I have a request from Barrie Abel (MV Matira) in regards to a 19’ Shipbuilders launch that he purchased in 1995 from a long forgotten address in Otahuhu, Auckland.
Zodie is built with double diagonal kauri construction and when purchase was powered by a single cylinder Yanmar 8hp diesel. Barrie replaced the Yanmar with a 2 cyl. Ford which Barrie commented “bounced her along at 5 knots.
Barrie paid $1,500 for the boat and sold her 1997 to someone on Auckland’s North Shore.
Barrie is keen to learn if 23 years later she is still afloat and if so where ?
Update – 2 more photos from Barries archives – the Yanmar installed as purchased.
And the Ford installed under new engine box.
Whilst anchored at the bottom end of Waiheke Island I spotted the 1946 Shipbuilders Supacraft built, Tim Windsor designed – Mahara, looking very smart. I have waited a while to get a good photo of her.
Read and see more on this bridgedecker at the WW links below
The 30’ Time Piece was built by Ship Builders, year unknown. She is kauri planked* and powered by a Ford 96hp, 6 cyl. mark 2 Trader 590 series diesel engine that sees her cruising at 7.5>8 knots. * a question – did Shipbuilders build any carvel planked boats?
Very nicely presented below decks – she has however gone the way of a lot of Ship Builders craft and now sports a second story………… I’ll sign off before Cameron P bites and points out that people can do what ever they like to their boat 🙂
Recently sold. Thanks Ian McDonald for the heads up.
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Helena was built by Shipbuilders c.1960. 28’ in length & kauri planked. The zoom zoom is via a 150hp Ford diesel giving a cruise speed of 7 knots.
Her trademe listing states that she is ‘priced to sell’ but at $35k she might hang around for a while + you have to wonder at people’s desire to actually sell a boat when you see how they present them in the photos.
Do we know any more about Helena?
Harold Kidd Input – In 1966 she was registered with APYMBA and owned by A.R. Martin of Palmerston North but kept at Auckland.
The above photo of the launch hauled out was sent in by Nathan Herbert from a (semi) recent trip to Thames. Any of the woodys able to ID her & supply more details?
A Cool Day Out @ Motuihe Island – Sunday Oct 8th
von Luckner Centenary Event – Sunday 8th October
On Sunday 8th October Motuihe Trust is commemorating 100 years since the daring escape of Count Felix von Luckner from the First World War internment camp on Motuihe Island. There will be guided walks and interpretive talks while you stand at the locations where the events happened. You will also have the opportunity to visit the regenerating native forest areas where more than 400,000 trees have been planted and many endangered birds, including little spotted kiwi, plus skinks and geckos and the iconic tuatara have been released and are thriving.
This is a free event but you need to register so we can plan the day.
Bring a picnic and there will be a sausage sizzle and ice creams for sale (bring cash) and tea/coffee for a donation. Wear comfortable walking shoes. You need “walking fitness’ and the walk is not suitable for small wheeled pushchairs.