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14 Feb 2020 KZ 1 – the ‘Big Boat’ – A Tall Order

It’s now 14 years since KZ1 sailed and lost a yacht race in the courtrooms of San Diego. Subsequent to that sporting debacle, Sir Michael Fay in 1990 donated KZ1 to the NZ National Maritime Museum. This huge yacht – one of the biggest sloop rigged yachts ever built – now straddles the entrance to the viaduct basin. This yachting icon is one of the largest artefacts belonging to the Maritime Museum.

Tomorrow, Friday at 6:30am a survey of the ‘Big Boat’s’ rig will begin. This will notbe a simple operation. The height of the mast is 153.5 ft (46.8m). A crane using a man bucket will carry out the operation. Mr Terry Gillespie of Southern Spars (contracted by the Museum for the survey) said " This is an unusual job and due to the scale of the task combined with the length of time KZ1 has been out of use it would be unwise to use the halyards to assess rigging."

Designed by New Zealander Bruce Farr and built by Marten Marine in Auckland KZ1 incorporated state of the art technology. It is still considered a phenomenon that this colossal yacht took only 24 weeks to build.

Mr Larry Robbins, Chief Executive of the NZ National Maritime Museum said " It is highly appropriate that this yachting landmark is well cared for as the next America’s Cup Challengers hone their skills in her wake at the Viaduct Basin. Lion Breweries are financially assisting us in this survey. KZ1 bears the Steinlager insignia on her cradle."

Friends of the New Zealand National Maritime Museum

The Friends membership programme was re-launched in the middle of 2000 and now has almost 400 individual members.

From 1 May 2001, in response to a number of requests from Friends, Corporate nz maritime museum and Family memberships were offered.

$40 per year (under 17s and students $20)

Benefits (on production of card):

¶ Invitations to selected Previews or Private Viewing of new exhibitions;
¶ Free use of the maritime library research facilities;
¶ Free admission to galleries on production of current membership card (no limit on usage during current membership);
¶ One accompanying person admitted free of charge;
¶ 20% discount on museum cruises for Friend and accompanying party;
¶ 20% discount for private hire of museum facilities such as The Maritime Room etc;
¶ 10% discount on Fullers Coffee Cruises;
¶ 20% discount on ‘Pride of Auckland’ cruises (subject to availability);
¶ 20% discount on cruises with New Zealand