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Barry 2019-05-17

HamiltonJet 470 Sportsman

After two years of researching, designing and building the all new 470 Sportsman HamiltonJet NZ has finally delivered a jet boat that departs from its traditional ‘river-only’ application and looks set to challenge the ski and lake market as well. Article by Colin McCall

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Barry 2019-05-17

HUTCHWILCO NZ SHOW HAS A POSITIVE START

The opening day of the Hutchwilco New Zealand Boat Show saw a steady flow of visitors most of the day and from reports quite a number of boat sales were made. Thanks to everyone who came and stopped by our stand in Hall 2 and entered our $8000 subscription prize. Also appreciated the feedback about the magazine and what you like or don’t like to read.

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Barry 2019-05-17

KIWI MARKET IN POSITIVE MOOD

"The New Zealand marine market at present is very steady, following three good years of growth and generally the industry is in an excellent position", says Peter Busfield, Executive Director of NZ Marine.

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Barry 2019-05-17

COUNTING DOWN DAYS TO SCIBS 2019

An action-packed program of world and national launches, ground-breaking marine technology and non-stop entertainment is set to draw more than 45,000 people to the 31st Sanctuary Cove International Boat Show (SCIBS) next week.

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Barry 2019-05-17

STELLA WATERMAKER GENERATION 3

Australian watermaker manufacturers, Stella Systems have released their new Gen 3 watermaker, which will be on display at next week’s SCIBS.

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Barry 2019-05-17

Horizon Yachts’s Bold Display at SCIBS 2019

Horizon Yachts is preparing to make a bold statement at the signature yacht show for the Australian market.

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Barry 2019-05-17

AMPHIBIOUS MCLAY DEBUTS AT SHOW

McLay Boats have taken the amphibious boat concept to a whole new level with the release of their 741 Raptor which has made its debut at Hutchwilco New Zealand Boat Show, which started yesterday and runs through till Sunday evening.

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Barry 2019-05-10

BRP ACQUIRES 80% OF TELWATER

BRP, announced last week that it has entered into a definitive agreement to acquire 80% of the outstanding shares of Telwater Pty, Ltd (

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Barry 2019-05-10

CELEBRATING A SUPER NEW ERA

Superyachts, pyrotechnics, superbikes, the Gold Coast Mayor, Tom Tate and many others combined to commemorate the unveiling of Stage 1 of Australia’s newest, and largest superyacht marina and shipyard, last week.

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Barry 2019-05-10

DOCKMATE NOW ABLE TO INTERFACE WITH ULTRAFLEX

Dockmate, the wireless control system can now interface directly with popular Ultraflex electronic engine controls.

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Barry 2019-05-10

Horizon Yachts RP110

Built for two clients who share a unique Horizon yacht ownership story, the two RP110 Superyachts will be delivered to opposite continents.

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Barry 2019-05-10

CZONE CONTROL 1

BEP Marine, manufacturers of BEP and CZone product for Power Products LLC, has just released their latest digital control module into the CZone range of networked products.

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Barry 2019-05-10

LONGREEF YACHTS 60 SX DEBUT AT SCIBS

The newest entrant to the Australian luxury boat market, Longreef Yachts, will display its new 60 SX Flybridge at the Sanctuary Cove International Boat Show in May.

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Barry 2019-05-10

NZ’s Premier Boat Show in great shape 64 years on!

The Hutchwilco New Zealand Boat Show, New Zealand’s longest running, largest and most popular boat show is about to be held, in the same venue, for its 64th consecutive year!

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Barry 2019-05-03

Better control for tiller-steered vessels

Ultraflex’s new ZTF Tiller systems make it easier and more comfortable to drive tiller-steered boats powered by modern 4-stroke outboards.

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Barry 2019-05-03

AIS - COLLISION AVOIDANCE (MAR-APR 2017 PPB)

An AIS transponder helps you to see and be seen in all weather conditions, automatically identifying vessels in your area. But what is AIS and why should you consider installing one in your boat?

