Rata – A Woody Project

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RATA – A Woody Project

Anyone up for a project? Woody Jeff Norris recently sent me the above photos of Rata, she was once the fastest launch on the Kaipara back in the 1940’s/50s.  It once had a petrol V8 Fairlane engine in it.
It was owned by the Hargraves family from the Pahi region many years ago, that was before it had a conservatory built on it.
Originally it would have been a flush deck speedboat and as such she won all the races in its early days.
So woodys – can anyone share more on her past & is anyone tempted to take her on? She will need more than just a spray with Wet&Forget 🙂
Harold Kidd Input – RATA was built for Ted Hargreaves of Batley in February 1911 by H.N. Burgess of Judges Bay with a 6hp Automatic engine. She was 27ft x 6ft 6ins. Still in the Hargreaves family in the 1960s. There are several photos of her from the 20s through to the 60s at the Matakohe Museum. A thoroughbred and a very worth restoration project!
???Pollards????
Lost Boat – Taurima
 The other day in the NZ Herald – SideSwipe section a reader was trying to track down her families (Neil & Janice Hudson) old motorsailer. Its called Taurima & was built in 1977 by John Gladden at Milford. She had an interesting past – she sank at the Poor Knights in 1996 & was towed to Tutukaka by Grant Ogle Salvage. She then sat just of the motorway in Albany for approx. 5 yrs & then in c.2000/1 was sold to someone in Tauranga. Neil is now 85 and would love to know what became of the boat.
Can anyone help the family out with info on Taurima?
Taurima

7 thoughts on “Rata – A Woody Project

  1. I own taurima now she is halfway through refit if old owner would like to get in touch my number is 021453340 shane

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  2. I own this boat now it is parked up in glenbrook half way through refit if old owner would like to get on touch my number is 021453340

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  3. The want too and the need too are a long way apart.
    However we have a 6cyl redwing marine engine that would be available to the right buyer.

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  4. Oh come on, Cameron. She’s real skinny. Whip those sponsons and the tophamper off, find a WW1 surplus aero engine and you’ll have a pre-1914 prop-riding racer. You know you want to do it.

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  5. Thort about Rata last year. But something else came along. Its certainly not outside the realms of possibility.
    Couple of ww contributors have no current projects on the go. Here’s the chance ?

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  6. RATA was built for Ted Hargreaves of Batley in February 1911 by H.N. Burgess of Judges Bay with a 6hp Automatic engine. She was 27ft x 6ft 6ins. Still in the Hargreaves family in the 1960s. There are several photos of her from the 20s through to the 60s at the Matakohe Museum. A thoroughbred and a very worth restoration project!
    ???Pollards????

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