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Answering the call of the sea
Career switch: Former mechanic Jeffrey Johnson has his sights set on a career in boatbuilding.
The call of the sea is in the genes
of trainee boatbuilder Jeffrey
His great-grandfather was a
seaman and coastal shipping
agent in New Zealand. When Mr
Johnson was a boy his father had
a yacht and since then he has had
a dream of building his own boat.
We just love the water.''
Mr Johnson is a qualified mech-
anic but decided to switch from a
career in the automotive industry
and signed up for NorthTec's
national certificate in boat-
building (marine cabinetmaking)
at the start of the year.
He bought the plans for a Pelin
design 6.4 metre plywood boat.
He's now got the hull primed and
soon he'll transport it to his home
to work on the floor and cabin top,
install the motor and complete the
plumbing and electrical work.
Mr Johnson's been able to do all
of the work while gaining his
The course has been brilliant.
The tutors are well qualified and
full of knowledge. They're eager to
help you and are great to get on
with. They've made the course
Fellow student Murray Reid
has also been a big help with Mr
Johnson's boatbuilding project.
He's been fantastic. He has a
wide knowledge of the boat-
Mr Johnson and his classmates
have been able to get some insight
into the industry they hope to
enter through visiting local busi-
nesses Friendship Yachts and
Northland Contract Boatbuilders
With his new training and prac-
tical skills under his belt Mr
Johnson's got his sights firmly set
on a career in boatbuilding.
I knew I had to make a change
and this is something I enjoy and
that I want to do. I'm fortunate
that I have a very supportive part-
ner. That's allowed me to do the
He's also now a lot closer to
realising his dream of owning a
boat that's big enough to take his
little girl out fishing.
Go to www.northland.ac.nz/
to see time-lapse photography of
the building of Mr Johnson's boat.
Whopper fish snaps up cup win
Ripper fish: Wayne Johnson's 9.34kg snapper, landed on Bonadea,
couldn't be beaten in the first event on the Whangarei Deep Sea Anglers
Club's 2010/11 calendar.
Wayne Johnson has taken over-
all honours in the snapper sec-
tion of the Furuno Snapper
World Cup. He also received a
plaque to confirm his place as
the first of the contenders.
There was only .02kg in it
however with Glen Douglas on
Bosca weighing in a 9.32kg
snapper. Third place went to
land-based angler Jake Lock
with a 8.42kg snapper.
The opening tournament was
sponsored by Marine North,
Leigh Distributors, Yamaha and
Fyran boats and attracted a
great turnout with a Fyran boat
and Yamaha outboard going to
lucky draw winner Kelly Stone-
Discover New Zealand's seabed
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Zealand's seabed are now
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The high-resolution maps show
the hidden seabed of the deep sea
around the country in incredible
digital detail, making them a
treasure for all New Zealanders.
They give an unprecedented
insight into the shape of the ocean
floor -- ridges, volcanoes, plateaus,
canyons and seamounts.
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