Mason Bay

The rebirth and conversion of a New Zealand fishing boat-and maybe her further adventures. Other boats and observations will happen from time to time.....

Friday, July 20, 2012


The US Navy wartime compass has been polished and is ready for tommorrows departure for Great Barrier Island. Weather not too flash so will wait at the entrance to the harbour for a clearance.
Bye for now........
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Wednesday, July 18, 2012


The co-pilot's seat and dashboard now completed with the installation of some shortpile carpet glued down.The space and pwer supply in front of the seat is for the 10in notebook/chartplotter.

All you lovely watchers please not that the Maiden voyage to Great Barrier Island is happening this weekend. I plan to be away for a couple of weeks , so these posts may be irregular,if at all. I will report when I am back here in Whangarei.
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Tuesday, July 17, 2012


Now fitted all four scupper boards. Only managed to keep one from before. Note that they slide up when in heavy weather and jamb on the wedge at the top. Guess we will leave them down mostly. They also work as 'Watson' stoppers! (our Scherpperke dog).
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Sunday, July 15, 2012


These are the 'toggles' I told you about yesterday. Would you pay over $10 for them??!!
Anyway I do have these three that I got for $3 something - staill a lot for a simple item.You can see why they are called Sabrina clips but you will need to be over 50 to remember her!  
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Saturday, July 14, 2012


Books in the bookshelves!
Got to figure out some catches for the small lockers.
Ordered some SABRINA clips but no way will I pay Over $10 for them!I will photo them so you can see what they are.Meantime maybe some wooden toggles may be the answer - can make those for next to nothing out of scrap. It is getting that way with a lot of stuff now!!!!
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Thursday, July 12, 2012


This is the digger and dumb barge that is busy dredging the Town Basin.We had to move out of our berth for a week, but back in it now.
I understand 3m min at low tide.
Taken down river a couple of k's and emptied into a shoreside concrete bin and then loaded out of that into a truck and driven across the road and emptied onto a reclamation to dry out and then spread around- what a palava!
Dont knbow how many tons but maybe 20 - 30 truck loads
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Wednesday, July 11, 2012



There we are ,the double bunk now usable. Still need to make a few wooden toggles for the locker hatches.
Tried it out one afternoon-it works!
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Sunday, July 8, 2012



Boathook all finished. Remember the socket on the anchor davit fall? the end of the boathook is shaped to fit into the socket to enable me to hook up the wire fall to the anchor shackle as it hangs from the spareman.Of course it is also a boathook!
I will replace the ugly cable clamps with a Talurit someday...
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Wednesday, July 4, 2012



We have some heavey anchor gear. I love having undisturbed nights sleep!
So we have a 40kg ROCHNA and 110m of 1/2in short link chain.
Another decision was to have the 'spare man' (remember him?) mounted strongly on deck and not on top of the bulwarks. This means that we cannot pull the anchor in thru the bullwarks - no matter, will use an anchor davit, which also means that on passage we can get the anchor inboard and on deck. This is the anchor davit and retreval hook. The other end of the boat hook has a shoulder on it that fits exactly into the ss tube. This will enable me to guide the hook into the shackle as it hangs from the spare man- got that?! 
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