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SCIBS 2014: Innovations, incentives and new fee structures

October 22, 2013

Plans are in full swing for the next year’s Sanctuary Cove International Boat Show (SCIBS), with applications open to exhibitors from 9am Wednesday October 23 and the 2014 Exhibitor Information Kit available online.

Sanctuary Cove International Boat Show 2010

Sanctuary Cove International Boat Show 2010

The Boat Show website has been upgraded as a one-stop information spot for exhibitors. The site features a simple online application process which exhibitors can use once they set up a secure exhibitor profile in the section called My SCIBS.

As a registered exhibitor, users can access this section at any time, check or edit any of the details relating to company contact information, the status of their account, display area, extras requested and much more.

Exhibitors will also be able to access event information, promotion and publicity, order forms, terms and conditions, display regulations and SCIBS management contacts.

Following on from the show’s milestone 25th anniversary, the SCIBS team is committed to building a “new era event” that will stand SCIBS in good stead for the next quarter century, and beyond.

Mulpha Sanctuary Cove head of events, Johan Hasser said from exhibitor and sponsor feedback, and in line with the evolution of major international boat shows, the SCIBS team had responded and honed a world-class event into what they are confident will be a new-look, sharper-focused event, serving both trade and consumer markets.

“We have worked closely with our major exhibitors and partners over the past few months to craft a new generation show that is improved for exhibitors, sponsors and visitors alike,” said Mr Hasser.

Mr Hasser said an innovation in 2014 would include the new orientation of Pavilion A (the main entry Pavilion), which has been rotated 90°, positioning the main entry at the north end. Inside, it has been reconfigured to increase floor space to 4,250sqm, with the added advantage of wider aisles.

“We have changed the main entry pavilion layout and improved signage for better visitor flow, directing traffic through this pavilion should ensure greater exposure for exhibitors,” he said.

Pavilion C has been re-named the Australian Marine Pavilion (formerly the AIMEX and Superyacht Australia Marine Hub), appealing to local manufacturers, companies and brands specialising in Australian-made goods and services.

In 2014, display fees for pavilion space will be charged according to stand location in the floor plan. Pavilion display rates are priced in three colour-coded categories. The online application computes the cost of the preferred stand/s and generates the display fee.

On the water, the method of calculating display rates (previously based on the overall length of boats in metres) has also changed. For 2014, marina displays will be calculated in square metres on the LOA and maximum beam of each boat, aligning marina space with the way fees for pavilion and open area space have traditionally been calculated. Square metre rates reduce in steps as an exhibitor’s total area increases.

“Our objective for SCIBS 2014 is to increase the number of boats on water, so we have adjusted the fee structure to square metres, similar to the open area rate system, to support exhibitors and encourage them to bring more boats to the show,” said Mr Hasser.

The Marine Village has also undergone significant changes. The old Village Green will soon be the site of new restaurants, a brand new IGA Village Market will open in November 2013 on Masthead Way and the lower boardwalk on The Promenade is being raised to street level.

These additions have resulted in a new Open Area layout with added display space on the Promenade/Quay St, and newly landscaped Docks areas.

The Sea Trial Display Area offers exhibitors the ideal zone for demonstrating boats, products and services to clients and the media.

The 2014 show program is already shaping up to be a winning combination of activities and demonstrations. For exhibitors, there will be more networking and social events, the same great atmosphere and 9am to 5pm show hours to allow exhibitors to close the deal over dinner or a drink, renew old acquaintances, or see the sights the Gold Coast is famous for.

“All these upgrades and innovations will contribute to an event in 2014 that better serves exhibitors and enhances the show experience for visitors,” said Mr Hasser.

“We have already had significant interest from our seasoned exhibitors and some newcomers. Companies or individuals wishing to exhibit in 2014 should go online and secure their space to ensure their preferences.”

Mr Hasser said Marine Industry members will receive a 10 per cent discount on their display space and on top of hat, as an early bird incentive, all exhibitors who book and pay in full by November 20 will also receive a 10 per cent discount.

