This month Sealegs New Zealand celebrates a decade of manufacturing and launches its 1000th Sealegs as it rightfully claims to be the world’s leading manufacturer of amphibious boats.
A Hauraki Gulf grandfather-fisherman wanted to build a boat dedicated to fishing – so he built a rigid inflatable boat and tricked it out with shiny things.
When a three-masted gaff schooner was put on a serious weight-loss programme, a New Zealand sailmaker was instrumental in putting the boat on target to meet goal weight. It is one of the biggest orders for sails by content, this year, in the world.
When applying a layer of fibreglass to your boat’s hull, ideally you want warmth on all sides. Problem: the sun does not revolve around your backyard.
Italy’s Grand Soleil yachts are a popular brand in the Mediterranean, and Flagship Marine the New Zealand agent has imported a 15m Grand Soleil 46 Long Cruise, the first in a new line of pure cruisers.