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.....

Saturday, July 27, 2013


As you all may remember we lost our schipperke WATSON last summer to liver cancer at 12 years old.
By watching the internet we now have 12 week old MISSY. She is crossed with a Bichon, but thrown mostly the schipperke way.
A real character, I can tell you!She has been down on Mason Bay several times, ans spurts around the deck.
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Monday, July 22, 2013


Have decided to foam fill the awkward spaces each side of the stem, and will glass over all the ply endgrain.Looks a mess, but will clean uo ok. 
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Wednesday, July 17, 2013



Now up on her side so I can fill, sand and glass the  starboard interior. First fill done and sanded.Run out of resin and its $100 cheaper in Auckland. I am due down there to pick up the Admiral on her return from UK. Will upload another 20l kit. 
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Wednesday, July 10, 2013



Big day - the turnover!
Good to have friends to help.
Cleaned out the workshop, lifted her off,demolished the molds, and put her back in the right way up.Coffee after.

I like it when right way up I must say. The 'hard' bilges not so prominent.
Now have the inside grind out and glass before the fitout. 
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Sunday, July 7, 2013



Last whalestrakes on and copper  epoxy ,4 coats on. Getting ready for turn-over!
Still have to sand the strakes and glue beading on.
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Wednesday, July 3, 2013



While checking up on what is hauled at a local boatyard came across Waipawa. Ex fihing boat, more or less converted, (unfortunately with forward-sloping wheelhouse windows!) For sale at $180knz hase 6L3 Gardner with 3:1 red. About same age as Mason Bay Single skin Kauri, by Percy Voss
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While clamping on the 3 whalestrakes each side I also rolled 3 coats of my copper/epoxy mix that I have used on other dinghies. It goes green eventually and looks kind of 'vintage' and never needs painting!
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