10 % rise in US powerboat sales, Flamingo Bay auction, SIBS interviews

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 13 Aug 2013

10 % rise in US powerboat sales, Flamingo Bay auction, SIBS interviews

In the wash up from Sydney, we are still receiving news of record sales and impressive leads, high consumer confidence and best of all 'a distinct turnaround' in willingness to spend.

Domenic Genua in the hot seat, the TetraMedia film studio at the 2013 Sydney International Boat Show   Cassandra Sabin, MarineBusiness-World.com

We have uploaded more vision from SIBS 2013 - a slew of interviews with high profile industry identities, with their accompanying stories about new launches, initiatives and anticipated programs, boat launches and marketing strategies for the rest of 2013, into 2014. We have lots more interviews from SIBS to come

Thom Dammrich  Marine13
In the US too, the NMMA is reporting a 10% increase in powerboat sales for 2012, and an expected rise of about the same for this year, heralding an exit from 'anemic sales' of the past five or so years.

NMMA President and great friend of the Aussie industry, Thom Dammrich stated: 'In 2012, the boating industry bounced back from probably the longest downturn it has experienced in four or five decades'. And surely, when the US recovers, Australia is not far behind.

Looking forward, boating brands and dealers are already planning their strategies and releases for Mandurah, Melbourne Summer Show and the Gold Coast City Expo - all great impetus for pre-summer sales. We cover some of the plans of these boat shows, as well as international fixtures like Cannes, Monaco, IBEx and METS.

The giant Expo flag marks the opening of the Gold Coast International Marine Expo  Stephen Milne

There was a mass exodus from Melbourne, Sydney and the Gold Coast/Brisbane last week ahead of Queensland's season of sailing.

Plenty of spectator whales on Day 3 - Abell Point Marina Airlie Beach Race Week 2013  Sail-World.com ©

There are a heap of regattas and events up north at the moment, including Airlie Beach Race Week at Abell Point, all covered here and on Sail-World.com, and this weekend, the 30th annual Audi Hamilton Island Race Week, coinciding with the 10th anniversary of the Oatley ownership of what must be Australia's most idyllically locate Island.

Sailing media, including our own Richard Gladwell, are also reaching frenetic pitch ahead of the main event in the America's Cup, which will no doubt grab the world's attention, September 7 to 21. As a result our sailing traffic is reaching new peaks, in New Zealand we are an amazing 73rd most visited site, the number one single sports website in the Land of the Long White Cloud.

Flamingo Bay Adventure Ship  Jeni Bone

Scheduled for Monday 7 October on Queensland's Gold Coast is the auction of the RV Flamingo Bay, a superb feat of engineering and a one of a kind adventure ship 'Built to Rescue, Converted to Explore' as her owner states.

Originally built for the Belgian government as an ice breaking rescue ship purchased and brought to Australia to be modernized and upgrade and into USL 2B survey for 20. Captain and owner, David Tomlinson has done an incredible job restoring and modernizing this piece of maritime history.

Flamingo Bay engine room, with current owner, David Tomlinson - serious about selling.  Jeni Bone

I have been onboard this unique vessel, moored at Southport Yacht Club, and wish I could get a consortium together to own her for ourselves! But really, she deserves an owner who is as intrepid as she has been, values her history and embraces the future potential for another 50 years of adventures at sea.

Check her out here: www.adventureshipauction.com pass on the information to people who may be keen, and maybe see you at the auction?

Keep up to date with all the news, views and latest insight for the Asia-Pacific marine industry - right here, every day. Looking forward to your feedback, as ever, and your own stories.

