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?

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

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  2. Can anyone provide any history on ‘VALWYN’ build date, original specs, or anything to complete her story.
    Much obliged,
    Thank you,
    David

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  3. 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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  4. 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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  5. 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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  6. 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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  7. 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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  8. 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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  9. Recently it was confirmed to me that Altair didn’t go to Australia after all 😀

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  10. 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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  11. 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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  12. Just wondering if anyone knows if VALWYN, built by Granddad, Mac McGeady was built in 1946 or another year?

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  13. 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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  14. 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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  15. 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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  16. 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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  17. Brilliant re photos. Yes, I’m definitely interested in obtaining copies, thank you. I will be coming to Auckland in June and July if that helps.

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  18. Hi Karen,
    I don’t know wether you got my reply or not, I have a bit of trouble with the site, so here it is again. I have some photoes of Maranoa, mostly taken around Murray Inglis slip and with ALTAIR in the background. I can’t scan them into my puta so if you would email me you postal address, I will send you some copies.

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  19. I have a photoe of Maranoa on Murray Inglis slip at Clevedon, Auckland, just prior to going back into the water. I also have a couple of photoes showing “Altair” in the background. Unfortunately I can’t scan them into my puta but if you would like to email me your address I will post to you copies of them.

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  20. Hi Robin
    I’d like to ask for your permission to copy the pages from your book on these yachts to the info I’m collating on Granddad’s boats!

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  21. That’s right Harold — my dad bought the Buda off John, when John fitted the Ford dad wanted the existing Leyland in the JULIANA, to became one of a pair for the GAY DAWN, which he had just bought off Bill Waters, so the JULIANA acquired the Buda, which was there for a good number of years until Brian Algie (of Algies bay), replaced it with a Ford as well, in JULIANA. — KEN RICKETTS

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  22. ARCTURUS was built by Supreme Craft in 1950 for John Warren of Mission Bay to a McGeady design. She was 32’6″x30’x11’x3’4″ in one source and 32’x30’x10’7″x4’8″ in another. Her original engine was a 40hp Buda diesel which was replaced by a Ford. It seems that McGeady finished his work in 1950 (see Sea Spray Nov 1950) but she wasn’t completed by Warren and launched until early 1952 (see Sea Spray March 1952). Ken Ricketts told me once that the Buda went into his father’s boat JULIANA.
    ARCTURUS was on Trade Me for sale at $69500 at Nelson in 2011.

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  23. Has anyone got any info on Aquarius and Arcturus? I have 12 pics of Aquarius and no info and with Arcturus I have 5 pics and the info Ken posted December 15, 2013.

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  24. HUKARERE — I have just received, a “picture in words,” with actual photos to follow later today, from the original owners daughter, which is so informative & extensive, am sending it to Alan in its complete format, as I believe it will make a really great post in its own right.
    However in the meantime, will wet your appetites with base facts.
    Diane, his daughter, tells me, HUKARERE is 35 feet long left 1A Summer St at the beginning of December 1948 with red leaded hull, decks, & engine, only, for the owner Les Ravenhall’s Nihill Cres., Mission Bay home, where she was finished of by him, his family, & friends. Original power was a petrol engine supplied by Lees Marine ( probably a marinised Ford V8 I would speculate, as they were agents), later replaced with a Perkins Diesel.
    She was finished inside & out by the Ravenhalls, — ( & friends) — & launched Anniversary weekend 1949.
    They must have had a really good big team, working very long hours, to get her in the water in that time frame – amazing — but all will be revealed — it’s all in the story yet to come!!! — So “watch this space,” there is a great read ahead for all. — KEN RICKETTS

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  25. Her spelling got mangled sometimes. I’ve seen her as HUKERERE and HUKAERE. Inevitably she gets muddled with the Vos HUKARERE. Certainly L C Ravenhall of 44 Nihill Crescent owned her in 1953 when she was a patrol craft for the arrival of GOTHIC on the Royal Tour.
    She was for sale on Trade Me in 2010 in New Plymouth and in 2011 in Auckland as a 40 footer with a build date of 1950.

