Nohomoana (Rasputin)

NOHOMOANA (Rasputin)
photo & details ex Russell Ward

As Russell says – no prizes for guessing whose stable this woody came from, pretty obvious its a Sam Ford.

When Nohomoana was in the ownership of Capt. John Watson (c.1967) who was a great friend of Russell’s  father, they cruised together for many seasons in their launch Naiad. Prior to Noho, John had Wanderer the 30 foot old woody. Russell’s Dad had Ngakiwa at that stage.
Russell was told that Nohomoana means “She floats on the water”. Engine was a 6 cylinder Ford Lees Marine conversion.

Russell would like to know where she went and whether the name was changed. He has spoken to Bill Belton about whether his boat Moana was her.
Noho spent a lot of her time filtering the waters of Half Moon Bay through her planking and a lot if time was spent pumping the bilge.

Harold Kidd Update

This one has always puzzled me.
First, the maori name. “E noho ra” is a common way of saying goodbye, by a person leaving, to a person staying behind. The verb “noho” means “remaining”, “being in a place”, so I guess “nohomoana” could mean exactly what Russell says, “floating on the sea”, in a nicely poetical way.
As NOHOMOANA, she first pops up in 1952 owned by W.S. Wagstaff. In 1953/4 to 1962 at least she was owned by J.R. Butcher. Her engine was a Graymarine (unspecified). Again her build date is stated to be “1941” which is implausible.
J.R. Watson owned her in 1973. Webb & Taylor owned her in 1983 when they (allegedly) sold the rights to the name NOHOMOANA to Gary Barnett of VALHALLA and renamed her RASPUTIN.
As to her origins, there were a couple of Sam Ford standard express cruisers being built at the outbreak of war in 1939 which “disappear” and I think she’s one of those, LADY NGAIRE, for example, which he built for Shelley B. Atkinson and the boat being built alongside Atkinson’s launch as a replacement for Vern McGeady’s burnt out LADY PAT.
MOANA was on Lake Taupo in the 50’s. I don’t know how she fits into this conundrum but I’m sure she does.
Someone out there will have the answers.

30-07-2015 – photos of Rasputin at Westpark Marina ex John Wicks

8 thoughts on “Nohomoana (Rasputin)

  1. It looks then as if either NOHOMOANA or MOANA was LADY NGAIRE and the other the companion boat Sam Ford was building for Vern McGeady when war broke out.

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  2. I believe no. Moana obviously came from the same design but had some subtle differences even before the flybridge was fitted and I changed the double doors to sliding doors on the bridge deck. I don’t know the year of this boat but Moana was 1939. I believe a design well ahead of its years and my favourite boat that I have owned. Keith will make her even better.

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  3. Is this the “Moana” that’s here at Hobby marina; part of Keith Monro’s fleet?

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  4. This one has always puzzled me.
    First, the maori name. “E noho ra” is a common way of saying goodbye, by a person leaving, to a person staying behind. The verb “noho” means “remaining”, “being in a place”, so I guess “nohomoana” could mean exactly what Russell says, “floating on the sea”, in a nicely poetical way.
    As NOHOMOANA, she first pops up in 1952 owned by W.S. Wagstaff. In 1953/4 to 1962 at least she was owned by J.R. Butcher. Her engine was a Graymarine (unspecified). Again her build date is stated to be “1941” which is implausible.
    J.R. Watson owned her in 1973. Webb & Taylor owned her in 1983 when they (allegedly) sold the rights to the name NOHOMOANA to Gary Barnett of VALHALLA and renamed her RASPUTIN.
    As to her origins, there were a couple of Sam Ford standard express cruisers being built at the outbreak of war in 1939 which “disappear” and I think she’s one of those, LADY NGAIRE, for example, which he built for Shelley B. Atkinson and the boat being built alongside Atkinson’s launch as a replacement for Vern McGeady’s burnt out LADY PAT.
    MOANA was on Lake Taupo in the 50’s. I don’t know how she fits into this conundrum but I’m sure she does.
    Someone out there will have the answers.

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  5. Fantastic that she turned up at last, — I knew her well in the later 40s & 50s when she had varnished coamings, (a la MENAI etc.,) belonged to the Wagstaff family, who had a very pretty young lady aboard, — perhaps a daughter, (that I noticed just by chance of course), & was used regularly. — NOHOMOANA was a regular visitor at Kawau, & had her name in black capital letters about 2 inches high, at the top of the port side of the stern.
    Think she may have had a Ford V8 originally, & obviously later 30s Sam Ford as Alan says. — KEN R

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  6. I have just found a rather fuzzy fuzzy print of Moana and she has three scuttles fwd -she lacks the dummy port that in fact is aft of the raised foredeck. Also Moana seems to have two scuttles down aft and just somehow doesn’t have the same proportions. She has a frying bridge these days. Noho was a big 36′ athough John bought her as a 38′.

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