Lightning Marine’s Fatcat 4000 sticks with the ‘simple is best’ small boat ethos.
What were you doing in 1996? At school? Advancing your career? Raising children? Aucklander Malcolm Steedman was beginning the conversion of his Pelin Snowbird sailing catamaran: a project he’d only finish at the end of 2020 – just in time to put her on the market.
“An old bugger still ticking over” – is how 90-year-old Alan Wright describes himself and his desire to keep designing boats and having a project on the go.
In certain habitats – deep reefs, offshore islands, headlands and rock stacks swept by currents – kingfish are available year-round, but for most inshore areas, they are seasonal visitors.
Blokes never age – at least in their minds. And so when I suggested a boat trip up a half-forgotten creek, my neighbour Steve was immediately up for it.
Every year many of the country’s traditional boat sailors get together to cross tacks in the Bay of Islands.
Volunteer was built in October 1888 during a wave of large yacht construction in Sydney in which her designer, Walter Reeks, played a large role. This upsurge of interest in yachting was at least partly attributable to the huge worldwide interest in the recent series of gladiatorial contests in the America’s Cup races off New York.
I recently bought a photograph album on TradeMe with some cracking 1940s–1950s images of Frostbites. But who were the people in the pics and what stories were in there? Thanks to huge help from Robin Elliott and Robert Brooke, I teased the stories out.