Eastern Stars

photos & details ex Laurence Oliver

Laurence has owned Eastern Stars for 24 years. She was launched in 1968 & is 30′ long & currently powered by a 72hp Ford diesel (ex a 1979 Fordson truck motor), when launched she had a petrol engine. In 1988 the Ford motor was rebuilt.
Eastern Stars is carvel kauri planked & last painted (2 pot urethane) in 2011, at the same time her topsides were fiberglassed.
In recent years she has been the recipient of what we call a rolling restoration focusing on rewiring, new pumps, new fuel & water tanks.

Laurence is unsure of the designer/builder but has been told that she was one of 3 identical boats used on the Waitemata by a Mr. Brian Walden – anyone able to comment / confirm this ?

Eastern Stars is currently hauled out at Half Moon Bay hardstand & getting a face lift 🙂 the reason for this? – after 24 years its time for Laurence to move on, so Eastern Stars is offered for sale at a very reasonable price, making her an affordable entry point to the fastest growing boating segment – classic wooden launches.

The collection of photos above were taken 2 years ago while hauled out at Panmure Bridge. The photo below was taken at HMB marina, date unknown.

Eastern Stars can be viewed at HMB hardstand – contact Laurence to arrange a viewing & for more details. Her owner is open to sensible offers.

laurie@conchem.co.nz or 0274 978 874

Note: a swing mooring opposite PYBC ( Tamaki Estuary ) is available for purchase also. The shackles, chain, top rope were all replaced less than 3 years ago. Mooring features heavier gauges than normal on the bridle & 2x train –wheels.


I have done a wee google search on the name Brian Walden & discovered a very interesting character – see screen grab below that refers to his marine business – ‘Eastern Marina’ which included a charter business. Obviously where the launch got her name. If she was built for charter specs this is a bonus. The full story on Brian Walden can be read here.


06-11-2015 Re-launched photos

9 thoughts on “Eastern Stars

  1. Eastern Star (not sure where the later ‘s’ came from) was indeed built by Shipbuilders. A friend, John Duigan, owned her for about 2 yrs in the mid 70’s. It was under John’s ownership that the original Chrysler Crown was replaced with a second hand 4 cyl Ford with a Paragon mechanical gear box. The marinisation was largely done by a mechanic friend of John’s and I remember installing the heat exchanger remotely that came off a 6 cyl Ford. A cousin of mine did the electrics – a good Kiwi diy effort all round. All work done on the hard stand at Okahu Bay. Not long after relaunching John sold her, like many projects the cost had got away somewhat.


  2. A few months back, woody’s featured my Father’s former launch Evening Star. Purchased from Auckland in the late 80’s.Evening Star measured the same hull dimensions as Eastern Star here, yet was triple skin diagonal kauri construction. Another similarity was Evening Star also ran a 72hp ford diesel marinased by Lee’s. Any further information on the 3rd sister ship or any of the 3 sister’s would be appreciated.


  3. Eastern Star is a Shipbuilders design by Roy Stedman circa 1960. May have been built by Shipbuilders or may have been one of their knockdown kitsets.Brian Walden hired out launches from Panmure. One of these boats had a midcockpit with a slide back top. I’m sure B. Walden had one of these boats in 1960.

    Warren Crook. Ex apprentice.


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