Pantaenius the new force, GC Expo hits hyperdrive, NZ woos superyachts

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 23 Oct 2012

Pantaenius the new force, GC Expo hits hyperdrive, NZ woos superyachts

Enough news to sink a ship - so take some time to scour the headlines for topics that are pertinent to your business and interests.

The local marine insurance landscape is set for a shake-up with the arrival of Pantaenius Australia, the local arm of a truly global marine insurance player.

We have the story from well-known racing sailor, Jamie MacPhail, a significant industry figure over the past two decades who is now heading up Pantaenius Australia. Later in the week, we will have the exclusive interview with Jamie on how Pantaenius is different and its plans to serve the Aussie market.

This week we also have a compelling concept from marine propulsion research & development company, Contrapel Ltd which released details of its new propulsion system for boats launched at the recent Auckland On Water Boat Show. The Contrapel Hybrid Drive is so advanced that it carries out all the functions of both propellers and water-jets with none of the drawbacks of either. It aims to make future boats more economical, manoeuvrable, safer, stronger and better for the environment.

The new Contrapel 330 Hybrid Drives  Freddy Foote

The developers are looking for partners in its manufacture, to take this amazing concept into production.

Another concept that caught my attention is the world's first Quadski, an amphibious quad bike that clocks some speed on both sea and land, launched by a Kiwi in Detroit last week. It converts from a quad bike to a jet ski within five seconds and can reach speeds of 72km/hr on land and water. At US$40,000, it's not a toy, but would get your adrenalin pumping. We may see it on our shores next year - who knows what Maritime Safety will make of it!?

In NZ, in preparation for a big summer of superyacht visits, Auckland Viaduct Marina has launched a new website and a host of marina improvements with emphasis on making the visit easy for Superyacht captains and owners.

Auckland Viaduct Marina  Clive Bennett

Superyacht Australia too is flexing its collective muscle, lobbying government and working with Australian Marine Safety Authority to simplify issues for foreign flagged Superyachts cruising in Australian waters.

It's well worth the effort, with international figures showing that the world's 6,000 or so superyachts are looking for new cruising grounds, and Australia rates highly on their wish list, and they spend up when they're at a destination, not just in terms of refits and maintenance - accepted as 10% of the value of the vessel - but often also investing in the local property market. Recent estimates place the value at around $200m+ for the local communities.

The 2012 Gold Coast International Marine Expo offers a 2.5 kilometre circuit of everything boating  Gold Coast Marine Expo

Next weekend, 2-4 November, is the second annual Gold Coast International Marine Expo, and organisers are hard at work to ensure it's a bigger and better extravaganza this year - appealing to families all over SEQld and NSW with a full calendar of entertainment, as well as behind the scenes insight into a working marine precinct, factory tours, presentations and demonstrations every 15 minutes!

For sailing enthusiasts and sporting fans, Olympic sailing gold medalists, Matt Belcher and Malcolm Page will attend the Expo Saturday 3 November.

Matthew Belcher / Malcolm Page (49er)
2009 Sail Melbourne regatta
ISAF Sailing World Cup
© Sport the library/Jeff Cro - 2009 World Sailing Cup - Sail Melbourne Day 1  Jeff Crow/ Sport the Library ©

If you can make it to Coomera, join in the fun, the celebration of the boating lifestyle and see the manufacturers at work (and play!) There's the Club Marine Shipyard party Saturday night, and Melbourne Cup lunch on Tues 6 November as a bonus!

Have a great week!

