photo ex Jeff Norris
Jeff sent in the above photo of the Manuroa which is berthed next to him at  Westpark, thats now  called Hobsonville Marina. Jeff was wondering if any of the woodys knew any of her history. She looks like she may have been a work boat originally.
SomeoneManuroa was very economical when they cut the plywood sheets i.e. not a lot of wastage, I think I can see where the ‘bridge-decker’ cut outs were used 😉

So woodys can we help Jeff out?

5 thoughts on “Manuroa

  1. I can understand where you are coming from. And we don’t see it so much these days as those Vindexes are now the old boats but they were designed with good space inside from day dot so no need to alter drastically to bring to speed. Today’s equivalent seems to be getting an old one and coving everything and fitting frameless tinted windows and enclosed flybridges.


  2. Interesting question. My father was probably somewhat guilty of what you describe with the old 28′ family kauri launch. When I look back and think about his motives at the time – he had a boat that he knew backwards and probably had an emotional tie to. He also had friends with similar sized, slightly more modern boats with things such as headroom – I remember a 32′ Vindex was always described as a “gin palace”. He had experienced these sorts of benefits and the comfort they provided. The combination saw him make alterations to try and achieve a similar level of usable space. Retaining the look of the era the boat was constructed was quite a way further down the priority list.

    In addition there wasn’t as much value being placed on classic boats as there is today. They were “just” old launches that were affordable.

    Not trying to justify what he did but just trying to explain the possible thought processes at the time. That all said, there are some real doozies out there….


  3. Why are so many older boats rebuilt by people with no apparent eye for good design or appearance? A lot of effort is expended to achieve a result which would have been better never attempted. Sorry if this is not constructive criticism, but I believe that any boat should look right when the work is finished. This cabin is so horribly slab-sided, when a much more attractive appearance could have been achieved – a more decorative window design or even an imaginative paint job would have helped!
    Maybe diplomacy is not my strong point!


  4. This one makes at least 2 MANUROAS that I knows of, — the other being a rename of Gordon Mace’s DOREEN, by Len Swan, the second owner in the 1950s – she was one of the 3 sister ships built by Lane Motor Boat, — (WANDA II CONNIE V & DOREEN & MANUROA) – in the later 1940s. If it is the original name, this one would be the first MANUROA I would think, — but who knows…..??? — KEN R


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