Ancient art of Yak fishing, BIA NSW holds show rates, VanDutch - wow!

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 06 Dec 2011

Ancient art of yak fishing, BIA NSW holds show rates, VanDutch - wow!

I am besotted with so many things this week - it's unsettling. Just 18 days before Christmas, I have discovered (don't hate me for hooking you on this!) and am sourcing gifts for everybody, including myself, several times over. It's the trend. Online merchants are rubbing their hands with euphoria as PayPal, ebay and others predict record spends online.

Also on my dream 'Want List', the VanDutch 40, just arrived in Australia with a Dutch pedigree and performance that will impress. You won't resist it either and if your budgets stretches (and your wife/significant other is keen!) you could be recreating the elan of French Riviera on your waterway. Check it out for sheer jaw-drop factor.

Next on the list, all about 'yak fishing'. Thanks to Josh Holmes, this sports most avid proponent, for the insight and inspiration. I am taking the family to Tuross Head on the NSW south coast this year for a Griswald-kind-of-Christmas, and will be dragging that kayak out of storage and trying it for myself. My dad tells stories of dolphins prancing over the bow of his kayak while fishing in the shallows, so I am determined to experience that, and catch a haul for tailor or mullet for our dinner.

SO many stories this week, you will need a cuppa, or a G&T, to savour them.

Keep sending your own story leads and we will chase them.

Have a great lead up to Christmas.

