As launched Kenya II was a sedan launch, built by Lidgard’s in 1940. She is 47’6” long & powered by a 127hp 6LXB Gardner diesel that allows her to cruise economically at 8.5kts. Built from triple skin kauri.
Home is the Marlborough Sounds & she is 4 sale on trademe. A quick walk around that flybridge with a titanium tipped chainsaw would do wonders for her looks 😉
For more details on her past & photos click the blue link below. When you compare the photos above to the ‘as launched’ you will she that she could very easily be returned to her former glory.
Any updates on Kenya ii?
Thanks for the update Mike, will be very interesting to see what Peter B does with her, I doubt that we will see her back to a sedan top, Peter was looking for a family friendly boat. But once she is in that big shed, who knows 🙂
Now in the custodianship of Peter Brookes.His initial plan is to give her a makeover and be ready for summer cruising.Long term plans will develop through use.Will be interesting to see what this master craftsman comes up with.
That’s right. Heard’s building in Parnell Rise was a landmark. The brand is still on the shelves, but owned by Nestle.
thanks for that Harold. I presume Len Heard is of the “Heard’s Confectionary” business. And I have seen other references to 6LW’s being 6LXB series engines. There are substantial differences. The prop size being one.
Len Heard named his KENYA I after a book he read called “Kenya” and it stuck to KENYA II.
Kenya, must have been re-powered at some time. The 180 hp 6LXB series Gardner did not see light of day until late 1958 and at 10.5 litres was a developement of the smaller 8.4 litre 6LW series which was 120 hp.She is a nice looking launch and whats behind the name Kenya.?
I cant help but think that under floor may have changed, the headroom of the new cabin is way higher than original, andbits also quite a big cabin to saw off and return to original….
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