Riwaka Woodys





My woody spotter in the Nelson area, John Burland, recently sent in the above photos from the Riwaka Inlet.
The top photo is of the 36’ Varlene, built by Supreme Craft c.1940’s. She has made several appearance on WW and I last saw her in Torrent Bay, Abel Tasman National Park in early March 2019 (photo below)
Can anyone ID the very smart launch alongside her in the 3rd photo?
The work-boat it Tina, built in Wellinton to service the Flying Boats, but never did. Spent a chunk of her life pushing logs around the Sounds. Has called Riwaka home for the last 8 years.
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2 thoughts on “Riwaka Woodys

  1. Pingback: Black Swan – Riwaka Inlet | waitematawoodys.com #1 for classic wooden boat stories, info, advice & news – updated daily

  2. The boat in the 3rd image was built in the very late I940s, or early 50s, & was built as the AL MARIE or LA MARIE & was moored when new, right alongside my father’s JULIANA in Judges Bay right in front of & alongside the groin by the bridge, under the railway line & Tamaki Drive, into Hobson Bay, for several years.

    She is unchanged except that her original light coloured, (probably Kauri), varnished coamings, along with so many others of that era, have been covered with white paint.. KEN R


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