New Zealand has one of the highest boat owning per capita ratios in the world. I know that because I read it on Pauline's boat-bottoms post a couple of days ago and even my memory stretches that far back. When we were doing our latest Northland safari Pauline decide that we would go and explore a bay on the other side of the hill from Russell about 5 minutes away by car. It turned out to be fi=ull of surprises... and boats:
The traditional gaff-rigged schooner R Tucker Thompson operated by a trust of the same name which has as its mission: Learning for Life through the Sea
I had photographed this vessel in Paihia back in 2010 and it was only when I got the photos home that I realised that it was following a pod of dolphins.
Not everyone is in it for the speed
Although I do wonder how people manage this and travel very long distances in rough seas doing it.
This took me completely by surprise
and when I used the long focus lens have to say that it didn't appeal to me at all.
This little craft on the other hand spends its life up and down the Northland coast checking moorings.
Whilst this one is out for the sheer exhilleration of the speed (I'm sure that on the News tonight it said that some of these jet boats can travel in calm water up to 80kph!)