It’s A Real Boat Show in 2021, And No Masks. The First Sign Of Life In Woodyboaterville! OVER 80 Photos!
Yes, this is LIVE-ish. And from New Zealand. Where it’s summer when we are in winter, toilets run backwards, and Sunday is already over. Oh, and Covid crap is being managed like the bitch that it is! Here is a report from Phil Andrews and a more official one from Jacquetta Bell. Take it away Phil.
Hi Matt and fellow WoodyBoaters, Sunday night here having just put the boats away in the museum/shed. Due to a Covid outbreak in Auckland the country was plunged into a lockdown which was only released on Saturday evening. This meant the show could only run Sunday so sadly many entrants from The upper North island and Auckland couldn’t come along.
We did however manage to get a show of sorts. I was busy running my 3 Century boats so didn’t have time to get shots on the water. Last year we had Steve Lapkin doing the honours for our WB community so this year i hope you enjoy my pictures of on land boats.
And now from Jacquetta
Covid restrictions lifted just in time to allow the 22nd NZ Antique & Classic Boat Show to go ahead as a one-day event on Sunday (March 7).
The annual show held annually at Lake Rotoiti in the Nelson Lakes National Park usually runs over two days, but drew a good crowd on Sunday, with close to 30 late registrations making up for those unable to travel from Auckland.
The wooden power boat Rita took the Jens Hansen Trophy, having been towed up from Tarras by her owner, Michael Hayman. The 6m boat was built in Waimate, with an open cockpit designed after boats used on Sydney Harbour.
Boat show judge John Harris said the winner was impressive as a 100 year old veteran of the water.
“Rita impressed us as a wooden plank runabout built in 1920, still in relatively original condition and still enjoyed on the water by her owner.”
The judges were impressed with the overall standard of entries and with innovations such as Pete Murton’s 1895 fan-tailed clinker, which has been re-fitted with an electric motor.
Other award winning boats were:
Best New Craft and Eventiac Award for the Best Themed Display: wooden kayaks owned by Lindsay Norris, Blenheim
Best Restoration: Cougar jet boat owned by Lindsay and Stuart Mann, Rangiora
Mathieson-Jeffcott Trophy for best inboard-motor craft: runabout Amalfi, owned by John McLean, Timaru
Port Nelson trophy for best row-boat: former Otago pilot boat built in the 1870s, owned by Kevin Hislop, Murchison
Ron Culley Trophy for the Best Steam Boat: Estral, built in the 1940s and owned by Bill Voisey, Blenheim
Johnson Family Trophy for the Best Sail Powered Craft: Tiptoe, replica Cape Cutter, built in 2013 and owned by Stephen Jarvis, Christchurch
Best outboard motor craft: 1960 Safacraft owned by Pete McCaw of Christchurch
CWF Hamilton Trophy for the Best Jet Propelled Craft: Rakaia, a1979 jet boat owned by Chris Richards of Blenheim
Innovation award: 1895 fantail clinker Blue Duck, now powered by an electric motor and owned by Pete Murton of Nelson
Best Amercan craft: 1953 Cris Craft Catherine, imported to New Zealand in 2016 by the owner Rick Wilkie
Best clinker: Wee Poppa, built in 1950 and owned by Steve Gorrie, Nelson
People’s Choice, voted for on the day: 1969 Foiling Sunburst owned by Gary Thomlinson of Christchurch.
So missing live shows and with Panther covered and winterized on this 28 degree morning todays article/blog was just what the doctor ordered. Thank you. Too many boats and pics to comment on so I’ll just say AWSOME.
Great pictures and even greater to see an actual boat show. Really hopeful to have boat shows back in Michigan this summer.
Started working on getting the boats ready for the season and it feels really good!
That my friends is what we all needed to shake us out of our winter doldrums. CAN NOT wait until we return to these shows here and a chance to meet up with old/new friends!
Wow, talk about variety. Classics, sail boats, three points, drag boats, home built, steam power and some really unique marine power conversions. Thanks for sharing. It was great to be part of a boat show again!
We should all make a group field trip to this show next year!
No masks and no mask-holes! I guess they finally “stopped the spread” — the spread of stupidity and mindless fear.
Which unfortunately you supported, Matt. Can we get back to pictures of the Reedville Railway, please?
This is because they followed mask guidelines and listened to Dr’s and scientists instead of Karen from the homeowners association who has a degree in tunafish casserole baking with space lazers.
“This is because they followed mask guidelines and listened to Dr’s and scientists instead of Karen from the homeowners association who has a degree in tunafish casserole baking with space lazers.”
I’ll have you know that Karen’s tuna casserole is to die for…..
You won’t find anyone in healthcare who agrees with you. Please don’t confuse your Google search with those that have actual degrees. Watch a lot of people die in your hospital then rethink your stand. Sorry Matt, I very rarely comment on this issue. Feel free to delete.
Can we just escape th COVID pandemic in our own home for a Sunday morning, and go to a Boatshow. That was very cool. There were a lot of different boats of all types there. A lot of nice stuff. Gives me hope for 2021. Thanks for sharing.
Mark – Totally agree!! The boat show pictures were perfect for today. Thanks Matt, Phil and Jacquetta!
Can someone explain the trailer on the aluminum boat Vulcan
… yeah, what is that? Almost looks like the trailer axle runs over the top of the boat.
Yeap, there are a few old jetboats with this type of trailer. Basically you back to trailer in until the boat floats , then disconnect it at the spreader bar that runs across the top of the boat then slowly reverse away…
once we’ve all had that covid jab please do plan your trip down to New Zealand , truely massive Classic boat following here…. all welcome …
man that made me blue about Dora! Great boats and pics…check out the finned aluminum jet drive deal…wow!
John in Va.
yeah and that cool suspending type trailer….great…
John in Va.
ThAt trailer may be a Holsclaw , at least similar. You can drop the boat in very swallow water. Jet boats were used to run up river to the Outback in AU. Could run in a few inches of water.
Tommy???? I must adjust your onboard NAV. ‘The outback in AU?? The Jet boat was invented in New Zealand. NZ. An entirely different country.
Invented by Bill Hamilton in the South Island. Heres a bit about him here.
Phil, thanks for the correction. Geez I wasn’t even on the correct continent, the land of the long white cloud shall remain “jet boat land”.
The trailer is very much like a Holsclaw Boat-Roadster. The boat is suspended with a strap that goes under the boat, much like a sling with the bow held by a chain or strap. It almost looks like this one is connected to the covering board. Yes, the axle goes up and over the boat. The boat, Vulcan, almost looks like a Glen-L Swish done in aluminum rather than plywood. Lots of diversity at this show. If I start swimming right now, maybe I’ll make it there by next year’s show!
Holey Moley, what a magical place!!
“It’s soooo choice. I highly recommend it!” (© Ferris Buehler). Bucket list without a doubt. Mahalo.
Very very very cool!!
It’s always summer somewhere!
that flathead setup is amazing…
John in Va
should have never cancelled Mt. Dora/Sunnyland.
Brings back memories of my water skiing days with a Leo young 16ft ski boat and a 253 holden V8 Those were the days in 1968
You guys at the Beautiful lake Rotoiti do a fabulous job Pete and your team.
The Presque Isle Harbor Wooden Boat Show is a go for the third weekend of June 2021. It’s looking to be one of the best shows ever in the harbor. Models and all.