Katherine – A Peek Down Below

KATHERINE – A Peek Down Below

Back in Feb 2020 I wrote on WW that launches like Katherine would be the future of classic / spirit of tradition boating – in a nutshell – stunning looks, voluminous interior and low maintenance.  Katherine was built is 2013 by Robertson Boats, her design lead by Conrad Robertson. But her roots go back much longer than that – back to the Hokianga Harbour where a workboat played its trade, the hull of which ended up in a farm shed. The hull was moved to Robertson’s yard in Warkworth, where a mould was taken off the old hull, as an aside – the old hull was refurbished and repurposed as a charter steamboat.

When you view Katherine, her lower hull is glass and from the green section up she is wood – the best of both worlds in terms of water ingress and maintenance. Katherine was purchased in Jan 2018 by accomplished professional boat builder Allan Hooper who immediately started reviewing and enhancing the launch, this included designing and adding the rig and a lot more mods. I challenge anyone to show me a sub 40’ launch with more internal volume, with the same standard of fit out, there is even sound proofing built in 🙂

Some specs – 38’ in length, 9’6” beam and draws just 3’. Forward motion is via a Lombardini 60hp diesel engine, new in 2013, this gives Katherine a comfortable cruising speed of 8 knots. A consideration in these days of raising fuel prices, Katherine only sips 3.5L an hour. Fuel capacity is 330L and water 750L. An added bonus is the 6’6” headroom.
WW has good readership amongst the serious woodys on the USA WoodenBoat Forum, one of the WBF guru’s once commented on Katherine –  ‘Like that, vertical stem, raised deck, spoon stern. What else would you want’.

The Wooden Boat Bureau is looking for a new owner for Katherine, interested parties seeking more information – contact waitematawoodys@waitematawoodys

CLASSIC WOODEN BOATS FOR SALE

Buying or Selling a Classic Boat
Without sounding too much like Jacinda Ardern (“be kind”) – when people ask me about classic wooden boat ownership, I normally say that owning a woody has a positive effect on your life i.e. you end up forging a life you don’t need to escape from.

So woodys in the interest of your mental well being we have listed below a sample of some of the boats that are currently berthed at the virtual Wooden Boat Bureau Sales Marina. We have others for sale, some owners request privacy. To read more about the Wooden Boat Bureau – click https://waitematawoodys.com/2019/12/01/wooden-boat-bureau-advice-for-buyers-and-sellers/
The Wooden Boat Bureau is uniquely placed to offer impartial, up-to-date market information and objective advice to both sellers and buyers. So if you are looking for a wooden boat or considering selling – email us at waitematawoodys@gmail.com

Or call Alan Houghton 027 660 9999 or David Cooke 027 478 1877


SELECTION ONLY

KATHERINE🔻 39′ 2013 Robertson Boats

For Details Contact: waitematawoodys@gmail.com

THETIS🔻 45′ 1955 Lane Motor Boat Co.

For Details Contact: waitematawoodys@gmail.com

ATHENA🔻 25′ c.1950 Couldrey

Learn more here https://waitematawoodys.com/2022/06/01/athena-next-caretaker-wanted/

MATANUI 🔻 44′ 1923 Lanes (Picton) Bridgedecker

For Details Contact: waitematawoodys@gmail.com

TUAHINE 🔻 43′ 1957 Dickson

Learn more https://waitematawoodys.com/2022/05/04/classic-yacht-tuahine-for-sale/

SEQUOIA 🔻 36′ 1938 Lewis McLeod

NGARUNUI 🔻 48′ 1955/7 Jim Young

For Details Contact: waitematawoodys@gmail.com

LADY NGAIO 🔻 28′ 1928 Collings & Bell

Learn more https://waitematawoodys.com/2022/01/31/lady-ngaio-4sale/

MOERANGI 🔻 55′ 1901 Logan Learn more https://waitematawoodys.com/2016/03/29/moerangi-2/

RANUI 🔻 48’ 1948 Lidgard Learn more https://waitematawoodys.com/2019/07/08/ranui-a-peek-down-below/

