View Full Version : Another NZ gaff boat. Aorere 1892 ( ish)

John B
11-21-2005, 11:00 PM
A Robert Logan Senior ( I haven't my book handy but she's around that 92... 3 date).
Paul G sent me this today and gave me permission to use it. I used to just hang out for photos like this because they are the perfect medium for scaling off. I finally was given one bang on the beam like that and used it for redrawing rigs.
Anyway, she's been to the Pacific islands that boat , and she's kept in the Bay of Islands about 100 miles up the coast from me here in Auckland. Lovely area for a lovely boat. When Terry re rigged her to gaff , he chose to have a short boom with the clew inboard and that makes it a very easily handled gaffer.
She might be 42 ft long IIRC.( on deck)

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11-22-2005, 01:41 AM
Geez John, we at least make our boats out of recyclables over here:


ahhhh, here's what I was looking for - this is how a boom from that vintage should be:

Akarana, 1888 - N Zeddie's Bicentennial gift to Australia in 1988.


John B
11-22-2005, 01:57 AM
Hi Ian.. thats a beautiful thang that first one.
When Akarana was restored she had the oldrushofbloodtothehead oversize rig stuck in her based on old photos.That is not an exact science and Jessie Logan is ahem, in the same boat here. I sailed around Akarana one day( much to the chagrin of the people aboard) and she just flopped around and fell over whenever a gust came. I understand she was rather 'substantially' reballasted in AU so she could sail properly. Wasn't David Payne involved in that? Speaking of whom, I hear he is involved in a sailplan for Rawhiti.A little bird told me ;) .

11-22-2005, 02:01 AM
Aorere is beautiful!

Thanks for posting the pic John!

John B
11-22-2005, 02:10 AM
She's neat eh Meer. See, she's a generation older than my boat with her clipper/schooner bow and slack sections. By 1894/5 firmer bilges were arriving here and by 99 the full spoon bow ( and the body that went with that profile) became the norm.Logan senior was at the end of his career and was being eclipsed by the Logan brothers( his sons) and the other designer builders like Charles Bailey ( Waione)
So , when I look at her, I look at her as an 'Old' boat compared to my modern.(1907) :D

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John B
11-22-2005, 02:18 AM
he's a sequence of shots of her from the classic race in the Bay of Islands at christmas. I posted these earlier in the year but... :D
she beat us on the broad reach down to the first turn
I think that Townson to windward went up and we went with her and spat through to leeward( of her)
Terry being a bit of a courageous type, had set topsail and genoa where we were reefed ,and about here he had to get that jib off
except,as he was doing that, his yard collapsed.
we slotted through and laid the next mark where he lost time with the tidy up.... but more importantly, he got caught in traffic and couldn't lay through.
Still, the kudos went to him for putting that rag up in that breeze. :D

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11-22-2005, 04:49 PM
she was pretty fast in the light, but we roasted her in the heavy stuff last yr......


John R - Kitenui
11-23-2005, 10:01 PM
Just another angle on this gorgeous lady


John B
11-23-2005, 10:18 PM
Goodness. I thought this was destined for page 2 in record time. ;)
Nice shot Johnno.

summers a coming.