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  26. HUKARERE was built for Les Ravenhall, whom I knew as a lad, & who was a building contractor of Mission Bay.
    By recall, she was built circa 1950ish, had a 4 cyl Ford Diesel, & was a c36 foot long bridgedecker with no dodger originally. She had the usual oblong portholes, Mac put in flare of the bow & oblong windows after the style of AWATERE & ALTAIR, in the aft section of the coamings.
    Her styling is along the lines of Madaford’s “SIESTA,” but a bit a little smaller in volume.
    Have just been talking to his niece, & should have some pics within the next few days. — KEN RICKETTS

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  27. There’s a set of hi res old photographs of a Lady Allyson cruise on natlib. Someone else can find them :p

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  28. ALTAIR which used to be owned by Murray and Judy Ingles has gone to Australia unfortunately.

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  29. And there is MARINOA. A 42 ft. twin screw sedan style launch build I believe about ’52-54. I don’t know who owns her now but up untill recently she was birthed up the Wairoa river in Clevedon. I had her in the early ’90s and we spent about 5 years as an Auckland Coast Guard rescue vessel during that time.

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  30. Have been thinking about ALPHEUS, & Mac told us when he built a boat for Jack Ploughman in the 1950s, that she was the only boat he ever built, (until that time anyway), that was finished right up to the food in the lockers, & the grog in the cabinet, before she hit the water. Jack P’s instructions were, that he was leaving for the Barrier an hour after she went in the tide, & she had to be ready to go — that was the way Jack was. I know the boat was sedan topper & had 2 Fords & think on reflection it may have been ALPHEUS, but am not certain. — As a matter of interest, he had a house built in Herne Bay, the same way, & got an architect, interior designer, & garden layout guru, & went away overseas for 6 months & instructed that the sheets were on the beads & food in the frig etc., as he was coming straight back to his new house when he got off the plane & of course, as with the boat, it happened that way – As I said, I think ALPHEUS may well be his boat. can anyone confirm this, — HDK? — KEN RICKETTS.

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  31. BRILLIANT 🎉 thanks so much Harold. Now we have clarity on what really happened. Most grateful to have this info😃

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  32. The full story of the fire is in this link. I haven’t been able to find an earlier LADY PAM or indeed any other launch owned earlier by your grandfather, not that that’s particularly conclusive of anything. Press reporting of launch activities, outside the main club events (and disasters) was pretty random.
    http://paperspast.natlib.govt.nz/cgi-bin/paperspast?a=d&cl=search&d=EP19381010.2.13&srpos=4&e=——-10–1—-0%22lady+pam%22+launch–

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  33. There’s some mythology there. Maybe there was an earlier LADY PAM that he found derelict and rebuilt. But the LADY PAM that was burnt out off Cable Bay Motuihe on 9th October 1938 was a “streamline cruiser” that Sam Ford built for him which was launched in September 1937. She took part in the Mahurangi Regatta of December 1937 and came second in the over 7kn launch race. So she was well past her “shakedown cruise” in October 1938.
    I’m most interested in the second boat that Sam built her McGeady in the winter of 1939. It certainly wasn’t funded from the insurance on LADY PAT because she was uninsured. I think someone else took over the boat during construction.
    I wish I had asked Paddy McGeady these questions while he was still alive, but there you go……………

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  34. I have sourced a second hand copy from a bookshop in Perth and am eagerly awaiting delivery.
    Book world over here is Australia were out of stock.

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  35. Great stuff Geoff!!– Great to have that confirmed & the change date would be logical & common sense to fit in with the 1970s additions — KEN R

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  36. Hi Harold, that’s interesting that Sam Ford built Lady Pam for my Grandfather because this is what we were told: Mac didn’t built the boat, it was found beached somewhere, possibly on Motuihe Island.

    The weekend of Labour weekend 1938 was the ‘shake down cruise’. On this
    ‘shake down cruise’, the petrol had leaked into the bilge and when the boat was put into reverse, it blew up.

    They pulled into Admiralty steps and an ambulance was called and the boat burnt down to the keel and Pam was burnt on the hip, one arm and legs and in hospital for one or two weeks.

    Would be interested in having a bit more info on the Lady Pam and if possible some photos.

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  37. Another question, of course, is how many boats were built FOR McGeady? I know of two, any more? In 1937 Sam Ford built him LADY PAM, which was destroyed by fire in October 1938, but what was the second boat Sam Ford built for him in the winter of 1939 to replace LADY PAM? And what was the sister ship built alongside her for Shelley B. Atkinson?

