Pirimanu


PIRIMANU

Every time I catch the ferry to Waiheke Island I notice this classic sedan top launch moored in Matiatia Bay, in close & to the the right of the ferry terminal. Never been close enough to get its name so last week after anchoring in the bay (just a coffee stop) I rowed past with the camera. She looks to have recently had some TLC as she appears a little smarter than on previous visits 😉

What do we know about Pirimanu?

ps hard to tell from the photos but a very tall mast

Harold Kidd Input

The 28 footer PIRIMANU is an Arnold Couldrey design built by Salthouse Bros in 1968 for W.M. (Bill) Macindoe. Her design harks back to 1948 but good things don’t date, do they? Both Couldrey and Macindoe put some time into the build at Greenhithe.
Macindoe still owned her in 1972 according to Couldrey’s notes and in 1973 according to AYA records. Dennis and Suzie Craig owned her 1997

19 thoughts on “Pirimanu

  1. Pirimanu was sold on 1/2/17 to Mr Glenn Fowler of Surfdale . Dennis Craig [her previous owner] is now on the lookout for a 36ft classic.

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  2. that’s very kind of you Harold. As I am sure you know he was a lawyer of the old school and his clients were very loyal to him. There was a big turn out of the Hobb’s family at his funeral. I remember in the run up to the purchase of Tarata he had quite a few calls with Jack Hobbs seeking his advice. When Jack died Howard oversaw the sale of Kotanui as part of winding up his estate.

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  3. Harold, unfortunately not, all the old Instamatic shots have disappeared. One day I will go for a run up the Tamaki River and see if i can find her – I am told she is/was moored up river from BBYC,

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  4. Hi Harold, a different Tarata I think. Ours was originally built for one of the H.C Kitchen (formica distributors) family (Lloyd?) in 1962 by Snow Waters, bought by Arthur Wagner 1967, my father H.A Sexton 1971 and by Wayne Kidd (the bróker at HMB) with a partner in 1979 – onsold soon after and lost track.
    Wayne was the person indicating she was a Couldrey design, but as you say could be an inspired one. There are supposedly several of them around, Yin Yang being one. I always thought Scott Colville (J Brooke/A Waters) had similar lines so maybe a connection, altho Don Brooke was the bróker when Dad bought her and he had no info along this line.

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  5. Couldrey didn’t list TARATA as one of his designs, but then she could have been “in the style of Couldrey”. His work was always influential and much admired. I have TARATA owned by N. Carlton in 1973 but nothing else although she may have had a mention in Sea Spray at the time. Will check.
    In 1973 Noel Kitchen owned the Brin Wilson WAITARI and before that (or maybe after?) the 1953 Colin Wild-built ARIMA, both lovely boats.

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  6. I think the mast for a steadying sail was a Couldrey standard. Our 32′ launch of the 70’s “Tarata” (Waters built for the Kitchen family and believed to be a Couldrey design – Harold?) had the same configuration as do her sister ships eg Yin Yang (Westpark – which has been lengthened)

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  7. Pirimanu was built for Bill MacIndoe, Cauldrey design , I cant remember if Salthouse or Wilsons built her. I sold her back to Scott MacIndoe , Bills son, in the late 80s . He gave her a big birthday, but she still had the 4108 Perkins.
    I then sold her to a bedmaker, then sold her to Dennis Craig, who re engined her with a 3cyl Bukh, I think. Dennis still owns her, he lives on Waiheke. She was a sweet boat, nice sea kindly hull

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  8. Good input from all. The 28 footer PIRIMANU is an Arnold Couldrey design built by Salthouse Bros in 1968 for W.M. (Bill) Macindoe. Her design harks back to 1948 but good things don’t date, do they? Both Couldrey and Macindoe put some time into the build at Greenhithe.
    Macindoe still owned her in 1972 according to Couldrey’s notes and in 1973 according to AYA records. Dennis and Suzie Craig owned her 1997

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  9. Looks like a Couldrey hull possibly built by Salthouses, you can see the Couldrey look right through to the later 52’s . I saw her in Opua one year when owned by that M class fan Denis Craig . Could be the reason for the decent sized mast – a big ‘steadying sail’. 😃

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  10. lovely sheer, understated bow rail and classic lines of the cabin. I would guess Bob Stewart., or Brin Wilson or Bob Salthouse. Well designed cockpit cover too. Who ever designed herI think got it all together

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