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Kate Restoration Newsletter

Since our re-launch last February the main emphasis has been on fund-raising.        Waiheke Rotary came up with a generous $5,000, and this we put to good use finishing some re-framing work, strengthening joints in the deck, fibreglassing it and installing the porthole glasses.

Altex Paints have again been generous, supplying their products at a very good price.

The Moruroa slide show gave me an enjoyable chance to share old memories, and made a profit of $901, and the raffle raised almost $2,000 thanks to Bill Kinghorn’s organising and all those who sold tickets. This we spent on completing the fore ‘scuttle’, a raised hatchway that gives standing headroom below. It’s nice to be building new rather than repairing the old, and will look good once painted and the wood trim oiled. Its rather boxy appearance will be hidden once the new bulwarks are in place.


So now the rain is kept out, and we can lock the Kate up, useful steps forward.

The winter was marred by Auckland Council attaching very nasty letters to the Kate and several other boats, requiring us to move or face possible fines. This posed a dilemma, as the only ‘legal’ mooring area is out in the middle of the inlet, where work on her would be impossible. The Local Board has been supportive and helpful, and we are presently securely moored between the two houseboats, handy for running open days and sausage sizzles on the grass nearby.

Negotiations for the longer term are ongoing; we hope to secure a berth near where we used to be, once the new Boating Club sea wall and hardstand are completed.

Other funding applications are in the pipeline, and there are several minor jobs to do as funds permit. We hope to be able to tackle the re-building of the stern early next year.

To all who have supported us, our sincere thanks. And to anyone thinking of donating – this is for the future of Waiheke.

Cheers, Bernard.

Meeting Sun 29th April 2012


Review of project so far – Millie.

Goals build and operate a working sail craft for:

  • Low Energy Transport,
  • Sail training,
  • Boat-building and maintenance skills.

Preserving and maintaining traditional skills through genuine work.
Currently sail focuses on sport, luxury and hobby/restoraton
We are aiming to shift the focus back to working sail.

How did other groups do this?

  • Boat design and building skills
  • Sailing and navigation
  • Loading and Storage

Bernard: What we have learned that the cargo aspect is not really practical. economic, also meeting with deliveries.  There may still be specialist cargoes such as organic wine or others that need zero carbon.
Millie: first goal may be training but the cargo still the longer term purpose.
Bernard: any ship we get should be classified for carrying cargo – not just a passenger ship. – Not much extra – e.g. hatch, derrick etc.
Meanwhile focus should be on Sail training aspect and carrying passengers.  Had a good talk with R Tucker Thompson doing what we would want to do.  Only tall ship in the Bay of Islands.
They get 60 trainees a year – this might be a goal for us.
Their website is useful guide for us.

Review of Trip to Panmure.

Total cost of the trip $20 in fuel. Ongoing maintenance of boat (10k/yr).  20 to boat.
Wharf is recreational vessels only and limited to 8m.
Could pick up people from S Auckland there.

  • Generate a list of other wharfs where you could tie up.

Millie: experience was valuable. everything is not geared to shipping cargo at this time. When we are training we need to keep in mind our ultimate goal.

  • What could be our next trip?
    • Thames takes 1/2 day trip so would need to be overnight – tidal.
    • Coromandel – also overnight, or very long day. – tidal.

Process of setting up a Trust.

Why are we setting up a trust?

The project is a not for profit enterprise providing the social good of sail training and boat building education for young people in Waiheke and the Hauraki Gulf. We will be seeking sponsorship, donations, and other sources of funding and therefore require charitable trust status to allow us to receive tax deductible donations and to ensure good management best practice and oversight.

Name: Waiheke Working Sail Charitable Trust

Other names may be used for publicity and more specific products and services provided by WWS.

Possible trustees:  Andrew, Bernard, Alex, Mike Delamore. – Others to be approached.

Incorporation of trustees as a board – to companies office.

