This year’s Auckland Boat Show (7-10 October) will feature homegrown innovation and world-leading products. Zero emissions jet propulsion, a carbon fibre catamaran able to cruise to Fiji in under 40 hours, and crew clothing made from recycled plastic bottles are just some of the innovations which will be on display.

Since the show’s first edition in 1998, it has become a focal point for new, innovative and industry-leading products. This year’s show – staged at the America’s Cup marinas – continues the tradition.

On display with Ray White Marine NZ, the Riva Ribelle 66 is a sleek, 20m open cruiser incorporating mahogany and polished stainless steel. Features include a garage with room for tender and Seabob and three spacious cabins.

Local company Zerojet bring its electric jet system to the show. The team has produced an electric propulsion system with all the benefits of a jet, precise steering controls, easily-manoeuvrable across shallow reef ecosystems and beaches.

The low-voltage system employs the safest (LiFePO4) type of cell chemistry available – which won’t catch fire even if punctured. Zerojet is available in conjunction with Offshore Cruising Tenders models.


A new 20m carbon fibre powercat being built at Scott Lane Boatbuilders will have enough horsepower to reach around 45 knots – that means Fiji in approximately 40 hours. The foiling asymmetrical cat is being built for offshore powerboat championship winner Wayne Valder and will be powered by a pair of 1300hp MAN V8s. Fuel capacity is 9,200 litres.

Crew wear provider VMG Clothing brings its Repreve® recycled plastic clothing to the show. The garments use plastic bottles which have been transformed into a reliable, durable fabric. The process embeds properties like wicking, adaptive warming and cooling and water repellence into a fabric.

Orakei Marine will display the striking Lagoon 50 – on show for the first time in New Zealand. With her generous volume, the cat is available in three-, four-, or six-cabin configurations, there’s scope to craft the vessel to specific requirements.

Joining it for the first time on show with Orakei is the Prestige 420S, with a large opening sunroof and single-level flooring.

Tickets are on sale now and available from iTicket. All online ticket purchases go into the draw to win from a large prize pool.