Marine Park impact, Thurley to manufacture Clipper, 5000th Riv

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 13 Nov 2012

Marine Park impact, Thurley to manufacture Clipper, 5000th Riv

To paraphrase the tagline of 'The Nake City': there are millions of stories in a coastal town and today, we bring you just one of them.

Batemans Bay  .. ©

This is the first-person account of a professional prawning family - the briefest insight in to life in a quiet town, reliant on its fishing and prawning for income, tourism and to keep the commerce of town flowing. My thank to Esmay Hropic for her candour and hope it brings home how misplaced are many of the Marine Parks rulings.

We also have a follow up from the Gold Coast International Marine Expo, not just charting sales and leads, but also emerging consumer trends and how the boating industry can capitalise on them.

Mercury Ground breaking ceremony in Wisconsin.  Mercury Marine

There's positive news from Mercury in the US, following its announcement of a $20 investment in the head office facilities in Wisconsin.

The new Clipper Motor Yachts team from left, Mark Campion, Chairman Yu from Fuhua Shipbuilding, Glenn Thurlow and Brett Thurley  Clipper Motor Yachts

Locally, Brett Thurley, from Clipper Motor Yachts Australia, has announced a strategic move into manufacturing, having purchased the design, tooling and molds for the range of Clipper semi-displacement motor yachts. It's a joint equity venture with the Fuhua Shipbuilding yard in China and with Mark Campion who has managed all Clipper production under former ownership in China and was a founder and partner in the original Clipper Motor Yachts International. Our congratulations and heartiest wishes for a great future!

We have the pictures and moving tribute to the grand Riviera brand, which celebrates its 5000th vessel off the production line during the GC Expo. CEO, Wes Moxey, said the launch of Riviera's 5000th boat which took pride of place beside the first Riviera model was one of the most rewarding experiences in his entire career. Owners, staff, media and guests were equally touched.

A huge mirrored disco ball set the scene for the Riv nightclub in the factory as a slide show portrayed Riviera's 32 year history  Stephen Milne

Marine13 in April is not far away now, given it's nearly the end of 2012. Organisers are encouraging marine related businesses to get onboard and exhibit at what will be Australia's first international marine industry trade show, 28-30 April 2013 in Sydney, to reach a wave of new prospective clients and partners who will attend this inaugural event.

And, there are many more new products, great gadgets and safety gear in time for the holidays so read on and swing by throughout the week for news as it happens.

Happy boating!

