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Boating NZ

July 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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New Zealand
Boating New Zealand Limited
R 34,92
R 349,17
12 Issues

in this issue

14 min
boat business

GRAN TURISMO 54 WITH ITS LARGE WINDOWS, vast sundeck and U-shaped cockpit seating, the Gran Turismo 45 fosters conviviality and offers a great indoor-outdoor experience. Add sleek lines and a sporty hull – this 14.78m yacht looks like a luxury sports automobile. The GT 45 takes all the best features of its predecessor, the GT 46, and adds Beneteau’s GT evolution markers. This approach extends to the yacht’s modular design and spacious, elegant interior with grey walnut and white lacquered joinery. Aft there is a full-width owner’s cabin with a private head and separate shower cubicle. The VIP cabin in the bow is fitted with scissor berths configurable as a double bed or two singles. This cabin also has access to the forward head and shower area, which can also be accessed from…

1 min
maritimo’s new s600 offshore

Luxury Australian motor yacht builder Maritimo has unveiled the latest addition to its recently revealed Offshore Series of motor yachts – the S600 Offshore Sedan Motor Yacht – the first sedan model in the series. The S600 Offshore brings the number of new Maritimo models launched this year to four, with another four due later this year. The Offshore Series exemplifies the marque’s long-range cruising capability and seaworthiness. “The variable deadrise hull with deep keel, sharp bow entry and flattened progression aft has been focused on offshore cruising performance, comfort and stability,” says Maritimo’s lead designer Tom Barry-Cotter. With its offshore cockpit and hardtop utility space, the S600 will have broad appeal, both as a highly functional fishing vessel, with its specialty open water fishing attributes, and as a long-range, low height,…

1 min
three kings offshore race

As part of its 150th celebrations the RNZYS has organised a 500nm offshore race – the Three Kings Race – starting at Westhaven on Thursday 18th November. It will only be open to 40 yachts, with up to 20 of those being short-handed with two skippers. The Race will be Cat 2 with Advanced Sea Survival and First Aid Certifications recommended. Race Director Scott Wilson says the event will pose many challenges, especially with the unpredictable November conditions. The race is supported of the Short-Handed Sailing Association of New Zealand (SSANZ) and will act as a lead-in to the SSANZ 2022 Northern Triangle and the 2023 Round North Island events. It could also be used to qualify for the RNI. Two-handed racing is growing in popularity due to its challenging nature, managing not…

2 min
share a trailer boat

Getting out on the water has become safer and easier with shared-use boating service ‘Skipperi’ launching into New Zealand. Originally established in Finland in 2017 (with 300 boats now in service throughout Scandinavia), Skipperi’s Westhaven operation began in June with a fleet of 15 Haines Hunter SF545 boats, each powered by a 115hp Yamaha four-stroke outboard. The concept is a first for New Zealand. “The Haines Hunter SF545 is the perfect match for exploring the Hauraki Gulf,” says Skipperi New Zealand CEO, Alexander Rosenthal. “The response has been exceptional and the first boats are already fully subscribed. The rest of the fleet will roll out over the coming months, ready for summer. “Skipperi is perfect for those who might not have the time or means to own a boat outright themselves. It’s a…

8 min
coromandel gold

Our modest cruising adventure was to the Coromandel and the inordinately lovely archipelagos of the Motukawao Group, along the peninsula’s western coastline between the towns of Coromandel and Colville. Just the naming of these places indicates a richness of history – perhaps, even, a confusion as to the telling of the stories thereof. Why, for instance, was Motukahaua re-named Happy Jack’s Island? Or why are the Ngamotukaraka also known as the Three Kings Islands? There are times, also, when imaginative history fails and becomes as banal and prosaic as Bush Island (for Motukaramarama); Double Island (for Motuwi); Rabbit Island (for Moturua); Goat Island (for Motuoruhi); Shag Rock (for Motuokino). And just plain Cow and Calf Islands. There’s mystery too, in the extraordinary rock formation at Tawhiti Point at the northern heads to the…

9 min
the future is electric

It is hard to believe that a dozen years have passed since Tesla introduced its groundbreaking, all-electric Roadster in 2009. Although hardly perfect – Top Gear host Jeremy Clarkson initially gushed about the car being “biblically quick” only minutes before the production crew were shown pushing it off the track after its batteries ran flat – Tesla’s first production electric car laid the foundation for what today is clearly the future of the automobile. Although unintentional, it also laid a similar foundation for the future of boats. Electric boats are nothing new, but so far the overwhelming majority have been small craft focused on putting along at walking speed. That’s been partly by design, in an attempt by early electric boatbuilders to appeal to the sensitivities of the people seen as most…