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  38. It would seem by what we now know that ISLAND PRINCESS, has probably also acquired an extra engine somewhere along the way, & may well now have 2 Fords.– will try & confirm this ASAP –KEN R

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  39. Wonderful Geoff, thank you so much for your input, After my chat with Greg who knew both boats very well at the same time that I did, & collating his input with info from the memoirs of Bob Edwards which was a post I referred to above I wrongly deduced that it was ISLAND PRINCESS that got burnt — just shows I should not be to presumptive in deduction am pleased to be proved wrong, — thanks again. –KEN R

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  40. As far as I know, ISLAND PRINCESS still exists, maybe as a private launch. During the “Kawau Ferry Wars” of the late 1980’s, AOTEAROA II suffered a mysterious ?? fire and was badly damaged. She was repaired and is now a pleasure launch at Thames.

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  41. Thanks Ken, that definitely sounds like ALMAREE – she was quite distinctive. I’ll follow through with family and friends and see if I can put a decent article together over the next couple of weeks. Have emailed you directly on the timber.

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  42. Wonderful how people have kept them in the family! The one I bought was also in the same family since new and they were also good friends of Snow & Alma. Thanks for the heads up on ALMAREE II, I’ll get down to visit her – shame about the tuck but I hope they’ve kept the original ford with her divine exhaust note!

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  43. The latest, & probably last chapter, on ROTOITI/ISLAND PRINCESS, is info., from Greg Lees, that she was going to be used for fishing after her time at Kawau as a ferry, but caught fire at Omaha, & was sold as a hulk to someone, with the apparent intention of rebuilding her, but Greg has never heard of her again. — KEN RICKETTS

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  44. I had TIARRI built of tanalised Kauri — it would have been unthinkable not to, & I understand this timber is also tanalised. — KEN R

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  45. Further to my various ramblings above, have just spoken to Greg Lees, who tells me he was a deckhand on either the AOTEAROA II or ISLAND PRINCESS when he was 14, in the mid 1970s, & he wasn’t certain which one.
    Further to this again, I’ve just reread Bob Edwards memoirs, & he lists all boats ever used as ferries at Kawau, right back through the passage of time, up until 1961, when he left the island, & he states the AOTEROA II, only came from Auckland very Sunday in the Summer months, for about 5 years in the, (later?), 1950s, & was not listed as a ferry fleet boat ever. So I’ve concluded that Greg had to have worked on the ISLAND PRINCESS, which was in service when Bob E left in 61 & she would then have been in service at least until the mid 1970s working at Sandspit & Kawau Island.

    I also gleaned that she had a top speed of 8 knots which would indicate that the “LW” Gardiner referred to in B. E’s. memoirs would have been a “6LW” Gardiner — (he says the KAWAU ISLE, the other main ferry, was much faster, at 12 knots.) KEN RICKETTS

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  46. I have now authenticated that the ROTOITI became the ISLAND PRINCESS circa mid 1950s as quoted below, from the woodys post titled;
    Recollections of Kawau Island – By Bob Edwards Posted on January 4, 2014
    I quote;
    “Horsfall bought the ROTOITI from Rotorua and renamed it the ISLAND PRINCESS.
    Charley Wiese took over the KAWAU ISLE and I went on to the PRINCESS She was quite a comfortable boat to ride in & was powered with a LW Gardner.” unquote.
    Am hot on the trail of some pics, which should be available in the next day or 2 — KEN RICKETTS

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  47. Tanalised I hope! I know of a boat that had it used in her restoration planking in the last ten years and it rotted, is now having to be fully rebuilt

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  48. I recall a 30-32 foot straight sheer sedan topper with the windows at the rear end sloping down from the top edge in a curve, & obviously getting smaller, in the last couple of them, & she was called either AL MARIE OR LA MARIE, & moored in Judges Bay in the early 1950s right next to my dad’s JULIANA — if the AL MARIE you are discussing has that concept, would love to follow through on her & try & get a pic if anyone knows where she is right now.

    ALSO GARTH;
    A quick personal one for you, — have found some Fijian Kauri cut correctly for TIARRI — please get back to me ASAP — KEN RICKETTS.

