NZ Marine 8% growth, engines cut emissions, Over the Top finish ahead

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 04 Oct 2011

NZ Marine 8% growth, engines cut emissions, Over the Top finish ahead

Welcome to another week of global boating and marine business news - plenty of product news, upcoming shows and industry events, as well as a thorough post-show report from Sydney which covers many facets of the market, industry, consumer feedback and exhibitor reports.

Thanks to Barry Jenkins for his tremendous insight into China and their rapacious appetite for marinas - more than 10,000 berths in the pipeline or underway at marinas along the coastline and rivers as that country's economy continues to boom. Barry discusses what China's focus on boating means to the Australian industry - the opportunities and challenges ahead.

The Outboard Engine Distributors Association (OEDA) has released figures that show the engine industry is proactive in reducing emissions across the board, even as the Federal Government continues to consider legislative action.

In NZ, while the Rugby World Cup is in full swing still, the local marine industry is showcasing innovation and excellence at The Cloud exhibition centre, while NZ Marine forecasts phenomenal growth for the country's marine businesses, despite constrictions to the global economy.

Please pop in for more updates each day. We have several exclusive stories coming over the next few days. Keep sending your own news and views.

Jeni Bone, editor

2011 Sydney International Boat Show report
Domenic Genua,
Domenic Genua Marketing & Events Manager Boating Industry Association of NSW describes the industry's premier event, in the current climate, covering the issues, strategy, exhibitor feedback, visitor observations and plans for the path ahead.... [more]
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Engine manufacturers pro-actively cutting emissions
Australia's marine industry is rapidly moving itself into a lower emission future, according to new figures gathered by the Outboard Engine Distributors Association (OEDA).... [more]
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National sponsor for Launceston to Hobart Race
Derwent Sailing Squadron,
The Launceston to Hobart has received national sponsorship for the first time. Derwent Sailing Squadron Commodore Ron Bugg announced today that this year's race will be the Optus Launceston to Hobart Yacht Race.... [more]
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B&G has all guns blazing with new Gunboat agreement
Sandman PR,
High-performance marine electronics brand B&G is to supply Gunboat catamarans with sailing and navigation instruments as standard-fit for its new 55' and 60' models.... [more]
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Honda Over the Top to finish in Fremantle
The Hub Marketing Communications,
After 67 days at sea, dodging more than 1,500 whales and 134 turtles, travelling 10,100km, using 7,500 litres of fuel, catching 52 fish for dinner and suffering 57 sandfly bites, the Jenkins brothers will finally make it home.... [more]
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US boat regos decrease by 282,615 boats (2.2%)
In the US, the National Marine Manufacturers Association today announced that boat registration numbers decreased 2.2 percent (or 282,615 boats), for a total of 12.5 million registered boats in 2010, compared with 12.7 million in 2009.... [more]
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Andrew Short Marine in liquidation
Media Services,
Sydney dealer, Andrew Short Marine has gone into liquidation, only days before the second anniversary of Andrew Short's death in a yachting accident.... [more]
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New Sailing Manager for Middle Harbour Yacht Club: Andrew Phillips
Julie Hodder, Commodore of Middle Harbour Yacht Cl,
Middle Harbour Yacht Club (MHYC) announces that Andrew Phillips has accepted the position of MHYC's Sailing Manager. Andrew was previously in the role of Sailing Administrator at MHYC and brings with him a wealth of knowledge and qualifications including being YA Special Regulations Auditor, State Race Officer (theory), Senior Sailing Instructor as well as Inshore Skipper and Safety Boa... [more]
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Online Yachting TV Show for Asia Launched – Go Yachting
Duncan Worthington,
Recently launched, the monthly Internet TV programme Go Yachting has an exclusive remit of covering the marine scene in Asia. A recent proliferation of online sailing TV channels sees Go Yachting differentiate itself as the first dedicated to the Asian region and combines original content with modern editing and graphics... [more]
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Italian megayacht brand, CRN branded by Unbranded
Roberta Sabatini,
A new press campaign has begun for CRN, shipyard and brand of the Ferretti Group, specializing in the construction of completely customized steel and aluminium displacement mega yachts from 44 to 85 metres.... [more]
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Award winning life saving Dan Buoy now available in NZ
The SOS Dan Buoy is contained in a compact unit that self-inflates on contact with the water in a man-overboard situation. The 2 meter high marker is visible from up to 1700m away and a keel-like weighting system holds it upright in virtually any sea state where pole markers or life rings might lose visual contact.... [more]
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Waiting for China to wake - a recent perspective of boating in China
Sanctuary Cove International Boat Show,
In the words of Napoleon: 'when China wakes, she will shake the world'. At recent estimate, China is home to 970,000 millionaires, 40,000 ten-millionaires and 1,400 billionaires. Affluence is an economy driver and the Chinese are on a spending spree. With a population of 1.3 billion people, it's no wonder the world is beating a path to the Chinese mainland.... [more]