“This is a great incentive to secure space now and reap the rewards for 2014!”

The Sanctuary Cove International Boat Show is again proudly sponsored by Club Marine, and will run from May 22 to 25.

Inaugural Qatar International Boat Show to host numerous International Exhibitors

October 22, 2013

To take place at Lusail Marina, in the breath-taking Middle Eastern yacht charter destination – Doha, from November 12th to 16th, the inaugural Qatar International Boat Show will play a host to the numerous international shipyards as well as international maritime companies.

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The Ferretti Group represented in the region by Gulf Yachts and ART MARINE, whose most notable customers have included the likes of Richard Burton, Brigitte Bardot and Sophia Loren, is an Italian shipbuilding company which specialises in the design, construction and sale of luxury motor yachts. It has production facilities in Forlì, Cattolica, S. Giovanni, Mondolfo and Sarnico in Italy; and Merritt Island, Florida, in the USA. In 1994, Norberto Ferretti won the Class 1 Offshore World Championship title; and in 1997, the Ferretti team won both the European and World Offshore Championships.

Sunseeker International
, is a UK luxury motor yacht manufacturer, making motor boats since 1979 in Poole Harbour, England. Its boats have featured in a number of James Bond films including The World Is Not Enough, (chasing up the Thames in the pre-credits sequence), Die Another Day, Casino Royale and Quantum of Solace (which featured the Sunseeker 37, the Superhawk 43 and the Sovereign 17).

Princess Yachts International is a British motor yacht manufacturer, French majority owned and based in Plymouth, England. Its current model line up includes a range of flybridge yachts ranging from 42 to 64 feet, motor yachts from 72 to 98 feet, M Class super yachts from 105 to 130 feet and a series of V Class sports yachts ranging from 39 to 85 feet. In 2010 Princess became the first major European boat-builder to be awarded ISO14001.

Azimut Yachts is an Italian yacht-manufacturing company based in Avigliana, Turin. Established in 1969, the company has a range of yachts between 39 and 140 feet. Their largest, the Azimut Grande 140 yacht, has 6 cabins and 4 crew cabins. Today, Azimut Yachts serves its customers at over 130 sites worldwide.

Azimut Grande 140 Yacht

Azimut Grande 140 Yacht

Sea Ray was founded as an independent company in 1959 in Detroit, USA. It manufactures boats ranging from 5.2 metre power cruisers to over-18 metre yachts, including the Sundancer brand. Sea Ray now operates two factories in Tennessee and two in Florida, producing more than 40 different models.

Sanlorenzo is the third shipyard placed in the world rankings of the top 20 builders over 24 metres. Set up in 1958, Sanlorenzo yachts are customised accordingly to each owner’s request. In 1995, by introducing its SL100 (example is superyacht Mentxu), Sanlorenzo became a niche player in the mega-yacht industry; and by 2011 it was notably the only shipyard to have maintained the same number of units and the same length in terms of feet, built and ordered, in comparison with the pre-crisis period.

Benetti has a history going back 140 years, with close to 300 boats built, over 300,000 sq m of production facilities at six boatyards in Italy and with 36 yachts under construction at the present time, including a 90-metre mega yacht. It is a success story confirmed by the ranking drawn up by the prestigious international magazine Show Boats International which, for the ninth year running, has crowned Benetti as the world’s leading builder of Custom Mega Yachts.

Overmarine will be exhibiting the largest boat at this year’s QIBS exhibition. Measuring 50 metres in length and with a top speed of 40 knots, the Mangusta 165 (example is charter yacht Zeus) is the fastest composite Maxi Open Yacht ever to be built.

FIPA Group, will be represented at QIBS by two of their brands – the Maiora (traditionally-styled flybridge yachts built in fibreglass, with lengths ranging from 20 to over 50 metres) and AB Yachts (specialising in fast open yachts, from 17 to 50 metres, with waterjet propulsion). With an annual production of 20 to 30 boats, the FIPA Group has recently added a new specialisation in boat maintenance and storage for boats up to 40 metres to provide customers with after-sale assistance.

