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Barry 2018-12-07

CSB HUNTSMAN LAUNCH NEW CENTURION

CSB Huntsman launched their all new 6.4m Centurion this week and are busy getting boats built for pre Xmas orders.

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Barry 2018-12-07

PINNACLE 830

The Pinnacle 830 is the latest launching by Pinnacle Boats in Whitianga and continues their premise for of high quality custom designs.

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Barry 2018-12-07

OLD4NEW IS BACK TO SAVE LIVES THIS SUMMER

Kiwi boaties across the country will have the opportunity to check and upgrade their lifejackets thanks to Coastguard’s Old4New Lifejacket Upgrade campaign back again this summer.

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Barry 2018-12-07

Most valuable ever Surtees/Yamaha Grand Prize

Organisers of the Hutchwilco New Zealand Boat Show are excited to announce that the show’s 2019 Surtees/Yamaha Grand Prize will be, with a retail price over $220,000, the most valuable must-be-won prize ever offered at a boat show.

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Barry 2018-11-30

Horizon PC65

Horizon Yachts, has introduce the new Horizon PC65 (19.85m) power catamaran, which combines the design and quality of a motor yacht with the stability, efficiency, performance, and space of a catamaran.

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Barry 2018-11-30

GIBBS AMPHIBIANS TO ASSEMBLE HUMDINGA IN QATAR

Gibbs Amphibians (Gibbs) is establishing a strategic partnership with the Madaeen Al Doha Group to supply and assemble the Gibbs Humdinga.

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Barry 2018-11-30

DOCKMATE delivers wireless control of engines, thrusters & more!

Dockmate is an affordable new wireless control system that enables skippers to remotely control their engines and other controls without losing any feeling or response time.

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Barry 2018-11-30

YANMAR Launches 4LV Sterndrive

YANMAR has launched a full line-up of 4LV sterndrive marine diesel engine models to complete its highly-acclaimed 4LV series of ultra-refined common rail (CR) engines.

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Barry 2018-11-23

New Addition to Seafarer RIB Range

Seafarer Boats have added another new model to their growing fleet in the form of a 3.4m RIB.

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Barry 2018-11-23

Whitehaven Harbour Classic 40

The much-anticipated Whitehaven Harbour Classic 40s are making substantial progress, with the first hulls due to Australia before the end of summer.

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Barry 2018-11-23

Mercury 900hp gets Water Ski Team to Guinness World Record

With triple 300hp Mercury Racing outboards on the transom, the Rock Aqua Jays water ski team has established a Guinness World Record for the largest human pyramid on water skis.

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Barry 2018-11-23

New Furuno Showroom Opens in Westhaven

ENL Group has strengthened its presence in the Auckland region by opening a new Furuno focused showroom in Westhaven

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Barry 2018-11-16

New, faster, build schedule for Rayglass 3500

Those wanting to own a new Rayglass 3500 will now be able to get into their new cruiser much sooner thanks to the addition of a new manufacturing facility and increased production

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Barry 2018-11-16

Nz marine apprenticeship scheme named best in the world

At an awards evening held on Tuesday 13 November in Amsterdam, the NZ Marine and Composites Industry Training Organisation was named the best apprenticeship training programme in the world.

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Barry 2018-11-16

Auckland faces serious marina berth shortage

Auckland, is facing a serious shortage of marina berths and boat owners are really struggling to find berths with the next America’s Cup scheduled to be held in the city in 2021.

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Barry 2018-11-16

Davco expands popular Slimline range

Australian marine crane and davit specialist, Davco, has expanded their popular range of Slimline foredeck cranes to include a compact 350kg model.

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Barry 2018-11-09

Garmin and Yacht Controller Announce Integration

Yacht Controller has announced the integration of the Yacht Controller information and control panel on compatible Garmin multifunction displays (MFDs) with OneHelm functionality.

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Barry 2018-11-09

Southern XP816 & Yamaha 425 XTO

Southern Alloy Boats have been building the XP816 for a few years now and until the 425 XTO came along, the biggest power has been a single Yamaha 350hp outboard.

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Barry 2018-10-25

Maritimo City at Motor Yacht Service Centre

Clearwater Cove, Hobsonville based Motor Yacht Service Centre has become the go to place in New Zealand if you have a Maritimo. Last month the company were working on a record 12 Maritimos, from a 500 through to the very latest X60.

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Barry 2018-10-25

PALM BEACH ANNOUNCE NEW GT50

Palm Beach recently debuted the GT50 a visually elegant cruiser capable of 40-plus knots, with an economic cruise speed in the mid-30 knot range. Two versions have been announced, an Express and an Open . The focus is on lightweight, strong construction.