Registration as a charity with charities commission (tax exemption).

* Bernard to collate paperwork and Millie to put documents online for approval and editing.

Review of Buy or Build.

Bernard – thoughts on buying second hand.
Was talking to Ted Ewbank – Naval Architect.  Designer of Rough as guts – not a good reputation.   Breeze does not have stability requirement to carry passengers outside of internal gulf. We need a design that meets the necessary stability.
Most of the bargains around do not have shoal draught.   So building still seems our most likely option.

Bernard’s design is evolving after conversations in the Bay of islands and with Architect.
Progress is now limited by lack of funds.  We will apply for $5000 to New Hope Trust (Recycling centre).  – Bernard to do this, Alex to help.

Expenses. – Bernard can hold monies for the project,  Can incur expenses up to $500 assuming funds are available, keeping receipts.  Larger sums by agreement from the committee.
The group will set up a bank account with shared access by the committee.

General discussion about tall ships and competitive ships and suitability for the Gulf.

Rotary Presentation

Monday 25th June at the Surfdale Bowling Club at 6.45pm, have dinner, club business and the the speaker would talk for around 20 minutes with 10 minutes for questions.

* Next Meeting May 27th 15:00  At 37 Makora Ave, Oneroa.

Meeting Sat 17th March 2012

Andrew, Millie, Bernard
Topics: what to do next, leasing.

Recent Activities

Meeting with Paul Hailstone

Millie,Andrew and I met with Paul last Monday. Paul is a tradesman boat-builder who has taken over repair work I used to do on The Causeway. He is also a welder and steel worker, and with his brother Brett used to operate a big mobile crane on the Island.
Paul is very supportive, and would be keen to be lead boat-builder if we build a new ship. Working under cover would be essential, either a temporary or permanent shed. This raises the problem of resource consent – Peter Stoddart’s section is zoned residential and this would probably be considered industrial, unless we could persuade Council this is a one-off project for community charitable purposes. (we need expert advice on this).
Also, Paul has been given 2 large macrocarpa trees blown down in a storm, in an inaccessible gully in Surfdale. They are straight and clear, should be beautiful timber. He is thinking of investing in chainsaw mill to slab them, and has a place to store them.

Meeting with Tony Sears

Bernard met Tony last Wednesday 29th Feb. Tony is Deputy Principal at Waiheke High, in charge of their Sea Sports Academy, also a Rotarian.
Tony is very enthusiastic about sail training, sees a particular need to give direction to at-risk youth. I mentioned experience on “Spirit of New Zealand” where a ratio of one police referral to 9 other trainees means peer pressure usually gives them the big self-discovery. He said if he asked at Assembly who would like to go on a sail-training voyage, about 300 hands would go up – but the big problem is finance. Most families are struggling these days. Every year the school sends the head boy and head girl on “SONZ”, it now costs $1700 each. (I’m sure we could do it much cheaper) Rotary usually pitches in about $500 each, the rest has to be found somehow.

Tony and Bernard discussed the concept of an endowment fund for Youth Development – invite wealthy islanders to contribute, each 1 million invested produces $50,000 annually at 5% interest… Names mentioned are John Gow who has the sculpture park, Brad Butterworth, Neal and Annette Plowman who spent $49 million on Rotoroa Island to make it a superb public park.

Regarding releasing students, this is at the discretion of the Principal, and would come under the category of ‘attending alternative education’, particularly if the Day Skipper course was included, which is part of the Unit Standards system. 5 days off would be manageable, so 9 day courses could be arranged by including 2 weekends or running into school holidays. The 13 to 15 age group is probably best, before NCEA . Mid-October and November are exam season.

There are about 60 students in any one level at Waiheke High, so we would also have to canvas other schools in the Auckland area to fill the ship year-round.

