Matariki Nui is a beautifully-appointed Riviera 43 Offshore Express based in Opua in the Bay of Islands and specifically set up for luxury gamefishing charters. She was launched in December 2010 and even then her owner Ian Witters wanted a gyro. “I was very keen to equip her with a gyro unit. But I knew it would be a challenge as there was very little space in the engine room, as well as the weight factor to consider, so I dropped the idea.” But the notion persisted, and after 18 months of discussions and 600 sea-hours, Ian has achieved his goal. The boat has just been retro-fitted by Motor Yacht Service Centre with a Seakeeper M8000 gyro unit manufactured in the US, and he loves it.
The boat was featured in the August 2012 Boating New Zealand - to read the full review click here.