Classic Launch Waitangi (Karamana)

Classic Launch Waitangi (Karamana)
In the top three photos above we see Waitangi being relaunched at Hobsonville Marina. The photos came to us via my Hobby eyes and ears – John Wicks, as John commented that’s a very impressive trailer for an old girl.

Waitangi was built as Karamana for F.B. Cadman in 1923 by Bailey & Lowe to a design by Hacker. As Harold Kidd commented on a previous WW story Karamana = Cadman in pig Maori. She was later bought by Auckland Grammar School teacher P A S Stein who rebuilt her and fitted a war surplus 6 cyl Green sohc aero engine producing 120-140bhp, bore 5.5 ins, stroke 6 ins. HDK commented that she was pretty radical (see photo above), and a far cry from her current configuration.

In recent years Waitangi was restored at Ian Cooke’s Yachting Developments Ltd (YDL) and blitzed the fleet in the 2018 Rudder Cup race – photos below
Lots of back stories on the launch here
https://waitematawoodys.com/2013/05/03/karamana-waitangi/
https://waitematawoodys.com/2013/04/26/waitangi/
https://waitematawoodys.com/2013/04/26/great-1930s-movie-featuring-the-launch-waitangi/
https://waitematawoodys.com/2013/04/28/3-girls-on-a-1930s-boating-picnic-filmed-on-waiheke-island-auckland-featuring-the-classic-launch-waitangi/


WTF – Next time you go to church you may have to stand up – a nameless boatyard acquired 4 magnificent kauri church pews, for the timber. I assume when the recipient of the wood is launched there won’t need to be a blessing 🙂

3 thoughts on “Classic Launch Waitangi (Karamana)

  1. Those pews will be ideal for the always popular sport of boatbuilder critique, they could line the walls of the shed and sell refreshments to the onlookers with their always “helpful” suggestions….

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