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.....

Monday, December 9, 2013



Back on board for the summer holidays.
as you can see weather a bit inclement!
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Tuesday, November 26, 2013


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On the tow back from Auckland the other week we had some overheating issues in the exhaust trunking. I believe it was lack of ventilation.
So drilled and installed 4 copper vents under the mizen mast. I also vented the trunking in the loo up thru a large cowl vent on the cabin roof.
In addition I have been instructed to ensure the engine air inlet goes down to the bilges, so have installed a plywood duct in the engine room.
Time for testing....
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Monday, November 18, 2013



She paid a visit to Whangarei last weekend. It is great that a privately owne vessel can make a go of it carring crew, participating guets, and tourists and a bit of cargo!.
we went aboard for a snoop around..
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Wednesday, November 13, 2013



Found some 'Japara" ie linseed oil impregnated canvas cotton in a local disposal store for 10 bucks a meter. So we are sewing up 3 sail covers... 
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Saturday, November 9, 2013



Just got back from Auckland. A mate bought a 40ft concrete double-ended ketch down there. Did not trust the rig or motor so I towed it up to Whangarei. Took 70 hours round trip, 174nm and 186 liters of diesel at about 4knots.
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Tuesday, October 29, 2013



Hauled the boat for a week for antifouling and afew jobs.
There has been a slow leak that I wanted to find and sure enough the aft stopwater was weeping , so drilled it out and banged in a new dry heart Kauri one (35mm dia)
Also had the prop "Prospeeded " and new zinc down aft.
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Friday, October 25, 2013


Finally got all the galley boxes stained and installed. There was a bit of final fitting as I made them tightish to not rattle and the hull changes shape . . .
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Wednesday, October 16, 2013


Got sick of the plastic bins in the galley so have measured and made 11 tomber boxes with hand holds. Will stain and number them.....
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Friday, October 11, 2013



Some of you may remember her as the 112 year old LOGAN motorsailor that I helped bring up from Auckland.
You can see their famous method of constuction, 2 diagonal inner skins of 13mm and the outer fore and aft ,caulked planking of 30mm allon stringers and bulkheads- no ribs or frames.
Hauling Mason Bay monday fot antifoul and a few other jobs.
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Tuesday, October 1, 2013



Had the second launching of the dinghy and she is now lifted onto the cabin roof of Mason Bay.
Well ploeased, but it did take some hours!
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Saturday, September 28, 2013



Back on Mason Bay, we are recovering the saloon squabs and remaking the sleeping cabin ones. remember I only fitted temporary ones 2 years ago! This seriously strong fabric and should last for years.....
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Saturday, September 21, 2013



Primed, undercoated and now top coating. Same colours as Mason Bay. (plenty left!)
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Wednesday, September 18, 2013


Now we have the locations of the rower, the rowlock mounts are fitted in place and bored and inserts mounted. Note the primer is on internally, readt for undercoat.
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Thursday, September 12, 2013



Blogger did not upload fotos - so here they are...
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Dinghy launched in the Whangarei river.
Impressions are that she moves easily, not sensitive to fore and aft trim, and looks great to my eyes!
I have about 360 hours in her, so not a quick build. I once built a SURF in 26hrs painted. They are about the same lenght but this one is 60% larger volume.
Costs are hard to pin down as I had the cedar, glue powder and filler powder. There is 30lt of epoxy tho. and a couple of hundred bucks of cloth. Weight maybe 80kgs?
Now back in workshop for rowlocks and lifting eyes and painting and oiling....