Premium power & sail from Windcraft at SIBS

Windcraft Yachts’ exclusive and long-standing relationship with top European brands Hanse, Dehler and Solaris means boating enthusiasts coming to this year’s Sydney International Boat Show will be able to gauge firsthand why they are in the vanguard of yachting design and technology.

Show visitors will have the opportunity to inspect one model from each of the Solaris, Hanse and Dehler ranges, while those interested in the extremely popular outboard-powered sports dayboat category will be able to appraise the impressive all new RYCK 280.

At just over 14.3 metres the Italian built Solaris 47, the largest Windcraft yacht at this year’s show will also undoubtedly be one of the most stylish. Indeed the 47’s semi-flush deck profile, superb construction quality, and refined fit-out coupled with enviable performance have rightly drawn admirers right around the world.

Making its Australian boat show debut, the highly innovative Dehler 30 one design was created by famous design house Judel/Vrolijk to tackle the rigours and exhilaration of double-handed offshore racing, a stand-out trend in racing circles over the past few years.

This award-winning “skiff on steroids” has confirmed its performance potential in major offshore events in Europe and New Zealand. But the Dehler 30 one design is also capable of quickly switching modes: to either a fully crewed fast twilight competitor or even weekend cruiser thanks to comfortable quarter berths and settee berths as well as perfectly functional galley head compartment.

Those contemplating fully embracing the cruising lifestyle with the occasional regatta fling thrown in, are not doing their due diligence unless they have thoroughly checked-out a Hanse, and Windcraft will have one of the German manufacturer’s most popular models, the Hanse 418, on display at SIBS.

The Hanse 418 offers a hugely enjoyable family sailing experience with luxury accents and real bluewater credentials. Hanses are recognised for their quality engineering and easy-sailing characteristics.

The Windcraft Team will also be on-hand to present more information and answer any queries on the all-new Hanse 460. The 460’s exceptional design and sophisticated features have already been recognised by the yachting press with the Hanse 460 declared the winner of the coveted "European Yacht of the Year" award 2022 in the Cruiser Category. More than 200 hulls have been sold to date, an extraordinary number, with 13 on their way to Australia and New Zealand. Our first Hanse 460 is due to be launched in Queensland in October.

Keen observers of the latest boating trends familiar with the enormous interest in highly practical outboard-powered walk-around centre-console day-boats, should schedule a viewing of the RYCK 280.


The RYCK is a completely new boat from renowned designer Bill Dixon, built by Hanse and configured to a variety of uses; family entertainer, fast tender, adventure sports day boat or premium fishing platform, all capable of 40 knot performance. A generous cabin and fully enclosed head downstairs, a stand-out in this size category, means the RYCK 280 offers a true overnight or weekend getaway on the water.

Of course, the experienced Windcraft Sales Team led by Managing Director Anthony Bishop will also be only too happy to discuss any model from Windcraft’s stable of premier sailing brands including Hanse, Dehler, Solaris, Moody and Privilège, and equally impressive power marques Fjord, RYCK and Sealine.

To organise a tour of any of the models on display at Windcraft’s stand at SIBS or for more information contact Catherine Lorho Marketing Manager Windcraft Australia & NZ.

Yacht Collective Info Evening

Join 36 Degress Brokers and The Yacht Collective, at the Royal New Zealand Yacht Squadron Quarterdeck, Wednesday July 6, 3:30pm to 7:30pm, to understand the benefits of syndication and jump on the opportunity to explore some of their Beneteau vessels set to arrive for syndication in 2022 and 2023.

Come and go as you please.

RSVP: andrew@the

Veratron VLFlex gauges 

Veratron’s new VL Flex 52mm digital gauges combine the latest display and communication technologies with the classic round design loved by boaties everywhere.

A universal gauge suitable for every application, the VL Flex 52mm can replace over 20 different types of gauges. It can be calibrated to any sender and its 52mm diameter means it slots into most existing gauge openings – perfect for updating an older vessel.

Able to display analogue, digital or CAN signals, the gauges feature the latest sun-readable, anti-fog, colour TFT display technology. They are supplied in J1939 and NMEA 2000 versions and owners can programme or change the settings and inputs using a free phone app.

