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.....

Tuesday, May 28, 2013


The midship mould now done. Will work my way thru all 12 before erection and fairing.Using off 'triboard' as no grain and really stable.
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Monday, May 27, 2013


Laminated up the stem as per the plans with 2 layers of 18mm ply, glued futtock-like.Now cleaned up. It will be further shaped when fairing-off. Using GorillaGrip 2hr polyurethane.  
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Sunday, May 26, 2013


Went back to Mason Bay's old boatshed, now belongs to Marcus, and retrieved and sawed up some of my old 50 by 50 red cedar for the strpping up of the new dinghy. Marcus also lent me his building jig and now have it all back in my workshop (garage) below.The strips are 10mm finished and I guess some will have to be ripped again to get round the tight bilges.
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Thursday, May 23, 2013


Now installed on Mason Bay the little sideboard - fits fine. The stereo is at the top, then glasses rack above a shelf that will have cell phones etc. The 3 shelves below are for CD's with the booze locker (5 bottles) below. There are also 2 drawers behind the blank panel, opening athwartships for cutlery.
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Sunday, May 19, 2013



Getting ready to build the new dinghy for Mason Bay. Spent the summer going from one design to the next.
Decided on Bolger's Recreational Rowboat.It wont be fast as he says.but steady. A bit more stability will not go amiss.
planning on rowing as long as possible for excercise you understand.
Have bought an electric outboard.
I have enough red cedar to strip it up and will glass inside and out.
The last pic is full size to make the moulds.
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Friday, May 17, 2013


Saw this well proportioned motor sailer at this years Mahurangi Classic Regatta. She anchored over the other side but was gone in the morning when I looked. Do not know her name.

Saturday, May 11, 2013


 Got this foto an hour ago of Hilton's model at 1:10 of the 10m, low powered,ocean-going motor boat.I will talk to him at our next Buscuit-eaters meeting.
Sugest: 2 ports to engine room,sheer to cabintop and eyebrow forward ,and the boot top to follow the chine (which will give it some sheer)
Have I mentioned that this is going to be a motorised model, and be ballasted.
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Friday, May 10, 2013


The first project for Mason Bay this winter is a sideboard, at least thats what I call it.It is standing up the right way and will be in the deck saloon facing aft on the back of the exhaust trunking.
The stereo will fit in the top, where the fastening brackets can be seen.Next down is a glasses rack for 10.
Then an open shelf for stuff-cellfones which will be charged with a small inverter that will fit in the open hole below.
The twi blank panels have cutlery drawers that open in the left hand end. As they are athwartships they have a locking system.Three CD shelves below and a grog cupboard below at the bottom.The whole piece is 200mm or 8in deep.Timber is NZ Kauri

Thursday, May 9, 2013


We are having fun on FB with old images. 
This one courtesy Gary Baigent.
Triumph Trophy high Dunstell pipes

Monday, May 6, 2013


Came across this old foto of our old boat 'AVA' moored in the Matakana River. Looking a bit sad forwear. Soon after this Peter bought her, renamed her to 'NOW' and she is now moored in the Viaduct, Auckland city.
Hard chine, plywood,750mm draft,15 tons,20hp jp2 Lister swinging a 26in by 19in 3bl prop. The motor and gearbox weigh over a ton and revs to1000.
Built to the BOOTSTRAP design.12m by 3.8m
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Saturday, May 4, 2013


On a recent trip down to Queenstown ,in the South Island, it was great to see this steamer on Lake Whakatipu.
It is running tourists instead of freight as it used to. But at least its running!
I have a house to design in Wanaka, nearby.
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Wednesday, May 1, 2013


A 13;6" mullet Boat double diagonal kauri. Owned by Doudney and others In the 60,s
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