photo & details ex Paul Drake

Today’s launch is Privateer a recent arrival at Lake Taupo. Can anyone comment on where she came from and what her history is? Paul mentioned that she seems quite heavily ribbed. Not an Auckland boat perhaps?

The photo is taken (Aug 12) at the marina at Motuoapa (at the southern end of the lake) & the reason its so empty is it has been closed and emptied of boats, in preparation for its re development.
Soon the weathered wooden jetties and the wetland/island in the middle will be gone. The new marina will lack any character whatsoever and be all plastic, as is the custom these days. A little sad if you like weathered wooden jetties! Anyway, its great that the last boat out will be a woody.

5 thoughts on “Privateer

  1. Hi
    I owned Sandpiper prior to selling it to the buyer who transported it to Wellington. She was moored on piles at the Weiti river, Whangaparaoa just upstream from the slips. Had an awful lot of fun on her around the Hauraki Gulf. I purchased off trademe and motored her over from a mooring off Howick.
    Was told she was built at Napier around 1918 or round abouts the time earthquake. She was sold with fresh paint when I moved to the SI at 2009


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  3. Thanks Zach Ive just purchased the privateer( sandpiper) and want to know more about its history. How do I track that down. I know its built in 1927 by the navy


  4. Well spotted, Zach. There was a SANDPIPER in Wellington owned by W.B. Laird of Masterton but she was a 20 footer built in 1969 by Mason Marine with a 160hp Mercruiser. I think a couple of name changes?


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