Bespoke work away from masts and oars

With a proven pedigree in the world of wooden yacht masts and oars, our skills and knowledge have often been called upon within similar industries. As a glue-lam specialist and with the flexibility and facilities to take on a wide range of projects, diversification has become common place.

With the growing demand for traditional and sustainable materials within modern architecture, internal and external columns, both structural and cosmetic, have become regular work to satisfy this growing market. With the ability to turn almost any size of column from a variety of materials, there is little we cannot accommodate. 

The link below will highlight some of the bespoke projects we have undertaken over the years. 

The logical progression into wooden masts

Over the years Collars' spars have been used in Olympic competition, crossed all of the worlds Oceans, and can be found on nearly all wooden sparred production boats ever made. With a capacity of producing any wooden mast or spar up to 100' in length....

Oars

Having made our name in producing the finest quality wooden rowing oars for crews throughout the world, it is hardly surprising that we are still producing a comprehensive range today. At the lower end of the range are the standard wooden oars, offering quality and value for everyday use. Using the skills from three generations of the Collar family, a pair of Spruce spoon or skiff oars can be produced individually to the customer's requirements.

Flag poles

Whether looking to replace an historical flagpole, or raising a celebratory flag, our pedigree in producing the finest quality wooden masts for over 80 years makes Collars the obvious choice for making any flagpole. Using the finest quality timber available, our skilled craftsmen are able turn by hand, any size or configuration required. With our bespoke service, we will guide you throughout the complete process, from an initial consultation to erecting the finished product.

Projects

With a history dating back over 80 years, we have produced mast and spars for some of the most beautiful yachts in existence. Specialising in producing the finest quality yacht masts and spars, we pride ourselves on a personal, tailored service and maintain a close and constant contact with our customers. From the critical choice of timber to the final stages of smoothing and varnishing, a Collars product has over eighty years of experience and expertise put into it, making us the number one choice time and time again.

The following links are a small selection of the some of projects we have been proud to be part of in recent years.

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Rainbow

rainbow

Launched as Rainbow on 17 November 1898, many referring her design heritage to the Britannia model after the GL Watson designed cutter for the Prince of Wales, which had been performing spectacularly well since launch in 1892.

After some tune up races in Auckland, she was shipped to Sydney on the Waihora in mid January 1900 where she was raced by Pittar and his regular Auckland crew, with the addition of Arch Logan, and several local Sydney sailors.

Rainbow beat a Fife designed White Wings by large margins in warm up races after arriving in Sydney. The Intercolonial race began badly when Rainbow broke her bowsprit in a collision before the start, but was sportingly given an hour to make repairs. A mizzen boom from another yacht was rigged as a replacement. Despite the handicap of hasty repairs, Rainbow managed to win the Intercolonial race on both line and handicap. Meanwhile after Pittar attempted unsuccessfully to sell Rainbow in Sydney and she returned to New Zealand the conquering hero. In December 1900 she sailed to Lyttleton where she won the Canterbury Jubilee Regatta, and then onto Wellington to win the Wellington Anniversary Regatta in January 1901, where she was sold, but returned to Auckland the following year. While in Wellington her presence was responsible for local yachtsman Alexander Turnbull placing an order for a yacht to beat Rainbow and her sister Iorangi was born, which she has been racing ever since.

On her return to Auckland Rainbow had a succession of owners in Auckland where she was raced with RNZYS, DYC and other clubs until 1910, when new owner Arch Buchanan, to the dismay of racing sailors, took her out of the racing fleet until his death in 1937, when Joe Patrick and his partner Frank Cloke purchased and returned her to racing. Sail maker Leo Bouzaid purchased her in 1949 re-rigged her with a Marconi rig and raced her until his death on board while racing. Rainbow was sold to Les Dimock and spent the next 45 years quietly cruising the Marlbough Sounds until she was taken into a partnership between the Dimock family, Brad Butterworth, David Glen (grandson of Joe Patrick) and Hamish Ross for full restoration back to, original as launched condition, for Classic Yacht Association events and cruising. After almost three quarters of her life spent stress free cruising, she is in fine condition and most of her timbers are as in fine condition as when she was constructed. Her restoration can be followed on www.rainbow1898.co.nz

Rainbow was one of the first New Zealand yachts to race successfully overseas.
Rainbow is part of an unbroken chain of successful yachts establishing New Zealand yachting on the international stage and which captured the imagination of the general public: Akarana , Meteor, Rainbow , Matara, Komotu, Rainbow II, Steinlager II, Enza, Black Magic, and has since her launch been considered by authors and commentators to be the most beautiful of all the Logan creations.

Rainbow is a flush deck gaff cutter with 50ft on deck, 34ft on the water, 9ft beam and 6ft 2in draft carvel constructed of triple skin Kauri. She has sailed under the A 7 sail number since permanent sail numbers were allocated in 1921.