Summer Wine

Summer Wine – could be a very special boat, I suspect she was designed by one of NZ’s most talented modern(ish) yacht designers, Des Townson. He only designed (I think?) one launch & Summer wine could be it. You do not have to be a rocket scientist to iD most Townson boats – not a lot of right angles on them 🙂
I said hello last weekend as I cruised past her stern in Oneroa, I would love to know more about the boat, she was flying the CYA burgee but I can not find her in the database?
ps I might be wrong about her being a Townson, more knowledgable people than I have question my judgement on this launch – so jump in with your view.AH
An Update From the Owner – I was wrong but right 🙂 AH
MV SUMMER WINE (registered as such to avoid confusion with the plethora of Summer Wines) was designed and built by Noel May of Bucklands Beach, and launched in 1993, for his own use in retirement.  Noel had been a long time friend of Des Townson and had built a number of Townson keelers, culminating in the build of ARISTOS, the only launch designed by Townson.  The two launches are similar, but distinctly different in both dimensions and layout, in that they share the same materials (triple kauri hull, epoxied inside and glassed outside, teak coamings, glassed and clear finished, walnut panelling interior).  ARISTOS has recently been purchased from Whitianga and is now in the OBC in the capable care of a jeweller, I believe.
SUMMER WINE hopes to become a classic when she is old enough, meanwhile her owners,  most certainly are old enough to be classics, although their construction may let them down a bit, are content to be ordinary members of the CYA, hence the burgee.
My daughter, who knows about such things, took the opportunity to spend some time with Noel May shortly after we took the boat over and scanned a number of photos of the designing and construction and launching which she made into one of those self published book thingies.  We have spare copies aplenty by the way, which the CYA is welcome to one of if there is any interest.
We have covered a lot of miles in the three and a bit years past and have found her to be vice free, comfortable, and manouverable due to her little twin Yanmars. Dennis Rule
26-03-2017 Photos below of SW at Pine Harbour – Mar2017 ex Ken Ricketts

7 thoughts on “Summer Wine

  1. Kia Ora

    My name is Norman and I married Noal May’s granddaughter.

    I have been searching on the Internet for Simmer Wine for quite some time & I’m so glad to see the old girl again.

    We would quite often launch from Half-moon Bay & set out into the Hauraki Gulf for day or overnight trips with my wife’s Grandparents.

    The reason I’ve been looking for Summer Wine was to ask the owners if they would take my Wife & I out for a few hours again on Simmer Wine for our 17th wedding anniversary next year in January.

    Of course I would be more than willing to pay but it would mean the world to my wife to go out of Summer Wine again 1 last time.

    Kind Regards


  2. Hi from the owners of Aristos – Ray and Sarah Haydon – we are on holiday in the Bay of Islands and will write something for WW over the next few days.


  3. Yes, she was designed by the late Des Townson. Has twin engines.
    She was moored at Pine Harbour two years ago and I was given a good look over her.
    Very pretty launch and beautifully built. Not much head room on the bridge.


  4. Yes, she is suited to indoor living and fishing in the shade and out of the rain, but check out the upper deck. A clever tramseat that faces either way!


  5. Well she is certainly a looker. Anyone would have been proud to have had any input into her production. Certainly was a boat for indoor living.


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