David Wagner, father of Simon Wagner, with Zest, c1996
The Demise of Zest
Like Treize and Cobber, Zest was a 'special' Z4-tonner with the full width coach roof variation of the Z4 design, as is clearly shown in the above photograph. Following a two year restoration the boat was launched, in 2011, on the river Medina at Newport and moored against the harbour wall. One rumour is that she was untied overnight by vandals, went over on the tide, and sank. However, the weather that night was foul and it's possible she was not secured sufficiently well to cope with a night of adverse weather. Zest was recovered, re-caulked and the keel removed for re-bedding and new bolts. At this stage she was offered for sale. However, in spite of being offered at a give away price no new owner could be found to complete her rescue. She was broken up over the summer of 2013.
In 2016, Simon Wagner, who was Zest's custodian between 1990 and 2004 tragically died, aged 52. His obituary was published in the Autumn 2016 issue of the HBA Journal, focussing on Simon's time with Zest.
Built : 1936 by Alfred Lockhart (Marine) Ltd, Brentford
Broken up : 2013
LOA : 21' 0"
LWL : 19' 0"
Beam : 7' 2"
Draught : 4' 0"
Displacement : 4 tons TM
Zest Custodians & Home Ports
Simon Wagner (1990-2004) Cowes, Isle of Wight, England
Barry & Mrs Joan Cutter (?-1980-1985-?) Cowes, Isle of Wight, England
Page last updated : February 2017