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