Airforce Patrol Craft
The above photo is dated 1939 & is from the Tudor Collins collection. Only really posted it to have a boat in today story.
15-10-2017 Harold Kidd Input
The launch in the pic is one of the Hubert Scott-Paine 40 footers imported at the beginning of 1940 for TEAL and taken over by the Air Force. W6? Below is a photo of W2.
But for some serious boat porn, check out James Dreyer’s latest photos of ‘Laughing Lady’ on his Seven Oceans Boatworks Facebook page – click link
The really story is the XK150 Jag below, It was owned by Mr Gardner of Gardner Engines in the UK), Thats him standing alongside it. He re-engined it with a Gardner diesel back in the late1950’s. Rumour has it while the acceleration was not great once off the line she was a flyer 😉 Probably priceless if still around today. Boat & Jag photos ex Ken Ricketts
15-10-2017 Harold Kidd Input – Lyn Buchanan of John Chambers & Co put a 4 cylinder Gardner in his Packard about 1931. Photo below.
Rakira is a carvel kauri launch / motorsailer, built in 1955 at Kawau Island. She measures 29.52’ & is powered with a 54hp Mazda Bongo diesel motor.
That’s about all her trademe listing tells us, if the Kawau build is correct, we must be able to uncover more about her provenance.
Thanks to Ian McDonald for the listing heads up.
The New Zealand Clinker Boat booklet winner – Is Mike O’Dwyer. Well done 🙂 A lot of you need to read the entry conditions i.e. via email. I’ll give way another copy on Friday,so look out for the quiz.
The owners of Nukutere have asked if the WW readers can supply anymore details / history on their launch. We know that she was built by A. Sang & Sons, of Wellington in 1942 & she is 46’ in length & kauri planked.
Currently powered by twin 80hp Ford (Lees) diesels – installed in 1979 that push her along at between 9>10.5 knots. Home these days is Onahau Bay, Queen Charlotte Sound in the South Island.
She may have been used as a patrol boat in Wellington during the war.
WW understands she is 4sale – would be nice to see her head north & join the CYA cruising fleet 😉
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.
KIRI MOANA – A Zoom Zoomer
Woody, Rod Prosser has the bug, he owns several classic woodys, mostly for use on Lake Rotoiti (Nth Is).
Whilst chatting recently he mentioned his go-fast woody. Rod bought Kiri Moana a couple of years back and has been slowly doing her up. Rod was told it was originally a North Island Ski Club boat but he hasn’t found out any more on that front. Rod originally had a 350 Vortec Mercruiser in the garage for the project but he got a little carried away when he went to an open day at the Toy Shed in Rotorua. The Toy Shed guys specialize in building hot rods and long story short is he swapped the Vortec for an early 1960’s small block Chev 327 V8, next things he’s on eBay sourcing all the shiny bits from the US. Rod commented that she has a ‘mother thumpa cam & is kinda loud 🙂
The interior’s come up well after scraping the orange paint off and the boats now with Sam Dorotich at Superior Boats in Manurewa getting glassed and painted (bright yellow!!). Rod will bring her home and widen the cockpit then back to Sam for the deck.
I have asked Rod to send us photos as the project proceeds & will update this story when he does.
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?