Wellington Yacht – Mabel

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Wellinton Yacht – Mabel

I had reason to be at Half Moon Bay marina during the week and I spotted the above yacht on the hard. I understand it has come up from Wellington and is 120+ years old. That folks is all I know.

Keen to put a name to the yacht and learn more about her.
Also had a peek at the 1898 Arch Logan – Rainbow A7, that is having a birthday in one of the sheds. Boatbuilder Paul Tingey is the man overseeing the project – lots of uroxsys work on the agenda.
Update below ex Jason Prew – is he correct?
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Input from Gavin Pascoe – My friend owned her for the past 5 years and just sold. She is Mabel built by Chas jr and Walter Bailey in 1895. sailed to Nelson via Wellington in 1917. Then to Lyttelton in the 1930’s, then to Wellington post WWII. She rated at 2.5 but was also a bit of a cruiser – not strictly a racer. She was a long time rather confusedly thought to be a Logan built 1905, I think this is due to her having come from Lyttelton and somebody thought, oh there was an old Logan down there, this must be it. Even a sideways glimpse at her will tell you she is a Bailey, and definitely not anything post 1897

19 thoughts on “Wellington Yacht – Mabel

  1. Wondering if this is this same ‘Mabel’ that was owned by my Great Grandfather Capt. William Farquhar?! It would have to have been Auckland based around the turn of the century. Im pretty sure it was a Bailey. I think there’s a reference to it in Southern Breeze? GreatGranddad was also a ‘ring in’ crew on ‘Akarana’ when it raced in Melbourne I recall.

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  2. The NZ Yachtsman, 22/1/1917 recorded Mabel being sold by N. McLeod to E.H. Deck of Motueka and renamed Waiata

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  3. Well sailing these old girls seems to be quite popular so Andrew and i thought we would find a real old one with good pedigree.

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  4. my friend owned her for the past 5 years and just sold. She is Mabel built by chas jr and Walter bailey in 1895. sailed to nelson via wellington in 1917. then to lyttelton in the 30s, then to wellington post wwii. She rated at 2.5 but was also a bit of a cruiser – not strictly a racer. She was a long time rather confusedly thought to be a Logan built 1905, I think this is due to her having come from lyttelton and somebody thought, oh there was an old logan down there. this must be it. Even a sideways glimpse at her will tell you she is a bailey, and definitely not anything post 1897

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  5. Tacking , gybing , come about , hard on the wind.
    “Cast iron spinnaker ” is far easier.

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  6. I knew her as Waiata; she was owned by a musician, when she was up on the hard at Evans Bay as I began a refit of Amethyst (Percy Vos) about 2007. I believe her stern was shortened a little to remove some deterioration.

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  7. Talking of Logan designed Yachts, might you know the whereabouts of Wanderer?
    I crewed on her in mid to late 60s in Wellington at Royal Port Nicholson Yacht Club.
    She was owned by Mr Ted Lisner and skippered by Mr Graeme Logan.

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