Boating NZ January 2021

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

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our own backyard

Don’t leave town until you’ve seen the country. This phrase has become a kind of mantra for the local tourism industry over the decades – directed at those fixated on overseas travel without ever having explored the riches in their home country. And the captains of tourism have a point. An ‘import’ myself, I’ve always marvelled at the extraordinary diversity and beauty of New Zealand’s landscapes – all in so small an area, all so easily accessible. There are parts of this country that seem untouched, much as they were in the Jurassic period. And now, in the Covid-era, the mantra has taken on a very different complexion. What better time to explore our backyard – and we’re very fortunate that we can. A boat is a fun, particularly rewarding way to do…

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drowned cars

The fate of the cars became clear a few weeks ago when the VB10000 heavy-lift crane – after delays caused by Covid-19 and the hurricane season – was finally able to begin lifting pieces of the capsized vessel on to waiting barges. Using a 75mm anchor chain in a ‘sawing’ motion, salvagers first cut the wreck into eight pieces weighing between 2,700 and 4,000 tons each. These sections are being transported to a recycling facility on shore. Owned by US engineering firm Versabar, the VB10000 was originally designed for erecting and decommissioning offshore oil and gas platforms. Its twin-gantry cranes have a lifting capacity of 7,500 tons. It’s not clear what caused the Golden Ray to lose stability and run aground, but shifting cargo is believed to be a possible factor in the…

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china’s submersible sets record

China’s newest submersible – the Fendouzhe (Striver) – has set a new dive record for the country, reaching the bottom of the western Pacific’s Mariana Trench at 10,909m. This depth is some 18m short of the world record for the deepest dive set by American Victor Vescovo (10,927m) in the Mariana Trench in May 2019. Fendouzhe carried three men in her record-breaking expedition, taking nearly four hours to reach the ocean floor. The dive was part of China’s strategy to explore the abundant deepsea natural resources.…

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dixon wears national crown – again

Karleen Dixon – with her crew of Sara Tucker, Paula Satterthwaite, Jennifer Jameson, Raynor Haagh, Miranda Addy and Kylie Jameson – is the 2020 Barfoot & Thompson NZ Women’s National Keelboat Champion. Dixon prevailed after two days of full-on racing in Auckland in winds consistently blowing upwards of 20 knots, making for intense conditions for the 10 teams. With the wild conditions there were a few wipeouts, man overboards and other hairy moments, but for the vast majority of the racing all teams showed exceptional strength and boat-handing skills. Finishing in second place for the fourth year in a row was Melinda Henshaw, while defending champion Sally Garrett was third. Dixon won the first race of the regatta and never looked back, going on to clinch six out of the 10 races sailed and…

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letters to the editor

I AM WRITING in the hope that one of your readers may be able to provide some information about the Lindstrom 28 – and my restoration project. It’s a fun project and I want to fill in the history. I know the boats were built in Christchurch – and that some had cabin top and others were the sports deck version. I am specifically trying to find more information about the builder – and how many were built. The photo shows my boat – Magic – I have no idea what year she was built. Many of the vessels were evidently fitted with Chev engines, but this one has a Volvo 330Gi which I am uprating to around 500hp with alloy heads, roller-cam gear and an Edelbrock intake. The DP stern drive…

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learning to fly

AVAILABLE THROUGH AMAZON WITH THE 36TH AMERICA’S Cup kicking off in March 2021 with revolutionary foiling monohulls, Learning to Fly is a fascinating insight into how the America’s Cup transitioned from monohulls to multihulls and then back to monohulls again. Written by well-known American sailing writer and commentator Roger Vaughan, with photography by Giles Martin-Raget, this book tells the story of the 33rd America’s Cup and its lead-up from the perspective of Larry Ellison’s BMW Oracle Racing team. Sailed off the coast of Valencia, Spain, the 2010 event was the first America’s Cup contested between multihulls, though in a travesty the Cup was defended by a multihull in San Diego in 1988. The back story of Ellison’s involvement, first in sailing and then in the America’s Cup, and his long and fruitful involvement with…