Athena

Athena

ATHENA

The above motor-sailer, Athena, was spotted by John Wicks at Te Kouma Village, Coromandel.
John commented that she was a sturdy looking old girl and wondered if the woodys could shed some light on per background?
Input from Cameron Pollard – ATHENA was built by Des Donovan (Andy’s brother).
Des bulit her at his devonport property and had her craned into the tide off devonport wharf.
Originally had an AEC but that was replaced by her next owners the Johnson family.
They fitted a new 6lx gardner which is still in her.
She is currently hauled out at kopu for a paint.
Her present new owners completed a 9 year rebuld/ transformation on her and is a absolute credit to them.
The stories on Athena over the years have more up and downs than a busy hotel elevator some good and others not.
It’s very good to know she finally made it back to the water.

Update 2 from Cameron P

She ran over a bit of nz. ( like many still do). There was a photo album on board with pictures of her on the rock that Des took while sitting in the dinghy.

Sadly when the tide dropped so did Athena.
She filled up and skidded off the rock.
Story has it she was lost for quite a few days as the tide took her for a underwater voyage.
When she was later found and salvaged the mud and foul inside her was quite unreal.
Des,s photos showed her tied alongside the harbourboard slipway getting repaired.
I think the Johnsons purchased her not long after.
Alan Johnson snr owned Lady Margaret (col wild one) before Athena.
Photo below ex Cameron of her at Kopu, looking vert smart
Athena @ Kopu
Big story tomorrow – Achilles re-launched + the end of a era – boatyard closes + 90th birthday party – 60+ photos
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7 thoughts on “Athena

  1. If my memory serves me correctly The building of Athena was a regular feature in Seaspray magazine during the 1960,s

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  2. I remember when Des D built her, she was really something, & made a statement simply by being in a bay. She replaced his previous 32 footer, he also built, called ADARA, which he built on North shore, alongside her identical sistership FAFE, built by owner & close family friend of ours, Fred Steele. — KEN R

    photo ex KR, added by Alan H

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  3. Yes she ran over a bit of nz. ( like many still do)
    There was a photo album on board with pictures of her on the rock that Des took while sitting in the dinghy.
    Sadly when the tide dropped so did Athena.
    She filled up and skidded off the rock.
    Story has it she was lost for quite a few days as the tide took her for a underwater voyage.
    When she was later found and salvaged the mud and foul inside her was quite unreal.
    Des,s photos showed her tied alongside the harbourboard slipway getting repaired.
    I think the Johnsons purchased her not long after.
    Alan Johnson snr owned Lady Margaret (col wild one) before Athena.

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  4. I seem to recall she got too friendly with some rocks down Coromandel way in the early days.
    Looked a big boat in her day. But maybe I was just small then!

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  5. ATHENA was built by Des Donovan (Andy’s brother).
    Des bulit her at his devonport property and had her craned into the tide off devonport wharf.
    Originally had an AEC but that was replaced by her next owners the Johnson family.
    They fitted a new 6lx gardner which is still in her.
    She is currently hauled out at kopu for a paint.
    Her present new owners completed a 9 year rebuld/ transformation on her and is a absolute credit to them.
    The stories on Athena over the years have more up and downs than a busy hotel elevator some good and others not.
    It’s very good to know she finally made it back to the water.

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