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Barry 2019-05-03

Honda at Hutchwilco NZ Boat Show

Check out the Honda Marine stand at the Hutchwilco NZ Boat Show to enter the “The Ultimate Offshore Prize Package”

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Barry 2019-05-03

REGISTER FOR THE 2019 RIVIERA & BELIZE FESTIVAL OF BOATING

The 2019 Riviera and Belize Festival of Boating will deliver an exciting new format, bringing the Festival and the Sanctuary Cove International Boat Show together as a celebration of the Riviera Family in one location.

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Barry 2019-05-03

Newport 460

The all new Newport 460, a home-grown cruiser from Australia will premiere at SCIBS 2019.

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Barry 2019-05-03

WAIKAWA MARINA TO GET AN ADDITIONAL BERTHS

A 252-berth extension to Waikawa Marina on New Zealand’s South Island has received approval from the Port Marlborough Board.

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Barry 2019-05-03

New Fusion RA670 Marine Stereo

Fusion continues to build on the innovation and successes of the award-winning Apollo Series. The new Apollo RA670 will deliver powerful technology to a wider market in a new premium form factor.

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Barry 2019-05-03

TRISTRAM MARINE EXPO

Numbers through Tristram Marine’s successful in-house Marine Expo have continued to soar over the past seven years.

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Barry 2019-04-18

Important Trivia (PPB JAN-FEB 2015)

Danny Casey suggests 20 things you might not know but really should. By perusing what follows, there is no question of your quality of life, employment prospects, sexual allure and material wealth all taking a pronounced turn for the better but, in the words of Doctor Samuel Johnson, you will, at least, be much better informed.

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Barry 2019-04-18

AQUALUMA GEN 5 UNDERWATER LIGHTS

Without question, the most significant release from Aqualuma to date, the all-new GEN 5 range of thru-hull underwater lights boasts significant increases in performance output.

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Barry 2019-04-18

LATEST ELITE LAUNCHED

At 13.2m Virago is the 70th custom Elite to be launched and is Scott Lane Boat builders 11th Elite.

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Barry 2019-04-18

ILIAD CATAMARANS HAVE ARRIVED.

The 2019 launch of Iliad Catamarans, an exciting new line of power catamarans, heralds a revolutionary new chapter in the multihull industry.

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Barry 2019-04-18

SEACRAFT SHOWTIME

If a new boat is part of your plans this season, make sure you visit the SeaCraft Showcase at Ellerslie from May 16-19 for their annual new and used boat showcase.

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Barry 2019-04-18

OCEAN ALEXANDER 88 SKYLOUNGE

Drawing on the successful attributes of the Ocean Alexander 85, the 40th Anniversary special limited-edition Ocean Alexander 88 Skylounge is heading to Australian shores in time for the 2019 Sanctuary Cove International Boat Show.

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Barry 2019-04-18

GULFLAND MARINE CROWNED NZ DEALER OF THE YEAR

Mercury Marine announce recently that Gulfland Marine has been named Mercury Marine's New Zealand Dealer of the Year for 2018.

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Barry 2019-04-18

HUTCHWILCO NZ BOAT SHOW COUNTDOWN

This year’s Hutchwilco NZ Boat Show will see plenty of new alloy boat boats, from b oth existing and new builders.

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Barry 2019-04-12

FATCAT MAX

While there are several aluminium, trailerable power cats on the local market, GRP constructed versions are a rare breed.

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Barry 2019-04-12

NEW PRODUCTS TO DEBUT AT HUTCHWILCO NZ BOAT SHOW

A wide range of exciting new products are set to debut at this year’s Hutchwilco New Zealand Boat Show at the ASB Showgrounds in Auckland on May 16-19.

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Barry 2019-04-12

SPINLOCK LIFEJACKETS

The internationally recognised and respected Spinlock range encompasses three categories Control, Protect and Sense.

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Barry 2019-04-12

MULTIHULL BOAT SHOW DRAWS HUGE CROWDS

Multihull Solutions’ 2019 Gold Coast Boat Show on the Gold Coast held in late March was a huge success.

