Nana – Rescued & Restored

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NANA -Rescued & Resored
Over the weekend while at the Mahurangi Regatta, I spied Nana sliding by on numerous occasions, which made me smile – it is always good to see a woody that has been rescued from the chainsaw / backhoe.
Firstly a history lesson – Nana was designed by C. Bailey Jun. &  built by C. Bailey & Sons for Mr F Alison of Matiatia, Waiheke Island in1934 & launched in late November / December. She is 35′ with a 8′ beam & a 3′ draft. A day cruiser, all her controls were in the raised top amidships. When launched she was fitted with a 100hp Redwing engine & expected to reach a rather speedy 17 knots. You can view a photo of her taken during her early December, 1934 sea trails at this link https://waitematawoodys.com/2014/07/05/nana-2/
Alison had her built for trips to town (Auckland City) & for taking friends out to the fishing grounds in the gulf.

Back in 2014 Nana was hit, whilst moored, in a storm. She suffered reasonably extensive structural damage around the deck line, stern and aft cabin top & was leaking badly, resulting in a flooded > seized Ford diesel 125hp engine, refer hauled out photo below. She was bought off the insurers as a wreck.

Enter the very talented, woody restorer John Wright who has worked his magic on her. The above marina photos were taken by John Wicks while Nana was recently at West Harbour (Hobsonville) marina. The under way photos are from your truly at the Mahurangi 2017 Regatta weekend. Would like to see some photos of the restoration process – John ??

YESTERDAYS WOODY WEEKEND STORY ON WW BROKE ALL THE RECORDS IN TERMS OF VIEWING NUMBERS & VISITORS TO THE SITE.
THE STORY WAS VIEWED OVER 16,000 TIMES IN THE FIRST 24HRS.

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6 thoughts on “Nana – Rescued & Restored

  1. In NANA’S early days (1940s 50s at least), she had lots of buoyancy in the stern, & the tuck was completely above the waterline except for the very centre, the round of the chine, was entirely visible stern on, except for this little portion in the centre garboard area.
    Would love to see a full stern view now when she his moored, to see if she sits any differently. — KEN R

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  2. I remember seeing her c.1946-50 from JULIANA, when she was moored in Matiatia, fairly close in, painted royal blue, & always looked immaculate but unused, it seemed to me, & it is amazing to see she has now been wonderfully restored. Absolutely love the varnished tuck.
    Never actually saw her off the moorings, or out & about, or under way, at that time, & wondered if she was ever actually used, but now know, obviously she was, & also I wondered who owned her.

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  3. Hi Alan, we followed Nana in the boat parade on Saturday in our Juanita and thought that she looked in terrific trim, a great result after no doubt a huge amount of work. Thanks for the photos of the weekend, loads of beautiful boats.

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