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There have been two boats named Iona on the lake. The earlier
one had her name changed to Champion". The latter one originally
was called Blue Skies.
was built in the early sixties by apprentices at the sea shipbuilders'
boatyard in Auckland. This firm had apprentices building 14' and 16'
carvel and clinker boats as part of their training. Blue Skies
was built by them and although they were properly supervised to make
sure that the boats were thoroughly constructed it was noticeable that
one side of the hull was different from the other, something that an
experienced boat builder would not have let pass. Regardless of this
she was a very good and reliable boat.
In 1968 Norm Pointon was looking for a boat. A teaching colleague,
Michael Drake, looked at Blue Skies in Auckland and recommended
her to Norm who decided to buy her, so she was transported to Taupo.
Norm changed her name to
Iona. This name has a family historical
connection with the island of similar name off the West Coast of
Scotland. The Pointons used her for four years in Taupo, making many
trips on the lake. She was very useful in the Western Bays because she
drew so little water and could be navigated up the river just as if she
was an outboard. Often the Pointons took their family over with them,
camping overnight with Iona tied up to the shore. She could
carry six plus camping gear.
Powered by a Ford 10hp motor she had quite a good turn of speed and
could reach nine knots. She was able to manoeuvre even with a beam sea
and was very economical to run.
When they first sailed her on the lake Norm had a few problems trying to
go slowly enough to fish. To be able to do this they changed the
gearbox arrangement so that they could troll in second gear. Iona
had a car gearbox so they were able to put in a second gear. One time
they were fishing off Waihaha Point when they crossed gears getting the
shaft locked up completely. Norm had to do a gearbox recall over in the
Western Bays. He was able to put her into direct drive to come home to
sort the problem out in Taupo. Apart from this occasion she was very
A very strong boat,
Iona is well suited for the lake. She is the
right length for a displacement hull and, in Lake Taupo's famous short
chop and even in bigger seas, is quite comfortable to sail in.
has been described as an "innocent but very good boat". She has had
many owners over the years but is still on the lake and can be seen tied
up in the harbour.