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  49. I saw that Snow Telford dinghy on trademe.He was a close friend of my Grandparents and we still have the identical dinghy to yours that he built for them in the 60’s.ALMAREE II is at Te Atatu these days…but no longer sports the varnished stern.

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  50. Wonderful memories in this post! I just bought this wonderful dinghy(her name is SEAWEED)… (photo sent to Alan) as the tender for TIARRI, built by my Uncle Snow (Bill Telford) in 1969. My parents’ EROS originally had one, but long since lost track of her. Anyway, reading the above reminds me that Snowy also built at least 2 Emmys in the late 40s/early 50s. He gave me a copy of the aforementioned magnificent book for a birthday and I read it with fascination a number of times, although I can’t right now put my hands on it… He also built 2 bona fide woodys for himself – ALMAREE (date unknown but possibly 50s – last seen by me on a swing mooring on the Owhanake side of Matiatia in the late 90s) and ALMAREE II (1973 and last seen on a mooring outside the marina at Opua). I wonder if there is interest in a post on Bill “Snow” Telford and his boats to see what we can dig up about what he built and where they are now?

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  51. Different ROTOITI. There have been several, starting with Bailey & Lowe in 1903.
    The McGeady ROTOITI was written up in Sea Spray of March 1952.

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  52. I believe the ROTOITI as referred to above, is almost certainly the boat that was renamed ISLAND PRINCESS, when she went it to service for Mansion House ferry services circa 19960s — will try & source a photo of her — she looks very similar to the AOTEAROA II, of which I will forward a pic to Alan. — KEN RICKETTS

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  53. Yes “Rotoiti ” was built in summer st, by Uncle Mac, it was such a tight effort getting her out of the doors that a sheet of ply was put on her cabin tops and the low loader of Reg Brown, Hammond and McIntyre, had to let air out of the tyre to lower the level.
    Regards, Tom Morris

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  54. As Harold has kindly pointed out, the book is ‘Emmy – 70 years of M-class yachting” which we published in 1994. It has loads of factoids for the closet anorak in all of us.

    Boat Books have it on sale.
    http://www.boatbooks.co.nz/yachthist.html

    On the same page in that website you will also see some of our other weighty publications that people buy for draught excluders, door stops and similar household uses. There is an excellent history of the Richmond Yacht Club (my personal favourite), also the Ponsonby Cruising Club (for those who want to know what a mullet boat really is), the Devonport Yacht Club, and more recently, the fabulous “Galloping Ghosts” which is chock full of jaw-dropping pix of the racing 18-footers of Australia and New Zealand.

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  55. Just wondering, the only ROTOITI passenger launch I can recall was the 45′ steel launch by Brijis in steel in 1959 for use at Lake Rotoiti. She later became a Blue Boat and yes, worked in the Kawau area. Geoff Brebner

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  56. Yes, you are correct, I shall be updating my master list and yes I will send you a copy. 😃

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  57. The book is “EMMIE” and I’m sure Robin will have a copy or two available. It’s long since out of print.
    It was the first book on NZ yachting history that was actually thoroughly researched and accurate, unlike the previous crap like “LITTLE SHIPS” which was anecdote piled on anecdote piled on assumption. At least it served the function of getting Robin and me off our bums to start proper research and to de-mythologise the history of NZ yachts.
    There’s still a light year of work to get rid of the mythologies on NZ launches.
    There are times when I despair…………………..

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  58. For the WESTERING & Wally Brebner Story, refer to post titled MYSTERY LAUNCH 5.1.15.

    Have always believed ALBACORA was a “McG.” boat, – am delighted to have it confirmed. —

    Hope we can get a pic of ROTOITI soon, I’ve had no luck so far. — KEN R

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  59. WOW, this info is BRILLIANT!!! Thanks to everyone for the update on boats and yachts. Mum said she thought there was more than just the boats, even some dinghies that Granddad built.
    Thank you Ken for acknowledging Ben Hipkins and the boats he built under the Supreme Craft name.
    Yes….and where can people buy this book and what is it called please?

