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Electric power now being marketed by major electronics companies

by Peter Rendle 11 Jul 15:00 PDT
Lowrance Ghost Trolling Motor © Andrew Golden

Fishing has always had a use for electric power, particularly on rivers and estuaries when a silent approach is essential. Now the baton is being taken up by companies not involved in propulsion until now.

Lowrance, a world-leader in fishing electronics since 1957, announced the next step in Lowrance's delivery of the ultimate fishing system to the serious angler - the new Lowrance Ghost freshwater trolling motor. Reliable, rugged and built to last, the new ultra-quiet motor helps anglers fish longer, run faster and get in closer without making a sound.

And more recognition of the size of the Australian Marine Industry is the announcement from Australian company My Yacht, the Lancelin rope distributor, that as of the 1st of July they will be partnering together to manufacture rope in Australia to meet the growing demand for customised high-end ropes. The ropes are designed in France using the latest fibres and technology and produced in Australia for distribution throughout the Asia Pacific region. "We look forward to continuing the collaboration with Nicolas Lancelin who will be ensuring the new facility will be continuing the Lancelin tradition, innovation and product development geared towards an Asia Pacific market," says Justin Mulkearns, who will be utilising the knowledge that he has gained over the years and meeting with industry leaders and end users.

New yachts launched recently include the X-Yachts model, the X4°. On the 20th of June, X-Yachts launched its smallest member of the Pure X Range. Back on January 21st, the new model was presented for the first time to journalists and potential clients at the largest boat show in the world, the Boot in Düsseldorf. Since then, X-Yachts has sold 14 boats of this model, all in all more than suggesting that X-Yachts has achieved global recognition for the quality and performance of the yachts designed and produced by the Danish yard.

If you are involved in the competitive sailing market and fortunate to be in Spain in November then Bilbao should be on the itinerary. The next Yacht Racing Forum, in Bilbao (November 25-26) will once again reassemble the sport's leading personalities in one place during two days to network, debate the future of the sport and make business. The conference will be structured into thematic modules. It will start on Monday with sessions dedicated to Events, Races and Teams Management, during which personalities such as Stewart Hosford, Project Manager of Alex Thomson Racing, Dee Caffari or marketing expert Stéphanie Nadin will share their experience with the 300 delegates expected in Bilbao.

Not to be outdone the Sydney International Boat Show will line up its own array of speakers each with their own tales of adventure and achievement, sure to inspire and entertain the thousands of visitors expected across the five days of the show. Included is the first Aussie woman to row solo across the Atlantic, Michelle Lee. Michelle Lee is the only Australian woman to row solo non-stop across any ocean, successfully crossing the Atlantic earlier this year, a distance of 5000 kilometres. Her story of tenacity, strength, survival and sheer determination is inspiring, along with the design and cost challenges of developing her own boat, and the will power required to make it to the start, let alone the finish line. Michelle will be at the show, along with her boat Australian Maid, sharing her many stories of life solo at sea. The Sydney International Boat Show takes place on 1 - 5 August at the International Convention Centre Sydney.

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Peter Rendle

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