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.
The Bledisloe Cup wasn’t forgotten at the recent Hamilton Island Race Week, where a flotilla of rugby union fans floated amid the sea of diehard sailors – the night before the big game.
Completed by Auckland’s Yachting Developments Ltd (YDL) last year, the 39.5m Lanakai is the world’s largest all-carbon sportsfisher. She combines impressive performance credentials, an extensive inventory of fishing equipment and a relaxed yet elegant interior.
Sailors and landlubbers alike tend to plan their lives around the wind – but attempting to explain its whimsical behaviour is elusive to all but the most dedicated scholars.
Boarding the world’s newest and potentially fastest trimaran was a glimpse into the future of ocean racing.
ETNZ launched its first AC75 in Auckland in September. She’s a wonderful sight – sleek, racy, oozing attitude – and very other-worldly. But it’s hard to come away without pondering the delicate knife-edge on which this keelless monohull will fly.
Furry things that scurry in the night can be a boating nightmare. How do you tackle a seafaring rodent?
Apart from those in know, architect/ designer Gary Underwood flies under the radar. But over the last 40 years he’s designed many fascinating and innovative boats, often for those on limited budgets. Here’s the story of a man who loves his boats.
Naming a boat may be a life or death decision – a commitment that must be carefully assessed before you slap the stickers on.