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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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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Sail NZ app

Sail NZ app

The app’s designed and produced by Sail South Pacific – a company owned by John and Lyn Martin (formerly of the Island Cruising Association) – and it is perhaps the most comprehensive (and easy-to-use) guide to sailing around the New Zealand coastline. And best of all, it’s free (well – mostly free. More on this...

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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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STAY TUNED

STAY TUNED

An easy-to read, high brightness, 2.8-inch full colour LCD display features separate day/night lighting and display themes and an intuitive interface. The built-in amplifier generates 100w of high-fidelity output to power two main zones. Output types include a high-pass crossover feature with selectable frequency options. The MM50 features a digital AM/FM tuner with RDS display,...

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Young designers step up

Young designers step up

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 7.5m trailer boats go. Distinguishing features are obvious. There’s the plumb bow, the large window in the hard-top roof, the spacious accommodation, the bathroom and toilet...

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Mercury Rising

Mercury Rising

The new V8s – some five years in development – come in 250hp and 300hp versions. Sleek in their white (or traditional black) livery with snazzy, coloured accents down the back of the cowling, the engines are super-slim, super-quiet and super-torquey. Naturally-aspirated, they need plenty of displacement to develop their power and torque, and both...