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  31 Oct 2010
 
 


Editorial

Step aboard, good people (not so good people too, I guess, no discrimination here), slip off the deck shoes and settle down and make ready to absorb the latest news.

As usual, we've got it all, from the UIM Unlimited Inboard World Championships to the spectacular jet-powered Superboats about to line up for the Australian championships this weekend.

A local boy, local that is for those of us who live right here on the Queensland Gold Coast, Troy Marland, is now the world's 1 Unlimited Inboard champ and we have some great photos from ace lensman Wayne Johnston.

Down Sydney way, an old mate Steve Batton, now a highly successful Maritimo dealer is arranging a ‘Cruise for a Cure', with a very worthwhile cause in mind, helping youngsters less fortunate than others.

Across the Pacific, American powerboat racers are no doubt pretty impressed with global boat shipping company Peters May, which is now throwing valuable sponsorship dollars into the sport.

'Miss Peters and May', the UIM hydro capable of 200mph (320km/hr)- plus.  supplied by Peters and May


While we're across the big blue, in Florida, to be precise, two of their lads are in trouble with the law, apparently stealing boats with the intention of shipping them to Australia.

They apparently believed that in Australia 'boat sales are booming.' Gee, I reckon they'd get some argument on that here.

Looking north, which is where powerboat racers will be looking, the always well-attended Bundy Thunder is getting set for its 11th staging at Bundaberg, on the Central Queensland coast.

And we take a look at just how much power Australian Customs has; can customs officers board your boat, uninvited?

We'll answer that and more, right here on the pages of Powerboat-World, where all the answers can be found.

And if your hard-earned comes from the boating industry, don't forget to check with my mate Jeni Bone (she's a good sort, too), editor of Marine Business World.

Between the two of us, we'll make sure you'll be the best informed worker in the industry.

