Floating ambulance critical to 'golden hour'

The rescue boat is wide enough to cater for stretchers during a medical evacuation.

It can reach emergency call outs to remote parts of the outer Sounds in less than an hour.

A boatie's worst nightmare

A truck started sinking after a trailer mishap at the Waikawa Bay boat ramp on Sunday.

He was backing his boat into the water when his truck slipped out of gear.

New muscle boat

A Marlborough man is revamping a military landing craft to use for mussel farming.

A mussel farmer is renovating a military landing craft after an ocean adventure

Drowned crayfisher named

Gary Beswick, who died while checking his craypots off Waipatiki Beach on Saturday.

Gary Beswick will be remembered as a man who lived to be on the water.

Salvage begins on Kestrel video

Divers work to salvage the Kestrel which sank while berthed at Auckland's Wynyard Wharf.

Salvage work has started on the historic Auckland ferry Kestrel, which sank on Monday night.

Kohimarama sailor races the Atlantic

McKenzie will be working his way to a gold at the 2020 Tokyo Olympics.

Andrew McKenzie is proving to be one of New Zealand's most talented, up-and-coming sailors.

Nav Beacons made in NZ

Vega lights fitted to the Panama Canal's Gaillard Cut have increased the waterway's carrying capacity.

The safety of boats and ships around the world’s coastlines is aided by navigation lights winking their warning to sailors. Many of these beacons are manufactured in New Zealand.

Cut the crap: stop seabirds fouling your boat

Gulls are persistent and unafraid.

It takes a devious, cunning mind to win the battle against our avian friends, where a lack of respect and irresponsibility reign supreme.

Are safety harnesses a good idea?

Emergency items should be mounted near the helm for quick, easy access.

Of the at-sea emergencies most feared by cruising couples, man overboard is probably top of the list. Does tethering offer any security?

Boat review: Extreme 950 Game King

The big Extreme is a good looker from any angle.

Midnight Express is the most recent addition to the Wave Dancer fleet of charter vessels operating in and around the Hauraki Gulf.

Refurbishing a Flybridge

Fitting a door to the flybridge keeps the interior warm and cosy.

The owners of a Beneteau ST 42 loved their vessel but yearned for a cosier flybridge. A few glasses of wine spawned a solution.

The high-pressure lifestyle of snapping shrimps

The New Zealand snapping shrimp grows to about 3cm long and lives among rocks and reef.

Another instalment from the Boating New Zealand believe-it-or-not dossier...

Fishing for votes

Better fishing for families or cosying up to voters?

Is National aiming for a healthy and sustainable inshore fishery with its proposal for two recreational fishing parks, or just fishing for votes in an election year?

Man rescued from burning boat

Coastguard Whangaroa were called out to this burning vessel about a mile offshore from Waimahani Bay.

A man whose boat caught fire was rescued by a member of the public after being forced to dive into the water.

Line 7 relaunches marine clothing

Sportswear and leisure clothing company Line 7 used the America's Cup in Valencia to woo international customers.

Sailors rejoice. Line 7's marine clothing is to be relaunched.

Capital boaties well behaved

Senior Sergeant Dave Houston is the officer in charge of the Police's Wellington maritime unit. Behind him is the unit's ...

Boaties taking to Wellington Harbour over summer have been pretty well behaved, according to the head of Wellington's police maritime unit.

Tips for tempting the fish

They might not be biting, but it's a blissful way to pass a few hours.

Summer fishing is what most of us dream about through the rest of the year: warm, balmy days, calm seas and fish on the bite.

Born again mullet boats

In Auckland today there is an active fleet of restored and re-rigged mullet boats that races regularly.

With their massive spread of sail mullet boats are one of the most recognisable yachts on Auckland Harbour. They also carry a rich tradition.

Performance Sailing Cat

The Outremer 49 was voted the European Multihull of the Year in 2010.

Cruising cats are typically spacious and supremely comfortable but rarely renowned for sailing performance – particularly upwind. The Outremer 49 (LOA 15.27m) is an exception.

Irish Coastguard drops in on Kiwi yachties

Paul and Jane Teen are circumnavigating the globe in their 29-foot Ganley Pacemaker Nora-J.

Every circumnavigating sailor experiences unusual events during the voyage, but things tend to the bizarre in the land of the Leprechauns.

Scott Robson powercat reviewed

Zircon's interior design is Marie's fine work.

When talking powerboat hulls, there is displacement, planing and semi-displacement – and now, displaning. Zircon, the new Scott Robson-designed R566 powercat, is a classic example.

Passage to the Tropics

There's nothing quite as satisfying as the completion of a successful offshore voyage.

It’s very satisfying to get to the end of an ocean passage – particularly if you’ve enjoyed it. But voyages aren’t always easy, though good passage planning will improve the odds dramatically.

Stabicraft's new 2750 CC MWS

Got 'em On is the new boat for Matt Watson's ITM Fishing Show.

After spending a day with ITM Fishing Show presenter Matt Watson on his new Stabicraft 2750 MWS Centre Cab, Fishing News Editor Grant Dixon asks the question: “Is this the best-appointed trailer boat sport-fisher yet?”

The Canal That Could

The canal is too narrow/shallow for large commercial freighters, and today is used mainly by cruising yachts.

The Suez and Panama canals are celebrated as two of history’s most inspirational feats of engineering. But you could argue that for sheer tenacity they’re easily outclassed by their lesser-known cousin – Greece’s Corinth Canal. Lawrence Schäffler reports.

Sailing and Oceanographic Research

The ship is equipped with a sophisticated laboratory.

A visiting American square-rigger travelling in our waters over the next few months could be described as a university at sea. Among her crew are 25 researchers exploring the Pacific in a most unusual way.

River travel in Cambodia

All aboard the 'fast boat' to Battambang.

Eschewing conventional modes of transport in Cambodia, Trisha Fisk deck-surfed on the 'fast boat' to Battambang and got more than she bargained for.

Catching the breeze

Boats took to the waters off New Plymouth for the Hartley 16 national regatta on Thursday.

What better way to spend a summer day than out on the water filling the sails with the breeze.

Speeding boats a concern

The Marlborough Deputy Harbourmaster has been impressed with the number of boaties wearing lifejackets over the holiday ...

The biggest concern for patrols is speeding, with boats travelling too fast, too close to the shore.

The romance of retro boats

SS Flirt - Smoke Boat (Steam Launch). The original Flirt was commissioned in 1894 for a customer in British Columbia, ...

A new book celebrates the glorious old boats that still ply the coastlines and lakes of New Zealand.

Wild surf boat spectacular video

Open Men's team Piha Pistols tackle the waves at the Whangamata Surf Boat Spectacular.

'This is the exact thing that keeps me coming to do this sport. It's just ridiculous adrenalin.'

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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