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Apaint­ing of the gaff-cut­ter Kate – by marine artist David Barker – is being used in a fund-rais­ing drive to help with the com­ple­tion of the his­toric ves­sel’s restora­tion.

Built in 1898 as a trad­ing cut­ter for the Kaipara Har­bour, Kate is being re­stored by the Wai­heke Work­ing Sail Char­i­ta­ble Trust and, when com­plete, is to be used as a youth sail-train­ing ves­sel.

Barker – renowned for his paint­ings of boats and the sea – re­cently vis­ited the is­land and the project and agreed to do a paint­ing en­cap­su­lat­ing the dream.

A lim­ited edi­tion of 100 num­bered, signed prints of the paint­ing, suit­able for fram­ing, has been pro­duced. They are avail­able at $225.00 each. When all have been sold, a draw will be held and one of the buy­ers will win the orig­i­nal framed oil paint­ing, gen­er­ously do­nated by Barker. These funds will be spent ex­clu­sively on Kate’s restora­tion. For in­for­ma­tion about buy­ing a print and a ticket for the draw, please email info@wai­heke­work­ing­

Boat­ing New Zealand cov­ered Kate’s restora­tion in the Novem­ber 2017 is­sue. Since then, says Trust man­ager Bernard Rhodes, she’s been hauled out at the Wai­heke Boat­ing Club’s new hard­stand. A lead bal­last keel has been fit­ted – along with a new rud­der and steer­ing gear.

She’s back in the tide now, await­ing more funds to get sail­ing.

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