VL Flex 52mm gauges are available in three colours and three styles (triangular, flat and round) with nine different bezels.


Your summer cruising library

After another year of Covid lockdowns, the escape to fresh-air therapy in the form of the summer cruise aboard your own or a friend’s boat is certainly alluring!

To be properly prepared for this well-deserved outing, a good stack of summer reading for the boat’s library is a must. And if the lockdowns continue – well then, they will probably be even more welcome!


Acclaimed yachting writer Ivor Wilkins has just finished a threeyear labour of love. It’s the epic and eventful history of the Royal New Zealand Yacht Squadron, from its beginnings in 1871 to the most recent adventure, the successful defence of the America’s Cup in May 2021. Impressively illustrated with fine photographs, as all Ivor’s books are, Salt in Our Blood marks the 150th anniversary of the RNZYS. And as Ivor remarks modestly of the tome, “Perfect for taking to sea, because if people don’t enjoy reading it, at 3kg it is still useful as extra ballast in the bilge.” I don’t think so. This will be a fascinating read…









A favourite this year of Jenny Nicholls, book reviewer for The Listener and the Waiheke Weekender. Her brief blurb; “Gorgeously illustrated and fascinating littl hardback.”

In the surprise basket: Mana Whakatipu Ngāi Tahu leader Mark Solomon on leadership and life by Tā (Sir) Mark Solomon and Mark Revington. (Massey University Press, 2012). Jenny Nicholls remarks, “Absolutely hilarious and brilliant from a former metal worker who made Ngāi Tahu into a powerhouse. It’s not at all what you might expect.”

“Just the most beautifully written book about the NZ environment,” says Jenny. “Annette Lees walks us into the nights of Aotearoa. In the company of bats, owls, moths and seabirds, she guides us from dusk to dawn with fascinating night stories: tales of war stealth and ghosts; nights lit by candles and lighthouses; night surfing, fishing, diving and skiing; mountain walking and night navigation on ocean voyaging waka,” says the publisher.


This modern classic would be a timely re-read, given the current concerns over the state of our coastal waters – and many community efforts to recover lost biodiversity. Our Big Blue Backyard (Random House NZ, 2014), by award-winning writer Janet Hunt is a must for any boat venturing out in to our big blue backyard.

A great collection by Sarah Ell, One of Boating NZ’s writers, Ocean (Penguin Random House, 2018). It sure lives up to its cover blurb: “Ocean is a spirited collection of historical tales, a landmark book about how the ocean has shaped New Zealand and its people.” By the way, Sarah is busy working on a fascinating historical novel, inspired by her research into strong Kiwi women for Ocean.


Perfect title, perfect setting. A Definitely Different Summer (Bateman Books 2021) by Kiwi author Elizabeth Pulford and illustrated by me ol’ shipmate Mike Colding. An adventure yarn based on the real shipwreck of the Tararua in Southland in 1881.


Then there are the classics that every boat’s library should have:

Pickmere’s Atlas (of the NE coast); D’Arcy Whiting’s Coastal Cruising Handbook; Raewyn Peart’s The Story of the Hauraki Gulf, and Brian Peet’s Des Townson: A Sailing Legacy.

Last word from writer and reader Ivor Wilkins: “I love the oldies, like Joshua Slocum’s Sailing Alone Around the World, the incredible Shackleton story Endurance, Kiwi solo sailor David Lewis’ Icebird, which tells of his circumnavigation of Antarctica, Robin Knox- Johnson’s A World of my Own. Real pioneering adventure.”

The way of the waka

Paddling waka ama is boating at its most basic. But maybe the most physically beneficial, satisfying and fun too, writes Lindsay Wright.

Sitting waist-deep in a thin fibreglass shell that leaps through the water with each pull of the paddles is a pleasant physical workout performed in the open air (and sitting down – which is appealing). But getting the best out of a waka ama takes consummate teamwork and skill.

