Folly III


Today’s woody story features a 5’10” video on Folly III, a 33’ cruiser designed by W. Holmes & built by his sons, Reginald & William, c.1920 in Sydney, Australia. Her beam is 9′ & she draws 3′.
I understand Holmes senior was a kiwi builder that moved to Sydney to build bridges & later turned his talents to wooden boats, of all shapes & sizes.
I’m sure HDK will be able to enlighten us on the man.
The Folly III design follows the look of the popular American Lake Union Dream Boats.
The video is beautifully shot in Moreton Bay, Queensland & has a ‘colourful’ commentary from the Folly III owner, Stephen Lake 🙂 Enjoy
Thanks to woody John Sloane for the heads up on the video.

10 thoughts on “Folly III

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  2. The day is a Ports of Auckland run event so one would imagine certain rules and regs can be bent or twisted.


  3. Nah rudder cup doesnt excite us at all.
    Be good to see Fleetwing and leading the field over the finish line in front of thousands on anniversary day.😉😉
    Be just like the old days. A proper event.


  4. Lucky for you one of the chrome and varnish polishers was the instigator of said event 😛 I’ll expect to see your entry for the rudder cup race (to north head only??) and the anniversary regatta race soon then Cam? 😀


  5. The classic yacht association Facebook page has announced a launch race straight after the tugboat race on 2019 anniversary day.
    Now that’s what these old flyers did 70 plus years ago. Smashing the harbor apart and giving the spectators a thrill.
    Much more exciting and spectator friendly than comparing varnish thickness and chrome sheen ?? ( my humble opinion only😁😁)


  6. Whats this about a launch race on regatta day??

    No idea Murray – if the sun is shinning most will still be at Kawau. Also there is talk on a trip up the river, tide is perfect & big 🙂


  7. The Holmes family of shipwrights and boatbuilders were on Jersey but left the island in the diaspora of Jersey boatbuilders after the collapse of the oyster industry when the French fished them out…permanently. They went to Scotland and then came here (as did the Le Huquets) and became prominent on the North Shore building ferries and Island schooners etc. They migrated on to Sydney in the 1890s and established a respected yard there.


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