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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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Barry 2019-02-01

Fusion ARX70 Ant Stero RemoteFusion ARX70 Ant Stereo Remote

Fusion, a worldwide leader in marine audio entertainment, announced this week the release of the ARX70 ANT Wireless Stereo Remote.

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Barry 2019-02-01

Fleming 78 Classic

Six decades of boatbuilding experience and a wanderlust for far-flung harbours defines the Taiwanese builder’s flagship.

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Barry 2019-02-01

Maritimo In Miami

Australian luxury motor yacht manufacturer, Maritimo, is set to have the USA debut of two of its prestige enclosed flybridge models at the upcoming Miami International Boat Show in Florida mid February.

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Barry 2019-02-01

Simrad Releases Free Software Upgrade

A new software update for Simrad NSO, NSS and GO series displays has been released that provides new sonar functionality, sonar enhancements and other improvements.

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Barry 2019-02-01

Oceanco's 90m DAR Wins Top Honours

Dutch superyacht builder Oceanco have been awarded top honours at the 2019 Boat International Design & Innovation Awards.

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Barry 2019-02-01

Mazu Announces Free Year Of SportFishing App

Mazu, a leading marine technology and satellite communications brand, announced this week an exciting promotion for its innovative SportFishing app.

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Barry 2019-02-01

Evinrude Offers Industry-Leading Coverage On New E-Tec Engines

Evinrude has announced industry-leading coverage on all new E-TEC engine purchases through the Perfect 10 Sales event.

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Barry 2019-02-01

Pachoud Motor Yachts Announce Two 18m Powercat Orders

1000nm @ 30 knots, using 7.5 lpnm is not a figure many designers can boast, but when it comes to the 18m Roger Hill powercat, it’s a fact!

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Barry 2019-01-25

Raymarine DockSense

Raymarine’s DockSense assisted docking system is said to be an industry first.

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Barry 2019-01-25

Buccaneer 550 Enforcer.

Buccaneer have just released their second model in the Enforcer RIB range, with the 550 joining the 640 Enforcer, released 12 months ago.

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Barry 2019-01-25

Powerplay catamarans lure with luxury

Australian cruising boaties will soon have the choice of the superb, Australian-designed Powerplay brand of luxury power catamarans, now distributed exclusively by Hurricane Boats Australia based at Sanctuary Cove.

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Barry 2019-01-25

Rayglass Protectors chosen by world’s major sailing competitions

New Zealand built Rayglass Protector RIBs (rigid-inflatable boats) have been chosen as the official patrol boats for two of the world’s major sailing regattas: the 36th America’s Cup and the inaugural Sail GP competition.

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Barry 2019-01-25

Multihull Boat Show Announced for Gold Coast

Boating enthusiasts are in for a treat on Saturday 23 March as Multihull Solutions hosts a Free Multihull Boat Show at its Gold Coast Sales Centre.

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Barry 2019-01-25

TAURANGA BOAT SHOW RETURNS

After a successful inaugural Tauranga Boat show in 2018, it looks like it’s on again for 2019.

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Barry 2019-01-18

Sports Marine wins global dealer of the year

Swedish-based Nimbus Boats has handed its most prestigious award of the year to New Zealand marine dealership Sports Marine Limited.

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Barry 2019-01-18

X Shore to launch all electric model

X Shore, a Swedish manufacturer of 100 percent electrical crafts, is leading the way in the marine industry with the market's most modern e-boats.

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Barry 2019-01-18

Recent Alloy Boat Launchings

Two of New Zealand's leading alloy boat builder s have both recently launched a couple of ultra large trailer boat.

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Barry 2019-01-18

RAYMARINE VHFS

Raymarine's next-generation VHF now include built-in GPS & DSC.

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Barry 2019-01-18

PLENTY OF TRAILER BOATS FOR SCIBS 2019

The country's leading boating brands have been quick to secure prime spaces at the 2019 Sanctuary Cove International Boat Show (SCIBS), with many industry giants signing up within a week of exhibitor applications opening.

