During the week we were contacted by Graham Hunter who was seeking information on the 33’ launch – Seaflyte. Graham was sent the above photos by an old friend, Kevin Short, who commented that the photos were taken during the Christmas of 1972, at the time she was owned by a a family named – Brown who lived in Glendowie.
Seaflyte was berthed at Westhaven for years but they may have taken Seaflyte to Half Moon Bay when it opened. The flying bridge was added and the only access to the cabin is by the 2 sliding doors. Kevin commented that Graeme must have taken these photos, because he is sure that is him in the photos.
We know she had 2 x 100hp Fordson engines and was built from double planked kauri to handle the Cook Straight. Both Graham and Kevin would be interested to know what became of the launch.
I second that – Athol Burns design for sure.
Athol Burns design I seem to recall. Hence the Cook Strait capability. I recall the Brown family -nice family.