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Wairakei

The brown owl class is probably the most desirable of all traditional yachts 

BOAT NAME: Wairakei II

BOAT TYPE: Brown Owl Class Motor Sailer 

BOAT LENGTH: 52ft 

BOAT BEAM: 11ft  

BOAT DRAFT: 6ft 

BOAT DISPLACEMENT: 26.4Tons TM

BOAT CONSTRUCTION:  Carvel Pitch Pine on Oak

BOAT DESIGNER: John Bain  

BOAT BUILDER: Silvers of Rosneath

BOAT YEAR: 1932

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PRESERVATION 

Wairakei II after the war had several owners and was always well maintained. 

 

In 2012, after a change of ownership, she came to us for some maintenance and structural repairs.  Discussions soon started about re-designing her interior which was cramped for what is a rather large vessel. 

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NEW CUSTODIAN

Working alongside our interior designer a full refit of her forward end took place in the following winter 2013/14

 

From stripping out through to installation and conception see below for a detailed look at Wairakei's make over .

       

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MAKE OVER

2013  I   2014

Built-in 1932, she boasts a beautiful canoe stern, which was replaced by us back in 2013, and is somewhat skinny for her length at only 11ft beam this cuts a very streamlined figure when in the water. 

She has been maintained by us for several years, and back in 2014 had a complete refit to her forward end, which had become a mismatch of unusable awkward spaces. The forward section was ripped out and an open plan galley dining area was created with clean lines and useable for modern entertainment without losing her period charm.

Reinvented 

WAIRAKEI

2014   I    PRESENT DAY 

Dunkirk Little Ship Wairakei II designed by John Bain is a stunning example of classic yachts at their absolute finest. During the war, the Ministry of War Transport requisitioned her early on and she was commanded by a Lieut. Leyland. She had a machine gun mounted on her foredeck and rifle racks all around her decks, It is thought that she saved 150 soldiers. 

 

Today Wairakei can be found moored eloquently on the River Thames in London, a shining reminder of the beauty that vintage crafts offer.

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