Allergy – Auckland’s Most Engaging Classic Craft – Offered For Sale

ALLERGY – Auckland’s Most Engaging Classic Craft – Offered For Sale

Allergy was launched in 1985, built by Kerry Huntington for prominent Auckland businessman Alan Gibbs. Her design is ex Pete Culler / Denis Ganley and length over all is 58’ with a beam of 14’, so woodys she is a rather big girl, and after Auckland sailmaker Dave Giddens purchased her she has acquired a reputation as one of the most hospitable boats in the Hauraki Gulf. 

As you would expect being owned by a sail maker Allergy sports an impressive sail wardrobe but most days she slots comfortably into the motor-sailer division. Forward motion (>10 knots) is via a Ford 130hp diesel, that was installed new in 1985 when launched.

The craft was designed and fitted out for cruising in comfort with a separate owners cabin + 2nd double berth and upwards of 3 single berths. 6’6” cabin headroom and large dining area, that I have seen 10 seated at dinner. The cockpit would be one of the most comfortable roomy area I have experienced on a vessel, a reflection of the trade skills of owner. Her ample side decks allow for morning exercise laps + perfect for the pets, kids could even bring a small pony 🙂  With her center board up, she only draws approx. 3′, perfect for securing the best anchoring spot in the bay.

If todays story sounds like a for sale notice – it is, after 30 years of ownership, Dave Gidden has asked the Wooden Boat Bureau to identify the next custodian for Allergy – so woodys if you or anyone you know is looking for the penultimate floating holiday / getaway venue – Allergy is it. And it is priced to sell. Serious enquiries to

Todays WW story hopefully will solve the question – “where are we going for Xmas” for one lucky family.

28-11-2022 UPDATE – some ask me does it sail – of course , see below

5 thoughts on “Allergy – Auckland’s Most Engaging Classic Craft – Offered For Sale

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  2. I’ve known the owner and trainer for over 50 years. One of life’s really hard case fullas and a very kind and generous gentleman sailor. These days. The best host you could ever find. We had the the privilege of meeting the builder of our boat ‘Tradition’, Geoff Bagnall, at Mahurangi a couple of years ago on board ‘Allergy’. A memorable event as Dave was so good at organising drinks. Cheers, Dave. Take care.


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