Sea Bee – Part 2


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SEA BEE Part 2

In early March 2020 I ventured north with David Cooke to sniff out woodys that we never see in or around the Waitemata. One of the most impressive we came across in the Whangarei Town Basin was the 1965 ex workboat – Sea Bee, designed and built by Harold Sanders. When launched she was named CB (after her 1 st owners George Cornwall and Dave Baker). Now converted for pleasure use by Brett and Linda Stanaway. I featured her on WW – see link, great historical photos
Chatting with Brett he promised to send in photos of the rebuild, which we get to view today. Brett and Linda live aboard Sea Bee and are currently isolating so when they get to better internet coverage there will be more photos (i.e. Part 3). I’ll let Brett tell us more about the project:-
“The rebuild was a massive undertaking in time, money and hard work – the budget blowout was huge but we have no regrets Linda and I both love the boat, we live aboard full time and go out on her every chance we get . We’ve still got lots to do but Seabee is what we wanted a comfortable live aboard cruiser. If you or anyone else in WW is interested you’re welcome to come aboard and have a look around and if anyone else is contemplating converting a fishing boat we would be happy to talk about our experiences with them. Hope you’re well and getting through the lock-down okay”

8 thoughts on “Sea Bee – Part 2

  1. Hi Brett.
    I came across a few photos of Seabee .
    Send me your email and I will send them through. The boat is looking amazing, you have done a great job.
    Kind regards Mike Boyc

    Mike – email the photos to and I’ll add them to this story as well, Thanks Alan H


  2. Hi Dave I have just found your post on the Seabee story obviously we would love to catch up with you if you’re ever in whangarei or if we are ever in your area you can email me at or contact me on 021430233.
    Cheers Brett


  3. Interesting to hear news of the seabee.Often wondered what happened to her after I sold the vessel to Ian.. Felling the kauri at Whangpoa was an interesting story. We were the first vessel to catch a major ammount of albacore and in Ians ownership went on to several seasons landing large catches into Greymouth where I ran Tuna Fishing Coy.David Baker


  4. Sea Bee was used as a relief pilot boat for a couple of months at Tauranga in the early 1980s. The port’s regular pilot boat, the Doug Robb built Tauranga, was out of the water undergoing a major rebuild and the chartered relief pilot boat, Whitianga fishing boat Defender, had broken down. Sea Bee was on her mooring in Pilot Bay at Mount Maunganui so a hastie charter was arranged with Ian Boyce. Her mast was removed and tyres hung over the side to beef up the fendering and she was put into service. I remember some very rough trips and apart from being a little slow alongside ships she performed well.


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