Category: General Interest

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Oskar Speck: the kayaker history forgot

Oskar Speck: the kayaker history forgot

In 1932 Oskar Speck was a 25-year-old electrical contractor trying to make things work in a country in turmoil. Saddled with a crippling war debt aggravated by the global depression, Germany was in a dark space. When his factory was forced to close, the frustrated Speck embarked on a bold plan. He’d heard there were...

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Restoring classics: recovering the DNA

Restoring classics: recovering the DNA

Even though she’s in many pieces and looks a little jaded, Barbarella’s bloodline is obvious. The tumble-home mahogany hull, the flared bow, the classic dashboard and helm, the twin V8s. She’s a thoroughbred Superaquarama Riva – and her beauty will again be resplendent when Marco Scuderi’s finished with her. The owner of MCN Shipwrights Ltd...

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Birds in the bilges

Birds in the bilges

Watch the wall my darlings,” Rudyard Kipling advised in his 1906 poem The Smuggler’s Song, “while the gentlemen go by.” He was warning Cornish villagers about the menfolk smuggling “brandy for the parson and baccy for the clerk,” across the English Channel. But smuggling is no longer the preserve of gentlemen and it’s likely that...

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NEW, BIGGER BOATS FOR OWNASHIP

NEW, BIGGER BOATS FOR OWNASHIP

The boats will be based in Auckland along with the rest of the Ownaship Fleet, with the option to have them relocated to the Bay of Islands and other locations over the summer period. The Lucia will also be heading over to the Pacific Islands during winter, giving owners the chance to explore some of...