Meteor II > Comet II

Meteor II > Comet II

The launch Meteor / Comet II was built by Collings and Bell and is reputed to by at the time the fastest commerical launch in New Zealand, with a top speed of 36 knots, carrying 12 passengers. She plied her trade as a tourism launch on Lake Wakatipu, Oueenston, but also has been based out of the Bay of Islands, Rotorua, Picton and the Marlborough Sounds.

Just popped up on tme as a work-in-progress and sadly a long way off her original configuration.

33’ in length, these days she is powered by a Ford 180hp diesel engine – would be interested to hear what powered her in the zoom zoom days.

Classic Launch Kokoru Damaged In Pine Harbour Marina fire yesterday – refer the NZ Herald for details, its still a little to raw to go into details – more later. But I’m sure you’ll all be thinking of the owners.

4 thoughts on “Meteor II > Comet II

  1. Pingback: Meteor III | #1 for classic wooden boat stories, info, advice & news – updated daily

  2. I don’t know what happened here. All I know is they are getting really tough on insurance regarding all sorts of things, including an LPG certificate for boats, they only seem to pick on owners of old boats when a new owner goes to take out insurance after a purchase. I jumped through so many hoops and spent a lot of money to get my boat insured. I think I went to lengths which many people with modern(ish) boat didn’t have to go through I am sure……


  3. I recall the Meteor in the 60’s was powered with big Detroit when we went to Walter Peak on her.


  4. How absolutely dreadful for those poor owners. It is a hugely heart wrenching image, & my heart goes out so much, to both of them. — KEN R


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