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The Elite AT43 is a collaboration between Allan Tongs Boatbuilders on Auckland’s North Shore and established designer Bill Upfold. A couple of years ago, Allan Tongs and his son Nigel decided to explore building a production boat, to provide a more consistent workflow and ensure the longevity of their business. They had built several custom Upfold sedans before, so talked to the designer about drawing up a boat suitable for being built from a mould.

“Nigel and Allan approached me to say why don’t we look at doing a production boat? So we had a think about it and worked out what would be a good size,” Upfold says. “There are so many

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