Archive for September, 2009

Something for everyone at the Cape Town Boat Show

September 17, 2009

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If dreaming of sailing the world is something you think about quite often why not stopover in Cape Town from the 24 till 27 September for the annual Cape Town International Boat Show. Now celebrating their ninth year the CTICC and V&A Waterfront will come alive with beautiful catamarans, yachts and all the lifestyle accessories that go along with boating and fabulous outdoor leisure lifestyle.

The Mother City is the perfect back drop for such an event and the Boat Show is the single biggest showcasing of the very best in boating, water sports and leisure.  Once again the V&A Waterfront will be linked with the CTICC by water taxi.  There will also be a range of things to do and see in and around the water.

Contrary to popular belief, boating is affordable and there’s a model to suit every age, lifestyle and budget. Whilst an important aspect of the event is to provide exhibitors with a sophisticated showcase for multi-million rand cruisers and “dream” craft, show organisers Dana Whiting and Johnny Malherbe realise that the show needs to be largely geared towards  visitors who are either new to boating or who have to consider a more modest family budget. For this reason the show also brings a variety of boats, and visitors will find crafts ranging from as little as R1 000 to R30 million in value.

This year will be a showcase of a number of new and exciting water sports.  Amongst these sports is the recently fun, fast and extreme sport, Blokart Sailing, that has just been launched in South Africa.  This new and innovative sport comprising of a light and compact three wheeled buggy and a sail and can be enjoyed outside the water and unlike kite boarding or wind surfing, you only need a 5-minute briefing on controls and safety and you are off.  All you require is some wind and the will for thrill.  This new innovation will be on show and available for a test drive.

Also visiting the Boat Show this year is 5-time Trans Agulhas winner Tjaart Oosthuizen.  This race is known as the world’s toughest inflatable boat race and something that test your endurance and strength to the furthers.  Speak to Tjaart about this testing race and how he and his partner make it through the race every time when it sometimes becomes a race about survival.

Making their return to the Boat Show this year are the adrenaline junkies from Bourne2Ride.  Andrew Bourne, 2007 Western Province Wakeboarding Champion and his team of some of South Africa’s top wakeboarders and waterskaters will be demonstrating the adventures of their sport in the water canal between the CTICC and the Westin Grad Hotel.

The Garmin Skydiving team will once again be performing nerve-wrenching stunts whilst the NSRI execute various simulated rescues.
Those looking to break away to a city by the bay will find the perfect barge holiday, yacht or cruising getaway at the Boat Show.  Eden Island – a marina residential property development in Seychelles, situated just off the coast of Mahé will be exhibiting their exquisite property developments offering freehold title ownership in the Seychelles, including the opportunity to qualify for residency in the Seychelles. The Moorings, Sunsail and Le Boat will also showcase a number of luxurious charter holidays with the water at your feet and sun on your face.

“One of our biggest goals for the show is to create awareness of the glorious lifestyle and the growing boating community,” says Dana Whiting from Impact Exhibitions. “It is our aim to grow the industry as it has many benefits for families and individuals and it is something that we would like to see more South Africans enter into.”

If you’re interested in a career in boatbuilding, come and visit the Boat Building Academy at stand P30 and find out all about boatbuilding career options and short courses on offer. The Academy is also running an exciting competition. Enter for the chance to win a Nutshell rowing dingy with hand-made oars. The lucky winner will be announced at 3pm on Saturday, 26 September.

Since this is the Cape Town International Boat Show, it goes without saying that boats are a major attraction, but we’ll say it anyway. Big boats, little boats, sailboats, paddle boats, powerboats, inflatable boats, fast boats, slow boats, fun boats, working boats – if it’s a boat and it floats, you will find it at the Boat Show this September.

The show runs daily from 10am to 6pm and Sunday until 4pm.  Cost is R50 per person and kids and scholars are free if accompanied by an adult.

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We Are Moving

September 17, 2009

From the 1st of October 2009, CTBi and SABBEX will be moving to our new home at the Elliot Basin in the Cape Town harbour. Having won the tender bid for the facility, we will now be on-site to allow for smooth and efficient managing of the marina. We’re located in Duncan Road, adjacent to Panama Jack’s restaurant, and we’d greatly appreciate your custom. For more information about the facilities available, please check out the new Elliot Basin website at

Our new contact details are as follows:

Tel: (021) 447 6541
Fax: (021) 447 6456

We look forward to seeing you there!

Commercial RIBs in South Africa

September 9, 2009

102_0256_2The Oceana Power Boat Club is abuzz with excitement as the new Gemini Wave Rider 730 from Gemini Marine arrives for its first water test. At 7.3m it cuts an imposing figure as it is lowered into the slipway, its twin 150 Honda engines shimmering in the dappled sunlight. This Rigid Inflatable Boat (RIB) has been acquired by the Department of Environmental Affairs as an anti-poaching and marine/coastal management vessel. It is the 2nd of seven to be used by the department, and it is easy to see why these boats have become hugely popular the world over. Handling the choppy swells with consummate ease and reaching speeds of up to 48 knots, this RIB is ideal for anti-poaching endeavours and highly functional under all weather conditions.

