You might well find someone in your area who hasn't volunteered, but would be interested anyway. Get out there and meet your fellow junkies!
What a fantastic resource. I decided to stop researching and lurking and get my feet wet, so last Saturday night I sent an e-mail to 4 local JR owners who were willing to offer initial JR familiarisation. After a couple of e-mails, only 37 hours later, on Monday morning, I was on board Lexia, in Dartmouth learning all about Junk Rigs with Jonathan Snodgrass. We spent the first part of the morning raising, trimming, reefing and lowering sails as there was no wind. Then went for a sail out to sea for 3 hours or so and sailed up the river to Dittisham. The best thing was tacking into Dartmouth entrance and up the river whilst drinking Tea and eating with no interruption to our conversation. All of my anticipated delights with the Junk Rig were fully realised, this is definitely the way forward for me. And the best Speed Dating Service ever. Thanks Jonathan.
I am currently on holiday in Whangerei for the next week, and was hoping to meet up to see some junk rigged boats if possible. I've read a lot about Junk rigs and it would be great to actually see a junk rig in real life.
I would also love to help with some boat building...
A short introduction, I was born in South Africa, spent a long time in London and currently live in the Swiss mountains. I am hoping to move to NZ next year, get a junk rigged boat, learn to sail, then explore the Pacific with the goal of sailing to Tahiti.
To find a real, live, singing and dancing junk (ie one afloat) your best bet is the Town Basin. Martin is on Tystie, there and mehitabel is just downstream on pile moorings. At least that is my latest information. Their contact details should be in their profiles, otherwise I'll contact them on your behalf. My number's in my profile. Fantail and Arcadian are at Kissing Point, also on piles. Blondie is down in McLeods Bay (Whangarei Heads). Ashore at Norsand, (Fraser St), you will find Peace Haven, Aphrodite and Passepatu and I'm building in Marcus's shed (the one with windows). The building is neither exciting nor inviting at the moment - sanding and fairing and lots of dust! But you are very welcome to come and 'talk junks'.
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