Sunreef Yachts is a leading designer and builder of luxury sailing boats, power catamarans and super yachts ranging from 60 to 200 feet.  In 2002, construction halls were leased in the famous Gdansk shipyard in Poland, with construction work commencing soon afterwards. Today more than 60 Sunreef yachts, both sailing and power, are cruising worldwide and the company is now a world leader in the design and construction of large, customized luxury catamarans.

The Bilgin Shipyard, based in Istanbul, Turkey, spans five generations of successful boat builders. It builds every type of luxury and standard motor yacht in Steel/Aluminium and Wood Composite/Cold Moulded Construction with customised interiors and exteriors according to customer specifications, up to 80 metres. It has launched over 50 motor yachts in the past 45 years.

The Cranchi shipyard was established in 1870 on Lake Como, in San Giovanni di Bellagio producing fiberglass boats. Currently Cranchi has three manufacturing plants in Italy located in Lombardy and Friuli Venezia Giulia, a Marine Test Centre, a dock for launching and hauling yachts larger than 50 feet and a shipyard on the sea able to do refitting. Cranchi now exports to 68 Countries in the world more than 80% of the company’s production.

Faysal Mikati, Vice President of Snow Comms Conceptual Communications & Events, which is organising the Qatar International Boat Show, says the number and quality of the international companies that have signed up for the show is testament to their confidence in its organisation and execution. “Snow Comms has visited all the major boat shows around the world for the past two years and we have taken on board many of the lessons learned – both good and bad – about each event,” he explains.

“The International Boat Show industry is not a one off event – it literally takes years to become a solid show, which is why we have invested a great deal of time, energy and commitment into relationship building with the key players in the international boating industry. We are already talking to potential exhibitors for the 2014 edition of the show, as well as continuing to sign up yet more for this year’s edition; and we are very confident that the first QIBS being held in November 2013 will set the scene for successful boat shows to be held in Qatar for many years to come,” Mikati concluded.

First Qatar International Boat Show to take place next month

October 22, 2013

Following the news about the State of Qatar to host the 2022 World Cup, the world started to focus its attention on this beautiful Middle Eastern yacht charter location, which is fast becoming an increasingly popular business and vacation destination in its own right.

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Qatar has one of the highest per capita incomes in the world; and with the ever-growing demand for leisure boats from both locals and the country’s expanding expatriate community, it is not surprising that the pressure for marina berthing is growing exponentially. Qatar is already one of the preferred locations in the entire Gulf area for enjoying the seafront lifestyle.

Qatar is also becoming a key maritime player in the region, with over 1,600 berths, new waterfront developments, and marine industry sales of motor yachts and boats increasing over 300% during the last five years. In fact, the country’s maritime market is currently showing year on year growth of between 10 and 15 per cent, and Qataris make up one of the largest contingents of buyers of maritime products across the Middle East.

At the same time, water sports and activities such as fishing, diving, kite-surfing, wind-surfing, paddling, and jet-skiing are all experiencing similar growth; and industry experts are forecasting continued strong growth for the region, which has one of the largest numbers of marina developments in the world. In fact, recent research indicates that Qatari residents are amongst the highest buyers of yachts, accounting for almost a fifth of the global super yacht market.

To cater for this explosion in demand for all things maritime, Qatar is launching its first-ever Qatar International Boat Show (QIBS) in November 2013. It promises to provide an industry networking platform, generating solid opportunities for the promotion of new boats and services, supporting the growth of the marine ecosystem in Qatar and creating a luxury market for affluent Middle Eastern and Asian buyers.

This isn’t just any boat show. It’s going to be an International event, aimed fairly and squarely at laying the foundations for the rebirth of a maritime industry in the country, along the lines of Qatar Vision 2030 which is diversifying the country’s industries away from just oil and gas. Everyone expects high sales to be achieved.

Greater numbers of high performance and luxury watercraft are being introduced by Qatari boat dealers and distributors to cater for the demand and the show will generate numerous leads and plenty of room for exploration for anyone considering buying a boat. Some QR100m-worth of yachts have already had berth space allocated; and this number could well double before the doors open on November 12th.

