Around The Yards – Warkworth




Around The Yards – Warkworth

Alan Sexton was recently hauled out at Robertson’s Yard, Warkworth & snapped this interesting collection of boats. Alan reported that the ‘Jane Gifford’ was also up for a bottom paint and the Harland’s ‘Plain Jane’ (designed and built by Chris Robertson) was in the shed for a top to bottom refurbishment.

The above photos of the boats on the hard caught Alan’s eye.
James Groenhart’s 28′, 1951, Lidgard built ‘Ballerina’ was looking very smart, but then she should, having spent 5 weeks last year in Colin Brown’s shed for a re-fit. photos here

Now Lady Rere is an interesting launch, she started off as a bare shell of a hull, reputed to be ~100yrs old, Alan believes Robertson’s built the new superstructure and interior and engineering. Do we know any more about her?

The centre-boarder ‘Tirranna’ pictured is a Hartley at around 28’& in a moment of weakness (on my behalf) sneaks into todays ww post . Alan commented it was good to see a boat of her type in immaculate condition.

5 thoughts on “Around The Yards – Warkworth

  1. Horo would seem believable, with the Lane’s work launch built in Auckland also called Horo.


  2. Sounds like either KINA or HORO although HORO started life as a 26ft mullet boat built by Bailey & Lowe in 1902.


  3. I asked Conrad, he said Lady Rere is 28′ long. He said she was originally built for/by(?) Lanes of Totara North for pushing logs around some 100+ years ago. When Robertsons received her last year she was just a gutted bare hull, single skin kauri on steam bent ribs. He assumed the current name was original, but could not vouch for it.
    Murray, my mistake on the spelling of Plane Jane.


  4. The Harlands boat was Plane Jane when I sailed on her, always wondered about the spelling but I cant remember Dons explanation.


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