PESCADOR – A Peek Down Below

PESCADOR – A Peek Down Below

The 33’ John Lidgard designed and 1968 built woody – Pescador, has appeared twice before on WW, links below to the stories – lots of details / history on her in the first link.

A Ford 120hp 6cyl. diesel gets her along at a comfortable 9 knots.

Now thanks to tme we get to have a peak down below.

Contessa + Next Woody Event Details


The launch Contessa is another launch that was owned by Peter David’s father and recently popped up on Peter’s fb. Designed and built by John Lidgard in the early 1960’s.

Can we shed some light on Carla and what became of her?


We need – your name, boat name & approx # on vessel – numbers will be limited so reply asap to avoid missing out 🙂



The launch Carla popped up recently on a fb post by Peter David. Peter commented at the time that she was designed by John Lidgard and Peter’s father. Built by John Lidgard.Only two were built – Carla in the early 1970’s using kauri planks and another with balsa sandwich / fibre-glass. Both boats were for Peters father.

Carla won the Atlantic 100 race on her first try in the following categories – biggest boat / slowest boat and first overall on handicap.

Can we shed some light on Carla and what became of her?

Pescador – In The Late 1980’s

PESCADOR – In The Late 1980’s

At the start of the month, we got a glimpse of the 1968 John Lidgard designed and built launch – Pescador. WW link below to that story. At the time I was contacted by Phil Vining with the promise of more details on the boat. True to his word, Phil contacted me yesterday – I’ll let Phil tell the story:

“The WW story about ‘Pascador’ – A Southern Woody certainly brought back some fond memories for our family. I have also noticed Pascador in the
Motueka Marina looking very smart and well looked after – she is a real credit to her current owner. The last time I visited the area I also took a photo of her to show my father who owned her back in the early 1980’s. I have good memories of taking my very young family out cruising on her in the Sounds at the time. Not long after dad sold her she went to Havelock and was lengthened by the next owner to create a bigger cockpit. At this time I owned Vining Shipbrokers Ltd and we had her listed, probably late 1980’s.
Early this week I visited the Vinings Office and owner Ian Michel has done a great job of keeping the records from back in my early days. He has digitized all the old typed up listings so good to find a listing for Pescador in the system. As you can see, she was a quality design & build by John Lidgard back in 1968 … the good thing is she looks in better shape now than back then.”