MV THETIS – 4sale
The 45’ (49’ overall) bridge-decker – Thetis was built in 1955 by Lanes on the Tamaki River, Auckland. Built from single skin/fore and aft kauri planking, her beam is 13’ and she draws 4’.
Twin Greymarine 6 cyl. (1960) 120hp diesel engines give Thetis a comfortable cruising speed of 8+ knots.
Lots to read about her from back in the construction / launching period at Lanes in this WW previous story https://waitematawoodys.com/2014/09/13/thetis-ii-the-lane-motor-boat-co/
Thetis is an exceptionally well built launch and is presented in near original fit-out, which is always a good sign that the designer / builder got it first time. Her subsequent owners have chosen to maintain her as intended and with some modern upgrades, followed by routine maintenance she will continue to be one of the most admired woodys in our classic fleet.
I say this about very few classic boats – but Thetis is one of those boats that attracts admirers both at anchor and as you can see from the above photos – even when she’s hauled out.
The long-term owner of Thetis has made the call that its time for her next custodian to step up – so woodys she is for sale and at a fair price. So if you are looking for classic wooden launch with the wow factor – contact firstname.lastname@example.org for more details.
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New photo added. Alan H
The related Thetis “1920s” was launched in Port Chalmers in 1929. A ‘Hand’ design original ‘Rum Runner” from the great Lakes USA. Full planing hull, originally capable of 19 knots. Full history available.