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Slàinte is this beauty’s name – but it’s not her orig­i­nal name – nor her sec­ond, third or fourth.

She was pur­chased (new) in 1947 by a Mr Tripp who lived on Idaho’s Lake Coeur d’alene – and he chris­tened her The

Trip­per. In 1984 she was sold to a Mr Perkins who spent six months restor­ing the boat and re­named her Sally Ann. A few years later, Perkins sold her to Nor­man (‘Corky’) Meyer – and he, bless his soul, has pro­vided much of this his­tory.

At 72-years old – ex­actly the same age as Slàinte – Corky re­mem­bers the boat with great fond­ness.

“I re­named her An­gel Baby af­ter a 1960 rock & roll song by Rosie and the Orig­i­nals. David, my brother-in-law, was a cab­i­net maker and he kept her in pris­tine con­di­tion – in re­turn for us­ing her oc­ca­sion­ally. Sadly, he passed away in 1999.”

Corky sold the boat to a chap from Mon­tana in 2004, who in turn on-sold it to the most re­cent Amer­i­can owner. He de­liv­ered it to the Ha­gadone Ma­rine Cen­ter – on Lake Coeur d’alene’s Black­well Is­land – for a com­plete restora­tion. With un­paid debts, that never hap­pened.

And that was seem­ingly the end of the line for the grand old dame – un­til a bored Kiwi on a Raro­tonga hol­i­day be­gan surf­ing the net.

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