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.