photos & details ex Peter Crane
Peter has just taken possession of ‘Nor West’ & is a little frustrated with the lack of known info on. Obviously from the builders plate she is a Lane, designed & built in 1951 by the Lane Motor Boat Co. in Panmure, Auckland.
There is lots of data on ww about the other ‘Nor West’ built by Lanes https://waitematawoodys.com/2013/04/27/nor-west/ but zip on this one.
Can anyone help Peter out?
Update from Don Rae via Ken Ricketts, edited by Alan H. photos ex KR
Don Rae bought her in July 2007 off Cam Wilson. She was at Milford at that time. He in turn, had bought her from Peter Anderson, in July 2001 according to Don.
She has been everywhere from the top of North island right down to Tauranga and everywhere in between for the Raes. They spent a lot of time in the Mahurangi area Don said.
Unfortunately Don didn’t have time to use her, at a time in his life when he feels he should be able to, hence she he put her up for sale.
Don had a love of launches from an early age as his father (Monty) had a Roy Parris boat built in 1954, the 33′ Pleasure Lady, which he is happy to say, is back in his family and fully restored & in beautiful condition. She is owned by his nephew Tony Rae. Previously featured on ww.
Nor West is a wonderfully well built boat according to Don, and must have been very expensive in her day he says.
Powered by a petrol engine early on and now has a 6 cylinder 120hp Ford.
She was described as 32ft in sales jargon, when he bought her, but he measured her at 33′, with a beam of 10′ drawing 3’6″ .
Don feels the fly bridge was added probably about the seventies, when they were all the go. She is built of heart kauri.
Below a two early days photos of Nor West sent in by owner Peter Crane, who received them from Warren Fleming.
09-04-2016 – photos below (ex Ken Ricketts) of Nor West hauled out at Gulf Harbour Nov 2015
30-05-2017 Additional photos