Maroro – A Peek Down Below
One of the classic launches that made the trip up the Waihou River to Paeroa over Easter weekend was the woody – Maroro. Maroro’s home base is the Thames Marina and I have photographed her several times when mooching around the marina, links to these WW stories below https://waitematawoodys.com/2020/11/03/maroro-3/ https://waitematawoodys.com/2021/04/06/maroro-4/
Being berthed alongside the Paeroa Maritime Park & Museum dock provided me the perfect opportunity to say hi and check out the amazing refit / restoration that took place over 8 years. She was re-launched in 2020 and was a cool father and son project. The pivoting helm seat was one example of the very well thought out utilisation of space.
Maroro has a very large chunk of iron in her engine by – the repurposed Dorman engine has previously had several lives ashore as an industrial work horse.
Her owners the Thomas family understand Maroro was built / launched c.1905, but her designer / builder is unknown, so any help with shedding some light on her past would be much appreciated.