Category: General Interest

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Boating at night

Boating at night

Boating at night can be a daunting experience – not being able to see your surroundings is nerve-wracking. But it doesn’t have to be stressful. With the right knowledge and equipment, a night on the water can be wonderfully rewarding.

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Sub-Antarctic Shuttle

Sub-Antarctic Shuttle

Voyaging in the Roaring Forties and Screaming Fifties demands a heightened awareness. Weather maps, the sky and barometer are consulted more often because, when the weather does come away, the change is sudden and often violent. Mollymawks and albatross wheel overhead as the staysail ketch Evohe shoulders her way through the unending westerly swell. Squadrons...

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Island transporter: Lloyd Stevenson vaka motu

Island transporter: Lloyd Stevenson vaka motu

A 50-foot, twin-hulled, open-ocean sailing canoe, a vaka motu is a versatile, eco-friendly work boat built to carry people and cargo within lagoons and over small distances between Pacific islands. It’s based on a traditional Polynesian design and this one is the third from Auckland’s Lloyd Stevenson Boatbuilders. Two more are in production. And because they...

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NZ Antique and Classic Boat Show

NZ Antique and Classic Boat Show

The event – held at Lake Rotoiti in the Nelson Lakes National Park in early March – drew 110 entries and several hundred spectators. Beattieful is named after the original builder and is owned by Porirua’s Graeme Dutch who says it was used in the Pelorus Sound from 1961-2002, in Kaiapoi from 2002-07, and is...

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Solo Tasman rower

Solo Tasman rower

Donaldson, 47, attempted the crossing in 2014 and came agonisingly close to completing it after 84 days at sea. After paddling half the Tasman with an unrepairable rudder and sitting in a once-in40-year storm – while looking at Mount Taranaki 80km away – he aborted the attempt. “This time around it’s about finishing the job,”...

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Lloyds Register – The Book of Ships

Lloyds Register – The Book of Ships

Today, thanks to WiFi and the Internet, conducting business in a café is commonplace. But it’s not a new phenomenon: men were doing similar things in 17th century London when they visited coffee houses to discuss ships and shipping. One of these coffee houses – founded by Edward Lloyd in London’s Tower Street – became...

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Dutch boat quest

Dutch boat quest

“Nice boat!” Countless times we have heard this compliment about our Anna Caroline. We are proud of her; as a true bluewater yacht she has kept us safe for close to 50,000 miles. In 2003 we bought her in Spain off a New Zealander. Larry needed the money and was done cruising. We took her...

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GO ON, SPOIL YOURSELF

GO ON, SPOIL YOURSELF

With its hand-crafted wood, fine leather and clever ergonomics, the X60 is a stately blend of grace, comfort and performance – a treat for the boating connoisseur. Twin 800hp Volvo engines, 4,200 litres of fuel and an efficient hull equate to a generous range – perfect for distant fishing destinations or extended cruising. As with...