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Power cat sent on her way by TNL GAC Pindar

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    24 September 2013

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Twin-hulled boat San Francisco-bound

Auckland - An identical power catamaran to the one used as a tender by Emirates Team New Zealand, currently in San Francisco for the America’s Cup, is the latest boat shipped by yacht logistics specialists TNL GAC Pindar.

The 14 metre-long power catamaran – which has a top speed of 50 knots (92 km per hour) – was entrusted to TNL GAC Pindar for its export from its home port of Auckland in New Zealand to a private owner in San Francisco.

The first leg of her voyage to her Californian destination was the 35km road trip on board a trailer from the factory to the port. And because local regulations limit the times when such heavy loads can travel by road, the 4 metre-wide vessel had to be stored before setting off.

Once at the port, she was carefully lifted onto the waiting vessel, placed on four pads to protect the hulls and secured onto the two 40ft flat rack bases on board.

Richard Thorpe, Australasian Manager for TNL GAC Pindar, was on hand to make sure the catamaran was handled with care.

"It is always satisfying to see a project like this go smoothly," he says. "A great deal of time and effort is put into ensuring that all the boxes are ticked ahead of such a shipment. And, of course, we always work closely with other experienced parties such as the trucking company, the marine surveyor and the team at the Ports of Auckland to assure our clients that their cargo is in safe hands."

That good cooperation also paid off for the sailing enthusiasts of TNL GAC Pindar when the Port of Auckland agreed to delay the load time slightly to enable them to watch the America’s Cup live racing action on the TV.

For more information about GAC Pindar, please visit the team website atwww.gacpindar.com and Facebook page at www.facebook.com/teamgacpindar and follow them on Twitter at www.twitter.com/gacpindar

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