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Aqualeda was launched in 1948 & built using Canadian oregon timber. She measures 33′ & is powered by a 75hp 4 cylinder Ford diesel. Looking at her I’m not sure if she was originally a sedan & later converted to a bridge-decker or started life as a bridge-decker, I suspect a later conversion. Home is Nelson so hopefully one of the southern woodys can tell us more about Aqualeda.

08-12-2022 Input ex ‘Larry’ – below is a photo that Larry took on 07-12-22 of Aqualeda on the Kaiapoi river: For overseas readers, Kaiapoi is a riverside town, just 20km north of Christchurch in the South Island 

12 thoughts on “Aqualeda

  1. There a boat I saw today (and took a pic of) that looks very much like the ‘Aqualeda’ shown here.. I came across this page when ‘quacking’ (Duckduckgo) the name.


  2. The term is because they have a raised bridge deck which is more than just a wheelhouse.
    I’d go along with your remark about sole levels, but in many of the smaller craft built as bridge-deckers the engine is not fully sole-buried (for space reasons) and protrudes at least partially above the sole. My “Sirena” ( Orams, 1960) is an example.


  3. If she’s the “Aqualeda” I knew, she was first a sedan layout, then had a dodger added aft and the “handlebars” fitted there, basically to make her easier to handle, access-wise. The bridge deck structure is a later modification.
    When I knew her she was owned by Eric Wilkes of Blenheim, a stalwart and one-time Commodore of the Waikawa Boating Club.
    I don’t (or probably have forgotten :-D) her build and other history, but maybe other WW-ers from the North end of New Zealand (Hee Hee!) may be able to fill out more details.


  4. The tram top has been made by slicing through the deck beams and jacking up the centre roof section with an in-fill


  5. Bridge comes through the deck of what would otherwise be a flush decker a-la the early ones Luana, Pacific etc instead of at stern


  6. When is a bridge-decker not a bridge-decker? In this case, the cabin and wheelhouse soles are on the same level, and the engine protrudes. In a bridge-decker, in my book, the engine is under the wheelhouse sole, which is a couple of steps up from the cabin sole. Strange term – bridge-decker.


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