The paddlers shrugging into lifejackets and picking hoe from the wall rack at the Taranaki Outrigger Canoe Club banter freely and laugh often.
The teams at the club are multicultural: American, Danish, Scottish and Tahitian but the greetings are in te reo Maori. A karakia is shared before the waka goes to sea and, says paddler Rui Leitao, “we have a karakia if things aren’t going well, too. It’s great…perks everybody up.”
New hoe – or waka – are blessed by a kaumatua.
But after that, it’s up to the crew. “I’d better be careful how I say this,” he grinned, “but we try to have the heaviest two people in the middle of the waka. The front paddler is responsible for timing and rhythm, the number two paddle keeps the rhythm going – everybody watches him or her to match themselves.”
“The next three paddlers are all about power – keeping the waka moving – and keeping an eye on stability; moving body weight to keep the boat on an even keel.”
The steerer in the back seat of the waka has a longer hoe (paddle) than the others – they’re normally an experienced paddler who keeps an eye on the others, and the waka itself, and acts accordingly to keep it going in a straight line while expending minimum energy.”

The main hull, called the waka, has two arms, or kiato, and the ama is the small outrigger hull at the end of them.
To comply with Nga kaihoe o Aotearoa (Waka ama NZ) competition rules, the W6 (six-person) boats are around 15m long, built from fibreglass and weigh about 150kg. The ama is adjustable and can be extended out to 2.3m for extra stability in rough seas.
Waka ama also come in smaller, lighter versions for one, two, three or four paddlers.
“It’s amazing – an extra 10kg feels like having another person on board.”
There are also lightweight carbon fibre boats which weigh just over half as much as the standard fibreglass versions.
Waka ama, as we know them today, sprung from the outrigger canoes (vaka) of Polynesian tupuna (ancestors) and varieties are in use throughout Oceania.
“The sport is just burgeoning all over the Pacific and elsewhere,” Leitao said.
December–January is the sprint season in Taranaki and Rui says that the boats can maintain 16km/h over a straight 500m course.
But it’s the distance sprints where the paddles really move the water. The course is over 1.5km in 500m sections with a right-angle turn at the end of every 500m. “Everyone has a job – it takes great coordination.” The front paddlers move the boat in one direction and the rear paddlers in the other to pivot a waka almost in its own length at speed. Wind and tide have to be accounted for to avoid unwanted penalties.
“After you’ve done that a few times… there’s just no oxygen left in you.”
Long distance races are paddled over 26km and the teams do 10–20km paddles four times a week in training.
“It’s amazing, though – at the nationals in Raglan we paddled 30km and at the end there were five boats sprinting hard out for the finish.”

Two W6 (six paddlers) can be fastened together to make a 12-person waka, which are also raced.
Paddling a waka ama properly isn’t just a matter of pulling on the hoe, he says. “There’s a body twisting motion to get the most out of each stroke. The proper technique is push the hoe with your top hand, while you keep your body and the hoe straight and push with your leg. It’s very good for your shoulders – and your core muscles. But there’s a lot to think about – you sort of focus on getting one thing right, then another.”
Solidly-built and with the affability that seems to affect most paddlers, Leitao has been paddling waka for three years but has a background in rowing – standard rowing and sweep – but says he likes the whanau-orientated world of waka ama. “On whanau days we get the kids out. The hoe are longer than they are – and the lifejackets completely envelope them. It’s very social… they learn about teamwork, boating safety
and te moana.”
“But I like the tikanga too – the whenuatanga, or earthbound nature of the sport. You can compete at the nationals right up until the golden masters for people 60-plus years old – and plenty do.”
The Taranaki club waka ama range up and down the coastline and cope with the frequently challenging open Tasman Sea weather conditions. They carry kayak-style skirts to stop water flooding the waka. “It’s very safety orientated – we have drills so everybody knows what to do if we tip over. The waka have buoyancy in the ends, so they don’t completely sink, and we carry buckets to bail them out.

“We can paddle through the islands off New Plymouth and look at the seals or have dolphins playing around us. Or go through Shark Alley between two islands. One time a lady from Marlborough was walking on the beach and asked us about the boats. “We said, ‘jump in – we’ll take you for a paddle!’ She was completely blown away by the nature out there.
“You get to be very aware of the conditions – we can feel the water around the waka get colder when we pass the rivers coming off the mountain – and watch the clouds and sky to see what the weather is doing.
“There’s just nothing like it.”

Keeping your boat safe during summer storms

Weather forecasters think New Zealand is trending towards La Niña conditions this summer. The next three months are likely to be warmer than average, marine heatwaves may develop, and the risk for tropical cyclones is higher.

