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Boat Review: Sundancer 355

The Sundancer 355 is the latest addition to the extensive Sea Ray Sundancer range and now brings their Sport Cruiser line up to eleven models. While Sea Ray offers close

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The Kiwi Kraft HT 590

We Reviewed the Kiwi-Kraft HT 590 over at Paraparaumu and met with Ian Coutts, Sales Manager for Boat City, the New Zealand distributors for Kiwi-Kraft.

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Boat Review: Pinnacle 720

Tailoring each of his boats for a client’s particular requirements is something that Alistair McEwen specialises in. Every Pinnacle boat is bespoke and with only four available each year, their

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Boat Review: Nuline 48CC

It continues to amaze me just how many new alloy boat brands keep entering the market, with now an estimated 70 plus manufacturers in New Zealand. One of those is

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Boat Review: SACS Strider

If ever a RIB could unequivocally justify being given the luxury label, it has to be SACS. Built in Italy, a country known for creating supremely elegant design icons, the

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Boat Review: Elliott EVO 660

What happens when a globally renowned Kiwi yacht designer tries his hand at powerboat design? Well, as Freddy Foote found out, he achieves something quite extraordinary. Designed by New Zealand

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Agapi 800 Review

Heard of an Agapi 800? Nope? Well, neither had our writer.  Freddy Foote checks out the newest European brand to hit our shores. Agapi is new to New Zealand, distributed

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Nuline 45 DG Review

Nuline is one of the newest names in the alloy boat market and has been developed as a range of affordable, entry level boats with an emphasis on quality. Barry

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Lazercraft Divemaster Review

Once a popular model in the Lazercraft line up, the 580 Divemaster is back. Freddy Foote checks out this functional diving and fishing machine targeted at the Kiwi bloke. When

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Everyman 1080 Review

If your passion is spearfishing, but you love your fishing and also family boating, then having a purpose built boat makes sense. Barry Thompson checks out one man’s answer to

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Commando Scout 3.9 Review

The 3.9 Scout is the first model to be released by the new owners of Commando Boats, and while unashamedly aimed at the niche rowing market, it should prove very

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Yamaha GP1800 Review

It seems as if one day at lunchtime, the design team at Yamaha paused between pizza slices and asked, “what would happen if we put the biggest engine possible into

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Adventure 1450D Review

The Adventure 1430D is a stylish, compact, uncomplicated boat, available exclusively through Papamoa-based Conder Marine. Barry Thompson checks out their latest tiller steer model. Adventure Boats started less than 12

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The Dickey Semifly 45 Review

Something extraordinary has arrived! Barry Thompson says it’s the only honest way to describe Dickey Boats, first Semifly 45, the latest addition to their Launch range. It has become very

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Cobalt R5WSS Surf Review

If there were ever a boat that I would unashamedly describe as perfection, it would be the Cobalt R5WSS Surf. This is a boat that bleeds attention to detail, from

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The Maclay 651 Crossover

We reviewed the Maclay 651 Crossover on the stunning Lake Wakatipu, in Queenstown. This boat combines aspects of a family friendly fishing boat, with the safety of a pontoon boat. See

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Breaking New Ground

Making its debut at the 2016 Miami International Boat Show, the Ocean Alexander 70 Evolution motor yacht brings a new look to the company’s line and is the first Ocean

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Amphibious Fishing Machine

Kiwi boat builder, Sealegs International has released its newest amphibious craft, the 7.7m Sport D-Tube. Designed and built in-house by Sealegs, the new 7.7m Sport D-Tube joins the company’s popular

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Improving With Age

The Cruiser Hardtop 701 Gen2 is the latest addition to the growing line-up in the Cruiser Series for McLay Boats. Barry Thompson went to the picturesque Lake Wakatipu to check

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The Powerplay 56 Powercat

Fiji-bound cat cleverly combines innovative custom interior with powerful proven hull shape. Mike Rose checked out this ocean capable powercat. Townsville-based designer James Dewing has been creating innovative, good-looking, ocean-capable

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Grady-White Journey 258

Stuart Arnold, a man who speaks with a distinctive English accent, has taken an American icon, Kiwi-fied it and created something very special. Or, as the young kid on the

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Riviera 4800 Sport Yacht

The 4800 Sport Yacht is the latest in the ever improving Riviera Sport Yacht Series. Barry Thompson was so impressed with the 5400 Sport Yacht, that he went to the

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Frewza F18 HT

I occasionally come across a brand of alloy boat that I get a particular attraction to for whatever reason. Frewza is certainly one of those. Essential you wouldn’t call it

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SACS Strider 13

Founded in 1990 in Milan, the epicentre of Italian design, SACS focuses on the production of luxury rigid inflatable boats, which are supremely elegant design icons, fashioned by Italian craftsmen.

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49 Alaska Sedan Review

Since Leigh-Smith Yachts sold their first Alaska into Australia in 2003, the Leigh-Smith family have been near wholly responsible for over 90 boats being built in the 40-series alone with

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Raeline 185 Bow Rider

Rae-Line, built in Kaiapoi north of Christchurch is one of the countries quiet achieving brands. With a number of models in production, we sent Freddy Foote to test their 185

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Marco 650 Centre Cab

The Marco 650 Centre Cab is the first walk around aluminium trailer boat I have tested and it is also one of the very few available in New Zealand. Considering

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Everyman 650

Aluminium walkarounds are not common and that surprises me. They are great boats, very practical and perfect for fishing. However, Everyman Boats has taken on the walkaround challenge and what

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FC525 Review

Five years on the market since the release of their first model and over 650 boats later, the FC Boats brand is making its mark on the New Zealand boating

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Frewza F16

Barry Thompson went to Invercargill to check out the Frewza F16 Fisher Sport Jet. I have not done a lot of jet boating and what I have has mostly been

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McLay Cruiser 751

I have owned a McLay Fortress 4.8 now for a few years and I have always been impressed with the company, its boats and moreso owner Steve McLay. Steve is

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Maritimo 61

Meandering up the Gold Coast’ s Broadwater on Maritimo’ s new M61 Cruising Motoryacht, my mind began to wander. With boats coming and going in all directions on this busy

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Azimut 50

The designers of the Azimut 50 were tasked with designing a 50-footvessel reminiscent of the Azimut 80, the model that has proved to be incredibly popular on the international market.

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