Zircon

ZIRCON
photos & details ex Kevin Peet

Kevin sent in the above photos yesterday of Zircon & it got bumped to the top of the ww posting list for the simple fact that he has done a top chop & lost the flybridge 🙂
When purchased, a few months ago, she very run down & Kevin has wasted no time in giving her a make over.
Not a lot is known about Zircon & her name is probably not her as launched name.
She is 34′, powered by a 6 cyl. Perkins & built with glue edged carvel planks. Her previous owner understands that she was built in Whangarei in 1959 as a commercial fishing boat & based in Coromandel.
Prior to Kevin’s purchase, home was W Pier at Westhaven.

Todays challenge woodys is can we shed some light on Zircon’s past? – design, builder, previous owners / names etc

Photos below are as purchased

20-04-2016 – Roger Turnbull sent in the  three photos of Zircon below. One of them shows the coamings and flying bridge as it was when Roger purchased her.

 

8 thoughts on “Zircon

  1. Also the builder will have been Phil Lange who is still alive- the grandfather of a builder who works with my dad. I have video of him launching another one, Quo Vadis to full fanfare at Whangaparaoa for the Hoppers with my family’s Pacific in escort. It must have been pre- ’62(date amended from prev) as Kotanui would have made the escort trip had she been built yet.

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  2. I know that Zircon is not the original name, Unfortunately can not remember what we were told it was at the time.

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  3. Are you sure of Tiri? My family the Hobbs farmed tiri until 1972 when it became doc land. We had Pacific to tow the barge and then from 1964 Kotanui also, although just how much barge towing she did im unsure.

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  4. Zircon was built by Dick Laing in August 1964 at Whangaparaoa for Chamberlains of Tiritiri Island. She was built as a work boat to pull barges. She was then sold to a new owner in Kawakawa, Bay of Islands. We found her in the Opua basin in a run down condition in 1979. We undertook a major rebuild at Ashby’s boat yard. She was relaunched in 1982 with redesigned coamings, flying bridge and interior.She was used by us as family cruiser in thr Bay of Islands. Please contact me for further details, photos etc.

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