Refurbish HDML Paea P3552

$580 of $35,000 goal
Given by 8 generous donors in around 6 months

Refurbish, repaint, antifoul HDML Paea - a 72 foot ex Royal New Zealand Navy harbour defence motor launch from 1946.


Refurbish, repaint and antifoul HDML Paea, an ex-NZ Navy Patrol boat from 1946 - the only one of 16 left in New Zealand (and one of two world wide) still in good working order, and original configuration. We need to put the boat on a hardstand to paint and antifoul, along with painting all the topsides while she sits on her berth.

Heather Nicholson's involvement (page creator)

We purchased HDML Paea in 2008 from Picton and have lovingly been working on her since. The boat was on the hard stand in 2012 and we replaced 60 metres of planking, and replaced one belting replaced the generator and painted and antifouled. We consider ourselves Paea's current custodian as she is an important part of NZ Navy and maritime history. She is going to be included in the NZ Navy's 75th celebration this year.

21 JANUARY 2016... we have started sanding the wheelhouse - Keith has found a bit of rot which he is dealing with.. the weather hasn't been very helpful for a few days but better weather is coming and we will be back sanding again.

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The work so far......  26 May 2016

Work is progressing well... there was a bit of rot found in the wheelhouse which has all been replaced. New window surrounds have also been replaced and the wheelhouse completely sealed and repainted. The weather has turned a bit wintery so items like ventilators, light board, handrails have been bought home to be sanded and repainted. Our Paea is starting to look amazing.....

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Guest Donor
Guest Donor on 07 Apr 2016
would love to give more but am pleased to give this little bit to help keep the old girl going
Heather Nicholson

Thanks so much for your support of our refurb of our HDML Paea.

Heather Nicholson
Matho on 06 Apr 2016
Heather Nicholson

Thank you so much for supporting us and our care of Paea.

Heather Nicholson
Guest Donor
Guest Donor on 29 Feb 2016
Heather Nicholson

Thanks so very very much for your support of our Paea. Its really appreciated.

Heather Nicholson
Lyall on 15 Jan 2016
Heather Nicholson

Thank you so much. Its very much appreciated. Regards Keith & Heather.

Heather Nicholson
Guest Donor
Guest Donor on 07 Jan 2016
Heather Nicholson

Thanks so much for your continued support of our Paea. Really appreciate it.

Heather Nicholson

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