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  08 Aug 2011

If you're dying to go fishing, think again

There's an old joke that goes: 'Give a man a fish and you'll feed him for a day. Teach him how to fish and he'll spend every weekend on his boat drinking beer.'

How else can you explain the fact that two runabouts rolled on a Northern NSW bar within hours of each other over the weekend.

One incident you could perhaps forgive but when you see two then I suspect that some skippers need to find another hobby. There's a rogue element who just don't know when to stop.

Conditions were described as 'unfavourable' when the first boat attempted to cross the Ballina bar at 6am - by that they mean the tide was low and a 1.5-metre surf was running in the area.

The second boat foundered at 9am. Fortunately all occupants made it ashore safely.
White water over the top at Evans River bar.   Halden Boyd Pandanus Media

NSW Maritime did what it always does - issue an alert to skippers to take extra care and a reminder that lifejackets are compulsory when crossing a coastal bar.

Fair dinkum though, they must scratch their heads some times. Ditto the insurers, and sometimes the Coroners.

There's a road slogan that says 'Don't die for a Deadline'. Dying for a fish would seem equally futile, especially when there's so damn many in the sea. Easy tigers ...

Mark Rothfield

NSW Maritime Alert - Dangerous seas
Neil Patchett,
NSW Maritime today issued an alert following the official forecast for adverse weather. Dangerous surf conditions are forecast for the NSW coast south of Smoky Cape on Monday. NSW Maritime advises skippers and owners of small craft to be on high alert and to check the conditions before considering heading onto exposed waters or offshore.... [more]
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Karva soothes the Savage beast
Mark Rothfield,
Of all the names to call a new 4.35 metre tinnie Savage somehow managed to come up with Karva ... not to be confused with the popular Polynesian tipple called Kava which is favoured for its sedative qualities yet suspected of having nasty side effects and causing social problems.... [more]
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It's back to the future for outboards
Mark Rothfield,
I clearly remember the first time I tried to start a four-stroke outboard that was already quietly going about its business. As the starter motor and the boat's owner whined in unison, it felt more like an epiphany than just another 'senior moment'.... [more]
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Bear Cottage Boat Winner from Manly, Sydney
Team Windcraft,
Team Windcraft's bold fund-raising campaign to raffle a brand new Hanse 355 yacht and raise much needed funds for Bear Cottage Children's Hospice in Manly has been a huge success, with the lucky winner also coming from Manly.... [more]
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Two boats rolled on Ballina Bar
Neil Patchett,
NSW Maritime today issued an alert to skippers to take extra care when considering crossing any coastal bar. Regional Manager North Jim Green today issued the warning following two separate incidents at Ballina bar this morning. Two boats rolled on the bar in what Mr Green described as ‘unfavourable conditions'.... [more]
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Hunter River: Navigation restriction for power boat races
Penny Robins,
A section of the Hunter River will be restricted for parts of this weekend in order for power boat races to take place safely. NSW Maritime Regional Manager Hunter/ Inland Sonia McKay said boat skippers would need to avoid the area on the Hunter River at Raymond Terrace, downstream of the Fitzgerald Bridge between Bourke and Swan Streets, between 10am and 5pm on Saturday and 9am and 5pm on Sunday... [more]
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Study assesses nations' vulnerabilities to reduced mollusk harvests
Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution,
Changes in ocean chemistry due to increased carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions are expected to damage shellfish populations around the world, but some nations will feel the impacts much sooner and more intensely than others, according to a study by scientists at Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution (WHOI).... [more]
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Count down for Super Boat Great Lakes Grand Prix
Bob Wonders,
The Great Lakes event is the only freshwater race in the Super Boat International National Series. First race is scheduled fore 11am on Sunday (Aug 7), the second at 1pm.... [more]
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UIM Ocean Grand Prix Endurance Championship turns to Sicily
Martin Allerton,
UIM Ocean Grand Prix Endurance Championship organisers International Sea Racing, have had a throttling introduction to international powerboat racing after a successful debut event in Malta, followed by the cancellation of its Dutch GP, planned for this weekend in Den Helder, Holland.... [more]
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SIMS Harbour Hike September 4th
Minta Burn,
Experience Sydney as you've never seen it before by being part of the SIMS Harbour Hike. It is one of Sydney's best kept secrets but now you have the opportunity to discover Sydney's unique history and spectacular beauty on the Harbour foreshore paths from Kirribilli to Chowder Bay– described as one of the greatest walks in the world.... [more]
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South-west marine parks public submissions close Monday
Media Services,
As the public submission period draws to a close, hundreds of people have written pleas urging the federal government to reconsider its proposed network of marine reserves off the South-West, pointing out to Minister Tony Burke what they say is a lack of protection for vulnerable marine life.... [more]
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Report slams WA demersal fishing and calls for more marine protection
Jeni Bone,
Trawler fishing is devastating slow growing marine life and damaging Australia's oceans, a report released this week states.... [more]
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Asian and World launches slated for PIMEX 2012
Several major European luxury yachting brands will be launching new models at the Phuket International Boat Show (PIMEX), to be held at the Royal Phuket Marina from 29th March to 1st April, 2012.... [more]
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Powerboat F4 Championship - Team Atlantic takes pole
Emma Slater,