The Sea Sports Academy (15 – 18 year olds) would fill 2 short trips a year, they presently use “Redquarters” but Red is planning to sell up. Having a dive bottle compressor aboard would enable the PADI dive course to be run, as he does. Local students pay $400 a year to participate in the Academy, international students $2,000. The Academy is big selling point for international students. About half the teachers are volunteer, half are paid.
A training pattern that might work would be to overlap 10 day courses with each school holiday. 5 from the holiday and 5 from the term.
WWS would not directly compete with Spirit of NZ by focusing on year 9,10,11 and less able children and being more affordable.

We need to decide how busy we can or need to keep the ship.

Naval Architect

I am presently in correspondence with Ted Ewbank, who designed “Spirit of New Zealand”. he has been most helpful, and is working on a price we can use for seeking sponsorship. The lines drawing and calculations need to be computerised, which he can do, however he considers hand drawings of construction and general arrangement better than CAD, so I can do those.
We now have a list of documents and plans that would be required.
Annual maintenance costs would be 10 to 15% of the value of the ship.

Potential skippers

Mike Delamore
Rob Morton

Aim to have one or two official primary skippers and a pool of less experienced skippers who can volunteer and take responsibility from time to time.
Millie: We want to encourage talent from the island as much as possible.
Buying Second hand?

Talking to Red (Owner of “Redquarters”) he recommended trawling the Internet for boats for sale, and indeed there are some apparent bargains on the market. A couple have the shoal draft we desire, the accommodation would have to be converted to a cargo hold, and the rig is conventional Bermudian, easy to handle but not so suited to sail training. Should this be an option we pursue?

It might have us a ship in 6 months or a year, and bypasses the need for resource consent. It wouldn’t have the cachet or iconic value of being built on the island, but we could still aim to purpose build the new ship as well, if we can find the energy. Asking prices are $285,000 to $650,000. At the lower end I would be suspicious, would definitely commission an independent survey in any case.

We are comparing building from scratch for 750k so to purchase existing would be cost effective if it gets us a basic hull for 100 to 200k leaving more for refit and development.

Other Supporters

Bernard met with Chris Palmer (retired Real estate agent). Has offered to help with Marketing and Advice.
Away for Easter then available.


Millie: Meeting needs priority
1. For local transport of goods.
2. For training young people on island
3. For training young people further afield.

This is a transitional process. we aim to go beyond giving kids a ‘nice’ experience. We want to get to the ‘wharf rats’ and develop a new maritime culture.

Discussion of best rig

Single mast and large sail –
most efficient
requires more high tech solution, big sail, alloy or carbon fibre, winches.
Double mast and more smaller sails –
lower stresses
easier to handle
wooden masts

Next Actions

* Generate Business plan – Millie
* Setup Charitable Trust – Mike Delamore?
* Research existing vessels. – Bernard and Marta ?

Trustees need experience, talent and energy for the project.
Donors need money and enthusiasm for the project.
These two are not mutually exclusive.

Motion – to give purchasing an existing boat that meets our goals serious consideration.
We need to do a realistic price comparison to decide at what point does a buy become a better deal than a build.
We should continue development of the build plan to establish likely costs.

Next Meeting

Thanks again everyone who came to the sustainability festival presentation.  Our next project meeting is this Thursday 26th Jan at 7pm,  at Marta’s house: 19 Great Barrier Rd (top house)

Hopefully some of you who expressed an interest in the project will be able to make it.  This meeting will be to review the feedback from the presentation and decide on the next steps.




Welcome to the Waiheke Working Sail Project Website.

We are just getting started – but you are welcome to get involved and help.

If you would like to find out more come to our first presentation evening
at the  Oneroa Bowling Club,  7pm on Monday 16th Jan.

As part of the Waiheke Resources Trust Sustainability Festival.

Read more about the project on our about page:

Coming in 2012! Join WWS on a series of historical shipping reenactments around the Hauraki Gulf as we carry cargo by sail up the Thames and out to Coromandel. Stay tuned to this site for details in the coming months