiser. This is the first Dehler yacht to be fully developed under the Hanse Group designers Judel/Vrolijk.... [more]
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Carla Demaria joins Beneteau Board
Media Services,
The president of Monte Carlo Yachts, Carla Demaria, has joined the board of French boatbuilder Groupe Beneteau.... [more]
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All Marine Spares becomes NSW distributor for Johnson Pump
Jeni Bone,
All Marine Spares has been made the NSW distributor for the Johnson Pump brand. Based in Sweden, the US owned company is one of the world's leading manufacturers of pumps for marine use and has been in operation for 30 years.... [more]
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Riviera showcases the new 4400SY Series II at the Mandurah Boat Show
Stephen Milne,
Riviera, Australia's largest and most awarded pleasure boat builder will showcase its new 4400 Sport Yacht Series II at the Club Marine Mandurah Boat Show to be held from October 14-16.... [more]
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BIAV says new regulations will add to cost of boating
BIA Vic,
The current Victorian Government is asking for submissions on a new round of regulations that will add to the cost of boating, according to the BIA VIC.... [more]
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Doug Kerr to skipper Yachting WA
Yachting WA,
Doug Kerr last week committed to skipper Yachting WA as President. Doug Kerr nominated to the Board of Management in August 2009. In 1977 Doug gained selection as crew on the America's Cup contender 'Australia' but due to ill health, had to withdraw a day before departure. Doug is now an Etchell sailor who in January 2009 finished 15th in the Etchells National Championships in Adelaide.... [more]
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Catana 59 - all the features, and then some
Guy Nowell, Sail-World Asia,
If you like cruising catamarans, it looks great. Catana describe it as 'a revolutionary concept in recreational catamarans,' and tell of how it has lots of go-fast features borrowed from the world of racing multihulls. Carbon fibre, curved daggerboards, high aspect main and big headsails, reverse bow profile and so on.... [more]
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Garmin/Suzuki National Promotion - September 2011
Martin Beeson,
The most popular question at boat show when talking about engines is 'how many litres per hour will it use?' It is the hardest question to answer accurately because there are so many variables.... [more]
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Chaparral Australia wins top international dealer award
Chaparral Australia,
Hot on the heels of a stunning Sydney Boat Show performance, Chaparral Australia has taken out Top International Dealer at the 47th Chaparral Dealer Conference held on Table Lake in Branson, Missouri.... [more]
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The Marina Sanctuary Cove brings clean marina total to 50
The high profile Gold Coast marina at Sanctuary Cove has become the 50th marina in Australia to achieve Clean Marina accreditation. Recent Clean Marina auditing in Queensland has also resulted in Scarborough Marina and Coomera Waters Marina being re-accredited as Clean Marinas as part of the programs ongoing review process.... [more]
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Simon Barker takes sole control of Ownaship
Mike Rose,
Previous Ownaship managing director Simon Barker and his wife Donna are now the new owners of popular fractional boat ownership company, Ownaship. Ownaship, which was founded in 2007 with a single second-hand trailerboat, now boasts an entirely new-boat fleet of 9 vessels, including luxury launches, cruising yachts and 6- and 7-metre powerboats.... [more]
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Australian Health of the Marina Industry Index - available soon
Colin Bransgrove,
The Marina Industry Association of Australia (MIAA) recently released a research study conducted by the Recreational Marine Research Centre (RMRC) at Michigan State University highlighting the significance of Australian marinas as economic and employment hubs within their communities.... [more]
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How to mix business with pleasure? Ask Premier Marine
Bob Wonders,
Marine dealers exhibiting their product at major exhibitions such as the Sydney International Boat Show understandably take their involvement very seriously. Sydney's prominent dealership, Premier Marine, was no exception, but the team knew all work and no play could easily make for a rather dull outing.... [more]
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China boom a wave of promise for marine industry
Jeni Bone,
Tourism authorities both here and in China forecast a tourism boom the likes of which we have never seen. They say the rise of affluence in China will result in an avalanche of visits to our shores, which will eclipse the Japanese tourist boom of the 80s - something the marine industry can capitalise on.... [more]
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Leisurefest celebrates RV and camping boom
Greg Shoemark,
Melbourne Leisurefest will celebrate a boom in the popularity of caravanning, boating and four-wheel-driving when it comes to Sandown Racecourse from 6 to 9 October.... [more]
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Get your new free digital magazine from World Match Racing Tour
World Match Racing Tour,
The World Match Racing Tour has launched a new, free, digital multimedia magazine devoted solely to the discipline of match racing. Click on the link to view the e-zine, called Match Racing 360°, which is a digest of match racing events from all round the world, and of all grades from world-status to club level. The new quarterly interactive e-zine is free.... [more]
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Brisbane Boat Show reports strong sales and numerous leads
Bob Wonders,
Times have been tough for the boating industry, particularly in Queensland thanks to Cyclone Yasi and the devastating floods that hit the state earlier this year. Despite those damaging setbacks, the industry has shown it's made of sterner stuff and the Brisbane Boat Show which closed on Sunday after four excellent days, has attracted plenty of admiration from its more than 100 exhibitors.... [more]
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ISAF announces Race Officials clothing partnership with Atlantis