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Barry 2018-10-25

Raymarine’s new ClearCruise AR

Raymarine’s breakthrough new ClearCruise AR (Augmented Reality) enables skippers to make smarter, safer decisions by overlaying vital navigational and AIS information directly onto the high-definition (HD) video feed on their Axiom multi function displays (MFDs).

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Barry 2018-10-25

New Belize 66 on way to World Premiere

Riviera has announced that the new Belize 66 is now being prepared for her World Premiere at the Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show in Florida commencing on October 31.

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Barry 2018-10-18

Kiwis Strong Presence At Mets

METSTRADE the world’s largest B2B trade exhibition for leisure marine equipment will take place in RAI Amsterdam on 13-15 November and no fewer than 15 New Zealand companies will be exhibiting.

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Barry 2018-10-18

Coastguard swamped with demand

From 15 – 28 October, Coastguard are appealing to the New Zealand public for donations to help them continue their life-saving efforts in providing professional marine and rescue services 24 hours a day, seven days a week, 365 days of the year.

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Barry 2018-10-18

New Zealand’s first Out-of-Water Boat Show to be launched

Following the overwhelming success of Multihull Solution’s Out-of-Water Boat Show on the Gold Coast, the company is set to replicate the facility at its New Zealand Sales Centre in late 2018.

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Barry 2018-10-18

Ocean Alexander 90R World Debut

Alexander Marine Australia, the importer of Ocean Alexander yachts in Australia and New Zealand, will release their new motor yacht model, the 90R, at the upcoming Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show 31 October – 4 November, 2018.

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Barry 2018-10-11

Naiad 10m - Yamaha XTO 425hp

Naiad's West Australian builder Kirby Marine launched the first boat in Australia to be fitted with the new Yamaha XTO 425hp outboards. In fact a pair of them!

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Barry 2018-10-11

Mazu Integrated with Raymarine Axiom

Mazu, has announced its integration with the latest Raymarine Axiom series multifunction displays. This powerful partnership allows boaters access to mazu directly through LightHouse Apps.

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Barry 2018-10-11

Record Auckland Boat Show Sales For Maritimo

Australia's luxury motor yacht manufacturer, Maritimo, continues to ride a wave of success with a successful Auckland On Water Boat Show.

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Barry 2018-10-11

Valder Leasing Skater To Run As Pro Floors Racing In Key West

The 2018 US offshore powerboat racing season storyline continues to delivers plenty of twists and turns.

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Barry 2018-10-04

The First Foiling RIB

The flying RIB, an innovation by French company SEAir brings foil technology into the inflatable boat market.

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Barry 2018-10-04

Volvo Penta control system for wakesurfing and water sports

Volvo Penta has unveiled a new water sport control system designed to create a unique user experience for wakesurfing, wakeboarding and waterskiing enthusiasts.

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Barry 2018-10-04

Fusion Apollo RA770 wins NMMA innovation award at IBEX

Fusion, a worldwide leader in marine audio entertainment, has been awarded the NMMA Innovation Award in the Entertainment category for the Apollo RA770 marine entertainment system

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Barry 2018-10-04

Sealegs Release Electric E4

Sealegs, a world leader in amphibious vehicles has released their all-new Sealegs Electric E4.

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Barry 2018-09-27

Oceanmax Unveils New Product for Underwater Lights

Marine coatings company Oceanmax launched its new product, Lightspeed, at the Auckland on Water Boat Show.

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Barry 2018-09-27

Trio of New Kiwi Sport Cruiser designs

New Zealand designers, Scott Robson, Bill Upfold and Dean Salthouse have all recently launched new sports sedan designs. Read More.

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Barry 2018-09-27

New Integrity SX range focuses on family appeal

Integrity Motor Yachts has announced a new line to be added to its established range of intrepid trawler-style motor yachts.

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Barry 2018-09-27

Suzuki Releases New DF175A and DF150A

Suzuki Motor Corporation has unveiled all-new large outboard motors DF175A and DF150A outboards for 2019.

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Barry 2018-09-20

Busy Times at Smuggler Marine

Smuggler Marine has recently delivered an impressive 9m RIB powered by a pair of Evinrude ETEC 250s.

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Barry 2018-09-20

Kawasaki & Sea Doo Release Their Ultimate Fishing Skis

With the popularity of PWC fishing, two of the world leaders in PWCs, Kawasaki and Sea Doo have simultaneously released dedicated fishing models.

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Barry 2018-09-20

World's Biggest Outboards At Auckland Boat Show

Power & Marine Ltd recently unveiled the largest and most powerful outboard on the planet at the recent Hutchwilco Boat Show. Well, now you can get to see them on the water.

