I was contacted recently by Greg McNabb looking for info / photos on his & wife Maria’s ex pilot boat Mananui. From what Greg knows / has been told – she was built in 1913 by Harvey & Lang. Greg’s grandfather & father bought her (ex Whitianga) in 1973. She is powered by a 120hp D series Ford and has been for the last 50 years or so, although rebuilt.
The ‘old’ photo of her sitting on the grid was taken in Whitianga on the day the family purchased her. She was originally commissioned by Edward Parish and back then named ‘Heare Mai’.

From the above photos we can see that Greg has done a wonderful  refit on her. These days her home port is Tauranga.
So woodys can we shed any light on her life pre. 1973?

Photo below at Sulphur Point Marina, Tauranga ex Paul Drake


8 thoughts on “Mananui

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  2. Tauri was purchased by Associated Motorists Petrol Co. Ltd early 1940’s . I have documentation and drawings for proposed structural changes. Yes, she was used in fishing. Looks like the Gundlocks used her in their mussel dredging fleet.(1939-40?) They also had Roa.


  3. PS If the owner would like to contact me through WW I can provide a reasonable amount of earlier history.


  4. Aha, HAEREMAI, not TAURI! HAEREMAI was indeed built by Harvey & Lang as a passenger launch for Capt. Edward Parris (not Parish) in December 1913 with ON # 133294. She had a 28hp Twigg.
    The Whangarei Harbour Board did buy her in 1918 so she probably WAS used at least occasionally as a pilot launch, although they described her as a “tug”, run by A. Drever.
    I eat my words….


  5. If TAURI, now PHYLLIS, she was built as a passenger launch for H.H. Jagger of Taurikuri, Whangarei Heads. “Pilot Boat” is rather fanciful. Even after 1920 when sold to Auckland, she was a towboat and fishing, never a pilot boat.
    If TAURI she may still have her British Registered Ship # 133287 carved into a beam somewhere, although she’s been rebuilt so many times it probably disappeared years ago.


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