Restored 1921 Arch Logan Classic Motor Yacht Ngaio For Sale

Arch Logan Classic Ngaio For Sale

In 1921 at Ngataringa Bay, Devonport, New Zealand’s greatest boat designer/builder Arch Logan launched the motor yacht Ngaio that had been commissioned by owner H. Partridge.
Logan built this magnificent kauri carvel planked vessel using full length kauri planks i.e. each plank was 39′ long.

Fast forward 92 years & Ngaio was acquired by Auckland architect Ian Kohler, who with partner Lancia undertook one of the most extensive professional restorations to a classic wooden boat we have seen in recent years. Ngaio’s hull was taken back to bare timber, kauri splined & glassed. Every item of engineering & fitting on-board was either reconditioned or replaced.

The photos above & below do not do this classic justice. If you are in the market for a classic vessel – inspection of Ngaio won’t disappoint.
This is a once in a lifetime chance to acquire a piece of NZ’s maritime heritage & is presented in turn the key, sail away condition.

Call Greg Stenbeck 021 985 830 or e:

PS – This is actually Saturdays post, posted early 🙂

Ngaio below as featured in the 2014/5 Classic Yacht Association Register


13 thoughts on “Restored 1921 Arch Logan Classic Motor Yacht Ngaio For Sale

  1. It is sacrilege to cover a beautiful Kauri hull in plastic ie fibre glass, i believe it is bad for the Kauri, the chemicals in the modern systems destroy the molecule structure of the wood and leads to the timber deterioration,Have seen it, i had a kauri boat and good maintenance, good under coats, good primers, top of the range top coats, It will last for years, covering Kauri with plastic or any other marine hardwoods is a cop out, the people that do it don’t want to spend the time and labour to look after it.


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  4. Have to agree with Pam, I think her finish is simply magnificent, & enhances the beauty of the Logan design & original craftsmanship & shows her magnificent lines to perfection, & on this occasion, can’t unfortunately agree with Russell. There is nothing wrong, in my view, with enhancing & preserving the traditional beauty, with modern preservation & restoration methods when the original base construction materials & designs are retained. — KEN RICKETTS


  5. Well, there always has been a problem with dark hull colours in a hot sunny climate. God knows, a white boat opens up easily enough if one side is always exposed and the boat is substantially unused. Worse in single planked boats. Edited by AH


  6. If I may just add – personally I would favor not splining and fibre glassing and that it would be used only as a total last resort.
    However I do see in Ngaio’s case and perhaps in a similar case Laughing lady’s (launched originally Black in colour) that in order the craft retain its original colour and for the dark colour to be stabilized for any length of time, one would consider having to spline and fibre glass.


  7. I see only good work here Russell. Not all boats are going to remain pure.
    I believe only the topsides were sheathed but all the same the photos clearly show professionalism, a very clean cut, sympathetic restoration. I feel the plastic coating as you say is no different to a thick coat or two of primer undercoat, in this case it could be undone. The project followed through from start to finish and to me the evidence is in seeing Ngaio out at the Barrier, as we have. A stretch of water some old classics would not dare take.
    Unless a heavy dbm cloth was used to sheath her hull, I would think, in the right light, an impression of her planked construction would pleasantly show through that plastic coating any how.
    She looks very smart.


  8. It was a real same to cover that lovely Kauri with plastic, though, Ian. Even if it gives a finish you could shave in. Sorry to say it, and I know other people have upset you. But it is a shame. There is nothing wrong with a wooden boat showing her planks on occasion.


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