Got A Question, Looking For A Boat, Found Something Of Interest?


Got A Question, Looking For A Boat, Found Something Of Interest?

ww gets lots of correspondence that start off like this :

” I used to own _ _ _ _ _ in the the 1960’s, do you know where she is now”

” I wonder if you could help me trace my granddads boat”

So I have set up a Lost & Found post – if your looking for a boat just enter brief details in the comment section below & click the ‘post comment’ button. You click on this icon, top right (up turns blue when you scroll over it), to go straight to comments – the number indicates the number of comments.

Over on the right hand side of the site is a Lost & Found panel – if you click on that it will take you to this post.

You can also use the search box to see if there have been any info posted – just type the boat name into the box & hit enter.

GIVEN ITS THE COMMENTS SECTION – KEEP IT SHORT i.e. NO STORY TELLING

I’ll trial it for a while & see how it goes. Alan H

207 thoughts on “Got A Question, Looking For A Boat, Found Something Of Interest?

  1. In the late 1940s my father Jack Stone built a few 12ft clinker launches , I would love to restore one , they were built in Browns Bay ,so if anyone knows of any it would be much appreciated, thanks Grant Stone.

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  2. Hi.
    Looking for “Myrtle” or “Karora”
    Both boats owned by grandfather in Oamaru in mid 40’s to mid 50’s as a line fisherman.
    My research so far indicates “myrtle” was a Miller Tunnage, about 38′.
    Owned by Graham Lowe in Timaru sometime after my grandfather and then she may have been converted to a launch and in Deborah bay Dunedin at some point.
    Any info greatly appreciated.
    Thanks. Nick.

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  3. My father had 2 boats in Leigh 1959 through to 1964 the Vicky lynn and the Mercury Star was wondering if anyone knows of them and what happened to them?

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  4. Athol Rusden bought her in 1969. His autobiography “Rascal of the South Pacific” will give you details of what happened to her.

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  5. FLYNG SCUD, (perhaps now ABUNDANCE), CAN ANYONE HELP WITH ANY INFO ON HER & HER WEREABOUTS FROM 1986 ONWARDS;

    My eldest daughter has just rung & told me, she bumped in to a retired couple, whilst holidaying & shopping in the Matakana area around Christmas time, to whom she got chatting, & in the course of conversation, they said the husband was a builder, & had bought a boat called FLYING SCUD, in poor condition, (at which my daughter nearly fell over, as we thought she had ben totally wrecked many years before after dragging her anchor ashore in the Shoal Bay area, one day in the 1980s,) & he rebuilt her from the waterline up when they were living on the North Shore, over a period of time, & had since sold her. The rebuild & ownership in total, was quite a period of years, my daughter understands – They are probably now living in the Matakana Leigh area. He told her he had changed her name to ABUNDANCE.

    Can anyone throw any light on the ABUNDANCE, is so could you please email me on kenpat@ihug.co.nz — KEN R

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  6. MATATUA was built by Lidgard Bros at Auckland (not Kawau) in 1938 for C.T. Jonas. Her sail number was B9. What else do you want to know?

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  7. MATATUA – 1938 36 ft lidgard yacht
    I believe it was built on kawau island and raced in Auckland. That’s all I know unfortunately. Hopefully someone out there has some old photos or information on it. thanks

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  8. The Bridgedecker may well have been either GAYELLA or GEORGELLA , both belonged to George Roberts who lived at St Heliers & kept at least one of them there for a time, around that era. — I had an electrical contracting business on Tamaki Drive St Heliers at that time, & used to see one of hem every day. — KEN R

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  9. where is the 38ft launch built by lanes called RELIANCE she was transported by truck and trailer from kerikeri to thames in the late 1960’s

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  10. The WHITE CLOUD was built V McGeady (Supreme Craft Ltd.), as the WHITE CLOUD, but has had new coamings & is dramatically different & unrecognisable from when she was built. She was also the last boat to come out of his Ponsonby premises. There are photos of her as original, & her story on Woodys. Look under McGeady & his boats, I think it is. — KEN R

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  11. A Mc Geady bridgedecker called WHITE CLOUD just listed on trade me 1182763349 Could this be White Star??

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  12. Looking for the bridgedecker – ‘White star’

    As a kid Glenn Martin was captivated by a bridgedecker called White Star that was owned by Neville Evans of Amodeo Bay/Waitete Bay Coromandel. It was moored in Coromandel harbour and would often be seen at Wiatete Bay.

    Apparently Eric Dibble of Te Awamutu bought White Star from Neville Evans, possibly sometime in the late 80s – then sold it during his retirement. He died 8 years ago. Did most of his boating and fishing out of Tauranga.

    Would love to know where it is now and how she looks – not much to go on. Unfortunately Google is failing to show any sign.

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  13. Looking for any information on a boat i am restoring .She is a 28ft carvel planked launch named Dorothy .Not sure where she was built but has spent a lot of time in the marlborough sounds .

