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Todays featured launch is Tuatea, in the photos above we see her weighing in a fish at Russell in 1984. At the time she was skippered by Hilton Polkinghorne.
She was previously owned by Morrie Mitchell of Russell for many years.
Photo from Dean Wright’s collection. The stubbie shorts are a blast from the past 🙂

Do we know any details on her design / build & where she is today?

 

Susan-Rose


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The photos above show the charter game fishing boat, Susan-Rose back in 1984 when she was owned by Gavin Cross & operated out of Paihia.

Photo ex Dean Wright. Do we know anything about her & where she is today?

Exclusive Lady


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EXCLUSIVE LADY
The photos above from Dean Wright show the game boat Exclusive Lady fishing the Duke Contest in 1984. While the photos are a little ‘grainy’ from the scanning of 33 year old film negatives, the Lady still looks majestic. Thank you Dean for sharing 🙂

Question of the day woodys – what more do we know about her?

 

The Ultimate Woodys Friend

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Ever thought -what’s the name of that boat or who designed her, or who owns her? well if its wood, a classic & the owner is a member of the CYA – then finding the answer is easy – grab a copy of the NZ Classic Yacht Association Register for the ridiculously low price of $15 & you will have access to the ultimate classic woody must have. Fathers Day is fast approaching…….. drop a hint to the partner / kids / grand children 🙂
To grab a copy (or 2 – one for home & one for the boat) contact the CYA on this email link admin@classicyacht.org.nz

 

Willie-O


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Another photo from Dean Wright, taken in the late 1980’s at Russell in the Bay of Islands. This time its of the classic wooden game launch – Willie-O.

Who can enlighten us more on this beauty?

03-07-2017 Update & photos below from Michael Best (owner)
Willie Oliver built the Willie O in Tauranga approx 1974. He used her as a charter boat for a couple of years out of Tutukaka. Robin Cutfield from Tutukaka then used her for charter work for many years in the Bay of Islands.
Michael has owned the Willie O for approx 11 years. The enclosed fly Bridge was on her when I bought her (can’t blame him for that – Alan H) Willie O is approx 41 feet long, 13ft beam and 4ft draft. Power is from a 3208 Cat 210 hp. Hull is ship plank kauri with mahogany cabins sides.

 

Bay of Islands Game Fishing Fleet


Bay of Islands Game Fishing Fleet

Woody Dean Wright was given access to some of Snook Fullers super-8 film that showcased big game fishing in the Bay of Islands. Dean edited all the fish out and made the movie clip below of the wooden boats Snook captured. A very impressive collection of craft.
I assume all (most) of you are able to view youtube movies?– if you are not, drop me an email, I would hate to think a lot of you were missing out. waitematawoodys@gmail.com

I have 2 great Lady Doreen B.O.I. photos from Dean which I will post on Saturday & run a wee promo for the first person to name a passenger in the boat 😉 WW t-shirt for the winner.

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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Woodys in the North


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Meloa May 2015

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Woodys In the North
Another collection of photos ex Dean Wright of classic woodys cruising the the Bay of Islands. Shown is Ranui the NZ built ‘Chris Craft’ at Days Point. Summer Wine off Takou Bay heading North & one of Waipawa – anchored on the south side of Moturoa Island. Meola is also pictured in Frenchmans Bay, Moturua Island but this is back in May 2015.
Can anyone ID the last photo above, she is shown here heading toward Waewatorea in the BOI.

Wash Day on Linda
Woody Robin Elliott snapped the photos below of Linda heading into Opunga Cove over the New Year period. Given the array of laundry flying, it looks like another one of those memorable Brooke family cruises 🙂

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