Toroa

TOROA
According to the ‘sales pitch’ given to Toroa’s new owner, Brian Simpson, she was built by Chas Bailey & Sons in the 1950’s. Approx. 26′ long & built of kauri.
Toroa spent it’s life in Auckland until Brian moved it to Taupo 5 months ago.
Any information about it’s history would be much appreciated.

Photo below ex Derek Molander – Caption – Watch officer Ces Todd and a party of cadets in 1967.  The Coast Guard cutter Toroa lies at anchor behind them.

22 thoughts on “Toroa

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  2. After 6 1/2 years we’ve just had Toroa out of the Lake for a repaint and antifoul. Looking realy good again after a couple of years of neglect which had her looking very scruffy, my disgrace!

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  3. She already has the sander and full face respirator! We’re dechroming all the fittings and removing the anti foul from the bronze below water level but haven’t come up with a clear coat suitable for below the waterline. There are antifoul products available but seems they all colour props, rudder etc. yellow? Any clear options that you know of please?

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  4. You could could ensure she is given a delux Rotex RO 150 Feq- plus Orbital Sander complete with Starmax Vac, Full Face Respirator, Excel flat Paint Brush & Roller kit for her Christmas present. She would Love that.
    Pam

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  5. Brian’s wife Judy is a real treasure. The other day she was polishing the bronze skeg between the deadwood and the rudder. Beat that1!

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  6. Start sanding and you shall probably see what colours she has been.
    Don’t be tempted to use dark colours as the planking is vulnerable to changes in temperature. Go for pastel like shades, off white, white, colours that shan’t draw the heat.

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  7. This photo is of great interest. Wife Judy wanted to paint the hull black but I was convinced that white was the way to go, and probably the original colour but it would now seem that’s not so. Anyone know what her original colour was please?

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  8. I’ve just located the document I mentioned. It’s a piece of graph paper headed “Coast Guard Cutter Toroa” and shows Compass headings and deviations and at the foot, “R. Richards, C. Todd Jan ’66. I also have a letter from Salthouse Marine Brokers to Walter Keen of Glendowie indicating Toroa was sold for $42,000, perhaps to someone named John? I have later invoices to a John Cheswass of Papakura for fees to Half Moon Bay Marina, one dated April 1999 and one December 2002.

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  9. Ha! That’s awesome!,
    I feel like ‘ mum chook ‘ amongst you lot.

    That’s a realy neat photo look at the line up of handsome young men.
    Toroa looks good with a contrasting colour on her hull. I don’t feel her new window shape has detracted too much from her looks (one wouldn’t want to make them any bigger though 🙂 I like the mast forward, flag pole aft, balancing her out.
    Pam

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  10. Harold is correct with this Toroa. A 28-foot displacement launch, she was purchased in 1966 at the cost of 4000 pounds with the assistance of the ASB Bank and the Golden Kiwi lottery. Toroa was used principally as the training vessel and yacht patrol boat in place of Lady Rangi, but was sold in 1968 with the disbanding of the Headquarters Divison. From the book Deeds Not Worlds, The New Zealand Coastguard

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  11. The windows with the rubber surrounds are a later modification when the windows were enlarged. The originals looked great but as usual ” improvements” happen. She lived on the marina at leader boat builders for many years and was brought by Mike after she had sat for a year or two without moving. She is beautifully build and the systems are well thought out. It will be wonderful to see her being used again.

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  12. No I’m not up with the play on that, have spoken to an auto glass guy to do it for me. I’ll certainly post more photos as we progress.

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  13. Yes this phota was taken in May this year when Toroa first arrived in Taupo. I am part way through renovation and yes still has old rubber seals around windows. I’m about to remove the windows for paint and will relpace all seals then. And yes she is a luvly wee chubby thing!

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  14. I think you’re right. I have some kind of old document at home that may confirm that but am away from home at present. I’ll hunt it up in the next couple of days. Thanks for your input.

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  15. Detracting from her history here but is this a recent photo of her.
    I notice she seems to have the older style rubber seal around the windows still.
    Interesting that the lower rub rail is carrying through to the bow.
    She’s a luvly wee chubby thing!
    Pam

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  16. There have been many TOROAs but I think this one may have been the TOROA that was bought by Coastguard in 1966 and used until 1968 as a patrol boat and training vessel.

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