Lots of interesting things are happening down at the DYC yard this season.

Here are some of the stories.....


Boat – Youngblood, 1987 - Young 88
Owners – Liz and Matt Plowman
Lives – Bayswater Marina

Winter maintenance – anti-foul, clean and polish hull , change boom vang tackle, upgrade cockpit winches, sail drive service, engine service, re-paint hull stripe (if we get time)!

We have owned Youngblood for 7 months. We are the 2nd owners, with the first owners having her for 28 years. She is set up for cruising and that is how we have/will use her.   We took her away on our honeymoon in Feb 
this year; sailed up to the BOI for 3 weeks, and have done a bit of gulf cruising on the long weekends this summer.

We intend on spending a lot more time exploring the gulf on her and the next big trip will be to Barrier. We just have to find the leave from work! We will do the odd bit of club racing, but definitely in the cruisers / no extra’s division.

She is our first boat and has so far treated us very well! We have had a great first summer on her!

Boat - U-Choose - Davidson 28

Currently hauled out in the outer row in “Siberia” facing the southwesterly wind. She is owned by Tony and Mandy Bullard in partnership with Brett Stansfield and Jackie Lidgard.

They have owned the boat since September last year and in this first winter the work involves internal redecoration, a new home made spray dodger, fitout for a forward bunk, a new UV strip on the headsail and an upgrade of the refrigeration system.

They had had Dreamweaver II for three years and felt they needed a boat that was a bit longer and a bit faster. Tony is keen on getting in some Club racing and has a lifetime of sailing experience from sailing as a youngster in a Sunburst on Muri Lagoon in Rarotonga to Frostplys in Hamilton, a P class on Lake Ngaroto and Noelex 22 and Farr 7.5 Trailer Sailers in Christchurch. When he was on his own, he had a Happycat and a Maricat as well as various motorised fishing boats. 


Boat - Finesse - Townson 30

Matt Rushton is the new owner of Finesse a Townson 30 built in 1965.
Matt sailed on superyachts for 20 years and was on one when he arrived in Auckland. He settled in Stanley Bay in the first house he has owned. He sealed the deal for the house with a mate while in the middle of the Tasman Sea.

Initially he worked for Seaworks who did marine contracting in oilfield and surveying work as well as ROV work. Recently he had worked for Explore but now is a skipper for Fullers on Adventurer and D6.

Matt has had Finesse since the end of April and she is moored at Stanley Bay. For the winter she is hauled out on the yard toward the Scout Den. Work to be undertaken includes painting the hull (single pot), maintenance of the seawater cooling system on the engine, varnishing, canvas work on the sacrificial strip on the heads’l and spray dodger along with installation of a solar panel and autopilot.

Matt intends gunkholing round Waiheke and maybe the occasional social race if it fits in with his shift on the boats.