Rangitira

RANGITIRA

Looking for a good entry level classic motor launch? Rangitira is currently for sale on trademe. The listing states that she was built in 1929 by Collings & Bell & as expected of a vessel of this era is kauri carvel plank construction.
At 32′ & powered by a Ford 60hp diesel engine that pushes her effortlessly thru the water & she is therefore very economical to run.
The photos of her were taken over the last few years. While her interior is a little tired, she has good bones & has not been ‘mucked around’ with. Very usable as is, but a restoration would be relatively straight forward.
I do not normally mention prices on ww but at $18,000 it is a good entry into classic boating.

As always – ww is interested in hearing more about her past.

Update & photo from previous owner – Tom Jackson

Stolen from her mooring by  school boys from an Auckland boys school and taken to Waiheke.Garboard plank smashed and she sunk. Then refurbished by Derek Dempster.  Sold to me by a Mr Pack in Auckland in 1989  as a  Dick Lang launch. He purchased it from a Whangarei owner who installed the butterfly hatch. Sold by me in 1991 to an American who took her to BOI. Many fond party memories.A great boat.

14 thoughts on “Rangitira

  1. Pingback: Wenna (Rangitira) | waitematawoodys.com

  2. After watching these lovely little launches for some years now I felt this was now an opportune time to purchase. Many thanks to Grant Mackinnon and family for allowing this to happen.Grant is happy for his launch to come to the Whangateau harbour and boat yard as he is a descendant of the Ashbys and Meiklejohns. We look forward to the family visiting the yard and Rangitira.
    Thanks Tim Jackson for the extra photos and encouragement.
    Please, if you have any story’s or can add anything more to Rangitiras history please do so on the waitemata woodys blog.

    Like

  3. The photo was given to me by Derek Dempster and shows the name Rangitira. Derek Dempster referred to her as Rangitira when I meet him in late eighties. I cannot help you with a possible name change sorry.

    Like

  4. ALOHA was designed and built at St. Mary’s Bay by Chas. Robinson, the Rotorua boatbuilder.

    Like

  5. Also lokks a hell of a lot like “Aloha” as well, which I believe is another Dick Lang classic.

    Like

  6. Thanks Tom, that’s fascinating. I had heard she went down somewhere those parts. The American you sold it to in 1991 is the person we bought it off in 2004. Yep, lots of good memories for this charmed boat.

    Like

  7. Name change for sure. She does look more like Dick Lang to me but wothehell, Collings & Bell and Dick Lang were side by side at the time, “St. Mary’s Bay style” and add Leon Warne to that.
    The C&B OTEHEI was called RANGATIRA while on Taupo but she’s a different style entirely and hard chine. Could have caused confusion perhaps?

    Like

  8. .Stolen from her mooring by school boys from an Auckland boys school and taken to Waiheke.Garboard plank smashed and she sunk. Then refurbished by Derek Dempster. Sold to me by a Mr Pack in Auckland in 1989 as a Dick Lang launch. He purchased it from a Whangarei owner who installed the butterfly hatch. Sold by me in 1991 to an American who took her to BOI. Many fond party memories.A great boat.

    Like

  9. Hi there, the listing is by us. We have loved using her and the rest of the family wants to keep her. Unfortunately we live in Chch and spend most of our time now on the south island west coast (trade for boat suited to there). We used to travel up to visit family and use her. It will be a sad departure, particularly as we are directly descended from the Meiklejohn’s who built some of the first boats at Omaha. The scow was brought here by my direct great … grandfather.

    You are correct in your assessment about her simplicity, bones, economy, repair and ride. She is very simple to own and operate and an absolute pleasure.

    We have little of her history. We bought her in the Bay of Islands from a Dunedin owner ten years ago. The gentleman who operates the tractor at Sandspit Yacht Club used to own her apparently. We know little more than that though, but would like to find out anything, particularly if nobody wants to take over her reins and the family happily brings her back into our embrace.

    Grant MacKinnon

    Like

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s