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The Refurbish of Eureka

When an experienced boat owner brought his 2009 year, Maritimo 60 (#39) to Motor Yacht Services for some work, he had more than a simple refurbish in mind. While he

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Marine Radars Explained

Marine radars are the best collision avoidance system ever developed for the recreational boater, but do you know the difference between pulse and solid state or RF output and target

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Envoy Completes 2016 Med Cruise

We’re reaching the end of our seventh Med summer cruising season – a collection of magical cruising experiences and adventures taking us 15,000 miles through Italy, Sicily, Greece, over sixty

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Buying a VHF Unit

Nick Cohen takes a look at buying a VHF, aerials and provides a comprehensive list of VHF units available in New Zealand and Australia. There are a couple of basic

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Hooked Up Down South

In the land where everything is bigger and better, the fishing is hotter, faster and vastly popular, even in unlikely locations. There’s no doubt that in the USA, they’re mad-keen

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The Guide to Towing Big Rigs

Shane Kite looks at some of the things you should know if you are towing a seriously large boat/motor/trailer package. The issue of the dangers of driving large boats around

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Knowing Your Anchor

Have you ever really considered the anchor that holds you fast when moored in a bay or over your favourite fishing spot? We look at the different types of anchors

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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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