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.