photo ex Dean Wright

The above photos show the launch Pilot competing in the Whangaroa Classic Boats Game Fishing Contest. She was based up in Houhora at that time. Not a lot of brain cells were used up when they named her, as in her previous life she used to be the pilot boat in New Plymouth 🙂

I’m keen to learn a little more about her, anyone able to help?

More photos from Dean taken in 2007. At the time she was owned by Paul Nattrass.

13 thoughts on “Pilot

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  2. Hey Al!
    What a stimulating 10 days or so we have had with your blog.
    The Block of Flats was a bit scary but nice knowing the lovely hulls live on…
    Electrochemical Damage – so very informative and well written even I could understand Chris’s descriptions. What a neat bloke going to this trouble for us.
    Early speedboats on the waitemata with Myria- always a privilege to share memories with the Brooke family. Loved the Winchester canon.
    Penelope – really inspiring recipes and a pleasant look into some fun times with the Shearers aboard their K class.
    Mera- Kens wonderful research and collection of photos he won over from the family.
    Awa Manu – Zach, I’m not sure how he keeps up with the blog when he’s at sea and how did he know she was in a shed in Kauri? The sea, boats and boat building are in this young mans blood.
    Ronomor- and Baden’s beautifully written and story’s told.
    Dagmar – Lady Eileen – glamourpuss and a wonderful look into her refurbishment, extremely nice work being carried out.
    Pilot – a work boat so pleasantly received.
    The tragic loss of Acquiesce- Robin told me whilst he was salvaging personal effects from her a very, very flash car pulled up close by, three or four folk popped out and formed a chain, carrying his things ashore, what a very kindly gesture on such a miserable day. You had also made a kindly appearance.
    A constant stream of knowledge from two or three of our very clever maritime historians and all you experienced boaties.
    Thank you Harold- I’m learning a lot and what I don’t retain I can look up again at a later date.
    I think you might be on to something here Al, don’t you think?
    In the workshop the other day I reached out and up and placed a half sheet of MDF on laughing Lady’s foredeck ready to pattern some cover boards, not realizeing it had ridden up onto her bollard, I turned to walk away, it slid and fell, clouting me in the side of the head grazeing and drawing blood on my check, well I have learnt to take the knocks and just kind of said to myself “well I want to be doing this” and carried on. Sometimes there’s little reward but I find the daily postings wonderfull Alan.
    I don’t know you well but I know you have family, I’m not sure how you manage all this, but it is AWESOME !!
    Ta for fixing my terrible spelling and bad Gramar 😉 and for letting me tease Harold. :-/


  3. Sensible design in a boat really. The helmsman is in a comfy part of the ship when punching some mean stuff. Nice cockpit for fishing or enjoying nature. Bit of nice accommodation fwd -maybe duck yer head up in the eyes.
    Something about a workboat. Everything is needed; placed because of function, no BS, no superfluous excrescences. Funnily enough it usually looks ok too.


  4. Oddly enough, she went down from Coulthard’s yard in Onehunga to New Plymouth by rail, 455 miles, rather than picking a time to dash down the coast. Range?


  5. That would have to be the best classic boat action photo to date. Nice to see these old boats out there doing it!


  6. I have just been admiring a photo album of a new build lobster boat and was thinking that the cabins on them are so pleasing on the eye & a style we don’t see in NZ. Next minute this pops up. Lovely proportions.


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