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Islands. As he got older, he swapped her complicated sliding gunter rig for a Marconi rig to simplify the sailing, but his love for her never waned. Such was his affection for Scintilla that he built his coffin as a kind of Scintilla replica to carry him to his next life. When he died in August last year, aged 93, he was buried as per his wishes, in Coffintilla. Sara got the boat. And then things got interesting. Keen to explore the boat’s history, Sara sifted through her father’s papers and discovered Scintilla’s registration document which listed Dave Marks as the builder. After weeks of investigation and cross-checking scores of leads, she tracked him down. Did he remember Scintilla? Would he like to see her again? Is the Pope Catholic? DAVE MARKS Marks, it turns out, had been an accomplished, highly-respected boatbuilder in his time – as well as a bit of a tinkerer and a visionary. He’d done his apprenticeship at Shipbuilders Ltd in St Mary’s Bay – a sizeable yard building timber vessels for use in the Pacific theatre during WWII. He crafted scores of vessels during his time there, including the legendary Arrow, the Laurie Davidson-designed 14-footer that set a benchmark in the Auckland racing scene. He also built a P-Class for bonnie Prince Charlie. The boat, P181, used nine New Zealand timbers and was finished in clear varnish. It was presented to the Royal family during the 1953 New Zealand visit. Inevitably, Marks yearned to explore new designs and techniques and eventually decided to start his own business. Marksply Boats was established in 1960. But boat design, materials and technology were advancing, and the new-fangled fibreglass was becoming increasingly prevalent in high-performance Boat and builder reunited on Bucklands Beach strata 900 when size matters View our entire collection at www.smuggler.co.nz Smuggler Marine Ph: +64 9 838 9024 Mob: 021 969 282 Email: email@example.com 7 Enterprise Drive, Henderson, Auckland 0314-82 strata 550 stealth 720xs strata 770 Proudly made in New Zealand subscribe online at www.mags4gifts.co.nz/boating-nz 91 feature_Scintilla_old friends_Feb14.indd 91 18/02/2014 5:47:12 p.m.
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