COE's and other coolies were not eligible to join the Piasau Boat Club. I wish to learn to sail. So, I decided that the only way, was to buy my own boat. In the end I had a whole fleet: Sunfish, Optimist, Seahopper, 470x3, Laser... Sailing was my hobby for 15 years in Malaysia and another 20 in NZ. I have been on the water for 35 years. This Hobie cat is my 10th boat.
There was even a catamaran, a Paper tiger owned by Alex Krayenhoff. The largest boat was an Elliot 7.4 which is just slightly too big for Lake Ngaroto.
The most desirable trailer sailer for me, was a Noelex 22. After two years I sold the Kestrel and bought a Noelex which I kept for more than 15 years.
Inside the cabin there was room for 2 adults and 2 kids. In fact it was a [floating caravan] for a small family for spending one or two nights on board. For a single hander, there was plenty of space for overnight stays when I explored all the fresh water lakes of the North Island and also harbours at Raglan, Tauranga and Paihia.
In 2011, I overhauled the Nanook, repaired the centre board housing, bought a new VHS radio and a few other things, getting the boat ready for exploring Lake Wanaka and the Abel Tasman national park on the South Island when suddenly my health got in the way. I gave up golf and stopped sailing for a year. It was a big mistake because I became bored and started spending more and more time on the internet. Life is too short for that. Time to revise my bucket list again. Should I get that Harley now?!