Here’s a boat with some stories to tell.
This magazine’s photography boat ‘Waterline 1’ has taken us to some amazing places.
With pace, grace and space!Waterline 1 is on the market as we’re now using a Sealegs.
It’s time for the big aluminium pontoon to find a new home and new adventures.
She started as a custom designed and professionally-built dive boat, and was snapped by ‘Waterline Magazine’ for photography work.
Powered with a velvety smooth Honda 135hp four-stroke, the Pelin is an absolute delight to drive.
All controls are light and responsive.
Hydraulic steering is fingertip light and the handling impeccable.
The vessel has covered everything from sailing events to major breaking news stories.
The Pelin was the first media boat on scene at Astrolabe Reef when the Rena was wrecked, snapping scene photos before the exclusion zone was in place, the belligerent crew still strolling the decks drinking coffee.
It’s the perfect boat for a dive trip to Mayor Island, a trip she’s made comfortably and safely many times.
It’s good to know there’s a capable hull and unsinkable, solid pontoons around you when weather kicks up on the way home.
As the original ad for the boat advised: “Don’t go to sea on an airbag.
”Waterline 1 has notched up a few classic coastal trips too, to Whitianga from Tauranga by sea several times and day-trips to the Mercs, Aldermen and Motiti Islands.
In between the photography assignments, the whole family and their mates have enjoyed many days out on the Pelin.
Whether fishing out of Tauranga or playing on boards up the harbour, it has proven a versatile all-rounder.
Layout is simple and uncluttered and easy washdown, with self draining cockpit.
The entire rig on a galv trailer is single axle, so easy for one person to push around the yard and manoeuvre in the shed.
Phone Brian 0274 996 747 or email: brian@thesun.