Apart from those in know, architect/ designer Gary Underwood flies under the radar. But over the last 40 years he’s designed many fascinating and innovative boats, often for those on limited budgets. Here’s the story of a man who loves his boats.
According to official sources, Paeroa’s home to just over 4,500 people. Besides the soft drinks, it’s also home to New Zealand’s longest-serving Yamaha dealer, Gary Johansen’s Paeroa Marine and Cycle Centre – and this is his story.
Some yachts seem to attract bad karma and wind up forgotten, rotting away on a backwater mooring. Others lead lucky, charmed lives. Words and photos by John Macfarlane. Back in 1974 Auckland boatbuilder Chris Robertson designed and built a model of what was intended to be his next yacht, a fast 11.8m cruiser/racer. The inspiration...