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Boat sales reported within hours of Dubai International Boat Show opening

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Regional marine industry sustains rapid growth, says local distributor

Dubai, United Arab Emirates

The 21st edition of the Dubai International Boat Show has opened with a bang, with one company recording strong boat sales within hours of its opening yesterday.

Additionally, several superyacht manufacturers have reported solid leads on the first day of the show with big sales expected over the five days.

Dubai-based Luxury Sea Boats recorded the sale of two of its exclusively distributed American-brand Malibu crafts as the gates opened, according to Dovran Dzuhmaev, Sales Manager, Luxury Sea Boats LLC.

“We are delighted to have been among the first exhibitors to report sales at this year’s show. The Dubai International Boat show is an excellent platform for us to showcase our exclusively distributed yachts to a wide audience, and we look forward to seeing further sales throughout the show. The marine industry in the region is continuing to pick up speed, and consumer confidence is high at the moment. It is very promising,” he said.

With more than 430 boats on display and over 780 exhibiting companies and brands, The Dubai International Boat Show, running from 5 – 9 March 2013 at Dubai International Marine Club, Mina Seyahi continues to be the leading marine exhibition in the region, with a number of stunning launches, great deals and exciting activities taking place.

The Dubai International Boat Show is open to trade visitors and the general public from 3pm to 9:30pm daily. General admission is AED60 per person for all attendees, while children under 12 will be admitted free of charge (they must be accompanied by an adult at all times). Access to the Marina Display Area may be restricted at certain times.


About Dubai International Boat Show:
Dubai International Boat Show, the most trusted and established marine industry exhibition in the Middle East, is a showcase of yachts and boats from both local and international builders together with the latest innovations in marine equipment and accessories. The multi-award winning show showcases the latest leisure boats, equipment and associated services in the Middle East. Exhibitors include both local and international boat manufacturers as well as the latest innovations in marine equipment and supplies. More than 26,000 international and local visitors attend including key buyers from Kuwait, Qatar and Saudi Arabia

About Dubai World Trade Centre (DWTC)
As the organiser of GITEX Technology Week, Dubai World Trade Centre offers more than 32 years’ experience of delivering world-class events in the Middle East, providing local, regional and international exhibitors with unmatched expertise and in-depth market knowledge.

Our team organises 18 of the largest and most successful international and regional shows in Middle East, providing an ideal platform for business development in the region. Our commitment to ongoing innovation within the exhibition industry has supported the rapid growth and development of a wide range of business-to-business and business-to-consumer shows, and delivered consistent satisfaction to exhibitors and visitors.

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Marina now selling go-fast boats

Sunday, March 10, 2013

By Robert Silk Citizen Staff

ISLAMORADA — Several years ago, when Shari Tribby rode in a go-fast boat for the first time, she grimaced so hard from the bouncing that she bit her tongue, and she clutched the hand rest so tightly that the unsteady ride left her with bruises on her arms.

The experience was so unpleasant that Tribby, who a year ago opened Bone Island Bob’s marina on Lower Matecumbe Key with husband Bob Milligan, vowed never to ride in a go-fast boat again.

But now Tribby isn’t just riding in go-fast boats, she’s selling them.

Recently, Bone Island Bob’s, located between Mr. Lobster and Crazy Billy’s Country Store, on the former site of Sandy Cove Marina, became the only authorized dealer in Florida of Ocean Express go-fast catamarans.

Generally, Ocean Express boats are custom made at the company’s Michigan plant to the buyers’ specifications, but Bone Island Bob also took delivery of three demo boats in December. They can be seen parked along the Lower Matecumbe frontage road, in front of the marina.

Milligan also helps design the boats and makes periodic trips to Ocean Express’ Algonac, Mich. plant, he said.

Tribby says Ocean Express has changed her mind about go-fast boats.

“They’re awesome. They’re catamarans. They ride up above the waves, so you’re not feeling the chop,” she said.

Ocean Express is the inspiration of Ross Focht, who pioneered go-fast racing catamarans in the 1970s and ’80s, even winning a world championship in Key West in 1982. Today, Focht is out of the racing business and instead puts his innovative efforts toward go-fast catamarans for fishermen, sport boaters and poker runs.

The poker run catamarans are built chiefly for speed, without extra frills in the cabin that would weight them down, the Ocean Express website says. The fishing catamarans are designed with special features for anglers. The sleek-looking sport catamarans offer a large cockpit and an enclosed cabin. Ocean Express refers to them as an “all around fun dayboat.” Boats range in size from 22 to 56 feet.

Whatever their purpose, all of the Ocean Express boats are plenty fast, said Milligan, and generally can go 85 miles per hour without any special adjustments or equipment. He guaranteed the vessels will go 65 mph. As for fuel, Milligan say Ocean Express catamarans burn approximately three miles per gallon. The company’s website says they are 35 to 40 percent more efficient than the typical v-hulled boats.

Catamarans are typically more efficient than their singled-hulled competitors, Milligan said, because the twin hulls trap air, giving the boats lift and leaving less of the hull to push through water. The lifting effect is also the reason that Ocean Express vessels provide a much smoother ride than traditional single-hulled go-fast boats, he explained.

Ocean Express boats range in price from $80,000 to $400,000. They can be tailored for U.S. Coast Guard and other law enforcement use.

In addition to boat sales, Bone Island Bob’s offers a full compliment of marina services, including dry storage, repairs, a put-in ramp and a deep sea fishing charter. The marina can be reached at 305-664-4142 or found online

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OKI 24-hr Sailing Race hotly contested

The OKI 24-hr Sailing Race 2013 was hotly contested, with the top boats just seconds apart as they crossed the finish line, bringing all the spectators to the lake edge.

“It was a tremendous finish, we’ve never had a finish like that,” said David Charlesworth, founder of Comworth Systems and patron of Murray’s Bay Sailing Club, who runs the event as its major fundraiser for the year.

The overall winners were Jason and Thomas Saunders, brothers from Tauranga Sailing Club, racing for Lautrec. The OKI boat, with youth sailors Andrew McKenzie (Kohimarama) and Matt Kempkers (Wakatere), came a close second overall, missing the pole position by just thirty seconds.

“It was an intense race the whole time, probably the most intense race of my life. The OKI boat was never more than a hundred metres away,” says Thomas Saunders, who was racing the last lap. “They pushed us the whole way, but we were really impressed by the youth sailors who came second.”

“It was typical lake racing at its finest,” says Andrew McKenzie, just seventeen years of age, racing the last lap for OKI.

For the first time, the OKI 24-Hr Sailing Race welcomed solo sailors to the race. James Sandall (sailing for Harken, from Wairoa Yacht Club in the Hawkes Bay) came in first in front of Susannah Pyatt sailing for Future Insurance.

“I’ve done offshore racing and the OKI before but never sailing 24 hours in a laser,” says Sandall. “It’s hard on the knees and a friend chucked food parcels at me through the night. I’m knackered, but would absolutely do it again.”

David Charlesworth told the crowd of young sailors: “Ray Davies, Chris Dixon and a number of international sailors have their name on the OKI cups, it’s a gateway to bigger things. Once you’ve done the OKI, you’ve got a step on the way to international sailing.”

The events are fundraisers for Murray’s Bay Sailing Club to develop youth sailing and local business Comworth, distributor for OKI fax and telecommunications products, has been sponsoring the race since 1989.

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