Boating NZ : FREE TO READ April 2014
subscribe online at www.mags4gifts.co.nz/boating-nz 87 Van Asch’s second-oldest boat is Apache, not shown here, a 5.8-metre boat designed and built about 1959 by the late Davey Scott, an Invercargill boat builder, for the late Norman Hayes. Caird served two years of his boat-building apprenticeship with Scott, while Hayes was the son of Irving Hayes who founded the E Hayes & Sons hardware store in 1932. This store has a sizable collection of early Southland motoring and farm machinery, including the late Bert Monro’s record-breaking Indian and Velocette motorcycles. Van Asch received Apache as part of a Lake Wakatipu boat shed purchase two years ago and, although the boat was in reasonable condition, it hadn’t been used for some years. It has been partially restored and the paintwork is largely original. Apache has a small cabin with twin vee berths and an aft cockpit. It is powered by another 108hp Dodge which direct-drives the propeller through a clutch, but there is no gearbox so no reverse. Next in the collection is Seattle, a 1962 six-metre Leo Young design, which was built for Alan and Alice Scott, then heavily involved in the Karapiro Ski Club. Seattle has had several engines over the years and is powered by a Chevrolet 350 V8, driving the propeller through a vee drive. A refurbishment several years ago by Kevin Sexton included new white leather upholstery to complement her red and white hull. Hamilton 73 jet boats have become highly collectable due to their rarity. There were two models, the Mexico and the Sport, with identical hulls designed by George Davidson, then managing director of Hamilton Jet. Kevin Shacklock designed the Sport’s topsides and its swoopy, wrapround windscreen. When van Asch casually mentioned to a friend that he was thinking about adding a Hamilton 73 to his collection, within a week he’d been put on to an original, mint-condition Hamilton 73 Sport in Christchurch named High Noon, which he immediately bought. High Noon still had her original engine, a Chevrolet 400 V8, although a few years later a severe Queenstown frost cracked the engine block, so van Asch imported a new Kodiak 330hp engine from Canada. This fuel-injected engine is based on a 5.7 litre GM V8 block which drives the boat’s original Hamilton 773 jet unit. High Noon is ideal for, to quote van Asch, “fanging”. Pride of place in the van Asch collection is his late-1970s Clipper 24, Clipper J, which he purchased from Ken Bush of Pauanui about five years ago. Bush had owned Clipper J for 28 years and had babied the boat. Van Asch, who doesn’t believe in babying his boats, soon found that the original engine had reached its use-by date: “It sounded like a heap of little men inside knocking away with hammers,” he says. Clipper J’s engine was replaced with a Volvo 330 petrol engine, sternleg and duo-prop. The engine is a marine version of a GM 5.7 litre V8. She runs beautifully at speed. The collection is kept in peak condition by Nigel Scott of the Boat Shed in Wanaka and engineer Gary Dellow, who works full time for van Asch. The four van Asch children sometimes need CrackerBoxJuniorRacer,DaveyScott5.8m,LeoYoung6m,Hamilton73,Clipper24Fairline,Apache,Seattle,HighNoon,HenryvanAsch REGULAR_My boat_April14.indd 87 18/03/2014 4:08:55 p.m.
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