THE GARY UNDERWOOD STORY – Under the radar

THE GARY UNDERWOOD STORY – Under the radar

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.

What’s in a name?

What’s in a name?

Naming a boat may be a life or death decision – a commitment that must be carefully assessed before you slap the stickers on.

Winching ahead

Winching ahead

Established in 1965, when James Nilsson built his first winch using a Fisher & Paykel washing machine motor and gearbox, the Nilsson name has become synonymous with anchor winches.

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.

RIVER BOAT QUEEN

RIVER BOAT QUEEN

One of Whanganui’s tourism jewels, the Waimarie carries thousands of visitors along the city’s river for an unforgettable cruise every summer. She’s the country’s only operational coal-fired paddle-steamer, but more remarkably, she’s alive after lying in a watery grave for 40 years.

Will Foote’s houseboat

Will Foote’s houseboat

New Zealand’s early 20th century sawmillers were a nomadic lot, and often devised unusual solutions to accommodate their lifestyles.

ON THE LOBSTER TRAIL

ON THE LOBSTER TRAIL

I love old wooden buildings and Marblehead, Massachusetts, USA has thousands of them, often adorned by a brass plaque denoting the house’s date of build, original owner and his occupation; eg: Built for Joseph Lemmon, physician 1742.

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.

Feature Design

Feature Design

The spectacular evolution of NZ sailing over the last half-century is punctuated with design visionaries who did things ‘differently’. Comparing...

SHARED RESPONSIBILITY

SHARED RESPONSIBILITY

Climate change experts warn the planet is going to be smashed more often by stronger, more destructive disasters. This has grave implications for the marine insurance industry – if you want cover you’ll need to help by protecting your boat.