Today we are traveling to beautiful Lake Rotoiti in New Zealand for the 16th Annual New Zealand Antique & Classic Boat Show, which was held on February 8th & 9th. Woody Boater has been covering this event since 2010 thanks to Pete Rainey (New Zealand Classic Boats) and photographer Alan Doak who kindly shares his great photo gallery with us each year. A few days ago, Alan (his friends call him “Skinny”) once again sent us a link to his farm fresh photos from the recent event. Skinny also participates in the event each year with is race boat, so we appreciate the fact that he can take the time to cover the two day show in pictures for us.
The single greatest part of this annual boat show for us is the vast array of classic boats (and classic boaters) that attend the show, and how everyone gathers together to share their common interest of classic boats. Some of the boats are recognizable to us and others are unique to the area with a certain international flavor. Regardless, they are all cool and well cared for by their owners. Some are also very innovative crafts as you will see.
Here is an overview of this year’s event from NZ Classic Boats website. Unfortunately we don’t have a list of the over 120 classic boats from the show, so it’s hard to identify many of them, or to identify the winning boats that are mentioned in the following Press Release – So we will do our best to add some commentary. – Texx
New Zealand Antique and Classic Boat Show 2014 Results
New Zealand Antique & Classic Boat Show
Lake Rotoiti, Nelson Lakes National Park
February 8th & 9th, 2014
It’s was a victory for “blokeish escapism” at this year’s NZ Antique & Classic Boat Show, held at Lake Rotoiti in the Nelson Lakes National Park over the weekend of February 8 & 9 2014.
Over 120 clinkers, steam launches, classic motorboats and sailing dinghies enjoyed two days of boating and chatting about boats, with the Jens Hansen trophy for best vessel overall going to the Christchurch-owned shallow-beam skiff, “Willow”.
Judges’ spokesman John Harris said this 16’ 7’’ plywood skiff stood out as unique.
“The owner, Darryl Maffey, bought her from an elderly man last year and has done her up as a ‘blokes boat’, finished simply in grey and white with a red trim,” he said, “Willow is a boat that says ‘I can escape in this and go fishing or do a bit of duck-shooting with my mates or with my kids’, it’s a male-bonding kind of boat.”
Harris said the boat show, now in its 16th year, draws a consistently high standard of entrants and is a great motivator for people to restore old craft or build new boats on traditional designs.
Boat show organizer Pete Rainey said the sunny weather drew good crowds both days, and though the southerly prevented much on-water activity on Sunday there was good sailing by mid-afternoon.
Rainey said holding the show a month earlier than usual was popular with visitors, with some enjoying a day out at the lake after attending the Marlborough Wine and Food Festival. However he said the earlier time was more cluttered with events, which would be taken into account when deciding the date for next year’s show.
The award winning boats were:
Best New Craft: Boat 67 (unnamed), a 13’ 8” ultra-light ply dinghy with total design and build by the owners, John and Dianne Macbeth, Todd Valley, Nelson.
Best Restoration: Andiamo, a 18’ 6” power boat built in 1949 and based at Lake Rotoiti (NI) over 60 years ago, where it was one of the fastest boats on the lake, owned by Mary Fuller of Tauranga.
Best rowed craft: Inverie, a 12’ 1947 traditional clinker dinghy, owned by the Picton Clinker & Classic Boat Club.
CWF Hamilton trophy for best jet propelled boat: Potential, a 4.5m Hamilton jet 30XL, built in 1964 and now owned by Geoff and Shelley Neutze of Christchurch.
Johnson Family Trophy for the best sail powered craft: Julie, a 14’ X-class built in 1950, owned by Guy Manning of Nelson.
Mathieson/Jeffcott trophy for best motor powered craft: Matariki, a 5m launch built in 1965 and restored in 2014, owned by Marlene & Peter Crapper of Picton.
Best outboard motor boat: Miss Molly, a 13’ Clinker runabout built in 1963 and owned by Dick & Rita Hall of Picton.
Eventiac best themed display: Thunderbird, a 15’ 1972-73 jet boat, bought as a bare hull for $500 in 2006, returned to red and white color scheme and re-launched in 2006; entry included music and costumes, owned by Edward Wicken of Christchurch.
Ron Culley trophy for best steam boat: Tecumseh, a 17’ 9” steam launch built in 2003 by Myron Givets, owned by Tony Collins of North Otago.
People’s Choice: Vanquish, a 19’ powerboat, a new build by the owner over a period of seven years, in the style of a 1930s-40s gentleman’s racer. Owned by Dave Deavoll of Christchurch.
For further info, contact Pete Rainey at [email protected]
Thanks Pete, congratulations on another successful boat show. – The only problem that we are always faced with when we start to go through Alan Doaks huge photo gallery is deciding what photos to use for our story today, as we want to cover the wide range of boats as much as possible. So we managed to get it down to about 30 photos – It’s tougher than it looks, believe me. – Texx
As I was going through Alan’s photo gallery yesterday, I noticed that fellow Woody Boater Philip Andrew (from New Zealand) was at the boat show with his cool 1966 Century Arabian. So I sent Philip an e-mail to get his comments on the show. Within 30 minutes, I received a return e-mail from Philip to say he was in the United States, en route to Florida to attend the NASCAR Daytona 500 race this weekend. Here’s what Philip had to say…
Hey Texx – Great to hear from you. I am in fact in the beautiful USA this evening. I’m in Fayetteville, Northern Carolina on the drive from NYC to Daytona Beach to the great race (Daytona 500) this Sunday.
The boat show was as usual a fun affair again last weekend. I had left my ’66 Century Arabian down at the lake since the previous Christmas, so I flew to Nelson, picked up a rental car and drove the hour to the Lake Rotoiti for the show.
Saturday was a perfectly flat day on the lake and by 11:00 AM we were all out there in the broadest range of watercraft you could imagine. The show is really set up to be a fun day out and not at all a serious concours competition. There are distinct camps of Jetboats, Sailing Boats, Clinkers, Steam Powered, Canoes and Kayaks, and cool Outboards.
There were 6 (I think) powerboats like mine. A couple of Chris-Craft Racing Runabouts – Johnny Malthius has the Red & White one called “My Love” and Sven Baker has the other, a varnished one. There was a Chris-Craft Continental “Ruby” recently brought up from Queenstown (previously owned by a friend of mine) and last years winner, Bruce Judge’s Chris-Craft Custom “Blondie”.
A couple of other locally made boats rounded out the inboard speedboats. I would describe the weekend as rather like the movie “Its a Mad Mad Mad Mad World!”
The highlight of the day was a fly-over of the newly restored Avro Anson WW2 light bomber / observer / commanders transport plane. Very, very pretty aircraft and sounded glorious. (Philip Andrew is also a vintage plane nut as you can tell – Texx)
Sunday the lake was pretty rough so only the carefree went out on the water. One guy had made a kayak out of a thin framework covered in a gossamer transparent plastic. To that he had fitted hydrofoils and an outboard engine and off he went. – Thanks for the report Philip, and enjoy sunny Daytona this weekend! – Texx
Special thanks to Alan Doak (Skinny) for sharing his photos from the boat show with us here at Woody Boater. Also to Philip Andrew for his comments.
For further info, contact Pete Rainey at [email protected]