Whangarei Yacht 'Masina' built by Noel Barrott, crewed by wife Litara won the coveted Blue Water Medal for a her voyaging including a high latitude circumnavigation.
"If a man or a women must be obsessed by something, I suppose a boat is as good as
anything, perhaps a bit better than most. A small sailing craft is not
only beautiful, it is seductive and full of strange promise and the hint
of trouble. If it happens to be an auxiliary cruising boat, it is
without question the most compact and ingenious arrangement for living
ever devised by the restless mind of man--a home that is stable without
being stationary, shaped less like a box than like a fish or a girl, and
in which the homeowner can remove his daily affairs as far from shore
as he has the nerve to take them, close hauled or running free--parlor,
bedroom, and bath, suspended and alive."
~E. B. White