With that in mind, it’s a good time to make sure you are ready to protect your boat from potential storm damage that could occur both on the water and on land.

Here are several things to be aware of if your boat needs to stay on the water:


If you are caught out at sea during a storm you may need to anchor. Choose a protected harbour or bay with a sandy or muddy bottom with a good anchor hold. Check all components of the anchor system and don’t go too small on the anchor!


A dock with strong pilings that offers shelter from water and storm surges is an ideal place to berth. Double all mooring lines but remember to leave enough slack to allow for rising water. To prevent any breakage or line chafing all rough points should be covered, and you can also protect your boat from rubbing or colliding against the dock or other boats by installing additional fenders.


Ensure your mooring certification is up to date, check for chafe over the bow for rope components and check for corroded “O” rings and the like. Any lines or chains going over the bow should be checked to avoid causing problems if they into contact with any other components in a swell or rough seas.


The options above should help you while your vessel is on the water, but what about off the water?

Dry stack

You can safely store your boat on land in a dry stack, in a secure boat shed. It is best to have an arrangement made in advance of the summer season so you can understand the dry stack policies, especially when it comes to bungs. If left in, your boat could fill up with water if it’s left outside in a stack. If left out, you could forget and when your boat is relaunched it’ll fill up with water.


Your boat will be better protected from wind damage and flying objects if it is stored on its trailer inside your garage or shed. But be mindful of any rodents seeking shelter in your dry warm garage, they can get into your boat and nibble away at squabs and electronics doing damage you’re not expecting.


If you must store your boat on your trailer outside during a storm, be sure to remove any canvas you can. Check your surroundings for any potential projectiles that may damage the boat including trimming back any large, dead, or dying trees and branches that could fall on your watercraft due to strong winds during a summer storm.

Preparation, preparation, preparation

The size of your vessel will play a major role in what you can and cannot do to protect your boat from a storm. Anything that can come loose in a storm should be removed or secured. 

In fact, regardless of where you secure your boat during a storm, you should always remove all movable equipment and gear from the elements.

If it cannot be removed, it needs to be secured to the boat. You can also seal windows, doors, and hatches with duct tape to enhance the watertight integrity of your boat.

With a bit of preparation, you can greatly increase the chances of your boat surviving any bad weather this summer and providing you with a season of fun and enjoyment on the water. And in case things don’t go to plan, make sure you have the right marine insurance in place to cover any losses. 


Your pre-summer boating checklist

It’s time to get ship-shape for the summer season! Clean out the bait bin, dust off the fishing gear and blow the cobwebs off the outboard.

Whether you are relatively new to the sea or a seasoned skipper, you need to have a game plan for getting your boat ready. So, let’s look at some pointers so you can be totally prepared for an excellent boating season.

Safety first

Good communications save lives, so make sure your call sign details are up to date. If you do not have one already, you should invest in an emergency beacon, as they are useful in the event you get lost at sea.

Inspect your life jackets to make sure they are in good condition and do not need to be replaced. You may need options for each person that gets on the boat to ensure that it is fit for purpose including size and body weight.

Check that flares and fire extinguishers are present in your boat. Ensure they are charged and placed in their proper location on the boat.

Also, check that you have a bailer, torch, first aid kit, as well as a dry bag with warm clothes, fresh water, a few muesli bars and snacks, and a waterproof sleeve for your mobile phone.

Maintenance check

When was the last time you had your equipment serviced? Just like a car, it’s worth getting regular servicing or at the least a once-over of all equipment on your boat and ensure everything is as should be and within expiry dates.

If the engine hasn't had the once over for a while, make sure to get in before Christmas and flush out the system. Also remember to check, clean or replace the fuel filters. The last thing you want is an engine failing out on the water.

Check all your lines and ropes, chuck out ratty old rotten lines and replace them with an appropriate alternative. While you’re there, it’s also a great idea to check the anchor. There are many marine service specialists to take care of all of this for you if you’re not confident to do it yourself.

Update your knowledge

NZ Coastguard provides a Day Skipper introductory course, which is useful for all members of the family or crew and focuses on essential boating knowledge and safety know-how. It covers boat handling, safety equipment, navigation, tides, weather, rules and regulations, emergencies, and knots – giving you an overview of the whole boating experience.

