The classic launch – Maybelle recently appeared on tme, so thanks to the listing and Ian McDonald we get to have a good look at Maybelle. Her tme listing has her from the Collings and Bell stable and 32’ 10” in length. She is powered by a Ford Lees 6 cyl. diesel engine that gets her along at 7>8 knots. Appears to be very well maintained and appointed.
Can anyone confirm the parentage and where she has been for the last 70+ years?
Help Wanted Locating A Vire Inboard Engine
Woody, Simon Smith has asked for help locating a Vire 7 hp, petrol, single cylinder inboard engine similar to the photograph below. The engines are made in Finland. Any help, even a suggestion as to where to look on line would be greatly appreciated.
I am the current owner of Maybelle, she is moored at Seaview Marina in Wellington. I have had the wiring refitted and upgraded, replaced the starter motor, installed solar panels, repaired leaking water system and fixed some old corroded parts which were leaking badly. All good to go now.
From an old magazine it appears Maybelle was owned for many years by Babs Webster, uncle of Eric “Smokehouse Bay” Webster
Vire parts and backup are available from Belltech Eng in Christchurch UK or Nick le Feuvre also in the UK but Simon knows that, the agent in Howick ceased over 25 years ago.