Wainui

WAINUI

I took the above photos of Wainui at the weekend, moored off Bayswater Marina. Going by the posts on ww, Wainui was a popular name for a boat (maori = a small seabird). She looks well cared for & the hose (bilge) out the starboard porthole is a sign that her owner cares about her.

What do we know about this one?

Harold Kidd Input

She’s not one of the two other WAINUIs that have featured on WW but just could be the Arthur Forrester-built WAINUI which has been on the Kaipara all her life. Zach should know. There were several more WAINUIs too.

Input from Zach Matich

Jack Martin of Dargaville had her for years then sold to Westlake family and kept at Tinopai. Photos below

17-01-2023 Update ex Sebastian Stapleton – 

“I saw her on Trademe and purchased her from Bayswater Marina in Auckland about  4 years back. She was sailed down to Lyttelton…. a very long journey.

She spent about a year in the haul out yard at Naval Point and was stripped right back with the help of family and exterior painted and brought up a proud condition.

She is now moored in the estuary at Monks Bay in Redcliffs, Chrisrchurch. She is patiently awaiting the next wave of enthusiasm / time/ money for the next stage of restoring the interior. 🙂

In the meantime a lovely little boat to cruise around the estuary and surrounds, and most of all to enjoy looking at each time we drive past.”

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  1. Update;

    I saw her on Trademe and purchased her from Bayswater Marina in Auckland about 4 years back. She was sailed down to Lyttelton…. a very long journey!

    She spent about a year in the haul out yard at Naval Point and was stripped right back with the help of family and exterior painted and brought up a proud condition.

    She is now moored in the estuary at Monks Bay in Redcliffs, Chrisrchurch. She is patiently awaiting the next wave of enthusiasm/time/money for the next stage of restoring the interior. 🙂

    In the meantime a lovely little boat to cruise around the estuary and surrounds, and most of all to enjoy looking at each time we drive past.

    Not sure how to send yet, but I’ll see if I can get some updated pictures uploaded.

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  2. She is as is stated above, I purchased her from Dargaville and she was steamed to Helensville and lifted from the water and driven by truck to Te Atatu. The ribs needed doing as she was rotting and fastenings were loose. Too much for me so sold her off. This is the same vessel. Dave.

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  3. PS The Pollards’ WAINUI does look more like a Forrester hull than this one but the Forrester boat was on the Kaipara in 2000. It’s a real pickle of WAINUIs. There were at least three launches of that name in Auckland in 1929, one at Dunedin, one on the Christchurch Estuary, one fishing at Raglan (which I suspect is the Pollards’ boat), one on the Manukau, one owned by Caesar Roose at Mercer…..and probably more, not counting probable re-names.

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  4. She’s not one of the two other WAINUIs that have featured on WW but just could be the Arthur Forrester-built WAINUI which has been on the Kaipara all her life. Zach should know. There were several more WAINUIs too.

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