Category: Technology

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OUTBOARDS FOR THE GODS

OUTBOARDS FOR THE GODS

Today’s outboard engines incorporate some of the most advanced engineering on the planet. But the process of building them is even more high-tech, as Boating New Zealand discovers on an exclusive, behind-the-scenes tour of Mercury Marine’s state-of-the-art engine plant.

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CXO300 diesel outboards at Monaco

CXO300 diesel outboards at Monaco

Cox Powertrain carried out the first ever superyacht customer demonstrations of its highly anticipated 300hp diesel outboard at Monaco Yacht Show in September. The daily demonstrations took place on a twin RIBCO Seafarer 36 installation. There is a high demand from the superyacht industry for a reliable, robust and fast diesel outboard with effortless handling....

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Feature Design

Feature Design

The spectacular evolution of NZ sailing over the last half-century is punctuated with design visionaries who did things ‘differently’. Comparing two from either end of this 50-year spectrum – their education, design approach and tools of trade – makes for a fascinating contrast, writes Mark Seabrook. Exhibit A is one of the country’s best known...

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Volvo Penta Fires Up

Volvo Penta Fires Up

In a series of events catering to the international boating media, Volvo Penta recently unveiled a raft of new products at its Krossholmen testing site near Gothenburg, Sweden. John Eichelsheim was there. Boating New Zealand attended one of the press days, travelling with other marine journalists in an electric Volvo bus from our hotel to...

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Cooking with diesel

Cooking with diesel

For many years the humble LPG cooker’s been a popular cooking option for small and medium-sized boats, caravans and RVs. Economical and simple to use, it’s regarded as the best option when mains-powered appliances aren’t an option. But is it?

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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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