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Barry 2019-04-12

Safety Essentials

We look at the wide range and styles of life jackets and buoyancy aids suitable for adults.

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Barry 2019-04-12

NZ’S BIGGEST BOAT DEALER ADDS AUSTRALIA’S BIGGEST BOAT BRAND

Family Boats, New Zealand’s largest trailerboat dealer has added the Australian Quintrex brand to their portfolio.

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Barry 2019-04-12

MARK CAMPION PASSES

Explorer Motoryachts CEO Mark Campion passed away recently after a short illness.

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Barry 2019-04-12

AZIMUT ATTRACTS KIWI BUYERS

Pinnacle Marine, New Zealand agents for Azimut have announced the sale of two new boats to Kiwi buyers.

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Barry 2019-04-05

NZ YACHTING COMMUNITY MOURNS PASSING OF BLANCHE

Blanche Cook, financial director and part owner of Yachting Developments died recently of cancer.

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Barry 2019-04-05

WHITEHAVEN HARBOUR CLASSIC 40

The Whitehaven Harbour Classic 40 has been described as both revolutionary and retro with the elegance and ease of a bygone era. Barry Thompson went to Sydney to experience this 40ft dayboat.

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Barry 2019-04-05

SEALEGS SETS MULTIPLESEALEGS SETS MULTIPLE RECORD

Twenty seven Sealegs craft landed last week on Langkawi Island, Malaysia, setting two records in the process.

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Barry 2019-04-05

THE FOILING QUESTION (PPB Nov 2013)

Engineer Andre Moltschaniwsky of Lomocean Design looks at the question of foiling in power boats, a subject that has been brought to the front so graphically with the recent America’s Cup bots, both cats and monohulls.

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Barry 2019-04-05

OCEANMAX APPOINTS NEW EXECUTIVE

Marine coatings export company Oceanmax, the maker of Propspeed and Lightspeed, announces the appointment of Nona Pedersen General Manager.

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Barry 2019-04-05

YAMAHA F20 and T25 Outboards

Yamaha has added two new portable outboards to its line up with the introduction of the new generation F20 and T25 outboards.

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Barry 2019-04-05

KING TIDE SALT FLY NEW GUIDE BOAT

After several years of planning, designing and building, Lucas Allen is now driving his dream boat.

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Barry 2019-04-05

RIVIERA WORLD PREMIERES AT SCIBS

Riviera will present four spectacular World Premieres at the Sanctuary Cove International Boat Show from May 23 to 26.

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Barry 2019-03-29

Understanding VHF (Nov-Dec 2018)

Looking for a new or replacement VHF this summer, then look no further. We have them all listed and offer some advice on what you should look for when buying either a fixed or handheld VHF.

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Barry 2019-03-29

King Tide Salt Fly Guide Boat

After several years of planning, designing and building, Lucas Allen is now driving his dream guide boat for his Tauranga based company King Tide Salt Fly.

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Barry 2019-03-29

OCEAN ALEXANDER 88 SKYLOUNGE

Drawing on the successful attributes of the Ocean Alexander 85, the 40th Anniversary special limited-edition Ocean Alexander 88 Skylounge is heading to Australian shores in time for the 2019 Sanctuary Cove International Boat Show.

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Barry 2019-03-29

OUTBOARD SALES UP

US retail sales of outboard engines grew another 3% in 2018 to 278,500 units – a 12-year high and the 7th consecutive year of growth.

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Barry 2019-03-29

KIWIS LAP UP COASTGUARD LIFEJACKET UPGRADE

Thousands of Kiwis around the country are sporting much safer lifejackets thanks to a Coastguard water safety campaign.

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Barry 2019-03-29

MARITIMO X50 REACHES MILESTONE AHEAD OF SCIBS WORLD PREMIERE

Excitement is building in the lead up to the 2019 Sanctuary Cove International Boat Show as Maritimo enter the production phase of the highly anticipated X50 sport yacht at its new state of the art Gold Coast based manufacturing facility.

