photo ex David Glen
Over the Xmas / NY period David snapped this nice little low wooded motorboat tucked / wrapped up in the NW corner of Matiatia at Waiheke Island. She has a nice sheer, anyone know her history? see below
Now If She Needs A Motor?
Mike O’Dwyer sent in these photos of a wee 7hp Villiers air cooled, diesel, hand start, with integral fuel tank, engine. Mikes not sure of it’s date of manufacture but investigations have found it would be around the early 1960’s. It has manuals but these are un-dated.
The engine belongs to Mike’s father (who qualified as an A Grade mechanic back in the day), he fully reconditioned it in 1980 and it’s only clocked up about half an hour since.
Anyone able to date the engine & provide anymore info on them?
She would suit a small open launch…….. If anyone is interested they can contact Mike via ww and he will put them onto his father to discuss further.
25-01-2016 Update from Alan Good
The boat is named Matuku, this may not be its original name was she was renamed by her owner some years ago when she was moved to Te Matuku Bay, Waiheke Island.
Alan has advised that she is a Bailey & Lowe, c.1887, approx 30′ long, with a schooner bow. At some stage she has been re-powered with a Daedong diesel.
Amazingly she is still owned by same family, a descendant of the ‘Lowe’ in Bailey & Lowe.
16-02-2016 New photo ex Alan Good
The cleats may indicate that she may have been a yacht originally.