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Cromwell 10 Boyne Place
Owner Bought Elsewhere! This must go!
The current owner has taken the plunge and bought
elsewhere so this one has to go. The property will be
sold by way of auction on Friday the 30th November.
"You could be in for Christmas"
If you looking for endless hours of sunshine, elevated
views of the surrounding area, a quiet cul de sac and
garaging/workshop space galore, then this is one
property you must inspect as they don't pop up every
day. Call Brad or Mel to view, or visit one of the up
coming open homes.
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Trio create seriously cool' adult pastime
By GRANT BRYANT
Innovative bunch: Snolo sled makers, from left, Sean Boyd, Liz Williams and husband Mike with the Stealth-X sled
prototype. The Central Otago team will soon launch the sled worldwide to coincide with the Northern Hemisphere winter.
I frequently hear the
comment, This is amazing, why
hasn't someone thought of this
before?' They probably have,
because most people have a
good product idea at some stage
in their life, but if you don't act
on it, it's impossible for it to
come to fruition. I couldn't ski or
snowboard to a level that would
excite me without serious injury
or worse, so I came up with the
idea of a sled that I could get
excited about riding, sitting in a
racecar position, handling like a
motorcycle and came with looks
that conjured up images of
exotic sports cars and jet
fighters. When all those aspects
were added together with the
fact it folded into a very cool-
looking backpack, I knew I had
to share it with the rest of the
SEAN BOYD, ON IDEA TO FINISHED
Two Central Otago ex-police offi-
cers, a currently serving cop and
a Queenstown design firm have
created an award-winning, high-
performance snow sled, which
will soon have its global launch.
In December the Stealth-X high-
performance sled, the flagship
product of Snolo Sleds, will hit the
market after six years of market
research, prototype creating and
This month the carbon fibre sled
won the silver medal for the con-
cept and experimental section in
the New Best awards -- New
Zealand's top industrial design
The sled is designed to be used on
both hard, compact snow and soft,
powdered snow, and is a far cry
from the wooden sleds of old that
were designed to run down a
gentle slope laden with children.
Snolo Sleds director and market-
ing manager Sean Boyd said the
sled was no small child's toy.
''I'm not an avid skier or snow-
boarder but I like to go fast. I
wanted to create a sled that took
me to speeds that would excite
me,'' Mr Boyd said.
Early test runs on an average
gradient slope showed the Stealth-
X was capable of speeds in excess
of 65km. In a design first, the sled
can also steer and stop in much
the same way as a snowboard.
''That's the market this sled is set
to compete with. It's taken the old-
fashioned factor away from a
child's plaything, and made
sledding into a seriously cool
adult pastime that wants to rub
alongside the traditional sports of
skiing and boarding.''
It comprises three main parts; a
seating shell, a single front ski
with foot pegs, and an arm, which
connects the two. It could also be
pulled apart in one action, and be
worn as a back pack.
Mr Boyd engaged Queenstown
design firm 4Design in 2010 to
take his ''raw but well-
functioning'' prototype and at his
request ''made it look good''.
He funded the early stages of
production himself, then after
realising he needed help with the
last push, recruited friends Mike
and Liz Williams to join the cause.
The trio then set about creating
Snolo as a company and market-
ing the product.
''The result is now the most
recent new addition to the
snowboarding and skiing frater-
nity,'' Mr Boyd said.
The Stealth-X will be launched for
the Northern Hemisphere winter
and should be available in New
Zealand in time for the 2013 win-
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