As part of the book project we have changed the motor on the project boat to a new technology four-stroke. Honda have the longest history with marine four-strokes and it shows. Reliability and low fuel consumption are among the reasons to run a new technology motor and we achieved that and more.
The team at Honda Marine could not have been more helpful in getting the motor sorted, fitted and working at its best. It was a very good choice and, equally importantly, the whole project was fun! And that is as it should be ...
Allied Outdoors are one of the major tackle and chandlery distributors in New Zealand. They have been very supportive of this book and their products are featured, particularly Menace lifejackets.
Allied's brands include many household names such as Kiwi Sizzler, Pro Hunter, Youvella, Southern Ocean, Maxel and many more.
As the world's biggest tackle company you would expect Pure Fishing to be special, and they are. They are manufacturers and distributors of some of the finest brands in the world. The list is extensive and includes products such as Penn, Berkley, Shakespeare, Abu Garcia and of course, Gulp Softbaits!
There is very little they don't have in their extensive range. Check out the Pure Fishing websites to see!
New Zealand-owned Gasoline Alley Services has stations throughout the country and they are hard to miss being bright orange!
There is certain to be one on the way to your next boating spot. How to Go Boating and Where has a list of all the GAS stations throughout NZ and a list of products they stock.
Scallop Publishing and Photography is the company that handled the layout and preparation work for How to Go Boating and Where, excluding the cover.
Whether you need a catalogue (their speciality), a web site, brochures, photography, design work, in fact just about anything publishing, Scallop can do it!
Author Mike Rendle contracts to the company and handles many of the major projects personally.
Three other photographers have made contributions to the book.
Kim Standfield (L) is the author's partner and has been there for many great days on the water. Most of the photographs of the author are Kim's work.
Tony Dawson (Top Right)) is based in Invercargill where he teaches commercial pilots to fly us around the world. A very keen fisher and a talented one; the snapper he is holding is just one that he caught fishing with the author a few years ago. Tony also flies Coastguard missions when required.
As an ordained minister and an airline captain, Tony has just his skipper's ticket to go before we can call him the Reverend Captain Captain Dawson! Several of the South Island photos were taken by Tony.
Carl Cooper is always the first to offer help! Living in the Far North and travelling the area for work means he is the ideal person to call on for pictures of boat ramps etc. There are also several of his boats featured, including one he completely rebuilt.
My thanks to all three for their fantastic assistance and friendship.
The Railblaza system of rod holders and accessories is exceptional. I've used them on my last two boats and love the whole concept. Very highly recommended NZ designed products!
Tenob and Marine Direct are now one company. Their range of products is extensive and of the highest quality. Both companies are highly regarded and have extensive histories in the NZ marine industry. Most of the chandlery seen in the book is product they supply.
The staff at Burnsco, particularly their Albany branch, could not have been more helpful in making sure I could use their stores for photos and information. My particular thanks to Peter Davidson from head office and Derek Wilson, the Albany store manager, for their help.
All branches of Burnsco are stocking the book.
I love Salt-away! I've used it for many years and have seen the benefit it provides; a lot less hard work cleaning for me and no salt sitting against metal parts! In fact boat maintenance has never been easier; spray and then rinse of thoroughly (that's the trick), and then scrub off any bits of bait stuck to the boat. An annual polish and its all done and looking great all season!
NZ's #1 dive wholesaler was a great help with the dive section in the book however their input was even more important than that - Tim Curran is the manager of Aquanaut in NZ and a good friend of mine. It was his own boat-buying experience a few years ago that have shaped how I've tackled this book and the information included. Thanks Tim!
ICOM is a company dedicated to the production of radios. They don't build anything else. That makes them very good at what they do. I love their marine VHF radios and it was logical that I would try to get them involved in the book, an opportunity they grasped with professionalism and enthusiasm. I am always confident when I have an ICOM radio on board.
Unquestionably one of NZ's most talented boatbuilders and with an impeccable pedigree - the Wild name is steeped in NZ boatbuilding history. Craig was exceptionally helpful with sorting the issues around buying a second hand boat and basic boat repairs.
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