Lake Taupo Classic’s – Part 2

Lake Taupo Classic’s – Part 2
photos ex Jason Prew
More photos below from Jason’s Lake Taupo travels on the picinic boat Otira.  Click photos to enlarge.

Fingers crossed Paul Drake drops in again & ID’s a few of them for us 😉


13 thoughts on “Lake Taupo Classic’s – Part 2

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  2. Whoops – BLUE FIN not BLUE MIST. The 21 foot Ship Builder’s classic, that is. BLUE MIST is the Harbour Master’s launch. As for WAIMA, she did have a clerestory, a good looking and appropriate job, which was probably original. Unfortunately, I have no photo – it was a long time ago.


  3. Can confirm Susan from when I had the original Sheryl , and the tale of that Tasman trip was a great one especially re bringing the dinghy back from Lord Howe in kit set fashion.


  4. Ah yes, I meant SUSAN when I said JUDY. Pretty similar names, wouldn’t you say. Not long ago, she disappeared – I thought she had left us for Auckland or somesuch – but was pleased to see her return from a paint job, and to a different mooring. Most interesting to know that she has been deep sea. She is in great condition. Not so easy to mess up perfectly fine yachts, I suppose. Unlike launches. Athol Burns would be a good guess for the nameless motor-sailer in Acacia Bay. Hadn’t thought of that.


  5. Confirm SUSAN under the covers is the Woollacott SUSAN (F79). Jase emailed me a great stern pic of her. Sheer genius to create a beautiful keel yacht in 22ft loa.


  6. OOPs SUSAN under the covers? Could easily be the Woollacott SUSAN. If so, then she’s had plenty of blue water under her!


  7. Bert Woollacott built a 22ft SUSAN in 1953ish which did a big trip to Norfolk/Lord Howe/Oz when owned by Wally Walton but I don’t think this is her with this built-up foredeck and rather untypical Woollacott bow. Dare I say Athol Burns?


  8. OCEAN QUEEN is very interesting, again if true to label. An OCEAN QUEEN was built by Joe Slattery in July 1920 for J.R. Blackwell of Tryphena. She was 29’x7’6″ and was finished off by Blackwell, rigged as a lug schooner and usually made passage backwards and forwards to the Barrier under sail and power. She was built very full for load carrying. The OCEAN QUEEN in Jason’s pic appears to be built that way. I don’t know when the Blackwells sold her but think it was post WW2. J.R. died in 1941.
    She was featured in the newspapers in JUly 1935 when she brought a badly injured Kauri Timber Co employee back to Auckland in a full SE gale, the worst conditions Blackwell had ever seen in 45 years’ experience of the Gulf.


  9. WAIMA was a popular name for boats. Chas Bailey Jr built a 40 footer for Tokomaru Bay in 1910 and there was a WAIMA on the Kaipara and another (?) on the Hokianga (naturally). Then there was a WAIMA gamefishing in the Bay of Islands in the 1920s and 1930s. If this boat started life as WAIMA then the Bay of Islands boat is the most likely. Lanes is not out of the way, but then every Auckland builder built pretty much what the customer wanted and that clean, unbroken sheer, raised deck style was pretty common from 1925 onwards. She may have had a clerestory, of course, but not like the one that has now been inflicted on her!


  10. From the top, we have OCEAN QUEEN, perhaps a Coulthard. Then a great shot of ARCADIA, already discussed in Part 1 (Slattery, 1911 according to Harold), then DE BAR and LA BELLA VITA (I know nothing of these two), then a very original short end keeler named JUDY (I think) then a couple of Clippers and CINDY JANE (nothing to add), then a rather nice and nameless motor sailer, then BLUE MIST, a very original 21 foot Ship Builders, and finally WAIMA, a lovely hull with a terrible cabin. Dare I say it, I was told that she was built by – wait for it – Lanes.


  11. ARCADIA, if true to label, was built by Joe Slattery at Judges Bay in December 1911 for R. Neill of Auckland. She was 30’x8″ and had an 8hp Zealandia engine. She was owned by Horace Stewart who lived in Islington Bay, Rangitoto in the Depression. He used her to carry the building materials for his house to the island.


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