A Woody Trip Up The Coast



Lady Crossley @ home in the BOI

A Woody Trip Up The Coast

Just before Christmas I buddied up with Jamie Hudson to take Jamie’s classic launch – Lady Crossley to her summer home in the Bay of Islands.
Jamie and I have a great track record when it comes to long hauls and the weather, so once again we enjoyed perfect conditions. We were in no hurry so the trip was broken into – Kawau Island > Urquhart Bay (Whangarei Head) > BOI.
Above is a gallery of photos from the trip – as always food was a major component of the trip 🙂
Enjoy the photos – didn’t see a lot of other woodys, but there appears to be a good representation on the replica f/glass Logan 33 launches in the Bay.
Photo below of Russell’s waterfront – have not been there for a long time – I’ll be back, soon, its a great spot.

Almost A Woody – Lucille

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Lucille was built in 2004, in Whangarei, by Eric Knight and sits in the ’spirit of tradition’ category, being a fibre-glass version of the Logan wooden 33’ launch – Coquette.
She is powered by a 40hp, 4 cyl Lombardini diesel.
Her owner Alan Good is one of the most fastidious boaties you could find and has tweaked and upgraded almost everything to make Lucille perfect for his use. Even the interior follows through with the Logan concept of tongue & groove ceilings and panelling. Alan has also replaced all her fittings with bronze to enhance her look.
A very practical launch that gets used a lot.
Hard stand photos ex Ken Ricketts, rest Alan H & owner.
You can read more on the original Logan 33 Coquette here.   https://waitematawoodys.com/2013/04/15/coquette/

Coquette 4 Sale

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The 1912 Logan designed & built launch has featured on WW before & has been for sale on trademe for a while. I have featured her again today because to quote the owner “he has run out of mojo” – and the woody is now on trademe with a starting bid of $1.00. Thats ONE DOLLAR. Someone will get a great boat with an amazing heritage for not a lot of money. She sports a 2009 45hp engine & is very well laid out.

To those that don’t know – the very popular fiberglass Logan 33 replicas were based on Coquette.  Agreta chance to own a real Logan.

You can see / read more here.   https://waitematawoodys.com/?s=Coquette&submit=Search

Home is Maungaturoto, Northland – so if you are heading up North for Easter – check her out


Kinloch Woodys





Kinloch Woodys
photos ex Scott Taylor

Scott was down at Kinloch, Lake Taupo, over Oueen’s Birthday weekend and snapped a few woodys. And another glass Logan 33 replica, seems there are as many of these launches on lakes as on the sea.
One looks like a Shipbuilders but we are unsure about the rest. Victory the big bridge-decker looks very salty for a lake boat so there must be some history out there on her previous life.

Photo below of the marina – it doesn’t get much better than that 😉

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11-06-2016 Input on Victory ex Paul Drake

VICTORY is very much a lake boat. She was built at Taupo by local boat builder and charter boat skipper Jack Taylor.  She was launched, I believe, in 1942 or 1943. It is said that no power tools were used during her construction. Kauri planks on jarrah ribs with totara  floors. She was built to replace ROMANCE (Bailey and Lowe 1914), who was sold by Jack in 1943. VICTORY became a very busy and popular charter boat. The Taylors sold her in 1982. Although it is said that Jack often wished he had never started building such a large launch (40 feet), assisted by his wife, – his two sons were away at the war – he must have enjoyed her immensely once finished. She was a big step up from the 26 foot 6 inch ROMANCE. VICTORY was perfect for the four or five day charters which were very common in the day. VICTORY is a Jack Taylor design, built from a model which Jack towed behind ROMANCE as he refined the shape. She is of shallow draft – a useful attribute on Taupo  (no tidal rise and fall) – as it allows access to beaches where the drill is to put the bow on the beach and disembark via a ladder (in VICTORY’s case a rather long ladder). She did spend a few years in Auckland (Pine Harbour) during the 1990’s, but for 90% of her 70 plus years she has been at Taupo. She is well looked after and nicely appointed internally.



