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  31 Oct 2011

A piece of paper that brings peace of mind

I knew I wasn't cut out for a long career in used boat sales because I worried too much about the buyers.

On the one hand there was pressure from the seller and the business owner to do the deal and bank the commission.

On the other was a starry-eyed and naïve novice hanging on your every word. A person who'd worked hard for their dough and for whom this possibly was the second largest lifestyle purchase they'd ever make, after their house.

Hanging thick and ominously, like a fog of uncertainty, was the prospect that the boat had some sinister flaw. They reckon 'buyers are liars' but I came across a few shady sellers in my time too.

Best money people ever spent was on a professional survey and a mechanical inspection. You're a fool if you don't get that done.

A new BIA-backed warranty program closes the gap between buying new and used.  Connexion PR

But even better is the fact that the Boating Industry Association has now backed a warranty program that brings boat sales more in line with their car cousins.

The BIA Dealer Certified Used Boat Warranty provides peace of mind to families who buy a used boat or PWC from a participating BIA marine dealer. It's a guarantee that you're not buying someone else's problem.

The vessel's history is checked to assure clear title and there's a 50 point pre-sale inspection.

The warranty against mechanical failure runs for one year, or two years for an extra fee.

Included are the outboard engine, instruments, wiring, windscreen, steering and fuel system, as well as trailer components, to a total of $7500. The program is managed by insurers Nautilus Marine.

I'm sure there are other boat brokers around who'll sleep better as a result too.

