Silver Dollar

SILVER DOLLAR

In the last week my spies have sighted Silver Dollar at Great Barrier & Kawau so as my mother used to say “she gets around”. All I know is her stern says Scotts Landing, Mahurangi & was built in 1958. Keen to learn more about this launch with an unusual cabin.

Update from JohnWicks

he and her sister-ships were built by Bob Swanson at Blackwood Bay in Queen Charlotte Sound in the 50s. Bob later moved his boatbuilding operation to Picton, at what had previously been Ernie Lane’s yard. As a small boy I was at either her launching or that of “Maritza”, one of her sisters.- memory not wot it wuz :-)
She hasn’t been lengthened, though that dodger over the cockpit is a later modification.
Neat that she still has her original 2 cylinder “Jimmy” shoving her along. Those hulls are easily driven, and don’t need a lot of power.
I’ve always thought those boats were very handsome; my admiration is tempered by the difficulty of getting from the helm station at the forward end of the house to the foredeck. My father had the slightly smaller “Palomino” which had a more conventional sedan layout and was easier to work single-handed..

Updated Photos  (20/03/2014) from Paul Stichbury (ex Ken Ricketts)

The b/w photo was taken c1958 at the launch at Blackwood Bay, Picton. According to John Wicks (who was there with his father, but not in photo) the gent centre stage with the braces & hands in pockets is Bob Swanson . The photos also show her original (& still there) engine at the time of being reconditioned in 2011, all that was required was new sleeves, pistons & bearings (there was no wear on the crankshaft).

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  2. In ~1958 Ted and Bob Swanson built a 24″ cabin cruiser in Blackwood Bay for my grandfather Arthur Lee. The boat was called the “Alicante” and was an exceptionally attractive looking boat. A bit like the Concorde in the sense that the design was very appealing from lots of different angles. The family sold it in the early ’80s – a great shame – and regrettably she sunk in the Sounds shortly after being delivered to the new owner who, I understand, had the misfortune of inadvertently dropping a cigarette butt into the bilge prompting a catastrophic fire! If anyone remembers her or even has old pictures, it would be great to hear from you.

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  3. Hi – We own the sistership Maritza built by Swanson, and is currently based in Havelock. Maritza has a remodelled cabin (maybe around 1990 based on the engine/gearbox date), but the family resemblance is very obvious. Maritza looks a little shorter, but that may just be the different cabins. Maritza has also been repowered by a Ford 120. It has been well look after. We purchased Maritza in 2010 and it was based in Picton. We have repainted the topsides and cabin – giving it a different colour scheme. We understood it was built in 1964, but from this post on Silver Dollar, it may be older. Happy to supply some photos.

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  4. Was talking to the owner again last night who is sending me early photos including of her launching & other historical documentis on her, so will add these to what is developing in to a great story of a lovely boat, as soon as they arrive.– KEN RICKETTS

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  5. She and her sister-ships were built by Bob Swanson at Blackwood Bay in Queen Charlotte Sound in the 50s. Bob later moved his boatbuilding operation to Picton, at what had previously been Ernie Lane’s yard. As a small boy I was at either her launching or that of “Maritza”, one of her sisters.- memory not wot it wuz 🙂
    She hasn’t been lengthened, though that dodger over the cockpit is a later modification.
    Neat that she still has her original 2 cylinder “Jimmy” shoving her along. Those hulls are easily driven, and don’t need a lot of power.
    I’ve always thought those boats were very handsome; my admiration is tempered by the difficulty of getting from the helm station at the forward end of the house to the foredeck. My father had the slightly smaller “Palomino” which had a more conventional sedan layout and was easier to work single-handed..

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  6. Have just finished talking to the owner on the phone, who has had her for a number of years, is away on her at the moment & due home tomorow & is going to give me a ring & give me her history tomorrow night. In the meantime I can confirm she has 2-71 GM Detriot diesel, was built by Swanson in the South Island, & has never been added to, at the back, as I thought she may have been..I look forward to being able to relate the next exciting installment of this lovely classic, & perhaps maybe even some historical photos — KEN RICKETTS

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  7. I recoghnise her. She has been lenghtened at the back end & I don’t think SILVER DOLLAR is her original name — I recall seeing her out & about first in circa the 50s or 60s — KEN RICKETS

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  8. Silver Dollar was designed and built by Bob Swanson, boatbuilder, in Picton. From memory, she is powered by a GM diesel.

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