Sunday, 2 February 2014

Pacific Voyagers

I was driving along the seafront at Ahuriri (a suburb of Napier) the other day when I saw this splendid vessel sailing out from the harbour to the sea.   I couldn't read the name and forgot to check with the port authority (or use my Marine Traffic app although it may well not be a registered vessel).  However I think I have traced it to the Pacific Voyagers.  It made a wonderful sight sailing out against the background of the Hawkes Bay hills.



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  1. How gorgeous! After writing my latest blog post on my grandfathers art, I am enjoying seeing boats too....

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    1. Yes, Fiona, that was a lovely post. He would have enjoyed this scene I'm sure.

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  2. Very artistic pattern on the sails! :)

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    1. These, Monica, are the sorts of patters that are seen very frequently in Maori and Pacific Island art.

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  3. Wonderful combination of colours - all those blues. Actually, to me the background looks almost unreal, like a backdrop.

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    1. Looking at it again Jenny it does all look rather surreal. I think that the time of day had a lot to do with it.

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  4. How brave and skilful were the early Polynesian explorers who voyaged all over the Pacific in two-hulled vessels like this one. Well spotted GB.

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    1. They knew the sea so well YP.

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  5. That is one cool boat! There's a pretty fancy cabin. Yes, I like the shoot with the hills in the background.

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    1. Yes, Red, there will be a lot more creature comforts on board than were enjoyed by the original users of such boats.

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  6. Magnificent sight, GB. But, gosh, those hills look dry! It's drying out around here now, too.

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    1. They do look very dry Pauline. The odd thing is that we've had a lot of rain this summer over much of Hawkes Bay and a lot of the areas are nowhere near as dry as last year - thank heaven.

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  7. It is beautiful. A novel design.

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    1. I've seen quite a lot of Pacific and Maori boats but this is the first time I can recall seeing one like that.

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    2. James Wharram designed several similar catamarans. They have made many impressive voyages.

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  8. You know I love sailing....I know I would enjoy a ride on one of these boats, especially with such beautiful patterns on the sails.

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    1. On an evening like that was Virginia I would have loved it too.

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  9. Oh my gosh....what an amazing sight it is, and the area surrounding!

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    1. Rather different to your verdant Vermont hills Heather.

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  10. Those blues of the sea are fantastic.

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    1. The different colours of the sea depending on the light are one of the delights of living with it on a daily basis Mersad.

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