Mark Rothfield

How dolphins handle 'the bends'
Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution,
Scientist are aware that the blood and tissue of some deceased beaked whales stranded in the vicinity of naval sonar exercises are riddled with bubbles. It is also well-known that human divers can suffer from bubble induced decompression sickness, more often referred to as the bends.... [more]
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Head to a stocked Qld dam for your next big catch
Recreational fishers in Queensland are encouraged to head to their nearest stocked dam for their next big catch.... [more]
Share this story wins BEST ONLINE PUBLICATION award
Brendan Maxwell,, Powerboat-World's sister publication, has won BEST ONLINE PUBLICATION at the 2011 Gold Coast Media Awards, announced last night at Bond University on Queensland's Gold Coast, against a field of mainstream media with high profile consumer sites.... [more]
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Antarctic journey begins for Cas and Jonesy
Cas and Jonesy,
Cas and Jonesy have finally put another foot forth in their Antarctic journey. After a fourteen day hold up in South America due to bad weather, the duo are at last en route to Antarctica! The delay hasn't impacted too much on their timings- they still have 90 days to ski unsupported from the coast of Antarctica to the South Pole and then back!... [more]
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Italian shipbuilders take a look at Thailand
Manote Tripathi, The Nation,
Host to the King's Cup Regatta and home to a state-of-the-art marina, Phuket draws some 1,300 yachts every year, ranging from cruising sailors to superyachts measuring from 30 to 100 feet. Given Phuket's popularity, that number is likely to increase and experts surmise that one of the reasons is because Phuket offers great value repair and maintenance services.... [more]
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Maritime NZ - Rena Disaster - 30 October: 58 containers adrift
Maritime NZ,
Maritime NZ, on Sunday 30 October: Navigation warnings remain in place in the Bay of Plenty, as 58 containers from Rena remain unaccounted for. Of the 88 containers lost overboard on 11 October, 15 have been recovered, with recovery under way for another seven that have washed ashore.... [more]
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Macau Yacht Show 2011 - bringing boating to Macau's doorstep
Guy Nowell,,
The first full day of the inaugural Macau Yacht Show, Friday 28 October, brought sunshine, breeze and an appropriately Mediterranean temperature to the waterfront at Fisherman's Wharf. There's no doubt that this is a prime venue for a boat show, with a quayside just made for strolling. The al fresco waterfront has everything from Amsterdam street-fronts to the Coliseum... [more]
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Broadband 4G Radar signals the death of pulse
Sandman PR,
From the same family as the award-winning BR24 and the pioneering Broadband 3G, Navico's new Broadband 4G™ Radar is set to forever change marine navigation.... [more]
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Sail-World visitors – this week a two metre snake
Brendan Maxwell,,
We get an interesting range of visitors, beyond the old salts who drop by on a regular basis, the local wild-life often call in, unannounced. This two metre green tree snake, (Dendrelaphis Punctulatus) has previously attempted to venture into the office via an open window, but this week was applying for a sub-editors role.... [more]
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Macau Yacht Show 2011 - it's a beginning
Guy Nowell, Sail-World Asia,
The Macau Yacht Show – or the ‘Macau International Yacht Import and Export Fair, to give it full title – opened yesterday evening with a harbour cruise for government and industry VIPs, speeches, fireworks, a jetski display and a gala dinner at The Rocks Hotel overlooking the boats at Fisherman's Wharf.... [more]
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NSW Maritime conducting Operation Paddle Safe this weekend
NSW Maritime,
NSW Maritime Boating Safety Officers will be out in force this weekend on NSW waterways to conduct Operation Paddle Safe. Conflict between canoes or kayaks and power vessels was a possibility when the available water was restricted, particularly in busy waterways such as Sydney Harbour.... [more]
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Exclusive use aquatic licence granted for Lake Talbot this weekend
NSW Maritime,
NSW Maritime has granted an exclusive use aquatic licence for the safe staging of the Australian Wooden Power Boat Association's 2011 National Regatta on Lake Talbot this weekend.... [more]
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Shellfish warning issued for Peel-Harvey Estuary
Department of Health,
On the 27th October, the Department of Health issued the following statement regarding a shellfish warning for the Peel-Harvey Estuary: With the start of the long weekend the Department of Health is reminding people not to eat shellfish collected from the wild.... [more]
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Lifejacket campaign in Hunter region this weekend
Penny Robins,
NSW Maritime will lead a multi-agency campaign in the Hunter region this weekend focusing on the new lifejacket rules which came into effect in November 2010. NSW Maritime Hunter/ Inland Regional Manager Sonia McKay said Maritime Boating Safety Officers would be joined by local Water Police Officers and volunteers from Marine Rescue NSW for the campaign.... [more]
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Macau Yacht Show 2011 - starts tomorrow
Guy Nowell, Sail-World Asia,
Tomorrow the inaugural Macau Yacht Show launches itself with an Opening Ceremony and Gala Dinner. With ever more numerous Yacht Shows and Boat Shows trying to elbow each other off the edge of the Asian chart in recent years, the real question is not ‘why?', but why nobody has done this in Macau before. After all, the Macau Special Administrative Region of China is the epicenter of gambling in Asia... [more]
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US sailfish season looming
Bob Wonders,
