Reremoana


Reremoana

REREMOANA

We know very little about her, except that she is another example of the Couldry excellence of design & build, circa 1936-38 lived in Westhaven in the 40s & early 50s right next to Tiromoana,
Ken Ricketts took this pic c.1948

Last saw her a few months ago, entering Gulf Harbour, sadly the lovely varnish has gone — not looking outstanding, but still recognisable.

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Update 12/10/2013 – Colour photos ex Ken Ricketts, on-the- hard at Gulf Harbour. It upsets me when I see what ‘enhancements’ can do to a beautiful design……………. 😦  AH.

Update 26/06/2013 Launch Day photo ex Papers Past ex Harold Kidd referral.

A rare photo of Reremoana below as launched in November 1938, as a 28 footer, prior to being lengthened by 6′ & having a wheelhouse & raised top added by Lanes in September 1939.
Read the comments section, lots more info there.

I have to say, these Couldrey launches are starting to grow on me 🙂

12-01-2016 Photos below of her at Te Atatu Boating Club yard

07-08-2017 Photos below re-launched at TBC

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Sept 2017 Out again at Te Atatu – photos ex Ken Rickets

42 thoughts on “Reremoana

  1. Looks beautiful mate! Nice job.
    Keen to meet up with you guys out there to compare notes over a drink or three.
    😁

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  2. Not my fantasy, Harold — just what I have been told.

    I am sure that the Reremoana pictured is the Ganderton one. She looks exactly like the one on my Grandmother’s wall, who, upon seeing these pictures was quite impressed I think. Next time I visit I will endeavour to post any photos she has. Love your work, Mike.

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  3. I think there are 2 and maybe 3 Reremoana’s that people have memories of which all come back to this link. We currently own the Reremoana in the photos and will send through some pictures of what we have done to here. Plenty more to do as well.

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  4. The H L Ganderton she was built for was my great-grandfather; my grandmother (his daughter) remembers her well as a girl and still has a few photos around — I’ll try to get copies to post up. I have been told that she went to Guadalcanal as Z12 during the war. Truly fantastic to see she’s still around and being looked after.

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  5. Hi, does anybody know the fate of the original Reremoana ferry that operated on Tarawera?

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  6. Good stuff. Were her planks in bad nick? Did you spline, or sheath her before glassing? Heart kauri doesn’t take the glass quite as well as medium, or tanalised sap kauri does. The Glassing on Wairiki came off by hand in sheets.

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  7. Reremoana is getting plenty of attention. To date now as at 22nd September she is halfway through having her hull glassed. A full interior refit is underway with some nice features being done. Every inch of her has been stripped back and sealed and she’s now getting wrapped tight. The Pirrit and McNamara families are looking forward to enjoying her very soon.

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  8. Yes she is getting plenty of attention. Cabin has had all soft kauri replaced and now plyed and glassed. While this was hard to do in taking away some originality she will survive now and be dry. New window glass is going in and the runners are now being shaped back to a more rounded look. The last work on her had pretty unsightly square pine surrounds which were rotten. Full rewire is being done too and then we recaulk and paint and use her again…

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  9. I see she is now under a tent at Te Atatu club with stripped hull 🙂 Fantastic boat, apparently not so fantastic when she had the Redwing petrol! Col sold her to Mr Taylor, whose wife Dulcie was later to become Col’s wife and who is a very nice lady.

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  10. Well my sister and I with our families bought her. She is currently being stripped back by ourselves. She is in really sound condition in relation to her hull. Plenty to do but enjoying the process. We will try and get as much varnish back on her as we can but there has been other materials put on her over the ages which will limit us a bit. Mike

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  11. I know one of her past owners well too if you want to know anything, get my deets from Alan if you like. He knew the previous owner too.

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  12. She looks very very sound. A big project to do properly by self as I have found with my 27footer. Not for the man with limited time, ive been working on Lucinda almost every night and weekend for a year now and have some very good resources and advice.

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  13. REREMOANA is presently for sale by the Police department, as a result of seizure & disposal as part of the proceeds of crime according to a staff member at Turners. KEN R

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  14. Exactly, hence my comment “amoungst others of course”, we all know many builders right through the passage of time, have been heaviily influenced by Amercian mags & designs, such as Rudder & the designs produced in that mag along with others.– KEN R.

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  15. Hey, they all subscribed to Motor Boating and Rudder magazines or, more pertinently, the people who commissioned the launches did.

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  16. Can’t help noticing the close similarities in REREMOANA as Couldrey built her, & the 30ft McGeady built ASTRA, which I have written a post on & taken pics of, which may appear fairly shortly. Quite obviously McG was influenced considerably by Couldreys work in his own designs, — (amongst others of course). — KEN RICKETTS

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  17. Hello,Could i be so bold please, to ask if it would be possible to have a copy of the launch photo?.I grew up on The Reremoana when she cruised lake Tarawera…I was 4 when i first got on her and i,m now 58.She ferried my family,( sometimes Twenty children and 7/8 uncles and aunties) across the lake for week long hunting trips.Carried,camping equipment,cooking gear,children,dogs, and deer on the return trips….she used to deliver us milk,bread,eggs,and the newspaper every other day.
    She was such a lovely lady,so gentle,never complained,and used to run right up onto the lake edge, so we could “walk the plank” or “run”…as children to get to the beach… such lovely memories…

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  18. How wonderful to have this very special pic of her how Couldrey created her — a real “before & after,” if you like, with the blending of 2 great boatbuilding talents, when one compares her “as new” & with the pic I took in 1948 with her “new look.” — KEN RICKETTS

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  19. Cyril Parker (brother of the late Stan Parker I beleive, (Rakanoa), later owned the lovely McGeady 34 footer Antares, for a number of years in the 50s

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  20. REREMOANA was designed by Arnold Couldrey and built by him in late 1938 for H.L. Ganderton of Sarsfield St. as a 28 footer. Allely Bros installed her first engine, a Kermath in October 1938, but that was replaced with a Scripps by Lanes when they lengthened her by 6 feet, added a wheelhouse and a raised top in September 1939. She was partly mobilised in NAPS as Z12 in 1942 under skipper Charlie Lees. She reverted to Ganderton postwar and he owned her until 1953 when Cyril Parker bought her. Some time around here she acquired a 90hp Redwing. Colin Dennes owned her in 1963. Later owners include G G P Taylor (1970) and Dean Silich (2001). So the photo above is actually more Lanes than Couldrey!

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  21. Reremoana was owned by the Dennes (Dennis?) family of Herne Bay and may well have been built for them. I can recall her being hauled on the slipway at the foot of their property in Sarsfield St through the 1950’s and 60’s.
    She is currently on H Pier at Gulf Harbour and was for sale for quite a while. Recently she had a paint job and looks a lot smarter. Shame about the tattered pirate flag that continualy flies from her mast.
    A quite pretty launch however.

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