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TUI – 7 Ft. Pram Dinghy

  Build details:  
  Length Overall: 7Ft
  Beam: 43 inches
  Draft: 7 inches
  Class: Built to the New Zealand ‘’P’’ (Primer Class), designed by Mr M.H.A. Highet of Wellinton
  Construction: Solid wood hard chine heart kauri pine planks make up her hull. Her bulkheads, centreboard trunk and seat are made of mottled kauri. Her deck comings and cappings are made of koheke and the tiller is of laminated kauri and rata, all native woods of New Zealand. The laminated centreboard is made up of nine different woods as follows:- Rata, mangeo, kahiktea, kohekohe, matai, rimu, kaiwhaka and rewarewa. She has stainless steel fittings and laminated centre board
  Sail Area: 50 Sq. Feet
  Date Built: 1953
  Boat Yard: Specific yard is not known but it was in New Zealand by Mr David Marks.
  Identification Number: P.181.
Figs. 1 & 2 - Tui in Number 4 Boat House


Tui is a 7Ft. Pram dinghy built for Prince Charles when he was 5 years old and presented to HRH Queen Elizabeth II by the Aukland Harbour Board during her state visit to New Zealand in the 1953. Tui has a staid mast with gunter rig. The name ‘’Tui’’ comes from a small bird found in the dense Rata Kamahi rain forests on the western slopes of Mount Aspiring on south island of New Zealand. She was presented to the Trust by her previous owner, – The Scouting Association to whom she had been donated by HRH Prince Charles.

Tui carries an engraved  silver plate inscribed; ‘’Presented to his Royal Highness Prince Charles, Duke of Cornwall, by the Aukland Harbour Board, on the occasion of the arrival of He Majesty the Queen, and His Royal Highness the Duke of Edinburgh, in New Zealand on 23rd. December 1953.


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