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  60. Great stuff guys!!! — Never had any idea about the yachts — really will have to get a copy of that book when we are told where we can get it.
    I really do learn such a hug amount from this wonderful site.
    Just one thing, whilst all of these boats were built by Supreme Craft, to avoid confusion about “Mac” himself, the following were actually created under the hand of Ben Hipkins, after he bought the business. They are NIKA-SIA, SCEPTRE, VALWYN, VENTURE (sister ship/hull to SCEPTRE), WAIMARU, & WHITE CLOUD.
    Have just confirmed, courtesy of Ben Hipkins ALBACORA, a well known 36 foot game fishing boat, was built by “Mac,” powered originally by 2 x 90 hp Graymarine petrol engines, & was built in 1955, went to Fiji for a period, had her cabin tops raised, & headroom increased by Ben H., whilst there. — (Have sent Alan pics of ALBACORA today ex B Worthington) Added below.AH


    The Graymarines, which he tells me gave her a good turn of speed, were later replaced with 2 x 4 cyl. Ford Diesels.
    She had a change of ownership right at time of launching & spent the first 3 months of her life on the hardstand at Okahu Bay, where Ben Hipkins was sent to “freshen up” the varnish before she went in to the water for her new owner..
    Ben H, also built a 32 foot boat for Wally Brebner which he believes may be WESTERING, in 1965. I recall WESTERING is already the subject of a post, if my memory serves me correctly. If not I will try & get a pic off to Alan today.
    The ROTOITI was a 42 foot passenger launch built by “Mac,” for Lake Rotoiti, which later moved to Kawau Island, he told me.
    MANUIA was 26feet long built by “Mac,” for the owner of Opotiki Bacon Company & she had a 4 cyl Ford Diesel & was used extensively by the owners for a long period in that area. — KEN RICKETTS

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  61. Interestingly, Lannam told the APYMBA that HE built FANTASY in 1952..34’x33’x11’x3′.
    EL ALAMEIN (1945), later RANUI, is missing, also HUKARERE, not the Vos one (or is she a canard?), LADY HELEN (another quacker?). ROTOITI (1952) is missing, also WESTERING and MANUIA for Ohiwa (1958). A couple of the above, HUKARERE and LADY HELEN, I got from Ken some years ago, but he may have changed his mind since.

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  62. Seeing as you are talking ‘boats’ – you surely have to include yachts as well.
    I know of two M-class 18-foot patikis.

    There were probably a scattering of other small yachts as well built by Supreme Craft

    1945
    M-22 Milady Bob Stewart design for Morrie O’Shea.
    Built at Summer street to hull and deck frames and finished off by O’shea at his home in Point Chevalier. The hull was not as fair as it should have been. During planking the hull had ‘crept’ on the moulds and she had a couple of hollows just forward of the centrecase. Jack Taylor was employed building a launch there at the time and remembered that Bob Stewart was not amused when he arrived to view the finished hull.
    Launched 21 January 1946, she raced consistently with the full M-class fleet and remained with the Westhaven Combined Clubs after partition of the race circuit in 1948, mostly cruising after 1950. She disappeared from record after a one-off appearnce in the 1954 Devonport Regatta.

    1946
    M-35 Mariana Bob Stewart design for Colin Armiger and Keith Blanks
    Billy Rogers was their preferred builder but he was too committed. Armiger and Blanks wanted a boat in the water as soon as possible and approached Supreme Craft who had the young Keith Atkinson working for them at the time.
    Launched in January 1947 as Maranui, she was refused this name for registration by the AYMBA (it was already in use by an existing V-class yacht) so she became Mariana.
    The hull had an unusual 1-inch rake to the stem which became accentuated in the building. Bob Stewart later admitted to Col Armiger that it was never intended to look quite so extreme.
    Avid social cruisers, Armiger and Blanks had Keith build up the floor timbers so they could stack more beer bottles under them for the Xmas cruises (six dozen so we are told). Yet again, Bob Stewart was not amused (he was teetotal).
    Mariana raced and cruised hard with the Westhaven Combined Clubs after the 1948 partition and joined the RNZYS fleet off Orakei in 1955. She stayed there until 1959, vanished and reappeared in 1965 ballasted and registered as V-118 entering the Anniversary Regattas with the Cruising V-class division until 1969. When last heard of in the 1970’s she was cruising out Maraetai – Beachlands way.

    How do I know all this ?? Well …… there’s this book you see……….

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