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Successful start to sailing season

Sue Percy New boat Farrari tests the waters in Division 1 of The Crusing Yacht Club’s season opening.

The Cruising Yacht Club of WA held its open day on Sunday, with its boats presenting a colourful sight to mark the opening of the season.

Numbers were swelled by fleets of young sailors who took part in an intense training camp held by Yachting WA.

An inaugural welcome to country ceremony was performed by Dr Norman Nannup.

The season was officially opened by Commander Matthew Butcher, of HMAS Stirling.

TS ANZAC cadets marched to the flag pole, accompanied by a lone piper, and then the flags were raised as the Mandurah Concert Band played the national anthem.

The club’s new start boat, conducted by Andrea Christine, started the racing at 2pm into a 10-15 knot westerly breeze, which shifted from southwest to northwest as a series of small fronts rolled through.

Things looked healthy for the cruiser ranks as division 1 was swelled by the addition of two new boats, and more boats yet to return in divisions 3 and 6.

Abracadabra took the honours in division 1 with Bonanza leading division 3 home.

Division 6 was won by Wee Yin, sailed by Ernie Greenock.


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2014 Auckland on the Water Boatshow hailed a huge success

Increased visitor numbers show strong support for New Zealand’s leading boat show.

Feedback for the 16th Auckland On Water Boat Show (AOWBS), which ran from Thursday 25 to Sunday 28 September 2014, has been overwhelmingly positive, with several significant sales made at the show.

Visitor numbers were up a healthy 14 per cent on the 2013 show, a result that show organizers were delighted with.

‘The increased number of visitors is a real testament to the quality of exhibitors the show attracts,’ said Michelle Khan, CEO of the AOWBS. ‘Every year we aim to improve the experience for show visitors, and these incredibly positive numbers show that the show has cemented its profile as New Zealand’s leading boat show’

The 2014 edition completely sold out of exhibitor space, with nearly 200 exhibitors and more than 200 boats on display. The show welcomed nearly 30 new exhibitors to its lineup, another telling indication of its ever increasing popularity. Key events at the show included a successful world record attempt for most people on a stand up paddleboard, with 52 participants breaking the record on a board custom made by Lancer Industries Ltd. A seminar programme of expert speakers offered visitors insight into a range of topics including fishing tactics and preparing a boat for cruising.

‘The 2014 Auckland On Water Boat Show proved to be another incredible showcase of exhibitors, including many member companies of NZ Marine,’ said Peter Busfield, Executive Director of New Zealand Marine. ‘The significant presence of New Zealand’s leading marine companies, together with offshore exhibitors, proved a winning formula and sales from the show are sure to have a very positive impact for New Zealand’s marine industry. Congratulations should go to all involved in the show.’

Held in the heart of Auckland’s Viaduct Harbour, the AOWBS aims to showcase all elements of on-water activities, from fishing and family cruising all the way up to luxury yachts. It’s timing has proved popular as a precursor to the upcoming summer season. The 2014 show saw a notable rise in the number of groups of friends and families, and of visitors from outside of Auckland, including from Australia, choosing to make a weekend of the show. 60 per cent of visitors, not resident in Auckland, came to the city purely for the show.

Feedback from both new and repeat exhibitors alike has been excellent. ‘As a new participant in the rampant aluminium boat industry, Finlay Boats first appearance at the show was a great success,’ said Grant Finlayson of Finlay Boats. ‘The exposure was great with the number of seemingly genuinely interested people visiting our boats high.

From a newcomers perspective the interaction with other exhibitors was also a positive aspect of this boat show. We will return!’ Four yachts designed by Roger Hill Yacht Design were on show and Hill rated the 2014 as one of the best to date. ‘From a personal point of view and from that of the people associated with our efforts at the show, I think that it was a really good show, probably better for us than the previous three or four,’ said Hill.

Long time exhibitor Decking Specialists also praised the show format. ‘Decking Specialists were delighted to attend this year’s Auckland on Water Boat Show,’ said Marketing Manager Claire Birch. ‘During the event it was a pleasure to see existing clients as well as making some brand new connections, and examples of our work were also present at the event including decks on boats built by Smuggler Marine. Decking Specialists are delighted to support this fantastic boat show and look forward to returning in 2015.’

With such positive feedback about the show it is no surprise that there has already been strong interest in the 2015 edition. ‘We have been overwhelmed by the response from both the exhibitors and visitors, and by the large numbers of early indications that so many will be back again next year,’ said Khan. Although the show is only newly over, many exhibitors have already reported significant sales thanks to their presence at the show. Orakei Yacht Sales sold an 11-metre Jeanneau NC11 sailing yacht, while Smuggler Marine sold a Strata 600 RIB and have several other strong enquiries. Moon Engines Ltd confirmed a significant contract at the show: ‘As Marine Transmissions NZ, we picked up a large twin installation full gearbox rebuild and service job on an overseas yacht due here in four weeks,’ said James Mobberly. Rayglass had a huge show, with several sales made and many more leads. ‘We had a successful show, with good sales that were directly related to people visiting the show,’ said Scott Little, Sales and Marketing Manager of Rayglass. ‘We are seeing a lot of stability off the back of the recent election and confidence moving forwards from the customer base.’

First time exhibitors Propspeed generated nearly 500 positive leads from the show: ‘The show proved a great platform to showcase our product to potential customers,’ said Clint Jones, Managing Director of Propspeed. Hobsonville composite experts Yachting Developments signed the order for a new custom 37’ Bakewell-White sailing yacht at the show. Lancer Industries signed an exclusive licence agreement with Navitech for their Seablade hulls within Australia and New Zealand. Fishing Boats NZ, dealer for Surtees Boats, made numerous sales at the show. ‘We are pleased to say that this was by far the best show we have had,’ said Andrew Carlson of Fishing Boats. ‘We sold 12 Surtees over the four days and 23 sea trials were booked for the upcoming Surtees Demonstration Weekend. Thank you for your support in putting together this boat show.’

