April 2012 Issue

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Last updated 11:51 29/03/2012
April 2012 Cover
Tristram's new 641 Offshore graces this month's cover of Boating New Zealand magazine.

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APRIL 2012 - The Electronics Issue
 
There was a time when the stars and a sextant were all you needed to safety negotiate the waterways of the world. But nowadays even the modern chartplotter is being challenged as the king of onboard navigation. In Boating's bumper April issue, Lawrence Schaffler offers a fascinating insight into the merits of integrating Wi-Fi and Bluetooth into your nav station and identifies 12 apps designed to make your boating even more enjoying.

Talking of fun afloat, don't miss our exclusive reviews of Tristram's fisher friendly 641 Offshore, the new Elite 13m Sports Sedan just out of Allan Tong's Auckland yard, or the new Commando 3.9 Trooper Sport Delux.

What's inside?

New Boats
Tristram 641 Offshore - the 641 Avant Garde was hailed on its release in 1998. Now the 641 Offshore offers the same attributes in a fisher friendly package.

Elite 13m Sports Sedan - Bill Upfold, one of NZ's most prolific big boat designers of the modern era, has done it again with the launch of Bell Aria.

Commando 3.9 Trooper Sports Delux - boating virgin or master mariner looking for a bach boat? Maybe the new Commondo is for you?

Features
Electronics Special - 16 pages covering everything the Wi-Fi and Bluetooth greenhorn needs to know about modern boat electronics.

Nelson Classics - we cover Little Toot's big win at the NZ Antique and Classic Boat Show at Lake Rotoiti.

My Boat - Reader Alan Kurtovic loves his Fi-Glass Lighting SS Kurto.

Cruising
Frolic III mayday - Alan Brown's beloved Wright 32 was smashed to smithereens off the Waikato coast. Fortunately he's alive to share his harrowing tale.

Bluewater greenhorns - Malcolm and Sally Meek finally enjoy their South Pacific payoff.

Jim Lott - Victoria has a run in with a fishing vessel in Chile.

Practical Boating
Build a kitset boat - Sam Stewart gets welding on his DIYNO 3.6m runabout in part two of his alloy boat building series.

Bait Basics - Resident fisho John Eichelsheim loves his soft baits. But there's still a place for the real thing.

Racing
Viper catamaran - Rebecca Hayter sails this ISAF-sanctioned flyer out of Australia.

Volvo Ocean Race - Suzanne McFadden recaps Auckland's memorable stopover and talks to an expectant Southern Ocean rookie. Don't miss some of the spooky quotes that have already come true.

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Columns
Vintage Perspectives - Rodney Wilson has dedicated many years giving to the marine industry. He talks to Harold Kidd.

Retros and Classics - John Macfarlane goes radio-controlled yachting with Des Townson's beloved Electrons.

PLUS: News and views in On Watch including Penny Whiting; new designs, around the yards and industry insight. All in your April issue of Boating New Zealand. On sale

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