KATA was quite a restoration project from the outset. She looked like a Riva Florida and there are certainly Riva fittings and components and construction was to design, scantling and detail of Riva craftsmanship but there was something that wasn't quite right. The boat was definitely built on the shores of Sarnico, Italy. Riva records indicated that the beam should have been 50mm less and the LOA 100mm more. This boat may have been in a prang as there was a flat spot midships and the replacement transom may have been fitted forward to cover plank damage. Or it just may have been one of those boats with little anomalies. Hours of research of Italian boatbuilders and the mystery is believed solved. We are pretty sure now that KATA is an Arcangeli Super Jolli built in the early 1960's.
The boat was a wreck but owner and enthusiast, John Hearst wanted this little boat restored. So that is exactly what the team at Frecheville Heaney Boats in Paynesville, Victoria did. With her new laminated bottom over repaired framing and deadwood, new decking and engine bay, a refurbished motor, replica custom upholstery and all new electrics she now looks and drives a treat.
She even has a new custom built trailer.
Complete new running gear including shaft, strut, prop, rudder, log and coupling.
Chev 350 V8 raw water cooled with Borg Warner velvet drive gearbox.
Always flushed and washed down, and then sponge dried after use.
Stored undercover in a climate stable shed.
Ready to tow away and enjoy.......... Just imagine the wind in your hair, the earthy growl of a Chev V8 and surrounded by varnished mahogany, chrome hardware and bespoke upholstery. Carpe Diem.
Gippsland Region Raymond Island VIC
17' - 5.18m
Composite Epoxy Saturated African Mahogany and Marine Plywood