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Crazy Diamond is the first full custom new build for Weber Marine of Gulf Harbour.

Designed by Elite Marine Design for an Auckland businessman for sport fishing and family cruising, the 18m, Crazy Diamond is a timber composite build utilising the best materials available for strength and weight-saving, such as epoxy resins, balsa and foam cores where applicable.

Power comes from twin MAN i6 engines rated at 800hp and features full hydraulics and EJS manoeuvering system, which incorporates bow and stern thrusters and both engines for joystick controlled close quarters manoeuvering. 

Initial sea trials have seen the boat easily reach design parameters. The maiden voyage was from Gulf Harbour to Whitianga just four days after launching to have the remainder of the upholstery fitted due to Covid not allowing the upholster into Auckland to be open. A case of taking the mountain to Mohammed. Braden Weber reported the boat ran perfectly at 21kts.

Fitted with TRAC stabiliser fins for passage making and trolling, will be an asset for planed Pacific Island trips. Crazy Diamond is also equipped with long-range tanks negating the need for bladders. Interior fit-out is satin finish Walnut exquisitely executed by the talented master craftsmen at Weber’s yard with interior colours coordinated by Kim at Parkhurst interior design. Look for a full review in the March-April issue of Pacific Powerboat Magazine.  

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