Jeni Bone, editor

US Powerboat sales rise 10% with more on the way
Media Services,
After years of what it terms 'anemic sales', the NMMA in the US reports powerboats are surging back, with a 10 percent increase in sales in 2012 and another 5 to 10 percent expected in 2013... [more]
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The Gold Coast gears up for the 3rd GC International Marine Expo
Jeni Bone,
Emma Milne, marketing coordinator for the Gold Coast International Marine Expo, tells MarineBusiness-World.com that 100% of space for this year's event, 1-3 November 2013, is already booked, and for the first time, exhibition space is being made on Waterways Drive.... [more]
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Built to rescue, converted to explore: MV Flamingo Bay up for auction!
Swan Super Lines,
Adventurers, explorers, divers and scientists, documentary makers, tourism operators and those looking to cruise the seven seas in absolute comfort and safety – this is your chance to buy a piece of maritime history for a fraction of its worth.... [more]
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Marine Queensland shoulders boating safety and compliance
MarineBusiness-World.com Media,
Don Jones, CEO of Marine Queensland launches Safe Boating Guide for Queensland boaties, and tells us what's new for this year's Brisbane Boat Show.... [more]
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Superior provides floating marinas in China, and much more
Jeni Bone,
CEO of Superior, John Hogan recently visited China to inspect the company's latest project in Shanghai - a 215m Superior Elite pontoon system on the Bund on the Huangpu River. Here, Hogan explains how the company has evolved in 25 years, moving in to other markets with a broad focus, captured by the new tagline: 'Work Life Play'.... [more]
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Seacraft Gallery - replica boats make the ideal gift
Jeni Bone,
Ideal for the boating man in your life, or as a superb conversation piece for the library, lounge or Clubhouse, the intricately hand-crafted models from Seacraft Gallery have a model to suit every taste and inclination.... [more]
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Riviera celebrates 25% sales increase and two awards in Sydney
Riviera Australia,
Riviera's new 50 Enclosed Flybridge impressed luxury boat buyers with its world release at the Sydney International Boat Show with multiple sales of this model among Riviera's AUD$14.8 million in total retail sales.... [more]
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Don't miss the boat - Marine Queensland advises exhibitors
Marine Queensland,
With four weeks remaining until the 2013 Brisbane Boat Show opens its doors, event organiser Marine Queensland already has secured bookings for more than 90 percent of exhibition space available.... [more]
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Historic ‘Hammer' heading for Audi Hamilton Island Race Week
Rob Mundle,
The 150th entry for this month's Audi Hamilton Island Race Week, the famous 76-footer, Hammer, will renew one of Australia's great ocean racing rivalries from two decades ago when she competes against the similar-sized yacht, Whitebirds, in the series.... [more]
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Gold Coast Waterways Authority to make City waterways world famous
Jeni Bone,
Long recognised for its beaches, nightlife and theme parks, the Gold Coast could become renowned for its canals and waterways under a State Government plan to raise their profile.... [more]
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Record Number at Marina Course on the Gold Coast
28 participants are currently attending the 4.5 day Intermediate Marina Management (IMM) course being held on Queensland's Gold Coast. This is a record attendance for this course conducted for marina managers, manufacturers, contractors, consultants and service partners. Participants have travelled from around Australia as well as from New Zealand and Fiji.... [more]
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Benefits flow on to marine exporters and Superyacht industry
AIMEX/Superyacht Australia,
Ensuring business opportunities were maximised during the Sydney International Boat Show and understanding the challenges many businesses face in taking the time to visit new markets, AIMEX & Superyacht Australia organised the visit of two international guests, Captain Charlie Dwyer (Asia) and Chip Farnham (US) for the duration of the show.... [more]
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Spire Yacht 46 - a work of art in motion
Media Services,
Described as the ultimate luxury speed yacht, the new Spire Yacht 46 is an inspired collaboration between Spire Boat and young British designer Henry Ward, of Henry Ward Design.... [more]
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Introducing the Horizon Series Rigid Inflatables
Horizon Motor Yachts Australia,
Horizon Motor Yachts Australia have for many years used various companies to supply inflatable tenders to service its motor yacht range. While for the most part the quality has been good, the company believed it could get better. So it is manufacturing its own.... [more]
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Ignorance could net you a fine – know the rules
Queensland Fisheries,
Fishers are being warned to brush up on both Queensland and New South Wales fishing rules to ensure they comply when fishing in cross-border waterways.... [more]
