Sunday, 10 May 2009

Unofficial launch of Toroa

The unofficial launch of Toroa at Rawene Boat ramp Hokianga, Northland, New Zealand.
All photos by Julie Holton

Robert (Harmen's oldest son) and Harmen

I'm adjusting the trim bracket.

Harmen & Paul Bowker

Harmen, Hannah & Robert

Paul Bowker and Toroa

Paul Bowker and Robert Hielkema with Toroa


  1. Sweeeeet ! - what a beautiful proa - congratulations Harmen. Looking foward to seeing Toroa under sail.
    Dave P

  2. Harmen,

    Toroa looks phantastic! I love the colour scheme! Absolutely beautifull. Congratulations! The boat will attract many female Toroa birds in mating mood... :-)

    I'm also looking forward to see how he goes under sail.

  3. Hi Harmen, I just got sent this link out of the blue, it's a picture of me and my Dad sailing Ao Ora in a strong wind just off our point. despite her looks she goes pretty fast and points extremely high. hard to get an idea of her overall shape here though.


Toroa by Harmen Hielkema & Mike Toy.

Header Photo: Toroa at Rawene by Julie Holton.

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