Omokoroa

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OMOKOROA
 
I have been contacted by woody – James Trautvetter, who owns the classic launch Taufale (link below to ww story on her), about what appears to be an abandoned launch.
The boat is called Amokora & and has been washed up since last Christmas on the Whitford River, just north of the Whitford Boating & Cruising Club. James commented that she appears to be approx. 40’ in length & it would appear to be easy enough to float again.
 
Prior to the oops, James has heard the motor running & she sounded good, most likely a 100 hp or similar.
James & fellow WB&CC members are keen to uncover who the owner is and what are their intentions.
James commented that if they don’t want it, he will have it!
Anyone know the background to how she ended up here & the story of her past?
Link to Taufale.     https://waitematawoodys.com/2014/06/14/taufale/
08-08-2018 Input from Cameron Pollard
A few years ago she was parked up at the Marine Haulage yard in Te Atatu. Has a 6cyl. Ford. Was then sold on trade – photo below ex NZclassicboats
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08-08-2018 Input from Ian McDonald
We found her semi-derelict on the slip way at [strangely enough] Omokoroa, Tga harbour & bought her in 1982 & relaunched her in Jan1983 (refer photo montage)
I saw her a few yrs back when I owned ‘Signature’ (Miller & Tunnage) down the bottom end of Waiheke & then at Pine Harbour marina. Then she sat somewhere out Beachlands way on 44gal drums for a time and bugger me if I didn’t find it again around 2013 on the hardstand at Thames wharf (more 44gal drums) and the cabin had been altered to the same configuration as shown in the Whitford creek pic’s. Motor when we had it was 6cyl Ford Trader, complete with decompression lever so, Ford people will be able to date that. Had 2:1 borgwarner hyd drive.
The BOP Times article is from c.1980/01 & old b/w photo Ian believes is as she was originally built.
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Omokoroa montage
Omokoroa BOP Times Article
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09-08-2018 Update from F. Foh – 

Photo below of Omokoroa shows her laid over, she was like this for some months right up the Whitford at the site of the old haul out before moving to her current resting site. Had a big Harbour Master sticker on the window saying urgent contact needed.
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17 thoughts on “Omokoroa

  1. Ian, believe it or not but Jack Costello used to haul his trawlers out there.He would lift the masts and deck machinery along with the wheelhouse at the railway wharf then drive the hull around under the railway bridge, the road didn’t go through then. He also dry sandblasted them.Little “Zealandia” had her Kelvin replaced by a 3-71 and Vanguard had an 8-71 dropped in. I lived up on !st Ave then in old Dr.Stewart’s (former port Dr) house .

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  2. Ray, the first photo on the page sent by Cameron, was almost certainly taken at the old Tauranga Boat Sales Slip on the Waikareo est – ownd by Ian Campbell and a LARGE fella, Neil Cameron [I hope he reads this :)] where we hauled her out the last coupla times. Prior to that we used the Omokoroa slip owned by Murray & Alan Crapp. The Ford was indeed only around 90HP & had been recondititioned. Alas the guy from whom we bought her had terminal cancer & couldn’t do the hull repairs needed. We found out on the offchance and went & saw him & did the deal on the spot. Felt quite strange and poignant dealing with someone who had only a very short time to live really.

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  3. Ian, I would guess the old ford was a 6D and the industrial model with big flywheel and valve decompressor. I think they were about 82 hp. Did Johnny Oliver have the slipway back then??

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  4. Yep Ray – built for the top end of the harbour alright but , I took her to the Barrier, which is where the photo was taken [ in the montage ] rafted up to Ikatere which was owned by Darien Boswell [RIP] who also owned the Daisy Belle at the same time. My mate Rodger used to train Glen’s daughter [Cindy ????] at swimming

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  5. Ian Mc. the old Omokoroa was so rotten that Stuart had to soak her in diesel and threw a couple of old tyres in to get enough heat for her to burn. Glen was a good mate and I filled in to give him a break occassionly when I wasn’t rafting logs out of Hunters creek. Your Omokoroa looks like she was designed for the thin water up the Kati Kati end.

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  6. Yes Ray, Rodger & I knew Glen Tomich well. He was a REAL hard case bloke. But I’m reasonably sure it wasn’t our Omokoroa that he replaced with Awhitu; more likely the “Original” that you and Harold spoke of.

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  7. Glen Tomich bought Matakana Ferries in the early 1950’s and replaced Omokoroa (the original) with “AWHITU”. Thanks for the update Harold, I didn’t know there was another launch of that name.

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  8. The original OMOKOROA was built at Thames in 1909 by Norman MacMillan and owned by E G Williams as a fishing and excursion boat from the time he got back from WW1 to 1944. She was bought by Matakana Ferries Ltd. in 1949.

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  9. Not sure what you mean Nath but have sent Alan pic’s of when we re-launced her after finding it semi-derelict on the slip way at [strangely enough] Omokoroa, Tga harbour. Alan will post in due course. I saw her a few yrs back when I owned “Signature” [ Miller & Tunnage] down the bottom end of Waiheke & then at Pine Harbour marina. Then she sat somewhere out Beachlands way on 44gal drums for a time and bugger me if I didn’t find it again around 2013 on the hardstand at Thames wharf [ more 44gal drums] and the cabin had been altered to the same configuration as shown in the Whitford creek pic’s. Motor when we had it was 6cyl Ford Trader, complete with decompression lever so, Ford people will be able to date that. Had 2:1 borgwarner hyd drive.

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  10. Wow so did somebody build a boat to near identical theme and same name??? Both Flat bottomed, both same wheelhouse treatment, name, and sheerline

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  11. These pic’s are of the “Omokoroa” that was owned by me and Rodger Edwards when we both lived in Tokoroa [forgve the pun]. Will email you some pic’s Alan

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  12. Omokoroa on Brian W’s site is a different boat, she was owned by Stuart Hume, owner of Marilyn H, and brother to Ross Hume past owner of Maroro. Omokoroa was put ashore at the mount, down by the aerodrome jetty and opened up for repair but was too far gone, the machinery a 4LWGardner (Hand start) was lifted out and the rest burnt, she was nearly too rotten for that even.That was about 1961. A young couple from Tga. contacted me through the old Classic Boat site about the provenance of that launch you are showing,when I tried to put then right they preferred to believe the waterfront gossip that they owned the original boat.

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