Category: Features

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CONFESSIONS OF A CHARTER SKIPPER

CONFESSIONS OF A CHARTER SKIPPER

Sharing the joy of sailing with others was my privilege as an occasional charter skipper for 16 years on Sydney Harbour, recalls Kevin Green. A university with its own sailing yacht, as the blurb for UTS (University of Technology) stated in its prospectus, caught my attention when I matriculated for my Masters degree. Having recently...

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LUXURY VESSELS  AND MARINE INNOVATION AT AUCKLAND BOAT SHOW

LUXURY VESSELS AND MARINE INNOVATION AT AUCKLAND BOAT SHOW

This year’s Auckland Boat Show in October will feature luxury launches and marine innovation. The latest launches from Riviera, Riva, Lagoon, Prestige and more will vie for attention with amphibious vessels and the latest component technology at this year’s Auckland Boat Show. Since the show’s first edition in 1998, it has become a focal point...

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Waikawa Marina Expands

Waikawa Marina Expands

Boat owners keen to base their vessels in the Marlborough Sounds will soon have access to a new, fully-spec’d facility following a major, multi-million dollar extension of the Waikawa Marina. Some 10 years in planning, the new Waikawa NorthWest Marina is nearing completion and will create 251 additional berths just north of the existing Waikawa...

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Up the Creek: Matakana

Up the Creek: Matakana

Lesley and Alex Stone venture all the way up the creek to the market town of Matakana. Kawau has been a famous Hauraki Island cruising destination for more than a hundred years. The little port at Sandspit is kinda famous too. But not many cruising boaties have taken the jaunt up the creek to Matakana....

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TRIPLE HAPPY

TRIPLE HAPPY

Words  Alex Stone, Photos Lesley Stone.   Here’s a story of a boat and a bloke that couldn’t be kept apart. Even after two trial separations. Now, their third union looks like it’s forever. It’s going to be Happy Days – permanently – from here on, for owner Peter Davies. It’s a story too, not...

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CRUISING THE KAIPARA

CRUISING THE KAIPARA

New Zealand’s largest natural harbour, the Kaipara is guarded by a treacherous bar that’s chalked up its fair share of maritime disasters. Which underscores the bravery and resourcefulness of the early settlers who made the harbour their home. The last time I’d seen Kewpie Too was 1962 in the Bay of Islands. We’d sailed on...

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SQUADDIE’S GENESIS

SQUADDIE’S GENESIS

On May 13, 1995, history was made in the waters off San Diego, when, as Pete Montgomery famously put it, America’s Cup became New Zealand’s Cup. But not just New Zealand’s Cup – in fact, the oldest trophy in sport had now passed into the hands of one of just a few yacht clubs around...

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Perfect Model

Perfect Model

Boats can be beautiful objects – works of art in fact. And when they are scale models, hand-built for the joy of replicating a loved vessel, they are something exquisite indeed.

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Bikes for boats

Bikes for boats

Ironically, one of the great joys of cruising is getting off the boat for a stroll on land. Especially after a long trip. But, equally ironically, these shore-side walks themselves often feel too long. Too much like hard work. You need wheels – ideally electric-assisted.