Aroha is a kauri carvel planked 6.4m launch designed & built by C E Thompson, Dargaville, for Frank & Millie Macklow. She was fitted with a ‘Kelvin Ricardo E 4cylinder petrol (or paraffin) engine , featuring 2 sets of 2 cylinders with separate carbs, this enabled either pair of cylinders to be switched off. I have heard her running & she sounds rather ‘sweet’. This motor was designed by Anton Bergius of Glasgow & was fitted to a lot of Scottish trawlers. As an aside his nephew, Conrad Bergius lives in Auckland & is a diesel mechanic.
Amazingly Aroha is still powered by the same engine & maintains its original colours, accessories, trim, tools, stripped canvas cushions, manuals & warrantee.

In 1950 Aroha was hauled from Dargaville by road to Lake Rotoiti & launched at Mourea. She has spent the last 64 years on lake at Otaramarae Bay.

Her owner Warwick Henderson, purchased her in 2002 & renamed her Aroha after his mother, Aroha Avis Hutchinson.

Anyone able to expand on her year on build, original name & her life pre 1950 ?

(photos taken by Alan H at 2014 Lake Rotoiti Classic &Wooden Boat Parade)

2 thoughts on “Aroha

  1. The correct name of her owner from 2002 is Warwick Hutchinson.
    She was built & launched on Lake Rotoiti in 1950.
    The original owners, the Macklow family, called it MAKO or just THE LAUNCH.


  2. She lives in a boatshed about 4 down from our own launch and always looks great. Didn’t realise she was so original! Thanks!


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