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  14. During the late 1960’s I owned a 26 ft Shipbuilders launch VECTIS ( the old Roman name for The Isle of Wright.) She was built of Canadian Ceder,& powered by a Pekins 4/99 diesel(36hp) These motors were used in the London taxis,& CFBedford vans.
    Typical Shipbuilders design,fine entry,hard chine,flat towards the stern.
    I built a small dodger on the cabin top which gave her a more modern look,& protected from spray.
    After I sold her in1979, she may have had the cabin top raised.
    Wonder if she is still around. A great little boat.

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  15. A thought, was Valwyn built ground- up by McGeady? with her lack of bow flare and unusual proportions, she almost looks like a major re-build using an older hull….

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  16. I’m wondering if anyone has information on a boat that we purchased from the Tamaki River. It’s name now is Klimax but we understand it used to be Tinkerbelle. 10 metre pelin, sat quite a while unattended

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  17. “KAIRAKI” Athol Burns

    Would anyone out there know the wherabouts of Kairaki? Maybe Nelson region? She’s an Athol Burns design, built in Motueka by Ross Miller in 1963.
    I know she was in Havelock and other various places in top of the South Is.

    It would be nice if anyone knew of her or where she might be?

    Kind regaurd

    Brian

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  18. Hi there,

    I am currently looking for a 24ft Sloop by the name of Grisha. She was of Athol Burns design and built by AJ Jack Morgan of Picton.

    The last time I saw her, she was on the hard at Norsand boat yard in Whangarei. Any information about her current whereabouts would be greatly appreciated!

    Kind Regards,

    Keegan

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  19. Looking for the 1906 18′ Logan Launch TAWAKI

    I borrowed the book Vintage NZ launches today and fell for the little 18 foot launch Tawaki build by Logan Brothers in 1906… in the 2004 book it says “she survives today but desperately needs restoration”….

    Do you have any idea where she might be or who to ask that might know?? I would love to get hold of her and restore she to former glory or take the lines off it and build a replica.

    Regards
    Gavin Bedggood
    Bay of Islands
    gavinnz@xtra.co.nz
    0274921988

    ps Great website by the way!

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  20. I have a launch that I am told was built buy Bailey Lowe in 1911 at milford it is now called Manuroa but am told it was called Lady Sarah when it was launch 38ft be great to hear any history

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  21. Thanks for the info! I’m actually on Jeanette in Oneroa as I write this (never as smooth as it looks from the beach…).
    I bought Jeanette from E. Causer Feb 2012. Not sure how long he’d owned her, she was on a mooring at Half Moon Bay. There’s a little plaque on board which says “CCYC start boat 03-04 “Jeanette”. I presume that is Clearwater Cove Yacht Club at Hobsonville. Maybe another owner between Proudfoot and Causer?
    I have her on the end of a jetty at my place on Waiheke (Johnny Wrays old property incidentally).
    She was getting pretty tired when I bought her, with an ugly wheelhouse addition which I removed. I haven’t done a full restoration but rather a tidy up, paint and varnish in the spirit of its era. Matangis aren’t the prettiest boats, but this one has kind of gotten under my skin.
    It makes a great man cave!

    Cheers,

    Murray

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  22. Jeanette was built for Jim Faire and launched in Sept/Oct 1965. She was named after his famous 18-foot V-class Jeanette that he had built by Bill Couldrey in 1938.
    It seems he only kept her for a season or so because she was sold to E.S. Coutts around 1966 who owned her right up into the 1990’s. (I have an idea that Coutts was involved in the automotive business but that might just be the product of years of subliminal advertising driving through Newmarket to Okahu Bay every summer weekend.)
    By 1999 she was renamed Stornoway and owned by K.G. Proudfoot.

    Thanks to NZYF overwriting all their records (so I was told) and not publishing an annual Yacht Register, we have no knowledge of Jeanette’s owners from 1999 up until now, or when her name was returned to Jeanette.

    When did you buy her and who did you buy her from?

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  23. RAMBLER – 1960’s Roy Paris

    In the early 60’s, my father purchased a beautiful little launch from some- one at Okura. She was on a mooring on the Okura river, was around 18 feet and designed and built by Roy Paris, and named “Rambler” at this time.
    She was such a pretty little boat, beautifully finished and detailed. While in my father’s ownership she was moored off St Heliers beside a classic bridge decker that I cannot recall the name of now.

    Just interested to know what became of her.

    John Statham
    jstatham@andrewsimms.co.nz

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  24. hellow I have just purchased a vessel called valwyn its this boat my name is Rod Simpson she will spend the rest of her life in the pelorus sounds as our launch

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  25. My father also owned ‘Rambler’ in the mid ’60’s. He parked it on our front lawn in Allum Street, Kohi to work on her before mooring it off Kohi Beach. Great little boat. He had it for about 3 years. Not sure where it went. From memory the bridge decker off St Heliers was owned by the garage proprietor on Tamaki Drive at the bottom of Long Drive. Haslett?

