Boating NZ : FREE TO READ April 2014
86 Boating New Zealand April 2014 Henry van Asch lives his life at full throttle and has a collection of boats to match. MY BOAT JOHN MACFARLANE 86 Photos by James Allen Fleet of speed C o-founder of the bungy-jumping craze and a lover of mountain biking and speed skiing, Henry van Asch thrives on thrills and is a keen collector of boats and cars. His love of cars began in his teenage years and his wife Caroline inspired him nautically with boat trips to her family’s Marlborough Sounds bach. Now he owns an assortment of boats and – surprise, surprise – they’re all speedboats. The oldest boat in his collection is Fairline, a 1955 so-called Cracker Box Junior Racer. Built from plywood, Fairline, not pictured here, has a central driving position with co-pilot seats on either side. She’s powered by a Dodge straight-six, flathead engine developing 108hp which, besides powering Dodge trucks of the 1940s and ’50s eras, were commonly fitted to farm equipment. Fairline is awaiting restoration by Graham Caird of Southern Classic Boats in Invercargill who has already restored others in the van Asch collection. Caird has got Fairline’s engine running, but it is yet to be tested on the water. Some of the boats of Henry van Asch, from left: the 6m, Leo Young-designed Seattle; the Hamilton 73 Sport High Noon, and the Mason Clipper 24, Clipper J. The 6m Leo Young-designed Seattle, with directional skeg beneath her hull. REGULAR_My boat_April14.indd 86 18/03/2014 4:07:47 p.m.
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