Preparations are underway for the forthcoming sailfish tournament season in the United States. with the massive Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show opening tomorrow (October 27), there's all be some action at the IGFA HQ with new inductions to the Hall of Fame taking place.... [more]
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Fort Lauderdale celebrates 53 years of all things boating
Media Services,
The world's largest in-the-water boat show, the 52nd Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show (FLIBS), will run 27 October to 31 October and is a magnet for superyacht owners, buyers and charterers, with an impressive variety of yachts for sale and charter as well as a stunning display of brand new yachts from the world's top shipyards.... [more]
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New Belize is built to please
Mark Rothfield,
Life is full of ambiguities. Why, for instance, are finance experts called brokers? Shouldn't the word 'abbreviated' be abbreviated? How do you dispose of a garbage bin? Do pigs have hamstrings? Here's two more ... why would two seriously wealthy boating icons come out of retirement mid-GFC to start their own boat brand? And why call that brand Belize?... [more]
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Gold Coast Marine Expo - sowing the seeds for boats and boating
Gold Coast Marine Expo,
In the market to try, buy or see how a boat is made? All these and much more will be on show at the inaugural Gold Coast Marine Expo – Australia's Working Boat Show – 4, 5 and 6 November at the bustling Coomera marine precinct on Queensland's Gold Coast.... [more]
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Spending good money on bad motors makes a boater broke
Mark Rothfield,
Forget slow horses and fast women. Ask any boat broker what makes a boater broke, and they'll tell you in six succinct words: 'Spending good money on bad motors.' In my boat-selling days I saw engines catch fire, cook themselves, conk out at critical moments or resolutely refuse to start.... [more]
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All Marine Spares - IBEX and METS valuable for trade insight
Jeni Bone,
Just back from IBEX trade show, Leigh Francis from All Marine Spares is already packing for this year's METS in Amsterdam, anticipating numerous productive meetings with brands and exhibitors, as well as hopeful of picking up some new products.... [more]
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Kaenon Polarized new, hand-painted sunglass styles
Kaenon Polarized, the Newport Beach-based Lifestyle and Luxury Performance sunglass brand, announces the launch of its 2011 Anniversary Collection, in celebration of reaching its 10 year milestone as a company. The Anniversary Collection is available in November, online and through Kaenon's authorized dealer network.... [more]
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Powerboat Racing Champion Ben Jelf to attempt new World Speed Record
Emma Slater,
RYA Powerboat Racing Champion Ben Jelf (11) from Maidstone, Kent is aiming to become the fastest 11 year old on water when he takes part at Coniston Records Week in the bid to set a new World Speed Record in the GT15.... [more]
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Online boat auctions the way forward
Jeni Bone,
Marine Auctions has added an online auction component to its sales arsenal, launching the innovation from 14 November as an additional medium for clients selling their boats and those interested in buying from afar.... [more]
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Kudos for New Zealand yacht builders with international awards
NZ Marine Export Group Inc,
Kiwi yacht builders and marine industry suppliers feature among the finalists of two significant international design awards with the winners being announced later this month.... [more]
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Australian Superboat final - Temora's title decider
Sean Henshelwood,
The Tyreright Australian Superboat Championships will be decided at the final round. In the Unlimited Superboat class, mathematically the title is still wide-open, but only a disaster will stop 2007 champion Dean Finch (Loose Cannon) from taking his second Unlimited title.... [more]
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Crack down on illegal fishing in Port Philip and Westernport bays
DPI Vic,
Anglers who breach the bag and size limits for snapper face multiple fines of up to $366 on the spot, or $10,000 through prosecution and/or six months imprisonment.... [more]
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Downeast tradition is a winner Down Under
Sandman PR,
Styled in the timeless ‘Downeast' tradition, the brand new Back Cove 34 is due to arrive in Australia early 2012.... [more]
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Cargo vessel refloated – Lord Howe Island
Neil Patchett,
The vessel MV Island Trader which grounded on the Monday 17 October in the lagoon at Lord Howe Island was refloated on the high tide this evening (Monday 24 October 2011). The cargo vessel is now safe and secure alongside the island's wharf, with an anti-pollution boom around it as a precaution.... [more]
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There's pain in painting ... but pride in the result
Mark Rothfield,
Her name was Shad and she was red, white and green like the Italian flag, neither of which I could stand (with no disrespect to Italians). I found her in the corner of a hobby farm on Sydney's outskirts, suspended on a makeshift slipway. Her tandem-axle trailer sulked among dandelions.... [more]
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Rena Oil Spill - Despite the Official Line, the same questions remain
Richard Gladwell,
Eighteen days ago the Liberian registered MV Rena, struck the Astrolabe Reef off Tauranga. From the outset questions were asked, when little appeared to be done in the initial period of fine weather that ran for a four day period. Now that oil is being successfully retrieved the lights have dimmed on this issue a little but the questions remain.... [more]
Share this story wins BEST ONLINE PUBLICATION award
Brendan Maxwell, won BEST ONLINE PUBLICATION at the 2011 Gold Coast Media Awards, announced last night at Bond University on Queensland's Gold Coast, against a field of mainstream media with high profile consumer sites.... [more]
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