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Barry 2018-09-20

Honda Marine at OTWBS

Due to the overwhelming success of the Honda Marine Free Rigging Kit promotion run during last years On the Water Boat Show, Honda Marine will again be offering FREE Rigging Kits on all BF80 - BF250 outboards sold during the show and the following weeks.

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Barry 2018-09-13

New Models available from Catamaran International

Auckland based Catamaran International is well underway with a new 19.95m long range cruiser.

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Barry 2018-09-13

First AT43 Getting Closer

Alan Tongs Boatbuilders recently popped the first AT43 hull out of the mould, a new production model designed by Elite Marine.

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Barry 2018-09-13

Take a spin on a Hurricane

Hurricane Boats will be primed and ready to rip during the inaugural Sanctuary Cove Car Festival, Sunday 30 September from 9 am to 3 pm.

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Barry 2018-09-13

Club Marine Perth International Boat Show

The Club Marine Perth International Boat Show enjoyed a highly successful launch in 2017 and is the biggest boating event held in Western Australia. The 2018 show (21st - 24th September) looks like being even bigger.

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Barry 2018-09-13

Seafarer take Hot Air welding to a New level

After having built a custom-made hot air welder, Seafarer Inflatables have developed hot air welding to a whole new level.

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Barry 2018-09-06

Ribco Venom 44

Launched in Australia at the Sydney International Boat Show, the new range of Ribco luxury RIBs were undoubtedly one of the head turners on the marina.

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Barry 2018-09-06

Racing champ rapt by Hurricane

Dick Johnson is a motor racing legend, with an appetite for speed and performance since 1967 when he burst onto the track. Recently he purchased a Hurricane Fundeck 236 deck boat.

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Barry 2018-09-06

Horizon Yachts Adds new FD77

Following the tremendous success of Horizon Yachts' Fast Displacement series the yard and designer Cor D. Rover have once again partnered to collaborate on a new design, the FD77 Skyline.

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Barry 2018-09-06

THE FIRST FOILING RIB

The flying RIB, an innovation by French company SEAir brings foil technology into the inflatable boat market.

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Barry 2018-08-23

Auckland On Water Boat Show Returns Home

After 20 years the Auckland On Water Boat Show is returning to its roots, with the 2019 show to be held at the Viaduct Basin and Te Wero Island.

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Barry 2018-08-23

Yamaha Announces 2019 Waverunner Range

Yamaha Motor New Zealand has announced the release of their 2019 WaveRunner line-up, which sees exciting new model additions, existing model upgrades, and new colour and styling options.

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Barry 2018-08-23

Akzonobel International Repaint Bluebird

The restoration of British speedboat racer Donald Campbell's Bluebird, a record-breaking hydroplane, has been ongoing since the wreckage of the vessel was recovered in 2001 - however it was only when the iconic blue paint was applied that the famous Bluebird really came back to life.

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Barry 2018-08-16

NEW HAINES HUNTER DEALER

Located in Seaview, Lower Hutt, Red Hot Marine has been appointment as a Haines Hunter dealer.

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Barry 2018-08-16

BIGGEST SEALEGS EVER

Building the world’s biggest Eco Tourism Sealegs was didn’t happen overnight, in fact the process started 10 years ago. Rob Kirby, Managing Director of Kirby Marine explains how it all happened.

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Barry 2018-08-16

Multihull Solutions celebrates SIBS sales records

Multihull Solutions has celebrated its tenth anniversary by achieving record sales at the 2018 Sydney International Boat Show.

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Barry 2018-08-16

Fairline Yachts unveils F-Line 33

British luxury boat builder, Fairline Yachts, has released new images of its brand new 33ft express cruiser, the F-Line 33.

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Barry 2018-08-09

HORIZON EMBRACES NEW ERA

John Lu, President of Horizon and Horizon Group CEO, has announced that his company Horizon Group has taken over Horizon Motor Yachts restructured them in line with the business globally.

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Barry 2018-08-09

DNA RELEASE NEW 7.3 HARDTOP

Designed as an offshore fishing platform with weekending capabilities, the new DNA 7.3 hardtop retains all the best attributes of similar models in the range.

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Barry 2018-08-09

2018 SIBS CLOSES ON HIGH NOTE

The Sydney International Boat Show for 2018 has closed, with industry participants feeling positive and buoyant about the event, following some apprehension in 2017 when entering a new facility.

