Doug Johnson - Traditional Boat Builder

        Traditional Boat Builder "DOUG JOHNSON"

Hi my name is Pauline and I began taking photos and documenting Doug in 2009 when he started the process of restoring the "Else" back to her original glory.

The Else is a beautiful wee traditional classic boat. (22"6"") double-ended clinker hull, powered by a 2cyl Lister diesel engine.

The Else was originally built in Norway by Jorgensen & Vik in the 1920's and has been here in New Zealand since 1927, she was carried out by a Whaling Ship (Sir James Clark Ross) .

Doug and his dad Ian brought the Else from Trevor Johnson in Stewart Island in 2006 with the purpose of restoring the Else and to keep her in the family. 

This project took approximately 18 months and the journey was very exciting with some highs and lows.

 

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Last Updated 17 July 2016

We hope you enjoy our journey's

 

 The Else was completed 05/02/2011 and was entered into the Classic Boat Show Late Rotoiti

Doug was the overall winner, taking away the Jens Hansen Trophy

Thank you to our dedicated supporters who follow our journeys.

 There is always fun, laughter, sweat and tears but it's always worth it.

 

Updated February 2014:

When Doug won the NZ Antique & Classic boat show in February 2011 and then we moved from Christchurch to Picton December 2011 we used the Else for a while then after long consideration we decided we wanted a boat where we could explore the Marlborough Sounds more and stay aboard and to do this we needed a boat that had a little more luxuries.  It was very sad to see the Else move on but we know she is well taken care of.

The Else was sold to a wonderful family who have taken her to Whitianga. She has her own boat shed and is very well looked after.

With the Else gone we purchased another boat (Cherokee) she needs some work of course but we all know that Doug is more than capable.

 

Early 2016 - We sold the Cherokee and purchased "Canrith" she came all the way from Whitianga which is quite fitting seeing that is where the Else went - We are telling ourselves this is the last boat, this is the one that we will keep through to our retirement - Watch this space - I do know that living with a boat builder also comes with boats , boats and more boats, so we'll have to wait to see if the Canrith is the one.