It’s always a buzz to step aboard a new boat, in this case the first offering from a newcomer to the industry. It’s especially exciting when the boat is as distinctly different as the Herley Commander.
In a few short years Hamilton’s Everyman Boats has forged a reputation for producing high quality aluminium trailer boats popular with both recreational and commercial fishers.
Her owner describes this 18.5m cat as a ‘fun’ boat. That she undoubtedly is, but she also represents the pinnacle of New Zealand’s marine engineering and boatbuilding expertise.
It's so simple, you wonder why no one’s done it before. But this Kiwi invention – a 4m amphibious inflatable with an integrated trailer – has been five years in the making.
If you are expecting the Axopar 28 to look like a traditional 8.5m powerboat, you’re in for a surprise. And if you’re expecting it to perform like one, you’re in for a shock.
The new, much-anticipated Rayglass 3500 is a very important boat for Auckland-based manufacturer Rayglass Boats – and for the New Zealand boatbuilding industry.
Since coming under the same umbrella as Southern Boats, Lazercraft has enjoyed a burst of development with several new models in recent years. The new GT 650 HT is an excellent example.
Big pontoons, a legendary deep-vee, triple-straked fibreglass hull, twin engines and a hardtop cabin offering a warm, dry ride – Smuggler’s new Strata 820 Cabin is a head-turner.
Takacat’s new inflatable cats are light, stable and fun –and tough enough to handle whatever your recreational flavour might throw at them.
Displaying all the hallmarks of her builder’s precision approach, the Dickey Custom 800 is a quality vessel in every sense of the word.
Sealegs continues to forge ahead, providing amphibious enablement systems (AES) to local and international boatbuilders, developing an upgraded AES for larger vessels and, most recently, announcing a new aluminium model.
The cartoon cat Garfield is a fat, feline couch spud, but his maritime namesake, launched recently at Opua, is from a completely different litter of kittens.
A sunny day on the Hauraki Gulf might be half a world away from Dracula’s castle – but the dead travel fast.
A Canadian electrical engineer and his botanist wife have taken delivery of Samara – their NZ-built, expedition ready motor yacht – ready to enjoy live-aboard cruising anywhere in the world.
Aimed at the luxury end of the market, Azimut’s range encompasses 33 models across eight styles in lengths between 10m and 36m. The Magellanos are trawler-styled cruisers with a turn of speed.
Replacing Coastguard North Shore’s 10-year-old Quick Response Vessel was a complex project, but a dedicated group of volunteers, supported and funded by the local community, made certain it got exactly the right vessel.
With each new edition of the Hutchwilco New Zealand Boat Show the gate prize seems to be even more impressive than the year before.
The comfort, performance and versatility of the Leader 36 are ably demonstrated in the pursuit of inquisitive sharks.
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