AKAROA BOATING CLUB'S SHEDS.
The Akaroa Boating Club's new sheds are very very commodious and convenient. Tbe main boat-house on the first floor is well fitted up with supports for the oars, wbich are not yet to hand. Only three boats have been procured so far—a four-oar, an Association pair and sculler and a stump outrigger. No oars have been obtained, and it is difficult to say when these will be procured The pleasure boats, with oars, should be here soon, but at present the club has a fine shed with no boats. On the ground floor a small committee room bas been built on the right; hand side as one walks in, A stairway leads up to the second floor, where there is a fine social hall, A kitchen has been provided for the procuring of supper, and a well fitted ladies' dressing room, Tbs hall itself has a good outlook and a balcony overlooking the harbour There seem to be a good many rough patches on the floor, which should be a handicap to dancers, but these may be slighter than they look, There are two large cupboards for holding china, etc., and beyond the social ball, above the kitchen and ladies' room is a loft, into which the chairs can be packed when the room is cleared for dancing.
Right through the building handsome rimu wood has been used for tbe doors, and we think the club will find the sheds excellent in every way. There is a shower in the boathouse on tbe ground floor for rowers. Though on the whole the building is an excellent one, there are several defects
critical person could point out. In the first place the appearance of the shed is spoilt through not having the roof painted. This is only a small item in the way of expense, and such an addition to the general appearance
of the sheds. Then the fire escape stairs are not very safe, and might prove dangerous to excited people. The ways also are far too narrow to allow of use for the taking down of tbe bigger boats, and they are hot built on the square, portions projecting here and there as tha length of the timber varied. In several places also- the panels of the doors have shrunk, showing cracks. Time will not improve these faults, and it is as well to geY them righted at once,
Electric light fittings "of the beat order are put throughout the building, and the Akaroa Boating Club have had a building put up that should serve their requirements for many years to come.
It is unfortunate that this year has been a lost one as far as rowing is concerned. The Club has had to pay a large sum, £900, for its sheds, and the amount is well spent in the procuring of a very convenient building.
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AKAROA BOATING CLUB'S SHEDS., Akaroa Mail and Banks Peninsula Advertiser, Volume LXXII, Issue 4366, 23 January 1914