Chandos b


I photographed the above launch in West Bay, Rakino Island in early January. She is a rather big girl & I would be surprized if the flight deck was an addition, looks like its been there since new. If not then it’s a good ‘fit’.
Anyone able to enlighten us more on Chandos?

12 thoughts on “Chandos

  1. Interesting read from the email postings, Chandos is actually a Lidgard Endeavour 40 foot and one of three built between 1977 and 1979. The hull is solid GPR and decks and above all in a variety of timbers. The Hull was actually laid up with Penny Whiting and others in 1979, the bare hull then transported to Quality Yachts in Tauranga where the decks, cabins etc were built. launched in 1980 and delivered back to Half Moon Bay by the original owners Ross and Wendy Palmer. We purchased her in November 1991, the mould was lost in a fire so only the three were built, each with different topside cabin configurations. I designed the enclosed fly bridge and had it built by Johnson’s boatbuilders at Pineharbour in 1997 and in the same year we put her into Survey to carry out charters for the next 13 years, initially with America Cup defences and Corporate clients. No longer in Charter ,we now use her as our family boat much enjoyed by our 5 grandchildren..powered by a single Dover 225 hp Lee’s Ford at 8000 hours and still going strong, 1500 RPM gives 8 plus knots and 7 litres per hour. A very much loved vessel we have owned for 29 years and will see us through our boating I’m sure. Chandos may not qualify as a true woody but I can assure you all the upkeep on her fine hull lines are minimal and still has its original Gelcoat to prove it. Leaving me all the time needed to work on maintaining the varnish bright work which is considerable. Happy boating to you all. Cheers Alex and Mary Carpenter.


  2. Not sure about the hull being timber. There were several round bilge GRP 40 hulls produced in the late 70’s off moulds from Compass Yachts or possibly Brian Walden on his own, Lidgard designed, & I think Chandos is one of these. The Cookson hulls, designed by Chris Robertson, were hard chine planing hulls, but very heavy needing lots of horses to perform.


  3. Yes she looks like one of the Cookson 40’s . The bridge is a definite later addition, though Brian Harkin is very good at them. Unless she was the plug there may be not that much timber in the hull….


  4. A lovely girl, well cared for, and domiciled Half Moon Bay. Owner is Alex Carpenter, and I believe she is a Cookson hull. Hardtop was done by Alex, by Harkens I think. Ford power and was in survey. Cheers


  5. Almost looks like a sistership to my TIARRI window styling & all — even the varnished coamings. — KEN R


  6. It is a Lidgard,I went on it 15 years ago.Belonged to Alex Carpenter from Howick.It was in survey,powered by Ford 6cyld diesel.


  7. I reckon she will be a Lidgard, along the lines of Lynnmar, Stok’in etc. (What does Stok’in mean? If it’s meant to be short for stoking, surely it should read Stokin’!)


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