How Many Boats Did McGeady Build? Updated 27/10/2015 (& the launch Fantasy)


How Many Boats Did McGeady Build? Updated 27/10/2015

A MESSAGE FROM KAREN MOREN

I would personally like to thank everyone who has contributed to postings and supplied information on Granddads (Mac McGeady) and Ben Hipkins Supreme Craft boats.

Without all of this information and photos it would not be possible to be up to 140 pages and more with further info still to come.

Kind regards
Karen Moren

LIST OF MCGEADY/SUPREME CRAFT BOATS

SUPREME CRAFT was founded in the late 1930’s possibly 1936 by                               my Grandfather Clarence V. McGeady but everyone knew him as ‘Mac’. Due to ill health, he retired approximately 1962 and the business was taken over by Ben Hipkins. The actual builders of Supreme Craft boats are distinguished by the suffix of ”McGeady” or “Hipkins” as the case may be. It should also be noted that some Hipkins boats were based on McGeady Designs and suffixed accordingly. Where McGeady designs were used, and the boat was built by Hipkins this would be suffixed with, “Design McGeady/Built Hipkins

This is a list only. (I know many people have contributed pics and info which is on my acknowledgements page)

ALBACORA – McGeady

ALCYONE – McGeady

ALPHEUS – Design McGeady/ Built Hipkins

ALTAIR – McGeady

AMARYLLIS renamed KOALA – McGeady

ANTARES – McGeady

AQUARIUS – McGeady

AQUILA – McGeady

ARCTURUS – McGeady

AROHANUI – McGeady

ASTRA – McGeady

AUSTRALIS – McGeady

AWATERE – McGeady

CHALLENGER – McGeady

EL ALAMEIN renamed RANUI- McGeady

FANTASY – McGeady (sistership to ANTARES

HUKARERE – McGeady

LADY ALLYSON renamed ERINOR – McGeady

LADY DIANNA – McGeady

LADY HELEN ? – McGeady

LADY SUNSHINE renamed VARLENE -McGeady

MANUIA – McGeady

MARANOA – McGeady

NIKA-SIA – Ben Hipkins

RANGIORA – Gary Wheeler/Ben Hipkins built under McGeady banner

ROTOITI renamed ISLAND PRINCESS – McGeady

SCEPTRE – Ben Hipkins

TEMPEST – McGeady

VALWYN – McGeady

VENTURE – sister ship/hull to SCEPTRE – Ben Hipkins

WAIMARU – Ben Hipkins

WESTERING – Ben Hipkins

WHITE CLOUD – Design McGeady/Built Hipkins

2 x M-CLASS 18 foot Patikis – McGeady

M – 22 MILADY 1945

M – 35 MARIANA 1946

 

Fantasy – below b/w photo ex Karen Moren + colour photos & details ex Ken Ricketts

Built in 1952 by Mac McGeady for Colin Lannam. Ken believes that she was built on the basis of Lannam’s first boat, Lady Dianna e.g. McGeady built the hull & cabin then Lannam finished the interior. Ken commented that Lannam had masterful cabinet making skills.

Neither Karen or Ken know much more about Fantasy – can anyone add more details on her?

99 thoughts on “How Many Boats Did McGeady Build? Updated 27/10/2015 (& the launch Fantasy)

  1. from rod simpson havelock marlborough we have VALWYN here in the sounds great old boat have had her for a year

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  2. There are people that I wouldn’t want the boat to go to. Negative and heartless people. WANDA is a better fit for you Nath…Narrow

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  3. What is/the Wanda II for sale for… around 50 IIRC? Great condition twin screw Lane. Mataroa was close to free. Aquarius needing TLC all over with stuffed engines might be worth 5k. Dreamers

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  4. I have spoken with the owner last night by phone, & I understand the price has been reduced VERY substantially on the trade me site, & that offers may well be considered favourably, below the listed figure. — KEN R

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  5. Someone is having a laugh with Aquarius for sale on trademe at present. 80k for 2 seized engines and a boat in need of restoration?

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  6. When I return to Australia, I will put in a correction on my list re Valwyn as I have made a mistake. She was not built by Ben Hipkins at all. She is a McGeady build.😃

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  7. Recently it was confirmed to me that Altair didn’t go to Australia after all 😀

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  8. Yes, at last I’ve been on a boat my Grandfather built.
    Colin Lannam did a beautiful job on the interior….. a very emotional time for me. Much gratitude.😃

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  9. She was on TradeMe in 2000 with a build date of 1940 and then in 2015 with a build date of 1946. I would pick 1946 as there’s no sign of her in 1940 and there was virtually zero building for private use during the war.
    There was another VALWYN around too, a 31 footer, which confuses the issue. That one was supposedly built in 1931 so was a name-change.

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  10. Just wondering if anyone knows if VALWYN, built by Granddad, Mac McGeady was built in 1946 or another year?

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  11. Once I get back to Australia I can change my Master list to read
    El Alamein renamed Ranui.
    Sorry Harold…. A bit slow on pickup there…..oooops!!!!!

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  12. I have recently discovered El Alamein renamed Ranui is being used as a Charter boat on Lake Taupo and there are recent pics of what she looks like today. BRILLIANT !!!!

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  13. Have just received the final chapter & full story of “The Life Of The ALBACORA” from the original owners son. — I quote;
    “Mum and Dad had Albacora built in 1954, selling her in 1969 where she was sold to Marlin Investments in Fiji, which Dad went and managed for 6 years until 1974, Albacora then was sold to a Dick Evinson about ’76 who was setting up Turtle Island Resort, but a cruising friend saw her lying half sunk in about 1980 up the Nadi River, to where I went up there 5 years ago to find out once and for all what happened to her, and with contacts and good research, she was totally wrecked at Plantation Island in 1983 with Cyclone Oscar, as was half the Island, and was pushed into a heap and burnt, very sad….. ”
    This came form Hylton Edmonds whose parents had her built. — KEN RICKETTS

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  14. Hi Harold, On April 1, 2015 you wrote…..The McGeady ROTOITI was written up in Sea Spray of March 1952. Would you be able to send me this info please to: kmoren2010@gmail.com
    I’m tidying up all info over the weekend and it would be great to add this info to the ROTOITI page. 🙂

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