Lusail Marina, just a ten minute drive from the centre of Doha itself, has been chosen as the ideal location for launching this show since, like the event itself, it is brand new and its quality is second to none. Lusail City ticks all the boxes as far as capacity, quality and ‘wow’ factor are concerned!

Planning and bringing an international show, such as QIBS, to fruition takes a great deal of lobbying and organising. The industry is very demanding and highly sophisticated and it is no surprise that this show has been over three years in the making. But QIBS will not be a ‘flash-in-the-pan’. It is firmly earmarked to become an annual event, whose aim is to re-establish a maritime industry in Qatar and attract international companies to the country, thereby creating a buzz for boat lovers, while at the same time creating business opportunities for local companies.

To date there has been strong interest generated in sponsorship opportunities for QIBS, with Lusail City, Mourjan Marinas, Katara Hospitality, Ritz Carlton Hotel, Qatar Airways, AIG Insurance, Almannai Marine, BCC logistics, HMC among others – all signed up as major sponsors. But talks are still ongoing with numerous other companies and government entities that have expressed interest in becoming sponsors; and the QIBS main sponsor will be announced in the very near future.

QIBS will host events both on land and in the water, with around 100 international and local exhibitors attending; 150 boats on display – ranging in size from 15 all the way up to 30 metres in length; at least five global and regional launches; and an estimated 15,000 visitors.

The opening hours will be from 3.00pm to 9.30pm for both trade professionals and the general public. In addition to the boats on display, dedicated areas will be available, offering information and advice regarding boat servicing, insurance, accessories, water sports, navigation equipment, engines, fixtures and fittings, as well as fishing products.

Art Marine Marinas and New Design Architecture sign strategic agreement

October 21, 2013

ART MARINE Marinas, a division of ART MARINE LLC has announced that it has  recently signed a collaboration agreement with New Design Architecture (NDA) for the management of luxury marinas in China and Southeast Asia. The main reason of the partnership is to provide the Chinese and South Asian markets with ART MARINE Marinas’ expertise in marina operation, management and different other services, such as staff training, event organisation, boatyard operation, yacht sale, charter and so on.

Shenzhen Dameisha Bay

Shenzhen Dameisha Bay

Bruno Meier, Director of ART MARINE Marinas, said: “I am very happy about this agreement with the NDA Group, who we had been working with since a few years already; this partnership will enable us to offer tailor made turn-key solutions to all marina developers in China and South East Asia”.

Shenzhen Dameisha Bay

Shenzhen Dameisha Bay

Emmanuel Delarue, Founder and CEO, NDA Group, said: “The partnership with ART MARINE Marinas is a win-win strategy, and an important milestone for NDA. It will complement each other’s strengths, and bring the most comprehensive service to the marina development and management market in Asia”.

The agreement reflects the growing importance of international networks in the marina business, combining various experiences, knowledge and skill base.  ART MARINE Marinas is the leading marina management company in the Middle East, rapidly expanding in the Mediterranean, Indian Ocean and now South East Asia. NDA Group is a leading global design and marketing consultancy in waterfront, leisure tourism and well-being industries, with offices in Asia, Europe and Middle East.

SW82 Sailing Yacht GRANDE ORAZIO to launch in 2014

October 21, 2013

Southern Wind Shipyard is pleased to announce that the new SW82#02 Sailing Yacht GRANDE ORAZIO is scheduled for launch in January  2014. Superyacht GRANDE ORAZIO is the second of the new SW82 mini-series by the renowned shipyard and her launch follows the recent delivery of Feelin’ Good superyacht.

Sailing Yacht GRANDE ORAZIO by Southern Wind Shipyard

Sailing Yacht GRANDE ORAZIO by Southern Wind Shipyard

South African based Southern Wind shipyard is working actively to ultimate the outfitting of luxury yacht Grande Orazio, hull number 2 of the new SW82 mini-series.  Just three months ago the delivery of the first hull Feelin’ Good yacht was announced and the yacht has arrived in Genoa a couple of weeks ago after a challenging maiden voyage from Cape Town.

