Nimbus 305 Coupe

Some boats kind of slip beneath the radar. There are around 10 Nimbus 305 Coupés already in the hands of satisfied Kiwi owners and importer Sports Marine has another five on order from the Sweden factory, but this one is the first we’ve had the opportunity to review.

Circa 790

While Circa Marine never really went away, it’s been more than 20 years since the Whangarei engineering company produced aluminium trailer boats for recreational use in New Zealand. But if the new Circa 790 is anything to go by, the return to the mar

Fi-Glass Lightning 5.8

In 61 years of boat manufacturing you can learn a thing or two. You’ll see good times and bad times. Fashions that come and go. What doesn’t change is the fascination families have for the water. Stick with that fascination and ride out all the other

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Cape Horn the hard way

Cape Horn the hard way

Russian ocean paddler, Fedor Konyukhov, is well on his way from Port Chalmers, Dunedin to Cape Horn.

Reduce, reuse, recycle

Reduce, reuse, recycle

This mantra of sustainable business is well-illustrated by a fleet of sturdy little Davidson M20 trailer-sailers – looking good after a refurbishment and still in bareboat charter after nearly 45 years.

Island cruising

Island cruising

Since taking over the reins of what was previously known as Island Cruising Association in December 2017, the new owners have been working hard to improve the experiences of Kiwi cruisers heading offshore.

Lion New Zealand returns

Lion New Zealand returns

Nearly two years after her arrival at Yachting Developments in May 2017, Lion New Zealand is back in the water following a million-dollar refit at the yard.

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Failing potency

Failing potency

In last month’s issue I explored the ‘disease’ that afflicts diesel-powered boats – the dreaded diesel bug. Owners of petrol-powered vessels have no such problems. But they DO have their own unique problem – stale petrol.

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Kennedy’s Sea Desk

Kennedy’s Sea Desk

A keen sailor, acquiring Manitou was one of the first things Kennedy did when elected as the 35th President of the United States in 1961, having fallen in love with the 27-tonne, mahogany-hulled yacht. He first saw Manitou at Annapolis while still a senator, earmarking her as a more stylish alternative to the existing presidential yacht – the 28m launch Honey Fitz. Built in 1931, that vessel was used by President Eisenhower as a shuttle to the Newport Golf Club and was colloquially known as the ‘Floating Locker Room’. Kennedy, though a golfer, had sailing in his blood and received his first...

Spirit of Manasoo

Spirit of Manasoo

The amazingly intact wreck of the 54m steel steamer, Manasoo, lost in a storm on September 15, 1928, has been located in deep water by an international team of searchers/divers. She’s resting at an unusual angle in Georgian Bay near Owen Sound, Ontario. Built in Glasgow, Scotland in 1888, the Manasoo spent the first 39 of her 40 years named the Macassa, carrying tourists and cargoes between Toronto and Hamilton on Lake Ontario. In 1928 the ship was purchased by the relatively-new Owen Sound Transportation Company (today it operates the famous Chi-cheemaun ferry between Tobermory and Manitoulin Island, and the...