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Boating NZ May 2019

Boating NZ inspires boating enthusiasts with reviews of new boats, coverage of technical innovations, maintenance advice, columns and cruising stories.

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in this issue

2 min.
electrical surges

An electrical revolution is well and truly underway in the transport industry – and it’s even beginning to make a meaningful impact on the water. Like many fellow Aucklanders, I’ve been cycling (well, e-biking) to and from work – weather permitting, of course. And I’m intrigued by the growing number of people who’ve suddenly adopted an electric steed in various guises – skateboards, scooters, e-bikes – even an odd, uni-cycle contraption that looks very unstable. All sharing the cycle paths in a relatively civil manner. It’s not Little Amsterdam quite yet, but we’re getting there. I’d like to think this movement is all about saving the planet (every little bit helps) but in truth I’m fairly sure my fellow riders, like me, are simply frustrated and have resorted to an alternative, faster,…

1 min.
in the next issue…


8 min.
welcome return

In the interval between the last of the old Circas and the first of the new ones, Circa Marine has built a series of superyachts, several 50 to 70-foot Dashew passage-makers and around 1,000 26-38ft alloy boats for Toyota, Japan. With some 70 staff, the company currently fabricates hulls for Sealegs and Naiad, alongside the new range of Circa trailer boats, in addition to undertaking general engineering, repair and refit work on vessels up to 60m. Circa’s recreational models will be marketed by Whangarei company Offshore Boats NZ. Circa Marine supplies hull and decks packages which are then fitted out and finished by Offshore Boats, which also fits the high-quality CAM aluminium trailers underneath the boats. Circa Marine principal Bruce Farand designed the boats 30-plus years ago, cutting them out on the…

8 min.
tall ship to singapore

Star Clipper is a 115m four-masted barquentine – a cruise ship operating in the tropical waters around Thailand, Malaysia, Indonesia and Singapore. Launched in 1992, her design and rigging are faithful to those of the legendary clippers that plied these waters more than a century ago. Her four masts carry 16 sails with a total area of 3,365m2 – many with odd names such as fisherman, topgallant and spanker. The expansive teak decks are riddled with archaic features – fife rails, belaying pins and large wooden turning blocks – you’ll even find a pair of pelorus compasses mounted either side of the bridge. But while the sense of tradition is tangible, it comes with a twist: she’s also a luxurious cruiser, catering for up to 170 guests in splendid, heritage-themed accommodation. Mahogany…

1 min.
pleasure in the detail

As with any cruise, it’s the attention to detail that adds to the enjoyment. I was particularly impressed by the ‘towel artists’ making up the cabins while you’re at breakfast. I unravelled the creatures they created from bath towels – frogs, dogs and swans – with some reluctance. I also enjoyed the ‘briefing’ for the next day’s sailing schedule and activities, slipped under your cabin door at night. Presented in a light, fun way, these always included a few nautically-themed quips and quotes, as well as interesting nautical trivia. I learned, for example, about the origin of the term ‘gun salute’. In the days when it took ages to reload a cannon, discharging the weapon before entering a port was proof of friendly intention. And why is it called the crow’s nest?…

4 min.
cars influencing boats

Examples of the car-to-boat design migration aren’t hard to find – even among the classic boatbuilders. In 1955 the legendary US boatyard Chris-Craft built its famous Cobra. This runabout, the water equivalent of two-seat convertible cars, followed hot on the heels of the launch of the Chevrolet Corvette, the first car featuring mass-produced fibreglass bodywork. Then considered a futuristic (and very fashionable) material, fibreglass was adopted by Chris-Craft for the Cobra’s engine hood (a V8 of course) and for other parts of the boat. Similarly, other car details were copied by the nautical fraternity – air intakes and dashboards, windscreens and fins – many of these originally inspired by the rockets developed in the US-USSR ‘space race’. Buick, Cadillac, Chevrolet, DeSoto, Lincoln, Plymouth, Studebaker – and even Europeans marques – adopted streamlined…