Today’s photo was emailed into me by John Burland, who spotted Matira recently while on a road trip, he took the coast road to Thames & while driving through Kawakawa spotted (hard not to) Matira sitting on Barry Abel’s front lawn.
Barry has recently sold Lady Jane, see link below, to a young couple & has acquired Matira as the next project. I seem to recall her appearing on WW once before but cannot find her, maybe she is still in the ‘one-day’ file. Te Atatu Boating Club rings bells also.
I also recall she was on the market for rather a long time & no doubt Barry picked her up for a bargain price. There is a nice hull hiding under the additions that showcase a mixed of styles. As an aside her hand basin is from a B747 washroom.
Do we know any more about Matira?
05-10-2019 Update ex Barrie Abel – photo below shows Matira before her refit.
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In that old photo just added, is that an original raised foredeck?
New photo added. Alan H
Yes John true. Maybe won’t re-launch? Air b&b maybe with sea views? 😂
She seems to like sitting on front lawns. Sat on one just up from (the then) Westpark marina for a few years.
On 2017-12-20 00:06, waitematawoodys.com #1 for classic wooden boat stories, info, advice & news wrote: > Alan Houghton – waitematawoodys.com founder posted: ” MATIRA > Today’s photo was emailed into me by John Burland, who spotted > Matria recently while on a road trip, he took the coast road to Thames > & while driving through Kawakawa spotted (hard not to) Matria sitting > on Barry Abel’s front lawn. Barry ha” > >
I have told Dan there is an article on her, hopefully he will post some more info when he is free? He saved her from the knackers yard without a doubt. Barrie.
Matira (Matira) was bought from up the Clevedon river maybe 15 or so years ago with a normal sheer and a box plywood cabin. It was stripped and rebuilt from inside out by Dan Kamphuis (Camphouse) ex Lidgards and ANZ) who probably has more info.
She is alleged to be “Lanes, 1912”. Which is possible except that “Lanes” is usually just a default for “old boat”. I would have thought a bit earlier than 1912 by when there tended to be a built-up foredeck and a break in the sheer aft of that. She was certainly not built as MATIRA. Probably a well-known early launch whose provenance has been lost/blurred by one or more name-changes. PITY
Is there confusion as to whether this ship is Matria or Matira?