Garry and Lori have spent three seasons cruising between New Zealand and the islands of the South Pacific aboard their 56′ Malcom Tennant sport fishing catamaran, November Rain. They enjoy exploring some of the world’s most amazing coastlines, all while chasing marlin and other game fish with friends and adopted crew mates. Garry, a Kiwi, is lifelong passionate big-game fisho, and has fished New Zealand’s Far North coastline for over 30 years, with over 100,000 hours of sea time under his belt. It’s long been his dream to fish some of the world's greatest hotspots blue marlin and other species.
Lori, American, is a retired corporate trainer and former cardiac nurse. She grew up in Thailand and Southern California and has always had a strong interest in boating and fishing. Lori and Garry began an online correspondance in 2015 when Garry was seeking crew to join him for a fishing expedition to Tonga. After several e-mails, Lori jumped on a plane from Mexico to meet Garry in person. They hit it off immediately and she’s been his first mate ever since, marrying in 2020.
They divide their time between running a charter boat operation in Kona, Hawaii, a Lodge in Whangaroa, NZ and cruising the South Pacific aboard their Motor Cat, November Rain. In NZ, they fish out of Whangaroa Harbor for striped marlin, often traveling to the far north, the King Bank, and occasionally, the famed Whangnella Banks.
Garry is a former crane operator and now retired business man. He holds a New Zealand Captain's license and his crew has consistently placed in a National Fishing Tournament for the Striped Marlin Category.
Lori is also a licensed USCG Captain and runs the Kona Operation when they are in Hawaii. She enjoys photography, cooking, guitar, scuba and of course, fishing. She currently holds the Tongan Ladies All-Tackle record for blue marlin at 283.5 kgs, caught in 2015 as well as the New Zealand Ladies Record for a 136.2 kg Big Eye Tuna, caught aboard November Rain.
November Rain is a 56' (17 m) Motor Cat, built in New Zealand. She's a Malcom Tennant design, with full displacement hull, designed for offshore long-range sport fishing. She was built in Tauranga in 2002 and her original owner shipped her to Hawaii. Garry bought the boat in 2007 and motored her home on her own bottom. Since then, she's been based out of Whangaroa, New Zealand, where she's developed a reputation as a proven fish raiser. She's completed three seasons of cruising the South Pacific, including Tonga, Fiji, Vanuatu, New Caledonia and Australia. She's also ventured offshore multiple times to the Whanganella Banks where the team has caught and released impressive numbers of striped marlin. In 2017, she underwent a full refit with major improvements featured in in NZ Boating Magazine
After a three year hiatus in off-shore cruising due to New Zealand's strict COVID lock down, she's now gearing up for her world tour.
She's well equiped for long range cruising with a range of 2,500 nautical miles before refuelling. Creature comforts include high capacity water maker, generator, washing machine, on-demand hot water, TV, indoor and outdoor bluetooth stereo systems. Safety equipment includes iSailor Sat phone, Starlink Sat, Iridium iGo, 6 man life raft, ePIRB, Radar, VHF radio, personal locator beacon, life jackets, and off-shore medical kit. She features two staterooms (owner and crew quarters), a large saloon and galley, deep freeze, two refrigerators, fish freezer, outdoor covered dining, as well a large saloon on the flybridge which converts to additional sleeping area. She's a serious game-fisher, equipped with high-end navigation equipment on the flybridge as well as cloned in the tuna tower. A 3kw sounder, coupled with a new Simrad Omniscan SY50 sonar is leading edge technology. The boat is equipped with a full compliment of 24, 37 and 60 kg rods/reels as well as rod/reels for jigging, popping and bait fishing. November Rain is also kitted out with outriggers, tuna tubes, live bait well, underwater lights and a dredge, all to make her a real mean fishing machine.