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  26. Yes and wasn’t he well known in recent years for his Sea Bear kayaks? Miss chatting to Kevin too now he has gone, a very amusing boatbuilder.

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  27. Does anyone remember Ron Carl Augustin? He was very involved with ships chandlery. His wife wife Nancy was involved with the Girl Guides boat centre at Westhaven and his daughter, Topsy, married a friend of mine from the launch Mataroa, Kevin Reynolds.
    Ron’s boat has sailed into the sunset.
    Juli Cooke

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  28. ‘Rambler’ – 18′ Roy Parris

    My father purchased a pretty little launch in the early ’60’s from a chap at Okura River. She was around 18 feet, designed and built by Roy Paris and named “Rambler” at this time. While in my father’s ownership she was moored off St Heliers, alongside a classic bridge- decker that I cannot recall the name of now.
    Just curious to now if she is still afloat or what became of her.
    John Statham

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  29. Good morning. My name is Bill Cartwright and I have sent previous information to you. My family used to own “Wanda” a Garth Lane launch, you have featured her in the past. When she was built by Garth Lane there were two constructed at the same time and side by side, “Wanda “ and “Connie V”. My family owned “Wanda” from about 1975 to 2004 (ish). It is a big coincidence as at the moment both these two boats are for sale on Trade Me listing. #: 1036707658 and #: 1031537487 and they are listed one above the other, one you can buy for 95K and the other at 53K. I know for a fact that Wanda, when sold by dad was in pristine condition as dad was a fanatic and had spent a lot of time and money on her. I think it is quite amazing that these two were built side by side and here some 68 years later are for sale side by side. Dad sold “Wanda” as I said above in about 2004 and if my memory is correct she went for $95,000. If you should post any of this information I am happy to provide anyone with as much history of her as I can. I helped dad with the maintenance and as a teenager (and later) spent many happy holidays on her with my mates and mum and dad. I have just recently sold my 45 foot Morgan launch and traded down to a 5.9 meter tinny and a batch, if it wasn’t for this I would be very tempted to buy “Wanda” back! the You can contact me on 021500269 if you wish.

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  30. Does anyone have modern photos of the Norma in Whitianga? 32ish ft Coulthard featured a time or two here. I’m keen to assess similarities between her and Lucindas updated cabin styles

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  31. IDA was built by C. & W. Bailey for the Jagger brothers and Frater and launched on 21/12/1895, so she was an exact contemporary of Logan Bros’ MOANA which could run rings around her. She was 46’x30’x8’x6’6″. Under C.P. Murdoch she really shone however and was flagship when he became the first Commodore of the Squadron when it became Royal in 1902.
    I recall that she disappeared to Sydney about 25 years ago when nobody here showed any interest in her. Don’t know her subsequent fate.

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  32. LOOKING FOR IDA

    Hi WW.
    What a wonderful site. I’ve just started to research any information available on my great grandfather’s yacht Ida built by B&W Bailey in 1896 with the intention of building a model of her as raced in 1902. I am unsure if she still exists but I saw either her or another remarkably similar yacht sailing past north head around 2000. My family have a number of photos of her but any build details or information on her from site members would be greatly.
    Thank you.
    Gregor McQuarters
    gmcquarters@gmail.com

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  33. Anyone recall the Bridgedecker? that was stolen and came across from Aus in the 60’s was quite an attraction at the time down at the wharf -two men and a young boy aboard I think, I guess she may have been a Halvorsen?

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  34. I am currently restoring a boat I was given, it is a Roy Parris about 1960. At the time it was called ‘Elle’, about 23 feet. Any info would be great.

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  35. Looking For An Engine?

    The classic launch Eileen Patricia (search ww for photos) is currently undergoing a restoration which includes re-powering. As a result of this the current engine, a 55hp Fordson diesel is offered ‘free-to-a-good home’. Prior to removal it was running well.
    If you are interested contact – Peter Mence on 021 748839

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  36. I’m on the lookout for two issues of Sea Spray magazine.
    September 1997
    October 1997.

    Harold and I did a couple of articles on Marine Photos Ltd and I seem to have mislaid my copies. Photocopies will do,

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  37. Vindex a dirty word? Na. Double diagonal, late 50s design hull and cabin, absolute trailblazer where Augustin didn’t evolve, and Hartley turned largely home build.

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  38. I knew “Renahau” when she was owned by Warren Harrisson and kept on a mooring at Omokoroa, Tauranga.She was a long skinny thing and had the oldest hand start 4 cylinder perkins engine I have ever seen,built in the early 1930’s and pre-dated the “P” series engines. The last I heard of Renahau, she was hauled out at Panmure basin and in very poor condition.
    regards ray

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