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Power, Sail and Fishing - it's all covered in Australian Marine Business World News

by Peter Rendle 18 Dec 2017 21:03 UTC 18 December 2017
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Many of you will have noticed that we did not send out an Australian Marine Business World e-news letter last week. The reason is that we are updating our internal systems and settings to ensure that our technology is up to date and allows faster access when opening the site and opening the respective news items. This will take a little bit longer to complete but in the meantime enjoy this latest synopsis of industry news.

Not much comes for free these days. However a neat app from Nebo allows boat owners to effortlessly log their trip information. More than 4,000 skippers are using Nebo to log their voyages in 55 countries, and on all continents other than Antarctica. Whilst not yet in Antarctica, Nebo is in regular use above the Arctic Circle. Key to Nebo's immediate success are features like automated logging and on-water interaction with other vessels. Skippers receive an automatically compiled log detailing each day's activity, including their track, a detailed textual log, automated weather observations and any photos they've taken. It's a great record of boat usage, and is hugely popular.

Our industry news covers all facets of marine business, power, sail and fishing and the items in this week's news illustrate this perfectly.

On the power front Mercury technicians from around Australasia are locked in a battle for two huge prizes: the title of being "The Mercury Technician of the Year" and a brand new 150hp Mercury Four Stroke outboard. The competition – and the prize – are all part of Mercury's on-going commitment to offer the best possible service to the boat lovers who buy and operate Mercury engines.

Our sailing coverage includes an interview by Sail-World Managing Editor Mark Jardine with Jon Partridge and Alex Newton-Southon at RS Sailing about their incredibly busy 2017 and some of the highlights of their year, both on the water and in the office. The RS Zest was recently launched and the interview gives an insight to the marketing philosophy behind the project.

Fishing has always had a strong connection with boating and technology to enable easier location of the fish is a constant challenge and since its launch at the Miami International Boat Show in February 2017, Raymarine's game-changing Axiom units with RealVision 3D technology have been shaking up the marine electronics industry.

The introduction of Axiom Pro at ICAST 2017 did much to further the excitement, offering anglers and boaters a built-in 1kW offshore CHIRP sonar and Raymarine's fast and intuitive HybridTouch™ user experience. Blazing quad-core performance and Lighthouse 3 operating system represent the most advanced navigational and fish-finding multifunction displays on the water.

New Zealand also has an active marine industry and Susan Amos has become the first woman in that country to achieve certification from the Global Marina Institute (GMI). GMI President John Hogan CMP said Susan's certification as a Certified Marina Manager (CMM) was an important milestone for the marina industry. "The industry needs more women in leadership roles. Women make up just 7% of the certified marina personnel in the Asia, Australian and New Zealand regions. Susan's certification highlights the pathway for other women to emulate."

Staying in New Zealand, Australian Multihull dealers, Multihull Solutions, has opened a new sales centre in New Zealand in response to continuing demand for multihulls in the region. The new sales centre is conveniently located in Whangarei, just 90 minutes from Auckland's international and domestic airports. Set in Marsden Cove Marina, just inside the entrance to Whangarei Harbour, the office provides convenient access for buyers to view a range of pre-owned multihulls for sale all in the one location.


Peter Rendle,

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