The Auckland Boat show is not only the place to see newly-released boats and the latest in innovation from across the marine world; there’s also a host of marine charities to discover.
This year’s show will help maritime enthusiasts discover a restoration project of a yacht which holds a special place in New Zealand yacht design history, a piece of our boat building past, and the way you can help protect our marine environment, among other exhibits.
If you haven’t heard the name Titus Canby, you’ll likely know her pedigree.
Launched in 1971, this 27 foot yacht was the first keel boat design to be built by the young New Zealander Bruce Farr. Just 21 years old at the time, Farr’s career went on to encompass the design of approximately 80 world champion yachts in a body of work which spanned the following 50 years.
The Manukau Classic Yachts Charitable Trust has identified the Titus Canby as having historical significance and has now taken it on as a full restoration project. The Trust aims to have Titus Canby available for sail training purposes as well as on active public display in the longer term.
View Titus Canby at the show and find more details at Tituscanby.com
Clean below, Good to Go
You don’t need to be an expert at identifying Caulerpa to play your part in preventing its spread.
Simply check and clean your anchor and equipment and throw any weed you find straight back where it came from. That’s the message behind a new campaign from Biosecurity New Zealand to let the public know how they can be involved in stopping the spread of exotic Caulerpa; a pest seaweed found in the waters off Aotea Great Barrier Island and Ahuahu Great Mercury Island.
If not handled with care, it could spread rapidly and smother native marine life.
There are legal controls in place around these waters to help stop the spread, so if you are heading out on the water make sure you check the rules at: biosecurity.govt.nz. Read the full story here and find the Clean Below, Good to Go team in Pavilion 2, Stand 216
Did you know there’s a heritage boatbuilding shed on Auckland’s waterfront, which is still in use today?
The Percy Vos Heritage Boat Shed was established in 1922 and was home to a thriving boat building business, which produced some of the finest wooden boats around. A neighbour to the Auckland Boat Show, the shed’s recently been leased by the New Zealand Maritime Museum, allowing it to continue its legacy as a home for wooden boat craft. Aotearoa is one of the most maritime nations in the world and the story of every one of us is affected by the sea, whether through immigration, trade, design, innovation or leisure. The museum is a hub for all of these stories; we express them in our galleries and through our programme of events, special exhibitions, heritage sailings and more.
The museum houses one of the nation’s most important heritage collections, covering the breadth of our relationship with te moana; from the Great Pacific Migration a thousand years ago to the cutting edge of technology and design used in America’s Cup and modern yachting. Whether you’re a lifelong yachtie or someone who has never before set foot on a boat, you’ll find relevance and personal connections to the stories and taonga of the New Zealand Maritime Museum.
Meet the Maritime Museum team at Pavilion 1
Coastguard Auckland will be on show at this year’s Auckland Boat Show giving you the opportunity to discover more about Coastguard memberships in person. A Coastguard membership means you’re not alone on the water. As a Coastguard member you can take advantage of the trip reporting services on offer 24 hours a day by our operations room, live weather and bar crossing watch.
A Trip Report (TR) is a message that you pass to a coast station (Coastguard) to advise them of your intended boating activity or voyage. We record this information in our computer system, so that it is available to help identify your location and provide other details if search and rescue is required.
Meet the Coastguard team, on the marina
New Zealand’s award-winning marine training organisation, the NZMAC ITO, has been transformed into a new comprehensive marine and specialist technologies training academy. Visit the MAST stand at the Auckland Boat show if you are interested in an apprenticeship in marine, systems mechanical engineering- powerboats, marina facilities operations, boat building. We also offer training in industrial textiles, Composite (glass and fibre) and sail-making.
Come to the stand and enter our competition to win an Aqua Marina Beast SUP supplied by Burns & Co Westhaven.
Find MAST Academy in Pavilion 2