METS success, Harbour plan, Get onboard the Boating Survey

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 27 Nov 2013

METS success, Harbour plan, Get onboard the Boating Survey

METS in Amsterdam  Supplied Supplied
From first reports, METS was bigger and better than ever this year, according to our team on the ground there, AIMEX and various Australian companies who made the trip to Amsterdam for this massive trade-only event.

Some good stories, new products and successful alliances will follow later this week and next, so look out for them.

Closer to home, the BIAA and MIA are urging boaters to get involved with the boating survey, a quick bit of input on your part that will yield valuable information for these organisations to lobby on your behalf.

Without data it is harder for boaters; for industry and for governments to attract and or direct investment into boating facilities and services.

While allied leisure industries such as tourism use research to maximize public and private investment the boating sector has been left high and dry at a time when investment attraction is increasingly difficult.

Take a few moments to have your say and get the numbers required for the survey to be valid.
Finding out about usage, expenditure and commitment to boating is crucial to securing funding.  MIAA

All the information is at

Loads of new products this week, Marine Auctions on the horizon, still accepting entries for the 8 December auction at Runaway Bay, sales and summer specials in the lead up to Christmas.

Access to more facilities is part of the clearly defined plan.  .. ©

Also in preparation for boating over summer, the NSW government has launched an initiative to make boating even better on Sydney Harbour with the Sydney Harbour Boating Destinations Plan, designed to clearly indicated the facilities and amenities on offer for the boating community. You can check out the plan at

Couran Cove South Stradbroke Island  .. ©
Many more features coming up this week, once the travelers return from METS and other world marine centres, a preview of the inaugural Taiwan International Boat Show which is scheduled for May 2014, and a return of an old favourite, Couran Cove on the Gold Coast, which is under new ownership.

Til then, pleasant boating!