SW82 #2 Grande Orazio is conceived to achieve owner’s expectations to have a yacht capable to deliver thrilling performance on the most important offshore regatta fields and  comfortable family vacations.

The deck layout chosen for this project is the Flush Deck version with sleek and sporty coach-roof geometries.

SW82 super yacht GRANDE ORAZIO - Saloon and Owner Quarter

SW82 super yacht GRANDE ORAZIO - Saloon and Owner Quarter

As her Owner is a passionate racer, she has a strong focus on performance, featuring high racing-oriented deck and rigging solutions such as high modulus Southern Spars carbon mast and boom, EC6 + carbon rigging, carbon foil for furler, racing winches, racing removable bow sprit and a keel with deeper draft (4,20 m vs 4m).

For what concerns  the interior layout, it has been strongly customized in order to be as flexible as possible offering  ample volumes which may have different uses according to how the yacht is employed:  cruising with family and short crew or racing with professional crew and friends.

In cruising mode, the volumes are distributed into an ample owner-quarter afore the saloon, which includes a private studio. In addition to this, the yacht offers four cabins, one or two of which to be devoted to crew.

Main dimensions:

Length Overall (LOA)     24.72 m

Waterline Length (LWL)   21.52 m

Beam (maximum) 5.91 m

Draft 4,2 m

Displacement (lightship)  40.50 tons

Ballast   13.7 tons

Fuel capacity 2450 l

Water capacity 1375 l

Sail Area   348 sqm

Main engine  Steyer MO 190hp@3500rpm


Naval Architecture: Farr Yacht Design

General Concept, Interior & Exterior design: Nauta Yacht Design

Systems: Southern Wind Shipyard.

Easily accessible Marina Fort Louis in the Caribbean’s St. Martin

October 21, 2013

Nestled in Marigot, the capital of the enchanting Caribbean yacht charter destination – St. Martin, Marina Fort Louis is a luxury superyacht marina, easily accessible by ocean, without passing through a bridge. It provides 150 berths at 3,5m/12ft depth and can host yachts measuring up to 80m/260ft in length.

Marina Fort Louis in the lovely Caribbean yacht charter location - St Martin

Marina Fort Louis in the lovely Caribbean yacht charter location - St Martin

Conveniently located close to Restaurants, the West Indies Shopping Mall, Marigot Center and all necessary amenities, Marina Fort Louis provides 24 hour access to its secured docks. The magnificent bay of Marigot with its clear turquoise waters, the antique Fort Louis and the charming French West Indies lifestyle are the perfect start to a unique experience.

Marina Fort Louis

Marina Fort Louis

Marina Fort Louis is both: a great starting point to discover St. Martin / St Maarten or hub to leave for Miami or visit the Greater Antilles.

Below is a video presenting Marina Fort Louis in St Martin.

Sailing yacht M5′s 89m mast re-stepped at Pendennis by Marine Results

October 21, 2013

The extensive refit as well as remodelling of sailing yacht M5 (ex Mirabella V) is nearing completion, with an amazing schedule of milestones, scheduled over the upcoming month. Last week saw the majestic 78-metre superyacht M5 leave the Pendennis facilities at dawn to be manoeuvred to Queen’s Wharf at Falmouth Docks in preparation for her impressive 89m mast to be hoisted back into place.

Superyacht M5 at Pendennis in Falmouth, UK

Superyacht M5 at Pendennis in Falmouth, UK

The stepping of the main mast was managed by Marine Results, with equipment supply, infrastructure management and hydraulics expertise provided by Pendennis. Marine Results is extremely familiar with M5 yacht’s rig as the company commissioned to install the original mast in 2004 and having since removed the mast for maintenance in the Mediterranean four years ago.

