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.....

Sunday, April 27, 2014


Going through my old photos, sorting , and here are a couple.
Sailing under full rig and launching day in Malaita Solomon ISlands (I am second from the right for those that dont know me!) year 1982

Saturday, April 26, 2014


This wooden ferry is now in private hands, and for sale. But I remember her going back and forth between Russell and Paihia ( a couple of nautical miles) since before I first arrived in Russell in 1973 7 days a week and 12 return trips a day. Powered by a Gardner which was reconditioned once in 1977.I certainly would not use her for coastal cruising as her bilges are very 'hard' the hull only draws a couple of feet.The motion would be violent to say the least. A over 50 wooden boat retired to domestic servitude.
Here she is passing us on the way out of Whangarei harbour last December.

Monday, April 21, 2014


Met up with Len on his Schooner 'MARY HARRIGAN" in Whangaroa .
A L.F.Herreshoff JOANNE design built USA. now resident here.

Saturday, April 19, 2014


The new dinghy built last winter, remember?, prooved to be a big success. The electric outboard is great  giving 4 knots max or about twice rowing speed. The 100 ah battery gives about an hour at full throttle.
The big drawback with the dinghy is its weight combined with the flat floor makes it hard to pull up yhe beach. Thinking of a set of portable wheels for the skeg. Bolger was right - its easy to row at moderate speed but hard to match a real rowing skiff. Lost one hatch cover in a blow at Kauwau Is.

Monday, April 14, 2014

Great Barrier Island

This Island which is the forth largest here in NZ is located 45 miles or so east of Northland.
We spent a bit of time out here in two goes. Pop is about 800 and we know some friends here.
The contrast between 'A' and the sail training ship 'Spirit of NZ' shot here in Port Fitzroy is startling.