Wakanui & Rakanoa

Wakanui  & Rakanoa – Two classics we don’t see a lot of

The older photos were taken by Gwenyth Herbert from aboard Kotanui. I understand that in the photos Wakanui was only a year old.

Can anyone supply more details on Wakanui?

Harold Kidd Input

According to Salthouses’ records WAKANUI was commissioned by S.G. “Nobby” Clark in 1967. According to Nobby she was finished and launched in early 1968.Bob Salthouse was responsible for her design.

10-01-2016 photo of Wakanui at Great Barrier Island ex Pam Cundy

Wakanui at GB Jan 2016

15 thoughts on “Wakanui & Rakanoa

  1. It is such a shame that WAKANUI’s superb original classic beauty has been lost. Still I suppose that’s “progress”?? — Thank you Pam for keeping us up to date on this wonderful classic Salthouse masterpiece of design & build. (edited a lot by AH)

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  2. Wakanui is great looking yeah. I grew up in the Far North, and after Grandpa Jack was gone and Kotanui sold, we would occasionaly pop by the other launches on their summer cruise north and say hello. Wakanui’s transom (since cut down same as Lysander’s) was about triple the freeboard of our Fi-Glass viscount! A huge boat for 46ft.

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  3. Please be cautious approaching Ross. He’s totally fed up with being pestered on the subject of RAKANOA (and misquoted freely).

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  4. I am pretty sure that Rakanoa had the wider wheelhouse, aft dodger and davits for the dinghies well into the 60’s. Ken. Ross would confirm when the modernisation to her present guise happened. Yep Wakanui -a good looker!

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  5. According to Salthouses’ records WAKANUI was commissioned by S.G. “Nobby” Clark in 1967. According to Nobby she was finished and launched in early 1968.Bob Salthouse was responsible for her design.

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  6. The newer photo is the Cashmore family,s HAUNUI. (deleted)
    WAKANUI is berthed at half moon bay. Looks completly different now with the addition of closed in hard top. Built by salthouse for Nobby Clarke. Originally fitted with a volvo diesel and replaced with a gardner. (Clever move !).

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