Help Wanted Finding Old Family Launch – LISA


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Help Wanted Finding Old Family Launch – LISA

Earlier this year I was contacted by Philip & Phillipa Goddard who were looking for details on the 28’ launch Lisa that in the mid 1960s, their family cruised around Waiheke Island in. They only owned her for a few year but they have many fond memories of her.

Philip is not 100% sure of the history below, but would like to think that maybe someone else can put some light on it.

They were told that she was built pre 1900 & initially launched in the Manukau Harbour but later moved to the Waitemata. At some stage a person called Ken Simpson owned her, Philip can remember him coming aboard at some stage & pointed out a rib that he had replaced.

Philip commented that she was a great sea boat that had a burst of speed if you opened up the throttle. One of his lasting memories is using the toilet directly next to the running uncovered petrol engine J

Philip’s father is now in his early 80s & would love to hear what became of Lisa.

 

 

 

 

 

 

4 thoughts on “Help Wanted Finding Old Family Launch – LISA

  1. Well she was certainly not built “pre-1900”, more like “pre-1930”. Wrong shape entirely.
    LISA is a name change, probably one of many, so that doesn’t help.
    The only thread of her “history”, if true, that’s worth a damn, is the shift from the Manukau to the Waitemata, and there are multiple candidates for that.
    Surely the Goddards can provide more…her dimensions, her engine, more images????

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  2. The Ken Simpson recall could well be right, because Ken Simpson of K Simpson Electrical Wholesalers, was a keen boatie whom I knew very well, in the 1950s/60s, & who owned the LADY RAE, for a period during that era, so he could well have owned the LISA prior to that. He would at a guess, have been in his 50s 60s during this time. — KEN R

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