Category: Features

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INTO THE DEEP

INTO THE DEEP

Guests at an exclusive, island resort in Vietnam can now view the region’s colourful aquatic life in unparalleled clarity thanks to a new 24-person submarine with panoramic windows that takes tourists to depths of 100m in air-conditioned comfort.

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TROLLING For Trophies

TROLLING For Trophies

The bottom of North America’s Great Lakes yields a treasure trove of WWll aircraft, many of them veterans of major battles including Pearl Harbor, Midway and the Solomons. Today these planes are being retrieved and restored to impress their lessons on a new generation.

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One last boat? Yeah right…

One last boat? Yeah right…

Coromandel seaman, Jim Morgan, just can’t help himself. “She was just too good a boat to sink on the mooring,” he says of his latest acquisition, the little wooden workboat Lisa Rose.

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DANUBE DOLDRUMS

DANUBE DOLDRUMS

Other than Africa’s Nile, it’s hard to pick a river that’s been more instrumental in advancing humanity’s scientific, industrial and cultural evolution than Europe’s Danube. But though it’s shaped the destinies of nations and empires for centuries, it now seems the mighty river may be in trouble.

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GONE, BUT NOT FORGOTTEN

GONE, BUT NOT FORGOTTEN

Dereliction, defects, collisions and storms are behind the demise of many beautiful classics built between 1885 and 1951. Trawling through the existing – and often incomplete – historical records makes for a fascinating study.

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MOORING MISDEMEANouRS

MOORING MISDEMEANouRS

With many bays now obstructed by boat moorings in Auckland, Northland and Coromandel, finding an anchorage in a sheltered haven has become increasingly difficult. Perhaps a change in the ‘moorings mindset’ is required?

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THE WORLD BELOW

THE WORLD BELOW

The extraordinary richness and diversity of life in our oceans was vividly portrayed at the 2020 Underwater Photographer of the Year competition in London earlier this year.

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LIVEABOARD LOCKDOWN

LIVEABOARD LOCKDOWN

Someone said it was Wednesday today – they could be right. Aboard our 12m kauri keeler in an isolated Aotea Great Barrier Island bay, keeping track of the days has always seemed an urban oddity, along with commuting to work and flat whites at the local café on Saturday mornings.

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Covid Canoe

Covid Canoe

Procrastination is the thief of time, says the old adage, but as any boatie will tell you, procrastination is also the death of the bank balance – if you have to save the boat.