US boating worth US$121bn, Melb Show in review, Sydney show preview

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 20 Jun 2013

US boating worth US$121bn, Melb Show in review, Sydney show preview

Firstly, in case you noticed a few disruptions to our sites over the past few days, we have finished the major upgrade of our servers. Thanks for your patience. Back online now, with a feast of industry news and views.

Sunseeker - will be owned by Chinese property company.  onEdition ©

International news services have been buzzing, from Forbes to Fish Fanatic, with the news that Chinese property company, Dalian Wanda, is in the process of acquiring the iconic British boat brand, Sunseeker. Nothing will change to operations, the factory or jobs, the Dorset-based builder states, it's just a $465m investment in a brand that has proven to be popular among affluent Chinese, taking tiny steps towards yachting.

And why not? Ferretti, that most Italian of companies, is now 75% owned by a Chinese government manufacturing conglomerate, the Weichai Group. And with the boom in marina berths, moves to change legislation and attitudes to recreational boating, these are more signs that China is gradually warming to boating.

Melbourne Boat Show  BIA VIC

Melbourne Boat Show held over the weekend in the most atrocious of weather, still attracted the serious buyers and exhibitors report excellent sales as a result.

US boating industry  .. ©

Some inspiring stats from a US report from the NMMA which shows recreational boating in the US has an annual economic value of US$121 billion, supports 964,000 American jobs and 34,833 businesses, generates US$40 billion in annual labour income and drives US$83 billion in annual spending.

The NMMA has devoted a lot of time, resources and money to getting people of all walks of life and demographics engaged with the boating lifestyle through a national Discover Boating program, which is paying dividends. Our own BIAA is planning a study in a similar vein, hoping to raise the profile of boating at all levels with governments and legislators.

Even strong swimmers need a jacket  .. ©

Also from the US, an interesting piece on PFDs for man's best friend - our canine companions that are increasingly becoming part of our boating lives.

We have just added a massive mutt to the Bone household. Already 30kg at only four months, and a hopeless swimmer we've noticed from two trips to the beach, it would be nearly impossible to save her if she jumped or fell overboard.

So, in synch with the trend, life jacket manufacturers the world over are creating all manner of flotation and rescue vests for pooches so that we can all have a safe time on the water. Now, we just have to buy a boat big enough for our dog . . .

AIMEX and Superyacht Australia to adopt logo  AIMEX ©
Another quiver in the bow of AIMEX/Superyacht Australia, with the organisations teaming up with the Australian Made Campaign to promote the marine export and superyacht industries.

The iconic green-and-gold Australian Made logo will soon be used to help brand AIMEX promotions around the world, which AIMEX Group CEO, Mary Ann Edwards believes will further reinforce the credentials of Australian exporters globally and Australia as a destination for Superyachts.

The next major event on the Australian Boat Show calendar is the 25th Sydney International Boat Show, with organisers stating that halls 1-5 and the Promenade have been filled, with Hall 6 opened and selling rapidly.

According to BIA NSW Domenic Genua: 'There is only a bit of space left in Hall 6, which is pleasing. The marina is selling fast too, and we will come close to the 200 vessels on water.

'It's wonderful to see the variety of boats covering a number of segments - something for everybody!'

Sydney International Boat Show  Sydney Boat Show .

He continues: 'The show is shaping up to fulfill the philosophy of the ideal blend of boating education and entertainment, and all indications from other shows are that visitors are arriving well informed to events. People coming to the Sydney Boat Show will not be disappointed. Their wants, needs and aspirations will be fulfilled!'

Plenty more, whatever your taste runs to, from new gear, accessories, marinas and trade shows.

Enjoy the water this week!

