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Growing up on a beach in New Zealand, Ron Holland's life was destined to be connected to the sea. After failing High School, Ron completed his first ocean sailing voyage at 15 years of age, a year later he began a wooden boatbuilding apprenticeship and embarked on a journey which determined the rest of his life.
Ron's first yacht design was launched at the age of 19, from which he rapidly made a name for himself as one of the most sought-after and celebrated designers in the highly competitive world of International Racing, before advancing to bigger things. His seminal influence on the (then) new category of Superyachts brought him fresh success, new contacts and the introduction to a world of fascinating personalities: Business Tycoons, Royalty and Rock Stars.
In the course of his career Ron developed unique relationships with many International Clients, allowing him an intimate view of social and economic trends during the early days of the new millennium.
This is Ron's story.
50 years of successes and failures, of a life lived to the max, of a man who believes in saying yes to the opportunities that are presented and who embraced his own personal life's voyage with enthusiasm, and self belief.
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Harry began inspecting vessels after the 1956 Suva Race, and his extensive knowldege of boat construction was put to good use when he started Pope Marine Services, which operated from 1970 to 1991, conducting around 10,000 marine surveys, inspections and appraisals for a wide range of vessels.
This is an album of New Zealand maritime History which features, among other things, snapshots of many well-known figures, some ripping yarns, wild weather, barely seaworthy vessels and a narrative of this (one man's) life at sea.
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Retro and Vintage boats are a picturesque reminder of an elegant time past, when beauty, form and style ruled. They are the beautiful classic car or stunning hot rod of the lakes and sea, and they are becoming increasingly sought after by Kiwi boaties. Within these pages author Don Jessen presents a highly covetable selection of these beautiful boats, and their stories.
This book is split into sections of some of the different types of boats to be found in our (New Zealand) coastal and inland waters, from time-honoured clinkers and picnic boats, steam launches, runabouts, cabin cruisers, jet boats and speedboats of our earlier years, to a small selection of vintage and replica launches.
The boats included, and illustrated in this beautiful book are too numerous to mention. Suffice to say that this is a book that everyone interested in New Zealand Boating History would love to have in their library.
Not only a tribute to some wonderful iconic boats, but a salute to style and design, and the passion that New Zealand has for the water.
A book that you have to see to appreciate.
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We have received the following review from customer John Darling in Australia and we quote it here with his kind permission:
Thank you for your efforts re the Jim Young Book. I am so glad I have it now and can honestly recommend it to you and your customers. For anyone who has ever met this inspiring and innovative designer it probably goes without saying that the book is all of that and more.
Jim's life has been all about boats and how they tick and this book is about that but also about what makes the man tick. A don't miss gem for people who were around when his creations were hitting the water and lots about what it took to get his very "Before his time " ideas into reality
I believe you will not want to put it down once you start reading it.
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More than 100 years later, many of these masterpieces are still going strong, and their remarkable life stories of success, neglect and restoration tell a story of New Zealand's history. Renowned yachting writer and photographer, Ivor Wilkins, showcases the leading lights of the recent classic yacht revival movement: big names such as Waitangi, Rainbow and Ariki, treasures such as Little Jim and Rona, and the classic dinghies and launches which dot our coast.
It is a tribute both to the original builders of these magnificent craft but also to their current owners and restorers, who have gone to what might seem incomprehensible lengths to bring them back to their former glory and return them to home waters. Lavishly illustrated with contemporary and historic photographs, this book tells the fascinating stories of these boats and at the same time tells a story of New Zealand's own history.
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BEAUTIFUL BOATS, A Selection of Classic New Zealand Yacht Designs.
By Robert Brooke. Paperback, 0.57kg, 210mm x 298mm, 105 pages, Colour, Sepia and Black & White photographs. Line drawings of Hull Lines and Sail Plan. Published 2016
Over the last 50 or so years, Robert Brooke has been collecting Classic Yacht Designs. This collection features fifty designs of New Zealand designed and built classic yachts, Launches, Centreboarders and Dinghys. The designs range from a 124 ft sail Training vessel to the 7ft "P" Class yacht, all of which have been scaled to fit within the pages of the book. The author has redrawn each design, tracing off the original drawings so they all are a similar format.
As well as photographs of the yacht itself, there are also details of the vessel, hull lines, profile, half breadths, Sections, diagonals, and sail plan.
Included, where possible, are original pencil and ink drawings (Arch Logan, Chas Bailey, Charlie & Alex Collings, and his own father, John Brooke.) or blueprints and photocopies from other designers. (including Bob Stewart, Colin Wild, Bert Woolacott, Des Townson and Alan Wright.)
To name but a few.....
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Robert Brooke, now retired, has designed and built both centreboarders and keelboats, many of which he has raced successfully. He is a Classic boat Enthusiast and has restored a number of boats including the Launch Linda and the 'A'Class Keeler Rawene. He is the younger son of the yachtsman and yacht designer, John Brooke, and has been heavily involved in the Boatbuilding Trade, Teaching and apprenticeship system in New Zealand for many many years.
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In 1915 as casualities mounted at Gallipoli, the Government took them over, and, encouraged by Governor Liverpool, New Zealanders dug deep in their pockets to fit them out and provide comfort for their patients. By the end of the War, the 2 ships had carried 47,000 people.
This book tells the story of those Hospital Ships. Based on extensive research, it brings to life a mixed crew of ship owners, politicians, mariners, doctors, nurses and patients as they battle sea sickness, explore foreign lands, pull rank, mutiny, squabble over privileges, and bitch about food while still managing to care for patients under difficult and dangerous circumstances.
More than a book directed only at maritime or medical history, The White Ships illustrates many of the war's big issues, including political relationships, the Home front,labour relations, alcohol attitudes and War profits and profiteering.
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The first European ship to be built with New Zealand timbers was the Fancy, built in Sydney in 1893. A year prior to that,a group of deserted sealers began construction of the first European-built vessel in New Zealand. This schooner was ultimately launched in 1795.
European settlement of New Zealand began with traders establishming isolated settlements on the coast, often under the protection of the local Maori Chief. With the mountainous interior of the country heavily forested, the only means of travel between these communities was by sea.
This (Second Edition) of the book lists more than 1,200 New Zealand Shipbuilders, Shipwrights and boatbuilders, including their biographies and the names and specifications of over 5,600 vessels. The various types of vessels built during this 150 year period include: dinghies, pinnaces, whaleboats, Maori war canoes, ships boats, gigs. barges, punts, dandys, luggers, open sail boats, cutters, ketches, galliots, schooners, topsail schooners, brigs, brigantines, barques, barquentines, fully rigged ships, yawls, scows, dredges, floating cranes, naval patrol boats, tugs, minesweepers and a sbmarine, oli launches, maotor launches and yachts of all types.
A valuable source of information on New Zealand's maritime history, and for anyone seeking vessel history,or biographical and ancestestoral history.
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