Photography by NZ Marine
Exhibitors are continuing the trend of showing larger boats year-on-year in line with market demand for bigger vessels, while the approaching America’s Cup to be raced off Auckland has seen demand for boats increase.
Scott Lane Boatbuilders design and build their custom vessels in New Zealand and this year they will be presenting Kooringal, a 12.8-metre Elite sedan built with close consultation with her owner to ensure a vessel built exactly to fit their needs.
Fellow locals, Lloyd Stevenson Boatbuilders will be showcasing 18-metre mid-pilothouse Elite, Antiquity.
It’s the 50th new build by the company and was created for discerning owners with a clear brief on how they needed the vessel to perform.
Orakei Marine will show the new Prestige 520S for the first time, which has been well-received in Europe, while NZ Boat Sales will present the award-winning brand Aquila, with an Aquila 44 powercat on display at the show.
Team Windcraft will once again have a large display at the show with striking Axopar motor yachts as well as Dehler and Hanse sailing yachts. The serious sports cruiser, Axopar 37 Cabin is both economical and extremely comfortable, and the fully enclosed interior mean she’ll be just as fun in winter as in summer.
America’s Cup excitement is palpable around Auckland with Emirates Team New Zealand set to move into the ANZ Viaduct Events Centre a few days after this year’s show closes. While organisers are planning to confirm next year’s show position shortly, all signs point to the show remaining within the central city marine precinct.
Tickets for the 2018 Auckland On Water Boat Show are available online.