Awarua Relaunches


The 1947 Lidgard built 36′ launch – Awarua has been hauled out at the Slipway Milford for several months. Her new owner righting some deferred maintenance, enhancing her internal layout to suit ’todays’ expectation re amenities, giving the engine a birthday and getting a JPPJ (Jason Prew paint job).

Awarua slipped back into the water on Saturday morning looking very regal, still a few internal jobs to be ticked off, as there always is. Her owner is a committed woody, this is the 2nd woody in the fleet 🙂

Awarua has appeared on WW numerous times – links below

9 thoughts on “Awarua Relaunches

  1. One special little bit of AWARUA’S telecommunications history, that has not been told until now, (& I feel is appropriate for me to add later than I should have perhaps,) — (sorry about that), — is that Ted Cooper the original owner/builder, who along with his family were friends of ours, was also a very dedicated qualified registered amateur radio operator, (radio ham), & he held the call sign ZL1FO for many years, before & after the AWARUA was part of his life,– (which call sign, he fondly referred to quite often as, ZL1 FLYNG OFFICER), & having this qualification, it meant he did not have to hold a restricted radio operators certificate, which was normally compulsory in those days, for all pleasure craft radio operators & boat owners, & the boat did not have to have a marine call sign starting “ZM,” & have specific controlled transmitting frequencies, which were, & still are compulsory, for all pleasure boaties sets, as, like all almost all the rest of the pleasure boaties of the era, he had an ex WWII, war assets ZCI R.T. which he used to talk to other radio hams very frequently, when he was away on AWARUA. on the 3.5Mhz to 4Mhz band & unlike the “ZM” registered boats, his set was not required to have specific controlled frequencies, which allowed him to just dial up manually, at will, 2182Khz, & 2162Khz, & later 2162/2207Khz, for Auckland Maritime Radio (Auckland Radio), 2045Khz, for private shore stations & 2456Khz,& 2638Khz, for talking to other boaties.

    When he called other maritime & marine stations, such as Auckland Radio, he was just able to call as; “,ZL1FO MARINE PORTABLE.

    So for quite a number of years AWARUA did not have a marine call sign or controlled marine radio transceiver. — KEN R


  2. Aha, The outlet was partially hiding behind a platform support, by the look of it, & I missed it — should have enlarged the image & had a better look, also recall was that it was the port side, not starboard, which it obviously is, but perhaps it may have been changed when they took out the Waukesha-Hesselman diesel.
    Thank you for that Alan, you obviously have sharper eyes than me these days. — KEN R


  3. OK, i’m pretty familiar with this hull now, having seen most of it back to bare wood. There is NO evidence of an exhaust outlet on the port side, none, zilch, nada. The cabinetry would mostly seem to be original in the aft part of the boat and is all built around the exhaust hose on the stb side.


  4. AWARUA’S exhaust has been out the tuck all her life, but it seems to have disappeared from the port corner of the tuck. — Where is it now, does anyone know? — KEN R

    Cant really understand the significance of the question, but to put you out of your misery – its on the starboard side and appears to have been there a long time – refer photo below. Alan H


  5. Joe Wheeler (Bayswater) built a boat for the old man in ’59 -said that the owner was a relative of his and he said that she was a Lidgard boat. You can tell -she’s got the look.


  6. If thats the case Ken, why does she have a builders plate stating she was built by Lidgards?


  7. Beautiful! The original wee screen for the helmsman always seemed a bit strange to me consigning him/her to have the face out in whatever came across. I was never sure if you could lookout very well from down below. Modern amenities…. yeah. Has she still got the stateroom down aft? My old man always admired and promised the War Dept one like that one day.
    And the waterline -so elegantly and curvaceously done. Too many of today’s ships have the WL struck out by laser and dead straight. Out of synch with the sheer and rubbing strakes. Not so here! All the Lidgard lines in harmony.

    Stateroom still there 😉 Alan H


  8. AWARUA was not built by Lidgards, but in their shed, by original owner Ted Cooper, who took time off working, to build her, assisted by his family, & with some input at times, I am told, by Lidgard staff. KEN R


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