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.

KIWI VICTORY, AUSSIE FLAVOUR

KIWI VICTORY, AUSSIE FLAVOUR

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.

Elegant kai hunter

Elegant kai hunter

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.

FLATULENCE EARTHLY

FLATULENCE EARTHLY

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.

MONSTERS OF THE DEEP

MONSTERS OF THE DEEP

Boarding the world’s newest and potentially fastest trimaran was a glimpse into the future of ocean racing.

A new era

A new era

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.

RATS AWEIGH

RATS AWEIGH

Furry things that scurry in the night can be a boating nightmare. How do you tackle a seafaring rodent?

THE GARY UNDERWOOD STORY – Under the radar

THE GARY UNDERWOOD STORY – Under the radar

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.

What’s in a name?

What’s in a name?

Naming a boat may be a life or death decision – a commitment that must be carefully assessed before you slap the stickers on.