You can also look online for any apps that can help your boating experience. There are apps for everything these days and boating is no different, be it for weather, tides, or knots, use this time off the water to download apps that can help your on-water experience.

Get boat insurance

Give yourself some extra peace of mind by ensuring that your boat is insured. Every boat is different, from trailered pleasure craft through to large marina-berthed launches, and each comes with its own unique issues.

Ensure that you have a solid long-term solution in place that covers you and your personal marine craft (including boats, yachts, launches, jet-boats and jet-skis) against loss or damage, and for liabilities, you incur while using that craft. Look for marine insurance experts who will be able to provide a customised solution for you.

If you can lay claim to the above, then you’re doing a good job of getting ready for summer boating.


SYDNEY-BASED WHITEHAVEN Motor Yachts has revealed the concept for the 2022 Harbour Classic 40 model.

Powered by a single Volvo D6 480hp, this Harbour Classic 40 will be finished in Jaguar E-Type Racing Grey, reminiscent of James Bond, in a ‘vintage gentlemen’s cruiser’ look.

The boat now has major changes to its interior layout.

The latest evolution of the Harbour Classic 40 provides two private cabins below deck serviced by a central ensuite with a full standing shower.

The galley has moved to the main deck behind the helm, easily accessible from saloon and cockpit.

The cockpit’s expansive space includes a wet bar and BBQ.

“Our team has undertaken significant consultation with customers and taken on board the feedback.

Now we feel we have hit the sweet spot with these latest design changes,” says Whitehaven’s managing director, Bruce Scott.

“We have further found efficiencies in design and production ... Whilst the amenities and specifications have improved, the price has never been more competitive.”

The Harbour Classic 40 was launched onto the Australian market in 2018 after Whitehaven saw an opportunity to modernise the Sydney Harbour day boat.

Bruce says, “For the 2022 model, we have maintained the clean, retro lines as well as a spacious and inviting cockpit for the perfect day on the harbour.”

“Like any of the yachts in the Whitehaven range, the Harbour Classic 40 is also customisable including the hull colour. Our strong relationship with the shipyard ensures, that even with personalised changes, we can deliver the Harbour Classic 40 in as short as 10 months.”


Engine: Single Volvo D6 480hp with ZF gear box inc. electronic controls

Length Overall (inc, swim platform): 12.9m / 42’ 3”

Beam (Max.): 3.9m / 12' 8"

Draft (Approx.): 0.9m / 2' 9"

Dry Weight (Approx. - Subject to change with engine options): 8100kgsSleeping Capacity (approx.): 4 persons

Fuel Capacity (approx.): 800 litres

Water Capacity (approx.): 450 litres


TRISTRAM MARINE PROMOTIONS: Kris Williamson becomes the new service manager and Mathew Barlow the technical manager.

Combined, Kris and Mathew have close to 35 years of experience as team members in Tristram Marine’s Service Centre. The company welcomes Kris and Mathew to their new roles.

Tristram Marine is also celebrating 26 years of exceptional service from their departing service manager, Warwick Pilcher, as he moves on to his new venture as a maritime officer for the Waikato Region. Tristram Marine wishes him every success and thanks him for his tenure.


COMBINING ENGINEERTING INNOVATION, Italian design flair and a passion for details,  the latest project by Piacenza-based Absoliute Yachts is the 56 FLY – The Absolute Charisma.

The 56 FLY offers a mix of comfort and fine design, but also innovation, functionality and on-board convenience.

Charisma defines Absolute’s new 56 FLY, which brings together and builds on the most successful features of previous boats.

A relaxing bow area has sun loungers and sofa, while aft areas are free of fixed elements, so they can be furnished as you like.  Absolute provides modular, versatile décor solutions for the entire range.

The visual boundaries between the boat and the sea vanish thanks to a transparent parapet in the cockpit, the open gunwales and the large windows with electric winder in the lounge area.

Below-deck there’s a full-beam owner's cabin at the bow with panoramic windows; a second ‘VIP cabin’ is also full beam.

The third cabin has single beds, with the same ceiling height as the others.

Connecting sliding doors provide freedom of movement while large windows offer great morning views, allowing plenty of natural light into the cabins.


