In 2005 - I became the proud owner of “Kalokalo ni Viti” – that was a 34’ Fiord - of fiberglass construction and powered by twin GM Hummers.
By no means a new boat as she has been in Fiji for about 20 years and has had 4 owners.
Whilst on the lookout for a boat, I was looking for something that:
Was 30 – 40’ in length
Had twin diesels – shaft driven
Had a fly bridge
Was of fiberglass or aluminum construction
Was a good sea going vessel.
“Kalokalo ni Viti” was on the market and fitted my ‘wish list’ and was priced within my price range.
My only reservation was that in being a North Sea design – she had a small fly bridge and a squat cockpit area – which are two areas most commonly used in Fiji.
So after much consultation, with many a boating expert and those specializing in both fiberglass and aluminium construction, I finally contracted Anton Lee of Hammerhead Boats to design and build the modifications - I required. This was not an easy task as I had a fair idea of what I wanted done but did not have any detailed drawings.
The challenge I gave Anton was to:
extend the cockpit by 4 feet – keeping the same lines and without affecting the trim.
Extend and rebuild the fly bridge making it more livable and protected by a full canopy.
We agreed to do the extension as an Aluminum “bolt on” with as much of the fly bridge – also in Alum to – keep the weight down.
‘Kalokalo ni Viti’ was hauled out at the Yacht Club where Anton and his Team went to work.
Anton used his skills and design to help make many of the decisions - on site.
We had many skeptics who were convinced that we were ruining what was a good boat.
We soon quitened them down when after 3 months of intensive work – what was a good boat became a ‘great boat’ – especially for Fiji waters.
Alfred Griffen looked after all the painting work and also did a great job in ensuring that anyone looking from the outside, would not be aware that a ‘4’ bolt on’ - was added.
The trim and performance of the boat has improved with many a great time being enjoyed - in the newly created areas.
Vinaka Anton – for taking on the challenge and for doing such a great job. Five years have passed with no signs of any design and or construction faults and she is still looking as great as ever.
Chairman & Managing Director
WILLIAMS & GOSLING LTD.