Tahiti-Moorea Sailing Rendez-vous 2017

July 5th, 2017 by admin

The Port Whangarei Marine Centre was very pleased to again sponsor the Tahiti-Moorea Sailing Rendez-vous in conjunction with the Pacific Puddle Jump.

Port Whangarei Marine Centre at the Tahiti Moorea Sailing Rendez-Vous

This is the third year that we have been involved with this event and as usual it was another well run and well supported event. The number of boats attending was slightly down on last year, but 2016 was a record breaking year, so possibly to be expected.

Friday afternoon was a welcome function and information exchange event in Papeete. This was a chance for everyone to meet and mingle, a welcome by the Tahitian minister for tourism and some local entertainment with a group from the Marquesas Islands.

Saturday dawned as usual, bright and sunny, for the sailing rally over to Moorea. Unfortunately, the winds did not fill in as hoped and I think all but two yachts finally gave in and turned on the motor to get to Moorea in time for the welcome cocktails and dinner at the Club Bali Hai. This was another chance for information gathering and useful for those that had not been in Papeete the previous day. Polynesian dancing was provided by a local group from Moorea.

Polynesian dancing provided by a local group from Moorea

Sunday was a fun day at the Club Bali Hai. The highlight probably being the 6-person outrigger canoe races where four cruisers aided by two local paddlers per boat compete in a series of heats to find the fastest on the day. Although primarily a fun event there was no hiding the competitive streak of some of the crews and the final was a very tight, hard fought affair but still with lots of laughs and loud cheers from all the onlookers. Throughout the day there was a wide variety of traditional games to join in, with entertainment on the adjacent lawns. There was also a fine traditional Maa luncheon, ensuring a great day was had by all.

We hope that all those that took part this year had a good time and enjoy their time cruising the Pacific islands. We look forward to welcoming them to New Zealand later in the year.

SY ‘Time’ – Testimonial

May 24th, 2017 by admin

The Owner of sailing yacht ‘Time’ had these kind words for the staff at Port Whangarei Marine Centre:

“I just wanted to pass on my thanks to everyone up there for making my stay and work on TIME a pleasurable experience. Despite the weather l managed to get the polish anti foul etc done pretty much on time. Every one was very helpful and friendly, and l will defiantly pass on how happy l was. Also prices reasonable which in my case makes a big difference.

Thanks again.

Cheers

Tony Raven

PS

Had a fantastic sail back to Kawau with a clean bottom we flu down down the coast.”

SY ‘Time’ in the slings – 100T Travel Lift – Port Whangarei Marine Centre, New Zealand

Testimonial – Re: FPB 64 Haulout

February 10th, 2017 by admin

Stanley Creighton was very satisfied with the service at Port Whangarei Marine Centre: He emailed us:

 “By the way, I am very impressed by the set up in the yard and I appreciate you getting the right people to look at the boat and develop a good plan to meet my anti-fouling needs. Thank you, and thanks Karen for making it easy”. 

Thanks Stanley for those kind words.

Gunboats Arrive at Port Whangarei Marine Centre

January 11th, 2017 by admin

Sailing catamaran ‘Laguz’, constructed by South African yacht builders Gunboat,  is the first of these vessels to haulout at Port Whangarei Marine Centre. A Gunboat 66 design, she is described by her builders as “a pure sailing machine designed to take most of the creature comforts along for world cruising”.  Her 8.6 metre beam was easily accommodated by the marine centre’s 100 tonne travel lift. Due to her high performance hull design and construction this vessel cannot be placed directly on the hardstand and instead must be supported by custom hull cradles. Using Gunboat supplied drawings these were CNC cut and fabricated in Oceania Interiors specialised manufacturing facility.

Laguz will be in the boat yard for approximately 3 months for routine maintenance and plans to spends three seasons in the magical South Pacific.

