I have been approached by Ted Bosch asking about the vessel Crescent, that twenty years ago he restored for a client. She is a Miller & Tunnage double ender. Ted renewed nearly everything from the hull upwards and a new reconditioned 6 cylinder Gardner was installed, new bulkheads, engine beds, deck and wheelhouse, rig. From the photo above taken at her re-launching in 1988, she appears to be lovely little boat.

Ted understands she was even used as the mother radio ship for the 1990 Noumea race, but soon afterwards the owner sold her to some people in Tauranga and Ted has never seen her again.

Ted commented that Crescent was always very dear to him and wonders what came of her and would like to know her whereabouts.


9 thoughts on “Crescent

  1. Hi there TED ⚓️👍
    I brought CRESCENT in 1996 where she was for sale at GULF HORNOUR
    I sailed her to TAURANGA and have kept her there ever since
    She is berthed at the SULPHUR POINT MARINA
    Pier H 65
    Since owning her I have done basically a FULL REFIT which included replacing some Hull and all Skin fittings , some timbers and Fitting a Brand New GENSET in 2019
    An Upgraded Propeller Shaft and New modified Propeller Design I have also fitted to her
    And the List goes on
    You are most welcome to visit me here

    All New Sails and Electronics over the previous Years


  2. This boat was built by 3 friends in their spare time. I believe they were staff at Miller and tonnage. The design was of a boat built at Miller and tonnage however crescent was built at careys Bay and was one of the biggest privately owned vessels in nz at the time.


  3. Not built by or in Miller and Tunnage’s shed. I did have her history and can dig it out if Baden doesn’t beat me to the draw. She was built over some time in Careys Bay at the Port (they were working up north and came down to spend time on her if I recall correctly) and indeed did not originally have that raised deck fwd. She came into North Harbour Ponui for an orbit when we were anchored in Gloaming. So that is ’91 or so and I fell seriously in love……
    She was flush deck with bulwarks then, ketch rig and had the delicious wee wheelhouse beloved of the hardy souls who sailed on her home coast, When they rolled heavily, the man at the helm didn’t have far to fall.
    When I next saw her, like Clematis, she sported the increased accommodation of a raised deck fwd and a more commodious wheelhouse. I wish I’d taken a pic of her back then, she was a honey. Still is, but not so cute imho.


  4. Took another look at the pic and realised that the deck has been raised forward of the wheelhouse. When I knew her she had walk-around decks inside the bulwarks – the change will have made a big difference to roominess below.


  5. She was built at Miller & Tunnage’s by Dave McClean, one of their boat builders, who lived aboard her for several years. Dave migrated north and became foreman at Jorgensens at Waikawa for some time. He married an Australian girl and they lived aboard with the baby that came along in due course.
    Her original engine was a Lister. IRRC Dave put the Gardner in while at Jorgensens. The heart of her accommodations was a massive Aga coal range.


  6. CRESENT,is definately at sulphur point marina tauranga,is owned by long term marine engineer owner and well cared for.if ted requires a contact for owner,he can email bme at jelliot.mojos@gmail,com
    john elliott


  7. Hi, there are 3 like her moored at the Whangarei Town Basin Marina. Don`t know if Crescent is one of them though. Cheers.


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