The launch above is Fleetwing and the photos were sent in by South Island woody – Pete Beach. Pete mentioned in a June 2020 WW story (link below – great read), that he once owned Fleetwing. The photos above are from when she was owned by Seymor Scott of Wharehunga Bay, Queen Charlotte Sound back in the 1940’s.
I’m a little confused – do we have two Fleetwings? In a November 2016 WW story we talked about Fleetwing being purchased by the Pollard Brothers and returned to Auckland and given a make-over. The hulls look similar but the boat must have had several ‘make-overs’. Check out the links below and let me know if we have the same boat. I’m sure Cameron Pollard will clear it up 🙂
Sorry if I got my wires crossed – been a busy boy today.
Looks like she is being prepped for another shot at wild wooden boat racing….. Another secret prop maybe….
Hi, I owed the boat in the first photo (In the Marlborough Sounds) in 2012. I purchased it from a “Gentleman” from Dannevirke when it was birthed at Seaview Marina, in Lowe Hutt. He had bought her up from Picton the year before. God knows how….
She was in a sad state, sadly.
I was satisfied with the comments of the then owner and his Father in Law (who purported to be a diesel mechanic and said the engine was perfect.) Um it wasnt, before the ink had dried I discovered that it pretty much needed an full overhaul. I bought it from Trade me.
We started alot of work on the super structure, and I was waiting for a spot at the Evan’s Bay marina on the other side of the harbour, to live and work on her there, at a hugely cheaper cost than Seaview.
Over the course of that Winter, she started ‘disconnecting’ the wiring to the two bilge pumps all by herself and I got a few calls in the middle of the night to say the bilge alarm was going off… (Funny bunch over in the Hutt and I dont mean Haha funny) I lived in Wellington city at the time. This became tiresome…
During a messy relationship breakup I decided to cut my loses and sell her at a huge loss. I sold her to an old Salt from Plimmerton, who I understand removed the engine (A Scania), fuel tank, steering gear, gauges and the $1900 worth of Marine ply and swamp Kauri I had sold with her. He left her to rot in Plimmerton Harbour.
I would be pleased if the restored Fleetwing is the vessel I owned, but I think the keel is different, and therefore possibly a sister vessel.
BTW The nameplate on my Fleetwing was ‘Miss Fleetwing’, not Fleetwing.
And jp wishes he had the Fleetwing pedigree lollllll
I can tell you this fleetwing pictured has never been 26’ long or 7’ beam. You’ve got the wrong boat…… and the pollards wish she was capable of 46mph lol
This Fleetwing was built in 1927, length 26′ x 7’4″ powered by 160hp V type 8 cyl Curtiss engine and sold on to W Parkinson of Ponsonby Auckland 1935. Her best speed was 46mph.
Definitely the same boat. Fleetwing was my grandfathers boat up till the 60s then went to the mussel farms. She went through a few owners I saw her on a mooring in Paremata. I bought her to stop her being demolished and she finished up in garden in Whanganui before returning to Auckland.