Monday, April 28, 2008

April 27, 2008 - Opua

The boatyard in which Mata'irea spent the last five months is also the home of Austral Yachts, which builds Ted Fontaine's stunningly beautiful Friendship Yachts. During our stay at Dockland 5, Austral erected a new shed for the construction of their largest Friendship to date - a one-off 75 foot version of their popular 40 and 53 foot yachts. By the time we left Whangarei, construction had begun on the yacht and we'd learned that the owner is a US Senator. We don't feel comfortable dropping his name here, but we can assure you that he won't be naming this boat Swift.

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