If you haven’t heard the name Titus Canby, you’ll likely know her pedigree.
Launched in 1971, this 27 foot yacht was the first keel boat design to be built by the young New Zealander Bruce Farr. Just 21 years old at the time, Farr’s career went on to encompass the design of approximately 80 world champion yachts in a body of work which spanned the following 50 years.
The Manukau Classic Yachts Charitable Trust has identified the Titus Canby as having historical significance and has now taken it on as a full restoration project.
Titus Canby is remembered and revered by much of the New Zealand sailing community as a notable fore-runner to keelboat design concept change both in New Zealand and on the global circuit.
Purchased in Wellington in an ‘as is’ condition and transported to Auckland in 2021, she was assessed as sound but in desperate need of a complete repaint and new sails, spars, rigging and deck gear to have her looking as near as practicable to her original launch day. A new engine and full re-wiring was also part of the restoration, with work commencing in March 2022 and now complete.
The Trust aims to have Titus Canby available for sail training purposes as well as on active public display in the longer term.