Moa Ra and Menai Update

MOA RA

The above photos of the launch Moe Ra just popped up on Lew Redwood’s fb (via Te Papa > Christopher Bede).They are dated 1969, not sure if thats the build year of photo year, could be both.
The boat draw a total blank with me, so suspect its had a name change along the way. Can we learn more about her?

Harold Kidd Input – MOE RA was built by Alan Orams in Whangarei in 1966.according to APYMBA records when first owner Eric Lane registered her.


MENAI – Has a new owner 🙂 after many years of being almost a permanent structure at the Classic Yacht Association’s viaduct marina – yachty Bruce Tantrum has in his words “moved over to the dark side” and bought the classic launch – Menai. (Disclosure: not a Wooden Boat  Bureau sale) We look forward to seeing her out and about again on the Waitemata.

Speaking of the CYA marina (Heritage Landing) if you are a CYA member and have a well presented (NZ designed & built) classic launch and are looking for a marina, Put your name on the CYA waiting list (I’m told its a very short list e.g. no one on it) Added bonus I understand it costs less than $100 a month 😉

3 thoughts on “Moa Ra and Menai Update

  1. MOE RA was built by Alan Orams in Whangarei in 1966.according to APYMBA records when first owner Eric Lane registered her.

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  2. From loose recollection, isnt the closest decription: Banshee=Williams, Silver Sea= Claude Smith, Moa Ra(looks a sister ish of Golandrina)= Alan Oram? Sea Mist is another good example of Claude Smith

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  3. I have just compared images of BANSHEE, SILVER SEA, & MOA RA, & believe they could all be sister ships, with at least 2 built by Alan Williams, in the1960s, as, amongst other things, MOA RA & SILVER SEAS, have identical exhaust outlet skin fittings, & positions, out the side right at the stern just above the waterline, which at that time was unusual as a complete package, except that SILVER SEAS is on the other side. — KEN R
    Photos added, AH

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