Ladybird Splashes




There were a lot of smilie faces in Devonport on Wednesday, as Mike Strong got ready to re-launch the 1949 Bert Woollacott designed ketch LadyBird. 

Mike had hauled LB out and into Kevin Johnson’s Devonport shed with the intention of a 6 months re-fit, well as they do, the list of things to do grew a little – fast forward 2+years and LB is looking magnificent.
The team at Boat Haulage, as always, did a slick job of collecting LB and transporting her to Hobsonville Marina. In anticipation of LB being a little thirsty after 2 years in a shed, there was an impressive collection of pumps on stand by, I suspect Mike will be camping on LB for a few nights 🙂
We will show you LB’s interior once Mike has finished putting all the bits back on board, in the meantime you can get a glimpse below at this link.
Question of the day – who’s next in Kevin’s shed? Be quick if you are considering hauling out, it never empty for long :-
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Steve Thomas  the owner of Seabird has a gearbox problem (Paragon RB20 model Serial No: 5D 3527) and is looking for a replacement. Details and photos below.

6 thoughts on “Ladybird Splashes

  1. Pingback: Mooching Around Devonport Yacht Club + 30yr Flash Back | #1 for classic wooden boat stories, info, advice & news – updated daily

  2. Sorry it is a Paragon box but not reduction and not water cooled , have photo if needed


  3. Ladybird now afloat, rigging partially set up, and looking a picture. If a couple “Rivitimos” would go out for the day I could get a clear pic of her.


  4. Boy Belvie owned the LADYBIRD for a number of years, in the later 1950s&60s, after he sold the NGATOA. I have a few minutes of old colour movie footage of him at the helm taken in that era


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