LADY ELLEN RESTORATION – OCTOBER UPDATE
“Started painting the interior last Thursday.
Bronze castings in the system and should be ready in a couple of weeks time.
The 20′ Andiamo was originally known as the ‘Yellow Boat’ on Lake Rotoiti near Rotorua. She was built by a farmer from Gisborne in 1949 and was reputedly the fastest boat on Rotoiti back then.
She came to her current owners 10 years ago, who undertook a 4 year restoration project to bring her back to her former glory. The work included partial hull replacement, structural framework enhancement and strengthening using marine grade ply, kauri and stainless steel fixings. All timber used was locally milled kauri in keeping with the original construction, and came from a single tree thus the beautiful consistency in the decking – handcrafted piece by piece using kauri with a kahikitea accent and mahogany surround.
The original Dodge 6 was replaced with a 275ci alloy V8 producing 280hp, running through a Borg Warner gearbox to the bespoke brass prop. The engine is computer controlled, inter-cooled and muffled, providing amazingly smooth, quiet and reliable power.
Andiamo is an iconic piece of New Zealand maritime history that has been preserved and is now offered for sale. Her owners want her to go on to her next adventure with a new family – and are selling well below value. to make that happen.
Andiamo will be available for viewing at Lake Tarawera over Labour Weekend.
(thanks to Rod Prosser for the trademe heads up)
Youtube video of the model –https://youtu.be/VqUNmWlKdGw
Previous WW story on Jaguar. https://waitematawoodys.com/2014/08/16/looking-for-jaguar/