More than 6000 turn out for boat show

05:21, Aug 11 2014
Ian Milne
POPULAR: Ian Milne on his Eun na Mara canoe yawl Islesborough, which he built himself.

It's a canoe that grew.

The 6-metre Eun na Mara canoe yawl, a style developed in England 100 years ago for a canoe, was displayed at the Boat Show Southland during the weekend.

The boat, named Islesburgh, was a popular attraction at the show with several people stopping and asking questions across both days.

After retirement Ian Milne spent three years building the sailing boat mainly fulltime in a workshop in Dunedin.

Milne had built several kayaks over the years but decided to build Islesburgh because he had always wanted to build a boat like it, he said.

"It was simmering in the back of my mind for a long time."


He and his wife, Alison, had since used Islesburgh in races in Dunedin and been on trips on several southern lakes.

They had even sailed from Bluff to Stewart Island.

Islesburgh was just one of several attractions at the boat show.

Show manager Peter Dawson said the 21st show had run smoothly and all of the stands had been popular.

It had its largest Saturday, with more than 3000 people through the doors and a weekend total of between 6000 and 7000, Dawson said.

Numbers were similar to previous years, he said.

It was hoped the next show will be held on August 8 and 9 next year.