Meet the Companies Attending the Auckland On Water Boat Show
Meet the aluminium boat builder from the South Island, the family RIB business from Matapouri Bay, the yacht brokers from the North Shore and many more employers, employees and contractors who are feeling the positive effects of the approaching America’s Cup.
Walk the marina at the Auckland On Water Boat Show this and you will be hard pressed to find a company which hasn’t been positively affected by the approaching America’s Cup. From aluminium trailer boat manufacturers to boat builders creating high spec spectator chase boats; whether marine companies are directly involved in the Cup or not, many across the country are feeling a firm boost from the approaching Cup. Fi Glass Boats are trailer boats which are manufactured in Christchurch and ostensibly have nothing to do with the America’s Cup - but the company says it saw a marked increase in sales all over the country when New Zealand won the last America’s Cup. Northland-based boatbuilder JP RIBS custom builds high-quality RIBS and has created a high spec, high speed spectator boat for a customer which is on show at the event. The family company says it’s receiving enquiries for at least two of the highly-specialised machines a week destined to become Cup private spectator chase boats.
The show itself has reached record proportions this year, ballooning to 120 vessels on the water, and a sea trial dock that stretches 285 metres. It’s the only boat show in New Zealand that allows visitors to get onboard boats and head out into the Hauraki Gulf to see how they move and perform. This reflects the buoyancy of the New Zealand market, with large Australian brand Maritimo, showing its largest ever display in the country.
Show highlights include:
The largest collection of luxury yachts on show in New Zealand This year’s show represents the largest displays of luxury yachts ever seen on display in New Zealand - a direct reflection of what New Zealand buyers want. There’s a record 120 boats on the water in the show.
Australian brand Maritimo is bringing its largest ever display to Auckland including its extremely popular M-Series and X-Series ranges. Another exciting release at the show is the long-cruising Swift Trawler, on show with 36 Degrees, with its bold stying and fuel efficiency, or Riviera’s 5400 Sport Yacht Platinum Edition; a stunning single level entertainer that raises the bar with intelligent design in a luxury sports package. Orakei Marine will show the Prestige 630S with its powerful and robust hull design, the sporty feel of an express yacht and open sunroof. Plenty more luxury yachts on show include more Rivieras, Palm Beach/Grand Banks Motoryachts, Absolute Fly Yachts, Princess Yachts, Greenline Yachts, Aquila and more.
A New Zealand-built Riva replica. The epitome of elegance, this replica Riva was built in New Zealand by two local craftsmen using native timbers and the highest quality products. This nostalgic take on the heritage Riva Aquarama includes the construction and engine makeup of a modern vessel, with 150-year-old reclaimed NZ native timber framed windshield and custom stainless-steel anchor moulded into the bow section, as well as twin Chevrolet engines.
Four different amphibious vessels.
This year’s show will feature amphibious vessels from four different brands, showing innovation is well and truly alive in the New Zealand marine industry. Smuggler will show its new Strata 800 Mid Cabin with Orion wheels which is already being well-received while Stryda Marine will be showing how it uses the latest technology in the industry to achieve a class-leading, easy-boating amphibious power cat that will last in a harsh marine environment. On Sealegs Island you’ll be able to see a range of vessels including its 9m Hydrasol RIB - the largest amphibious RIB Sealegs has ever produced - while Tectrax’ fully electric system uses self-contained hub motors that completely disappear within the hull with exceptional performance to take you through the heavy stuff.
New Zealand-built RIBs.
New Zealand-built performance RIBS will be in particular demand during the coming years with growing demand for chase boats that can keep up with high speeds. This 12m beast by JP RIBS has been hand-crafted to meet that demand and is so new it was launched the weekend before the show. "We’re being asked at least twice a week to build spectator chase boats for the America’s Cup," says director, Jonny Edgar. It will be available for sea trials during the show. Smuggler Marine has earned a well-deserved reputation for quality with its RIBS and will be back with a huge range at this year’s show.
A New Zealand-built jet which dwarfs people
This Christchurch-built HT1000 by New Zealand company Hamilton Jet is destined for international markets and produces a whopping 7400HP. Much larger than a person, it will sit on Karanga Plaza and is being craned into place on the morning of Tuesday 1 October. Hamilton Jet has produced 52 of these HT1000s since 2009 and will place it next to the smallest jet it produces.
By Isla Mckechnie fo Auckland On Water Boat Show