Ed Danby, Director of Marine Results, explained the complexity of the operation: “The primary crane, provided by Ainscough Cranes with a lifting load of 1,000 tonnes, is one of only two in the UK capable of this operation. As the mast stepping required lifting to 300ft in the air it was crucial that the wind was less than 10 knots. The mast was hoisted at dusk whilst there was still just enough light to ensure the mast was safely vertical. It then took five cranes, supported by a team of over 30 people, five hours to complete the complex procedure.”

Support was also provided from other local companies including A&P, who is now hosting the yacht at Queen’s Wharf, with two of the lifting cranes provided by Macsalvors in Redruth.

M5 Yacht - Stepping Mast

M5 Yacht - Stepping Mast

As the largest single-masted sailing yacht in the world, mega yacht M5’s mast and rig are reflective of her size. When the yacht originally arrived at Pendennis as Mirabella V the mast and rigging weighed over 45 tonnes. However, part of the refit specification was to improve her rig and fittings replacing them with a system made of carbon fibre and titanium, designed and manufactured by Carbo-Link with OYS making the fittings. Although the mast and spreaders have remained original, the 34 new carbon fibre stays have been constructed with built-in dynamic fibre optics displaying the load through a central computer. There are also advanced chafe and wear monitoring systems inside each of the carbon foils. This is the first time that this technology has been installed on a superyacht, being previously engineered for use on America’s Cup AC45 wing-sailed catamarans.

This change has reduced the weight of superyacht M5’s rig by an incredible 18 tonnes. Despite the lighter rig it is estimated that the strength gain is as much as 30%. This reduction upstairs meant the weight in the keel had to be reduced. So to further improve her sailing performance, extensive calculations by Ron Holland Design required 60 tonnes to be removed from M5’s keel during her refit, balancing the stern and interior modifications that have added to the yacht’s weight overall.

Mega yacht M5 - Stepping Mast

Mega yacht M5 - Stepping Mast

Luxury yacht M5’s sailing performance will also be enhanced by the addition of a new winch for the UPS sail. Previously there were only two sets of captive winches on board for the 3 headsails which created problems in managing the enormous sails when changing their setup. Adding a dedicated captive winch for the UPS will allow the sail to be set irrespective of the rest of the rig, creating not only a more effective but a safer system for the crew.

Following its stepping the mast will be pre-tensioned to achieve the estimated correct load on each of the stays, and the electronics are in place to monitor the sensors in the rig. The next few weeks will be spent observing and adjusting the length and fittings on the stays to achieve dock-true settings. The new rig will be tested in full during M5’s sail trials scheduled for early November.

Luxury yacht M5 - Stepping Mast

Luxury yacht M5 - Stepping Mast

Further Information about superyacht M5

Builder: VT Shipbuilding, UK, 2004
Refit: Pendennis, UK
Refit Naval Architect/Exterior Styling: Ron Holland Design
Refit Interior Design: Redman Whiteley Dixon
Type: Sloop
LOA: 75.2 m (247 ft)
Post Refit LOA:    78 m
Beam: 14.82 m (48.6 ft)
Height:    88.5 m (290 ft)
Draught: 10m (33 ft)
Min Draught: 3.9m (12.8 ft)
Crew: 16 crew

CEO of Brunswick as keynote speaker at the upcoming METS

October 21, 2013

Mr Dustan E. McCoy, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Brunswick Corporation, will be attending the METS 2013 Breakfast Briefing as its Keynote Speaker. The event will take place before the show, which will officially open on Tuesday, November 19, 2013.

Mr Dustan E. McCoy

Mr Dustan E. McCoy

His presentation will draw on the wealth of knowledge he has gained at the helm of Brunswick. He will touch on the background of Brunswick and its role in the industry, share his views on the world market and challenge the industry on what we need to do collectively to grow boating.

Mr McCoy joined Brunswick in 1999 as Vice President, General Counsel and Corporate Secretary. Prior to joining Brunswick, Mr McCoy served as Executive Vice President for Witco Corporation, with operating responsibility for a variety of global businesses and functions. During his six years at Witco, Mr McCoy also served as Senior Vice President, General Counsel and Corporate Secretary. His previous experience also includes 15 years with Ashland, Inc., where he served as Associate General Counsel with responsibility for the corporate law department.

