Category: Technology

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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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Yamaha Helm Master

Yamaha Helm Master

It enables precise control of fore and aft, port-starboard and diagonal motion, as well as in-place rotation of the bow, to make docking and low-speed maneuvering easier. With Helm Master you can spin the boat on its own axis, move it sideways, or on any heading angle you desire, and then hold the vessel against...

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ETNZ: Faster with 5G

ETNZ: Faster with 5G

To win the next Cup, says Dan Bernasconi, Emirates Team New Zealand’s (ETNZ) Head of Design, we first need to win the innovation race. “The America’s Cup is as much a technology race as it is a yacht race. We know the scope for 5G technology to help make the boat go faster is significant.”...

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Made of muscle

Made of muscle

Auckland-based McMullen & Wing, acclaimed for its 50-year history spanning commercial vessels and award-winning yachts, including the victorious 1995 America’s Cup boat NZL32 (Black Magic), joined forces with a Bay of Plenty iwi and a local mussel farming company to build Kukutai.

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Core Builders Composites: Where the magic happens

Core Builders Composites: Where the magic happens

There’s an old adage about ‘books-and-their-covers’ that applies perfectly to Warkworth’s Core Builders Composites (CBC) – a company that’s been a fundamental part of Team USA’s Oracle boats over the last few America’s Cup events. It’s not until you’re actually inside the building that you realise it’s something special. The modest exterior and simple 90s...

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Torqeedo: an electric future

Torqeedo: an electric future

There are several good examples of fully-electric or hybrid boats, some of which we’ve reviewed for this magazine. But what’s different about Torqeedo, the German manufacturer of electric boat drives, is the range of power options it offers, from ultralight 1hp motors for kayaks right through to 80hp models (soon to be 200hp). Torqeedo manufactures...

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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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