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Barry 2019-03-29

Lumishore Glass Bridge

Lumishore, manufacturer of high-performance LED lighting systems, has released an intuitive, dedicated glass bridge touchscreen and rotary dial display – the EOS STV 2204-i.

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Barry 2019-03-29

KIWI CHASING US1

Kiwi offshore racer Wayne Valder is returning to the USA to have another crack at taking out the US1 offshore title.

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Barry 2019-03-22

LIGHTING DOWN UNDER (PPB Nov 2016)

Barry Thompson looks at underwater lights and what’s available for today’s trailer boat, flybridge cruiser or superyacht owner.

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Barry 2019-03-22

VALKYRIE

At 229m Valkyrie would be world's biggest mega yacht if it ever gets built. From the design board of South Korean designer, Chulhun Park, this is one incredible vessel.

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Barry 2019-03-22

HYDRIVE FOR THE BEAST

One of the most anticipated new Kiwi boats to launch in 2019 is Michael Hill’s, The Beast. The boat has been built by Profab Engineering in Palmerston North, and is a giant cat, 40m long and 12m wide. The Beast will carry a sportfishing vessel, as well as other water craft, and be able to range throughout the Pacific.

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Barry 2019-03-22

DOCKMATE WIRELESS DOCKING SYSTEM

Dockmate, manufacturer of advanced wireless remote controls for yachts, announced this week enhanced functionality for its Dockmate solution.

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Barry 2019-03-22

TWIN DISC PACIFIC EXPANDS TO ‘EXPERIENCE CENTRE’

A buoyant local market and high demand for products and services have motivated Twin Disc Pacific to commit considerable investment in the opening of a dedicated Gold Coast facility at The Boat Works, Coomera.

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Barry 2019-03-22

DREDGING OF COOMERA RIVER A BUSINESS BOOM

Underlying the wave of investment in marine infrastructure on the Gold Coast is the Queensland state government’s pledge to fund the Gold Coast waterways Authority to undertake a massive and ongoing dredging program in the Coomera River.

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Barry 2019-03-22

DOUBLE, TRIPLE YOUR CONTROL WITH YAMAHA HELM MASTER

New to the market, Yamaha has announced that its ‘Helm Master’ control system will be available for New Zealand boaties.

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Barry 2019-03-22

SCIBS 2019 DEDICATES MASSIVE TRAILERBOAT SPACE

Trailerable boat exhibitors will occupy an incredible 20,000sqm at the 2019 Sanctuary Cove International Boat Show (SCIBS), a prime piece of real estate befitting the industry’s fastest growing segment.

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Barry 2019-03-15

OPPOSITION TO NZ SUPERYACHT LEVY GROWS

Auckland Council has proposed an anchorage tax on foreign-flagged superyachts longer than 40m.

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Barry 2018-07-12

Twin Disc is 100 years strong

Along with radar, bombsight gyroscopes and Nylon, one piece of crucial technology gave the Allies the edge in WWII and has been credited as the advance that secured victory: the Higgins boat, with Twin Disc marine transmissions.

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Barry 2019-03-15

PROPELLER SHOOT OUT (Alloy Boat # 9 Spring 2016)

We took eleven different Mercury Marine propellers and tried them all on our McLay 4.8 Fortress powered by a Mercury 75 4S, to see what difference to performance and fuel economy, a few degrees of pitch and inches of diameter made.

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Barry 2019-03-15

A PELIN BUT NOT AS YOU KNOW IT

Taking a 46 year old classic runabout, that was badly decaying and ready for the tip and bringing new live and style into it, was a labour of love for over two years and more than 2000 hours for Hawkes Bay boating enthusiast, David Grace.

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Barry 2019-03-15

Furuno SC33 Satellite Compass

New from Furuno is the SC33 Satellite Compass. While maintaining a compact Satellite Compass design that allows for simplified installation, the SC33 leverages the latest Global Navigation Satellite System (GNSS) technology to deliver enhanced accuracy and performance.

