Lady Karen


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LADY KAREN
Lady Karen was built in 1957 by Oliver & Gilpin & measures approx 41′. Power comes from 2 x Ford diesels of 80hp each giving her a cruise speed of 8kts.
Based in the Marlborogh Sounds & in MOSS survey her fit out & condition is very well presented for sale & could provide her purchaser with the ultimate boating / working lifestyle.

Do we know anything more about Lady Karen’s past?

28-03-2017 Some information on ‘Lady Karen’ ex Gordon Low
I am the current owner and have had Lady K for around 20 years. I purchased the boat from a Nelson boat builder and his wife, Dale & Jenny Pomeroy. They had owned the vessel for around 9 years after purchasing her from a Wairapa farmer, Hugh Beatham. He was the second owner.
She was built in Kauri & Mahogany near Tauranga and launched in 1957. I believe that she was the first of the larger launches built by Oliver & Gilpin primarily for game fishing out of Tauranga.
When we purchased Lady K, the idea was to develop a small boutique style charter business in Queen Charlotte Sound. We placed her in survey and have built up a successful business taking small groups of tourists on a stunning Sounds experience. She continues to be maintained to a high standard and received her new MOSS survey in December 2016.
I reluctantly placed Lady K on the market in February and hope that any prospective new owner will get as much pleasure out of her that I have.
I had the great fortune some years ago of being visited by one of the original builders, John Oliver. He had prepared for me a photographic history from Kauri tree to launching. This valuable piece of history takes pride of place in the wheelhouse and offers an insight into the effort that goes into building a classic timber launch.

7 thoughts on “Lady Karen

  1. Not being nit-piki Harold but the partnership of O&G was not formed until late 1962 with the build of “Noelani” 45ft. “Waimarei” 42 ft. and “Dorothy” 45ft.and a host of others before the partnership was deregistered in 1967 when Ted and Betty relocated to Cairns, Qld, returning to Tga. in 1973.
    I know Ted and Jimmy, shorty Mills , percy Ginders and many others were working for Willy but a lot of those lovely launches are labelled O&G by default. Some were built by Willy and John and several by John alone at Otemotai.

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  2. Lady Karen was built by Willie and son John at Judea rd. Tauranga almost opposite the Greerton hotel, I didn’t think Ted was on the scene then.She gave him a big fright when it fell off a wave and did some damage while returning from Mayor Is. This happened very early in her life.

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  3. Ted Gilpin told me that LADY KAREN was built about 1953 and was the first launch built by Oliver & Gilpin. Brian Worthington will have all the info that’s needed.

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  4. IIRC she was owned about 40 years ago by a Wellington priest, though I cannot now remember his name.

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