Category: Retro Boats

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PASSION, SKILLS & FUN

PASSION, SKILLS & FUN

Towards the end of the boreal summer, North America’s Northwest Pacific Region is inundated with classic boat enthusiasts. Of all the events scheduled in that corner of the world, the most celebrated is the Port Townsend Wooden Boat Festival, this year in its 43rd edition.

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CRAFTING A DREAM

CRAFTING A DREAM

DIY restorations are always a labour of love – usually more labour than love. Most begin with an idea but never get started. Some start but are never completed. Only a very few cross the finish line.

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BISCAYNE BEAUTY

BISCAYNE BEAUTY

Lake Rotoiti’s fabled boat museum is home to a glorious selection of restored classics. But it also features a number of immaculate classic recreations – including a handsome 1928 Biscayne 18-footer.

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Restoring a Dame

Restoring a Dame

After nearly 90 years of service – and quite a bit of neglect – the 9m Eileen Patricia was in a sorry state. But a meticulous, three-year restoration has revived the grand old dame’s grace and elegance.

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Mason Clipper 23 resto

Mason Clipper 23 resto

Whangamata-based master craftsman Harry Nordberg has resuscitated a 1962 Mason Clipper 23 – giving the 57-year-old dame the cosmetic surgery she needed and deserved, writes Roger Mills. This boat has been restored for a client in Queenstown, and I caught up with Harry just before she was shipped south to her new owner. His involvement...

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Prodigal clinker

Prodigal clinker

An improbable re-acquaintance with a long-lost Jomo Craft clinker dinghy kindles plenty of memories for George Empson – and fires the flame for the painstaking restoration of a derelict sister ship. My life first intersected with the clinker dinghy in the late 1950s, when my father bought her from the then New Zealand Electricity Department...

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