details ex Ken Rickets & Alan H. photos ex KR

Aristos was launched in October 1985 & designed by Des Townson, in fact the only launch Townson designed that was built. I understand there was a small launch designed but not built. Aristos was built by Noel May, is 36 feet long,  3 skins of kauri in the hull, with solid mahogany coamings & glassed ply decks .

She is powered by twin 60 HP Nissan diesels & cruises at 8 knots.

She  sleeps 6 & was built for Ian & Vivienne Stembridge . She remained in the Stembridge family from new until early 2013. Being kept the whole time at Whitianga.
Aristos has recently been sold to Ray Haydon & Sarah Elleray of Auckland.

Note: Noel May also built in 1993 a very similar launch Summer Wine (view her by entering her name in the ww search box)

5 thoughts on “Aristos

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  2. BTW Noel says there’s no big science on the prop rotation. He did what the Yanmar people and his prop man suggested.


  3. Oddly enough, John Macfarlane and I preparing a couple of articles for Boating NZ on Noel May and his close relationship with Des Townson right now in which both ARISTOS and SUMMMER WINE feature. The design parameters of both are discussed.


  4. Have just noticed that even though I’ve looked at the photos a good number of times, prior to publication, this is the first time I’ve picked up, that ARISTOS’s engines unusually turn in, instead of out, — since she is not a high performance boat & a wonder why they use this format. — KEN R


  5. Earl Williams has a lines drawing for the smaller (28ft) Townson launch. Really nice looking boat. Interesting as at the bottom of the A3 sheet there is also an ‘Arch Logan’ stamp.


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