This year’s Auckland Boat Show will bring a hive of New Zealand marine innovation to central Auckland. The 17-20 March show, which will create a festival on the water in the heart of summer in central Auckland, is set to be a showcase of innovative marine products and vessels.
Northland-based start up company, Naut is launching its electric drive system for recreational vessels with zero noise, zero fumes, zero emissions, and one hundred per cent of the fun. With a fully-electric motor and bespoke battery system design and control interface, the Naut team has crafted an electric propulsion system capable of meeting all the user’s on-water needs.
Whether that’s reaching planing speed to get to a favourite fishing spot and back, powering up to pull a wake-boarder, or travelling at five knots all day; Naut builds systems to suit and can be installed new or retrofitted to existing vessels, typically over six metres in length. Test the power for yourself by booking a test ride at stand 203 or or pre-order your Naut electric outboard in the second quarter of 2022.
Fellow New Zealand company Zerojet is a pioneer, set on removing combustion engines on new boats under six metres. It has integrated its 14kw ZJ20 electric jet system into the OC Tender range, with the production of these lightweight boats already underway. Offering superior manoeuvrability and capable of reaching speeds of over twenty knots, the ZeroJet OC Tender package is a more fun, more convenient and greener solution than the traditional internal combustion engine.
Sealegs’ new 7.5 metre Hydrasol RIB, on-show in the Boat Show marina, utilises the latest in amphibious Hydrasol technology, optimising the boat’s centre of gravity, to improve on-water performance. Offering different seating, storage and usage options, it presents three different layouts to allow configuration of the vessel to suit, comes in either hydraulic or electric drive, and carries up to eight passengers.
Safe2Dock inflatable dock bumpers are designed to be permanently fixed to your marina berth, pontoon, pier or jetty, clear of the water. The easy-to-install system provides a cushion of air to prevent damage while docking and was designed in New Zealand, in response to one boater’s experience scratching his pride and joy while docking in tidal Tamaki River. Made from durable PVC and TPU-coated fabrics, they’re designed to sit clear of the water ensuring no algal growth.
“The show provides a one stop shop for all things marine,” says organiser Stacey Cook. “It’s always exciting to see the innovation coming from the New Zealand marine industry, and it looks like it’s outdone itself this year.”
The show will transform Jellicoe Harbour into a festival on the water that celebrates marine heritage, boating innovation and some of the largest and most-luxurious new releases in the marine industry over the past year.
With more than 130 exhibitors, Jellicoe Harbour, site of the former America’s Cup team bases will become the site of sea trials, demonstrations, and a plethora of new vessels, products and services, set to the backdrop of Auckland’s bustling Wynyard Quarter. The March show is set to be 15 per cent bigger than previously-planned shows.