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Barry 2019-03-15

2019 SCIBS TICKETS NOW ON SALE

Tickets are now on sale for the 2019 Sanctuary Cove International Boat Show (SCIBS), with a number of ticket and transport options available including free Park ‘n’ Ride from Warner Bros’ Movie World.

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Barry 2019-03-15

FOCUS POWER 33

New to Australia and New Zealand is the Focus Power 33 is a 10m cruiser with a generous 3.47m beam, designed by world-renowned naval architect Tony Castro and awarded Boat of the Year Europe in 2015.

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Barry 2019-03-15

HUTCHWILCO ISSUES LIFEJACKET RECALL

Lifejacket manufacturer Hutchwilco, is recalling its ‘Fisher Vest’ lifejacket. The Hutchwilco Fisher Vest is an inflatable lifejacket designed to be worn by fishermen. An issue has been discovered where the inflatable bladder inside the jacket may not fully inflate when activated.

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Barry 2019-03-15

MATT WATSON TO JOIN MASTER CLASS SEMINARS

Well known TV fishing star Matt Watson will be among a strong line-up of expert Master Class speakers at this year’s Hutchwilco New Zealand Boat Show at the ASB Showgrounds in Greenlane, Auckland on May 16-19.

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Barry 2019-03-08

Inflatable Life Jackets ( PPB Nov-Dec 2016)

The new styles of inflatable life jackets bring comfort and function to a whole new level.

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Barry 2019-03-08

Furuno Snapper World Cup Has a New Home for 2019

With an increased focus on sustainable fishing, the Furuno Snapper World Cup will have new homes in 2019.

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Barry 2019-03-08

CSB Huntsman Centurion

The Centurion has been released to coincide with CSB Huntsman's 25th anniversary, and it is possibly their best model yet. Barry Thompson checks out their latest creation.

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Barry 2019-03-08

Two New Azimuts Sold

Pinnacle Marine recently confirmed the sale of a new Azimut 53 Magellano and a 66 Flybridge to Kiwi clients.

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Barry 2019-03-08

Moeller Bow Fuel Tank

Moeller have designed a clever bow tank, built to fit forward on most small boats.

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Barry 2019-03-08

New Integrity SX to be launched at SCIBS

At this year’s SCIBS (23-26 May) Integrity will have two impeccable boats on display, including the much-anticipated Integrity 380 SX.

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Barry 2019-03-08

L&B appoints electrical product manager

Lusty and Blundell’s new electrical product manager is an experienced project manager, ocean-crossing sailor and master America’s Cup sailmaker.

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Barry 2019-03-08

Volvo Penta’s DuoProp and EVC merges with Seven Marine

In an announcement last week at their press event at the Miami International Boat Show, Tiara Sport revealed a new outboard package option on their 38 LS from Volvo Penta and Seven Marine.

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Barry 2019-02-21

DRUM WINCHES ON A ROLL (Alloy Boat Issue #14 2018)

A few years ago we ran a feature on drum winches and our listing included five brands and 22 models. Such has been the popularity of drum winches, our 2018 listing shows more than double that in both manufacturers and models.

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Barry 2019-02-21

LEOPARD 51PC

Leopard was an early adopter of the power catamaran concept and it's experience clearly shows in its flagship 51PC, writes Kevin Green.

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Barry 2019-02-21

Mercury release 400hp Verado

Mercury Marine is introducing an all-new 400hp Verado outboard - the most powerful Verado on the water.

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Barry 2019-02-21

Fusion Extends Signature Series

Fusion announced this week the release of two new additions to its industry-leading range of marine audio entertainment products, the Signature Series six- and eight-channel class-D marine amplifiers.

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Barry 2019-02-21

Beneteau unveils its first concept foiling motor yacht

Groupe Beneteau has launched a new innovation, unveiling its concept foiling motor yacht.

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Barry 2019-02-21

Experience Twin Disc, Seakeeper And Seatorque At Scibs

Visitors to the 2019 Sanctuary Cove International Boat Show will be able to get hands-on with the suite of products under the Twin Disc Pacific banner, taking to the water.

