KOTARE – Builder Interview
Sent in by CYA Nelson member Richard Farrar ex Eddy Marten (current owner)
Designed by Bill Couldrey & built by Frank Wilkins in 1961. She has featured on ww before but recently I received a copy of an interview with Frank Wilkins (dated 8 Oct. 1996). The story makes reference to some of the legends of our boating past.
I think most of us would love to have as much info on our boats as this. Its a great read. Sorry about the faded type but thats how it came to me.
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Thanks so much for your reply. It’s great to have an update. The last I knew she was in Kerikeri Bay of Islands, well she certainly moves around.
She’s a beautiful lady and I’m sure she’s going to look amazing when her rebuild is complete. Would luv some photos sometime if that’s possible.
My father in-law owns the boat currently, and it is sitting in a shed in Te Puke getting a full rebuild, it will be ready to go back in the water in two or three months, It lives in lake Okere Falls
Wondering if there’s any chance I could have contact details for current owner of Kotare.
I used to own her back in 1994 and would love to see her now. Appreciate any help.
Thanks so much
My name is Sharon Prentice and I owned Kotare from 1994 to 1996, my Brother – in- Law Geoff Prentice made the smaller fold down mast, an example of true craftsmanship. As Kotare was moored in Orakei Basin, it was necessary to make things a little easier for me. My family and I enjoyed many great trips on Kotare.