Te Arahi

 

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TE ARAHI

ww only knows a little about Te Arahi but as they say in the architecture game, she has good bones – being a Percy Vos bridge decker. She was launched in 1965. Her owner Graeme Finch was at the CYA Patio Bay weekend & the photos above are from both mine & Chris Millers camera’s. Photos also ex Brian Worthington & Ken Ricketts.
Graeme’s  father built the speed-boat Mystic Miss, pictured below and was a life member of the Manukau Speedboat Club.

Keen to learn more about her past.

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Input from owner

Hi – we are the current proud owners of Te Arahi, and thoroughly enjoying the transition from fibreglass yacht to classic wooden bridgedecker. I am only the 5th owner of this vessel, the previous owners shown below.

Owner    Name    Position    
1    Roy V Gibbs    South Auckland timber merchant    1965 – 1968
2    Capt Williams    Harbour Master at Whangarei            1968 – 1974
3    Colin Armiger    Manager at Bendon                      1974 – 1999
4    Cpt John Martin    Airline captain with Air NZ.     1999 – 2015
5    Graeme Finch    University of Auckland                    2015 –

As mentioned boat is built from a kauri tree milled at Helensville in 1963, built by Percy Vos and launched in 1965 – it is powered by twin 120HP Ford diesels, and electrical system was upgraded by previous owner John.

I would be interested to learn when the flybridge and walk through transon were added, plus any other history.

Graeme & Maggie Finch

8 thoughts on “Te Arahi

  1. TE ARAHI belongs to Graeme Finch, a lecturer at Auck University, currently keeps her at Westhaven. I understand he has bought the apartment (& berth) immediately above ours at Gulf Harbour – – KEN R

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  2. I am quite sure that this vessel was designed by Ken McCormick the foreman at P Vos Ltd.
    Looking at her upper lines she looks like Judith Amie. There are not a set of lines for her in the Vos drawing collection, but there are a set of lines and working drawings for Judith Amie and I would say they are sister ships.

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  3. Hi – we are the current proud owners of Te Arahi, and thoroughly enjoying the transition from fibreglass yacht to classic wooden bridgedecker. I am only the 5th owner of this vessel, the previous owners shown below.

    Owner Name Position
    1 Roy V Gibbs South Auckland timber merchant 1965 – 1968
    2 Capt Williams Harbour Master at Whangarei 1968 – 1974
    3 Colin Armiger Manager at Bendon 1974 – 1999
    4 Cpt John Martin Airline captain with Air NZ. 1999 – 2015
    5 Graeme Finch University of Auckland 2015 –

    As mentioned boat is built from a kauri tree milled at Helensville in 1963, built by Percy Vos and launched in 1965 – it is powered by twin 120HP Ford diesels, and electrical system was upgraded by previous owner John.

    I would be interested to learn when the flybridge and walk through transon were added, plus any other history.

    Graeme & Maggie Finch

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  4. A lovely vessel built from one substantial kauri log [photo was on board] and owned for many years by Colin Armiger. Sold 3/99 by us to John Martin of Howick who kept her at Pine Harbour till last year. A very strong vessel with a great layout and internal access to the bridge, powered with twin 120 hp? Fords, so a good 9 knotter.

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