Royal Saxon – Revisited

ROYAL SAXON
photos ex Mark Javis

After the amazing response to yesterdays post on Arohanui, which set an all time ww record for the most views in a single hour (1,707) it was always going to be a challenge to back it up. So when I received out of the blue a selection of photos of one of my favourite boats – Royal Saxon, from Motueka resident Mark Javis the challenge was solved.
Mark lives near a little old-world estuary where boats were once built and scows traded at the remaining wharf. A small number of woodys are still berthed there, one being Royal Saxon.

Royal Saxon was built by Colin Wild for Whangarei surveyor Harold Frederick Saxon Charlesworth and launched in October 1930. She is 33ft loa, 9ft 6in beam and draws just under 4ft. Lots more details & photos + a few good yarns found on the ww link below.
https://waitematawoodys.com/2013/07/07/royal-saxon/

She is a very pretty boat & was once owned by Rick McCay who owns Luana, Rick is a man with a very good eye for beautiful things 😉

waitematawoody t-shirts – remember to get your order in – limited print run, full details here https://waitematawoodys.com/2015/11/22/waitematawoodys-t-shirts/

Old Logo ww shirt

Royal Saxon

ROYAL SAXON
photos ex Mark Javis

After the amazing response to yesterdays post on Arohanui, which set an all time ww record for the most views in a single hour (1,707) it was always going to be a challenge to back it up. So when I received out of the blue a selection of photos of one of my favourite boats – Royal Saxon, from Motueka resident Mark Javis the challenge was solved.
Mark lives near a little old-world estuary where boats were once built and scows traded at the remaining wharf. A small number of woodys are still berthed there, one being Royal Saxon.

Royal Saxon was built by Colin Wild for Whangarei surveyor Harold Frederick Saxon Charlesworth and launched in October 1930. She is 33ft loa, 9ft 6in beam and draws just under 4ft. Lots more details & photos + a few good yarns found on the ww link below.
https://waitematawoodys.com/2013/07/07/royal-saxon/

She is a very pretty boat & was once owned by Rick McCay who owns Luana, Rick is a man with a very good eye for beautiful things 😉

waitematawoody t-shirts – remember to get your order in – limited print run, full details here https://waitematawoodys.com/2015/11/22/waitematawoodys-t-shirts/

Old Logo ww shirt

Tarepo

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TAREPO
story & photos ex Simon Manning
Above are 3 old launching photos of Tarepo (might have been Tarepa originally – there was some sort of issue with the signwriting) which was built near Motueka around 1933.
Looks very racey & would have been quite an sight in her day.
Currently owned by my step mother, was refurbished by my father. 2 current photos also featured, she is a lovely ship and the current owners cruised extensively around the outer Marlborough Sounds over the past few years and I think got as far as Kaiteriteri – perhaps also Golden Bay. She is a great cruiser, well appointed and suits a couple well.
Tarepo is berth at Waikawa Marina near Picton and is now for sale as sadly my father Geoff passed away last year.
The story below is reproduced in tact as supplied by Ken Leppein
  
“A MOTUEKA “BOATIE”,  DENNIS BISLEY, TRACKED DOWN THESE PHOTOS FROM A GUY NAMED TERRY BRADLEY WHOSE FATHER HAD BEEN INVOLVED IN THE BUILDING OF  “TAREPA”
 
SHE WAS BUILT IN A SHED BEHIND STILWELLS HOUSE IN LODDER LANE,  RIWAKA,  &  THE DATE ON THE BACK  OF ONE OF THE PHOTOS OF HER LAUNCHING DAY IS  “1933”
THE HOUSE SHOWN IN FOUR OF THE PHOTOS IS STILL IN LODDER LANE.
 
TAREPA WAS PLANKED WITH FULL LENGTH PLANKS CUT FROM A 40FT LOG MILLED AT STILWELLS MILL IN MOTUEKA
 
THE ORIGINAL ENGINE WAS THOUGHT TO BE A LISTER WITH  AN OPEN FLYWHEEL AT FRONT OF ENGINE,AND REQUIRING A SPECIAL TECHNIQUE TO START.
 
APPARENTLY TAREPA BROKE FREE FROM HER ANCHOR OR MOORING AT STILWELLS BAY IN ASTROLAB  DURING A STORM AND WAS EVENTUALLY FOUND WASHED UP ON THE FRONT BEACH AT RABBIT ISLAND.  THE STORY GOES THAT SHE SUFFERED NIL ILL EFFECTS AND WAS FLOATED OFF ON THE NEXT TIDE AND WAS STEAMED BACK HOME,  UNDAMAGED!
 
SEE THE PHOTO OF  “TAREPA” BEING DRAGGED REARWARDS INTO THE CREEK TO SIT AND AWAIT THE TIDE.  THIS CREEK IS UPSTREAM FROM THE RIWAKA WHARF, AND THE POST STICKING OUT OF THE MUD IN THE FOREGROUND AND NEAR “TAREPA”S BOW, IS STILL THERE TODAY   (2012)
 
WHILST SHE WAS OWNED BY STILWELLS AND HER NEXT OWNER, WALLY POLDEN, “TAREPA” S  HOME WAS RIWAKA. AT SOME STAGE IT IS BELIEVED SHE WAS BASED AT PARAMATA.”
 
 Ken Leppein