I have been contacted by Rob Watt who is wondering if any of the woodys may know what happened to his old boat Aquarius.
She was a 27’ kauri built, with pohutukawa stringers. Some thought it was built in 1928 and may be a Logan.
At the time she was powered by a 60hp Isuzu diesel and around her home port of Tauranga harbor, where she was nicknamed the ‘Flying Pencil’. Rob kept Aquarius at the Sulphur Point Marina & sold her some years ago to a couple who were going to use it on Lake Taupo.
Rob told me that his family spent many a happy time on her when his kids were little and made memorable fishing trips out to Mayor Island.
So woodys, can we help Rob out & uncover what became of Aquarius & possibly some insight into who built her etc?
Helena was built by Shipbuilders c.1960. 28’ in length & kauri planked. The zoom zoom is via a 150hp Ford diesel giving a cruise speed of 7 knots.
Her trademe listing states that she is ‘priced to sell’ but at $35k she might hang around for a while + you have to wonder at people’s desire to actually sell a boat when you see how they present them in the photos.
Do we know any more about Helena?
Harold Kidd Input – In 1966 she was registered with APYMBA and owned by A.R. Martin of Palmerston North but kept at Auckland.
Raindance was overdue a run so I decided to head out yesterday afternoon & catch the start of the CYA / PCC ANZAC Day Regatta. The photos are from the pre-start > start & a wee bit of racing. A used a long lens, as I wanted to stay out of the start area.
A stunning day for woody boating, but I have to say – excluding the A Division, the turn out was a little RS.
The day had every thing going for it – late start, sun, wind & a good post race gig at PCC, seems some people most be suffering the boating equivalent of cabin fever.
Enjoy the photos – remember to click photos to enlarge 😉
The yacht below – Time, is a marina neibour of mine – a very salty vessel, & equally stunning down below.