News: Miami International Boat Show & Other Marine News, Fitzroy Yachts And NZ Marine Cup

February 9, 2010 by Yachtie
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Miami approaches, Plastiki prepares, Coral Sea battle update.

Image By Photographer Ed Holt is of the Fitzroy Yacht Salperton.

The countdown is on, just two days to go until the 69th Miami International Boat Show gets underway. While organisers are counting on a bounce back, be it ever so slight, in terms of visitor numbers, exhibitors are anxiously waiting for sales results before gauging consumer sentiment. All industry eyes will be on the first show of the year. Good luck, good trade to all!

This week, along with an assortment of products launched and industry activity, we feature the Marina Industry Assoc of Australia forecast for the year ahead in terms of its own initiatives, Riviera’s new dealer in the US and news of another victim of tough times – Salthouse Marine Limited of New Zealand is in the hands of receivers. It’s not all doom and gloom though: the receiver himself says interest is high from buyers in Australia and Asia keen to put their hats in the ring for the iconic motor yacht marque.

On a green and clean note, the Plastiki, a vessel made of PET containers, is poised to set sail from San Francisco to Sydney – an homage to the voyage of the KonTiki but more importantly, highlighting the importance of recycling. Can’t wait to read their blogs and see the impact of their mission as they take on the seas for three months before arriving in Australia.

Keep in touch with your news and views. They are appreciated.

Jeni Bone, editor MarineBusiness-World.com

Riviera expands its United States, West Coast dealer network
Stephen Milne,
Riviera and Emerald Pacific Yachts have joined forces to service the entire US West Coast from Alaska in the north to more than 2,500 nautical miles south to Cabo San Lucas in Mexico….

Marina Industry Assoc of Australia looks ahead for 2010
Jeni Bone,
The Marina Industries Association of Australia (MIAA) is preparing for its first Board Meeting of 2010, to be hosted by the BIA NSW offices in Crows Nest Sydney, 25 February. Executive Officer, Colin Bransgrove is looking forward to a raft of initiatives and programs that will be implemented over the year, benefiting members and the boating community…

China Maritime ignites Hong Kong
Jeni Bone,
Following its previous highly successful stagings in 2006 and 2008, China Maritime returns to Hong Kong for a third time from 16 – 18 March 2010….

New Zealand’s Salthouse Marine Limited in receivership
Jeni Bone,
New Zealand motor yacht building company Salthouse Marine Limited is in receivership. Receiver John Price of HPL Partners was called in last Thursday by a private investor….

Exhibitors cautiously optimistic for Miami
Media Services,
Boat dealers at a scaled-down boat show in Miami said there were signs business could pick up in 2010 after a serious sales slump in 2009….

Raymarine helps Geoff Holt achieve Atlantic Challenge
Liza Sticpewich,
Disabled sailor Geoff Holt, who has sailed single-handed across the Atlantic, says he could not have done it without support from Raymarine. Quadriplegic yachtsman Geoff says Raymarine’s navigation, communication and safety products have been vital in completing his Impossible Dream Atlantic Challenge….

NanoShield protects Marine Craft and Race Car Drivers
Edmund Lim,
NanoShield, suppliers of FoulOff for the racing winning Alfa Romeo, also supply glass treatment to race car drivers. 2 time V8 racing champion Andy Booth said ‘Clear vision in the wet is not only safer, it provides a definite advantage over rivals struggling to see the track. NanoShield Auto Clear Vision gives me that advantage’. The Marine Clear vision also prevents salt stains on boats….

Camping will never be the same again with Stacer Proline
Stacer has made the average camping trip extraordinary with their Proline range, in particular the 349 Car Topper….

Brunswick to consolidate aluminum boat production
Media Services,
Brunswick Corporation (NYSE: BC) has announced that it will consolidate a portion of its aluminum boat production within its current manufacturing footprint as part of its ongoing efforts to be more agile and responsive to marine market demand….

Pew Coral Sea ‘NO TAKE’ agenda alive and well: Boswell
Office of Senator Boswell,
The agenda of US based environmental group Pew Charitable Trust to turn 972,000 square kilometres of the Coral Sea into a ‘no-take zone’ is alive and well, according to The Nationals Senator Ron Boswell….

New Asia-Pacific Superyacht news service launched
Panna Thakrar,
A news service designed specifically to transfer superyacht news from east to west has been launched out of Singapore….

Cabin Fan is a Cool Option
Market Focus,
Good ventilation is a must for Australian boat owners, especially those cruising tropical and semi-tropical waters during the hot summer months….

GME Bonus Offer – Catch yourself a great Shimano deal
Matthew Heap,
GME and Shimano have joined together to offer a great bonus. Purchase a GME GP450X marine GPS plotter during the months of February and March 2010, and via redemption you will receive a Shimano fishing pack that includes a Shimano Gold Series Graphite fishing rod, a Shimano Sienna Reel and an Enviro Man Bag Valued at $129.00….

Local Sailing News from Sail-World on Twitter
Brendan Maxwell,
Sail-World.com, the largest online marine news network in the world is now delivering regional news on Twitter. Publisher Rob Kothe said today ‘Now sailors can get an exciting mix of Sail-World local news and major international news via local Twitter feeds, rather than getting more sailing news than they can possible handle via a one size fits all world news channel.’…

Bullot and Healy team up to launch dailydo.co.nz
David Healy,
Top New Zelaand sailors Mike Bullot and Dave Healy plan to save Aucklanders $1m on activities and services around the region when they launch their exciting new website on 9th February called http://www.dailydo.co.nz. The site will feature one great deal per day for anything from restaurants, health and fitness services, outdoor activities, winery tours, beauty services etc, discounted by 50-90%….