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Barry 2019-01-18

Riviera Premieres at Miami International Boat Show

Riviera, will proudly present four Premieres in a nine-model red carpet showcase at the Miami International Boat Show in February.

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Barry 2019-01-18

Grady White Freedom 275 Dual Console

Grady-White was one of the first centre console builders to realise that there was a large market for a dual console, a family-oriented boat that could engage in traditional watersports activities as well as fishing.

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Barry 2018-12-14

72 New Marine Apprentice Graduates Bode Well For Growing Industry

At a graduation event held last night at the Royal New Zealand Yacht Squadron, 72 new marine and composites apprentice graduates were applauded for completing their studies.

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Barry 2018-12-14

Beneteau Flyer 10 Dayboat

This may not be for every Kiwi but it something refreshing from Beneteau. Scarcely months after the launch of the Flyer 8, the Flyer 10 will be shown at the Düsseldorf Boot and will extend the outboard range perfectly.

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Barry 2018-12-14

Maritimo Builds For The Future With New Plant

Leading Australian motor yacht manufacturer, Maritimo, is close to completing a multi million dollar expansion of its original Gold Coast plant which will 'future proof' the business and create Australia's most advanced and environmentally sensitive marine industry manufacturing facility.

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Barry 2018-12-14

Lumishore Redefines Marine LEDs

Innovator in LED Technology announces the world's first and only Marine DC Smart Lighting System with Tunable Colour and White Light for enhanced on-board experience.

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Barry 2018-12-14

Tristram Marine’s Michael Langley Awarded NZ Marine’s Dale Carnegie Scholarship

NZ Marine’s inaugural Dale Carnegie Scholarship was awarded to Michael Langley at its annual Composites Industry Training Organisation Graduation evening in December.

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Barry 2018-12-14

Hurricane the one-stop pontoon and deck boat shop

Hurricane Boats Australia are poised to become Australia’s “one stop shop” for both pontoon and deck boats with the introduction of the Sweetwater, Sanpan and Aqua Patio range.

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Barry 2018-12-14

FI Glass Launch new Invincible RIB

Lyttelton Port of Christchurch (LPC) took delivery of their new utility boat for Te Ana Marina this week, a 5.6m Invincible RIB manufactured by Fi-Glass Boats, and powered by a 90hp Mercury SeaPro Outboard.

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Barry 2018-12-07

CSB HUNTSMAN LAUNCH NEW CENTURION

CSB Huntsman launched their all new 6.4m Centurion this week and are busy getting boats built for pre Xmas orders.

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Barry 2018-12-07

Mercury Active Trim now accessible through VesselView screens.

Mercury Marine’s Active Trim system can now be controlled through VesselView information screens.

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Barry 2018-12-07

Hutchwilco Fisher Vest

Hutchwilco have released a new multi-purpose 150N inflatable lifejacket called the Fisher.

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Barry 2018-12-07

PINNACLE 830

The Pinnacle 830 is the latest launching by Pinnacle Boats in Whitianga and continues their premise for of high quality custom designs.

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Barry 2018-12-07

OLD4NEW IS BACK TO SAVE LIVES THIS SUMMER

Kiwi boaties across the country will have the opportunity to check and upgrade their lifejackets thanks to Coastguard’s Old4New Lifejacket Upgrade campaign back again this summer.

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Barry 2018-12-07

The Ultimate Marine Binocular

MINOX’s 7x50 CII marine binoculars are the perfect on-board companion for navigating in the marine environment .

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Barry 2018-12-07

Most valuable ever Surtees/Yamaha Grand Prize

Organisers of the Hutchwilco New Zealand Boat Show are excited to announce that the show’s 2019 Surtees/Yamaha Grand Prize will be, with a retail price over $220,000, the most valuable must-be-won prize ever offered at a boat show.

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Barry 2018-11-30

Horizon PC65

Horizon Yachts, has introduce the new Horizon PC65 (19.85m) power catamaran, which combines the design and quality of a motor yacht with the stability, efficiency, performance, and space of a catamaran.

