Wakaiti


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WAKAITI

Wakaiti is a 39’4″, kauri carvel launch built by Dick Lang in 1920, as a commercial tow boat. In today’s world having the same owner for the last 55 years is a very rare thing but all good things come to an end & as the sign on her bow say – Wakaiti is now for sale.

She was re-powered c.2001 with 120hp, 6 cyl. Ford diesel running a 2:1 PRM box and 24×16 3 blade prop. This set up pushes her nicely along at 8 > 10 knots, with a top speed of 12 knots. Her beam is 9’10” & draft is 5’10”. (the interior photos have had the benefit of what they call the real estate salesman’s best friend  – the wide angle lens 🙂  ) Thanks to Ian McDonald for the trademe heads up.

So woodys, what do we know about her past?

Harold Kidd Input (lots more in the Comments Section)

WAKAITI = “little ship” in Maori. Dick Lang built this 36 footer at his yard in St. Mary’s Bay in 1922. She was launched on 2nd September of that year for Parry Bros of the Mahurangi to carry cream on the river. By 1928 the Parrys were using her as a tow boat on the Waitemata. In 1936 they sold her to R.G. Brain of Coromandel. Eventually she ended up in the ownership of Ernie Seagar, marine engineer of wide repute in Auckland. Ernie’s not well and is obviously selling his beloved launch.
I was in the 5th Form at Takapuna Grammar with Ernie Seagar. He had been in that Form for 3 years, unable to get School Certificate because of distractions such as being the Captain of the First 15, Head Prefect (in the 5th Form!!) and an outstanding yachtsman and general sportsman.
Later he went on to get his Marine Engineer’s tickets at sea and then ran his engineering business at Sulphur Beach alongside Dave Jackson. An amazing character.

 

Takitimu


TAKITIMU

AIan Sexton took the above photos of the Owen Woolley built ‘Takitimu’ at Whangaroa. Takitimu was launched in 1975 for the then GM of NZ Forest Products, Doug Walker. She is 42′ and was powered with a horizontal 250hp Volvo, possibly still is looking at the smoke coming from her 🙂

The Walkers started boating the same time as Alan, their first launch was Gay Dawn in 1971, a couple of years later they purchased the Woolley Karere II, followed by Takitimu. They owned Takitimu for approx 10yrs then downsized to a 10.5m Woolley flybridge launch. Doug’s son Paul later ran the Woolley launch Alchemy in charter.
The only change to Takitimu since launching is the raised flybridge windscreen and solid canopy.

 

Mt. Pleasant


Mt PLEASANT
The below video is of the 1916, 40’ newly –restored Sydney, Australia ferry – Mt Pleasant. Batemans Bay is home for Mt Pleasant.
The video was done to coincide with the 75th anniversary of the sinking of the HMAS Kuttabul in Sydney Harbour on May 31 1942 by Japanese mini-subs. Mt Pleasant was tied up alongside Kuttabul at the time.
Thanks to WoodenBoat & the Bay Post / Moruya Examiner for the heads up re the video.

Stunning restoration 🙂

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Kawhiti – A Peek Down Below


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Kawhiti – A Peek Down Below

Kawhiti, the 42′, 1952 Collings & Bell bridgedecker has appeared on ww before – check out the link below for details on her past. Today’s post, thanks to her trademe listing, gives us a look down below.

https://waitematawoodys.com/2015/12/10/kawhiti/

Alden Ketch – Sailing Sunday


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ALDEN KETCH – Sailing Sunday

We do not see a lot of John Alden designed classic’s in NZ which given they are almost always very pretty vessels, isn’t good.
This one was design #550 & was built in 1939 by Arnold France in Lyttleton & has been lovingly restored by her current owner.
She is 39.35′ & built with full length 1 1/4″ oregon on hardwood frames. Her when the sails aren’t up a 2012 Nissan TD27 88hp diesel pushes her along.
She was re-rigged in Her refurbishment included being rewired, new switches / breaker panels, batteries, instruments, electric toilet and holding tank, new plumbing throughout. Plus new squabs and many other extras, complete hull paint before Christmas.
She is for sale on trademe – a very smart classic & a lot of boat for the asking price of $65k ono

