Category: November 2021

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Art-appreciating dolphins

Art-appreciating dolphins

Here’s the dolphin’s eye-view of our boat. As you and the dolphins can see, we adorned it with an enlarged line, taken from a painting of mine. We hoped to make it a distinctive craft. The squiggle work’s in place of a name, just like the singer who once tried the same. The curious thing...

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Working with plastic

Working with plastic

Historically boats were built of wood, although various forms of metal (iron, steel then aluminium) became more common during the industrial revolution. The invention of fibreglass and epoxy resins in the 1930s added an exciting new material to the mix, and most boats are still built from one or more of these materials. They are...

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Cruising with the General

Cruising with the General

Recalling an inland delivery trip long ago in a land far away. The muddy brown creek marked the Florida–Georgia state line. The green, stygian forest of a national park crowded the north bank and on the Florida side, Hermanson’s Boatyard scrabbled a living on a clear strip surrounded by swamp grass and mangroves. We had...

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Use your boat

Use your boat

New Zealand’s marine biosecurity system is designed to prevent marine pests arriving – and managing the impact of those already here. A bit like Covid’s vaccination/mask regime, much of the battle’s about stopping the spread. How can boaties help? By using their boats and keeping hulls clean. As a ‘containment strategy’ using your boat might...

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Waiheke Wonders

Waiheke Wonders

Alex Stone takes us on a kayak or dinghy trip to the heart of Waiheke Island, the arms of Pūtiki Bay. If you tie your long hair back, and bundle it on top of your head, it’s called a pūtiki. A topknot. Pūtiki is both a verb – to tie something up, to tie into...

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Repower Back to Life

Repower Back to Life

The busy boat-sales market and the ongoing border closures are leading more Kiwi boat owners to upgrade and up-spec their existing craft — something marine power specialist Ovlov is well positioned to help with. Matt Jackson, Ovlov Marine’s head of special projects and customer service, says increasing numbers of customers are repowering boats, upgrading older...

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Let’s get started!

Let’s get started!

Fishing success – or lack of it – is greatly influenced by an angler’s skill level and choice of fishing gear. Taking time to learn the basics can make all the difference. You have to start somewhere! Not everyone knows enough to grab their fishing gear and head out fishing confident of success. So, for...

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Perfect recipe for a great day on the water

Perfect recipe for a great day on the water

Following this simple recipe will ensure a safe and enjoyable day’s boating for everyone on board. METHOD Before adding to an ocean of water, check your boat is seaworthy. By that we mean does it float and does it have an engine that’s trustworthy? If you’re not sure, then perhaps mix only a little at...

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