Just roll it in, unfold it and head for the high seas

FOLDING BOAT: The 5.5 metre folding trimaran Sea Attac is making its first public appearance after two years of development.
FOLDING BOAT: The 5.5 metre folding trimaran Sea Attac is making its first public appearance after two years of development.

A Kiwi designed folding powerboat with a North Shore link will be making waves at this year’s Hutchwilco New Zealand Boat Show.

Named Sea Attac, the collapsible trimaran was designed by Alan Wright and built by Devonport’s Kevin Johnson Boat Builders.

The 5.5 metre boat was unveiled recently and is making its first public appearance at the boat show which runs from Thursday to Sunday at the ASB Showgrounds in Greenlane.

At 3.1 metres wide, Sea Attac has folding side hulls, so it can travel on a regular trailer and be stored in a confined area.

It has three wheels, allowing the boat to be launched and retrieved without the aid of a trailer.

It can be boarded on land, launched in its folded-up state and expanded once in the water. Mr Johnson says the boat has been in development for two years and has been tested to make sure it is safe and stable.

"Sea Attac is one of its kind in New Zealand and we are proud of what we’ve developed. Hopefully it will be a great success," Mr Johnson says.

The boat can provide comfortable seating for four to five people and can carry up to nine, he says.

The company on Wynyard St has been in the boat-building business for more than 35 years.

North Shore Times