Mystery North Shore Launch

MYSTERY NORTH SHORE LAUNCH

Today’s woody story comes to us via Peter Jenkins fb. Peter’s father – Des Jenkins and his uncle Murray Jenkins built the above 23’ launch in the families backyard at 67 Shakespeare Road in the early to mid 1960’s.In the photos we see the neighbours and friends assisting in turning the hull over for completion of the topside.

A transporter was later backed down the side of the house, boat loaded on an then transported to the launching ramp by the northern side of the Harbour bridge, probably Sulphur Beach boat ramp. It was sea trialed and then moored up to the jetty in Milford Creek at # 12 Craig Road, which was where Peter’s grandparents lived. The launch was used for family fishing trips around the Rangitoto Channel, and beyond.


Peter is keen to ID the design of the boat and learn what became of her. It has been suggested that it may have been a Pelin Express design.

CYA ROUND RANGI LAUNCH RACE & BBQ – THIS SATURDAY – DETAILS BELOW


The CYA are running a Round Rangitoto Launch Race and BBQ at Islington Bay, if you wish to be eligible for prizes, please nominate a female skipper, or someone that ‘looks’ the part, get your entries in to admin@classicyacht.org.nz as soon as you can.  


If you want to just arrive, eat and socialise without the round island voyage, thats all good – but can you please let Joyce know on admin@classicyacht.org.nz so they can plan how many sausages to get. 


The  “race/log rally”  will start off Orakei, using the Yacht Start Line at 10.45am (Sat 13th feb). The race is clockwise around Rangitoto and Motutapu, do it at your own speed.  BBQ only boats should aim to be there by late afternoon. Families welcome, but feel free to BYO some top up food, drink etc….. There is A-Cup racing this day so if you want to watch the racing and attend the BBQ this another option.BBQ kicks off at 5pm.  ish….

5 thoughts on “Mystery North Shore Launch

  1. The hull appears to be an early plywood Hartley 23ft “Charm” design, which is the predecessor to the more common flared bow “New Charm”. This design was included in Richard Hartley’s original Guide to Boatbuilding book from the early 1960’s. The cabin design here is similar to the stock plan but the builder has reversed the windscreen rake and made alterations to the window shape.

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