EMERALD – 1970’s
Recently I was contacted by Peter Grant in regard to the launch Emerald which he owned in the late 1970’s. Emerald was owned by a Kawau Island resident and Peter swapped an MGB roadster for her. I’ll let Peter tell us the story.
“Emerald was twin engined with small Yanmars of either 8 or 12 HP, I can’t remember exactly, but do recall they were both hand start and noisy with in built diesel tanks on top, much enjoyment was had with her and even ventured right up to the Matakana wharf, quite a feat those days as it was almost all choked up though the old concrete wharf was fine.
Some time after that I has the misfortune to tie her up at Milford Creek and was unable to retrieve her as I was away on board and could not get back on time due to the tide.
When I did get her back to Auckland I had her out on the hard outside the old Westend rowing club where we proceeded to give her new decks and cabin top, but this work was discontinued half way through, as I went back to working away and she was stored on my parents section in Henderson courtesy of Bob Wylie.
After two or three years my parents, now sick and tired of the launch in their backyard back yard wanted to sell the section and up came a deal with Mr Davern, who provided them with a solution, he bought the section for one of his houses, and in turn would transport the boat away, (my father later told me he was sick and tired of people wanting to buy her) that was the last time I heard of her until an advertisement popped up on Trade Me recently.
She is much altered and now powered by a single cylinder engine and is reputed to now be built in the fifties or so.
Can anyone shed some light on her provenance, I have sent in some very old scans of negatives of the time and how she looked at the time in the old Westhaven Marina and alongside the old cleaning piles, now long gone af course, mores the pity.
I have to say I’m impressed with Peters taste in cars – the Mercedes pillar-less coupe would have been a great investment if he had kept her for 44 years 🙂
Keen to learn more about Emerald’s days before and after Peters ownership.
EMERALD – 2019
Below are a selection of photos from the current trademe listing for Emerald, as Peter stated above, its certainly a ‘different’ look / style.
The listing states she is 32’, with a kauri hull (now glassed). Power is via a marinised Ford Trader Diesel engine that gets her along at 7>8 knots.
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4 thoughts on “Emerald

  1. I’m now the new owner of Emerald, my wife bought her for me on Anzac Day 2022 off TradeMe, how good is that!? 🙂
    She has been transported to Mana Marina and is being motored to her new home in the Marlborough Sounds. The plan is to give her some further TLC.


  2. She sure looks like a Collings & Bell hull-form and a whale-chaser at Whangmumu might be likely, maybe BILLIE D? Long shot?


  3. Regarding Emerald, in 1989 she was hauled out at a small hard stand area opposite where the new marina is at Sandspit for a couple of years with just the odd deck beam in place but otherwise open. There was a rumour that she had been a whale chaser out of Whangaparapara but not confirmed . There is a photo of her on the back of a truck at Wilmot Motors when they were based in Matakana ,that would have been prior to 1954 when Wilmot Motors moved to Warkworth. When the photo comes to light I post it here.


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