Tapui


TAPUI
photos ex Chris Leech

The above photos show the Salthouse launch, Tapui. When these were taken she was owned by the late Ian Ward and Frank Gimson (both life members of the DYC). I’ll let Chris Leech chip in with the story on the prank that two DYC members played on Ian. The two perpetrators were Rob Wallace & Bob Thompson. The painting is a classic David Barker & now hangs in the DYC clubrooms, as the ‘Ian Ward Memorial Trophy’, for I understand a DYC launch Log Rally – won by Chris Leech in Castaway (Islander) .

The photos below are from her launching at DYC

Can we uncover anymore details on Tapui & where she is these days?

Harold Kidd Input

I first came across Ian Ward when we were founder members of the Pupuke Boating Club which operated off Takapuna Beach from a flagstaff on Muir Douglas’ beachfront house. We raced a motley collection of centreboarders, Zeddies, IA’s, Silver Ferns, and miscellaneous sailing dinghies. Ian was about 14 and a character already. Others of his age included David Barker, Adrian Greatorex, Paul Rusden and Bondy. We saw the meteoric Roberts brothers with their crack Zeddie TAWAKI and Murray Follas with his 1st Div IAs KHAMA then THUNDERBIRD on occasion. At first John Chapple and I raced my IA TUNA, a Zeddie whose name I forget, then a succession of Pennants and Q Class 12 footers, GLEE/CAPRICE, DIXIE and finally FLAMINGO with which John won the Interdominion 12 footer Champs 3 or 4 times in a row. John later designed the CHEROKEE class for the Club.
Ian was a considerable character and that was reflected in TAPUI and her exploits over the years.

photos (ex tradeaboat) added.

Just received a current photo ex Mike Quilter, not a bad sailor 😉 , who now owns Tapui & has removed the flying bridge 🙂 – there will be a ww t-shirt in the mail to Mike, anyone that gets the chainsaw out deserves a reward.

21 thoughts on “Tapui

  1. No you get the KR Trophy for being Utterly Wrong. OUR NSTC Daimlers had 5LW Gardners. YOU City people had a motley lot, Keys buses for example. We had a posh fleet of yellow Daimlers doncherknow?

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  2. Behind that monarch of the road, Observer of the Highway Code, That big six-wheeler scarlet-painted London transport diesel-engined. Ninety-seven horsepower omnibus! The city Daimlers had horizontal six cylinder engines -dunno what breed. Watched one having bearings and rings done in a day by a sweating mechnanic. We had a school trip and he started when we got our bus and was finishing when we came back. They had AEC / Leylands too.

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  3. Arnold (“Bill”) Couldrey designed the hull for Frank Grimson and Ian Ward in 1974. Her hull was built by Salthouses’ apprentices . Frank and Ian took their time to finish her off and launched her in November 1980. The hull is 3 skin diagonal kauri. Her original engine was a 5LW Gardner. Am I right in saying that’s the engine that was used in the North Shore Transport Co’s Daimler buses of my youth? Lovely sound, accompanied by the whine from a Wilson pre-selector gearbox in the buses.

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  4. I’ll drink to that award! There should be an annual trophy of a small chainsaw rampant mounted on a pedestal. Preferably gold plated. Awarded to the best cosmetic re-contouring project of the year. But the end result has to be a distinct improvement.
    Mike is a clear leader…… well done! I have always thought Tapui could do with a little more sheer where the raised deck flattened off in way of the third window divide……. See what I mean? The aft bit could kick up even a couple of inches.
    BTW I was told she was a Couldry design; did someone mention that?

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  5. As a young boy I must have been watching you as I remember all the names you have mentioned.My first ever experience on the water was in Thunderbird with Peter Jackson scaring the nappies off me!!.

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  6. Tapui is alive and well and living in the Bay of Islands. My wife Robi and I have owned her for 5 years and she is a fabulous Bay boat, we are only the 3rd owners. I have removed the flying bridge, never liked that, and stripping and varnishing the cabin coamings is on the list, they are teak I think, but that job will have to wait a year or so yet. The Nissan FE6 engine put in by the second owner seems to be fine, a nice installation and very reliable to date, cruises happily all day at 1800 revs doing 8.3 kts. She is kept on a mooring in Apple Tree Bay next to the Kerikeri marina. Beyond me how to add a photo, but she is in good shape.

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  7. Also lets not forget the other half of the Tapui crew, and that of Frank Gimson and his boating legacy, with his first keeler in Gremlin, that he also built and finished behind his house (TBC). There are some wonderful photos of Gremlin at build, launching and then competing on the harbour. I am sure there is a mountain of information about Franks sailing before Gremlin.

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  8. Sadly she has been altered – see attached link http://www.tradeaboat.co.nz/detail/marine/boats/cauldrey/38'-sedan-launch/85831

    I spent many great summer holidays away on Tapui, including the last summer Ian and Frank had her when we spent a month up North far as Hourora (their farewell trip before selling).

    Once she was sold by Ian and Frank, the new owners replaced the Gardner with a Nissan, extended the hull by building the boarding platform in and put the flying bridge on, oh and repainted (orange obviously wasn’t to their taste).

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  9. I first came across Ian Ward when we were founder members of the Pupuke Boating Club which operated off Takapuna Beach from a flagstaff on Muir Douglas’ beachfront house. We raced a motley collection of centreboarders, Zeddies, IA’s, Silver Ferns, and miscellaneous sailing dinghies. Ian was about 14 and a character already. Others of his age included David Barker, Adrian Greatorex, Paul Rusden and Bondy. We saw the meteoric Roberts brothers with their crack Zeddie TAWAKI and Murray Follas with his 1st Div IAs KHAMA then THUNDERBIRD on occasion. At first John Chapple and I raced my IA TUNA, a Zeddie whose name I forget, then a succession of Pennants and Q Class 12 footers, GLEE/CAPRICE, DIXIE and finally FLAMINGO with which John won the Interdominion 12 footer Champs 3 or 4 times in a row. John later designed the CHEROKEE class for the Club.
    Ian was a considerable character and that was reflected in TAPUI and her exploits over the years.

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  10. She had a nice little Gardner -I was told 5 cylinders- that ticked over nicely. A good shipmate in a real man’s boat. I remember a goodly load of stores going on board as she lay alongside the DYC wharf with the engine ticking over (that’s how I knew the above). One of the crew said when the job was done “That should get us to North Head!”
    Yep, I mss her and hope she is in loving hands. Would be a shock to see her all white…..

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  11. The prank was not received well by Ian, and he was a tad upset to say the least. However as fate would have it the perpertrators when they came to remove the edife, to put is mildy was that they were the recipients of the contents when they removed (gravity works well here, and I will let your imagination fill in the blanks) it from the boarding platform.

    Tapui was built (hull and decks only from memory)at the Salthouse yard at Greenhithe, and then taken to Frank’s home in Hamana St, Narrow Neck where she was completed. She was a fixture at the DYC, and the Orange “Tugpui” was well travelled up the east coast of the North Island. They would not leave on a cruise until all the chores were done, including the washing and lawns. She was as a result as regular as clockwork on all her voyages. There are of course a large number os stories to be told about the Tapui.

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