Life is Now ... as the dementia may get ya

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  15 Mar 2013
 



Life is Now ... as the dementia may get ya

There's a caravan down the street with signwriting on the back proclaiming ‘Adventure before dementia'. Another, a few houses further along, boasts ‘Recycled Teenagers'.

I smile every time I see them, admiring their boldness and devil-may-care attitude as much as envying their freedom. Spending the kids' inheritance is now a national sport, and grey nomads have taken to caravanning with such vigour that the industry is (baby) booming.

The marine industry, however, can only be envious too.

When it comes to buying boats, the ‘it's only money' philosophy seemingly gets thrown out in the propwash. Cheap is good, cheaper is better.

The first thing that suffers when you cut the price is product development, for there's little fat in the fixed-price materials and labour costs. Next to go is the risk factor because designers can ill-afford to try something too radical.

We're left in a musty fug, with inspiration and innovation clamouring for breath. Most boat builders make boats to make money instead of striving to create something mechanically and aesthetically exceptional.

As usual, history may have the answers. Rolls founder Sir Henry Royce, for instance, famously said ‘The quality remains long after the price is forgotten' and ‘Accept nothing as nearly right or good enough'.

In the 1960s, as fibreglass began taking the boating world by storm, Carlos Riva apparently cried ‘Here in Italy we won't take a s..t unless the toilet seat is made of wood'. Both stuck to their guns and reached the pinnacle of success.

Courage of conviction is what it's about. Before buyers will commit the builders must entice them, although there can be no guarantees.

Quicksilver 645  Collins Marine

It's something that Peter Collins from Collins Marine admittedly struggled with when offered the importation rights for Quicksilver Boats, which are manufactured by Belgium-based Brunswick Marine Europe.

To launch a new fibreglass runabout range into an Australian market that's more inundated than the Bundaberg pub is bold ... especially when it shares a similar brand name with a surf apparel company and unrelated inflatable dinghy line.

Collins Marine, however, is now powering ahead under the philosophy 'Life is Now'.

The outboard range cleverly complements the conservative, diesel shaft-drive Arvor boats that Collins handles for the same parent company.

There are 19 different Quicksilver models available here, covering several genres from offshore fishing to contemporary sports-loving family dayboats. European Boat of the Year awards have come thick and fast over the past three years.

Check them out during this year's boat show circuit. Go on ... there's a teenager trying to get out.

Plenty of interesting news this week...

The RYA - the overseeing body for British Powerboating – have provided some simple advice on preventing injury or death from prop-strike which should be of interest to boaters world-wide.

Victory Team Australia in action  Raffaello Bastiani

The China Powerboat Grand Prix is set to take place in Sanya, Hainan/China from 28th-30th March with Australia's Ross Willaton who has received an eleventh-hour call-up to step in for Peter McGrath to partner countryman Darren Nicholson at the season-opener. Willaton will take over throttleman duties and says he has ‘big shoes to fill sitting in his [McGrath's] cockpit'.

Two of Norway's most skillful powerboat stars Marit Strømøy and Pål Virik Nilsen have confirmed they will race together for the first time when Class 1 makes its historic racing debut in Sanya in China.

Verified Mahi mahi sighting in Tasmania by shippy and logged onto Redmap  Redmap

A new website that tracks uncommon fish - thanks to the help of boaters, anglers and divers - is now up and running in Queensland. Redmap, or the Range Extension Database and Mapping project, is a website that invites the community to log on to share their sightings and photos of marine life that are not usually found at their local fishing, diving and swimming spot.

It is widely known as the home of the Golden Slipper, the world's richest race for two-year-old thoroughbreds, but come this weekend, March 16-17, the famous racecourse plays host to the boating industry. More than 60 of the state's marine dealers will be on hand to show off their product lines, including all manner of boats, from blue water craft through to canoes and kayaks.

Enjoy the news..


