Camaraderie between Gold Coast shows, IBEX ahead, Try Boating 2011

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 11 Oct 2011

Camaraderie between Gold Coast shows, IBEX ahead, Try Boating 2011

The news has been all New Zealand over the past week, with great results if you're a Wallabies fan, excellent opportunities for antipodean marine businesses at The Cloud expo, and the miserable misfortune of MV Rena, aground on a reef near the
Bay of Plenty. The brightest minds are working on mitigating the oil and chemical spills from the stricken vessel, and NZ Maritime has issued explicit warnings for boaters and the public about exposure in the waters and on beaches at various locations.

This week, heaps of great news, launches and reasons to celebrate this boating life. Mandurah Boat Show is next weekend, and hundreds of east coasters are making the trek to the west for what they are all hoping with be a bumper show. Also ahead, IBEX in Kentucky USA, which is a superb forum for Australian businesses (via AIMEX) and exhibitors to showcase local ingenuity.

One of our features this week, in response to the murmurs about the viability of two boat shows on Queensland's Gold Coast, is comment direct from those involved in the Gold Coast Marine Expo, which will host its inaugural event 4-6 November, Sanctuary Cove International Boat Show, gearing up for its 24th event, and Marine Queensland - all united in the belief that these are two great opportunities to present the benefits of boating to the public.

As Don Jones points out, and I hope you'll agree, an industry united in common goals is certainly stronger and more inventive in times of adversity than one that is divided and dubious.

Until next week, please pop back and read our stories, which are updated daily, sometimes twice daily. Together, our online publications reach 2 million individual readers per year, all of whom are committed to boating as their business and their pastime.

