Category: New products

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Electric outboard shoot-out

Electric outboard shoot-out

Just about every yacht/launch has a 2–5hp outboard on a tender to replace oars and muscle power. But petrol outboards have drawbacks – they are noisy, smelly and pollute the air and water. Time to think electric? In the 21st century, battery power is where it’s at. Electric motors have become smaller, more powerful and...

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Bieker all-carbon foiling Moth

Bieker all-carbon foiling Moth

But the next step in the evolution of the moth is a big one and it is occurring in the unlikely location of a small garage somewhere north of Tauranga. The Bieker Moth is species number 160,001 and it is a backyard project only in location. Inside the roughcast garage is a powerful combination of...

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Mercury Verado V8: Mighty Machines

Mercury Verado V8: Mighty Machines

That’s the situation here, even though Mercury NZ secured a generous allocation of the new model. Demand, says Mercury Marine’s Dean Villis, has surprised everyone: “We ordered more than we thought we would need, but sales have gone crazy!” Mercury has 20 of the new V8s on order, of which 18 are already sold. The...

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Young designers step up

Young designers step up

How does a young Kiwi designer overcome the barriers hampering entry to the boatbuilding market? Offering something different is a good start. Words by Lawrence Schaffler. The BuiltBoats nu.seaera 24 Hard-top (LOA 7.50m) is a new concept design looking for an owner or investor willing to consider something that’s – well, a little unusual as...

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Mercury Rising

Mercury Rising

After what’s been described as the single biggest investment in Mercury Marine’s history, the American outboard manufacturer has just released its first ever range of V8 outboards. Story by Lawrence Schaffler. The new V8s – some five years in development – come in 250hp and 300hp versions. Sleek in their white (or traditional black) livery...