Boating NZ : FREE TO READ April 2014
persuading to go boating. “ When I suggest a day on the water, the kids moan, ‘Do we have to go boating?’ but once they’re out there it’s: ‘Do we have to go home already?’” jokes their father. A typical boating day usually includes another parent and another two or more children, meaning two boats are required. Clipper J usually acts as the mother ship, with Apache, Seattle or High Noon coming along as the fang machine and biscuit puller. Tim Porter, Boating New Zealand’s executive publisher, lives in Wanaka and owns the diesel- powered Clipper 24 Brampton. Inevitably, there’s been some impromptu testing of who has the faster Clipper. Both claimed the honours, but a little sleuthing revealed van Asch’s petrol-powered Clipper J was quicker out of the hole, while Porter’s diesel-powered Brampton had longer legs. Given the competitive natures of these two, one suspects testing will continue. The late Tony Mason designed the Clipper 24 in 1967, the first of his boats to be constructed in GRP. The early models had GRP hulls with wooden decks and superstructure, while the later examples were built entirely of GRP. The Clipper 24 had a 24-degree deep vee monohedron hull with a raked bow for dynamic lift in following seas and soft buttock lines to prevent broaching. A long, straight keel line aided course-keeping, while the deep vee kept machinery and tankage weight low for stability. Three strakes were fitted for spray deflection for low, intermediate and high speeds. Clipper 24s are renowned for their sea keeping and handling, especially in following seas. In their day, they had an excellent record in offshore powerboat competitions, and variations of this hull have made successful race boats. Factory-fitted engines were usually the Chrysler 5.7 litre V8 with a Volvo Penta sternleg, although most of the later examples had a Volvo Penta package based on the GM 351 block with a duo-prop sternleg. This will drive a Clipper to 35 knots flat out. A few Clippers were fitted with the bigger 427 block engine, delivering up to 45 knots. A few boats were sold with twin engines, some with twin outboards, but the single engine was by far the most common. Twin stainless steel fuel tanks in the middle of the boat provide 270 litres of fuel and the Mason-designed four-wheeled trailer enables a Clipper to be floated on and off single-handed. Production ceased along with Mason Marine in the aftermath of the 1979 Boat Tax. Tony Mason died in 2008 after a brief illness. Clipper 24 – histor y and design specifications: Mason Clipper 24 ➤ loa 7.92m ➤ boa 2.42 ➤ towing weight (typical) 2,730kg ➤ engine (typical) 265hp ➤ number in NZ 100 (approx) ➤ year designed 1967 ➤ designer Tony Mason ➤ builder Mason Marine ➤ price guide $40,000 to $70,000 ➤ strengths Strong GRP construction, excellent sea keeping and performance in rough water, fairly dry due to the three strakes per side, modern classic status ➤ weaknesses A trifle tender with crew movement and requires use of the trim tabs when underway ➤ what to watch for Window leaks, accident damage, age- related mechanical condition of engine, drive train and trailer, gel coat condition and related cosmetic issues 88 Boating New Zealand April 2014 REGULAR_My boat_April14.indd 88 18/03/2014 4:09:26 p.m.
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