IRENE 🔻 38′ 1955 Orams & Davies Learn more https://waitematawoodys.com/2019/09/02/irene-a-peek-down-below/


MONTEREY 🔻 33’6” 1946 Lidgard Learn more https://waitematawoodys.com/monterey/

KIARIKI 🔻 40′ K CLASS, 1959 Designed by Jack (John) Brooke and built by John / Jack Logan and John Salthouse Learn more https://waitematawoodys.com/2021/10/18/beautiful-classic-cruiser-racer/

TAWERA 🔻 >50′ 1935 Logan Learn more https://waitematawoodys.com/2017/04/16/tawera-1935-logan-a18/


TIME 🔻- 38’ 2001 John Gander Learn more https://waitematawoodys.com/2020/06/01/whats-the-time/

SOLD – Selection below, some names withheld at seller / buyer request:

ADONIS 45′ – Owen Woolley – 1965

AROHANUI            48’ – Donovan/Hacker – 1965

BALLERINA 28′ – Lidgard – 1951    

CASTAWAY            33’ – Dick Lang – 1947

CENTAURUS         42’ – Bailey & Sons – 1967

KAILUA                  36’ – Salthouse – 1960/1

KOKORU               39’ – Jack Morgan – 1960

KOTARE                 24’ – Kingfisher Boats – 1954

LADY ADELAIDE    35’ – Dick Lang – 1922

LADY PAMELA       59’ – Pelin Warrior – 1986

MAHANUI               42’ – Keith Atkinson – 1977

NGARO                   45’ – Lidgard – 1953

PIRATE                    42’ – Leone Warne – 1938

POCO LENTO         33’ – Roy Parris/Bagnall – 1979

WAIKARO                33’ – Roy Parris/Bagnall – 1978

WAIMIGA                 36’ – Robertson Boatbuilders – 1968

SHALOM                  48’ – Keith Atkinson – 1973

Katherine

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KATHERINE
 
Today woodys you are looking at what the future of classic boating could look like. Allan Hooper’s Katherine was built / launched in 2013 by Conrad Robertson at the Robertson yard in Warkworth. Her hull is glass, with a wooden top (from the green section up). The mould was taken from an old hull that was found in a shed on a farm on the Hokianga Harbour. It is apparently an old tug that worked on the Hokianga a long time ago.
The original hull was refurbished at Robertson’s and a mould taken off and is now lying in the basin at Warkworth. It was fitted out with a steam engine and run as a charter boat until the boiler failed, unfortunately Allan reports it is looking a bit sad.
The designer is unknown but Conrad designed the rest of what is Katherine. Since purchasing her Allan has designed and added the rig and quite a few more mods and improvements.
 
I went aboard several years ago at Mahurangi and she is a very cool boat. Huge volume below, powered by a 60hp Lombardini and sound proofed like a Airbus 340. She measures 38’ loa, with a beam of 9’6” and draws 3’. The Lombardini pushes Katherine along at a comfortable cruising speed of 7.5kts. 
The construction of Katherine is several steps up from the earlier Logan 33 f/glass replicas.
 
In the hauled out photo, taken Dec 2019, she was getting a lick of paint. In the last few months I have spotted her at Patio Bay, Waiheke Island and at the Mahurangi Regatta. On my WW story re the Mahurangi Regatta, Kartherine received some very favourable reviews from the woodys on the WoodenBoat Forum in the USA. “Like that, vertical stem, raised deck, spoon stern. What else would you want.”
 
The very smart tender, is a Townson design, built by Allan at the NZ Traditional Wooden Boat Building School. More on the dinghy soon – you may be able to build one yourself at the School, fingers crossed 🙂
(photos ex Colin Pawson, Allan Hooper & myself)
 
THE WAITANGI DAY WOODY PICNIC IS SHAPING UP TO BE A GOODY – 18 BOATS CONFIRMED ALREADY
If you have not RSVP’ed – time to get off the couch and do it 🙂 email to address below. The venue is – Waikalabubu Bay, Motutapu Island.
waitematawoodys@gmail.com
Woody Waitangi Picnic
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