Boating NZ : FREE TO READ March 2014
our experience with a fisherman’s floating rope in Chile, we had fitted a light line from the aft end of the keel to the bottom of the rudder to deflect ropes or other debris clear of our rudder and propeller. The Maine lobstermen used floating rope on their pots until the state government banned the practice a few years ago and supplied sinking rope to all boats free of charge. No doubt it helps, but we heard that 60,000 extra pots had been permitted in Maine this year. We wonder how long the fishery will last. During the 1980s when we were building Victoria at our home in Howick, Auckland, we subscribed to Wooden Boat magazine. It was in its infancy and from a publisher in Brooklin, Maine who wanted to keep alive the tradition of wooden boatbuilding. The magazine is still published and on the shores of Penobscot Bay, the Wooden Boat School teaches budding boatbuilders how to use a drawknife and adze. Our arrival coincided with their lunchtime break and we soon realised that the grey-haired students were seeking skills for retirement projects and were happy to chat about their dreams. The school was soon back in session but the chipping of the adze was replaced by the whine of the power-plane so we took our leave and bought a couple of Wooden Boat T-shirts from the shop, which sold wooden boat products. It was a pleasure to see the high regard they have for New Zealand designer John Welsford and to reflect on the splendid initiatives for keeping wooden boatbuilding skills going in New Zealand. Every place has distinctive architecture. Houses in Maine are designed to cope with the extremes of cold as well as summer sun. Boat design is also quite distinctive, and many yachts are elegant with traditional overhangs and attractive sheer-lines typified in the Hinkley yachts built in Maine. They glowed with the pride of owners who appreciate a timeless beauty not always seen in modern production yachts. There was one craft near Portsmouth on the New Hampshire coast that could hardly be called a thing of beauty. Portsmouth is an old city whose prosperity waxes and wanes with US military spending at the submarine base in the harbour. There was little activity at the base but we did see a craft named Ghost undergoing trials. Ghost was all angles and as ugly as a stealth bomber in an obvious attempt to avoid being seen on radar. The relief was great when the lobster pots thinned out as we progressed south towards Cape Cod and the famous sailing grounds between Boston and New York, where our summer cruise through US and Canada would end. Centuries old, Portsmouth New Hampshire. After more than a decade as Maritime NZ’s manager of recreational boating, Jim Lott retired and, with his wife Karin, set off on a world voyage that has no end in sight. They are cruising on their 50-foot John Goldwater-designed ketch Victoria which Jim built in his backyard in the 1980s. VICTORIA’S WORLD VOYAGE Intellian is the world’s technological leader in manufacturing a wide range of mobile satellite communication systems. Intellian has established its name with its self- contained satellite antenna technologies, which provide access to high quality satellite antenna systems in the open sea, even in the roughest weather conditions. SATELLITE TV ANTENNAS – LEADING TECHNOLOGY AT AFFORDABLE PRICES pre-programmed for NZ - NB just requires Decoder with iNtelliaN without iNtelliaN 383 New North Rd, Kingsland 0314-21 Call us Now – full iNstallatioN serviCe availaBle iNtelliaN antenna from $3950 subscribe online at www.mags4gifts.co.nz/boating-nz 89 Cruising_Jim Lott_March14.indd 89 18/02/2014 8:12:51 a.m.
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