Northern Star


The 40’ ex workboat Northern Star was built c.late 196o’s by Roger Carey in Picton, then c.2009 she was converted to a trawler cruiser / live aboard.

Forward motion is via a rebuilt 6LX Gardner that is keel cooled. Like all good southerns woodys there is a diesel heater to keep toastie below.

From her tme listing (thanks Ian McDonald) we see that she is very well fitted out for extended cruising.

INPUT ex Russell Ward – photo below taken 20+ years back, in Picton marina. Russell commented that they all looked so much better in working colours than in the stark white that present owners use.

6 thoughts on “Northern Star

  1. We have just purchased this old lady, she is now sitting on a mooring in the sounds closer to her home in Picton, she is still a wonderful old girl, a few age-related concerns as to be expected that will be sorted, great engine, hull, due for haul out for an insurance condition report that is being completed by Phillip Carey who was on the original build team. I had an enjoyable few hours recently taliing to him and look forward to doing so again, a wondeful source of information and stories. There is going to be a slow upgrade and renovation of this old girl into a family sounds cruiser so she will survive the next 50 years and becomes someone else’s baby. We have a facebook page, Northern Star, the Boat, the Journey where we hope to post regular updates on whats being done. Anhyone interested in welcome to send a request. we are also looking towards to obtaining some recordings on youtube to document the journey . This is going to be a work in progress.


  2. In the book By boats we live by Joan Clark Northern Star was built in 1967
    I think you may be thinking of the Ocean Star which was a light house tender a bit older and around 50ft plus


  3. Re the Northern Star. I would be a bit surprised if she was really built in the late sixties as mentioned. I used to sail on her in the early seventies and I thought she was quite old then. At that time she was owned by the Marine Division of the Ministry of Transport and we used her for lighthouse maintenance when the Stella was unavailable


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