CONNIE V – Saved


CONNIE V – Saved

It makes me happy to be able to announce that Connie V the 1949, Lane Motor Boat Co. built launch has been purchased and is now in very woody ownership. She will be restored to better than as-launched, more details in the New Year, but we will follow this restoration in detail.

In todays photos / videos (ex Jason Prew) we see her being relaunched at Panmure after a lengthy period on the hard. Lots more of photos and history at the WW link below

Photos below ex Gavin Cook and Harold Kidd of Connie V looking a lot smarter.

Well That Was A Short Splash – Now out again in her new home (photos ex Nathan Herbert)



Classic Launch Race Announcement 

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If you are a woody launch owner and like to open the pipes up i.e. race against other woodys – Auckland’s Anniversary Day Regatta wants you and your launch.

In 2019 we saw the re-birth of classic launch racing to the regatta after an absence of some 100 years. 2020 is the 180th anniversary of the regatta. So woodys, if you are going to be back in Auckland on January 27th, after the world famous Mahurangi Regatta, click the link below to learn more about the regatta and the handicap launch race. Plus read how you could walk away with prize money including a $1,000 cash prize if you enter by 31 December, plus spot prizes including a Hawaiian holiday.







6 thoughts on “CONNIE V – Saved

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  3. I Think we all do.
    She was a special part of my life along with her 2 sister ships WANDA II, & DOREEN – (LATER MANUROA), when she was new.
    I knew all the original owners well, & my father designed & manufactured all the underwater gear, for the WANDA II & CONNIE V, in his roll as manager of the machine shop division, of Mason & Porter at Parnell. — (WANDA II was built for Fred Porter), & all dad’s work is still in place & in perfect condition it seems. KEN R


  4. Thank god some one who can help this lovely boat has bought her. I look forward to following her restoration.


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