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was one of the earlier boats built with a flared bow. It was unusual in
the 1930s when she was built, for a boat to have this.
She was 28ft long with a beam of 9ft and was all kauri. Originally her
cabin sides were varnished and were later painted. She was built in
Auckland by Lidgards and was a round bilge boat.
Originally known as
Apache when she first came to Taupo, her name
was changed by one of her earlier owners, George Hale, to Ngaro.
This name is Maori for a blowfly.
Dave Collison bought her in 1952 and used her privately for 20 years on
the lake. He put on a dodger at the back and also put in a two-cylinder
small trolling motor which was an air-cooled Norman. She ran on a
Redwing four-cylinder petrol engine. Later, after Dave sold her, she
was bought by Bill Cawthorn who had her surveyed for commercial use.
She was a kind sea boat, very good in rough waters, and was a well-known
boat in the Taupo boat harbour.