Assegai 51

The assegai is the short stabbing spear once used in battle by the people of Southern Africa, most famously by Zulu and Ndebele (Matabele) warriors. It was and is a fearsome weapon.

Dickey Boats Semifly 45

It was like a scene from Goldilocks and the Three Bears. Thanks to some COVID rescheduling, Dickey Boats had the 32-, 36- and 45-foot versions of its Semifly designs docked at the Napier sailing club. Bliss for a journo looking for a review.

Stryda 600s

Auckland boatbuilder Stryda Marine has just released a centre-console variation of its popular 6m 600C (Cabin) go-anywhere amphibious cat. Equally adept at taking owners to remote destinations, the S (Sport) model’s even more tailored to sea- and land-based adventures.

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Frostbites & Christmas cruises

Frostbites & Christmas cruises

I recently bought a photograph album on TradeMe with some cracking 1940s–1950s images of Frostbites. But who were the people in the pics and what stories were in there? Thanks to huge help from Robin Elliott and Robert Brooke, I teased the stories out.

Expect the unusual

Expect the unusual

Kiwis short of ‘staycation’ ideas should check out the NZ Antique & Classic Boat Show. Held annually since 1999 at Lake Rotoiti in the Nelson Lakes National Park, the show delivers the quirky – as you’d expect from a boating event 640m above sea level.

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