Linden (Eileen Patricia)

details & photos from Nathan Herbert, Papers Past & trademe
The trade me listing (photos below) states that this 26’ 6”, 8’ beam motorboat was designed / built in 1933 by Arnold Couldrey in Northcote.
Nathan Herbert has been sniffing around Papers Past & has uncovered that Linden was launched as ‘Eileen Patricia for a Mr W Naismith of Maraetai. In the b/w photos above she is undergoing her sea trials, in one the yacht alongside is the C-Class keeler, Mangawai, owned by G.B. Hogan of Devonport.

Powered by a rebuilt 55hp Fordson Major motor, she cruises at 8 knot & burns a gallon of diesel an hour.
Needs a couple of little jobs doing but not much as the current owner has done routine maintenance over the last 6 years.
The asking price is $7,500, thats not a lot of money for an entry level classic motorboat.
In my view as launched she is a very pretty small launch – hopefully someone will grab her & convert her back to ‘as launched’. Would make a great Lake Rotoiti boat 🙂

31/01/2015 – Some Great News

She has been bought by a CYA member (Peter Mence) & Peter tells me will be returned to her original configuration 🙂

Photos below as purchased & being hauling out & having her bottom cleaned.

Peter owns the rather smart K-Class yacht Jenanne & joins the ever increasing group of classic yachties that now own a classic motor launch. Welcome Peter to the ‘light-side’ 🙂


16 thoughts on “Linden (Eileen Patricia)

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  4. I wonder what’s going to be sacrificed in the cabin in order to return her to as built.
    A sink bench, for a plastic red basin; a gimbaled, four element, oven and grill – for a single burner. 😉
    YOUR HEROES In my eyes! She’s going to look great and I would think unique for around here. I can’t wait to see her new, old look.


  5. What a bargain, if I didn’t have such a fleet already… She still has the proper sheer and no sag in her cabin a proper little ship.


  6. Very sweet, neat post Nathan!
    She’s a little boat that wish’s she was big I think.
    I agree with Alan it would be nice to see her converted back to ‘as launched’ and put in an appearance on regatta days.
    Due respect to Bill Couldrey but she’s a little ‘How to Build Twenty Boats’ from an English magazine. : )
    Nice to see Mangawai spelt how it ought to be, as in my mothers time. I would like to know more about this little yacht also.


  7. I have known her well for many years, although she has always been LINDEN In my time, (from the mid 1940s) & always had the sedan top, & for many years she was, it seemed to me mainly used for transport for the owners to go to & from Kawau to a property they owned there. By recall this would probably be form the later 1950s to the 70s. Am almost certain she had either a 4 cyl Ford or Perkins diesel At that time she was only in very average condition, shall we say, as she seemed to me, to be basically just a taxi. Am in the process of researching further & will add to this if I can get more background. — KEN RICKETTS


  8. It looks like her name was changed to LINDEN by T. F. Turnwald of 155 Beach Road Castor Bay who owned her in 1973. Her first engine was a 10/14hp Thornycroft. Naismith must have sold her in 1937 when he bought/had built the 38 footer WHITE HEATHER.
    Bill Couldrey designed her in 1932 but she wasn’t launched until August 1933. Her plans have been lost. Couldrey’s notes say that she had several owners up until 1970 and was at the Great Barrier that year.
    He didn’t note the change of name, hence my guess that Turnwald changed it.


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