Jeni Bone

Overseas boat ‘bargains' hurting Australians with hidden costs
Multihull Solutions,
Industry leader, Multihull Solutions reports a shocking increase in stories of people being stung by the pitfalls of purchasing alleged ‘bargain boats' from overseas.... [more]
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Aussies bound for etail Christmas this year
Jeni Bone,
Christmas will give online retailers plenty to smile about, as Australians indicate they will be spending up bigger than ever online, at the expense of bricks and mortar stores.... [more]
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Navico introduces advantage service program
Sandman PR,
Lowrance, Simrad Yachting and B&G customers are set to benefit from a new customer support program, which is to be introduced in the New Year.... [more]
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Yak fishing - something for everybody!
Jeni Bone,
Kayak fishing is seen by 'the establishment' as a relatively new and growing sport, but its passionate proponents will point out, its origins are as old as mankind.... [more]
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Axius catamaran first in Southern Hemisphere
Mercury Marine,
The VK1 – the first catamaran in the Southern Hemisphere to feature MerCruiser's amazing Axius sterndrive system – is receiving rave reviews as a great all-rounder, and has opened up a whole new world of possibilities.... [more]
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Sperry SON-R Technology - See With Your Feet
Sweaty Betty PR,
Long the name in classic, practical and perennially stylish boating footware, Sperry is making a big splash with the new range of SON-R Technology shoes - ideal for boating, fishing and all outdoor recreation on land or water.... [more]
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Hearts pounding, heads turning - VanDutch 40 touches down in Sydney
Jeni Bone,
It's not too late to add this to your Christmas list! A chance sighting in St Tropez inspired fellow Dutch man, Dick van Damme to make contact with and negotiate exclusive rights as the dealer for Australia and New Zealand for this black hulled, exotic and high-powered craft, the VanDutch 40, ‘Coco Noir'.... [more]
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Azimut 40S joins expanding syndication fleet
Imprint Media,
Boating Syndication Australia (BSA) has launched an Azimut 40S motor yacht into its expanding fleet of luxury boats in Sydney.... [more]
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BIA NSW to hold exhibitor rates for 2012
The Board of the Boating Industry Association of NSW have again decided to hold exhibitor rates for the 2012 Rosehill Gardens and Sydney International Boat Shows.... [more]
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Seawinds enjoy the wind at Moreton Bay Regatta
Brent Vaughan,
The fifth annual Seawind Moreton Bay Regatta enjoyed some fresh conditions this year with a 15-20 North Easterly blowing the fleet of a dozen Seawind catamarans around the Bay, to the thrill of all the owners and crew onboard.... [more]
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New year, new Back Cove 34
Sandman PR,
The first Back Cove 34 is set to arrive in Australia in the first week of January 2012.... [more]
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UK-Halsey move brings better value for Melbourne, Australia.
UK-Halsey Sailmakers,
Sam Haines and his team have joined the UK-Halsey Sailmakers group. While name changes seldom mean much to clients, Haines is confident his customers are going to enjoy this one.... [more]
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Phuket King's Cup – A truly international regatta
Phuket King's Cup Media,
The 25th annual Phuket King's Cup regatta, which will run from December 3rd to 10th in Phuket, Thailand has attracted one of the most diverse international fleets in the world. Thailand is a perfectly located sailing paradise and in the year the event celebrates its quarter century, it has attracted skippers from 15 countries in the keelboat class of the regatta alone.... [more]
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Maryborough marine facilities to be boosted, big time
Jeni Bone,
It has been on the drawing board for more than a decade and fallen short of capital over that period, but now a $40 million marine industry park at Maryborough on the Queensland Fraser Coast (255km north of Brisbane) may finally move forward after receiving the support of the state government.... [more]
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Grand Bay unveils its new 100┬┤ Elegance superyacht
Kurt Strand,
Grand Bay Yachts has unveiled their new project, 100┬┤ Elegance. 100┬┤Elegance main deck offers a spacious main salon, and her adjacent dining room is designed for eight guests.... [more]
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Doyle Sails expansion into South East Queensland
Guy Waddilove,
The Doyle Sails group is continuing its expansion in Australia with Yancy and Bucky Smith joining the group to run Doyle Sails South East Queensland. Yancy and Bucky have been designing and making sails on the Sunshine Coast for 18 years having joined their father's sailmaking business which was established in 1975.... [more]
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Paul Phelan strengthens leadership at Telwater
Telwater Managing Director Paul Phelan is set to strengthen his leadership role following the resignation of General Manager, Tim Atkins.... [more]
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Over USD50 million of boats are confirmed to display at PIMEX 2012
Event Media,
The 2012 Phuket International Boat Show (PIMEX), the region's largest boating consumer show, looks set to be a bumper edition.... [more]
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Flir's First MateMS Thermal Imaging Camera helps sailors see in dark
Jane Arakawa,
The new Flir First Mate MS uses the same thermal imaging technology as Flir's best-in-class Navigator II, Voyager II and M-Series thermal night vision systems but now it's even smaller, lighter... [more]
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In time for Summer- Mercury Moving Propeller Alert
If you take your boat anywhere there are swimmers or tow sport activities, then you should consider Mercury's Moving Propeller Alert.... [more]
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Mackay Marina chosen as first Australian port in Oyster Rally
Jeni Bone,
Mackay Marina – a world-class 500-berth facility at the tail end of The Whitsundays – has just snared the prestigious and internationally significant Oyster World Rally 2013-14.... [more]
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Marina survey highlights marinas' commitment to the environment
Colin Bransgrove MIAA,
The preliminary findings from the annual Health of the Australian Marina Survey have been released. Despite tough trading conditions the survey highlights that more marinas are committed to increase spending on improvements to environmental related facilities and technologies.... [more]
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ICOMIA releases this year's Stats Book
The latest International Council of Marine Industry Associations' Statistics Book for the worldwide recreational marine industry is available for purchase.... [more]
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Third generation Clipper Race fleet takes shape
Anna Wardley,
The very first of a new 12-strong fleet of Clipper 70s has now been released from its mould as the construction of an expanded fleet for the Clipper Round the World Yacht Race makes progress on schedule ahead of its completion in the coming year. This is the first of an order for twelve identical new Castro-designed yachts, with an option on four more.... [more]
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New Level 50 from Burke Marine
Colin Burgess,
Burke Marine is well known for its range of Personal Flotation Devices (PFD's) and with the implementation of the new AS4758.1 standard they have redesigned their range to suit the new standard.... [more]
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Yamaha introduces the 2012 SuperJet
Yamaha Waverunner,
Yamaha's 2012 SuperJet has arrived in Australia. With its sharp new 'carbon' look matched with black hull and deck, it is proving to be the most popular incarnation of this model Yamaha has ever produced.... [more]
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Savage release new ultra lift hull
Australia's oldest brand of aluminium boats has had a fresh new update and it is not only internal features that have benefitted with the introduction of the Ultra Lift Hull on most Savage models.... [more]
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Yacht Sentinel: Your virtual crew member
Dee Jones,
Our boats are commonly the second largest investment we make after our house. Yet many of us rely on good fortune, rather than good planning, for our prized possession to stay anchored and above water.... [more]
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Camper welcomes the world to its 'paper' pavilion
Jeni Bone,
Extending beyond comfortable and fashion-forward footwear, Camper has commissioned Japanese architect, Shigeru Ban to design the Camper Pavilion for the Volvo Ocean Race 2011-12.... [more]
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