Category: Features

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THE MAKING OF Way Maker

THE MAKING OF Way Maker

What were you doing in 1996? At school? Advancing your career? Raising children? Aucklander Malcolm Steedman was beginning the conversion of his Pelin Snowbird sailing catamaran: a project he’d only finish at the end of 2020 – just in time to put her on the market.

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STILL LARKING ABOUT

STILL LARKING ABOUT

“An old bugger still ticking over” – is how 90-year-old Alan Wright describes himself and his desire to keep designing boats and having a project on the go.

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Kingfish on top!

Kingfish on top!

In certain habitats – deep reefs, offshore islands, headlands and rock stacks swept by currents – kingfish are available year-round, but for most inshore areas, they are seasonal visitors.

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BEN MAYALL – Northcote legend

BEN MAYALL – Northcote legend

Ben Mayall was well-known as a competitive centreboard yachtsman just before and after the Great War. The Mayalls and the Couldreys were Northcote families who gained strong connections with Arch Logan, the wizard of Ngataringa Bay, across on the eastern shore of Shoal Bay.

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The Couldreys

The Couldreys

The Couldrey family had a strong presence on the Auckland waterfront from the 1870s. Arnold (Bill) Couldrey became a major figure in New Zealand boatbuilding and design for over 30 years – one of the few that Arch Logan agreed could build his designs.

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STORY TIME

STORY TIME

With grey, almost windlesconditions, no boat was likely to threaten the race record in October’s PIC Coastal Classic from Auckland to Russell. But for many sailors that’s irrelevant. The event’s always more about connecting with people and the sea – and marvelling at the star-studded heavens.