Founders Don Lees and Gunther Heuchmer. (First known as G.H. Fibreglass.) Actually there were 2 Compass Yachts. One in New Zealand had an association with Compass Yachts Australia. Many of the boats were named after points on the compass. The Australian operation produced the Northerly, Westerly and Southerly; the Kiwi operation, the Easterly. John Maurice and Lisle Hewitt owned the New Zealand company and built the SOUTHERLY 23 here, too – the first GRP keelboat produced in New Zealand. The EASTERLY 30 was also produced in both yards around 30 boats here and 50 in Australia.
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