Mystery Launch + Competition

Mystery Launch + Competition (Posiedon > Bontia)

Yesterday I was contacted by Brian Peet regarding the above photo. I’ll let Brian tell the story-

“My late father’s cousin Graham Hamblin gave me a photo of a launch owned by another long departed family member, Percy Hewitt. We don’t have a name or any other details for the boat, but to my untrained eye, it looks under 30ft long, 1950s with possibly American influences. The bow looks most unusual and not a styling that got picked up by NZ designers to any extent. Percy lived at Bucklands Beach and apparently raced the launch a few times in the Auckland Anniversary Day Regatta”. 

INPUT EX KEN RICKETTS – well that was easier than expected, KR advised the boat was named Posiedon, later changed to Bonita – details here in her 2013 WW story

 So woodys has anyone ever seen this launch before? Might be hard to confirm the accuracy of suggestions, so how does this sound – the most believable / entertaining suggestion will get a WW t-shirt and Lake Rotoiti Classic & Wooden Boat calendar. Suggestions in the WW comments section please. Closes off midnight 21/01/23.




POSIEDON ( LATER RENAMED BONITA) — by original owner.

Built c.1950, aprox 28 ft, for Percy Hamblin, a chiropracter of Tawawera Tce St Heliers Bay — Next to W. Waters who owned & built GAY DAWN. Hamblin sold her c.1958
Powered by Osco converted Ford V8. with V drive, in stern. Builders name unknown.
Once again have not seen her for many years. Would appreciate any info.

Story & photo ex Ken Ricketts