Jeni Bone, editor

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While the estimated 5 million people who enjoy recreational boating in Australia undoubtedly think they spend a lot on their favoured recreation there is no up to date research quantifying the expenditure or economic benefit of recreational boating.... [more]
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Sell your boat ahead of summer, and buy another, with Marine Auctions
Jeni Bone,
Marine Auctions is accepting entries for its next Boat Auction to be held at Runaway Bay Marina on Sunday 8 December.... [more]
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NSW govt launches Sydney Harbour Boating Destinations Plan
Minister for Roads and Ports,
The NSW Government has launched The Destinations Plan, an initiative designed to increase the number of services and amenities available to the general boating public on Sydney Harbour.... [more]
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Collinson FX Market Commentary: November 26, 2013 - Equities climbing
Collinson FX,
Collinson FX Market Commentary: November 26, 2013 - The AUD has fallen back to 0.9150 and is under pressure, but lack of intervention and continued QE from the reserve currency, will see a reversal. The KIWI has also been undermined by these moves trading below 0.8200, but lower moves are at the margin, have been reflected in the record rises in the NZD/AUD cross rate.... [more]
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Line 7 Marine & Events Clothing's Huge Clearance Sale in Wellington
Claire Skellon,
For the first time in Wellington! Line 7 Marine & Events Clothing's Huge Clearance Sale is coming to the Royal Port Nicholson Yacht Club. Be there Saturday November 30 and Sunday 01 December (9am – 6pm)... [more]
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DAME Awards 2013
The Dame Award is the world's number one international design competition for new marine equipment and accessories, and has enormous industry prestige and a worldwide commercial impact.... [more]
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Soldiers Point Marina continues to hold Level 4 ISO 14001 status
Lue Fagan,
Soldiers Point Marina, in Port Stephens NSW, remains the only marina on Australia's eastern seaboard with the prestigious international Level 4 ISO 14001 Clean Marinas Program status, following successful completion of the rigorous annual reaccreditation process.... [more]
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Integrity hosts owners on a Moreton Bay adventure
Creating Demand,
The team from Integrity Motor Yachts has just completed a four day owner trip taking in all that Moreton Bay has to offer. Ten boats joined the touring fleet of displacement cruisers departing Sanctuary Cove Marina and heading north for a tour through Moreton Bay and up to Tangalooma.... [more]
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Evolution of boat building apprentice to young industry ambassador
BIA Vic,
The Boating Industry Association of Victoria is pleased to announce the first steps in our industry apprentice mentoring program which is designed to attract and retain boatbuilding and repair apprentices.... [more]
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New generation Boat Shows
Jeni Bone,
Competing against a myriad of different forces – from the football to the internet, extra work hours and ferrying kids about between activities – boat shows have come to realise they have to change to appeal to families, professionals, couples and these days, exhibitors who are weighing up ROI for each and every dollar spent on marketing.... [more]
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Multi-million US dollar line-up at 2013 Ocean Marina Pattaya Boat Show
Event Media,
Pattaya opens its doors to the second annual Ocean Marina Pattaya Boat Show 22 to 24 November 2013 with a multi-million dollar line-up of boats, supercars and bikes, luxury properties and much more. Held at the Ocean Marina Yacht Club, Jomtien Beach, the show expects to attract over 3,000 visitors from around the world to the largest marine and lifestyle showcase in Thailand.... [more]
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2014 Frostbite Race Series to be sponsored by Doyle Sails Europe
Cathy Crawley,
The Royal Southampton Yacht Club have announced that their 2014 Frostbite Race Series will be sponsored by Doyle Sails Europe. Competitors in the Frostbite Series can obtain their 2014 IRC Certificate at only 40% of the normal cost with a rebate funded jointly by RSYC and RORC.... [more]
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US Superyacht Association announces new Board of Directors 2013-2014
The US Superyacht Association (USSA) is pleased to announce the 2013-2014 Board of Directors that were elected in October 2013.... [more]
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International Clean Marina Accreditation for Middle Harbour Yacht Club
Sydney's Middle Harbour Yacht Club has been accredited as a Level 3 ‘International Clean Marina' and in addition, awarded ‘Fish Friendly' status by the Marina Industries Association (MIA).... [more]
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Trim Clinic with North Sails at MHYC on 27th November 2013
Pip Lodder,
After the success of previous Sailing Clinics at Middle Harbour Yacht Club, North Sails will be presenting a Trim Clinic on Wednesday 27th November 2013, at 7.30pm.... [more]
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Hamilton Island Audi Race Week 2014 Accommodation Options
Kristie Kaighin,
Looking to book accommodation for Hamilton Island Audi Race Week 2014? All the best properties book out early, so make sure you book soon to secure your preferred option. Also - book before the end of January and take advantage of our 10% Early Bird discount that we are offering on most properties!... [more]
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New Icom IC-M506 Marine VHF/DSC with NMEA 2000 and AIS receiver
Ian Lockyer,
One of the most advanced marine VHF radios ever seen will be launched at the METS in Amsterdam this November. The IC-M506 is packed full of features including integrated AIS receiver, NMEA2000 connectivity, ‘Last Call' voice recording function, ‘Active Noise Cancelling' technology plus Icom's new intuitive menu-driven user interface and large dot matrix display making it really easy to use.... [more]
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Sundance Marine, opening soon in Williamstown
Sarah Henry,
Sundance Marine is opening soon in Williamstown. The new sales office will be conveniently located in the refurbished Savages Wharf frontage. Located between the Royal Yacht Club of Victoria and Hobsons Bay Yacht Club, and next door to the Royal Victorian Motor Yacht Club, the new office will bring the professional approach for which Sundance Marine has become known.... [more]
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Key Yachting Ltd appoints new representative for J Boats in Ireland
Becci Eplett,
Key Yachting Ltd, the sole agent and distributor of boats by J Boats and Grand Soleil throughout the UK and Ireland has appointed Maurice ‘Prof' O'Connell as the J Boats dealer for Ireland.... [more]
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