Sou’ East



The 39′ 1947 Lanes built Sou’East is seen above weighing in a thresher shark at Paihia in 1984. Photos ex Dean Wrights collection.
Sou’East has appeared on WW before, but not as above – to view as launched photos & current day, click the link below.

I have include below another of Dean’s photos, this one of the very ‘salty looking’ commercial fishing boat – Lady Karen – photo dated 1984, when owned by Frank Goodhue.



Port Townsend Classic Wooden Boat Festival 2017 – 80+ photos


Port Townsend Classic Wooden Boat Festival 2017 – 80+ photos
Kiwi woodys Jenny and Malcolm McNicol sent me the below photo essay from the Port Townsend 41st Classic Wooden Boat Festival from The Puget Sounds in Washington State USA. They were holidaying in the Sounds and got to enjoy the festival.
The McNico’s are members of The Rotoiti Wooden Boat Association and are the proud owners of Tauraka, which has featured on WW.

Enjoy the collection – sorry if I have ruined your day ……… 🙂

Remember to click on photos to enlarge 😉





ADONIS BY O WOOLLEY 1965 - EX TRADE ME 10.8.17 - 1

ADONIS BY O WOOLLEY 1965 - EX TRADE ME 10.8.17 - 3

ADONIS BY O WOOLLEY 1965 - EX TRADE ME 10.8.17 - 6


Adonis was designed & built by Owen Woolley & launched in November 1965 & has a waterline of 40′. Her first owner was Martin Uren & while there are a few holes in her ownership records – we know that Bob Green (who owned Mahara prior to Adonis) had her for a period in the 1970’s. She was also owned by a Robin Congreve from May 1986 until Dec 1994 & then by current owner John Fleming since then. 

She is currently powered by 2 x 120hp Ford diesels. In the August 1966 edition of Sea Spray magazine its recored that she was powered by 2 x 6 cyl. Fordson 86hp diesels, so somewhere along the line she has been re-powered, but not during the Fleming period (23 years). In the Sea Spray article (below) she appears to have a dodger when new, which she does not have in the later photos.

So woodys – anyone able to fill in the ownership black holes?

Details & photos ex John Fleming via Ken Rickets. Other photos ex trademe listing. 

Sea Spray Aug 1966 a

Sea Spray Aug 1966 b

Sea Spray Aug 1966 c





Tandarra was built by John Lidgard in 1976 in 3 skin kauri (glassed). She measures 42’ in length, with a beam of 12’5”.  The zoom zoom (>20 knots) comes from twin 300hp Ford diesels. Her trademe listing highlights an impressive amount of recent work – both mechcanical & cosmetic.

If you like classics & game fishing, then Tandarra looks to be a lot of boat for the money.

Do we know anything about her past i.e. owners?


Siesta – The Old Days – Part 2






While yesterday’s story focused on the launch Siesta, the photos were all from her later years. Due to a technology glitch I did not receive the above b/w photos till late yesterday, so decided to do a separate post with the new/old photos.

Scroll down to compare the ‘as launched’ pre-fly-bridge days with the later addition. I know what I prefer put still a pretty woody.

(photos ex the original owners- via Ken Ricketts)

Siesta – Part 1




Siesta was launched in 1949, built by the owner A.H.L. (Harry) Maddaford (a saw miller) with the help of a professional boat builder & his staff (see below for detail), at his Penrose factory. She measured 40’.

Below is an account from Maddaford’s daughter Valerie Holbrook, on the building & launch of Siesta.

“Dad had always wanted a good-sized new launch so he had Kitson (one of his staff at his sawmill) pull two kauris out of Ness Valley bush, one green one and one old and dry with the sap rotted off but the solid heart left and the other one was forty-five feet long, there was at least fifteen feet hanging out behind the GMC trailer.  The idea being the planks, at least up to the waterline would be in one length.  The logs were milled and stacked out to air dry for 12 to eighteen months with dad hosing the timber most nights to wash the sap out.

Charlie Hardman laid the boat out as he had been a boat builder and Reg, my brother-in-law who worked for him assisted   Charlie soon went back to his house building but Reg stayed on to work for Jack Taylor, a boat builder. We all assisted at times including Rex.

Dad put the engine in and other mechanical bits and pieces.   A friend of Bill Blacklock did some French polishing, and a builder friend of dad’s made the helmsman’s seat, with a liquor cabinet in the back.

It was eventually finished and loaded on a low solid-tyred trailer that dad had borrowed.   At five o’clock one morning I slowly towed it to Panmure wharf with the GMC, and dad followed close in his car to see that nothing moved. We put it beside the wharf to float off as the tide came in.

That was the forty-foot Siesta, launched close to Christmas 1949″.

Input from Ken Ricketts below (edited by Alan H)

By 1960 she belonged to Ewen Marmont. Ken was aboard over the Christmas 1960 period; she had painted coamings & had acquired a dodger by then & Ken recalls she had the Perkins diesel at that time. Marmont had her for a number of years.

Subsequent history is hard to unravel because of the existence of two/three boats with the same name, but it’s possible that her owner in 1973 was H.V. Woodcock of Murray’s Bay, Auckland.

The present owners have been in contact with a Brian Sinclair of Whangarei, who advised that he owned her for a number of years in the c.1970s & he most likely bought her off the Woodcocks.

Stephen Smith a boat broker of Whangarei & Grant Cardno owned her for several years from c.1991 > 1994, they bought from Eric Burger, a friend of Kens. It is believed the Burger only owned her for a short period, during which he upgraded the interior.

Smith & Cardo kept her at Gulf Harbour. They sold her c.1994/95 to Barry Galbraith in Kerikeri & he kept her at Dove Bay, B.O.I. for the next 20 years.

Galbraith told Ken that when he was away cruising on one occasion, a gentleman in another boat came up alongside, & told him he used to own Siesta & his name was Brian Sinclair, (as referred to above,) & he told Galbraith that she had had a trip to Fiji, to act as mark boat, for the Auckland to Fiji race, on one occasion (this is not corroborated at his stage, so can only be anecdotal)

She is presently moored at Kissing Point in Whangarei, owned by Laurie & Jill White. She was still moored at Doves Bay B.O.I. when they bought her approx. 2 ½ years ago.

Ken understands that she is in quite good condition & still looking very original. Her original engine was a 6 cyl. Hercules petrol WWII war surplus tank engine & fairly shortly after, this was replaced with a slanting 6-354 Perkins diesel, (so it would go under the floor), which she still has today.

(photos ex Valerie Holbrook, Dean Wright, Laurie & Jill White & Brian Galbraith)



Tasman Star – A Peek Down Below

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Tasman Star – A Peek Down Below

Built in 1935 by Dick Lang, she started life as a commercial fishing boat – Danish seine netting. She measures 42’6” & is powered by a 150hp LXW Gardner. Thanks to Ian McDonald for the trademe listing heads up.

You can read about her colour-full life on this WW link