02-04-2017 Updates from Robin Elliott
She is Windswift and was registered as A-8 with Banks Peninsular Cruising Club, She was a 3 year building project by Arnold France.
France probably started building her in 1939 but she wasn’t launched until October 1941. He and his wife and son lived aboard for 3 years during the War.
Seems to have grown a little over the years. Reported as 35-feet when launched, Arnold France gave dims of  “33ft 8in x 10ft 6in x 4ft 8in” in 1949, In December 1956 she was advertised for sale as being 34-feet. She was on Trade Me in 2008 as 41-feet, and now as 39.35ft. Tricky things these Alden ketches.

Here’s a little bit more, courtesy of Papers Past
https://paperspast.natlib.govt.nz/newspapers/CHP19411030.2.63?query=arnold%20france
https://paperspast.natlib.govt.nz/newspapers/LWM19460509.2.22?query=arnold%20france

Lady Karen


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LADY KAREN
Lady Karen was built in 1957 by Oliver & Gilpin & measures approx 41′. Power comes from 2 x Ford diesels of 80hp each giving her a cruise speed of 8kts.
Based in the Marlborogh Sounds & in MOSS survey her fit out & condition is very well presented for sale & could provide her purchaser with the ultimate boating / working lifestyle.

Do we know anything more about Lady Karen’s past?

28-03-2017 Some information on ‘Lady Karen’ ex Gordon Low
I am the current owner and have had Lady K for around 20 years. I purchased the boat from a Nelson boat builder and his wife, Dale & Jenny Pomeroy. They had owned the vessel for around 9 years after purchasing her from a Wairapa farmer, Hugh Beatham. He was the second owner.
She was built in Kauri & Mahogany near Tauranga and launched in 1957. I believe that she was the first of the larger launches built by Oliver & Gilpin primarily for game fishing out of Tauranga.
When we purchased Lady K, the idea was to develop a small boutique style charter business in Queen Charlotte Sound. We placed her in survey and have built up a successful business taking small groups of tourists on a stunning Sounds experience. She continues to be maintained to a high standard and received her new MOSS survey in December 2016.
I reluctantly placed Lady K on the market in February and hope that any prospective new owner will get as much pleasure out of her that I have.
I had the great fortune some years ago of being visited by one of the original builders, John Oliver. He had prepared for me a photographic history from Kauri tree to launching. This valuable piece of history takes pride of place in the wheelhouse and offers an insight into the effort that goes into building a classic timber launch.

The Story Of Lady Doreen and Lola & Snooks Fuller


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The Story Of Lady Doreen and Lola & Snooks Fuller

Dean Wright recently popped around to visit long time friends Lola & Snooks Fuller. Dean recorded the ‘chat’ on his phone & later typed it up & asked Snooks to review it to ensure Dean got everything right. While there Dean also photographed part of the Fuller’s photo collection, luckily for us woodys Dean is a pro photographer so the photos of photos are rather good.
Below is some of the history of the legendary game fishing launch. Lady Doreen & owners Lola & Snooks Fuller. I have reproduced the story & photos as submitted by Dean – Enjoy 🙂
LADY DOREEN

LOA 42’ – Beam 14’ – Draft 3’ 6” – Launched 19th December 1951

Builders: Wally and Bert Deeming, Snooks and Norman Fuller at Deemings Yard, Okiato, Bay of Islands. Designed by Snooks Fuller, then aged 18. Named for Snook’s mum Doreen Fuller

Full length kauri planking 6” x 1”, pohutukawa frames. 2 kauri logs sourced from a farmers property at Twin Bridges and milled at Rangiahua Sawmills.

2 Scripts V8 petrol motors were bought originally to power the boat they were reconditioned ex war surplus. However, Andy Donovan sold the Fullers 2 new Osco V8 Petrol motors at a good price and these were fitted in place of the Scripts. After just a month of service, one of the Osco’s put a con rod through the side of the block and was replaced by one of the Scripts. Luckily it was a fairly simple changeover fitting straight into the same mounting, being similar motors. 2 years later, when Fordson Major brought a diesel tractor out, one of the V8 petrol motors was replaced with a 4 cylinder Pike.   “We mostly only used one motor anyhow, very seldom did we run on two, we had one diesel and one petrol for years” After quite a few years the other V8 petrol was replaced by a 6 cylinder Ford diesel.