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Barry 2018-08-09

AKZONOBEL INTERNATIONAL REPAINT BLUEBIRD

The restoration of British speedboat racer Donald Campbell's Bluebird, a record-breaking hydroplane, has been ongoing since the wreckage of the vessel was recovered in 2001 - however it was only when the iconic blue paint was applied that the famous Bluebird really came back to life.

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Barry 2018-08-09

Beneteau Antares 9

The Antares outboard series exemplifies all of Bénéteau's forty years' accumulated experience, with the Antares 9m being one of their most excellent examples.

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Barry 2018-08-02

NYALIC COATS NEW POLICE VESSEL

Dunedin based Nyalic NZ recently coated their clear coat protection both inside and out of the latest 16m high speed Police catamaran, Stewart Kerlin. Built by Norman R. Wright & Sons in Brisbane, she is powered by triple Hamilton Jets through MTU engines.

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Barry 2018-08-02

Lowrance Announces Price Drops On Elite-ti

Lowrance has just announced a price drop across its Elite Ti range of multifunction displays. The new recommended retail prices incorporate savings of 20% off the previous RRPs, with dollar savings up to $760 NZD.

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Barry 2018-08-02

Plenty to see at SIBS

The 51st edition of the Sydney International Boat Show (SIBS), looks to exceed last year’s record of 63,000 visitors after a great start yesterday. With over 200 exhibitors showing in excess of 800 boats, it is Australasia’s biggest boat show.

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Barry 2018-08-02

Busy Times at Smuggler Marine

Smuggler Marine have recently delivered a Strata 550 RIB to the Royal New Zealand Yacht Squadron, to be used in their sailing programme as a support tender, plus are nearing the end of a build of two Strata 650 tenders

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Barry 2018-07-27

AMW wins Raymarine Dealer of the Year

Australian Marine Wholesale was announced Raymarine’s National Sales and Service Dealer of the Year for 2017 at the recent Raymarine Dealer Training event held in Sydney last month.

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Barry 2018-07-27

DAVID LOCKWOOD MARINA AT SIBS

Organiser of the Sydney International Boat Show, the Boating Industry Association Ltd (BIA), has announced the naming of the marina at this year’s Sydney International Boat Show as the “David Lockwood Marina” in memory of the journalist whose work contributed significantly to recreational boating in Australia.

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Barry 2018-07-27

Boat of the Week Whitehaven 6000 Flybridge Defining custom design

Spacious, gracious and entirely unique, the latest addition to the Whitehaven fleet, the Whitehaven 6000 Flybridge “La Robelle” will be on show at the 2018 Sydney International Boat Show, 2 to 6 August.

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Barry 2018-07-19

Suzuki New Zealand To Take Over Suzuki Marine Distribution

From September 1, Suzuki New Zealand Limited will once again be the distributors of Suzuki marine engines.

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Barry 2018-07-19

High-powered OXE Diesel now available

Power Equipment is now able to offer commercial and recreational users in Australia and New Zealand the OXE 150hp & 200hp diesel outboards, with the first engines arriving in the country later this year.

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Barry 2018-07-19

New showroom for Ultra Marine

Ultra Marine Products has opened a brand-new showroom at The Boat Works, Coomera and with it has introduced some new products to their extensive range.

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Barry 2018-07-19

Hurricane Fun Deck 196

Looking for a party boat that’s also versatile enough to tow watertoys and fish from, then you need to check out the Hurricane Fun Deck 196, the newest deck boat brand to come down under. Barry Thompson went to the Gold Coast to check out the first arrival.

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Barry 2018-07-12

Twin Disc is 100 years strong

Along with radar, bombsight gyroscopes and Nylon, one piece of crucial technology gave the Allies the edge in WWII and has been credited as the advance that secured victory: the Higgins boat, with Twin Disc marine transmissions.

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Barry 2018-07-12

NEW FISHMASTER T-TOPS

BLA has added Fishmaster T-Tops and accessories to their stable of world renowned brands.

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Barry 2018-07-12

CHASING THE WAKE OF SUCCESS

Stressfree Marine have just launched their latest winch incarnation they call the Wakechaser. A remote-controlled winch for on-the-water rope adjustments in seconds, this revolutionary new product is ideal for both professional and recreational wakeboarders, water-skiers and water sport enthusiasts.

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Barry 2018-07-12

Smuggler Strata 820 Hardtop

While the RIB market is saturated with centre consoles, the same cannot be said for cabin boats, or to be more precise hardtop cabin RIBs. There a scant few and from what I have seen, it's the Kiwis that do it best.

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Barry 2018-06-28

NEW ELECTRIC SPEED RECORD

Jaguar Vector Racing have broken the outright world and national electric speed records in a battery-powered boat. The unique Jaguar Vector V20E recorded an average speed of 88.61mph across the two legs of the famous 1km course on Coniston Water, England.