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The new Elan 400 nominated for European Yacht of the Year
Matt Hayes,
Sydney-based US Yachts, Australian distributors of Elan Yachts, is delighted to announce that the new Elan 400, launched in January this year, has been nominated for the prestigious European Yacht of the Year in the Performance Cruiser category.... [more]
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Marina Hosts Reception for Real Futures Foundation
Soldiers Point Marina,
As the major sponsor of the Real Futures Foundation, Soldiers Point Marina hosted a Cocktail party at The Point Restaurant recently to thank current sponsors and welcome new sponsors to the Foundation that provides many innovative programs to students from Tomaree High and St Philips Christian College.... [more]
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America's Cup: 1983 was the game breaker - New video available here
Maritime Productions presents the second of the trailers for its video library of America's Cup and other sailing video, available on a rent to view basis.The 1983 America's Cup was a game breaker in every sense of the word. Not only did Australia II break the longest winning streak in sports history, but their story became an inspiration for the Australian nation and the sailing world.... [more]
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Last minute Hamilton Island Audi Race Week accommodation options!
Kristie Kaighin,
Have you booked your accommodation for Hamilton Island Audi Race Week 2013? We have some fantastic last minute SPECIALS!... [more]
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Rallying call for YACHT CN 2013 (Nansha Boat Show)
Guy Nowell, Sail-World Asia,
60 days to go to the Nansha Marina Boat Show, otherwise known as ‘Yacht CN'. And just to make sure, last night was the ‘Yacht CN 60 Days Countdown Extravaganza' hosted by, and at, Nansha Marina. Media and exhibitors associated with what will be only the second Nansha Boat Show were treated to a buffet dinner, water ballet, dancing and a few speeches before Eric Fok, Commodore of Nansha Marina Club... [more]
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Sydney International Boat Show - Boating Syndication scores success
Imprint Media,
Luxury boat ownership innovator Boating Syndication Australia (BSA) is celebrating sales success following the Sydney International Boat Show this week.... [more]
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Collins Marine strikes a chord with Quicksilver
Jeni Bone,
With three displays at this year's Sydney International Boat Show, Arvor boats on the marina, Quicksilver in Hall 4, and Nanni diesel engines also in Hall 4, Peter Collins and the team from Collins Marine were busy during the five day event.... [more]
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Vicsail goes big at Sydney International Boat Show
Cheryl Stanton,
There is no doubt that recent boat shows are getting smaller. This year however, Vicsail decided to go against the trend and go big. Working closely with our powerboat partner, JW Marine, Vicsail created one of the largest Beneteau stands ever at the Sydney International Boat Show.... [more]
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Brunswick sells CABO and Hatteras
Brunswick Corporation,
Brunswick Corporation (NYSE: BC) has announced that it has completed the sale of the Hatteras and CABO brands of motoryachts and sportfishing convertibles to Navis HCY Acquisition, an affiliate of Versa Capital, which is based in Philadelphia.... [more]
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BarzOptics is an Australian company with a great story
Beau Preston,
From Australian knee board champion, to surf shop owner, to now running one of the world's smallest but most innovative sports sunglasses companies, Kevin Barr has been able to utilise his experience to better cater to his market.... [more]
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Riviera - a year of consolidation, now a global focus for the future
Jeni Bone,
After a year at the helm, chairman and owner, Rodney Longhurst is steering Riviera towards a brighter more ambitious future, with major plans to revive distribution in some countries and expand into new markets.... [more]
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Galeon Motor Yachts from Poland, headed to Australia & NZ
Jeni Bone,
Director of Galeon Motor Yachts, John Goldsbrough, is at the Sydney International Boat Show - not as an exhibitor this year - but he has hopes of launching this superb range of powerboats made in Poland at the Gold Coast International Marine Expo in November, before exhibiting in Sydney in 2014.... [more]
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Sydney International Boat Show - Interview with Colin Bransgrove
MarineBusiness-World.com Media,
Executive Officer of the Marina Industries Association (MIA), Colin Bransgrove says one of the main focuses of the organisation is training, both youth and professional, within Australia and exporting Australian expertise to train international professionals to raise the standard of marinas worldwide.... [more]
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Zodiac capitalises on brand values and product range
MarineBusiness-World.com Media,
Dino Tantaro, National Manager at Zodiac Marine, explains the new branding, vision and product range and their success with consumers.... [more]
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