Kingfish

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KINGFISH

Anyone looking for a bargain classic woody? Kingfish is listed on trademe (thanks Ian McDonald) with a $1 reserve & an oh to familiar tale “its leaking and sinking and due to a marriage breakup its not getting the love it needs” 

I can tell you she was built in 1914, is double skinned kauri, measures approx. 33’ in length, & powered by a 120hp diesel.

The owner is after a quick sale as the bilge pumps are shot. Listing details here https://touch.trademe.co.nz/motors/listing/view/1639329557

Sorry about the quality of the interior photos – but thats all that was available.

Interested to learn more about Kingfish – anyone able to help?

Input from Harold Kidd & photos below from Cameron Pollard

I’m certain KINGFISH has been on here before. She was built by H.N. Burgess at Judges Bay in 1914 as a hybrid yacht/launch, expressly for game fishing and spent her early life based in Gisborne and Tauranga. Unrecognizable from her original configuration with quite a big rig.

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27-05-2018 Input from Dave Butler – Kingfish was owned by Jack Peat from Te Puna who had it moored in Tauranga harbour in the 60’s. He was a member of the Tauranga game fishing club and I have numerous photos of him and crew with marlin, makos, and threshers caught near mayor island. Kingfish was powered by a Gadyver engine? which Jack replaced. He gave me the old prop because the new engine revolved the drive shaft in the opposite direction. Jack sold her in 1972 and she was moored at the new marina in Tauranga harbour for several years after that.

11-06-2018 – Update. I can report that Kingfish has joined the Pollard fleet & has already been given some TLC , refer photos below hauled out + photos of her being retrieved for the trip ‘home’.

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  1. Alan, a little more info on the Kingfish. My maternal grandfather, Jack Peat, farmer of Ngamatapouri (up the Waitotara Valley) and then retired to Te Puna, used to own the Kingfish from about 1948 or 1949 through until somewhere around the late 1960’s. The attached two photos are of Kingfish in a previous incarnation before her topsides got worked over. I believe Jack bought her from Sir Robert Kerridge. This launch did a lot of game fishing around Mayor Island and took a lot of the Waitotara/Waverly area farmers out who where mates of Jacks. According to my father, Warwick Halse, who spent a fair bit of time out on her with Jack, she had a fair sort of propensity to roll in any sort of sea although dad reckoned the Marlin were not fazed by this!!

    Dad went out with Jack one day on the Kingfish and landed a 295lb Marlin (which was apparently the biggest one caught at that stage in the season) but because he was not a member of the Mayor Island Game Fishing club, the fish was not recognised/recorded. Jack was furious, however he or Dad paid Dad’s membership and they went out next day and apparently caught a bigger one!!

    The Trademe listing had gone by the time i looked, so i don’t know whether she changed hands or not?

    Cheers John

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  2. Kingfish was owned by Jack Peat from Te puna who had it moored in Tauranga harbor in the 60’s. He was a member of the Tauranga gamefishing club and I have numerous photos of him and crew with marlin, makos, and threshers caught near mayor island. Kingfish was powered by a Gadyver engine? which Jack replaced. He gave me the old prop because the new engine revolved the drive shaft in the opposite direction. Jack sold her in 1972 and she was moored at the new marina in Tauranga harbor for several years after that.

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  3. I’m certain KINGFISH has been on here before. She was built by H.N. Burgess at Judges Bay in 1914 as a hybrid yacht/launch, expressly for gamefishing and spent her early life based in Gisborne and Tauranga. Unrecognizable from her original configuration with quite a big rig.

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