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Seatrade presents Middle East Workboats 2011 - on now
Middle Eastern and international maritime professionals are in Abu Dhabi, 3-5 October, for three days of debate, dialogue and deal-making at Middle East Workboats 2011 - the definitive event for workboat operators, builders and equipment suppliers.... [more]
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New Catana 59 at cutting edge of racing innovation
Kate Elkington,
Catana's latest model, the Catana 59, has captured worldwide attention with its unique design that revolutionises recreational catamarans.... [more]
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New online marine store comes to Oz
Sail-World Cruising,
A Florida-based marine services company that offers wholesale prices worldwide today announced the opening of their new online storefront dedicated to boating enthusiasts in Australia. This revolutionary company offers sale items to the public at prices that have not been typically available to the retail boating & yachting consumer.... [more]
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Heaven Can Wait Virtual Race breaking new ground
Heaven Can Wait media,
The sixth annual Heaven Can Wait 24 Hour Race and One Lap Dash fundraising efforts have broken new ground this afternoon, with myriads of small donations pushing the total raised towards $27k, well on the way to the overall target of $50,000.... [more]
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Honda appoints new GM of power equipment & marine
Honda Australia,
Honda Australia is pleased to announce changes in senior management in the Power Equipment & Marine Division.... [more]
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Australian 18 Footer League's new hull initiative
Frank Quealey,
For many years the Australian 18 Footers League has been conscious of the need to keep the cost of racing to a realistic level or risk the future of their fleet and the emerging fleets in the U.S. and throughout Europe. During the 1990s the League introduced a single hull design and appointed a specialist builder to construct each hull.... [more]
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New Rocna owners allay quality fears, rebuild brand
Sail-World Cruising round-up.,
Heated discussion in the sailing world over whether some of the 'new generation' Rocna Anchors were defective has been countered by an ambit assurance by the new owners of the company. The new owners, Canada Metal Pacifics (CMP), have pledged to replace any 'defective' ground tackle ever produced anywhere in the world.... [more]
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Inspiring times, as Heaven Can Wait just a bit longer
John Curnow,
Heaven Can Wait 2011. For 24 hours over 50 boats will do as many laps as they, and the weather can muster. You can support them in the virtual race and raise much needed funds for both cancer research and Marine Rescue NSW, by going to [more]
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Kadee urges artists to push their brushes to the limit for charity
Stephen Milne,
Inspirational young artist Kadee Webber is just a brush stroke away from facing one of her biggest challenges.... [more]
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Enterprize Tall Ship busy October
Rod Thomas,
Melbourne's Tall Ship Enterprize has a busy month of public sails in October with sailings on over twenty days from Williamstown, Geelong, and the new home port of Melbourne's Docklands.... [more]
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ISAF Annual Conference Meeting papers published online
The 2011 ISAF Annual Conference takes place in San Juan, Puerto Rico from 3-13 November and will bring together the ISAF Council, Committees and Commissions along with other leading figures from the sailing world to debate, discuss and decide upon the key issues in the sailing world.... [more]
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RYA responds to MCA - Revised proposals for Coastguard modernisation
Louise Nicholls,
In its response to the MCA's consultation on the revised proposals for Coastguard modernisation the RYA has called for a ‘clear understanding' of what is meant by local knowledge. It also questions the weight given to ‘regulation' which was identified as a major theme by the Independent Review Team's Executive Summary of the Report on the Consultation Responses.... [more]
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Yacht Island Designs creates 'Project Utopia' the floating city
Media Services,
Here's the ideal island getaway that can take you anywhere you want to go.... [more]
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It's official, Australia's Greatest Bowrider is a Chaparral!
Dani Limback,
After recent exhaustive testing against a class field of quality opposition, the Chaparral 216SSi Bowrider has been awarded the title of Australia's Greatest Bowrider.... [more]
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10th International Sailing Summit 2011
Sail Melbourne,
Summit brings sport and industry together at Sail Melbourne to drive positive change through challenging times. An extensive program is planned for the week, featuring a series of activities with different focuses all aimed at increasing knowledge and developing closer relationships between the sport and its related industries.... [more]
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'Yacht: Navigation in the ocean of leisure' at Xiamen Boat Show
China (Xiamen) International Boat Show 2011,
The fourth China (Xiamen) International Boat Show will kick off at Xiamen's Wuyuan Bay from November 4 to 7. Themed with 'Yacht: Navigation in the ocean of leisure', the show will continue its routine of various activities. This year's event, thought to be the best one in China in recent years, will showcase a different ocean feast as well as a brand new luxury lifestyle and theory.... [more]
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Kingship's Essence 42.5m - welcome to the penthouse suite