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Barry 2018-06-28

MAVERICK MARINE SIGN JOINT VENTURE

Kiwi Power cat specialist Maverick Marine has joined forces with fellow Wellington-based company Fraser Fire & Rescue to manufacture its growing range of aluminium catamarans.

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Barry 2018-06-28

SIBS RETURNS TO ICC SYDNEY

The Sydney International Boat Show returns to the International Convention Centre (ICC) Sydney and Cockle Bay from the 2nd until the 6th of August 2018. The show, being the largest recreational boat show in the southern hemisphere, fills the entire exhibition space available at the ICC, as well as the show’s purpose-built marina on Cockle Bay.

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Barry 2018-06-28

RIVERGATE AWARDED FOR SUB PROJECT

Recognising the ingenuity and technical prowess of the team at Aus Ships Group and Rivergate Marina & Shipyard, the 2018 Business of the Year (Manufacturer) was presented to Rivergate Director of International Business, Steven Fisher, Rivergate General Manager Andrew Cannon and Aus Ships Group Director, Tommy Ericson at the 2018 Australian Marine Industry Awards, recently at the InterContinental Sanctuary Cove.

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Barry 2018-06-21

NEW RULES MAKE SOME BOAT PAINT ILLEGAL TO IMPORT

Some anti-fouling paints can no longer be imported or manufactured in New Zealand after the Environmental Protection Authority determined they are too toxic to marine life.

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Barry 2018-06-21

NEW SERVICE CENTRE FOR TRISTRAM MARINE

Tristram Marine is expanding with development now well underway for a brand new world-class Service Centre to further build on the company’s exemplary aftersales support & customer experience.

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Barry 2018-06-21

SLIDING ANCHOR FROM SAVWINCH

Savwinch has introduced a new sliding ring anchor. Available in multiple sizes in either stainless steel or galvanised, the new slider anchor range prevents your anchor from getting caught.

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Barry 2018-06-21

VOLVO PENTA REVEALS ADVANCED SELF-DOCKING SOLUTION

The Gothenburg, Sweden, stopover of the Volvo Ocean Race was the scene for the unveiling of Volvo Penta’s new self-docking system. In a live demonstration, a 68 ft yacht fitted with the technology manoeuvered itself into the tightest of spaces between two of the Volvo Ocean Race 65 racing yachts.

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Barry 2018-06-15

20 years on the water!

This year the Auckland On Water Boat Show celebrates its twentieth anniversary. Held at Auckland's Viaduct Harbour Thursday, September 27 until Sunday, September 30, 2018, New Zealand's premier marine showcase promises more of everything this year.

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Barry 2018-06-15

Riviera 395 SUV - Sporty and Adventurous.

Australia's most awarded luxury motor yacht builder, Riviera, has released their first new under-40-foot model in nearly a decade, the sporty and adventurous 395 SUV.

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Barry 2018-06-15

Revolutionary New Greenline

Greenline has launched their first under 10 m day cruiser with the ability to choose from a standard twin outboard and a full electric drive.

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Barry 2018-06-15

Tino 450YC combines alloy & GRP

The 450YC is the first plate aluminium hull and fibreglass topside boat from Tauranga based Tino Marine. This design coupled with their propriety foam fill and puncture proof SBM pontoons make the ultimate combination of durability and performance with no compromise.

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Barry 2018-06-03

Pacific PowerBoat Diesel Speed Record Broken After 21 Years

After a 21 year hiatus, the Pacific PowerBoat Magazine New Zealand Diesel Speed Record has finally been broken. Dave Donaldson driving T2, a Nick de Waal designed power cat raised the record to a staggering 45.6 knots.

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Barry 2018-06-03

Alloy boats galore at Auckland On Water Boat Show

Celebrating its twentieth anniversary, this year's Auckland On Water Boat Show, Septem-ber 27-30 at the Viaduct Harbour and Events Centre, promises more alloy boats than ever before.

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Barry 2018-06-07

MARITIMO SALES ECLIPSE PRE - GFC RECORD LEVELS

Luxury motor yacht manufacturer, Maritimo, has had its most successful boat show in a decade at this weekend's Sanctuary Cove International Boat Show with sales in excess of its all time record of $37 million prior to the GFC.

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Barry 2018-06-03

Kiwi Trailer Boat Breaks with Tradition

Kiwi designers Matt Gibson and Andrew Copson have come up with an exciting new en-trant into the composite trailer boat market, they call the nu.seaera 24HT. While still in the concept stages and awaiting its first owner, the nu.seaera 24HT is aimed at the family boating market.

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