NZ SPEEDBOAT HISTORY

Miss Horotiu

Miss Horotiu

MISS HOROTIU Replica, not the original is now in the process of been completed. In 1972 Rex Kahi commissioned Leo Young to build a copy of Miss Horotiu. Rex was after the original Miss Horotiu but George Sullivan had sold the boat to Ken Rogerson whom renamed the boat as Miss Queenswood. The Miss Horotiu copy was finished in 1973 and was towed up North to a little town called Rawene were it stayed untouched and undercover until recently where with the help of Peter Williams, it came to my attention. I rang Lance Young, son of Leo and we ventured up to Rawene to just photograph the boat. During our visit I explained to Rex that I was building a replica Mystic Miss using the old Cool Kat (sister boat to Mystic Miss) as a donor hull. Rex and his wife Viviane were very excited with our project. The next night after returning home I got a phone call from Rex and Viviane offering the boat to join our fleet of hydros. I then rang Lance and the following day we did a return trip to Rawene to pick up the boat. Lance is now the proud owner of this hydro and is feverishly working on her to try and get it ready for launching sometime next season. 

 

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