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Strathallan was the name given to this Miller & Tunnage, kauri carvel built, double ender, ex pilot boat by the Timaru Harbour Board. She measures 46’6”” LOA & draws 6’5”. The traditional Scottish boat builder, Doug Robb built Strathallan in 1955 at his Timaru yard.

As you would expect from an ex work-boat the engine room is impressive & dominated by the 190hp, 8L3B Gardner. With a displacement of approx. 20 tons and being driven by the classic Gardner with a 3.1 transmission gives her a cruising speed of 8.5 knots at 810 rpm and max speed of approx. 10 knots at 990 rpm. Her size, design & power unit make her a powerful strong seaworthy vessel.

After being decommissioned as a work-boat in the 1990s she was converted to a cruising vessel. The main saloon, galley & engine room have full headroom & her walk-around decks are perfect for fishing. One of the hangovers from her commercial days is the exterior head with the door facing the stern; I can personally vouch for the view J

Strathallan is currently for sale & would be an ideal vessel for the boat owner who wants a classic, traditional boat that is a part of New Zealand’s maritime history. The asking price I understand is <$80k & at that price would be a good buy & still have the potential for a new owner to add their own touch to the boat in terms of decor.

Photo below was taken at Mahurangi Regatta (2012?) by Chris Miller – slightly different paint ‘job’ back then.



2 thoughts on “Strathallan

  1. Hi there, I’m commenting on behalf of a potential buyer of this boat. Is there any way to contact the current owner to have a discussion about this and exchange contact details? Thanks very much.


  2. The old ‘Strathallan’ I didn’t recognise her with all that extra cabin space up top! Purchased from the Timaru Harbour Board around 1977-78 by Golden Bay Cement as a work boat for duties at Port Tarakohe, mainly to help pull the cement ships dev ‘Ligar Bay’ & ‘dev ‘John Wilson’ away from the wharf when they got stuck in the mud with full cargoes after the turn of tide. I did the trip from Timaru to Tarakohe as engineer when GBC bought her. I’ve still got the photos and story of the trip as written up in the GBC magazine.
    And, the 8L3B Gardner isn’t her first engine – that was a 5L Gardner. When the Timaru HB required her to do tug duties, they had the bigger engine installed, added a bigger prop, along with a great pile of railway line fish plates each side of the engine room to increase the draught and give the new prop a bit more bite!
    The photos above show her in apparently very good condition. I would like to discuss her history with the current owners if they like to e-mail me.


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