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  • The Yacht Designs of Robert Watt
  • All The Oceans
  • Adventures of a Pope At Sea
  • Retro and Vintage Boats. Kiwi Portraits
  • Jim Young. Designer Boatbuilder Sailor
  • Memories. Roads of Destiny
  • Beautiful Boats
  • Vintage New Zealand Launches
  • The Logans
  • Winkelmann's Waitemata
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    By William J Watt. Softback - Spiral Binding. 0.63kg, 300mm x 420mm (A3),Line Drawings& Specifications. Colour / Black & White Photographs. Published 2019.

    This book is esentially a folio of drawings of boats. The drawings, with their immaculate draughtmanship and attention to detail, have a character of their own. William Watt (Roberts Brother) has taken these drawings, bound them in this A3 Folio, and explains the character of his brother, and the sense behind the drawings...

    Born in Dunedin in 1942, Robert Watt had a fascination for boats and things nautical from an early age. But not just any nautical, Robert's passion was for traditionally nautical (and preferably sail driven). The sketches in this book which include those dating from his early teens, are details of sailing ships and then, in his later years, the yachts and boats reflected in this collection.

    The folio include details of yachts, yachts that might have been, and yacht designs for competition...

  • Merlin 22ft Gaff Sloop
  • Gossamer Albatross
  • RAYC Design Competition
  • Tiercel 29ft Cutter
  • Katherine Johnston 45ft Passage maker
  • Other Ships

    William Watt is Robert's younger brother. This book is a tribute and an appreciation of his sibling.

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    ALL THE OCEANS. Designing by the seat of my pants.
    By Ron Holland. Hardback, 1.80kg, 225mm x 235mm, 382 pages, 200+ colour photographs and Illustrations. Published February 2018.
    A memoir, 70 years in the making.

    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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    By Harry Pope. Softback, 1.33kg, 208mm x 297mm, Black & White Images. Published 2016.
    Author Harry Pope started out as a shipbuilder in the 1940's in New Zealand, and over the next few decades became a well-known figure in the marine industry. This book chronicles his early days working at Chas Baileys & Sons where he was foreman until 1970, followed by his yacht-building and yacht racing exploits, and his adventures as a salvage diver around Auckland.

    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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    By Don Jessen. Hardback, 1.31kg, 287mm x 218mm, 247 pages, Colour photographs. Published 2015

    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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    By Jim Young. Paperback, 0.95kg, 211mm x 280mm, full colour and black& white photographs and line drawings.
    This book covers a unique period in the history of yachting and boating in New Zealand that coincided with Jim Young’s life as a boatbuilder/designer/yachtsman.

    Born in Wellington, Jim Young's affinity with boats began with canvas canoes on the Waiwhetu Stream in Hutt Valley, before moving to Otahuhu and Sandringham, aged 10, and then to Auckland's North Shore.
    He started a boatbuilding apprenticeship in 1940 working on the construction of wooden naval vessels and general boat maintenance until 1945.

    It was an era that saw dramatic advances in design and construction technology from what was an ancient craft, steeped in tradition, unchanged for centuries, with the use of kauri for planking and framing and pohutukawa for knees.

    Today the change still continues apace, as boat builders of the past half century have had to relearn the trade completely as wood has been steadily replaced by synthetics.

    Jim Young passed away on June 18th 2020. Aged 94 years. His contribution to New Zealand sailing spanned 71 years including winning national sailing titles, boatbuilding, yachts and powerboat design.

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    by John Brooke. Softback, 0.68 kg, 210mm x 297m, 164 pages, Black and White, sepia and colour photographs. Published 2018.

    This book documents the memories as recorded by designer John Brooke throughout his 85 years. With many previously unseen photographs, maps, and sketches (from his own pen). Included are a number of the 'Cruise Sketches' (after each cruise John would draw a chart to show the course taken, anchorages, highlights and crew).

    Incorporating many wonderful stories and memories that will resonate with many people. This is a lovely illustrated diary of memories from a much loved, talented and creative man, and an important part of New zealand Boating 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.)

