HDML Kuparu - (P-3563)
International Call Sign: Zulu-Mike-Sierra-Zulu
HDML KUPARU was built in the USA as a Harbour Defense Motor Launch during WWII. 76 x 72 feet long, and built with Oregon, she was part of the RNZN (New Zealand Navy) until 1994, then was sold into private hands.
Unused for years, she ended sitting up on the hard, unloved and rotting.
Scott Perry spent 16 months rebuilding her after losing his wife to cancer at a young age of 42.
Scott relaunched her on the 19th December 2017, and is currently conducting sea trials, with combined holidays with his two daughters.
He posts regular updates, and photos on Facebook, under HDML Kuparu. There is still a lot more to do on her, but isn't there always....
Design or Class: W J Holt Admiralty World War II anti-submarine patrol craft
HMNZS Pegasus P3563
HMNZS Kuparu P3563
Q1348 WW2 number
Home Port: Auckland
Boat Type: HDML
Gross Displacement: 54-ton
Number of Engines: 2
Engine Model: Mark 6 two-stroke Fodens
Total Engine Horsepower: 180-hp (each)
Fuel Type: Diesel
Builder Name: Ackerman Boat Company
Location Built: Lido Island, California
Year Built: 1943
Hull or Design No.: Q1348
Owner Name: Scott Perry
Owner Country: New Zealand