MATIRA – re-powered

The 1956, 46′ Collings & Bell launch Matira has featured on ww previously & extensive details on her can be viewed here

Matira is a very pretty boat, again one of those designs that look good from any angle & look fast even when anchored. She was for sale on trademe for a long time & I was aware of several people who ‘looked’ at her but were put off by a few things that just were not right. Primary concern was the engines which if I recall correctly were mismatched in hp.
I’m very pleased to advise that she has a new owner, Guy Warman, & work has began on bringing Matira back to the condition that a vessel of her size & provenance desires.
In the last month she has been hauled out at Okahu Bay & the team from Moon Engines have removed the old Ford D series engines & installed twin 110hp Yanmar’s.
On her recent sea-trial Matira comfortably cruised at 9.5 knots with a top speed of 13 knots. I’m told that the reduction in noise & space was worth the expense alone 🙂

Guy is interested in any more history that can be uncovered on Matira’s past so if any woodys can help out , please do.

Matira has joined the CYA launch fleet so we look forward to seeing her attending a few events. She will be in good company with Rod Marler’s Arohanui, due to slide out of Greg Lees Sandspit boat shed this weekend after an extensive renovation.

4 thoughts on “Matira

  1. It’s great to see Matira has been restored so nicely. My father the late Bill Skelton owned her for a number of years in the 80’s and operated her as a charter boat out of Westpark marina with one memorable charter being for the rock band ZZ Top when they were on tour in ’87.

    At that stage she was in excellent condition having recently been fully restored in Whangarei with varnished topsides and plenty of brightwork. I understand Matira had previously operated as a game boat out of Tutukaka for many years.


  2. She will always be one of the most beautiful & timeless classics on our harbour in my view, & a wonderful tribute to, & example of, the work of Collings & Bell. — Like Peter, I have also admired her all my life, since she was built, & it’s good to see she is being loved, & is still, apart from the very desirable engine upgrade, virtually original, as far as I can see.– Fabulous!!
    Beauty is a thing for ever. — KEN R


  3. She is lovely, I looked over her maybe 15 years ago at Westpark, incidentally the same day I first met Lady Margaret. Yes the space taken up by the engines was an issue back then but she was still a stunner.


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