Basil had to prove the sceptics wrong that you couldn't catch fish at Riversdale Beach.
In this effort he purchased a jet boat which according to the manufacturers in Christchurch was the first jet boat operated off a beach in New Zealand in approximately 1959. Note this jet boat had a very unusual trailer, it was a cradle trailer which Basil would drive over the boat then winch it straight up off the sand.
Photo above: Basil Bodle.
Photo above, Eric Warnock winner of the Biggest Snapper competition: first prize was a section on Pinedale Cres. Hundreds of fish were caught this day.
Photo above: from left to right, Jack Snowsill, Wayne Snowsill, Bill Snowsill, Norm Bull.