New attraction moors at Friendly Bay Playground

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More than 250 hours of work by members of the Oamaru Lions, plus several thousands of hours from community volunteers at the Blokes’ Shed, came to fruition yesterday when restoration on the Moana took a big step forward.

Work on the boat began at The Blokes’ Shed when the vessel was moved from the Oamaru Harbour and it was looking very trim in its new paintwork when it emerged on a trailer ready to be lifted into a purpose-built cradle on the Friendly Bay foreshore.

Restoration of the vessel, which is nearly 9m long and 4m wide, became the Oamaru Lions’ 50th charter project.

Project co-ordinator Eric Spittal said in excess of 250 hours of volunteer labour had gone into the project.

“It has been a huge, technical job and to see it here now, ready for decorating and rigging, is just brilliant,” he said.

The Moana will be fully rigged once she is finally settled into the purpose-built cradle and will be decorated by local artisans Trish Shirley and Terry Gloistein.

Lifting the Moana carefully from The Blokes’ Shed onto the trailer and from the trailer to her final cradle was undertaken by by GW and PH Jenkins of Oamaru who donated their services for the job.

By Jacquie Webby