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by Peter Rendle 29 Feb 15:00 PST
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The conference program for the Marinas24 International Conference and Trade Exhibition has been finalised and is available online. Complimenting the biggest trade exhibition to date, the two-day program will tackle a range of industry issues including a focus on specific operational matters, exploring opportunities and showcasing innovations of the future.

It is comprised of 24 conference sessions - a mix of plenary and concurrent sessions - delivered through a variety of keynote presentations, workshops and discussion panels. The program kicks off with an Economic Overview and Forecast from National Australia Bank's Tapas Strickland and quickly moves to focus on the opportunities for the marine industry in Australia and the broader Asia Pacific Region that will present as we head towards 2032.

Boat show exhibitors continue to advise of their line-ups. Carbon Yachts has announced the Queensland premiere of the Virtue V10 T-Top at the upcoming Sanctuary Cove Boat Show, taking place from May 23-26. With two Virtue V10s already finding their homes in Queensland, Carbon Yachts looks forward to introducing the V10 to a broader audience during the four-day event.

Safety updates are always welcome and the NSW Parliamentary Secretary for Disaster Recovery Janelle Saffin this week welcomed a new $862,930 Marine Rescue NSW vessel, which provides a significant boost for the Woolgoolga community. Ms Saffin was joined by Marine Rescue NSW Commissioner Alex Barrell to officially commission Woolgoolga 30 to the Marine Rescue NSW fleet. The new vessel, funded by the NSW Government, was today also named the Tamieka Lee.

And not far away, Minister for the Central Coast and Member for Wyong the Hon. David Harris today welcomed a new $355,000 Marine Rescue NSW vessel, which provides a significant boost for the Tuggerah Lakes community. The new vessel was named the Tony Younglove and Mr Harris said it was an honour to commission the vessel in recognition of Tony's commitment and contribution to the Marine Rescue Tuggerah Lakes unit.

Dunbier Marine Products, Australia's largest boat trailer manufacturer with the Dunbier and Mackay brands, has announced the expansion of its team with the appointment of three seasoned professionals as State Managers for Queensland/Northern Territory, New South Wales/ACT and Victoria/Tasmania. This significant investment bolsters Dunbier Mackay's commitment to growth, dealer satisfaction, and overall excellence in serving our valued customers.

The newly appointed team members, Mark Johnson as QLD/NT State Manager, Todd Burton as NSW/ACT State Manager, and Matt Utber as VIC/TAS State Manager, bring a wealth of experience and expertise to their roles. Their leadership will play an important role in driving Dunbier Mackay's success and ensuring unparalleled service to our customers across the eastern seaboard.

Business for sale: After establishing Barz Optics 28 years ago, Kevin Barr has decided to sell the company. Health issues over the last two years have taken their toll so it's time to smell the flowers. Kevin has been in the action sport industry for just over 50 years. In 1996 Barz Optics was established when Barr developed a sunglass/goggle for surfers and sailors to wear to inhibit the growth of Pterygium (a cataract type growth) where the eye is trying to protect itself from the elements such as UV, glare, spray and wind.

Overseas, Saxdor Yachts is very pleased to announce the appointment of DCH MARINE as its new partner for Asia-Pacific. Formally established by Dah Chong Hong Holdings Limited in June 2014 as a new business unit which focuses on the high-end luxury yacht market segment, DCH Marine has over 70 years of experience in the region.

With shared values, expertise and vision, Saxdor Yachts and DCH Marine will establish a service and sales structure together which is specifically designed to serve clients at the highest possible level, providing seamless ownership solutions and service capabilities throughout the region.

Also in Asia, Lagoon, the world-renowned leader in catamaran manufacturing celebrating its 40 years in 2024, has officially announced the conclusion of its longstanding partnership with Simpson Marine, a premier yacht dealership in Asia, founded in 1984 in Hong Kong. After 37 years of collaboration across seven countries of Asia marked by successes and a commitment to delivering exceptional yachting experiences, Lagoon and Simpson Marine have reached a mutual decision to part ways following the recent acquisition of the dealership by Sanlorenzo SPA.

This marks the end of an era characterised by a shared passion for the seas with over 300 Lagoon catamarans sold in Asia by Simpson Marine and the brand firmly positioned as Asia's preferred catamaran builder.

More Industry news at - updated daily, we keep the industry informed.

Keep out of the sun!
Peter Rendle -

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