Manana (Raehutai)

MANANA (Raehutai)
photo & details ex Gavin Hargreaves

With today’s post we are looking to see if we can join the dots. Gavin sent me a photo of Manana, his Colin Wild launch.  Gavin has owned her for 7 years after purchasing her from Bill Webber of French Pass who owned her for 20 odd years running a fishing charter business. When purchased she was pretty run down with what appeared to be the original interior. Gavin spent many hours and money giving her the love she deserves. The only difference in looks now is she has a fly bridge and a cut in stern leading to a boarding platform apart from that she still looks as pretty as the day she was launched.

Now back in 2013 via Adrienne, Dave Jackson sent in the photo below of a launch that he thinks was Raehutai, that Bill Seager changed the name to Manana.
So the question of the day – are these the same boats? For easy of comparison I have dropped both photos into a slide show.

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Harold Kidd Input

Bill and Gerry Seagar got the design from Colin Wild, probably the last he ever did. They got her built at Chas. Bailey & Sons because, effectively, they owned that company at the time. Harry Pope was the foreman on the job.
The two brothers were notorious for their barneys with each other. Bill wanted her called REHUTAI after the two steam launches the family had built in the 1910s but Gerry wanted her called MANANA. She was launched as MANANA.
Photo below of her in Seagar ownership.

6 thoughts on “Manana (Raehutai)

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  2. Hi My Father Tom Broadbent owned this boat for a few years Kept it at Te puna inlet then Shifted her on to the first permanent swing mooring at apple tree bay / Doves bay . In the Bay Of Island , He purchased it from Bob & Ruth Harnish of Auckland . Then he sold it to Leon Brown whose son ran it as a charter boat out of Russell , Then it went to the Webber family down at the French Pass , I did manage to go on board her when she was down there , Which brought back many happy thoughts of the great family times we all had aboard her . Wonderful to see her again ! Well done on keeping her up to the mark . Enjoy her she will out live us all !! Jim Broadbent Kerikeri 021928594

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  3. I have got my head around it after all. Bill and Gerry Seagar got the design from Colin Wild, probably the last he ever did. They got her built at Chas. Bailey & Sons because, effectively, they owned that company at the time. Harry Pope was the foreman on the job.
    The two brothers were notorious for their barneys with each other. Bill wanted her called REHUTAI after the two steam launches the family had built in the 1910s but Gerry wanted her called MANANA. She was launched as MANANA.
    I’ll post some pics of her in Seagar ownership tonight.

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  4. I can’t get my head around this stuff.
    1. If MANANA/REHUTAI was built by Colin Wild, when did that happen?
    2. Why would a Seagar change a REHUTAI to a MANANA when REHUTAI is a trademark Seagar launch name?

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