After the Breakfast Briefing Mr McCoy will join the Young Professionals in their Club Lounge for a meet and greet.

Breakfast Briefing
The Breakfast Briefing, co-organised by the International Council of Marine Industry Associations (ICOMIA) will take place  on Tuesday 19 November, 08:00 hours in the Forum of Amsterdam RAI, (entrance E), followed by the DAME Awards presentations. METS exhibitors, press and special VIP guests are invited to attend.

METS 2013 will be held 19-20-21 November 2013 in Amsterdam RAI Convention Centre.

New images of scale models of 80m mega yacht DART80 concept by Royal Huisman and Andrew Winch

October 21, 2013

The respected Dutch builder, Royal Huisman, has released the new images of the scale models of its latest 80-metre mega yacht DART80 concept, in a sailing as well as motoryacht version. Developed in partership with the multi-award winning UK design studio Andrew Winch Designs, the impressive superyacht DART concept was revealed on the first day of the 2013 Monaco Yacht Show. The concept represents a unique vessel that celebrates an intimate relationship with the surrounding ocean.

Scale model of the new 80m motor yacht DART concept by Royal Huisman and Andrew Winch

Scale model of the new 80m motor yacht DART concept by Royal Huisman and Andrew Winch - Photo credit to Thierry Ameller

DART80 Yacht Concept - upview

DART80 Yacht Concept - upview - Photo credit to Thierry Ameller

Motor yacht DART80 concept - front view

Motor yacht DART80 concept - front view - Photo credit to Thierry Ameller

80m mega yacht DART concept - aft view

80m mega yacht DART concept - aft view - Photo credit to Thierry Ameller

Scale model of 80m sailing yacht DART concept

Scale model of 80m sailing yacht DART concept - Photo credit to Thierry Ameller

DART80 Yacht Concept

DART80 Yacht Concept - Photo credit to Thierry Ameller

Superyacht DART80 concept - aft view

Superyacht DART80 concept - aft view - Photo credit to Thierry Ameller

Sailing yacht DART80 concept - upview

Sailing yacht DART80 concept - upview - Photo credit to Thierry Ameller

Participation of record number of Australian luxury yacht marinas in 2013 Health of the Australian Marina Industry Survey

October 21, 2013

The Marina Industries Association (MIA) is thrilled to report that a record number of Australian luxury yacht marinas have to date taken part in the current round of data entry to support the 2013 Health of the Australian Marina Industry Survey.

Colin Bransgrove MIA EO

Colin Bransgrove MIA EO

When the research was last conducted in 2011 a total of 110 marinas participated. This represented 31% of Australia’s 356 marinas. As of 18 October, 127 marinas have entered data for the 2013 survey and the subsequent report that will be released early 2014.

MIA Executive Officer Colin Bransgrove said what was particularly exciting was that to date over 50% of marinas in Victoria, South Australia and Tasmania have participated in the current survey and WA is expected to pass 50% in coming days. “This will provide marinas and the broader industry in these states with excellent industry trend data and very reliable business performance benchmarking data. It will also enable an accurate number to be put on the economic and employment value of the marina industry in these states”.

Mr. Bransgrove appealed to marina operators including Club marinas in QLD and NSW to get involved in the research project before data entry closes off at the end of October. “In NSW 39% of marinas have entered data and in QLD it currently stands at only 34.9% of the state’s marinas. By participating, marinas in these states will then have better quality data for not only their own benefit but for the betterment of their industry. If we can get increased data entry from these states it will improve the value of the research to lobby government and agencies that need to be made aware of the value of marinas and the issues that are preventing marinas from increasing capital expenditure and employing more staff. Industry in these states currently has significant issues with regulations and costs of doing business but without good data it is harder to lobby to reduce red tape and other impediments to doing business”.

Marinas that participate in the survey will receive the extensive 2013 research report free of charge. The report will sell for $349. Any marina still with queries about how to participate in the survey should contact the MIA.