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Smooth sailing for Marlborough wine race gallery

061115 news photo Oliver Lewis / Fairfax NZ.  WineWorks Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc Yacht Race from Picton to Wellington

A dramatic yacht race has seen the first bottles of new season Marlborough sauvignon blanc delivered to the capital.

Boat review: Beau 770

With her wide beam aft it’s easy to get weight both outboard and aft.

Super-slick, go-fast racing yachts aren’t always synonymous with wallet-busting costs, as is proved by the new Beau 770 streaking around Auckland’s Waitemata Harbour.

Boat test: Jeanneau NC14

With the swim platform lowered, access to the water is superb.

The Jeanneau NC14 Savvy Too is the first NC14 in New Zealand, bound for a new home in the Marlborough Sounds.

Boat review: Finnmaster Pilot 8

Cockpit layout works on many levels, including entertaining.

Big trailer boats are very much in vogue these days, blending the space and comfort of a small launch with the convenience of trailer launching and storage.

About Time

Time. Boating NZ . Auckland.  October 2015. Photo: Gareth Cooke / Subzero Images.

If, as the saying goes, good things take time, then, after 26 years things should be pretty darn spectacular. Fortunately for Tony Raven his new yacht Time lives up to all expectations. She’s a unique, bespoke vessel that ticks all the owner’s boxes.

New Colours, No Paint

Vinyl can be applied to vessels of any size

It’s easy to transform your boat from rags to riches, sometimes in less than a day: just wrap it.

Careers on Ships

Simulators are equipped with real ship control systems and instrumentation.

School leavers considering a career at sea would do well to visit the New Zealand Maritime School. The Auckland-based campus delivers a range of marine industry qualifications and boasts the country’s most sophisticated training simulators.

Headwinds make yacht race 'tough slog' video

Sailors battled against head winds at the annual Coastal Classic.

Strong winds added more than four hours to the victorious Team Vodafone's time.

Boat review: Artnautica LRC 58

The LRC 58 is stiffened with 8mm transverse frames and 8mm longitudinals run through the forward area and aft.

The Artnautica LRC 58 offers a way to cruise around the world at low cost without late-night sail changes.

Cruising and fishing the Kaipara Harbour by Jetski

Room enough for two to fish comfortably from the Ultra 310 LX.

Jetskis are brilliant vehicles for cruising, exploring and fishing. They’re also a whole lot of fun, as Boating NZ discovered.

Boaties safety reminders ahead of holiday

Richard Barnett of Waikato Regional Council on one of the council’s harbourmaster vessels.

Boaties are being reminded to prep their boat, check their gear and know the rules ahead of the traditionally busy Labour Weekend on the Waikato region's waterways and off the coast.

Plunge to remember drowned gallery video

Twenty-seven safer boating leaders start Safer Boating Week by jumping into Wellington harbor to remember the 27 boaties who died last year. In front is Matt Claridge, CEO of Water Safety NZ.

Twenty-seven people braved the Wellington waters this morning.

Boat review: Senior 8.5m Sportfisher

The boat's spacious and practical interior is well finished.

A trailerboat with the comfort of a launch is appealing. Auckland boatie Grant Symmans and a mate decided to build one.

Boat review: Ultimate 21

Open bulkhead ensures a spacious feel to the forward cabin.

Ultimate Boats is a new arrival on the New Zealand boating scene, though the company’s principal Mark Presnall has been part of the marine industry for many years, most recently representing Suzuki outboards in New Zealand.

Storing table fish

Large fish are usually broken down into smaller portions for storage and later consumption.

Fish can be cooked whole, which makes best use of the available meat, but most of us prefer to break down the fish we catch into manageable portions as fillets, steaks or cutlets.

Easy herb encrusted fish for the boat or bach

Jordan and Nicky Shearer.

Contestants on the 2014 duo series 5 of Masterchef New Zealand Jordan and Nikki Shearer cook up a herb encrusted tarakihi dish that's easy to complete in a galley.

Sealegs: 10 Years, 1000 Boats

Sealegs' modern manufacturing facility in Albany, Auckland.

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.

Origami kitset RIB

Optimistic is an Origami 560, one of a range of Origami kit 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.

Superyacht's super sale in sails

Bud Nalder working on a clew board.

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.

DIY fibreglass boat repairs

Grace at Roy Roberts Marine in Whangarei having her flybridge installed.

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.

The Italian Job: Grand Soleil GS46LC

The generous sized galley has an island sink.

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.

GoPro onboard

Volvo Ocean Race aboard Dongfeng.

The GoPro range of cameras delivers high-definition video with a fish-eye perspective, all from a unit not much bigger than a matchbox.

Lazercraft 640 GT Sport

Practical transom layout with good storage.

The morning served up sunshine and rain showers with a blustery southwesterly whipping up a decent chop. It was a typical, early spring day in Auckland – and the Lazercraft 640 GT Sport loved it.

Keep fish fresh

Fresh fish packed in salt water ice.

If you catch your own fish, you have not only the opportunity but the obligation to preserve it in best condition possible from the hook to the plate.

Ex-Mocker's boat battle video

Fagan has set solo trans-Tasman and round New Zealand sailing records in his yacht Swirly World.

The former frontman of The Mockers says he won't pay a huge hike in dinghy locker rentals on principle.

Reviewed: Kingfisher Minicat range

FROM LEFT: Kim Bertelsen, Ben Riddiford and John Eichelsheim demonstrate the stabilty of the Kingfisher 450 Minicat on Tauranga Harbour.

Cats always land on their feet so it makes poetic sense that the range of Kingfisher Minicat aluminium trailerboats will be extremely stable craft.

Kiwi Photographers wow US expo judges in 1915

A beautifully lit Henry Winkelmann image of Ngatira being chased hard by Wairere II 1909.

In 1915 New Zealand had the opportunity to put its products and skills on display to the world stage at the fabulous Panama Pacific International Exposition (PPIE) in San Francisco.

Spring snapper influx

Large snapper often need reviving before release.

It might not seem like it, but spring is already underway.

Stress-free boat launching

Choose a boat ramp with shelter and a pier or finger to tie off to when launching solo.

Warmer weather will soon lure trailerboats out of their driveways to take their place at busy boat ramps – a little etiquette will ensure all boats play nicely.

Electric power is the future for boating

An artist's rendering of Chimera.

Electrically-powered boats will inevitably have a greater presence on the water.

Smooth Moves


As boat owners blow the dust of winter storage from the decks and prepare for sea, some will discover their boats have a sticky helm. Before applying brute force, consider a simple fix-it.

Get in the CZone


BEP Marine invented a product that replaced its products.

One Giant leap for Rainbow II


The Auckland Star, 21 July 1969, had two major stories: “One Small Step for Man” and “Rainbow Wins Battle of Jutland”. Kiwis were over the moon.

Shipwrecked in shelter


Our Australian friends on an Amel 54 snapped their anchor chain on coral in a storm and were blown onto a reef, putting a cruel end to their Pacific cruising.

Hail the Conqueror


Tristram Marine has released its new model Vanquish 701 soft top, inspired by the Tristram 741.

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