Now I don’t know much about Feather, I took the above photos while mooching about Milford Marina one afternoon. I’m pretty sure she is a lengthened Logan 33 replica, the in/outboard is another hint that she is a hybrid, so that would mean she is most likely glass & not a woody – BUT there is one feature that helps get her on ww………. now if you know Milford Marina  you’ll know that it is very tidal & the average owner built set-up for getting down & up to your boat would make the front cover of the  Health & Safety Journal. Not so with Feather, hers is a thing of beauty & its wood 😉

Interested to learn more on Heather – she looks fast.

Update 11-07-2015

She is hauled out at Geoff Bagnell’s Milford yard – her bum looks very smooth 🙂

A non woody but a goody

CADEAU – Logan 33

Now its not often that you will see a fibre glass boat on WW (or a 4 sale listing) but this one is just such an outstanding example of the Logan 33 replicas & for sale at the best price I have seen in a long time, I had to post her. Plus there is enough kauri in her interior to almost appease a purest like myself 🙂

If you are looking for a low maintenance classic retro style boat, at $115,000, ono, this is a bargain.  


Construction: 2004,  Fibre glass, Kauri interior,. Length: 10.9 metres ( 35,7 feet) Year:build, 2004 Engine:, 40 HP Lomdardini.

Bait tank, depth sounder,fishfinder,GPS,  Satnav, Power steering,Radio,CD player, rod holders,VHF radio, extension rear cover.

Engine hours 630, recent service, full life service history, immaculate condition.

Beam: 2.50metres (8ft 2in) Draft: 0.5 metres(20in) Fuel capacity: 350 litres Water capacity: 350 litres.

This is a beautiful example in absolutely new condition throughout ready for the season, just been antifouled and prop speed, complete electrical and mechanical check throughout.

Features a crafted kauri trim interior with T&G deck heads, 4 berth, extended hull under platform ( water tight) and MK3 stabilizers, Ray marine electronics with A/pilot, fridge, 4b+oven, shower, holding tank, solar panel, inflatable, two new batteries, all windows resealed, new carpet, steadying sail, new mast spreader and rigging lines, 50metres of anchor chain,. In absolutely spotless condition.

Boat can be viewed at Half Moon bay marina on the hard stand, Phone   09-8366461 ( Home) 09-634 7697 ext 908 ( work )  mob 021 324 476



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Coquette, 1912 Logan designed . Coquette was used to take a mould off for the popular Logan 33 f/glass replicas e.g. Lucille, Lady Dorothy, Lynette.
The early shot ( with number 201) with dodger would have been taken c. 1926

Update from Robin Elliott 

Coquette was launched as Doreen in 1912, built by Arch Logan for his brother Robert, who named her Doreen after their sister.By 1915 (??) she was named Haku & renamed Coquette c1923.That b&w photo above was taken c1942 or so and carries her wartime number. 

Around 1945 Bill Couldrey (one of Arch Logan’s preferred boatbuilders) was asked to modernise the cabin and superstructure and this is what we see on her today. He got the curves and proportions just right. This revamped design of Bill Couldrey’s was also copied for the GRP Logan 33’s.

Photos of her as Doreen can be viewed in the book ‘The Logans – NZ’s Greatest Boat Building Family’ & as Coquette in the book’Vintage NZ Launches’. Both books by Harold Kidd & Robin Elliott & still available in good book stores.
Photo added as Coquettee c.1964, ex Ken Ricketts 15/10/2014
 17-03-2016 photos ex trademe

Lady Dorothy & Valerie


Lady Dorothy & Valerie

Two fine classics anchored off Milford Island in Whangaroa Harbour, Jan 2013. The one on the left is Robin Elliott’s Logan 33 replica. The other is the Lane designed launch Valerie, c1933. Valerie is kept at Whangaroa Marina and currently owned by John Briers and Jackie Te Hore of Cable Bay. Valerie was for many years owned by the Reynolds family, close friends of the Pickmeres, who owned her up until the late 1960’s. Apart from a short period in Auckland during the 1960’s she has spent almost all her life in Whangarei and the far North. It is believed Valerie was sometimes used by H. Pickmere when he was charting the far north. Info ex Robin Elliott.