FOR GARETH THOMAS, watching paint dry is the opposite of tedium. As a technical support team manager at AkzoNobel he has devoted much time to doing just that.

The results speak for themselves.Over a 13-year-career Gareth has been involved in the development of a number of breakthrough products - including the ultra-high gloss topside paint Perfection Pro.

He captured the paint drying process on film to demonstrate how its ultra high-gloss coating developed in real time. “It was genuinely really interesting,” Gareth insists.

Based at AkzoNobel’s International yacht coatings in Southampton, UK, Gareth is part of the yacht division’s R&D team, where he develops long-term strategies for a pipeline of products for the next 30 years.

“I'm quite lucky that I get to be involved in a huge number of innovation projects,” he says. “I seem to be the go-to person across most new projects in the yacht business, so it's quite a varied role.”

The AkzoNobel Custom Paint Guides, available via International yacht paint websites, which Gareth played a pivotal role in creating, have been the defining project of his career so far.


To develop the guides, Gareth decided the best approach would be to “get a load of boats and just paint them”, with a crew filming the process.


“We hired a local shed in one of the marinas in Southampton and we acquired six boats in various states of disrepair,” he says.


“Over a period of two weeks we built up a video library and then spent what felt like months making sure that all the text and lengths of videos were edited in such a way that as you piece together this custom guide, you didn't pick up a random selection of things, so they work together.”


Gareth thinks the project made his hands “probably the most famous hands in the world” as he spent an entire day mixing different types of paint and filming them from different angles.

One of the main challenges was filming the boats from angles that could be used by customers in countries across the globe.


“You can get very specific UK-style boats that wouldn't work particularly well in the US or in Australia,” he explains. “We spent a lot of time finding certain video angles to try and make sure that it didn't put people off because it’s nothing like the boats we've got here. We tried to get generic-looking boats.


“You’ve got a lot of YouTube vloggers out there, where you can watch a video to show you how to do something but it's very specific to what they're doing,” Gareth says. “But the breakthrough bit of this was about how we can actually turn this into little bits that can be pieced together so someone can build their own custom guide.”


Beyond the AkzoNobel Custom Paint Guides, working with International has given Gareth the opportunity to travel as part of The Ocean Race (formerly the Volvo Ocean Race)  supporting AkzoNobel’s entry.


“It gave me the opportunity to go and see customers in different parts of the world and get feedback from there, which all feeds back into a lot of the innovation projects that we're doing.”

Gareth says he’s proud to work with the International brand: “Most of the people who work in the yacht business are in it, not because they're interested in paint, but because they're into boats.

“We're helping to bring joy to people's lives, whether that's making your own canoe, refurbishing a little boat, or a parent and their kids working on a boat on the weekend.”


AT THE CANNES YACHTING FESTIVAL in September Azimut previewed a number of new models.  2022 will see the Italian yard introduce two new models from the Grande Collection, their  flagship range, and two from the Magellano Collection, the crossover line for those wanting to navigate without limits.

Azimut Yachts is preparing the Sea Deck concept, an extension of the group’s  experience with their Oasis Deck. Sea Deck brings the opening stern beach area to smaller boats, enhancing Azimut’s three types of boats – the day boat, the sport cruiser, and the family yacht.

Azimut will also introduce some new products soon, with strategic preference for those segments that have been commercially successful.

The first new yacht will be the Verve 42, to be unveiled at the Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show. The  Verve 42 will bring onboard design and an Italian imprint, characterised by expansive onboard space.

In early 2022, the Magellano 30 Metri will be presented. It’s the result of the shipyard's collaboration with Vincenzo De Cotiis and Ken Freivokh. The crossover yacht, equipped with a dual mode hull, projects the trawler into the future. The Magellano Collection combines the concept of slow navigation with large volumes and elegant interiors.

And  following the premiere of the new flagship Trideck, two new Grande Collection models are coming: a Grande 26 METRI and a Grande 36 METRI.

Grande 26 METRI is proposed as a compact superyacht, capable of offering separate flows between crew and guests, with 5 cabins, including the owner's cabin on the main deck. Grande 36 METRI offers the possibility to choose between different layouts with distinct functionality for each space.