THE LAUNCHING OF THE CLASSIC WOODEN MOTOR BOAT – EILEEN PATRICIA
It was an early (8.30am) start yesterday morning for the classic woodys that gathered to witness Jenni & Peter Mence re-launching Eileen Patricia at The Milford Slipway (ex Geoff Bagnall yard).
The 1933 Arnold Couldrey designed and built motor launch has just undergone a 4+ year restoration at Marco Scuderi’s – MCN Shipwrights yard.
WW has followed the restoration and the links below will take you back to her early days (as launched) and as ‘rescued / saved’ by Peter, thru to leaving Marco’s yard.
The weather forecast didn’t look good, but as always for classic woody events, the sun shone at the right moments and Eileen Patricia was launched in a style befitting a 86 year old lady – Jazz band + Champagne and scones.
Several guests arrived in period costume and the ‘Best In Show’ ribbon would have to go to Paul Powney who sported an original Auckland Motor Yacht Club blazer (photos below).
A special touch was the attendance of several descendants of Eileen Patricai’s builder A. Couldrey.
Links to older WW Stories on Eileen Patricia
The Big Event Launching Video (turn up the volume, nice music)
Two of our finest woodies My Girl and Pacific were on hand to escort Eileen Patricia out of the marina and home to her new marina.
Best In Show Ribbon Winner
Update – video footage of Eileen Patricia underway just after launching. Ex Nathan Herbert.
Update2 – Link below to the restoration – amazing collection / essay of the total restoration – a must view
Update3 – Video of Pacific, Eileen Patricia and My Girl leaving the Milford Marina / creek. Sent in by Paul Powney.
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Why? It will be 2 months after she was launched – same photos but less of them 😉
You see it first on WW 🙂
Keep an eye out for the next Boating NZ magazine
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Video of Pacific, Eileen Patrica and My Girl leaving the Milford Marina / creek added to story. Alan H
A new Yanmar 50
What is she now powered with? — KEN R
Magnificent! Full credit to all involved.
Totally stunning photo essay of the restoration process added. Link below and on the main story.
Video footage of EP underway, added to main story. Alan H
Quality restoration of a beautiful boat. Lovely lines. Also another masterclass of workmanship from Marco. Well done.
Alan, Thanks for a great story. I continue to be in awe of your ability to churn out a new boating article every day. Wonderful! First thing I look for each day. Keep up the good work. Bryce
On Mon, 20 May 2019 at 12:16 AM, waitematawoodys.com #1 for classic wooden bo
ABSOLUTELY FABULOUS RESTORATION & RELAUNCHING CEREMONY, OF A BEAUTIFUL BOAT, — WONDERFUL!!! —
I remember her so very well in the 50s & 70s era, when she lived at Sandspit & was so very unloved & just used as transport to get to the owners Kawau property as LINDEN. — what an INCREDIBLE difference!!!– KEN R