Taree, the 1966 36’ Owen Woolley sedan launch has appeared before, briefly, on ww.  Back in the late 1980’s I even looked at buying her. I think she held a few records:

(1) the longest trademe listing for a classic launch
(2) the number of failed surveys

So to see her in the hands of a new owner & one thats sympathetic to woodys is a very good thing. From the photos above, some ex her owner & some 2016 emailed to me by Ken Ricketts, she is getting the attention she deserves.The name Taree  means “sticks” in Aborigine, I assume a link to the fact that she is built with kauri, carvel planked over jarrah ribs, the Australian hardwood. She has teak coamings.
Power these days is via a GM 165 hp V8 Diesel fuel pincher, installed by the previous owner in 2009. This sees her easily cruise at 8 knots.

She was bought by present owner Don Bruce in Dec 2015 & is now kept at Gulf Harbour. He  bought her off a  John Graham, who owned her for  23 years & kept her at Pine Harbour

Her current owner believes she was built for Emmitt Keenan and had a Perkins 46109 installed when launched.

Gray Mathias, possibly the 3rd or 4th owner,  fitted a 2 stroke Detroit in 1985 and after one more owner Mike McDonald, John Cameron bought her in 1988. The Detroit lasted till 2005 and the 165hp V8 fuel pincher was fitted in 2009, at a cost of $17000.

Recently she has spent time in the Brin Wilson shed at Gulf Harbour (see photos above), receiving some serious TLC.
Always good to see a classic get lucky & find a good home – well done Don Bruce 🙂

Peter Peal  Book Winner
The winner of yesterdays quiz for a copy of – Thoughts on Clinker Lapstrake Dinghy Construction.
Is Nathan Herbert with – Z Class. Lots of people sent in Silver Fern & Frostbite but surprisingly only one – Z Class entry.
Well done Nathan.

12 thoughts on “Taree

  1. You were right about Emmett Keenan…and I am the son of the same. She was built in Woolley yard in 1966 and was fitted with a super flat turbo 6 cylinder perkins (T-6-354) which gave wonderful cabin space and excellent speed. We are delighted she is being looked after. Ross Keenan


  2. Well done Don Bruce!! Many long dedicated hours spent and a little blood sweat and tears on making Taree beautiful again. A massive achievement. May you enjoy many happy boating years with her.


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  4. Regarding TAREE Yes the first owner was a Emmit Keenan from remuera ,next owner was Wally broughton 1971 sold to Eric Schroder 1976 Gray Mathias 1985 next owner Mike mc donald
    When i purchased it in 1988 until its sale on 2015 it did not go to a survey
    25 years of love and enjoyment as far away as whangaroa trips safe at all times.
    Great to see her ,thank you Don
    Regards John C


  5. Emmett Charles Keenan was a butcher. He and his wife Joyce lived at 255 Riddell Road, later at 38 Vista Cresc, Sound right?


  6. Hear Hear to Don Bruce!! In fairness John Cameron during his ownership had spent significant money keeping her right, including engine, tops, hull and brightwork, and she never failed a survey during my working with her. A gorgeous classic with very caring owners, now ready for another 50 years. Well done. Allan


  7. I do love the look of this Ladies lines & hull. I would say a great sea boat especially with a following sea. Great to see her restored.


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