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Jeni Bone, editor

No competition: two Gold Coast boat shows united in aim for sales
Jeni Bone,
The advent of the Gold Coast Marine Expo, scheduled for November 4-6 at Coomera marine precinct, has prompted a flurry of opinions as to whether the region is big enough for two shows. Here, those involved set minds to rest and explain that two event offer twice the opportunity for the public to sample the boating lifestyle and reach a broader cross section of people, at both ends of the year.... [more]
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21st annual IBEX show expands to more than 100,000 square feet
After a successful inaugural show in Louisville last year with attendance up 13 percent, the 2011 International Boatbuilders' Exhibition and Conference (IBEX) is poised for another year of growth at the Kentucky Exposition Center.... [more]
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Expressions of interest for new Maritime Advisory Council
NSW Maritime,
NSW Ports Minister Duncan Gay has called for expressions of interest for membership of the Government's Maritime Advisory Council.... [more]
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Keith Douglas urges facts not politics in Tipplers debate
Keith Douglas,
Recently declared Gold Coast Mayoral candidate, Keith Douglas has called on Gold Coast Councillors to focus on the facts and not the politics when considering the Tipplers redevelopment.... [more]
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Riviera celebrates its graduating apprentices
Stephen Milne,
Riviera has congratulated nine of its apprentices who through hard work and dedication are now qualified tradesmen.... [more]
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Powercat Looking for a New Gear
Tracey McGown,
His name is synonymous with building the best boats in Australia, winning national awards every year for the past decade but Steve Shaw is gearing up for a new title – Grey Nomad.... [more]
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Chicago Mackinac Race – The first report,
The Charlevoix County Michigan U.S. sheriff Don Schneider's s investigation looking the double fatality in the 2011 Chicago to Mackinac Race was released last Friday.... [more]
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Exclusion zone extended around leaking cargo ship, Rena
Maritime New Zealand,
In New Zealand, the Bay of Plenty Regional Harbour Master has extended the exclusion zone around the grounded cargo ship Rena to 1.5 nautical miles, as oil and other substances continue to leak from the grounded vessel.... [more]
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Honda Over the Top Expedition finishes in Fremantle
The Hub Marketing Communications,
Honda Over the Top Expedition - After 67 days at sea, dodging more than 1500 whales and 134 turtles, travelling 10,100km, using 7500 litres of fuel, catching 52 fish for dinner and suffering 57 sandfly bites... two brothers travelling ‘over the top' of Australia in a rubber ducky to raise funds for prostate cancer finally arrived home last week.... [more]
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Tender open for new patrol vessel for NSW South Coast
Richard Parlett,
NSW Maritime is calling for tenders for a vessel capable of performing offshore patrols and coastal passages for the South Coast region. Acting Manager of Boating Safety Craig Whitmore said the boat will replace an older vessel. 'We are seeking tenders for an aluminium rigid hull inflatable vessel between 9.5m and 11m, powered by either outboard motors or diesel engines,' Mr Whitmore said.... [more]
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Rena Media Conference Update: 10 October - Oil comes ashore
Richard Gladwell,
The first globules of oil have come ashore on Mt Maunganui Beach from the Rena stuck on Astolabe Reef, off the Tauranga Coast. The focus of this afternoon's media conference in Tauranga was aimed at warning the public to stay away from the oil deposits and the beaches generally.... [more]
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North Sails Australia merges with North Sails Melbourne Loft
North Sails,
Managing Director of North Sails Australia, Michael Coxon, and the principal of Melbourne's North Sails loft, veteran yachtsman Ross Lloyd, have jointly announced the merger of the Melbourne operations into North Sails Australia and the signing of Noel 'Nitro' Drennan.... [more]
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Battle to get oil off stricken ship appears lost before it starts
Richard Gladwell,
At the media conference on mid-Sunday afternoon, those involved with the yet to start oil pumping exercise off the Rena, said the exercise would take 40 hours. That would seem to be too late by at least hours to beat the rising winds and seas expected to hit the stricken ship from midnight.... [more]
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Predicted heavy winds could trigger container ship trigger breakup
Richard Gladwell,
Strong onshore winds are expected on Tuesday and Wednesday on the Bay of Plenty coast where the container ship Rena lies stuck on Astrolabe Reef. At today's media conference several speakers alluded stronger winds being expected on Monday, but did not elaborate, instead pushing the line that oil recovery could start late Sunday (NZT) and could be completed before winds increase.... [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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Keith Douglas enters race for Gold Coast Mayor
Jeni Bone,
The Gold Coast's well-known marine campaigner, Keith Douglas has put his hat in the ring for Mayoral elections in 2012.... [more]
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Chaparral urges all boaties to get in to Variety 'Splash' 2012
Dani Limback,
Chaparral Australia and Aussie Boat Sales have put out the call for the 2012 Variety 'Splash', aiming to raise more than $6,000 for Variety Children's Charity Victoria.... [more]
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Horizon signs second mega yacht order for China market
Vincee Wu,
Horizon has announced a new mega yacht contract for a Horizon RP120 destined for the Chinese market - the second mega yacht order above 100 feet for China.... [more]
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Seawind approaches major milestone: 100th Seawind 1160
Brent Vaughan,
In July 2004 the first Seawind 1160 was presented to the world at the Sydney International Boat Show. Now in 2011 the 100th Seawind 1160 is soon to be launched, which sets to mark a huge milestone for the company and will secure the Seawind 1160's place in Australia's boat building history.... [more]
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Incredible opportunity to land exceptional Cumberland 44
Multihull Solutions,
Multihull Solutions has just announced one of the most exciting brokerage listings of the year with a superb 2007 Cumberland 44 power catamaran in ‘as new' condition and comprehensively outfitted.... [more]
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Marina Port Vell Barcelona reveals its masterplan at MYS 2011
Amy Halsted,
Marina Port Vell Barcelona aims to become one of the world's elite superyacht destinations and the pre-eminent home port in the Mediterranean through a radical transformation.... [more]
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ChronGlobal Tidal Chronoscope - Know the tide as easily as the time
ChronGlobal Corp,
The Tidal Chronoscope, a new application for your mobile device, provides an intuitive depiction of present and future tides for 9400+ USA and worldwide tide stations. Instantly, and at your very location. Along with lunar and solar positions, in the look and feel of the most popular tide watch ever.... [more]
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Try Boating Day
Domenic Genua,
Ever wanted to know what it would be like to own a trailer boat? With almost one million registered boats in Australia, you can understand the growing interest by Australians to want to participate. In NSW almost half a million people have a boat driver's licence.... [more]
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Time running out fast for oil recovery from stricken ship on NZ reef
Richard Gladwell,
The spell of fortuitous weather that has blessed salvage recovery operations at the Astrolabe Reef are expected to end around midday Sunday, when the offshore wind swings to the east. According to a wind prognosis from America's Cup winning software from, the winds will change around noon on Sunday and will swing east. The wind change will produce much bigger waves... [more]
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Georges River (Sydney) celebrates Boaters, Fishers in Estuary Open Day
David Kuhn,
The Lower Georges River Sustainability Initiative is hosting the Estuary Open Day from 9:30 am to 2 pm on Saturday 29 October, at the St George Motor Boat Club in Sans Souci.... [more]
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Andrew Short Marine closes its doors
Jeni Bone,
Iconic Sydney dealership, 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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A leader for the environment
Jonathan Revitt,
Company-wide policies designed to ensure Mercury Marine is environmentally responsible and protective of the earth's natural resources are delivering very significant benefits.... [more]
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Why is carbon fiber so expensive?
Rachel Swaby,
When carbon fiber was first trotted out in solid rocket motor cases and tanks in the 1960s, it was poised to not only take on fiberglass, but also a whole host of other materials. What happened? 50 years later it's still an exotic material. Sure, Batman's got it in his suit, expensive cars feature smatterings of it in their dashboards and performance parts,... [more]
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State Safety Award for Jetski Campaign
Richard Parlett,
NSW Maritime last week won the 2011 NSW Water Safety Community Education Project of the Year Award for its work in promoting safe and responsible use of personal watercraft. The AUSTSWIM sponsored awards were held in Sydney and attended by several hundred members of numerous organisations dedicated to promoting water safety.... [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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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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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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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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