Tight lines,


Bob Wonders



Wide Bay Australian Thundy Bunder on again for the 11th year
www.bundythunder.com.au,
Wide Bay Australia Bundy Thunder Spectacular is upon us. Who will be the new Iron Nuts Shield Champion? Who will win the Trojan Cup? Who is going to have a great weekend – everyone we hope.... [more]
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Marine Industry Opportunity -Laminator- Boat Fitter NSW Central Coast
PSA Media,
An experienced laminator - boat fitter is required by the builders of the most popular sailing boat in the world - - the Olympic class Laser. This is a full time position, with an exciting event oriented company and a background in dinghy sailing will be regarded favourably.... [more]
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Powerboat racing wins support from Peters and May
Bob Wonders,
Leading boat shipping company, Peters and May, has become involved with extensive sponsorship support to several race boat competitors in various series.... [more]
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UIM Unlimited Displacement World Championship - Title win for Aussie
Bob Wonders,
Hungry Jacks UIM Unlimited Displacement World Championship Although the water was ideal for racing, the same could not be said of the weather, which delivered sunshine and rain, cloud cover and wind and generally unsettled conditions throughout the weekend.... [more]
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Boat sales ‘booming' in Australia?
Bob Wonders,
Are boat sales really booming in Australia? A question that might cause an argument in the Land Down Under, but apparently that's the word in the United States and two of its citizens are now languishing in the local lock-up after allegedly shipping and selling stolen boats in Australia.... [more]
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Maximum vision with Lowrance Elite DSI
Ben Sandman,
Maximum vision with Lowrance Elite DSI - Comprising two models – the Elite-5x DSI fishfinder and the Elite-5 DSI fishfinder/chartplotter – the Elite DSI series combines Lowrance's revolutionary DownScan Imaging technology with brilliant displays, smart automatic fishfinder modes and simple, intuitive operation into a surprisingly cost-effective solution.... [more]
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Peter Gilmour visits Malaysia based Yanmar R&D Center
Tomoko Murata,
Mr. Peter Gilmour, skipper of Yanmar Racing visited the Yanmar Kota Kinabalu R&D Center and the Sabah International Expo 2010 (SIE2010), a multi-industry international trade fair.... [more]
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Go Fishing in Victoria – Free calendar out now
Department of Primary Industries (Fisheries) Vic,
The increasingly popular Go Fishing in Victoria calendar is available again with the release of the 2011 edition by Fisheries Victoria. Acting Executive of Fisheries Victoria, Travis Dowling, said the illustrated calendar included information about a range of popular inland and marine species.... [more]
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Gippsland Fisheries Management – Have your say
Department of Primary Industries (Vic),
Fisheries Victoria is encouraging fishers and other stakeholders to contribute their ideas on the Draft East Gippsland Fishery Management Plan which has been released for public comment. The draft management plan includes proposals to improve recreational fishing activities in East Gippsland.... [more]
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Simrad Yachting debuts Structurescan Sonar Imaging bronze thru-hull
Andrew Golden,
Simrad Yachting debuts Structurescan Sonar Imaging bronze thru-hull - Providing best-in-class SideScan and DownScan Imaging™ underwater views when combined with the StructureScan Sonar Imaging module and the Simrad NSE or NSO multifunction display, the new bronze transducer offers additional imaging functionality opportunities for larger, offshore vessels that require a thru-hull installation.... [more]
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Project uses carp's sensitive sense of smell against them
NSW Department of Primary Industries,
Researchers are using carp's sensitive sense of smell as one of the latest weapons against them as part of the 'River Revival - Lachlan River Carp Cleanup' program. Staff from Industry & Investment NSW (I&I NSW) will be trialling the new technology developed for the Invasive Animals Cooperative Research Centre (CRC) at Hillston on the Lower Lachlan River from 25 October to 4 November.... [more]
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Australian Customs - can they board your yacht without permission?
Sail-World Roundup,
If you are spending a lazy weekend on a yacht, or sailing between ports, or if you have just arrived from overseas, can Australian Customs board your yacht to make a search without your permission and without a warrant? According to civil liberties lawyer Terry O'Gorman, the answer is an unequivocal 'NO!'... [more]
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WA West Coast demersal fishery now closed to recreational fishers
Department of Fisheries Wsetern Australia,
West Coast demersal fishery now closed to recreational fishers - The fishing closure applies to a suite of 'high-risk' demersal species, including dhufish, pink snapper and baldchin groper, as part of a range of management measures to cut the recreational catch by 50% following independent research that showed these species were being overfished.... [more]
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Cowes Harbour Commission - Full planning consent granted
Peta Stuart-Hunt,
Cowes Harbour Commission (CHC) is delighted that full planning consent has been granted by the Isle of Wight Council for the next phase of the Cowes Outer Harbour Project – the East Cowes marina development on the Isle of Wight.... [more]
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New Sabre 38 cuts a path to Australia
Sandman PR,
Emarine Australia has just taken delivery of the first Sabre 38 Hardtop Express – a high-performance motor yacht with full offshore capability. Built in Maine (USA), Sabre Yachts are known for their blend of traditional design, hand-built craftsmanship and superb performance. The Sabre 38 Hardtop Express is no exception.... [more]
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Try Sailing Day attracts record number of Clubs
Boating Industry Association,
Forty one of the top sailing, yachting and skiff clubs in NSW have pledged their support to the annual Try Sailing Day organised by the Boating Industry Association of NSW (BIA).... [more]
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Partnership allows Boaters to find lowest price on fuel
BoatUS,
For the half-million members of Boat Owners Association of The United States (BoatUS), finding fuel at the lowest price just got a lot easier thanks to a new partnership with MarineFuel.com.... [more]
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Calling Sydney boaters – Cruise for a Cure to help sick children
Denby Browning,
Sydney boaters are needed for a great cause – to help put a smile on the faces of children battling cancer and their parents.... [more]
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Australian Superboat Championships – possibly the race of the decade
Sean Henshelwood,
Temora's Hi-Tec Oils Park will play host to quite possibly, the best Superboat event that has ever been contested in the relatively short history of the sport when Australia's best drivers descend on the venue for the final round of the Continental Tyres Australian Superboat Championships over the October 30-31 weekend.... [more]
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Man vs Water - Bear Grylls is powered by Suzuki
Martin Beeson,
TV adventurer and survivalist, Bear Grylls (famous from his show on Discovery Channel and SBS in Australia), demands the highest quality equipment, which is why he has chosen a Suzuki powered Ribquest RIB for his own personal use.... [more]
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Aussie dollar high-flying til 2012
Jeni Bone,
Hovering around US99c today, the Aussie dollar is likely to stay high for at least six months, and over US90c throughout 2011 into 2012, forcing the Reserve Bank to raise interest rates, say the experts.... [more]
