On the slipway

Newsletter December 2014

Greetings to all our supporters.

The Haul-out.

On the slipwayA milestone was reached with the hauling out of the “Kate” on 24th November. After some anxious moments positioning her on the trolley the specially built cradle fitted perfectly, and all went well as the old Club tractor trundled her across the Causeway to back her into the white tent.

Kate crossing CausewayWe have 2 months free hardstand courtesy of the Boating Club; should be enough time to get the underwater work done, but not so long that the planking dries out, so we have to keep moving.

Repairs are started.

Remains of apron & kneeThe lower part of the stem has been removed, and as suspected there was serious rot behind it. Part of the apron will have to be replaced, and a new stem knee made before the new stem can be fitted. Tricky stuff, but we can make it stronger than before.

The rudder gland was removed and found to be poorly engineered, the source of the mystery leak. Various options for a new rudder design are being considered.

A survey of the rest of the hull finds the planking in remarkably good condition, but all of the old iron nails are suspect, so an extensive program of re-fastening is needed. The lower planks inside are so saturated with old engine oil and diesel that no rot spores or other greebies will grow in them!

Apprentices Tom and Joe have been working part-time pulling her apart while finishing other work commitments, and we’re looking forward to fitting the new frames that have been prepared.

Come and see – or help.

As a supporter, you are welcome to stop by and have a look at progress. We are planning a roster of volunteers to show visitors around and help with odd jobs, with some opportunities to learn boatbuilding skills. Ken Branch is co-ordinating the roster, please contact him , email ken.branch@xtra.co.nz mob. 0274 361 116 or 372 3396.


To the essential ingredient – money!

Can you afford to make a donation at this time? Any amount is gratefully received, we want this lovely little ship to belong to the whole community, a part of our heritage sailing in the service of youth.

Several supporters have committed to monthly automatic payments, which is especially welcome as we’re in this for the long haul. The dream is to be able to employ a manager / secretary to look after the administration and fund-raising while I concentrate on the restoration and plans, thus greatly speeding up progress.

Our KiwiBank account number is 38-9014-0889139-00 or cheques can be made out to Waiheke Working Sail. We are a registered charity, and a receipt will be given so donations are eligible for a tax refund.


The essential drawings for Plan Approval have been completed and sent off to Naval Architect Mike Hudson, who has agreed to do the calculations for stability pro bono, and can advise us on navigating the new Maritime Operator Safety System (MOSS).

Well-known surveyor Robin Williams has offered a free survey in January, despite a very busy schedule. By then we should have something to show him.

Best wishes

We wish our supporters all the best for the festive season, and good sailing.

Cheers, Bernard.