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I have been contacted by Graham Paddon looking for information regarding Prudence – his 36’, 1965 Bob Swanson designed and built launch. Graham purchased her as an unfinished project about 3 years ago.
You will see in the photos above, ex the front cover of the November 1965 issue of the Mana Cruising Club newsletter – how Prudence looked when launched, the 2nd photo is the newsletter story on the boat. 
Graham knows very little of the boats history between her launching and when he bought her 3 years ago. If any woody can help Graham out it would be very much appreciated. The photos below show her today…….  I have to say she has lost the classic look. The newsletter photo and the fact she is triple-skinned kauri is just enough to sneak into WW 🙂
Classic Yacht Association Yachting 2019 Regatta
Last weekend saw the biggest fleet of classic yachts competing on the Waitemata in years – well done to the new CYA crew for pulling it all together. 
I was out of town but Roger Mills, aboard James Mortimer’s Logan – Little Jim, filmed and edited a very cool video from Day 2, Race 2. Check it out below – stunning footage of the old girls racing on our magnificent harbour – speaking of which – if you can, remember to join todays protest flotilla to stop the Auckland Council stealing more of our harbour – meet at 3pm off Queens Wharf – details here.  

5 thoughts on “Prudence

  1. What a beautiful looking launch she was when launched. But now look at her, Looks destroyed thanks to the ugly Gin Palace makeover…..


  2. Hi all,

    I have just purchased the M.V.Mercury that was recently on trade me.

    I am looking to find any history or anything about her that is out there.

    What I know so far is that she was build in around 1947 as a fishing vessel in Akoroa.

    She has been modified to her current layout and is currently at the Naval haul out yard in Lyettleton awaiting my TLC and re floating and then the voyage to Whangamata.

    Any help would be appreciated. We are even looking at a you tube page to show her passage in time.




  3. As an avid reader of your excellent daily columns how do I get a photo of my boat taken at the Mahurangi regatta? Regards Peter Croft Vessel. “Sirius”

    Sent from my iPad



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