Waiheke Working Sail

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Many thanks to our valued supporters, in particular the Red Shed Art Collective for donating $1,000 from their exhibition “The Challenge of the Sea”. Also several generous individuals, the Waiheke Local Board for a grant of $2,000, and the Waiheke RSA for fully funding the $1.250 annual Apprentice Administration fees.
Work has started with re-fitting the ‘Boston Whaler’ hull as a work barge for access while re-building the stern. On the “Kate” the old transom has been demolished, the new horn timber fitted and now it’s a matter of sculpting the new shape as near as we can to the original elegant form.
We are also starting on the bowsprit and mast, using the logs grown on the Island, while we have temporary use of the Boating Club’s white tent.
Fund-raising continues, we hope to keep up the momentum. Our next fun event is an evening of SEA SONGS AND SHANTIES at the Rocky Bay  Hall on the Saturday of Queens Birthday weekend, 4th June, led by the local group Royal Fortune. If you want to hear a saw played really beautifully, come along, and if you’d like to sing, join in the choruses. Tickets are $15 from Christine, 372 7423.
Donation are always welcome through the “Give a Little’ facility on our website, wws.onewaiheke.org.

Generous donation gives the Kate a new tender. Click here for DSCF3267more…



Kate Restoration Newsletter October 2015

Since our re-launch last February the main emphasis has been on fund-raising.        Waiheke Rotary came up with a generous $5,000, and this we put to good use finishing some re-framing work, strengthening joints in the deck, fibreglassing it and installing the porthole glasses.

Altex Paints have again been generous, supplying their products at a very good price.

The Moruroa slide show gave me an enjoyable chance to share old memories, and made a profit of $901, and the raffle raised almost $2,000 thanks to Bill Kinghorn’s organising and all those who sold tickets. This we spent on completing the fore ‘scuttle’, a raised hatchway that gives standing headroom below. It’s nice to be building new rather than repairing the old, and will look good once painted and the wood trim oiled. Its rather boxy appearance will be hidden once the new bulwarks are in place.


So now the rain is kept out, and we can lock the Kate up, useful steps forward.

The winter was marred by Auckland Council attaching very nasty letters to the Kate and several other boats, requiring us to move or face possible fines. This posed a dilemma, as the only ‘legal’ mooring area is out in the middle of the inlet, where work on her would be impossible. The Local Board has been supportive and helpful, and we are presently securely moored between the two houseboats, handy for running open days and sausage sizzles on the grass nearby.

Negotiations for the longer term are ongoing; we hope to secure a berth near where we used to be, once the new Boating Club sea wall and hardstand are completed.

Other funding applications are in the pipeline, and there are several minor jobs to do as funds permit. We hope to be able to tackle the re-building of the stern early next year.

To all who have supported us, our sincere thanks. And to anyone thinking of donating – this is for the future of Waiheke.

Cheers, Bernard.

21st Century Coastal Shipping for the Hauraki Gulf, Auckland NZ