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Destination – Abrolhos Islands

Western Australia’s Houtman Abrolhos Islands are rich in history & wildlife. SHIPWRECK, MUTINY, MURDER AND SURVIVAL add to the mystique of the 122 remote and rugged islands of the Houtman Abrolhos, often referred to informally as

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All about boat insurance

The implications of boat insurance can be vast if we take into account the multitude of stages our boats encounter. From keeping your boat at the dock, lifting your boat

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Diesel Outboards Growing in Power

Ever since Yanmar stopped production of their 35 hp diesel outboard there has been a demand for a replacement. Military operators and super yacht tenders owners want diesel power because of its safety and

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Bluebird k3 Reborn

Sir Malcolm Campbell drove his aero-engined speedboat Bluebird K3 to a literally death-defying 130. 91 mph record on Lake Hallwil in Switzerland. Having in 1935 become the first man to

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Winter Boating in New Zealand

By now a significant percentage of boaters will have laid their boats up for the winter hibernation period, ‘winterising’ their boat, motor and trailer and generally resigning themselves’ to life without

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Kit set Boats

of the boat that can then be unrolled onto flat panels for cutting. b; CNC machines capable of cutting out these parts as accurately as they have been drawn. And c; the

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Snapper Fishing in Kaipara

The kaipara is one of the largest harbours in the world and a perfect place for snapper fishing. But its rugged waters are infamously renowned as a dangerous and intimidating

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Guide to NZ Boat Builders

The deep south of New Zealand has always been a strong boat builders area but none more so than aluminium trailer boats. We took a look at some of the more successful builders from the ‘mainland’ and

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Rarotonga Fishing Experience

Mike Broome left the cold Kiwi winter behind for a classic Rarotonga Fishing Experience and came away totally sold on this small island paradise. Today would ‘freeze the balls off the proverbial brass

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Cabin Boat Buyers Guide

There’s no doubt that one of the most popular sizes and designs sold for production alloy trailer boats is cabin boats around 5.5m. We look at some of the many options available on the market, with an

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Cruise of the Envoy

LAURIE AND DIANE CRANFIELD CRUISE TO LEGENDARY STRAIT OF MESSINA AND SICILY AS WELL AS VISITING THE LEGENDARY CITY OF SYRACUSE, FIRST SETTLED 3,000 YEARS AGO. With our Kiwi friend Chris still

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Retrofitting a Bow Thruster

WHEN THE ‘NEW’ OWNERS OF MY COLONSAY, A 15M, 29 YEAR OLD TIMBER SEMI-DISPLACEMENT CRUISER KEPT EXPERIENCING MANOEUVRING PROBLEMS ENTERING AND EXITING THE TIGHT CONFINES OF THEIR BERTH IN THE GULF HARBOUR WATERWAYS, THEY

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2015 PWC Buyers Guide

Yamaha Waverunner New Products, Innovations & Technology Yamaha has introduced its 2015 line of WaveRunner personal watercraft highlighted by Yamaha’s new RiDE dual throttle handlebar controls for forward and reverse; the first complete rework of

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Facts About Antifouling

First up, we need to decide what type of antifouling you want on your boat. You might simply be re-applying what you have used before so you can skip the next 3 or 4

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Boating Safety Essentials

The number of lives lost through boating accidents is small in relation to the road carnage, but there’s a significant distinction to be made in comparing water to road safety. Almost every New Zealander

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Exploring Our Kiwi Heartland By Boat

New Zealand’s coastline is studded with harbours, rivers and inlets, but it’s surprising how many boaties turn their backs on our hidden corners, like the launch owner I met in Tauranga who, in three

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Quadcopter fishing

Brendon Dixon and brother Marlo take their quadcopter drone above and through schooling fish. These beautiful clips were taken around the Mokohinau Islands, New Zealand. Marlos….Quadcopter fishing from Brendon Dixon on

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Why Do Boats Need Trim Tabs?

There are some very simple ‘things’ that trim tabs assist. For example as your boat slows from maximum speed, it begins to settle at the stern or “squat,” creating an inefficient, untrimmed condition. Or as

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Facts about Foils

It is fair to say that by now, most people out there with any kind of interest in boats at all will have a pretty good understanding of what ‘foils’ are and what

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Jet boating Alaska

Four purpose built strengthened aluminium Hamilton model 141a Mk3 jet boats with 383 cubic inch (6.3 litre) V8 engines and Hamilton model 212 Jet units ventured into the Alaskan wilderness, plying the numerous rocky snow

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40 Interesting Boats

In the last 17 years, while there have been a lot of significant changes in the style of boats we go boating in, conversely in some sectors things have remained much the same. In

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Motor Yacht Service Centre

The company started as Maritimo Service in 2005 and about 18 months ago the company name was changed to Motor Yacht Service Centre. This was done to better reflect the services offered by the

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Truth about Boat Sounders

How deep do you need to see the bottom? You can buy boat sounders today that can probe the depths to thousands of metres, but realistically, how deep do you really need

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PWC and How to Use Them

Personal Watercraft, or PWCs as they are better known, have been with us for many years and while the earlier versions were more for ‘hooning’ about, they have come changed. Today’s PWC

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Testing the Seakeeper Gyro

For no other reason than that a gyro was in the process of being fitted to a 16.8m Maritimo cruiser during a recent visit to the Maritimo manufacturing facility in the Gold Coast Marine

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Making the Right Engine Choice

A “passage maker” power vessel was defined by Robert Beebe (a retired US navy captain) in the 1950’s in his book Voyaging Under Power, as a “motor boat that can make an open ocean

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Medical Safety At Sea

Hopefully, you’ve got a first aid kit aboard your boat. Equally hopefully, you check its contents on a regular basis. The kit may be where you left it, but the contents may

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Serious Anchoring

If I had a dollar for every hour I spent awake nervously monitoring my plough anchor during the night, I’d be a very wealthy man. Unfortunately, this sleep deprived sacrifice is just part and

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