Spirit – The Waitemata’s Newest Woody

Spirit – The Waitemata’s Newest Woody
Over the Easter break Olaf Wiig and family headed out to Great Barrier Island on the families classic launch – Margaret Anne, photo below. Margaret Anne is a very smart looking woody but this trip she was overshadowed by a new addition – Spirit a 2.4m dinghy that Olaf built at the NZ Traditional Boat Building School. Spirit is a rowing version of the 2.4. dinghy (prototype number 4) of the boats that the NZTBS are hoping to form the basis of a modern Wooden boat building course. Olaf is a trustee at the school and as you’ll see looking at the dinghy a very talented gent.
Olaf built this one as a first boat for my daughter and she chose to call it Spirit. 


On the subject of the New Zealand Traditional Boat Building School , I called in on Tuesday and was saddened to see the team packing up as they have to vacate the building due to funding issues – hopefully the school will reappear one day soon as part of the elusive waterfront Vos boatshed project, probably squeezed in between dragon boats and waka ………. I’ll leave the room now 🙂

Margaret Anne & Primadonna

4 thoughts on “Spirit – The Waitemata’s Newest Woody

  1. Hi Gary. The dinghy is Okoume marine plywood, with yellow cedar backbone and transom. Rowlock blocks and other small bits are Sapele. And the name board is teak.

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  2. Hello , can I ask a question of the builders of this dingy , What timber was used in the construction of this fine looking clicker vessel ?

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  3. Allan was supervising the building of these clinker/ply versions but Olaf did most of the work on his one.
    The School was hoping to offer the building of these boats as a course in the coming year but sadly due to funding difficulties we no longer have premises from which to operate.

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