Ranoni

RANONI

colour photo ex Dean Wright
b/w photo ex Andrew Pollard (opening day of the 1948 Whangarei Deep Sea Anglers Club)
details ex Harold Kidd

Ranoni hails from the Far North so I personally know little about her but Harold Kidd told me she was built by Charlie Gouk at Beaumont Street in the winter of 1911 for the Rushbrook brothers. In 1948 she was owned by O. Mann.

Anyone able to spread some more light on her?

Harold Kidd Update

RANONI was built by Charlie Gouk in August 1911 for the Rushbrook brothers of Onehunga for use on the Waitemata and cruising our east coast.There have been erroneous reports that she was built by Harvey & Lang who were next door to Gouk in Beaumont St. Her first engine was a 20hp Herald. She was 35’x35’x8’6″x2’6″.
The Rushbrooks cruised with her very extensively, up North and to the Bay of Plenty. She became well known in Whangarei and was eventually bought by J. Main of Whangarei in early April 1920. He replaced her engine with a 25-30hp Buffalo in 1924.
In 1941 was taken into NAPS with the number Z38. Her owner was then Alex Matthews and skipper Vere Harrison. She spent most of 1942-4 stationed at Great Barrier.
Postwar she remained in Whangarei. In 1948 she was owned by O. Mann and her callsign was ZLAY 7.

PS During NAPS service she seems to have had a Ford V8.

15/11/2014 – Update on RANONI ex Ken Ricketts

Ranoni was  bought Aug/Sept 2014 by Graham Rigden of Opua, subsequent to her being damaged on her moorings at Opua by another vessel which had dragged or broken its moorings.

She was substantially damaged at the rear end side & stern areas & was taking water. She was regarded as a write off (insurance company?)

Graham a boatbuilder, who works at Opua & you can see in the photos Ken took she is already well on the road to recovery.
She is powered by a 4 cyl Ford Sabre Diesel.

Graham has provided a substantial dossier on her history (click blue link below to read)

RANONi- HISTORY AS AT 3.10.14

7 thoughts on “Ranoni

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  2. In about 1949 Ranoni was purchased from Ozzie Mann by my father, Arthur Byles, a farmer of Oakleigh’ where he built a boat shed for her. He was a keen game-fisherman and kept Ranoni for about 5 years when he had “Irene” built by Orams and Davies in WhangareI. He sold Ranoni to Theo Snell of Waiotira who had previously had many trips out fishing with my father. I remember seeing three striped marlin hanging under the Oakleigh bridge (then one-way) just before the Oakleigh Service Station, 9 miles south of Whangarei on SH1, after a very successful trip to the Hen and Chicks

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  3. I saw RANONI about a month ago in the harstand at Opua & spoke to the new owner Graham ?? a professional boatbulder who works at Opua.Hehad bought her about a month before I saw her He is giving her some very professional TLC & hope to have her back in the water shortly KEN RICKETTS

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  4. Just saw Ranoni on the hard in Opua. She had a set to with a drifting boat during the last big blow. She has some nasty looking scrapes and chafing on her port side, broken windows in the rear cabin and cockpit and quite a bit of mashing on the rubbing strake and duckboard.

    All fixable but there’s quite a lot of work to be done.

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  5. She is still in the north. We regularly see her in and around the many Bay of Islands anchorages.

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  6. RANONI was built by Charlie Gouk in August 1911 for the Rushbrook brothers of Onehunga for use on the Waitemata and cruising our east coast.There have been erroneous reports that she was built by Harvey & Lang who were next door to Gouk in Beaumont St. Her first engine was a 20hp Herald. She was 35’x35’x8’6″x2’6″.
    The Rushbrooks cruised with her very extensively, up North and to the Bay of Plenty. She became well known in Whangarei and was eventually bought by J. Main of Whangarei in early April 1920. He replaced her engine with a 25-30hp Buffalo in 1924.
    In 1941 was taken into NAPS with the number Z38. Her owner was then Alex Matthews and skipper Vere Harrison. She spent most of 1942-4 stationed at Great Barrier.
    Postwar she remained in Whangarei. In 1948 she was owned by O. Mann and her callsign was ZLAY 7.

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