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Marinas 2011 increases list of high calibre speakers
MIAA,
Marinas 2011, the International Conference and Exhibition for the marina industries, will bring together a growing list of high calibre local and international speakers.... [more]
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Asia-Pacific Superyacht conundrum: luring internationals to the region
Jeni Bone,
Much has been said about the recent second Asian Superyacht Conference, particularly about Australia's role in the region and our prowess at attracting the world's Captains and owners to our jewel in the crown, the Great Barrier Reef. But as Marine Qld's Don Jones explains, there is much work to be done before Asia becomes a viable and competitive third cruising destination.... [more]
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RYA announces National and World Powerboat Champions for 2010 season
RYA,
2010 has been another fantastic year for UK Powerboat Racing. We have seen the UK host the 50th Anniversary of the infamous Cowes Torquay Cowes race won by the legendary boat designer Fabio Buzzi. The European 3C Championships at Harwich and in a first for the UK, the UIM Formula Future World and Continental Championships.... [more]
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Marine Rescue NSW attending Annual Snowy Trout Festival
Ken McManus,
As part of Marine Rescue NSW's program to expand its services to inland waterways, volunteer crews from Marine Rescue units will be in attendance at Lake Jindabyne and Lake Eucumbene.... [more]
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Australia's Coral Sea home to over 300 Threatened Animal Species
PEW Environmental Group,
Forty-two percent of the world's critically endangered, endangered and vulnerable coral species, as identified by the International Union for the Conservation of Nature (IUCN), are found in the Coral Sea Conservation Zone.... [more]
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A Feeling for Sea: sculpture that evokes the marine way of life
Jeni Bone,
John Woulfe is an acclaimed artist, whose work crosses over from maritime to all walks of life. Using his considerable shipwright skills, John imparts his passion for the sea in his creations, hewn from exotic timbers, stainless steel and sandstone.... [more]
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Bellingham Marine Europe - Completion of Cannes' new fishing docks
Bellingham Marine Industries, Inc,
Bellingham Marine Europe - An inauguration ceremony was held on October 18th by the Nice Cote de Azur Chamber of Commerce to commemorate the city's new fishing docks located in the French Mediterranean in the city of Cannes.... [more]
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Aust photographer launches project supporting education in Pakistan
Andrea Francolini,
Australian-based yachting photographer, Andrea Francolini, has launched a fundraising project called 'My-First-School' which will raise money to buy much-needed school equipment to support the education of children in Northern Pakistan.... [more]
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Australian Offshore Challenge - Nationwide interest in 2011 edition
Roger Dickeson,
Australian Offshore Challenge: As summer approaches, the attention of boaties all over the country turns to getting out on the water. For most people, this means day-trips out fishing or cruising, taking the family out for fun on the water and for many, the annual holiday away down the coast.... [more]
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UIM F1 H2O World Championship - 44 race losing streak ends in Shenzhen
Philippe Stiernon,
UIM F1 H2O World Championship update: Italian Francesco Cantando was in the right place at the right time, taking over the lead with just two laps to be run to take his first win of the season and the 12th of his career at the 16th Grand Prix of China witnessed by tens of thousands of race fans on the edge of the South China Sea for the fifth round of the UIM F1 H2O World Championship... [more]
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Yacht and Boat Korea 2010 Draws Praise
Kate Duryea,
South Korean boat show, Yacht and Boat Korea 2010, has drawn praise from the marine industry at the conclusion of the event mid October. Event organiser GnA International released attendance figures as 120,000 for the Boat Show and an associated music festival close to the venue. The Show drew 155 exhibitors from 19 countries.... [more]
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AIMEX at forefront of emerging market: Yacht & Boat Korea 2010
AIMEX,
The Australian International Marine Export Group (AIMEX) together with members exhibited at Yacht & Boat Korea last week attracting promising interest in Australian marine manufacturers and boat builders.... [more]
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Sanctuary Cove Show extends Pavilion for 2011
Kate Duryea,
The 23rd Sanctuary Cove International Boat Show will feature a newly configured space including one of the largest pavilion structures erected in Australia for an annual event in 2011.... [more]
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UIM F1 H2O World Championship - New mystery Dac Boat in Price's hands
Philippe Stiernon,
The long awaited much talked about new DAC 2010'B' hull has arrived via a Boeing 747 air freighter to Shenzhen and into the racing paddock of the Qatar Team. The UIM F1 H2O World Championship points leader Jay Price has taken to the controls of the newest boat to leave the Como, Italy workshops from retired ten-time World Champion Guido Cappellini.... [more]
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Grand Prix of Shenzhen 'on' as Megi heads east!
Steve Michael,
Grand Prix of Shenzhen 'on' as Megi heads east! - The race paddock will be opened on Saturday morning at 07:00 local time (23:00 GMT Friday) and an intense rebuilding of all race team, VIP and Press area's will be at full speed. The individual race teams with prepare their boats for going thru scrutineering.... [more]
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Andrew Short Marine management strengthened
Bob Wonders,
Kylie Short, now managing director of major Sydney marine dealership Andrew Short Marine Services, has moved to strengthen the company's management team with two new appointments.... [more]
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Grand Prix hydroplanes testing in readiness for UIM GP
Bob Wonders,
The boys with the big toys head for the border. Grant Harrison, Australia's 2004 World Champion will be testing his powerful boat, ‘GP1' in readiness for the championships to enable ‘fine tuning' to the massive engine.... [more]
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British Marine Federation - Statement on the spending review
British Marine Federation,
British Marine Federation - Following Wednesday's Spending Review announcement, the British Marine Federation (BMF) believes that the Government must ensure the future of our waterways for users and those businesses that depend on them and welcomes guaranteed support for small businesses and increased commitment to the export market.... [more]
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Bill Barry-Cotter's ‘Mustang' moment
Bob Wonders,
The Australian boating industry will enter a new phase in February when Maritimo CEO Bill Barry-Cotter unveils his first Mustang. Barry-Cotter purchased the assets of the rival Queensland boat builder last May, following the company being placed under administration.... [more]
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F1 H2O Shenzhen Grand Prix on hold due to Typhoon Megi
Philippe Stiernon,
The only thing racing so far, on the edge of the South China Sea for this weekend's 16th Grand Prix of China, the fifth Round of the 2010 UIM F1 H2O World Championship for powerboating is the now famous Typhoon Megi, packing speeds of over 180 kilometres per hour as she works her way slowly Northeast towards the China coast and possibly in harms way for this weekend's Grand Prix.... [more]
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Powerboat racing wins support from Peters and May
Bob Wonders,
Leading boat shipping company, Peters and May, has become involved with extensive sponsorship support to several race boat competitors in various series.... [more]
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