Auckland viaduct

This is a post for sailors, mostly.

Lucinda has trouble coming to terms with the number of boats I sailed with in my past. And no, I don’t remember all their names.

So, while we’ve been waiting for Lucinda to be processed into NZ, we head off to Auckland harbour. It’s a nice harbor, but nothing special. Small, it’s hard to get a great shot
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But as you’d expect there’s a lot of carbon, more than a few maxis, and lots to see, including a couple of AC45’s and dismantled Cup boats, which is a bit sad
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Fays’ AC epic boat, KZ1, which Connor dealt with in the worst AC of all timeDSC02683

Then into a fantastic boat museum, which is right behind the viaduct events centre
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Inside there are some amazing things. First a cold-moulded International 14. Not only World Champion in 1958, when I was 1, but one of the first cold-moulded hulls ever built. The hull shape is so full up front she must have been like a hobby horse. Imagine being the first guy to say to himself hey, why don’t we make that narrower and see what happens
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This sexy R class 13 footer was built by Macintosh in 1981
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She’s a dream of clean inside
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Then there was a boat that I was so focused on getting detail shots of I forgot to take a photo of the whole boat, a clinker built X class from 1965, but I got this picture off the web
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Then there was the tuning stuff.

Nice vertical rudder housing, cool for 50 years ago
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Simple and powerful shroud tensioner. Not sure where the fine tune is. This is antique
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Then they had slot control, for a wooden mast. Here is the deck fixture at the lower shroud. The bullet is hand made, click for detail
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And it was tightened/loosened off this by the driver, on the floor. All great stuff for 50 years ago.
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Then we went to see the Kiwi prize, one of the greatest boats ever built, NZL32, Black Magic. She was better to look at than I had imagined
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And this was stunning. I could imagine Butterworth and Coutts at work here
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They had a few small but well-done exhibits about the team and crew: Peter Blake, Coutts, Butterworth, Schnachenberg, Daubney, Fluery, household names now. It’s like King Peter and Knights of the Round Table and this weapon of a machine.

It was also nice seeing her among the dinghies, seeing as she was the revenge of frustrated trickle-up theory.

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  1. Tom D,

    Wow – some beautiful machines here.
    A bit different then current AC “boats”!

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