Mark Rothfield



Multihull Yacht Club of Victoria - Multihull construction
Lisa Floyd,
Your invited to a social gathering/information on Friday evening, 22 March, at All Craft Marine hosted by owner operator Cliff Howie Allcraft Marine has been in the Boat and Storage business since 1984.... [more]
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Marine13 Trade Exhibition attracting additional industry suppliers
Marine13,
The three delegate streams at Marine13 International Conference and Trade Exhibition are attracting additional industry suppliers. The boating business, marinas and boating safety streams are providing added value for exhibitors attracted by the opportunity to make new contacts beyond their usual business focus.... [more]
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ZODIAC INTERNATIONAL changes corporate identity and company name
Jeni Bone,
ZODIAC MARINE & POOL, now Z Marine is looking to reaffirm the positioning of its Recreational sector, represented by ZODIAC INTERNATIONAL, particularly thanks to a strong and distinctive corporate identity.... [more]
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Great Keppel Island redevelopment to be certified by Green Globe
Jeni Bone,
The approved $600m revitalisation plans for Great Keppel Island, which will include a marine precinct and state of the art marina, will be the first Great Barrier Reef resort to be certified by Green Globe, an international body promoting sustainable tourism practices.... [more]
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Public invited to have their say on Shute Harbour
DPI Queensland,
The public is encouraged to have its say on the proposed $252 million Shute Harbour Marina in the Whitsundays when the Coordinator-General releases the project's supplementary environmental impact statement (SEIS) this Saturday 16 March.... [more]
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NSW rec fishers allowed access to marine parks
Media Services,
The New South Wales Government has announced that it will lift the ban on recreational fishing in the state's marine parks, as part of an overhaul of marine park management.... [more]
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National Raceboat Championship - Round 1 fast approaching
RYA,
The first round at West Bay Dorset is rapidly approaching and plans are well under way to make this first event of the National Raceboat Championship a success. For the 2013 season, the NRC will see four rounds with a timed Practise and four heats at each venue.... [more]
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High-tech tracking of uncommon, straying fish
Caroline Kaurila, JCU,
A new website that tracks uncommon fish - thanks to the help of boaters, anglers and divers - is now up and running in Queensland. Redmap, or the Range Extension Database and Mapping project, is a website that invites the community to log on to www.redmap.org.au to share their sightings and photos of marine life that are not usually found at their local fishing, diving and swimming spot.... [more]
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Glaciers contribute essential nutrient to North Atlantic Ocean
Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution,
All living organisms depend on iron as an essential nutrient. A new study by biogeochemists and glaciologists at Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution (WHOI) identifies a unexpectedly large source of iron to the North Atlantic – meltwater from glaciers and ice sheets, which may stimulate plankton growth during spring and summer.... [more]
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Scientists get more in depth view of Antarctica's landmass
British Antarctic Survey,
Scientists at the British Antarctic Survey (BAS) have been working with a host of international collaborators to offer the most detailed map yet of Antarctica's landmass. Bedmap2 uncovers a landscape of mountain ranges and plains cut by gorges and valleys much deeper than previously seen.... [more]
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Wandering albatrosses' final push for successful parenting
British Antarctic Survey,
Idealized in poetry, the wandering albatross is famed for its vast wing-span and long life. The bird can often live to fifty years and beyond. But now a group of scientists from the University of Edinburgh and British Antarctic Survey (BAS) have identified another feature. The birds, which often mate for life, are more likely to successfully raise a chick when they breed for the last time.... [more]
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Kaenon News: Inspired Looks from Kaenon's Women's Collection
Kaenon,
Check out the latest news from Kaenon sunglasses - it's all about your style. Inspired looks from Kaenon's Women's Collection. Buy online, or from your local Kaenon stockist - find one close to you with the store locator... [more]
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DPI Victoria - Clean waterways are everyone's business
James Martin - Victorian Coalition,
Minister for Environment and Climate Change Ryan Smith has congratulated traders from five inner metropolitan council areas, who along with the Metropolitan Waste Management Group, Melbourne Water and the cities of Boroondara, Melbourne, Port Phillip, Stonnington and Yarra have joined the fight to reduce litter and improve water quality in the Yarra River.... [more]
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Game & Leisure – leading the Game Fisher market
Jeni Bone,
Game & Leisure Boats on Queensland's Gold Coast, has been in operation for 12 years and Managing Director Graham McCloy has more than 25 years industry experience. Keeping on top of the game fisher market relies on consistency, customer focus and quality boat brands.... [more]
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San Juan Estuary clean-up campaign scheduled to launch Saturday
John Bell,
Inspired by an editorial in a U.S.-based magazine, dozens of volunteers using a flotilla of kayaks and boats will launch a massive clean-up effort Saturday, March 16 of one of the most beautiful bodies of water on earth— the San Juan estuary, comprised of a series of lagoons and lakes near San Juan Puerto Rico.... [more]
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CYCA SOLAS Trusts presents grant for Marine Rescue NSW safety project
Jennifer Crooks,
CYCA SOLAS Trusts has presented the State's official volunteer marine rescue service, Marine Rescue NSW, with a grant for $36,400 to advance its VHF Digital Selective Calling (DSC) radio coverage along the NSW coastline in a significant boost to marine safety.... [more]
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Marine13 - register now for this unique B2B industry event
Marine13,
Marine13 International Conference and Trade Exhibition is the boating industry's first national conference that brings together all sectors of the industry.... [more]
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Chaparral ready for Rosehill
Dani Limback,
Chaparral Boats have geared up for the up-coming Rosehill boat show with a big line up of popular models going on display.... [more]
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SCIBS and Sanctuary Cove Boat Show celebrate 25 years together
Sanctuary Cove International Boat Show,
The Sanctuary Cove International Boat Show celebrates its 25th anniversary in 2013 and so does Superior Jetties, which has been exhibiting its products at the show from the very beginning.... [more]
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Simple advice on preventing injury or death from prop-strike
RYA,
Over the last eighteen months or so, there have been a number of serious injuries and fatalities involving people in the water being struck by propellers. Although no one single cause can be attributed to these terrible incidents, with activities being undertaken at the time greatly varying, by following a few essential safety tips you could help avoid injury.... [more]
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Investigators release findings on grounding of fishing trawler
RMS,
Roads and Maritime Services (RMS) Maritime Director Tony Middleton today announced the RMS investigation into the grounding of the fishing trawler Challenge at Cronulla on 19 February 2013 has been completed.... [more]
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Australian National Maritime Museum - Fun time at the museum
Jude Timms,
There's plenty of ‘cool' things to keep children of all ages entertained at the Australian National Maritime Museum with an amazing Antarctic inspired school holiday program this April. Create a Antarctic animal snowdome, produce your own South Pole claymation for YouTube. Plus there's the museum's latest exhibitions Rescue, Ships and the Sea, and Elysium Epic.... [more]
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China Grand Prix - Ross Willaton steps in as throttleman for Victory
Class One,
The China Grand Prix is set to take place in Sanya, Hainan/China from 28th-30th March with Australia's Ross Willaton who has received an eleventh-hour call-up to step in for Peter McGrath to partner countryman Darren Nicholson at the season-opener. Willaton will take over throttleman duties and says he has ‘big shoes to fill sitting in his [McGrath's] cockpit'.... [more]
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