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Ahoy There Captain!

Boating is a hugely relaxing pastime and as such we shouldn’t allow many things out there on the water to annoy us. I don’t easily get annoyed and even smile

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Cruising the Greek Aegean Sea

In southern Greece with Envoy moored stern-to a causeway linking Monemvasia Island to the mainland village of Yefira, we enjoy exploring the village and its small taverna-lined fishing boat harbour

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AIS Collision Avoidance Technology

An AIS transponder helps you to see and be seen in all weather conditions, automatically identifying vessels in your area. But what is AIS and why should you consider installing

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Wild Waters

Deranged dogtooth tuna and monstrous Maori wrasse are just some of the prey that lurk in the uncharted waters of remote eastern PNG. By Al McGlashan I couldn’t believe it – I

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Lighting Down Under

Barry Thompson looks at underwater lights and what’s available for today’s trailer boat, flybridge cruiser or superyacht owner. Since Underwater Lights introduced one of the first recognised underwater lights for

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The Mackay Dynasty

When offshore powerboat racing started in 1964, there were no dedicated race boats. The first Auckland powerboat races were held in April 1964 with two events, that attracted close to

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Cruise of the Envoy

We’re in Corfu’s Gouvia Marina with our friend Chris aboard berthed next to a sturdy 18 m British wooden ketch called Acco, built in 1938. Boats like these are always

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LED lighting Tips

Everyone knows the benefits of LED lighting compared to traditional incandescent bulb based lighting. It is well published that LED Luminaires are some 90% more efficient and offer up to

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Trim Tabs

Gone are the days of playing around with your trim buttons to get the boat’s attitude right. You can now leave it all to highly advanced electronic systems that do

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Gamefishing Part 3

When it finally happened, catching our first striped marlin seemed almost easy. The planning, set up, thinking and money spent paid off. On Friday April 1 we set out from

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Understanding Propellers

Of all the items on an outboard motor, seemingly the most unpretentious and uncomplicated, is the propeller. Yet amazingly, despite the fact they are such an integral part of an

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Exploring the City Fringe

The Mahurangi Harbour and outlying islands to the east and northeast offer a diverse range of river, harbour, coastal and island experiences that cater to all sizes of trailer craft,

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Fossil-Free Boating

Power Equipment conducted a press event recently to launch its new range of German-made Torqeedo electric outboard motors. Founded in 2005, according to Power Equipment, Torqeedo has quickly built a

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Propeller Shoot Out

We took eleven different Mercury Marine propellers and tried them all on our McLay 4.8 Fortress powered by a Mercury 75 4S, to see what difference to performance and fuel

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Fishing Mayor Island

Mat Hewetson had fished in the BOP many times over the past decade, usually at White Island but hadn’t fished off Mayor Island. When he recently moved to live in

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Sportcraft Marine

Sportcraft Marine has built an enviable reputation for producing customer-focused, practical boats for family and fishing at incredibly affordable prices. PPB met company director Jamie Black in their Mt Maunganui

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Modern Anchors

Modern designs and state-of-the-art engineering have made anchors not only better, but lighter, too! In a lot of cases the best holding anchors are actually the lightest! Anchor design has

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Looking Back 20 Years

It’s our birthday 20 Years of 100% Powerboat Dedication Pacific PowerBoat (2011-now) In Part three of our pictorial essay on some of the cool boats we have done over the

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Choosing Pontoon Boats

Mention a pontoon boat to a Kiwi or Aussie and they will immediately think about a monohull with tubes. However not so in the US, where a pontoon boat is

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Painting an RIB

Recently we took delivery of a 5-year-old Rayglass Projet and while the bright yellow Hypalon tubes were still in great condition and lacking none of their sheen, it wasn’t the

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When Redhead Ruled the Waves

THERE WAS A RECORD-BREAKING REDHEAD IN SIR LEONARD SOUTHWARD’S LIFE BEFORE HE PURCHASED LIZZIE T FORD, THE 1915 MODEL T THAT STARTED HIS EXPENSIVE HOBBY OF COLLECTING VINTAGE CARS. The

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Charging With Solar Panels

Using Solar is green. It is renewable, available anywhere, durable, eco-friendly, cost effective, easy to install, utilises lower voltage and saves energy. It is becoming more and more popular on

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Lock it or Lose It

EVERY YEAR, MORE BOATS, BOAT TRAILERS, PERSONAL BOATING ITEMS, ELECTRONIC AND BOATING SAFETY EQUIPMENT ARE STOLEN. FREDDY FOOTE INVESTIGATES THE LOW DOWN ON VESSEL SECURITY AND EVERYTHING YOU CAN DO

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Crossing a Bar

Most bar crossing advice pontificates on the right and wrong ways of crossing a bar, what to look for, what to do and where to go. But as I discovered

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Going Deep for Hapuka

Most anglers know that if you want to catch hapuka then you need to go wide and fish in deep water. But there are also several other things that will

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Tasmanian Jetboat Expedition

Fresh from conquering Cape York this group of adventurers now head south to Tasmania in the very capable Hamilton Jet boats. The Island state of Tasmania lies some 240km off

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Decked Out

If you like the classic look of teak on your decks and floor, but don’t want to go to the expense of real teak, then maybe you should take a

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Jigging for Kingfish

Shane Kelly looks at his earliest introduction to jigging for kingfish, looks back at it’s history and explains how to do it and the gear you need. It seems the

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The Truth about Sinkers

The Truth About Sinkers Paul Walker looks at the wide world of sinkers and how we have come from using rocks and old bolts to some very sophisticated ‘lumps’ of

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Company Profile: Senator Boats

Established by Wayne McKinley, Senator Boats has cemented itself as one of the prominent aluminum boat manufacturers in New Zealand. Based in Napier, Senator prides itself on providing boats with

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Your First Fishing Kit

Paul Walker makes some suggestions about what you need to set up your first fishing kit. Getting your first boat is always hugely exciting, and like most kiwis you’re going

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