Jeni Bone, editor

Death of a Town: Marine Park's 'devastating' impact on Batemans Bay
Jeni Bone,
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Bright new era for Clipper as Thurley moves into manufacturing
Imprint Media,
Australian boating industry identity Brett Thurley, from Clipper Motor Yachts Australia, has announced a strategic move into manufacturing.... [more]
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Exhibit at Marine13 for access to the Australasia market
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Industry sings Expo praises
Stephen Milne,
Marine industry leaders can't speak highly enough of the second annual Gold Coast International Marine Expo which concluded yesterday, with many exhibitors recording the most sales in years, while others have filled their order books for the next six months.... [more]
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J.P. Morgan Asset Management extends race title sponsorship to 2014
Peta Stuart-Hunt,
The Island Sailing Club (ISC), organisers of the annual Round the Island Race, is ecstatic to confirm that J.P. Morgan Asset Management has agreed to continue its sponsorship of the Round the Island Race for a further two years, through to 2014.... [more]
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Hamilton Island Audi Race Week 2013 Accommodation Options!
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Swan Super Lines salutes the Gold Coast Marine Expo
Jeni Bone,
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Bruce Birtwistle appointed General Manager of Bellingham Marine NZ
Bellingham Marine,
Bellingham Marine, world renowned marina builder, is happy to announce the appointment of Bruce Birtwistle as the General Manager of Bellingham Marine New Zealand. Mr. Birtwistle rejoins the Bellingham Marine family after three years of working in the Middle East for Bellingham Marine's licensee, Septech Emirates, where he served as the Business Unit Manager of Septech's marine division.... [more]
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World Yacht Racing Forum - Get to know industry leaders this December
James Gradwell,
At the World Yacht Racing Forum 2012, due to take place just four weeks from now on 11-12 December in Gothenburg, Sweden, top class speakers will discuss the latest trends and challenges in the business of yacht racing and what the future holds for an industry full of passion.... [more]
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Quartostile Benetti innovation 70
Poerio Sandpeople,
Elegance, quality and comfort are the distinctive features of Qs Benetti Innovation 70.... [more]
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Mercury invests $20 million in US facilities
Jonathan Revitt,
To help maintain its position as the world's leading marine engine manufacturer, Mercury Marine is investing $US20 million ($A19.2 million) to further develop facilities at its headquarters in Fond du Lac, Wisconsin, USA.... [more]
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Southern Spars exhibiting at METS2012
Southern Spars will be exhibiting on stand 01.108 at METS and its incorporated SuperYacht Pavilion 2012. METS is the world's largest exhibition of equipment, materials and systems for the international marine leisure industry. This year the show celebrates its 25th anniversary... [more]
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Manson Anchors to show underhull anchoring system at METS2012
Manson Anchors and Bowmaster are again exhibiting at METS2012, in the same location with the New Zealand companies, Hall 2 stand 02.222 After a great show in Monaco and confidence building (albeit windy and wet) show in Fort Lauderdale, Manson's Ned Wood says they are very much looking forward to the METS show for 2012.... [more]
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Collinson FX Market Commentary: November 9, 2012 - Equities crash
Collinson FX,
Collinson FX Market Commentary: November 9, 2012 - The end of a tumultuous week in the US with the repercussions being felt globally. Equity markets plunged with the prospect of a gridlocked US Government staring down the barrel of the 'fiscal cliff'! Europe added to the mix with a rioting Greece and a break down of law and order.... [more]
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A moving ceremony launches the 5000th Riviera
Stephen Milne,
It was an emotional and moving ceremony for multiple Riviera owners Peter and Denise Haig, who had the honour of unveiling the signed six metre by two metre banner, which marked Riviera's 5000th boat launch.... [more]
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Australia's first Eco Boat Show now just a week away
Dick Clarke,
Australia's first Eco Boat Show will get underway at Bayview next weekend, Sunday 18th November, 2012 and will feature the Australian debut of the radical new ‘HydroPak' Micro-Fuel Cell Generator. The HydroPak is a revolutionary portable 'off-grid' power device that combines next generation Polymer Electrolyte Membrane (PEM) fuel cell technology with new 150Wh energy storage cartridges.... [more]
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New Riva 122' MYTHOS, the first aluminium planing yacht from the brand
Andrea Biondi,
Riva, the iconic brand of the Ferretti Group, launches its new flagship, 122' Mythos. Riva 122' Mythos, the largest aluminium planing yacht ever produced by the historic shipyard, perfectly transfers the elegance, flair and clean lines featured by all Riva models to a new line built entirely in light aluminium alloy.... [more]
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Industry jumps onboard for 25th annual Sanctuary Cove Boat Show
Sanctuary Cove International Boat Show,
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Boab Boat Crew – boat ownership with benefits
Sandman PR,
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Christmas Emergency Beacon Value Packs from GME
Matt Heap,
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Lewmar to launch innovative app ahead of METS
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Eight additional RS100's set to arrive in Australia before Christmas
Patrick Langley,
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Marine13: Register now!
Organisers of Marine13 International Conference and Exhibition are adding to the comprehensive three-stream, two-day program which has a total of 50 plenary, lecture and workshop sessions. Plenary highlights include the topics of ‘Engaging Boaters of Today and Tomorrow' and ‘Accepting the Challenge – McConaghy's Role in the Deepsea Challenge Project'.... [more]
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25th Sanctuary Cove International Boat Show open to exhibitors
Sanctuary Cove International Boat Show,
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