Ballerina Restoration



Haul out at Omaha





photos & details ex James Groenhart

I spied Ballerina at Mahurangi during the 2016 Regatta weekend & she was looking superb. James told me she had recently spent 5 weeks in the care of Colin Brown & Dave Walker at Jones Road, Omaha (same site as Anita Bay & Little Tasman). While she was structurally in great condition there were some areas that needed attention.

Colin & Dave completed the following work to a superb standard, & interpreted what James wanted perfectly, as well as being completely sympathetic to the character of the boat.

  • A new hardwood worm shoe was made & fitted.
  • Mahogany cabin sides & coamings were taken back & minor rot repairs carried out, particularly around the sliding side windows & timber fixed window beading.
  • Butterfly skylight hatch was restored & glass re set to stop leaks.
  • A new timber forehatch was made & fitted.
  • Duckboard deck was replaced.
  • Cabin top grab rails removed, restored & re fastened.
  • Repainted hull (using Altex ‘Classic White’), cabin sides & deck.

Great to see work like this recorded so thoroughly.

Click photos to enlarge.

Another Record Viewing Day Yesterday !!!!!!

5 thoughts on “Ballerina Restoration

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  2. Hi Allan
    Thanks for your comments. We are enjoying her very much & she is looking after us well. I have not had to put a drop of oil in the Ford since I have owned her.
    James Groenhart


  3. Fabulous to see her being cared for so well, and one of the prettiest on the harbour, but I am biased as she was our pride and joy for 12 years in the 80’s. Wonder if that old Ford is still burning no oil!!? Great sea boat too– got us out of trouble once and still thanking her.


  4. Beautiful, — virtually wonderfully totally original, except for the missing original exterior nice light coloured varnished coamings, & the addition of the very desirable stern door.


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