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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.

When is a pirate not a pirate?

The crew of the sailing cat.

Kiwi sailor tells a story of a pirate-attack-that-wasn't.

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.

Celebrating the glory of being old

Elite 18 metre, Antiquity. Boating NZ.  August 2015. Photo: Gareth Cooke / Subzero Images

Some people celebrate retirement with a nice cup of tea and a rug over their knees. Instead, Alan and Gloria Day commissioned a luxury motoryacht to celebrate ‘the glory of being old’.

An engine fire at sea

The yacht Pursuit II safely at anchor at Fatu Hiva.

Fifteen years ago, the crew of a 45ft yacht cruising the Pacific narrowly avoided tragedy when an engine fire took hold. The skipper shares the story, following the loss of the yacht Sunny Deck in Boating New Zealand, August 2015.

Sailing to Tonga on Parallel Life

Victoria takes her turn at watch.

Every winter, yachts leave New Zealand to cruise the South Pacific Islands. This year Victoria Cruickshank made her first offshore cruise with partner Stephen Prinselaar in the 38ft catamaran Parallel Life: the journey became the destination.

Cape Cutter 19

A neat and roomy cockpit.

After owning a series of keelboats, Picton sailor Ian Allan thought a small boat would give him just as much pleasure – and began by building it.

Arvor 280 strong on cockpit space

The Arvor 280 Classic cruises all day at 17 knots.

Strong on cockpit space with an off-set wheelhouse and powered by a shaft-drive diesel, the walk-around Arvor 280 is ideal for coastal fishing.

Southern XP996 delivers the thrills

Fast and stylish, the new Southern XP996 is the largest boat in the Southern range.

Driving the Southern XP996 is an experience of smooth steering, perfect trim and plenty of speed. Oh, and it makes all the right noises.

Little boat gets into big trouble video

Bill Cook, son-in-law Will Tong, and son Rowan Cook were rescued by a fishing vessel on Sunday morning after being caught on rough seas with a broken propeller.

Three men were caught in a storm for seven hours at sea off Palliser Bay.

Plan for a safe coastal voyage

Viki at the helm surfing down the waves at Cape Campbell.

For the last two years Viki Moore and Andrew Herriott sailed Wildwood, Viki’s Young 88, from Lyttelton to the Marlborough Sounds for the summer holidays.

Sailor recounts mid-Pacific rescue after yacht burns

Three sailors, inlcuding two New Zealanders, were rescued from the Pacific Ocean after their yacht caught fire. Pictured is Murray Vereker-Bindon, 70, of Hamilton.

He had a dream: to cruise the Pacific in his own yacht. His dream came true – until his boat became a blazing inferno.

One man's dream boat took more than 40 years to finish

Keel attached ready for launching.

Over more than 40 years, the boat took shape in the shed. Finally, the 52ft sloop is in the water.

Fast and furious: Jetsprint SuperBoat racing gallery

Peter Caughey, seen here competing at Wanganui, is the acknowledged master of SuperBoat racing.

Jetsprint SuperBoats are lighter and more powerful than F1 race cars.

A great southern boat gallery

The Image 8.4 ReSpect at Pigeon Island, Lake Wakatipu

REVIEW: Image Boats in Invercargill is the boat building equivalent of the Great Southern Man.

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Production yacht breeds a new racer-cruiser

The nav station with screen for boat systems, switchboard and a seat for on-watch crew.

REVIEW: The Jeanneau Sun Fast 3600, designed by Daniel Andrieu, is primarily a racer.

Legacy of the Rainbow Warrior bombing

The Oil-Free Seas Flotilla, 200 miles west of Raglan, NZ, November 2013.

Thirty years after the bombing of the Rainbow Warrior, a crew member reflects on its legacy for Greenpeace, New Zealand and the Pacific Ocean

How to glam up your boat

The settee after it had been refurbished.

The road to refurbishment is paved with good decisions.

Boat review: Upfold Elite 13m gallery

Twin Volvo D6 300hp turbo-diesel engines give 28 knots.

Meet the younger sister of the Elite 13m Odysseia.

How to beautify the boat

The settee after it had been refurbished.

The road to refurbishment is paved with good decisions – what to keep, what to spend and where to start. Having decided, action them in the right order.

Tides influence when and where fish feed

Strong tides can mean good fishing.

Tides influence where fish feed, when they feed and how enthusiastically they feed – so understanding them is important in knowing when and where to fish.

The science of high performance yachting

1988 --- 'KZI', a ninety-foot waterline boat, and 'Stars and Stripes', a sixty-foot catamaran, race in the 1988 Admiral's Cup. --- Image by Nick Rains; Cordaiy Photo Library Ltd./CORBIS

The science of high performance yachting is changing fast.

New date for yacht race to Tonga

A whale breaches in Tongan waters.

Yachts will race from Auckland to Tonga in 2017.

Best of The Boat Show

Boating NZ Hutchwilco boat show 2015.

The Hutchwilco NZ Boat Show Awards are the Fashion Week of the marine industry.

One outboard or two?

Big outboards like this Yamaha 350hp deliver plenty of power for a single-rig installation.

Why are we seeing increasing numbers of twin installations in small boats?

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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