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Poped out after the fog cleared yesterday to give Raindance a run. Spotted the 1938 Lidgard built  Valsan leaving Orams yard (Westhaven) on-route to the CYA dock at Heritage Landing. Looking very smart after some enforced surgery due to another wee oops & what appeared to be new paint & varnish. I was impressed to see the CYA burgee flying. In one of the classic wooden boat clubs in the USA if you are not flying the burgee, no photo’s are reproduced of your boat.

5 thoughts on “Valsan

  1. Pingback: A Woody Stranger Hauled Out – Valsan | #1 for classic wooden boat stories, info, advice & news – updated daily

  2. Current Owner of Valsan:

    We owned the lovely Valsan for the period December 1988 to April 1998 bringing her down from Auckland to the Marlborough Sounds. During her time south she participated in several social occasions including the annual NFW where it was traditional for crews to present in a novelty fashion. As such, in keeping with Valsan’s tradition, our crew turned out in uniform – a navy blazer with the NAPS logo and “Valsan” embroided on the breast pocket, navy tie complete with similar emblem and straw hat with “Valsan” on the band. Both the crew and Valsan won prizes for “best dressed” over the years.

    The uniforms has been sitting around our holiday home in Picton now for nearly 20 years and having spotted this article we have decided to gift the 10 jackets (of very good quality) and ties to “Valsan” if they could be of some use? Note: The straw hats are not included as most have disappeared over the years.

    Bob and Shirley Colthart,


  3. I have sent a pic of her to A.H. I took in Schoolhoue Bay Kawau Island Christmas 1948 when she was owned by Arnold Baldwin, She was also the only boat I knew that had her original engines replaced, (by A.B.), with 2 Falcon marinised car engines. — She now of course has diesels — KEN RICKETTS


  4. Good to see the etiquette with the colours! Must be Arnold Baldwin’s spirit lingering on board. Ensign up at 0800 down at sunset or you risked a terse letter from the Commodore (in the ’60s). All that just slowly went by the board. There’s few of us left pedantic souls left!


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