Isa Lei (original name was Taiparu)

 

ISA LEI (original name was Taiparu)

Details & photos from Ann Hood (owner of Avanti) & Ken Rickitts
Isa Lei was Ann’s parents boat & she was built in 1946/47 by Lidgards & was one of 2 identical boats — the other is ‘Wakatere’. The only visible difference is, that the Wakatere  had a dodger from new &  Isa Lei didn’t . They both had that unique shaped tuck, the streamlined bow porthole frames.
When she was built, she had the name on gold leaf in script, slanting up at an angle on the combings — (from the side deck line towards the cabin top if you like),  after of the last window between the window & where the combings curved down to the cockpit.
Isa Lei was owned for a period in the 80s  by a couple who lived in Wheturangi Rd Green Lane, called Jack & Isobel Lucas (the battery people, lived in Panmure) & Ken Rickitts first meet Jack in the early 1980’s, when he pulled in to Mansion House Bay, one day on his way to Auckland with the boat from Whangarei, where he has just bought & taken delivery of her, from the previous owners, Helen & Jim Somner, who had had her for a number of years.
Ann says the small photo has a date on the back of 09.01.64 and believes this is when the Somner family owned her.  The photos of her in blue were as her parents found her in Bowentown.  She was hauled out quickly at Opua on arrival and then at the BOI Yacht Club for the work. The man doing the recaulking is Keith Edwards

Ann thinks that her Mum and Dad “filled in” the flying bridge and remembers spending hours stripping and sanding the pilot light mast and vhf mast and also sanding the Kauri for her nameplate.

Photos are a montage over the last 70 years. Some pretty, some not…. 🙂

Harold Kidd Update

ISA LEI was built as TAIPARU (not TAUPARU) by Lidgard Bros at the Western Reclamation, Auckland for J. Carlton of Sunny Bay, Kawau and launched on 7th December 1939 with a 6 cylinder 90hp Graymarine petrol engine. In 1946 she was owned by C. Pryce Jones. I H McRae owned her in 1953 and it was he who changed her name to ISA LEI. Roughly 1954 to 1975 she was owned by Lloyd and Jim Somner etc etc.

I think her sistership was WAKATERE which spent a lot of her life in Tauranga.

11 thoughts on “Isa Lei (original name was Taiparu)

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  3. Great photos Nathan – I love the Kotanui selection. I was talking to the current owner Peter S. at Milford this afternoon, Kotanui is about to slide back into the creek after 9 weeks on the hard at MCC getting a big makeover.

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  4. WAKATERE was lengthened to 39’6″ (probably by Lidgards) almost immediately after launching by her first owner, the well-known truck wrecker and repairer Ray Vincent. She went into service with NAPS in 1942-3 with Ray as skipper carrying the number Z27. In the early 60s she was owned in Tauranga by P D Simmonds still with a 90hp Graymarine, probably the one originally fitted, but possibly a screaming jimmy put in by NAPS at the Dockyard.

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  5. Ken Rickitts advised that Wakatere was owned for a number of years by the people who looked after Great Mercury Island in the 1950s era & was their transport, — in later years she was on her owners property in Te Atatu for at least the last 10 years up until circa 2005 having a slow, massive refit & probably still owns her.

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  6. ISA LEI was built as TAIPARU (not TAUPARU) by Lidgard Bros at the Western Reclamation, Auckland for J. Carlton of Sunny Bay, Kawau and launched on 7th December 1939 with a 6 cylinder 90hp Graymarine petrol engine. In 1946 she was owned by C. Pryce Jones. I H McRae owned her in 1953 and it was he who changed her name to ISA LEI. Roughly 1954 to 1975 she was owned by Lloyd and Jim Somner etc etc.
    I think her sistership was WAKATERE which spent a lot of her life in Tauranga.

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