photos & report ex Hylton Edmonds via Ken Ricketts. edited by Alan H
Ken reports that Hylton, who bought Lady Eileen the 1947 Shipbuilders/SupaCraft bridge-decker approx. a year ago & relocated her to his property at Tapu Point in the Bay of Islands, is now 8 months into an extensive refit/refurb. You will see from the above photos that Hylton has rather a nice ‘shed’ & has retained the services of some true craftsman to undertake the work.
ww followers may recall that after her previous live-a-board owner passed away, Lady Eileen was listed on trademe for a long time. Lady Eileen is a very lucky boat to now have Hylton as her custodian & based on the standard of the work completed to date, despite being 68 years old, she will be relaunched better than new.
We look forward to more update.
Search Lady Eileen in the ww search box to see early photos.
Update from Russell Ward who you will see is a fan 🙂
Oh sterling effort, Mr Edmonds. Ten points/five stars for your effort! And a most deserving ship to lavish all that effort on. A super SuperCraft job!
Tim Windsor was the in-house designer at Shipbuilders at the time and Lady Eileen and her half sisters Mahara, Rosemary and Rakanoa were all just right. Mahara (just the same cabin arrangement) being a much shorter boat still worked OK (and that was hard to do); but Eileen managed to draw it out much better with the extra length.
Have a squint and admire the details. Humour me…. That graceful sheer, little kick up aft, the rubbing strakes that set it off (get one of those wrong and it would spoil it); the curvaceous tops to the toe rail fwd (Mahara was the same) -almost a turtle deck effect. The cabin tops -just a little curve in them fore and aft. Look at the curved edges to the tops of the fwd wheelhouse screens. A lesser designer would have had them angular and would have put three in. He might have put an eyebrow atop them and again detracted from it. Admire the treatment of the alternate windows/portholes aft -all four had that. It is mimicked up fwd too. Yep, everything just right. The flying bridge -a later add on is not bad -works OK because she is a big boat.
I surmise that Shipbuilders still had the men that were there during WW2 doing Fairmiles and the like -the knowledge capital/ expertise. Tim had trained by correspondence from the USA, I heard once. Anyone got anything else on his history?
Oh, say again. Well done (doing?) Hylton!
Work Report from the owner – 23-05-2015
Sadly the cabin sides are well passed returning to varnish (which in any case would have been the old imitation graining system so popular back in that era through to the 60’s, ex Pilot Boat Waitemata was a classic example).
I feel though, with a combination of refurbished varnished pieces and all her refurbished chrome, she will still look the (glamourous) Hunter’s Lady Eileen, as follows;
1. Hand rails (on refurbished stainless steel stanchions – added at time of flying bridge 20 years ago)
2. Skylight (original)
3. Dorade boxes (original complete with refurbished Chrome Bronze cowls)
5. New Teak Wheelhouse doors (sadly the old ones were full of gravings, repairs and freshwater rot and have been “retired”)
6. Entire Flying Bridge . The internal panel is painted out now, accentuating the shear and considered by all – a great improvement on this “large” addition.
7. Oregon Boat hooks (with chrome tips) on new Teak cradles
8. Cockpit Coamings (attached is a photo with just 3 coats of Uroxsys on to protect in the interim before final 6 more coats)
9. Foredeck Teak Hatch (original)
10. Name Boards (with chrome letters)
11. Ensign Mast
12. And…..if one can procure the original Clinker Dinghy or suitable replacement……
Lady Clair (L) & Lady Eileen at Gulf Harbour May’14
28-04-2016 Work in progress photos ex Ken Ricketts (17 April)