Jeni Bone, editor

25th Sydney International Boat Show - countdown begins!
The 2013 Sydney International Boat Show (August 1-5) will mark the 25th occasion that Darling Harbour has played host to Australia's boating industry.... [more]
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New Chinese owner for Sunseeker
David Robinson,
UK boatbuilder Sunseeker is in talks with a prospective Chinese owner, Chinese property firm Dalian Wanda, in a deal worth US$471m. Subject to regulatory approval, the purchase is imminent. 'We are buying the best yacht company in the UK,' Wang Jianlin, chairman of Beijing-based Dalian Wanda, was quoted as saying. If the deal is concluded, new investment will be forthcoming... [more]
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Recreational Boating is US$121 Billion Economic Driver for US
The National Marine Manufacturers Association (NMMA) has announced that recreational boating in the US has an annual economic value of US$121 billion. The industry's rising tide supports 964,000 American jobs and 34,833 businesses, generates US$40 billion in annual labor income and drives US$83 billion in annual spending.... [more]
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AIMEX & Superyacht Australia join Australian-made campaign
The Australian International Marine Export Group (AIMEX) and the Australian Made Campaign are joining forces to promote the marine export and superyacht industries.... [more]
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Melbourne Boat Show sales success, despite weather
Jeni Bone,
The largest indoor boat show in the southern hemisphere, the Melbourne Boat Show ran 14-17 June at the Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre, and by all accounts, it was a success in terms of numbers, sales and interest.... [more]
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AIMEX: changes to EMDG a concern for marine export sector
Despite a slipping Australian dollar and some resurgence in the US market, AIMEX states the Australian manufacturing and export industry requires as much support as possible to survive.... [more]
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Missing link of how fishes triumphed over toxic oceans revealed
ARC Centre of Excellence,
An international team of scientists have revealed a missing link in the story of how the fishes triumphed over toxic oceans and past climate changes.... [more]
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Collinson FX Market Commentary: June 19,2013 - Weaker Oz outlook
Collinson FX,
Collinson FX Market Commentary: June 19, 2013 - All eyes were on the Fed as the FOMC began the all important two day meeting. There has been considerable speculation that tapering will commence at this meeting but the market has ignored this view . The RBA suggested a weak economy and further space for interest rate cuts, which pushed the AUD back to below 0.9450. The KIWI dipped to 0.7950... [more]
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Events Clothing Company strong contender for Exporter of the Year
Kate Gordon,
Events Clothing Company, an Auckland-based superyacht, marine and business clothing specialist is a finalist for the 2013 Auckland Export QBE Exporter of the Year (sales under $25 million) Award. The company celebrated many successes since its start in 1991. Events' first big win was supplying uniforms to Team New Zealand in the 1995 America's Cup challenge headed by the late Sir Peter Blake.... [more]
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Deep Biosphere home to growing communities of microorganisms
Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution,
The deep biosphere ,the realm of sediments far below the seafloor, home a vast ecosystem of bacteria, archaea and fungi that are actively metabolizing, proliferating and moving... [more]
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Melbourne Boat Show flocked by serious buyers
AAP Medianet,
The 2013 BIA Melbourne Boat Show last weekend had thousands of serious boat buyers that braved Melbourne's damp and chilly weather to make some major purchases.... [more]
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GPSMAP 8000 series and glass helm display
The newest piece of marine tech from Garmin at the recent Sanctuary Cove International Boat Show, the GPSMAP 8000 MFD and GPSMAP 8500 Black Box series.... [more]
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From France to Sydney Boat Show
The 2013 Sydney International Boat Show preparation is underway with Vicsail's fleet of Beneteau yachts loaded and on their way to Australia with Wallenius Wilhelmsen Logistics on the cargo ship FIGARO, carrying four Beneteau yachts.... [more]
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Something old, something new: Re-Sail Bags
Jeni Bone,
Re-Sail bags are a great gift and practical kit too. Available from J.R. Nautical, they are made from authentic used yacht sails. Every bag is a unique, one of a kind product that offers fantastic durability for boating or everyday use.... [more]
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PFDs for man's best friend
The rising popularity in life jackets for dogs in the US indicates going out with our four-legged friends is an important part of boating. Here, the NMMA presents some points to consider.... [more]
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Seabird death toll rising: new research
Media Services,
Fishing vessels that deploy gill nets snare and drown at least 400,000 seabirds every year, and the actual figure could be considerably higher, according to research published in the June edition of an academic journal devoted to conservation.... [more]
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Grand Pavois 2013 - The LABS emerge from the shadows
Veronique Largeau,
Back in 1995, the elite of the sailing world met up in San Diego for the 29th America's Cup, the most coveted trophy in the history of sailing. Just as in all those international meetings, if there was competition on the water, it was just as fierce on the drawing boards of the world's greatest marine designers.... [more]