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Barry 2018-11-30

Nelson Lakes Antique & Classic Boat Show Turning 20

A boating event at 640m above sea level promises the unusual: coal fired steam boats, cedar kayaks, and speed boats built for boat-legging in the American prohibition era.

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Barry 2018-11-30

GIBBS AMPHIBIANS TO ASSEMBLE HUMDINGA IN QATAR

Gibbs Amphibians (Gibbs) is establishing a strategic partnership with the Madaeen Al Doha Group to supply and assemble the Gibbs Humdinga.

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Barry 2018-11-30

DOCKMATE delivers wireless control of engines, thrusters & more!

Dockmate is an affordable new wireless control system that enables skippers to remotely control their engines and other controls without losing any feeling or response time.

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Barry 2018-11-30

CXO300 Officially Released

A lot has been written about the Cox, CXO300 diesel outboard but until now it has all been with images of the development engine.

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Barry 2018-11-30

YANMAR Launches 4LV Sterndrive

YANMAR has launched a full line-up of 4LV sterndrive marine diesel engine models to complete its highly-acclaimed 4LV series of ultra-refined common rail (CR) engines.

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Barry 2018-11-30

Dynamic Marine Takes the Hassles out of electronics

A new company, Dynamic Marine, is aiming to make boating more enjoyable for owners by reducing the time and stress they spend installing, upgrading and integrating, servicing and maintaining their various onboard systems.

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Barry 2018-11-23

Lowrance HDS LIVE

Lowrance has announced the release of its new high-performance line of fishfinder/chartplotters, HDS LIVE.

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Barry 2018-11-23

New Addition to Seafarer RIB Range

Seafarer Boats have added another new model to their growing fleet in the form of a 3.4m RIB.

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Barry 2018-11-23

Whitehaven Harbour Classic 40

The much-anticipated Whitehaven Harbour Classic 40s are making substantial progress, with the first hulls due to Australia before the end of summer.

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Barry 2018-11-23

GMS Take On Hamilton Jet Sales & Service

After many years of working on vessels with Hamilton Jet propulsion systems, General Marine Services (GMS) looked to become affiliated with the Iconic brand.

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Barry 2018-11-23

Oceanco's Project Bravo Breaks New Ground

Oceanco's 109m/ (357ft) 'Project Bravo' launched earlier this month is a prime example of Oceanco's new wave of forward-thinking yachts.

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Barry 2018-11-23

Mercury 900hp gets Water Ski Team to Guinness World Record

With triple 300hp Mercury Racing outboards on the transom, the Rock Aqua Jays water ski team has established a Guinness World Record for the largest human pyramid on water skis.

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Barry 2018-11-23

New Furuno Showroom Opens in Westhaven

ENL Group has strengthened its presence in the Auckland region by opening a new Furuno focused showroom in Westhaven

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Barry 2018-11-16

New, faster, build schedule for Rayglass 3500

Those wanting to own a new Rayglass 3500 will now be able to get into their new cruiser much sooner thanks to the addition of a new manufacturing facility and increased production

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Barry 2018-11-16

Whitehaven 6100 Euro Edition

The excitement is palpable ahead of the arrival of the latest addition to the Whitehaven fleet – the all-new 6100 Coupé with the Euro Edition Interior Styling package.

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Barry 2018-11-16

Nz marine apprenticeship scheme named best in the world

At an awards evening held on Tuesday 13 November in Amsterdam, the NZ Marine and Composites Industry Training Organisation was named the best apprenticeship training programme in the world.

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Barry 2018-11-16

Auckland faces serious marina berth shortage

Auckland, is facing a serious shortage of marina berths and boat owners are really struggling to find berths with the next America’s Cup scheduled to be held in the city in 2021.

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Barry 2018-11-16

The next generation of Q-SPD is out

The new generation QSD3 Series drive systems are suited to vessels up to 50 tonnes and rated up to 2200hp.

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