Filled with prom­ise

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Judg­ing by the level of ac­tiv­ity on the hard­stand area out­side Boat­ing’s Westhaven of­fice win­dow, sum­mer is just around the cor­ner. Sim­i­lar scenes must be tak­ing place up and down the coun­try as keen boaters pre­pare their ves­sels for the sum­mer sea­son.

About now is when we re­ally start notic­ing the days warm­ing up. Day­light sav­ing kicks in, the cover comes off the BBQ and ac­tiv­i­ties in­volv­ing wa­ter be­come a lot more at­trac­tive.

I al­ways think Oc­to­ber is filled with prom­ise, not least be­cause of my well doc­u­mented ad­dic­tion to recre­ational fish­ing! If you like to catch snap­per, Oc­to­ber is a very sig­nif­i­cant month.

Dur­ing Oc­to­ber adult snap­per of all sizes start to gather in large and small groups as they pre­pare to spawn. Find these ag­gre­ga­tions and the fish­ing can be spec­tac­u­lar!

But don’t be greedy. It’s easy to get caught up in the ex­cite­ment of red-hot fish­ing, but like the open road speed limit, the recre­ational catch limit is not a tar­get. So for the the fu­ture of the fish­ery, limit your catch, don’t catch your limit.

On the boat­ing front, the Auck­land On Wa­ter Boat Show sets the scene for sum­mer. For many boaters, the spring show helps turn their at­ten­tion to­wards on-wa­ter ac­tiv­i­ties that will fea­ture in the months to come. This mag­a­zine goes on sale the day the show opens, so if you are read­ing this note, it’s prob­a­bly not too late to get along. See page 24 for de­tails.

This year, the Auck­land On Wa­ter Boat Show cel­e­brates its 20th an­niver­sary. It has shifted around Viaduct Har­bour to ac­com­mo­date chang­ing cir­cum­stances and steady growth, but for the last sev­eral years ex­hibits have cen­tred on the Viaduct Events Cen­tre.

That will change in 2019, when Emirates Team New Zealand claims the Events Cen­tre as its base. For­tu­nately, an al­ter­na­tive Viaduct Har­bour venue has been found for next year. Iron­i­cally, it’s much the same space as was oc­cu­pied by the early shows, which in­cludes Te Wero Is­land. Watch this space for more de­tails.

Boat­ing NZ mag­a­zine has sup­ported the Auck­land On Wa­ter Boat Show event since its in­cep­tion, in­clud­ing as a spon­sor.

In­deed, back in 1998, Boat­ing NZ’S Tim Porter was in­stru­men­tal in get­ting the show off the ground. Along with Boat Mags’ Barry Thomp­son, Tim ap­proached the Boat­ing In­dus­try As­so­ci­a­tion (now the Marine In­dus­try As­so­ci­a­tion) with the idea of or­gan­is­ing a show with boats on the wa­ter. BIA Ex­ec­u­tive Di­rec­tor Peter Bus­field liked the the idea and the rest is his­tory.

Happy boat­ing.

John Eichelsheim

Guest Ed­i­tor

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