Undersea exploration with Branson’s the Necker Nymph
Virgin Limited Edition,
Virgin Limited Edition enters the underwater world, welcoming Necker Nymph, a DeepFlight three-person aero submarine. Likened to an underwater aircraft, this open cockpit winged sub is the first of its kind to hit the market – would Sir Richard Branson want it any other way?…

Pacific 2010 exceeds exhibitors expectations
A contingent of Australian International Marine Export Group (AIMEX) members recently exhibited at the 2010 Pacific International Maritime Exposition held in Sydney, 27-29 January 2010….

Plastiki setting sail for Sydney
Jeni Bone,
San Francisco based Adventure Ecology took their message of recycling and impact on the seas to the next level with the Plastiki, a boat made from recycled PET bottles which has completed its sea trials and is due to undertake its mission from San Fran to Sydney within weeks….

Powerboat champ killed near Brisbane
Media Services,
Neil Coddington was killed yesterday when his boat, Blue Max, rolled and tossed him out at 140kmh on a dam near Ipswich, west of Brisbane….

President Obama raises the ire of US boating industry
Jeni Bone,
Blame it on a throwaway phrase or naive speech writers, but a recent speech by President Barack Obama has incensed the US boating industry, implying that in tough times, buying a boat is a rash and irresponsible decision, like throwing money away at gambling…

Alfa Romeo uses new product to preserve hull weight and design shape
The name Alfa Romeo evokes sensuous lines, One of the major concern on any race boat is unnecessary weight. Any excess weight will create performance penalties that de?ne the difference between victory and defeat. When it was time to redo the anti-foul paint from Alfa Romeo’s hull, the requirement is that 36 kg of old Anti-Foul needs to be removed, and precisely 36 kg be put on again….

Vicem Yachts names Gold Coaster as its Asia-Pacific contact
Bob Wonders,
American expatriate to handle Asia-Pacific sales for luxury Turkish boat builder. Renowned as a builder of luxury, classic motor yachts and now, megayachts with its first 150-footer under construction, Vicem Yachts’ CEO Alberto Perrone Da Zara said the Asia-Pacific region ‘holds great potential’ for the marque….

Fitzroy Yachts supports NZ Marine Cup
Kate Gordon,
Fitzroy Yachts has confirmed its sponsorship of the New Zealand Marine Cup: Kiwi Kawau Challenge, a one-day event for superyachts in Auckland on 4 March 2010….

NSW Maritime Operation ‘Blue Water’ targets coastal boating safety
Neil Patchett,
Ports and Waterways Minister Paul McLeay this week announced Operation ‘Blue Water’, a month-long safety campaign throughout February, aimed at improving awareness of the safety requirements for boats on coastal waters. Mr McLeay said during 2009, there were 30 incidents involving vessels operating offshore….

Glowfast Marine – official supporter of the Sydney 38 Nationals
Brita Fowler,
Glowfast Marine is proud to announce that it is an Official Supporter of the 2010 Sydney 38 National Championship Regatta. Racing will take place on 12, 13 &14 February from RPAYC; and with an expected fleet of 17 yachts, this years Sydney 38 National Championships promises to be one of the best attended events for the class this year….

What’s in a name? Plenty if it’s your boat
Boat names can reveal much about the personality of a boat owner. Or, they can also serve as signposts of the modern era. One thing is for sure, ‘Bail Out’ has made the list in number five position – a wry reflection of the times….

Mercury Marine honours one of its own
Bob Wonders,
‘Who’s who’ of the boating industry pays tribute to Mercury veteran Ken Evans. Numerous Mercury Marine employees, headed by John Pfeifer. President, International Mercury Marine and John Temple, general manager, Mercury Marine, Australia, New Zealand and the Pacific, turned out to pay tribute at the St.George Motor Boat Club in Sydney’s south….

Louis Vuitton Trophy will run with Auckland International Boat Show
Richard Gladwell,
Louis Vuitton’s Bruno Trouble has confirmed that the next Louis Vuitton Trophy regatta will take place in Auckland beginning on 10 March 2010. At this stage, due to what are believed to be budget considerations, only two boats will be used between the eight teams competing. The Emirates Team NZ boats will be used, with one of the BMW Oracle Racing boats on standby. It is intended to sail four rac…

Across the blue Pacific, Miami in my sights
Bob Wonders,
The Miami International Boat Show remains a vital cog in the marketing of the United States boating industry. From a journalist’s point of view, what makes Miami a valuable source of material is simply the fact that the US boating industry views it as the ‘must attend’ show….

Volvo Ocean Race appoints new Director of Television
Volvo Ocean Race,
Adam Binns (35) is the latest new recruit to join the Volvo Ocean Race, which starts its 11th race around the world from Alicante, Spain, in the autumn of 2011….

Riviera launches first 5800 Sport Yacht with lower galley option
Stephen Milne,
Riviera’s popular 5800 Sport Yacht has taken design to a new level with the first 5800 with lower galley and alternate saloon option delivered to its Sydney, Australia owner this week….

Sail-World’s America’s Cup coverage – we’re taking you to Valencia!
Sail-World Media,
Sail-World will again be producing a special newsletter for the 33rd America’s Cup. The world’s largest email newsletter will provide over 85,000 subscribers, worldwide with the latest information from the regatta venue, Valencia. New Zealand and US Editor, Richard Gladwell leaves for Valencia on Friday evening, and will remain until the end of the regatta or around the 13th February….

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