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Overseas venues make up the news this week - Australian newsletter

by Peter Rendle 30 Aug 15:00 PDT
Excellent food and discussion at the VIP Captains Lunch held at Rhum-ba, downstairs of the Denarau Yacht Club overlooking the docks © AIMEX

First up the inaugural Australia Fiji Rendezvous took place last Friday 23 August at Port Denarau at the Denarau Yacht Club.

The Rendezvous attracted 17 vessels with Captains and crews all keen to partake and receive updates on what is happening in the Australian superyacht industry. Superyacht Australia members - Superyacht Group Great Barrier Reef, International Yacht Paint and AwlGrip, Gold Coast City Marina & Shipyard, The Yard Brisbane and Superyacht Solutions - attended the full day's activities in Fiji last Friday that included a Morning Tea Expo, VIP Captain's Lunch, Best Dressed Competition, BBQ Cooking Competition and a Networking Party.

Taking place further North, the 2019 Multihull Solutions Phuket Rally is now open for entry with strong numbers expected to participate in the inaugural event. Held from 8-11 November, the casual cruising rally will bring together multihulls of all sizes to enjoy a weekend of boating on Thailand's stunning waterways. Registrations are open to anyone with a multihull, whether privately owned, borrowed or chartered. Catamarans are available to charter through Sail in Thailand, Island Spirit Charters and Elite Charters.

And Multihull Solutions will also be busy in Auckland. Two of the most popular sailing catamarans in the world will be on display at the Multihull Solutions stand at the 2019 Auckland On-Water Boat Show from 3 - 6 October. Multihull Solutions, Asia Pacific's leading multihull specialist, will showcase the Fountaine Pajot Saona 47 and Lucia 40 catamarans from its stand on Viaduct Harbour. The company will also have new and pre-owned multihull specialists available for appointments during the show.

Reflecting the rapidly developing Superyacht industry, The Boat Works welcomes the newest heavyweight in town, weighing in at 150 Tonnes. Australia's sprawling 55-acre shipyard and marina is proud to announce the arrival of the Gold Coast's largest ship lift, the 300 Tonne marvel named "Rhino" for its grit and hauling power. With 2.8m wheels and a stonking 12 metres in lift height, towering over the newly completed additional slipway, the 300 Tonne Marine Travelift now takes pride of place at the new Superyacht Facility and is on track to begin lifting January 2020.

Just up the road, Australia's premium luxury motor yacht builder Riviera has recognised the incredible efforts of its R Marine network - the largest luxury motor yacht group in Australia and New Zealand. The 2019 Riviera Australian and New Zealand Dealer Awards saw R Marine dealerships across three states and two countries honoured for their outstanding commitment to excellence in service and sales.

Also in Queensland, The Brisbane Boat Show delivered a new round of optimism for the marine industry. With over 70 businesses presenting a broad variety lifestyle options for visitors, recreational boating was the winner with the closing sentiment being that the upcoming summer will be a busy one for the waterways in and around South East Queensland. Show organisers, the Boating Industry Association Ltd, says that the Brisbane Boat Show is a forum for industry to educate the public about the joys of the lifestyle, whilst providing an opportunity for them to buy products and services. This might be to either start boating for the first time, or to upgrade existing gear to better suit individual needs.

It would be remiss of us if we did not proclaim our own success over recent months. Our websites attracted a record 236,468 unique visitors globally in the past 30 days (compared with 121,386 for the same period last year). And our websites are attracting more visitors every month and gaining rapid acceptance with their unique profile of bringing the news of new powerboats over 10 metres. Articles are racking up, viewing stats that are higher than our own expectations and we invite the industry to forward updates on new models, electronics, accessories, or anything else related to this powerful niche market.

Peter Rendle,

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