Nip & Tuck: Rio 100

Well, it was not quite ‘Nip and Tuck’, more extend and widen but it was surgery none the less!

What was launched in 2003 as ‘Zana’, became ‘Konica Minolta’ and then more recently ‘Lahana’ is now known as ‘Rio 100’ and is to be based out of Newport Beach in California, USA.

Rio 100. Photo: © Brad Davies Media

Rio 100. Photo: © Brad Davies Media

Keith Kilpatrick (the boats captain) has been over seeing the modifications of the Bakewell White 100″ at Cookson Boat Builders in Auckland. He got in touch with us at LSD and asked us to document her journey from the yard in the Wairau Valley up to Gulf Harbour Marina for her rigging and eventual launching in a few days.

It was a cold and wet start for us , meeting the team from Boat Haulage at the Cooksons Shed at 2.45am Friday morning. GoPros’s fitted, truck hitched up and off we went!

The boys from Boat Haulage have a wealth of experience and it showed – within 15 minutes, she was out of the shed and on the road and we were following. Public Service Announcement: If you live in Auckland – best time to drive anywhere is 2.30am! Not sure where you would need to go at that hour apart from deliver a 100ft Super Maxi to a marina.

Rio 100. Photo: © Brad Davies Media

Rio 100. Photo: © Brad Davies Media

It was a long day made longer by a keel fin that did not quite want to play ball, nothing a grinder and chisel could not fix.

The day culminated for LSD with the stepping of the rig on to a gold ‘Kiwi’ coin Keith picked up for the occasion. We sailors are a superstitious bunch!

Thanks for having us Rio – you are one fine, sexy lady!

We will be out on the water with Rio as she has her first sail in her ‘born again’ form so keep your eyes peeled! LSD Out (for now…)

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