Gunboat 66 on the hardstand at Whangarei Marine Centre New Zealand

Gunboat 66 on the hardstand at Port Whangarei Marine Centre New Zealand

Gunboat 66 suported by custom cradles at Port Whangarei Marine Centre New Zealand

Gunboat 66 supported by custom cradles at Port Whangarei Marine Centre New Zealand

 

 

First Anniversary for Port Whangarei Marine Centre

December 1st, 2016 by admin

It’s been 1 year since the Port Whangarei Marine Centre (PWMC) lifted its first vessel. In November 2015 the PWMC commenced operations with its newly commissioned 100T travel lift. With a fully sealed hardstand, extensive refit/paint shed options, high quality crew amenities and services it has quickly established itself as the boatyard of choice in the region.

PWMC is part of the Oceania Marine Group which operates from three sites within Port Whangarei, New Zealand. Group Managing Director, Martin Gleeson, said that it has been a hectic first year. 

“The South Shipyard project was a redevelopment of an existing marine site undertaken to accommodate the PWMC. From our first haulout last November to where we are now has been quite a journey as it has not been just about setting up the infrastructure. Because we run a full service yard, our specialist work teams, sub-contractors and suppliers have all had to be made available within the boatyard. This has been a big undertaking and all credit must go to General Manager Brad Hall and his team for what they have achieved”.

Currently the boatyard is almost at full capacity and options to extend into neighbouring vacant land are under consideration. The next stage of development at South Shipyard is the installation of a 560T travel lift which puts additional pressure on the need to expand the hardstand area. Accordingly, it looks highly likely that the next twelve months or so will see another busy year of expansion at the marine centre.

Port Whangarei Marine Centre, South Shipyard, New Zealand - Sealed Hardstand Serviced by 100T Travel Lift

Port Whangarei Marine Centre, South Shipyard, New Zealand – Sealed Hardstand Serviced by 100T Travel Lift

Port Whangarei Marine Centre Part of the long term storage area offered at discounted rates

Port Whangarei Marine Centre – Part of the long term storage area offered at discounted rates

SY ‘Bounty’ Provides Bountiful Feast at Port Whangarei Marine Centre

November 2nd, 2016 by admin

Pauline and Rene, owners of ‘Bounty’, put out a generous invitation last night to the staff of Port Whangarei Marine Centre and other Yachties in the boatyard to join them for dinner. Pauline has a reputation for excellent cooking so there was a full house at the marine centre yacht club. This friendly and gracious gesture was appreciated by all.

SY ‘Bounty’ Provides Bountiful Feast at Port Whangarei Marine Centre's Crew Yacht Club

SY ‘Bounty’ Provides Bountiful Feast at Port Whangarei Marine Centre’s Crew Yacht Club

‘Bounty’ is a 14.5 metre sail yacht just returned to New Zealand from its Pacific cruise. She is being laid up ashore whilst the owners return to Holland. The marine centre offer a long term storage discount of 50% and have a quiet, safe storage area removed from the work areas which is proving to be most popular.

SY 'Bounty' being set up in the long term storage area at Port Whangarei Marine Centre

SY ‘Bounty’ being set up in the long term storage area at Port Whangarei Marine Centre

Port Whangarei Marine Centre’s High Quality Painting Service For Smaller Craft

October 31st, 2016 by admin

Oceania Marine Coatings has just completed a full external repaint of the Sports Fisher ‘Foreign Exchange’ at the Port Whangarei Marine Centre. The vessel was hauled out with the marine centre’s 100 tonne travel lift and completed under cover in Bay 2. The marine centre has extensive undercover options for refit and painting projects in a controlled environment and which ensures a high quality result that is not subject to the vagaries of weather.

The paint system applied was an International Paints Awlcraft 2000 product utilising top industry standard containment and protection procedures to produce dust free, high gloss levels. This project was the first one to be carried out on smaller craft involving a cost effective process for hauling out and placement inside the paint sheds.

Port Whangarei Marine Centre, Sports Fisher rolled out of paint shed, ready for launching

Port Whangarei Marine Centre, Sports Fisher rolled out of paint shed, ready for launching

Port Whangarei Marine Centre - Sports Fisher re-launching following full repaint

Port Whangarei Marine Centre – Sports Fisher re-launching following full repaint

Port Whangarei Marine Centre Commences New Yacht Painting Service

September 13th, 2016 by admin

Oceania Marine has two large paint facilities at North and South Shipyards suitable for larger yachts and is a leading coatings applicator in the South Pacific region. With the recent establishment of the Port Whangarei Marine Centre at South Shipyard, Port Whangarei, New Zealand it can now provide an efficient and cost competitive undercover painting option for smaller craft. The marine centre has opened up Bay 2 to accommodate these projects utilising a boat transporter in conjunction with its 100T travel lift. This provides the ideal environment for quality painting as well as for any other refit work that is best carried out inside.

