Vi­tal signs

Boating NZ - - Contents - Lawrence Schäf­fler Editor

I’ve just given the en­tire mag­a­zine a fi­nal once-over be­fore releasing it to the printer, check­ing for ty­pos, gram­mat­i­cal grem­lins and em­bar­rass­ing gaffes. We never seem to be able to elim­i­nate them en­tirely – no mat­ter how many times we proof the pages. But the ex­er­cise did – for me any­way – of­fer an in­ter­est­ing snap­shot of the New Zealand marine in­dus­try. Based on the ‘lo­cal’ con­tent re­flected in the ar­ti­cles, I’d say things are in a pretty good space. The vi­tal signs are good.

Let’s see – we have re­views on three lo­cal boats: the Dan Leech L825 power cat, the Dickey Semifly 32 and Dean Salt­house’s Cor­sair Euro 44. Okay, the lat­ter is the first that Dean’s had built in Tai­wan rather than here, but it’s a lo­cal de­sign.

There’s the fas­ci­nat­ing vaku motu built by Lloyd Steven­son Boat­builders – the third – and two more are in pro­duc­tion. For the boat­build­ing team, the ves­sels de­mand a chal­leng­ing blend of modern and tra­di­tional tech­niques/tech­nol­ogy.

Al­lan Tongs has just em­barked on a new pro­duc­tion boat­build­ing ini­tia­tive with a Bill Up­fold de­sign – the Elite AT43. The in­dus­try hasn’t had a fa­cil­ity geared to pro­duc­tion launches for quite a while.

And then we get into the restora­tion skills. As any­one who’s been in­volved with restor­ing clas­sics will tell you, the projects al­ways de­mand in­fi­nite pa­tience, pre­ci­sion and per­spec­tive.

Laugh­ing Lady – once a derelict launch with a bro­ken back – is a glow­ing show­case for those skills. A re­mark­able job by the Whangateau Tra­di­tional Boat Yard. As are Rawhiti and In­nis­mara, two icons of New Zealand’s clas­sic yacht fleet. Both are su­perb ex­am­ples of the in­dus­try’s restora­tion ex­per­tise. Con­sider that In­nis­mara was a fire-dam­aged hulk – mirac­u­lously raised from the dead by Hen­der­son’s Yacht­ing De­vel­op­ments.

And fi­nally – we have lift-off with the Amer­ica’s Cup. Con­sen­sus has been reached and we have a plan for a base in Auck­land’s Viaduct. Let the build­ing be­gin.

Within these pages Chris­tian Stim­son has pro­vided a rel­a­tively user-friendly guide to the new AC75 de­sign rule. I get most of what he is say­ing about the fi­nesse and foibles of foil­ing.

I just hope the damn thing works.

Happy boat­ing.

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