Raindance Gets A Birthday

Raindance Gets A Birthday
Firstly a double apology 

1. If you are one of the several WW followers that have an issue with me posting photos of my launch – switch off and read a book, in fact do everyone a favour and push delete to WW updates

2. Today is all about the boat – after several weeks of being hauled out at The Slipway Milford, I relaunched today – I have used the term b4 but I’m as happy as a dog with two dicks 🙂
I will not bore you with all the work but Jason and Cam at the Slipway have corrected a telephone book size list of issues, faults and potential future oops – the ‘Readers Digest’ version of the work I’m very happy about is :-

• the paint job, stunning

• the steering, rebuilt including new rudder tube / stock / arm

• the mast – rewired / vanished  + visual enhancements

• refurbished stern – removed upright support posts + rot

• refastened duckboard

• addressed several niggling water leaks

Still a few cosmetic jobs on my list but she is looking 90% perfect.
If you are joining us on Sunday for the Woodys Riverhead Tavern lunch cruise, you can have.a gander dock side 🙂

(Photos ex Jason Prew & yours truly)

23 thoughts on “Raindance Gets A Birthday

  1. There was an Alan Houghton who lived in Ngataringa Rd Devonport kept a launch on a mooring in Ngataringa Bay below the house recall this launch was powered with a Ford V8 petrol motor

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  2. Best time to put her on the market ?
    As long as you don’t move onto a plastic pussa like some have 🤣🤣🤣

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  3. She looks fab Houghty! Flash as a rat with a gold tooth!! Now, we hope, the owner goes in for a face lift as well. Have fun up the river. Txx

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  4. Hey, WW is your creation, you can put in whatever you want! Doing a daily blog is hard and repetitive – I and many other people appreciate your efforts . Sadly New Zealand seems to be cultivating may dumb and lazy people. Ignore them and keep up the great work! Oh – and Raindance looks great. Cheers Bryce

    On Sat, 19 Jun 2021 at 12:01 AM, waitematawoodys.com #1 for classic wooden boat stories, info, advice & news – updated daily wrote:

    > Alan Houghton – waitematawoodys.com founder posted: ” > https://videopress.com/v/AuUvP1Eh?preloadContent=metadata Raindance Gets > A BirthdayFirstly a double apology 1. If you are one of the several WW > followers that have an issue with me posting photos of my launch ” >

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  5. Go4it, Al! We still love yer! Yep keep it coming. But a boat with no leaks? “A wooden boat is built from an assemblage of strangely-shaped pieces of wood so arranged as to retard the ingress of water” David Kasanof in Fo’cs’le Wooden Boat

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  6. Ah….. the pleasure one gets when the work is over and the result brilliant. Pleasure for you Alan as owner and we as fellow woodies in seeing a classic given ” The Treatment.” knowing she is in top hands. Congratulations.

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  7. Just beautiful , hope you don’t mind have shared the video

    Regards Rob Watt

    Sent from my iPad

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  8. Rubrail screw slots nicely lined up? But seriously – she really is one of the loveliest boats around.

    Of course, well as much as one can on a 93 year old piece of kauri without damaging it 😉 AH

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  9. She is so posh now, ordinary boaties will have to doff their hats now, & ask for special permission to come aboard!!!!! – She’s looking delightful– VERY WELL DONE — ken r

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