Fiesta – A Peek Down Below




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At the weekends Woody Clevedon cruise I got the chance to have a look aboard Gordon Love’s launch – Fiesta. I first spotted the woody back in late December 2015, anchored in Rocky Bay, Waiheke.
Gordon has owned the launch for 15+ years and Fiesta is a Panmure river rat 🙂
Fiesta was built by Phillip Lange at Hoppers Landing, Wade River in 1964. Build is strip planked 1”x2” kauri, with mahogany coamings. Specs are 32’ x 10’6” x 3’4″.
When launched she had a 6 cyl. Ford Trader diesel engine, this was updated with a 120hp Ford D series in 1986. She is still very much in ‘as launched’ configuration and is a very room launch.
I cruised alongside her on the way back from Clevedon on Sunday and she looked to be a good sea boat with a nice turn of speed.

4 thoughts on “Fiesta – A Peek Down Below

  1. Back in the 70s/early 80s we owned Waipeke 30ft Lang launch very similar on the outside to Fiesta. Great little sea boat. Had her for about 4yrs and went everywhere with her. Currently up north I believe.


  2. Looking a bit scruffy I’m afraid, but still getting out. The interior and side windows are due last year so this year. Thanks to the team for organising the Cleveland weekend ,it went well and so did Russel Ward. Can anyone clarify the Ĺang Lange Laing spelling of the builder. RIP.


  3. RIP Phillip Lange. His funeral was held at Mangonui last saturday. Builder I am told of 32 kauri boats. Fiesta appears to be typical of his style of launch.


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