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.
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
12-01-22 UPDATE – photo below of Te Arahi at anchor at the bottom end of Waiheke Island, xmas/ny 2022