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Rescue volunteers in top three most trusted professions in Australia
Ken McManus,
Community puts trust in rescue volunteers - Rescue volunteers are again in the top three most trusted professions in Australia... [more]
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Christoph Burger to be on board of North Sails Switzerland
North Sails Schweiz,
Christoph Burger, with immediate effect, will be on board of North Sails to enforce their presence in Switzerland. He is born in a sailmaking-family and has 20 years experiences in sailing. He will complete the teams around Daniel Schroff in the German-speaking part of Switzerland and Pierre-Yves Jorand in the French-speaking part.... [more]
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$5m in grants available for boating infrastructure projects
Roads and Maritime Services,
The call has gone out for applications from councils, boating clubs and community groups for boating infrastructure projects under the Roads and Maritime Services (RMS) Better Boating Program (BBP).... [more]
Share this story offers online ease for boaties
Brent Rohrlac,
Launched at Sanctuary Cove International Boat Show, is a web-based booking system designed to provide boat owners with an incredibly fast and easy to use method of booking their next berth or mooring – whether last minute or up to 12 months in advance.... [more]
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Sirocco Marine launches new BRIG website
Propel PR,
Leading inflatable boat distributor, Sirocco Marine, has launched a new website for BRIG Australia - [more]
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Alphaland: a new marina club in Manila Bay
Guy Nowell, Sail-World Asia,
Piling for the Club House is under way in the middle of the marina, and construction of an 800m breakwater should start soon. The Marina will be a commercial marina – not a yacht club as such. Chairman of Alphaland is Bobby Ongpin, who is reported to have a ‘fearsome' reputation for getting major construction project completed, which means that this is a Manila project that will, indeed, happen.... [more]
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NB Expands its Sail Coaching Activities with NB Sailcoach
NB Sailsports,
NB Sailsports, Australia's premier ISAF dinghy supplier, has announced exciting plans to further expand its business in Australia. NB Director, Rob McMillan announced, 'we are very excited to have hired Mr Rob Brewer to be our new Head Coach to lead our high performance sailing activities.... [more]
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Perfect Storm in a Calm Setting - Carbon Monoxide incident
J.G.Merritt, SAMS-AMS - BoatU.S.,
As often happens, a near catastrophe—two people almost being killed-- was caused by a series of seemingly small events, each of which occurred at precisely the right (or perhaps 'wrong') time. Of particular interest to me, as the surveyor assigned to do the initial investigation, was that the events taken individually were not necessarily significant, but on the whole were deadly important.... [more]
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China Cruise & Yacht Industry Association predicts boat sales of US$8.
China Daily,
According to the annual report of the China Cruise & Yacht Industry Association, the number of leisure boats and yachts in China is anticipated to increase to 100,000 by 2020. This, according to a report from China Daily, compares with just 3,000 craft in 2012.... [more]
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Asia Pacific Superyachts expands Phuket headquarters
Asia Pacific Superyachts,
'Asia Pacific Superyachts Phuket is growing', reports General Manager Gordon Fernandes: 'We're pleased to announce our headquarters move to a brand new purpose-built office in preparation of the exciting times ahead as more yachts discover the amazing cruising available in South East Asia.'... [more]
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Boating Syndication eyes an Elandra
Imprint Media,
Boat share innovator Andy Young expressed a keen interest in developments at new luxury boat builder Elandra Yachts during a visit to the new company's Gold Coast facility. Young took time between sea trials after the Sanctuary Cove boat show to discuss timing, design and indicative pricing with Elandra Yachts' Managing Director Luke Durman.... [more]
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Fusion audio solutions adopted by boatbuilders and manufacturers
Andrew Golden,
Fusion® announced today the overwhelming success and adoption of its innovative and award-winning Fusion-Link technology. Following a twelve-month effort to establish itself as the entertainment standard with boatbuilders, marine electronics developers and other third party manufacturers, Fusion products and technology have been implemented by industry leading brands in all categories.... [more]
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Ocean Alexander returns to Sydney Boat Show
Imprint Media,
International superyacht builder Ocean Alexander will make a long-awaited return to the Sydney International Boat Show this year. The brand has not been seen at the Sydney show in more than 20 years.... [more]
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Sydney Int'l Boat Show - Multihull Solutions plans showstoppers
Kate Elkington,
Multihull Solutions to show stop as they showcase three outstanding new catamarans at the Sydney International Boat Show. In the north western corner of Cockle Bay Marina, Multihull Solutions will exhibit two sailing catamarans including the fiery Catana 42 and the Fountaine Pajot Sanya 57, and at the marina's southern end, the new version of the Summerland 40 power catamaran by Fountaine Pajot.... [more]
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