Today’s boat is named Freedom and is a recent purchase by Neil Hammond. Neil bought Freedom off a gent named Murray Davies in Havelock, Marlborough Sounds, who owned her for 9 years. Her construction is double diagonal kauri (then glassed ) and is 36’ in length and powered by a Detroit 6-71 diesel. From her early service records it appears Freedom was based in Auckland from new.

When advertised for sale, she was described as ‘vindex style’, hopefully not 🙂 you will struggle to find any vindex’s on WW.
So woodys – can anyone help Neil in his quest to learn more about his boat?

09-03-2021 More input from owner – Graeme Mossman appears to have owned and sold the boat in 1988.  I have this name off an old letter in the file, and this name is deciphered from a signature so may be completely wrong.  However, I am thinking that he is the original owner as I am told that the boat was built in 1979/80.  This letter is an introduction of the boat to the new owner who has purchased the boat off Mossman in December 1988.  It also refers to a Doug Walley who is described as an experienced engineer who works as a Tutor at the Auckland Technical Institute and who can do some maintenance on the boat after the new owner has completed the “Christmas Cruise”, before the boat is transported to Wellington.  So, from here it appears to have spent time in Wellington before ending up in the Marlborough Sounds.

Photo below of last nights sunset and still no rain 🙂

7 thoughts on “Freedom

  1. re the Vindex hull shape, the original Hunt deep vee design had a deadrise at the stern of 24 deg, whereas Vindex is a shallow/medium vee hull shape with a deadrise of 10 deg, some designers would refer to its hull shape as “semi-displacement”. Most subsequent Vindex designs had this same deadrise, altho Jim did design a few “deep vee” hulls with 15 deg, eg the 38′ Desiderata and a dive tender he built for New Caledonia.


  2. Probably because most vindex,s get to the good anchorages quicker than 97% of the ww fleet.


  3. Pelin looking hull, not sure what you have against Vindex designs? The original Vindex designs that Jim drew were New Zealands first lightweight Deep V planing launches and in many ways as revolutionary as Dick Bertrams Ray Hunt designed Moppie , in fact if Jim had the modern lightweight fuel efficient diesels back then the difference would have been more obvious. The early ones of course did not have flying bridges!


  4. I remember her when I was a cutter boat for AVCG she was one too and was berthed in Westhaven.I can not recall the owners name but the late Bruce Smith from AVCG was a crew member .I believe she was a vindex hull


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