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Boating NZ June 2020

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

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2 min
a semblance of normality

I am sure my somersault out of bed at dawn on the day Level 2 was introduced was replicated by thousands of other boaties around the country. OK, mine was more ‘spirited-roll-on-to-the-floor’ than an actual somersault, but the sentiment was there. Our roving reporter Roger Mills was also up at dawn, capturing scores of happy fishermen, boaties and sailors venturing out into a peach of a morning, looking for all the world as though they’d all just emerged healthy and unscathed from a – well, a plague. You could ‘taste’ the excitement in the air – even from his Facebook video. Ironically, in an odd way I think lockdown did many boaties a favour – giving them the opportunity to reassess their lives and priorities. The best illustration of this is the…

8 min
stars on 45

Italy has been hard hit by the Covid-19 epidemic, including its world-leading marine industry. However, Italy’s largest boat manufacturer, familyrun company Azimut Benetti Group, which employs thousands of people in four different shipyards, put in place protocols which kept some plants open. They are now back in full production. While the first Azimut Atlantis 45 to reach New Zealand, meant to make its southern hemisphere debut at the now cancelled Sanctuary Cove Boat Show in May, was completed and shipped before Italy shut up shop, it arrived on these shores just as New Zealand went into Level 4 lockdown. New Zealand Azimut agents Pinnacle Marine were given special dispensation to collect this vessel off the ship and drive it to a temporary Westhaven berth, from which Boating NZ took the opportunity to…

7 min
patagonia dreaming

Where do we find a port that hasn’t been shut by Covid-19? Where do we restock food and fuel supplies, clear out and leave for our next port? Do we head back home to New Zealand, across the Pacific Ocean, some 6,000 nautical miles away? What would Chile do with all these foreign cruising boats travelling through Patagonia? For us, the ‘freedom of the open sea’ was no longer free. Having left New Zealand in June 2015 on a circumnavigation, we were used to changing our minds and rerouting to places that took our fancy. After all, that’s how we decided to sail through Tierra Del Fuego (Land of Fire), visit Cape Horn, and then push on through the famed and beautiful Beagle Channel into the Chilean Channels. We would leave the…

2 min
ais on manukau harbour

There are times in any boatie’s experience when it’s helpful for others to know where you are, or for you to know what other boat traffic is nearby. By installing an Automatic Identification System (AIS) on your vessel, you will increase your boating safety. A vital element in the system is an infrastructure of reliable receiving stations, and until very recently there have been none around the Manukau Harbour, with the exception of around Cornwallis and a small reach at the Port of Onehunga. That has recently changed. Thanks to a community-minded family on Torkar Road, there is now a permanent AIS receiving station at Clarks Beach. Its transmitter has an average range of 32.2 nautical miles, ranging up to 79.3 nautical miles, and a coverage area of up to 1107 km2. In…

10 min
trolling for trophies

Sometimes you find the most remarkable things where you least expect to see them. For historians looking to preserve irreplaceable artifacts from WWll, the bottom of North America’s Great Lakes has proven to be a veritable treasure trove. That’s where a dedicated team has spent the past 30 years mining the lake beds for historically-significant aircraft, veterans of battles that raged all across the Pacific. The aircraft – almost perfectly preserved by their icy, freshwater tombs – were lost in the 40s when the US Navy conducted pilot training on the lakes. There, safe from prowling enemy submarines, two former passenger excursion vessels that were hastily converted into makeshift aircraft carriers helped more than 17,000 pilots qualify for carrier duty – including future US President George H. W. Bush. But accidents were…

7 min
sailing folk

The bay attracts a variety of modest, wellbuilt cruising boats. The sailors, like the boats, are modest and full of character, with a roundedness that all objects sloshed in saltwater seem to take on overtime. They have made livings as farmers, builders and wharfies, working with their hands on their boats and on their lives. Like most people they have their dreams, but unlike their landlubber friends these dreams have names like Carly, Astra, or Rhapsody. The boats are double-ended, plumb-bowed, fractional–rigged, gaff-rigged – ketches, sloops, schooners, catamarans and keelers – made from timber, steel, fibreglass and concrete. Some are immaculate works of art that show your reflection in the hull, others are rough as guts, neglected, with guanocovered decks and large skirts of seaweed burgeoning from their underwater sections. The owners proudly…