Zambuka, the second boat out of the AT43 moulds for the team at Allan Tongs Boatbuilders, was recently launched at Westpark, Auckland.

The proud new owners, an experienced boating family from Kerikeri, Bay of Islands, intend to cruise their home waters this summer.

Boat number two differs in some ways from boat number one.

A new pillarless windscreen design increases the amount of interior light and improves visibility, while a 250mm extension to the boarding platform affords greater utility.

The interior layout is significantly different, now with a U-shaped galley and U-shaped dining arrangement, and also an additional settee to port alongside the helm position. The attractive custom American walnut interior joinery was built in-house by skilled carpenters.

Power is provided by a single Cummins QSC 600hp engine driving a conventional shaft and bronze propeller. Bow and stern thrusters facilitate manoeuvring in tight spaces.


Hull number three is already under construction. Due to be completed by mid- 2021 for a Nelson-based owner, she will sport twin 440hp Cummins engines on shafts.

These New Zealand designed and built GRP moulded 13.2m motor yachts have been a welcome addition to the New Zealand production boat building landscape. With the popularity of new AT43, Allan Tongs Boatbuilders is in growth mode, looking for qualified boatbuilders and other staff. It will also be seeking bigger premises in the near future.

Contact: Nigel Tongs 0211741574