Jeni Bone, editor

PANTAENIUS Sail & Motor Yacht Insurance opens office in Australia
Media Services,
James MacPhail is the Managing Director of the new Pantaenius office in Sydney. He's not just a businessman but also a passionate yachtsman with strong market knowledge in the Australian yachting scene. This is why he knows what yacht owners expect from their insurance.... [more]
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GC International Expo ramps up the entertainment
Stephen Milne,
An educational and entertaining extravaganza for the whole family to enjoy is planned for the second annual Gold Coast International Marine Expo, which has a host of new attractions, live demonstrations, workshops and entertainment.... [more]
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The world's first above water-line propeller system – Contrapel
F2 Communications,
Marine propulsion research & development company, Contrapel Ltd has released details of its new propulsion system for boats – the system set to make future boats more economical, manoeuvrable, safer, stronger and better for the environment.... [more]
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Fusion® Electronics wins 2012 NMEA Technology Award
James Hunt,
The National Marine Electronics Association (NMEA) Technology Award for 2012 has been awarded to Fusion®, the worldwide leader in Marine Entertainment. Announced today its line of high-performance marine-grade stereo systems, the 700 Series, has received the NMEA Award at the NMEA Conference and Expo.... [more]
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Bellingham Marine's John Spragg presents at China's marina conference
Bellingham Marine,
Bellingham Marine General Manager of Australasia, John Spragg recently traveled to China to present at the country's first dedicated marina conference. Spragg, a well-respected veteran of the marina industry, is in charge of overseeing Bellingham Marine's operations throughout Asia, the Middle East, Australia, New Zealand and the South pacific.... [more]
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First of the new Prestige 550 luxury motor yachts is on its way
Mainsheet Media,
The Sydney based new owners had made the trip to France to attend a VIP launch weekend at the Prestige factory in Les Herbiers. Attending the world wide launch they had the opportunity to be shown over the 550 by Sydney Prestige dealer Matthew Willett, and the General Manager of Prestige, Jean-Paul Chapeleau.... [more]
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Data download grows with phone addiction
Jeni Bone,
In the week that the publisher of iconic US masthead, Newsweek announced it will soon 'liberate' its title from print version, moving solely online, statistics show our appetite for smart phone media consumption is growing exponentially.... [more]
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PWC ‘FUNdraiser' aims to raise $60,000-$70,00 for melanoma
Mike Rose,
An exciting new challenge for PWC owners, which will see them travel from Tauranga to the Bay of Islands over 6 days, is aiming to raise between $60,000 and $70,000 for the Melanoma Foundation of New Zealand.... [more]
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Beneteau owners to battle it out!
Creating Demand,
The summer sailing season is about to heat up, with Beneteau owners presented with a number of opportunities to display their sailing prowess over the coming months.... [more]
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Beneteau power dealer expands with Melbourne office
Creating Demand,
JW Marine, Australia's main distributor of the Beneteau power boat range, has confirmed the November opening of a brand new office at Docklands Marine Precinct in Melbourne.... [more]
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Expansion continues for Integrity
Creating Demand,
Integrity Motor Yachts has continued their rapid expansion with the appointment of another two dealers to help drive the growth of their brand.... [more]
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Better Place: largest carbon fiber sloop, 1st Green Star sailing yacht
The stunning Bugatti blue coloured 50-meter sailing yacht Better Place, is the world's largest sloop in carbon fiber and uniquely classified RINA Green Star.... [more]
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Superyacht Australia's persistence with removing barriers pays off
AIMEX/Superyacht Australia,
Superyacht Australia , the peak body representing the Superyacht Industry in Australia, has for some time been working with the Australian Marine Safety Authority (AMSA) to simplify issues for foreign flagged Superyachts cruising in Australian waters. Superyacht Australia has worked hard over the past 12 months in appealing to AMSA to understand the unique nature of the Superyacht industry.... [more]
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Powercat Marine - Powering in to the future
Creating Demand,
Powercat Marine, Australia's most awarded catamaran manufacturer, has recommenced full production of their immaculately built power cat range. After a short break travelling Australia, owners Steve and Lynda Shaw are now back into full operation from their Brisbane based production facility.... [more]
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Australian flag lifejacket cover by SOS Marine
With the summer boating season fast approaching, SOS Marine has designed an Australian Flag cover for a lifejacket.... [more]
