Tautane (>Centaurus)


TAUTANE (>Centaurus)

The above photo of Tautane was sent to me by her owner Clare Robinson, Clare is hoping that we can uncover more on her past.

What we know is that she is a Miller & Tunnage, completed in 1945 or 1946, operated as fishing vessel for a time and then was purchased by the Napier Harbour Board as their pilot boat and renamed Tautane. Sometime during her tenure there, a Detroit 6-71 manufactured in 1963 was fitted to replace a lower power Gardner.

She was purchased by Colin Davenport in about 1993 and was used to ferry guests out to Endeavour Inlet in Queen Charlotte Sound and for day fishing and diving charters. Colin added the canopy.

Clare bought her in June 2017 and is in the process of converting her to a live-a-board.

The photo shows Tautane as she is currently, sitting at Picton wharf next to the ferry terminal in May 2017. Clare has advised the boat is now named – Serenity.

Do we have any more information on? Russell W you must be able to help?

Input from Russell Ward – below are two photos of the ship one as originally launched – Centaurus and the other being used as she should be. More details in the ww Comments Section.

4 thoughts on “Tautane (>Centaurus)

  1. That should have been “davits” but I think autocorrupt might have got me.

    My parents owned an Athol Burns yacht “Christina” for 35 years.

    I am a live aboard because I like the lifestyle and don’t want to be tied to one place. I am in Seaview marina at the moment but who knows where I will be next year 😀


  2. I am currently making up for a few years of deferred maintenance. Yes, I am living on her but she is a “working” vessel first and foremost. I have a policy of being ready for sea at a moment’s notice (30 minutes maximum unless I have a particular project such as an engine overhaul) that precludes it. I am aware of how vicious fresh water is to wood so salt water is applied and I am also contemplating an “irrigation” system to keep the deck and upper works salt water moisturised (us older ladies need our “beauty” treatments).

    I have, with the help of my father, already reduced some of the oil leaks and we have our sights on a few more. By the way, I spoke to my nice engine, and she has taken exception to being called a “screaming meemei oil spreader” but for the moment she is giving you the benefit of the doubt and asssuming that you were talking about some bit of machinery that has been removed 😀

    You probably won’t see many external changes; she is too pretty to spoil with a big deck house. Old fashioned Davies for the seabird dinghy (I know they are fibreglass but they at least look clinker) and a modern anchor winch and anchor are the only planned changes.


  3. Baden is the man for this one! He had the hots for Tautane. Fine ship apart from the screaming meemie oil spreader down below.
    M & T built a few to the same moulds -all fine ships. There is a noticeable trend for boats to be sold as liveaboards now that houses are becoming so expensive. My spies tell me that my favourite Athol Burns tug Albatross V (J R Harland) also built by M & T has moved north from Port Chalmers to become someone’s home.
    They tend to deteriorate rather when repurposed like this. Hope Clare keeps up the periodic dousing with salt water and routine maintenance.


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