All indications are that these are a small sample of the sales made at the show, and many more success stories are expecting in the coming weeks.


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Boat builders exhibition in Tampa shows industry rebounding

TAMPA — Like many at the International Boatbuilders Exhibition Conference, Steve Schoderer is optimistic about the future of the nation’s marine industry.

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“We had some rough years,” said Scho­derer of Mercury Marine, one the country’s leading outboard motor manufacturers. “But things are looking up. One reason — technology.”

Schoderer, while standing on the dock outside the Tampa Convention Center, said he thinks high-tech features such as his company’s new “joystick” operating system will be the next big thing in every new pleasure cruiser.

“It makes docking a boat so simple that even a kid could do it,” he said. “And that is going to bring more people into the sport.”

About 50 manufacturers offer Mercury’s Joystick Piloting System for outboard motors. It’s Schoderer’s job to persuade boat builders — there are dozens of them from all around the world in Tampa for the three-day trade show — to take a chance on the new technology.

“This is not a consumer boat show,” said Ann Dunbar, the IBEX director. “This is where the engineers and boat builders come to find out what’s new to put in next year’s boats.”

When it comes to boat sales and participation, Florida leads the nation. According to the National Marine Manufacturers Association, the state ranks No. 1 in total sales of new powerboats, engines, trailers and accessories, up 16 percent from 2012, generating $1.9 billion in 2013.

Florida’s 5,539 boating businesses employed 43,859 people in 2012. Those numbers include everything from high-end boat builders such as Tampa’s Lazzara Yachts to smaller companies such as JL Marine Systems, which makes the “Power Pole,” an anchoring system popular with flats fishermen.

“Everybody wants to stay on top of the technology,” said Dunbar, who brought the show to Tampa this year because the convention center offered access to the water. “You can’t stay competitive in this business unless you have the latest and the greatest.”

Florida has more registered boats — 870,031 —than any other state. That means about one boat for every eight households. According to the latest economic data, from June, powerboat sales were up 8.7 percent compared with the previous year. Sales of ski boats showed the greatest increase, at 16.7 percent. Personal watercraft have also seen a surge in sales, up 25.7 percent.

In 2013, the ratio of preowned boat to new boat sales decreased for the first time since the recession, indicating a shift in consumer demand for new boats.

This year’s IBEX has 573 vendors, including 142 that did not display products in 2013, as well as 80 companies that are new to the show.

“We think the industry has really turned a corner,” Dunbar said. “The manufacturers are feeling confident. People want to buy boats.”

One of the highlights of this year’s show is the “Connected Boat Display,” which shows how a vessel’s various marine electronics and operating systems can be connected via cloud computing.

“You can control everything from your iPhone,” said Joe Burke, chief technology officer for Chetco Digital Instruments, IBEX’s partner in The Connected Boat. “And the great thing is that it works any time, from anywhere in the world.”


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“We had some rough years,” said Scho­derer of Mercury Marine, one the country’s leading outboard motor manufacturers. “But things are looking up. One reason — technology.”

Schoderer, while standing on the dock outside the Tampa Convention Center, said he thinks high-tech features such as his company’s new “joystick” operating system will be the next big thing in every new pleasure cruiser.

“It makes docking a boat so simple that even a kid could do it,” he said. “And that is going to bring more people into the sport.”

About 50 manufacturers offer Mercury’s Joystick Piloting System for outboard motors. It’s Schoderer’s job to persuade boat builders — there are dozens of them from all around the world in Tampa for the three-day trade show — to take a chance on the new technology.

“This is not a consumer boat show,” said Ann Dunbar, the IBEX director. “This is where the engineers and boat builders come to find out what’s new to put in next year’s boats.”

When it comes to boat sales and participation, Florida leads the nation. According to the National Marine Manufacturers Association, the state ranks No. 1 in total sales of new powerboats, engines, trailers and accessories, up 16 percent from 2012, generating $1.9 billion in 2013.

Florida’s 5,539 boating businesses employed 43,859 people in 2012. Those numbers include everything from high-end boat builders such as Tampa’s Lazzara Yachts to smaller companies such as JL Marine Systems, which makes the “Power Pole,” an anchoring system popular with flats fishermen.

“Everybody wants to stay on top of the technology,” said Dunbar, who brought the show to Tampa this year because the convention center offered access to the water. “You can’t stay competitive in this business unless you have the latest and the greatest.”

Florida has more registered boats — 870,031 —than any other state. That means about one boat for every eight households. According to the latest economic data, from June, powerboat sales were up 8.7 percent compared with the previous year. Sales of ski boats showed the greatest increase, at 16.7 percent. Personal watercraft have also seen a surge in sales, up 25.7 percent.

In 2013, the ratio of preowned boat to new boat sales decreased for the first time since the recession, indicating a shift in consumer demand for new boats.

This year’s IBEX has 573 vendors, including 142 that did not display products in 2013, as well as 80 companies that are new to the show.

“We think the industry has really turned a corner,” Dunbar said. “The manufacturers are feeling confident. People want to buy boats.”

One of the highlights of this year’s show is the “Connected Boat Display,” which shows how a vessel’s various marine electronics and operating systems can be connected via cloud computing.

“You can control everything from your iPhone,” said Joe Burke, chief technology officer for Chetco Digital Instruments, IBEX’s partner in The Connected Boat. “And the great thing is that it works any time, from anywhere in the world.”


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