F4-s Championship - Heading into the weekend Palfreyman sat third in the championship behind fierce rivals Bimba Sjoholm of Sweden and championship leader Saleh Al Shamlan of Qatar who held a 23 point on the British youngster. Following on from his top form in Russia Palfreyman continued to impress throughout the weekend.... [more]
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Yanmar supplies Haultech with Air-Con Power
Connexion PR,
The Brisbane based company, Haultech Engineering, has nominated Yanmar's L series engine as an engine of choice for their exceptional Icepack sleeper cab air conditioning system.... [more]
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Honda Over The Top Expedition off and running
Sandman PR,
Brothers Peter and Phillip Jenkins left from Sydney yesterday to begin their 9500km coastal journey in a ‘rubber ducky'. Finishing in Perth in early October, the Honda Over The Top Expedition aims to raise $200,000 for Cancer Council Australia for research into effective prostate cancer detection and treatment.... [more]
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Sydney Boat Show closes after five days of glorious sunshine
Domenic Genua,
With the show closing after five glorious days of sunshine, the mood was upbeat amongst the 270 exhibitors. Whilst the visitor numbers did not surpass the crowds of last year, feedback remained positive and exhibitors reported that visitors to the show arrived with a thirst for information and a desire to further their boating activities... [more]
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P1 SuperStock Hull Grand Prix of the Sea win for Peters & May
Powerboat P1,
At the P1 SuperStock Championship's Hull Grand Prix of the Sea, the new Peters & May crew of Daniel Cramphorn and Kim Collins took a dominating win in the P1 250 Panther class during the opening race on Saturday, 30th July. Despite cool temperatures, crowds flocked to Hull Marina to witness Britain's top stars of Powerboat racing in action and they weren't disappointed.... [more]
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Marine Rescue Cottage Point in night time yacht rescue
Ken McManus,
Last night (Saturday 30th July) at 5:15pm, just as the Marine Rescue base at Cottage Point was about to close for the night, a call came in from the Water Police with a task to assist a yacht which was reported aground at Half Tide Rocks. This area is a notoriously dangerous bar and reef that marks the entrance to Brisbane Water from Broken Bay in northern Sydney.... [more]
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Lifestyle Marine reaps rewards of large display at Sydney Boat Show
Jeni Bone,
Lifestyle Marine, from Lake Macquarie, one Australia's leading marine retailers owned and operated by the Hurt Family for 64 years and 3 generations, has taken its largest stand ever at this year's Sydney International Boat Show. And it has paid off. Damien Hurt, MD says the company paid off its stand from sales on the first day of the show.... [more]
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Grand Prix of Ukraine dominated by Al Hameli
Philippe Stiernon,
The Grand Prix of Ukraine which is the fourth round of the UIM F1 H2O World Championship, has witnessed an astonishing show of skill by Team Abu Dhabi driver Ahmed Al Hameli who completed a rare weekend sweep at the top of the table in both practice sessions, taking pole position as fastest qualifier and finishing in grand style.... [more]
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P1 SuperStock Championship excitement rises at Hull Marina
Powerboat P1,
The P1 SuperStock Championship 2011's third event witnessed Britain's top powerboat racers take to the water at a rather overcast Hull Marina during a one hour practice session ahead of the weekend's fifth and sixth rounds of the season. The untimed run gave the people of Hull their first glimpse of the crews from the P1 250 Panther and P1 150 classes in action.... [more]
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Fusion Electronics
Sara Vincent,
At the Sydney International Boat Show 2011, Fusion Electronics, manufacturer of amplifiers, subwoofers, speakers, automotive audio visual systems, security systems, head units and processors, with distribution in over 30 countries, showcases its cutting edge marine technology.... [more]
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Ferretti Group surmounts GFC by focusing on growth markets
Sara Vincent,
In Sydney for the boat show, the Area Manager Asia Pacific for Italy's Ferretti Group, Giuseppe Zecchin speaks with MarineBusiness-World.com about the group, its clutch of brands, how they are adapting to the growth in emerging markets like China, Thailand, South America and Australia.... [more]
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Ranger Tugs attract retirees and heritage-conoisseurs
Jeni Bone,
Peter McCook has been at the helm of Ranger Tugs since March this year, taking over from John Smale, who discovered the little vessels while on holidays in Hawaii in 2008.... [more]
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Auckland International Boat Show – on show in Sydney
Marine Business-World.com,
Making its presence felt this year at the Sydney International Boat Show, NZ Marine representatives are spruiking their own event – highlighting the various facets of this year's show and all the many reasons to head to Auckland in September, including the Rugby World Cup 2011.... [more]
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Marine radio Bonus Packs for GME
Matthew Heap GME,
During the months of August and September, GME will have a couple of Marine radio bonus packs available, which offer great value to customers.... [more]
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Marmong Point Marina drums up interest in berths, and Lake Macquarie
Jeni Bone,
Staking a prominent claim on the marina this year is Les Binkin, owner and developer of Marmong Point Marina, idyllically located on the shores of Lake Macquarie, just 60 nautical miles from Sydney Harbour.... [more]
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Auckland International Boat Show preview at Sydney
NZ Marine,
The Sydney Boat Show will provide a fitting opportunity to promote the next big maritime event in the South Pacific: the Auckland International Boat Show, 15 to 18 September, in Auckland, New Zealand.... [more]
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Win a $14,000 holiday and boat - Enter NOW!! Closing soon!
Most boaters and fishers have been to many boat shows, finding it a rewarding, informative and fun experience. The Marine industry needs that to be the case. Boat Show organisers spend the entire year working to deliver a better experience for showgoers and exhibitors alike. To make sure they are putting their emphasis on the things that will have you coming back they need to understand the... [more]
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