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Boat owners urged to 'ramp it up' at Wellington Pt, Brisbane
Dave Anderson,
Growing concern about how Queensland boat owners are increasingly being over-charged and under-serviced by local and state governments, has prompted the formation of Ramp It Up – an alliance drawn from some of the state's 238,000 owners of registered boats.... [more]
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Collinson FX Market Commentary: October 22, 2012 - Markets take a bath
Collinson FX,
Collinson FX market Commentary: October 22, 2012 - Markets continued to retreat after Fridays big falls. In Europe, Spanish regional elections have done little to impact the EUR which traded 1.0350 and the GBP 1.6000. The KIWI continues to trade around the 0.8150 levels.... [more]
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Is it a bike, is it a boat? It's the world's fist Amphiquad!
Jeni Bone,
A new type of vehicle that converts from a quad bike to a jet ski within five seconds and can reach speeds of 45 miles per hour (72km/hr) on land and water has been launched in the United States.... [more]
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Multihull Solutions cats half of nominations for 2012 Boat of the Year
Multihull Solutions,
Four models represented by Multihull Solutions have been nominated for the prestigious 2013 Cruising World Boat of the Year Awards.... [more]
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SpeedDream goes sailing in Yandex livery
Brian Hancock,
After an extended period refining the design and testing the internal keel canting mechanism, SpeedDream27, a prototype for what will become the worlds fastest monohull, was launched and sailed off Rockland. As a completely experimental boat, there was quite rightly some anticipation as to how things would work but on its maiden sail, with the first puff of wind, the boat heeled and keel flew.... [more]
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Chaparral says 'thanks' to WA buyers after Mandurah success
Dani Limback,
Chaparral boats have had a stunning re-launch at the Mandurah Boat show with a number of sales at the show and huge customer interest over the following week.... [more]
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Superyacht industry shows united front
AIMEX/Superyacht Australia,
Superyacht Australia met with key tourism and economic development officials last week in a meeting arranged by the local superyacht cluster; Superyacht Brisbane & Gold Coast.... [more]
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New website and other developments at Auckland Viaduct Marina
Clive Bennett,
With the expected influx of Superyachts visiting New Zealand for the summer season the Viaduct Marina in downtown Auckland has launched a new user-friendly website. The website is designed for simple navigation which includes essential links to provide a comprehensive marine service for visiting craft. Additionally the website is integrated into the other prime ‘Waterfront Auckland' marinas of... [more]
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Beta Marine supplies engine and gen set to replica lugger
Sarah Johnson,
Marine engine specialists, Beta Marine have supplied a Beta 75 marine engine and Beta Gen12kW generator to the replica lugger, Grayhound, which was recently launched in Millbrook in Devon. The Grayhound is a three masted lugger; the first of its kind to have been built in Britain for over 200 years.... [more]
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IBEX attendance up 1% on 2011
The International BoatBuilders' Exhibition and Conference (IBEX) has announced initial attendance figures for the boating-industry's annual trade show and networking event, which took place Oct. 2-4, at the Kentucky Exposition Center in Louisville.... [more]
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Pens moving fast at St Kilda's new marina!
Peter Davey,
The new marina at Royal Melbourne Yacht Squadron in St Kilda continues to enjoy strong demand. With tenders about to be awarded for both the breakwater extensions and the marina itself, interest in pens, particularly the 20 year long term leases, is high.... [more]
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Expo hosts Melbourne Cup Luncheon
Stephen Milne,
Gold Coast International Marine Expo exhibitors and horse racing aficionados are encouraged to come dressed with a hint of Expo orange for the race that stops the nation on Tuesday, November 6.... [more]
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Is it a stick? Is it a tree? No it's a Supercat! (Pt. II)
John Curnow,
In Part I, we saw how the Lagoon 450 slots into the range, what the cats are all about and maybe a little about the owners who have kept this brand strong, despite the malaise the world's economies may be experiencing. Right. On y va...... [more]
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GME EPIRB plays critical role in remarkable NSW Coastal rescue
Matthew Heap,
Some would argue that solo yachtsman Glenn Ey is an unlucky man, with his beautiful 11 metre vessel Streaker rolled by a rogue wave and dismasted off the NSW South Coast this week.... [more]
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Industry summit to focus on participation and innovation
Sail Melbourne,
Sail Melbourne will see sport and industry join forces to explore continued growth in sailing following on from Australia's Olympic success at the return of the 11th International Sailing Summit (ISS).... [more]
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