Southern Seas (South Seas)


photos & details ex Ken Ricketts
The present owner was told SS was a ‘Shipbuilders kit set’ (was there such a thing?) & possibly built at the Wade River c.1964. She is a 34 footer built of 3 skins of Kauri on opposite diagonals & is powered by a Lees converted 6 cyl. Ford diesel, with an underwater exhaust, & by the size of the propeller, possibly has a 1 to 1 gearbox.

When purchased 14 years ago she was called South Seas but the owner has extended the name to Southern Seas.

She is presently kept at Gulf Harbour & was previously moored at Westpark Marina.

She was out of the water for several years for a fairly extensive refit & including substantially rebuilding the cabin top, which had been in bad shape.

SS is for sale at around $85k & the owners can be contacted on 027 696 2700

A little too modern for my taste but a nice little ship that appears to be well presented.AH


4 thoughts on “Southern Seas (South Seas)

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  2. Comment from Warren Crook “Shipbuilders did offer knocked down kits (frame, backbone, planking etc. ) for Roy Steadman’s hard chine launches, in the early 1960’s. Some, the management didn’t know about. Also Shipbuilders built a Renato Levi launch about 1961/62. The main builders were Tom McCarthy and senior apprentice Neil Hogan and it was a high quality job. All I remember of the design was its aft sections were deep V but concave”


  3. Re “Shipbuilders Kitsets,” these were sold in quite reasonable numbers, in the very late 1950s & 1960s & I was personally involved with the building of one, called PEARL DIVER , by my late life long friend Lloyd Burnand, at his home, in Ngapipi Rd Orakei, where he built her himself, between 1963 & 1966 . Shipbuilders supplied all the materials & plans, & provided technical support as well, upon reqieust. The kitsets were for boats from about 28ft to 34 feet, were hard chine, & built of double diagonal glued Kauri, glassed over, quite often. – I have movie footage of PEARL DIVER under construction & I have done a woodys post on her, which can be dialled up.
    She is effectually a sistership to SOUTHEREN SEAS — KEN RICKETTS


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