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The Gisborne Photo News



People And Their Hobbies

The former "Photo News" factory in Aberdeen Road has been a scene of much activity in recent months as four young Gisborne men sawed, nailed, planed, glued, and painted away many leisure hours. From this effort the streamlined shape of a 17ft 6in H.Z. Hartley designed, flare-bowed, cabin cruiser has emerged.

The young men, Alan Watt, a clerk, Robert Moffat, a printer, Bruce Green, a mechanic, and Roy Jarvie, an A.A. patrolman, have been working on the vessel for three months and hope to have it in the water in early summer.

To be powered by a six cylinder, 2500cc Dodge motor, at speeds of up to 25 miles per hour, the vessel has a 7ft 8in beam and a draft of 2ft 3in. Atop the double skin kauri ply hull is a scaled down 19ft Hartley cabin which will afford the occupants ample protection from the elements of Poverty Bay and the Rotorua lakes where they intend using the boat for fishing and pleasure cruising.

It will be christened "Nautilass".


Willing workers finishing the hull.


The boat with its cabin in position.


Mariners in the making. From left: Alan Watt, Robert Moffat, Bruce Green, and Rov Jarvie.