    Vessels include:

  • Jessie Logan- Queenie - Tawera
  • Rawhiti- Waitangi - Frostbite
  • Rawene - Moana - Corona
  • Rainbow - Ariki- Silver Fern
  • Ranger - Prize - Linda

    To name but a few.....

    Details of the Author
    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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      VINTAGE NEW ZEALAND LAUNCHES, A Winkelmann Portfolio.
      By Harold Kidd & Robin Elliott. Paperback, 0.68kg, landscape 280mm x 260mm, 108 pages, monochrome photographs.
      The team of two New Zealand classic-boat authors returns to the local maritime history scene with another very collectable book of excellent reproductions of photos from Henry Winkelmann - New Zealand's equivalent of Beken of Cowes, Isle of Wight.
      This book contains a stunning collection of photographs of early powerboats and launches taken from the mid-1890s to the late 1920s. Of 600 Winkelmann recorded powerboat photos around 450 survive and form part of the Auckland War Museum's Winkelmann Collection.
      The book is structured chronologically, following the style of the authors' earlier book Winkelmann's Waitemata (now unfortunately out of print), the first image dated 1897 and the last 1928. This period saw the decline of the steam launch in favour of "oil engine" power.
      The Photographs are of a wide range of craft, from the obscure to the famous, and from work-boats to speedboats. Boat-historians will be interested to trace the growth and transformation of generic forms such as the "tram-top", the "bridgedecker" and the "flushdecker", as launches finally gained full design-independance from their sailing progenitors.

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      By Robin Elliott and Harold Kidd. Paperback, 0.75kg, 260mm x 282mm, 144 pages, 100 monochrome photographs, drawings and boat plans.
      Since the 1880's yachts and launches from the yards and sheds of the Logan family have always stood out as shining examples of designers and builders arts. Contemporary reports would invariably describe these boats as having the "Logan style", immediately marking them as outstanding. The Logan racing yachts became champions and their keelboat cruisers and launches performed well above their owners' expectations. These virtues give the Logan name a mystique and pedigree that is highly valued to this day.
      Whilst the boats and the yard name are well known throughout New Zealand, the people who created them are not. Robert Logan senior and his sons John, James, Robert, Arch and Willie were all involved in various aspects of the consummate firm known as Logan Brothers, as were Arch's grandsons, Jack and Doug. The family eschewed publicity, preferring their product to speak for them.
      The book is illustrated with details and plans of known vessels, and photographs of the vessels and the family. The authors too are well known in New Zealand boating circles as excellent historians and authors of many magazine articles and co-authors of Winkelmann's Waitemata and Southern Breeze.

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      WINKELMANN'S WAITEMATA, Classic Auckland Yachting.
      By Robin Elliot, Harold Kidd, T L Rodney Wilson. Paperback, 0.52kg, 285mm x 260mm, 80 pages, monochrome photographs.
      A reprint of the first edition featuring photographs of Henry Winkelmann. There are familiar names as Ariki Rainbow, Viking, Moana, Iorangi and many others sailing in that time.
      Winkelmann's Waitemata provides a fascinating insight into the origins and history of early New Zealand yachting, and gives a unique perspective on a sport that currently has such a high profile in New Zealand.

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      by Sandra Gorter. Paperback, 0.48kg, 294mm x 210m, 110 pages, colour and black and white illustrations. Published 2010.
      The little keeler Scout, has raced successfully in and around Auckland with the C-class most of her life. A century of frustrated handicappers who worked with her age and/or waterline length, found that her performance belied both these measures and that handicapping the boat according to her place on the line was the only real measure of her potential.
      The secret to her performance lay in her design roots. Launched in 1909, she was built in the Whangarei backyard of three young brothers. They had sourced her lines from a magazine article about the recently agreed 6 Metre rule, extolling the virtues of a design that became an Olympic class for international racing. It was little wonder that Auckland boats had trouble beating this little racing machine.
      Her story as a work boat, home, racing yacht, and cruising and party boat for generations, is largely told by the people who sailed on Scout. Their stories over a century of change cast light on the yachting and social conditions of their day, giving a very personal view of the early years of Auckland yachting.
      Ending with Scout's creditable performance in the 6 Metre regatta at Newport in her century year 2009, this book celebrates a hundred years of one of Auckland's best little racing yachts.

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