Martin Gleeson, Oceania Marine Group Managing Director, explains:

“We have a growing number of enquiries in the 12 to 18 metre class wanting high quality undercover facilities that guarantee them the environment that will produce a top quality job. At the Port Whangarei Marine Centre we can deliver this with a simple no hassle service. This will soon be further enhanced when we modify the lintel heights of the doorways to allow direct access by the travel lift.”

Below is a series of photos documenting the typical process of moving one of these projects from travel lift to Bay 2:     

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Port Whangarei Marine Centre – Sports Fisher Motor Yacht on Transporter

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Port Whangarei Marine Centre – Sports Fisher Motor Yacht Entering Bay 2 Paint/Refit Shed

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Port Whangarei Marine Centre – Sports Fisher Motor Yacht – Bay 2 Paint/Refit Shed

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Port Whangarei Marine Centre – Sports Fisher Motor Yacht – Bay 2 Paint/Refit Shed

 

Tahiti-Moorea Sailing Rendez-vous 2016

July 5th, 2016 by admin

Oceania Marine’s Port Whangarei Marine Centre (located at South Shipyard in Port Whangarei, New Zealand) were pleased to once again sponsor the Tahiti-Moorea Sailing Rendez-vous, held over the last weekend of June.

Tahiti-Moorea Sailing Rendez-vous 2016

Tahiti-Moorea Sailing Rendez-vous 2016

This is a great event, organized by Latitude 38 from the USA and locally by Stéphanie Betz and her team at Archipelagoes in Tahiti. As usual, it was very well run with lots of information provided to participants but above all lots of fun.

The event kicked off with a welcome function on Friday in the gardens and surrounds of the tourism office in Papeete. Attendees were provided with information about local sailing conditions, Polynesian handicraft and exhibits. It also provided the opportunity for participants to chat casually with sponsors such as ourselves about their future travel plans.

Saturday morning saw a 10am start for the sailing rally over to Moorea and the anchorage in Cook’s Bay. Unfortunately the wind did not play ball and the “race” was abandoned, however away from the land the yachts found some wind and most had a good sail for part of the trip at least. Once anchored in the beautiful Cook’s Bay crews came ashore at the hotel Bali Hai for a cocktail and the chance to mingle. For those interested, there were short presentations by the sponsors from Fiji, Australia and NZ. This was followed by entertainment from local musicians and dancers, finishing with dinner in the garden of the hotel.

Sunday dawned brighter than the previous day and the scene was set for some fun in the sun, the highlight of which was probably the outrigger canoe racing. Crews of 4 yachties teamed up with 2 local paddlers to compete through heats, semi-finals and the grand final. Win or lose, I think that paddlers & spectators alike thoroughly enjoyed the competition. There was then a lovely traditional “Maa” lunch, again in the garden of the hotel, followed by a range of local fun sports and activities with demonstrations by local experts and the chance for crews to have a go themselves. The event was rounded off with some more entertainment from local musicians and dancers, a prize giving and a big thank you to all involved with this great event, we look forward to next year.

We have inserted some photos from the weekend and many thanks to Fred Jacq for the use of his lovely images.

Thanks again to all the participants, you make this the fun event it is, we hope you had a great time and hopefully we will be seeing some of you in NZ later in the year.

Tahiti-Moorea Sailing Rendez-vous 2016

Tahiti-Moorea Sailing Rendez-vous 2016

Misty morning haulout at Port Whangarei Marine Centre for a 25M motor yacht

July 4th, 2016 by admin

Misty morning haulout at Port Whangarei Marine Centre for a 25M motor yacht arriving for refit works to be carrird out under cover in Refit Bay 3

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