The International Sailing Federation has announced that Atlantis WeatherGear has been selected as the ISAF Race Officials Clothing Supplier. The partnership will see Atlantis supplying ISAF's race official team with a range of clothing and accessories for the next four years.... [more]
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PSP Southampton Boat Show 2011 - Lots in store from the RYA
Emma Slater,
PSP Southampton Boat Show - From launches and awards, to workshops and the crowning of champions there's plenty in store from the RYA this year. Kick starting the week on Saturday 17 September we will be launching the first of the RYA's brand new eBooks. Join us at 14.00 on the RYA stand (EO37) to find out all about this great new app for your iPad®, iPhone® and iPod touch®... [more]
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Royal Yacht Club of Tasmania Sailing Manager position available
Richard Scarr,
The Royal Yacht Club of Tasmania requires a Sailing manager. From modest beginnings, the R.Y.C.T. is now one of the leading and largest yacht clubs in Australia. It has a proud tradition of competitiveness on the water and an equally strong tradition of hospitality to all visitors... [more]
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Final Hope Island Marina Berths to be released at heavy discount
Sheree De Bono,
Developer Consolidated Properties is to release the second and final tranche of berths in its exclusive Hope Island Marina precinct, giving boaties and investors a limited opportunity to secure a prime freehold mooring at a heavily discounted price.... [more]
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The Marina Sanctuary Cove accredited Clean Marina Level 3
Sanctuary Cove,
The Marina Sanctuary Cove has attained Clean Marina Level 3 status, an indication of its commitment to 'rigorous environmental management systems'.... [more]
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Asia-Pacific Superyacht Association announces 45 Founding Members
Tamsin Edenbrow, APSA,
The Founding Members of APSA come from 14 countries across the world, from Fiji to Japan, from Australia to the United Kingdom. The primary objective of the Asia-Pacific Superyacht Association is to promote the Asia-Pacific region to the global superyacht community both as the world's 'most exciting cruising destination' and as a superyacht construction, refit and services location.... [more]
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Fountaine Pajot launches spectacular new Sanya 57
Kate Elkington,
Fountaine Pajot has launched a hallmark of elegance and innovation with the brand new Sanya 57 sailing catamaran.... [more]
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MIMRA recognises two loyal servants
Bob Wonders,
The Marine Industry Mechanical Repairers Association (MIMRA) has paid homage to two men who have given remarkable service to the boating industry.... [more]
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Darwin Boat Show 2011 - Put the Adventure Back Into Your Life!
The ever popular Darwin Boat Show has been changing and broadening, and each year crowds are increasing and exhibits growing in numbers and diversity. In line with this, in 2011 the Show has expanded its scope and its title to incorporate a broader focus on outdoor leisure and adventure. This has attracted a new raft of exhibitors and products.... [more]
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2011 Brisbane Boat Show showcases the Queensland Marine Industry
Marine Queensland,
The last boats have moved out of the 2011 Brisbane Boat Show as the focus on the Australian Boat Show circuit moves to Darwin this weekend.... [more]
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Winners of Bellingham International Marina Scholarships
Both winners of the Bellingham International Marina Education Scholarships have now been announced - and congratulations are in order for Michael Glanville, Area Manager from Marina Developments Ltd (MDL) is the UK winner and Craig Evans, the Executive Officer of the Cruising Yacht Club of South Australia, is the Australian winner.... [more]
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Jessica Watson heads for Sealink Magnetic Island Race Week
Sealink Magnetic Island Race Week Media,
Young Australian of the Year Jessica Watson will be visiting Townsville and Magnetic Island this week, in her role as Queensland's Season of Sailing Ambassador, for the start of the 2011 Sealink Magnetic Island Race Week on Thursday.... [more]
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Walcon Marine set to expand in Australia
Bob Wonders,
Visitors and exhibitors at the Sydney International Boat Show know only too well what an improvement was made to the exhibition when the UK-based company Walcon Marine installed its efficient marina system on Cockle Bay.... [more]
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Port Coogee Marina satisfies some of WA's appetite for berths
Media Services,
Perth's demand for boat pens is proving to be insatiable gauging by the overwhelming response to a public call for expressions of interest on the release of the first 60 boat pens for Australand's Port Coogee Marina, near Fremantle.... [more]
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Gold Coast Broadwater in the sights of 'Can Do' Campbell Newman
Jeni Bone,
The Queensland boating community has welcomed the commitment from LNP leader, Campbell Newman to return control of the Broadwater to the Gold Coast City Council if elected premier, but Marine Queensland has cautioned that analysis and broader explanation are necessary so that 'a new series of problems is not created'.... [more]
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Hamilton Island Race Week - Henri Lloyd fashion parade a huge success!
Fran Burke,
Hamilton Island Race Week - Fashion and high performance sailing came together in a glitterati event for the launch of Henri Lloyd's Spring Summer 2011 Lifestyle and Marine collection during the regatta this year. Held on Main Street, the eagerly anticipated parade drew a large crowd of Australia's best regatta sailors and celebrities, including Layne Beachley, Kirk Pengilly and Gracie Otto.... [more]
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Turtle breeding season approaches - tourists urged to lend a hand
Media Services,
The Queensland Parks and Wildlife Service is calling for volunteers to help during the turtle hatching season at Mon Repos, near Bundaberg.... [more]
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