Want To Get Into Classic Boating, For Less Than $10k?

CAPRICE

Woodys – Caprice has to be the buy of the year (so far), was previously listed at $30k, her owner (last 35 years) needs to sell her. Price dropped to $10k. Will someone buy her. She measures 34′ , has a 60hp Ford & as you’ll see in the photos below – is a lot of boat for the price. More details on her here https://waitematawoodys.com/2013/11/17/caprice-2/ Thanks to Nathan Herbert for the trade listing heads up

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07-02-2018 Harold Kidd Input

A CAPRICE was built by the Grandison brothers in 1916 and looked a bit like this eventually but was longer at 36ft. For many years she was owned by John W Andrew, the Ford agent. Around 15 years ago she was at Mangonui owned by Les Barclay of Redan Motors, Kaitaia. Ken Ricketts knows her well. Same boat or just same name?
I reckon PATERANGI wasn’t built under that name. Any clues as to the original? She sank in Shoal Bay in April 1973.

12 thoughts on “Want To Get Into Classic Boating, For Less Than $10k?

  1. I’ll need to go though the old chocky boxes of my parent’s photos. We had only a few. The Bailey papers got lost when she went down in the storm. Very sad day.

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  2. PS Alan could you post an image of PATERANGi on this site? If in doubt, email it to Alan Houghton? We might be able to id her from an image. I have a couple of candidates in mind.

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  3. Alan, no trace of PATERANGI racing or even existing prewar under that name. I wish you still had Bailey’s invoice to see what name she had then.

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  4. I have just looked at the pics. The stem is not vertical… I suspect this another Caprice, as the vessels I’m speaking of were both plum-stemmers. Very similar, in so many respects.

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  5. Hi HArold… Basil Dempsey, my father, was many things, and one of them was a pedantic academic ( RIP dad, I’m sure you’re laughing at this) . He researched Paterangi thoroughly. It was Paterangi from Day1 as far as we knew, and a few very salts came aboard at times to describe their memories of her. One had been regular crew in the 20’s when she was quite the shiney . Paterangi was definitely a Bailey and was originally powered by some massive petrol motor as a Harbour racer which either Bailey’s daughter or a friends daughter ( cant remeber) campaigned in the 1920s. We had a photograph of it, literally half out of the water, reputedly planing at 20+ knots ! The Caprice we knew was so similar it was uncanny, apart from the forebridge. And Paterangi ran a 110hp Ford 6 of early 60s vintage. Could still pull 10.5 knots, wide open, so quite a capable boat. 9′ beam made for a roll cross-sea but hey, that’s boats. We had it from Nov 1969 to 1977 when yes, she was wiped out in a cyclone in Shoal Bay and ended up in splinters all over the Harbour Bridge Toll Plaza. Basil had just finished a fantastic restoration/refit at Okahu Bay hardstand, when & where he taught me many a woodie-man skill including caulking, scarfing and steambending, all which have served me well in these later years of woodiemanship. not to mention sanding. I longboarded the whole damned thing gunnels to deadwood, fair as Jacinda’s jowl.

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  6. A CAPRICE was built by the Grandison brothers in 1916 and looked a bit like this eventually but was longer at 36ft. For many years she was owned by John W Andrew, the Ford agent. Around 15 years ago she was at Mangonui owned by Les Barclay of Redan Motors, Kaitaia. Ken Ricketts knows her well. Same boat or just same name?
    I reckon PATERANGI wasn’t built under that name. Any clues as to the original? She sank in Shoal Bay in April 1973.

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  7. I spoke to the owner a few years ago who lived at Mangonui & kept her in Mill Bay (photos already on WW) & as I recall, he said she was a Lanes at Totara North — KEN R

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  8. I had to send this one in to WW, seriously good value for a properly cruisable classic launch with nice features

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  9. Cool boat, and what a priice !… I strongly suspect it’s a Bailey. In the ’70s My father had what we understood was Caprice’s sistership, MV Paterangi. Identical in every respect except for the forward Bridgecabin structure added in 1928 by Chas Bailey ( we still had the receipt ! LOL) Paterangi was built in 1922 fyi. We would meet Caprice out in the gulf and frequently rendezvous for dinner and beersies etc. part from the added forard bridgedecker, they were identical right down to the locker lids in the cockpit. Might be wrong, but I’m fairly sure she’s a Bailey. And a damned good wee ship !

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