Kingship Marine,
She is the first yacht of her size to have a completely private Master Deck and a 360? forward-facing balcony. The full-beam master's suite together with the low windows, sliding roof and its own balcony offers not only the best view but absolute privacy. The aft sundeck could be shared with guest at the discretion of the owner.... [more]
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Best of NZ marine innovation showcased in The Cloud
NZ Marine,
Members of the public and media will next week be able to get a rare insight into the type of innovation that has made the New Zealand marine industry so successful and so highly respected around the world.... [more]
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NZ Marine industry forecasts growth despite global gloom
NZ Marine,
The New Zealand marine industry is expecting grow at a rate of around 8% per annum over the next decade and to increase its level of exports by almost $1 billion.... [more]
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All girl crew onboard with Garvan World Class Cancer Research Program
Kylie Ironside,
Garvan Institute of Medical Research is delighted to partner with a group of twenty intrepid and inspiring female sailors, the All Girl Crew, to raise funds for vital Australian ovarian cancer research. The All Girl Crew will participate in the 2012 Australian Sailing Program, and the Rolex Sydney to Hobart Yacht race.... [more]
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Simpson Marine on show at two Macau luxury events
Simpson Marine,
For the first time, Macau will host its own Yacht Show at Fisherman's Wharf from October 27-30, 2011, displaying the world's most exclusive yachts, while scoring another first with Top Marques Macau, the only live supercar show, headquartered in Monaco, which earlier this year for the first time incorporated luxury boats. Top Marques' Asian debut will take place from November 24-27, 2011... [more]
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Nobeltec and Taylor Marine announce partnership
Bill Washburn,
Nobeltec is pleased to announce a new partnership with Taylor Marine of Australia. As of October 1, 2011, Taylor Marine, also known as JN Taylor & Co. Ltd., will act as Nobeltec's exclusive distributor of all Nobeltec products sold to dealers and end users in Australia.... [more]
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New Ownership at UK Sailmakers Northwest
Chris Dudenas,
Local sailmaking mainstay UK Sailmakers Northwest is pleased to announce the successful transition of ownership from Tim Knight to Stuart and Joy Dahlgren. While the actual purchase took place earlier this summer, all parties were committed to ensuring a high level of continuity for customers and industry partners and thus executed a 'soft handover' that has resulted in seamless client service.... [more]
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Nautilus Marine sponsors the 2011 NSW Youth Championships
Mainsheet Media,
Held annually, the Nautilus Marine NSW Youth Championships attracts over 130 sailors competing across twelve classes including 29er, 420, Bic Techno 293, Flying 11, Flying Ant, Laser 4.7, Laser Radial, Manly Junior, Optimist and Sabot.... [more]
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Odyssey confirms discovery of SS Gairsoppa shipwreck
Odyssey Marine Exploration, Inc,
Odyssey Marine Exploration, Inc. (Nasdaq:OMEX) announced today that it has confirmed the identity and location of the shipwreck site of the SS Gairsoppa nearly 4,700 meters below the surface of the North Atlantic, approximately 300 miles off the coast of Ireland in international waters.... [more]
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Australian Sailing Team announce Maui Jim as new sponsor
Craig Heydon,
The Australian Sailing Team is pleased to announce that Maui Jim, the world's fastest growing premium polarised sunglass maker, has come onboard to sponsor the team through until 2013. The new arrangement with Maui Jim will see Australian Sailing Team athletes kitted out in the latest Maui Jim premium polarised sunglasses both on and off the water as they compete at regattas around the world.... [more]
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Sail-World set for huge coverage of the 2011-2012 Volvo Ocean Race
Brendan Maxwell,
The 2011-2012 Volvo Ocean Race starts on 5th November in Alicante Spain. The Sail-World team is planning detailed coverage, running hundreds of stories over the race duration and distributing over four million newsletters to our world-wide audience.... [more]
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You're better off with a Broker when buying a boat
Jeni Bone,
Coinciding with summer and peak boating season, the Marine Brokers Association of NSW (MBA), a Division of the Boating Industry Association of NSW (BIA), is joining forces to promote the benefits of dealing with a BIA Accredited Marine Broker when buying a new or pre-owned boat.... [more]
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Superior Jetties supports Swim4Kids in more ways than one
Sandman PR,
Marine berthing specialist Superior Jetties is again supporting Brisbane's annual Swim4Kids fundraising event, 21-22 October.... [more]
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Get ready for the Sunshine Coast Marine Festival - November 2011
Marine Queensland,
Marine Queensland is proud to announce a new event on Queensland's boating calendar - the Sunshine Coast Marine Festival incorporating the Sunshine Coast Sailing Expo, November 19th and 20th 2011.... [more]
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Fort Lauderdale Boat Show - new programs and optimism for 2011
Show Management,
Fort Lauderdale, Florida, internationally acknowledged as the 'Yachting Capital of the World' will host the 52nd Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show, October 27-31, 2011.... [more]
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