photo ex Pam Cundy at Whangateau Traditional Boat Yard
All I know about today’s launch are 3 things – her name , the photo was taken at Great Barrier Island in 2013 & she is a fine looking vessel. So folks what do we know about Merita?
Photos below ex Brian Worthington & Ken Ricketts
09-11-2015 Input from Murray Morrissey. edited by Alan H
Merita was named after a bay in the Far North.
Merita was built by Murray’s Father in law – James (Jim) Dymock of Takapuna. She was built in his brothers building yard ( Bill Dymock) behind the Waitemata Power Board in Taharoto Rd.
Murray is not sure of the hull design but the cabin top was designed by Brin Wilson. She was launched in 1965 in the Milford Creek where she spend her early years. In those days she sat in a mud berth in front of the Milford Cruising Club. She was powered by an A.E.C. – war surplus tank engine – a beautiful sounding engine that pushed her along at 12-13 knots.
She was sold in 1971 to a Mr. Robertson who lived in Red Bluff Rise in Cambells Bay. From there Murray lost track of her.
Murray can clearly remember standing near the cliff face at Kennedy Park, Castor Bay, watching her heading northwards on the day she changed hands – with a heavy heart. She was a beautiful boat.
Merita was back in the Milford Creek in the late 1980`s or there abouts – crying out for some TLC. Murray then saw her at Gulf Harbour in pristine condition a few years ago & was very happy to see someone was looking after her.