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Barry 2019-02-21

CTEK PRO

CTEK’s powerful, fully automatic 15A and 25A battery chargers are compatible with any 12V battery, including the increasingly-popular Lithium-Ion (LiFePO4) batteries.

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Barry 2019-02-21

ePropulsion, now available in New Zealand

A range of electric outboard motors, from ePropulsion, is now available at dealers around New Zealand.

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Barry 2019-02-15

90HP Shootout (PPB May 2014)

We took one boat to two different locations and spent a whole lot of time to put together a comprehensive fuel and performance data comparison on nine different 90hp outboards. The results proved both interesting and predictable.

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Barry 2019-02-15

KEN LUPTON WINS 94TH MASPORT CUP

Six GP hydroplanes turned out at the Lake Karapiro regatta to contest for the A.E Baker and the Masport Cup.

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Barry 2019-02-15

Yanmar hands-free docking technology

Yanmar expects to bring an automatic docking technology to market after 2020.

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Barry 2019-02-15

RAILBLAZA Rod Holder Extender.

If your rod holder is just out of reach, or the rod butt is hitting the deck of your kayak, then the new Railblaza Rod Holder Extender could help.

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Barry 2019-02-15

Coastguard to the Rescue

Four Coastguard vessels, Coastguard Air Patrol and other rescue assets scrambled to assist when weather turns on the Manukau Harbour.

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Barry 2019-02-15

GALEON 460 FLY/510 SKYDECK

Alexander Marine Australia will host the much-anticipated launch of Galeon Motor Yachts in May 2019, followed by the official Australian debut of the brand and two exemplary models at the 2019 Sanctuary Cove International Boat Show, 23 to 26 May.

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Barry 2019-02-15

Q-Marine International Ltd New Distributor for UK

Hypro Marine Ltd of Hampshire, United Kingdom has been announced as a distributor of the New Zealand manufactured Q-SPD Surface Drive Systems.

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Barry 2019-02-15

Hutchwilco Pool set to make a splash at Hutchwilco NZ Boat Show

An impressive new 20-metre diameter round pool is set to be a highlight of the 2019 Hutchwilco New Zealand Boat Show at Auckland’s ASB Showgrounds on May 16-19.

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Barry 2019-02-08

Check out our recent feature by Peter Morgan on 2 stroke V 4 stroke outboards. The results may surprise you.

Outboards – two-stroke or four-stroke? How they work, and their pros & cons. By Peter J. Morgan BE (Mech.), Dip Teaching

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Barry 2019-02-08

Handheld Electrical Shark Deterrent

Patent pending and powered by Shark Shield Technology the Ocean Guardian eSPEAR is the world’s first handheld electrical shark deterrent designed for diving, snorkelling and spearfishing.

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Barry 2019-02-08

Riviera 39 Sports Motor Yacht

The 39 Sports Motor Yacht is the third in the Riviera Sports Motor Yacht Series and heralds the brand's re-entry into a whole new sector of the motor yacht market.

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Barry 2019-02-08

Rough Offshore Season Opener At Taupo

The first round of the New Zealand Offshore Powerboat Championship got off to a rough start with Lake Taupo throwing up some nasty racing water.

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Barry 2019-02-08

Electric Kiwi designed and built boat goes into production

Beacon Marine say wanting to help pioneer the way for electric boating in NZ, as well as helping to minimise the effects of boating activities on the marine environment paved the way for the concept of fully New Zealand designed and built electric boats.

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Barry 2019-02-08

Lowrance Offers Free Software Upgrade For Hds Carbon

Lowrance has released a new software update for HDS Carbon displays.

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Barry 2019-02-08

Horizon Yachts Sets New Record with Single-Shot Vacuum Infusion

Horizon Yachts has once again surpassed the world record for a single-shot hull infusion.

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Barry 2019-02-08

SEALEGS SUPPORT ONETANGI BEACH RACES

Sealegs International has confirm Platinum Sponsorship for the Onetangi Beach Races, 2019.

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