Below is a tale by Phil Parks that I’m sure a lot of us can relate to, sounds very familiar. AH
I have been a lover all things to do with the ocean and boats since being pushed off Howick Beach as a 5 year old in my first P class.
As my life has evolved boats have always figured but my love of surfing was foremost until recently.
Living on the west coast is not that conducive to owning boats although I do have a purpose built tinny to go fishing out here when the swell is small enough.
About 15 years ago I bought a place at Ti Point near Leigh and have had a nice fizz boat up there. This has rekindled my love of boating and as age is now making surfing harder all the time I am spending more time boating.
I have dreamed about owning a classic launch for years and always troll the for sale columns looking at everything for sale. Funny how that gives you a good sense of values of various vessels.
The only thing that has stopped me “going for it” has been the lack of some where to keep a launch.
I had applied for a mooring 12 years ago with the Rodney council but it soon became apparent the whole process was an absolute wrought as I never proceeded to get any where near the top the list although new boats seemed to be appearing all the time.
I had always called the mooring administrators annually to whine about the process and to keep my name on the books.
When I did that in 2011 I was now dealing with the new Auckland Council and I was flabbergasted when a very helpful lady heard my cause and replied “well there are a couple of sites available do you want one?”
Did I what!!!! I paid the money and secured a mooring site that could be viewed from my bach lounge. Fan bloody tastic! Now every time I looked at boats a wave of excitement came over me!
Xmas 2011 and looking at trade me I spied a nice looking old launch that seemed to be at a good price. Problem it was at Hohorua. Made a few calls to the owner but never got around to getting up there to have a look.
I could not get her out of my mind and when another boat that was at Kohukohu came on the market I thought I would do a road trip. Arranged to look at 8 boats, jumped in the car and took off.
There were only 2 boats that interested me mainly because I was fussy about the “look”. It just had to look right. Most did not.
Anyway one thing led to another, time passed but I eventually became the owner of the 28′ Wainui.
It was the originally boat that I saw on trade me 5 months before and was smitten with. As it was a deceased estate and the family were finding it a real hassel to keep I ended up getting her for a very good price and the whole deal had a good feeling to it. Very co-operative vendors.
It now meant there was pressure on to get the mooring established and that is another whole story in itself.
My best friend and I sailed her down from Hohorua to Ti Point and that was a fantastic trip and again another good story.
She now sits in Ti Point Harbour with a few other classics. I will soon move her up to the bach for a full restoration.
Probably have to sell the fizzer to afford it but worth it.
Its all about the journey………….Phil Parks
27-02-2017 Photo below by (ex Colin Brown) of Wainui at a Mangawhai property. Most likely the bach mentioned in the story above.