Snooks original idea was to have a big open cockpit and a day boat. His Dad Norman counseled him against it, asking what if the game fishing packs up, what are you going to do with the boat?  He felt Snooks needed a boat you could get a party on and go away and cruise maybe do a bit of snapper fishing, a bit of king fishing and that’s how the Lady Doreen developed.

If Zane Grey put the Bay of Islands on the map as a game fishing mecca then Snooks and the Doreen became NZ’s best known game fishing charter boat during the 1950’s through the 70’s breaking many world records and enjoying an international reputation. A hint of what they were to achieve happened on the first two days of their very first charter. Day one they landed a black marlin of 516lb for American angler Dick Aldsworth, day two another black of 366lb’s For Dick’s wife Alice.  Black marlin are a reasonably uncommon catch, the Bay Of Island Swordfish Club catch records show just 20 caught that season.  So for a 19-year-old Snooks to catch two for his anglers in his first two days running the boat was quite an achievement. In the 50’s 130lb breaking strain line was the order of the day for charter boats fishing for marlin.  American Angler Harold Hopkins chartered Snooks and the Doreen for the month of March each year for six years, intent on light tackle fishing. In 1954 they boated a 331lb Striped marlin on 6 thread 20lb breaking strain to set a world record that would stand for 14 years. Lines in those days were made of linen and for their strength to be retained they had to be kept wet unlike modern lines.

Snooks and his wife Lola along with his parent’s Norman and Doreen visited Harold at his home in the States in 1958. “Hopkins took Snooks to his private jetty where he showed the young kiwi his pride and joy; a vessel called ‘Esperanza II’. Hopkins asked Snooks what he thought of it. “Beautiful” was his response. In an incredible act of generosity Hopkins stunned Snooks when he said, “She’s yours. Take her home” Arrangements were made and the boat was shipped back to NZ where she joined the Bay of Islands charter fleet from the 1959 season”

These pictures tell more of the story:
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Snook’s mum Doreen for whom the boat was named and dad Norman.
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One of the two original kauri logs the Doreen was built from prior to milling at Rangiahua Sawmills.

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Milling the kauri

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Snooks and wife Lola with the half model Snook’s built as an 18 year old that the Doreen’s frames and lines were taken from.
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Launch Day 19th December 1951 Wally & Bert Deemings Boat Shed at Okiato.

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The Lady Doreen’s first two marlin.
First two days charter fishing – two black marlin landed for the 19 year old Snooks (kneeling left) and his anglers and deckhand Ez Smith.

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16th March 1954 – World Record 331lb Striped Marlin on 6 thread (20lb) breaking strain line for angler Harold Hopkins. Snooks far left, deckhand John Hives kneeling. This was unusually light gear, 130lb breaking strain line was the norm in the 50’s.
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An early shot of the Lady Doreen trolling near ‘The Sisters’ before her distinctive four-outrigger setup was fitted.
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Four outriggers and four game chairs allowed four anglers to fish one trolled bait each, all day.
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Trolling in front of the hole in the rock, Piercy Island.
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Eric Kay, Charley Fuller, Roly Rogers & Owen
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About to weigh some fish at Paihia wharf. Live baits that needed to keep alive for the next day were placed in the circular container on the port side and put over the side overnight. Nice big catch flags in those days!

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Four game chairs two on the top deck, two in the cockpit

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Esperanza II, a Chris Craft, gifted to Snooks by American fisherman Harold Hopkins. Hopkins fished with Snooks and the Lady Doreen for a month every year for six years.

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Harold Hopkins NZ Story

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Snooks bought the Luck Strike, a 24’ Mason Clipper and shipped her to Cairns where him and his fishing mates set a world record for a black marlin of 1124lb’s on 50lb line caught by Eddie Seay.

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Input from Brian Worthington  – photo below shows LD as of today. Brian reports, she is in beautiful order and a credit to its owner 🙂

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