I had the good fortune last week to be aboard the newly restored 1947 Colin Wild launch Lady Crossley.
She had just returned to Auckland from Craig McInnes Opua yard – via a xmas BOI cruise & the Mahurangi Regatta.
Craig did his apprenticeship with Jim Ashby of Ashby’s Boatyard in Opua. But like all good people Craig had a great crew and painters helping him on the project. The end result a restoration to a standard that even the demanding Col Wild would have signed off on.
The attention to detail is amazing – check out the rope work on the control levels.
The Musket Cove Fiji, 1985 decals confirm that Lady Crossley has seen some blue water under her keel.
You will see more of the Lady in the upcoming 2014 issue of the CYA Classic Register.
Often my Grandmother (Joyce Seagar) would talk fondly of the times the family were out cruising in the gulf, with Jerry (my Grandpa), at the helm and the adventures they had on board her. For me it is a pleasure to see her for the first time and I am very impressed to see photos of her in all her restored glory.
I did spot it, but simply sighed and turned my head to the wall.
Sh_t thanks Rick, if HDK had spotted that one I would have been conscripted into the sanding / anti-foul Romance II crew 🙂
WWWW WOW! BTW if you call him Wilde again Col will get really Wild.