Pro­tec­tor’s new high-speed lux­ury ten­der

Boating NZ - - Industry Insight -

SU­PERY­ACHT SKIP­PER Paul Bick­ley is full of praise for the latest Pro­tec­tor RIB from New Zealand man­u­fac­turer Ray­glass Boats.

Bick­ley, skip­per of the Monaco-based 53-me­tre su­pery­acht Lat­i­tude, re­cently took de­liv­ery of Merid­ian, a lux­ury multi-pur­pose cus­tom Pro­tec­tor 38 with a new Hy­dro V hull.

“Merid­ian is ev­ery­thing we thought it would be,” he says. “Good look­ing, mag­nif­i­cently fin­ished, very com­fort­able and most im­por­tantly, soft rid­ing at high speeds, even in rough wa­ters.”

As Lat­i­tude’s ten­der, Merid­ian will be used as a tow boat for wa­ter sports and as a lux­ury limousine, fer­ry­ing the owner and guests to and from the shore.

The new Hy­dro V hull is a sig­nif­i­cant re­fine­ment of the com­pany’s leg­endary hull shape and was de­signed for the new breed of pow­er­ful, fast out­boards. It pro­vides a soft, com­fort­able ride at high speed and in quite rough con­di­tions.

Pow­ered by the first pair of Mer­cury Ver­ado 350hp su­per­charged, four-stroke out­boards to be fit­ted out­side of the United States, Merid­ian has an in­creased fuel ca­pac­ity for long rough­wa­ter pas­sages and will travel be­tween cruis­ing des­ti­na­tions un­der its own power.

Ray­glass Pro­tec­tors are em­ployed around the world as pa­trol and res­cue boats, sup­port ves­sels for yacht rac­ing teams, fast plea­sure cruis­ers, sports fish­ing boats and su­pery­acht ten­ders. Ray­glass Boats Ltd, 09 573 7979 www.ray­

SOUTH­ERN SPARS con­grat­u­lates all teams and sailors in­volved in the 2014-2015 Volvo Ocean Race, the first VOR held un­der a one-de­sign rule. The yachts, masts and sails were placed un­der un­re­lent­ing pres­sure for nine straight months.

South­ern Spars was cho­sen as the sup­plier for VOR mast and rig­ging pack­ages for its rep­u­ta­tion for re­li­a­bil­ity, per­for­mance and on­go­ing sup­port.

Mark Hauser, di­rec­tor at South­ern Spars, says that ex­pe­ri­ence is ex­tremely valu­able: South­ern Spars has supplied masts to 38 Whit­bread/ VOR con­tenders.

“Of the six Volvo Open 70s that com­peted in the last edi­tion of the race, Camper and Tele­fon­ica were the only teams to com­plete the race with­out se­ri­ous rig dam­age,” says Hauser. “Sig­nif­i­cantly, these two were also the only teams to utilise a full rig and rig­ging pack­age from South­ern Spars, and we be­lieve this re­li­a­bil­ity is a key rea­son why we were cho­sen as the Volvo Ocean 65 one-de­sign sup­plier for this and the next race.”

The strict one-de­sign na­ture of the VO65S meant that all masts had to have iden­ti­cal strength, weight and bend char­ac­ter­is­tics. The dis­crep­ancy in bend pro­file is just 1.4mm across the fleet.

South­ern Spars’ Si­mon Barker from the Auck­land loft fol­lowed the boats from port to port as rig and rig­ging ser­vice man­ager. He was sup­ported by other Rig Pro staff where the un-step­ping of the rigs was per­mit­ted.

The en­tire VO65 pack­age, in­clud­ing the masts, boom and Ec­six car­bon rig­ging supplied by South­ern Spars, will be used again in the next VOR. South­ern Spars +64 9 845 7200 www.south­

LUSTY AND BLUN­DELL and Raymarine are back on­board for the fourth sea­son of the pop­u­lar fish­ing show, Big An­gry Fish, which be­gan at 5pm on Sun­day, July 26 on TV3.

The show fea­tures 13, one-hour episodes and fol­lows stars Mi­lan Radonich and Nathan O’hearn on a hunt for tro­phy fish in the har­bours, rivers and coastal wa­ters of New Zealand and Aus­tralia.

Help­ing them on their quest is an Ex­treme 750 Game King equipped with the latest Raymarine elec­tron­ics, in­clud­ing an E127 Mul­ti­func­tion Dis­play (MFD), Raymarine bird radar, a Dual CHIRP dig­i­tal sonar with high def­i­ni­tion CHIRP trans­ducer and a Ray 49E VHF ra­dio.

Lusty and Blun­dell prod­ucts in­clude the Rule live­bait tank sys­tem and tuna tubes, Ul­traflex hy­draulic steer­ing sys­tem, Sea Vi­sion un­der­wa­ter lights, Blue Sea switches and switch pan­els and Hella nav­i­ga­tion and cabin lights.

A full sched­ule of top­ics for the new 13-week sea­son can be found at bi­gan­gry­ Big An­gry Fish, Sea­son 4, 5pm from July 26 on TV3, bi­gan­gry­

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