RIBs have previously been largely perceived as recreational vessels, but are becoming more and more popular for commercial operations. Gemini Marine supply not only local government departments, such as MCM, Sanparks and Cape Nature, but many other military bodies, both locally and internationally. Some of these include the Australian and New Zealand navies as well as the United Nations. Gemini Marine produce a wide variety of bespoke RIBs, ranging in size from 3.1 to 9 metres, carefully designed and hand crafted to meet individual client’s needs.

To read more, please visit their website


The South African RIB manufacturing industry is steadily growing, with many companies now producing a wide range of vessels which are supplied to numerous international organisations.

Falcon Inflatables, located in Swellendam, also specialises in the manufacturing of exemplary RIBs. The first Falcon 5m semi-rigid inflatable was launched in 1989 and had a point to prove – with adventurist Mike Baker at the helm it navigated the entire South African coastline – the only inflatable boat to ever achieve this. Today thousands of Falcon RIBs are in use with Governments, Conservancies, Police/Military patrol, Rescue services, and, of course, many satisfied recreational customers globally. A Falcon is designed to outperform and outlast the competition. All products are manufactured to the international ISO 6185-3 standard and carry a 5 year warranty.

To read more, please visit their website

ballistic1Boating Dynamix, established in 1992 under the helm of Ludolph Toerien, has earned a reputation as the ‘Arsenal of the Police Service’. They are the sole manufacturer of a variety of Ballistic Rigid Inflatable Boats and Tenders, appropriate for various water conditions. Being an authorized Yamaha dealer allows them to meet the majority of boating-related needs. Ballistic RIBs are renowned for their speed, safety and efficiency on the water. The unique dual purpose design makes them perfect for offshore sea conditions as well as inland lakes and rivers. Incorporated into the innovative construction process are a variety of attractive features such as the triple part fibreglass structure, comprising hull, chassis and deck mouldings. The Ballistic’s unique reverse scallop chines coupled with its deep-V gives it an added swiftness on the water. As a result, Ballistics have become very popular with policing bodies the world over. Boating Dynamix has supplied the SAPS with a series of visible policing vessels which have been effective in apprehending a number of poaching vessels.

To read more, please visit their website

The RIB market in South Africa is one that has been less severely affected by the recent recession as these vessels have a wealth of commercial applications. From military patrol to sea rescue to conservation endeavours, RIBs offer you a wealth of functionality. The South African industry is currently producing numerous world class vessels, many of which will be on display at the upcoming Cape Town International Boat Show, to be held from the 24 – 27 of September. The show will provide an exposé of the very best in locally produced commercial vessels, and will offer you a fantastic opportunity to see these fantastic craft up close and personal.

For more information about RIBs and the Cape Town Boat Show please contact Robert Shone on (021) 418 6134 or

Boatbuilding Academy Open Day A Great Success

September 8, 2009

Boatbuilding AcademyA successful Open Day was held on the 4th and 5th of September at the Westlake Academy.  On the Friday, school groups of up to 10 learners visited and were given a guided tour of the facility by Programme Manager, Keith Nelder.

On Saturday, prospective learners, interested members of the public and members of the Isivunguvungu sailing group were welcomed at the Open Day.  Various boat construction methods and different hull designs were on display.  The state of the art equipment, including the operation of the CNC machine was demonstrated.

NSRI representative Phil Ress and Gemini Marine Director, Jeff Stephens gave an informative lecture on boat building and the construction of craft for rescue work and the Kommetjie 5.5m semi-rigid was on display.  Boat Building Academy and CTBi staff members were available to answer questions about the course and to oversee the completion of application forms for 2010 intake.

The Academy will be accepting applications for the 2010 intake at the Boat Show and will be on hand to answer any questions at Stand P30.

Vanessa Davidson
Skills Development Facilitator
Cape Town Boat Building Initiative
072 836 3998



Cape Town Boat Show Gears Up For 9th Edition

September 7, 2009

ctboatshowThe Cape Town International Convention Centre and V&A Waterfront will once again be a buzz when the annual Cape Town International Boat Show sets sail for show number nine this year.  Organisers have added another day to the event, which will  run over a four day long weekend from 24 to 27 September, due to  the 24th being a public holiday.

Despite a number of external challenges, last year’s show proved to be an outstanding success with a record number of visitors.  Exhibitors enjoyed good return on investment and confirmed the Boat Show to be one of their most successful marketing tools annually.  In the wake of a successful run last year, organisers have announced that this year’s show is once again set to bring visitors the very best in boating, yachting, water sports and leisure.  This year brought its own challenges. “The economy is going through a slump with professional people experiencing tougher times, however now more than ever the Boating Industry needs to represent itself in all its marketing ventures albeit in a slightly diluted form,” says Johnny Malherbe from Impact Exhibitions – organisers of the Cape Town International Boat Show.  He continues the old adage “out of sight out of mind” is as relevant now as it ever was.

The Cape Town International Boat Show is not only South Africa’s longest running boat show, now in its 9th year, but offers the widest and biggest diversity of products under one roof.  “The Cape Town International Boat Show is a fantastic showcase on locally built products and a great opportunity for the boating public to buy proudly South African products,” says Veda Raubenheimer, CEO the Cape Town Boat Building and Technology Initiative.  She continues, “the Cape Town International Boat Show organisers continue to exceed expectations and the local industry is anticipating a fantastic show this year again.”
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