Eight knots will get you to Mayor Island in about two and a half hours.
Maybe not quick enough for everyone, of course, but for those who appreciate the virtues of a little dignified simplicity in the time they invest in their recreational pursuits it’ll do just fine.
That’s what boats like Beverlene – named after her original owner’s daughters - are all about. At her eight knot cruising speed she won’t get you to your favourite bay ahead of your marina neighbour’s wave-skimming diesel-guzzler but the relaxing sense of pushing gently through the seas rather than ricocheting relentlessly off the top of them as you make your way there might just offer compensation enough for that.
And her classic displacement lines will attract more than their fair share of admiring glances once you get there.
Beverlene was crafted in 1968 by renowned Auckland firm Owen Woolley Boatbuilders, with solid timber planked topsides using that prince of materials, New Zealand kauri.
She’s the type of boat that’s about as reassuringly uncomplicated as they come. The robust 140hp TS3 Commer diesel will push her along at that eight knots without breaking sweat. And will keep doing it all day. These engines are such workaholics they take personal offence when you ask them to shut down.
With 11.9m (39’) of LOA and 3.6m (11’9”) of beam to play with Beverlene’s accomodation is the sort of space you would be happy to spend time in, en-route or after you’ve dropped the pick.
She’s a practical boat too, with a roomy saloon, well-appointed aft galley, side opening door by the helm station and walk-through transoms.
Beverlene is currently on the market. To give yourself the chance to enjoy the kind of stress-free boating contentment she offers, contact Brian Worthington, Gulf Group Marine Brokers on 0274 472 393.