Zephyr was designed by Dick Lang & almost certainly built by him circa early 1940s.
Photo as she was, in 1948/49, taken by me at Schoolhouse Bay Kawau — wonder where she is now? .Possibly had a converted truck engine at that time. Have no other history or info — Ken Ricketts just liked the look of her when he took the photo. If anyone can help with more info please post.
18-02-2020 Update ex Andrea Collings
Andrea has located a couple of photos, see below. Reproduction is not the best but we roll with that.. The one on the skid, is from when Andrea’s grandfather first brought her. Andrea commented it has her grandmother, uncle (and she thinks her aunt). Andrea believes she was having her motor removed. Her grandfather (Mac Kelly) thought she was to thirsty and put a smaller engine in.
The 2nd photo is of her has Mac standing and one of his sons sunbathing on her roof.
Andrea is not sure of dates for these photos but believes it would have to be in the 1950’s.
Zephyr remained in their family until about 1985 when she was sold to a man from Auckland who Andrea was told was the gent who took her bridge off. After that Andrea didnt know what happened to Zephyr until she received an email WW and then read Logan’s post.
Andrea has promised to continue to track down any more information and photos, so it can be added to her story.
Is there any chance the old photos of Zephyr on the skid are from Pipitewai Bay on Waiheke? Just trying to connect the dots on an old boat skid that is located on the foreshore there and noted that Zephyr beached at Pipitewai Bay.
Im very Sorry I didn’t see your post.
I Have sent you emails.
A big thank you to Alan for sending me your details, i didn’t think the zephyr would still be around so im very pleased to here someone is saving her.
I haven’t had much time to find much more info on her from family (its not as easy as i thought) but will keep looking.
Have sent photos to both and have seen her in another photo on the site ( will comment on that one to)
According to Brian Barlow zephyr was renamed Belinda lee, her upper half was modified quite a lot from original, unfortunately the styling is off for the vintage ( I intend to rectify this). I have taken on the restoration of her as she was extensively damaged in the late 2000’s in a Lyttelton storm and has been on the dry ever since. I would love any info on her history and old photos would be great as we don’t have much so far.
I’ll post the progress as the restoration moves along, starting the rebuild of the bow at the moment, it’s missing an entire side!
Would love more info / photos that you may have. Will add them to the story. Email to the address below.
Kind Regards Alan Houghton
Hi there, not sure if you are still looking for info on the zephyr as this is an old post, but i believe i maybe of some help. im not a boat person but i have been looking for information on what happened to zephyr. I remember her when i was a very young girl and have some old pictures of her when she was being worked on by my grate uncle(?). at that time (1960’s?) she was owned by my grandfather (mac kelly) she was still in the family up until the late 70’s, she was sold around 1980 after spending many years in our home bay on waiheki island. I maybe able to dig up other information and photos if anyone is interested.
The last time I saw Zephur, she was owned by Mac Kelly (farmer @ Beachlands). circa 1964
ZEPHYR was built by H. Whyte in 1947. Her hull was very similar to SAFARI’s. Whyte and Trevor Maguite were friends.