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The links below show lines drawn in the Wellington region, for boats built there, or for Wellington clients.

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Vessel Name:Pet
Builder:Charles Bailey Sr
Place built:Auckland
Year built:1877
Rig:Gaff cutter
Owners:J. R. Gibbons and H. Smith (Wellington, 18?-1891-??); McLean Bros (Wellington, 1886-1888-18??); A. J. Dixon (Wellington, 18??-1885); Charles Hill (Auckland, 1877-??)

Notes:Hill brought her to Wellington to race in 1878. Counter added ca. 1880. By 1888 had external lead ballast.
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Photo source:Alexander Turnbull Library
Vessel Name:Wylo
Builder:Edwin Bailey
Designer:Prof. R. J. Scott (Christchurch)
Place built:Wellington
Year built:1911
Construction:Triple-planked kauri
Beam:9, 4
Displacement:6.3 tons
Owners:L. V. Martin (Wellington, 1946-??); Dr. Campbell-Young (Wellington, 1945??); Charlie Neal (Wellington, 1936-1945); Col. Esson (Wellington, 1925, 1926-1936); W. Duncan (Wellington 1920-19??); Cheek (Nelson, (1919-1920); W. J. Birnie (Wellington, 1912-1919)

Designed in 1904. Sail area 500 sq. feet. Fitted with Zealandia inboard at time of construction. W. Duncan was commodore of the Port Nicholson Yacht Club and chairman of the Wellington Yacht and Motor Boat Association.


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1946 new sail plan

Photo source:Little Ships 3rd ed
Highet design
Highet design
Designer:Harry Highet
Notes:Draft 6'.
From a very young age, Harry Highet was a successful and innovative centreboard designer and sailor. He designed and built New Zealand's first racing catamaran ca 1906 or 8, and designed the P-CLass, still an integral part of NZ's development racing fleet. This design for a displacement yacht, which owes a lot to the Wellington-built 2 1/2 raters Mawhiti and Kotiri, was never built. The half model above was built to the lines in 2011 (compare it to the half model of Mawhiti, which was built by a neighbour 12 years before). Instead, with W. Waddilove he built and launched Seabird in 1914. Highet's lines were published in in the journal "Progress" 01 Feb 1910, accompanied by these comments:
"The above is the design for Port Nicholson by Mr. Highet, of the staff of Messrs. Baldwin and Rayward, Wellington. The dimensions are: Length o.a., 30 ft. ; length, load water line, 21 ft. 6in. ; draft, 6ft. ; overhang, forward 3ft., and aft 5ft. 3in. The design is the first attempt by a self-taught youth to do good work. We publish as an example to the young men of the Dominion to strike out for themselves. Original constructive work in all branches of human activity is one of the great passports to success, especially when it is acquired in leisure hours."
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Photo source:Gavin Pascoe
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